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matan4il · 2 months ago
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Buddie 502 meta
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Do we even need meta posts at this point? This show is just… skipping the meta and writing its own fanfic. For example, the fact that during two eps that deal with Eddie not yet following his heart and, as a consequence, thinking he had a heart attack, we get a heart transplant rescue. Interestingly, when Manny the medic mentions the heart, it’s Eddie who’s closest to it, Eddie who reaches out for it and tries to grab it, but he fails to, which is why this is followed by one failed attempt by Hen and a successful one by Bobby. The essential, symbolic aspect here is that Eddie, dangling on the edge of the abyss, couldn’t reach and save the heart on his own. It can easily be seen as symbolic to where he’s at romantically right now, and as an indicator that Eddie will need help from others in order to be able to resolve his own love life issues.
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Good God, when Ana shows up with Chris, my brain just about melted already just over the fact that there is hardly any interaction we see between the two of them, while Eddie and Buck both come in immediately and one after the other we see them hugging Chris (their son!) in the exact same way. So much so that I just had to gif it. But just as importantly, can we talk about the fact that Buck was at the chargers station, doing his duty, all serious with his clipboard (I love this new tradition of having clipboard!Buck at least once per season, 911 you’re doing great sweetie), so why is he even there, by the trucks? He must have heard Chris calling out “Dad!” and came in swiftly with Ravi in tow. Excuse me, I’m just gonna go cry over these two dads and how much they love their son that they can’t contain it and they both have to rush to him right away!
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Oh, another small, but seemingly meaningful detail we get here? When Eddie is picking up Chris and hugging him, we see Ana in the background, smiling at the cuteness of this father and son duo. When Buck comes in and does the same thing, we see Eddie to the side, and yep, he’s smiling at them and the cuteness, too. He KNOWS Buck is Christopher’s other father, no legal guardianship activation needed. ~ And then everything that happens in the scene with Ana is just straight out of fanfiction. For real.
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We discover Ana, despite dating Eddie for almost a year, has never been to the firehouse. Even now that she did come (uninvited, might I add), Eddie avoids introducing her to the point where even Ravi’s like, “Oh man, this is really awkward, Diaz” and Ana ends up having to introduce herself… Still can’t save them from all that awkwardness, especially as the panic attack starts setting in... Right in front of her salad, Diaz! This time, the panic is not over Ana being called Christopher’s mom, it’s over her being assumed to be Eddie’s wife. This isn’t just Eddie panicking over how Ana would fit into the Diaz family, it’s specifically about their romantic relationship, no two ways about it. Then Chris says, “not yet!” and it sounds like he means it’s just a matter of time, but it could also imply he doesn’t actually want that to happen, and this is his way of expressing it without hurting the teacher he does love. Don’t even get me started on the way Buck looks immediately at Eddie with a smile that’s not 100% genuine (the forehead not being a part of a smile is helps differentiate a genuine smile from a false one, this just doesn’t come across as Buck’s usual beaming). Then there’s Buck’s focus on Eddie the second there’s even the faintest hint of something wrong with him (let’s not forget, Eddie manages to avoid going into a full blown panic attack this time, and yet Buck reads him right away). The way they’re so in tune with each other always makes me wanna cry. Lastly, Eddie unceremoniously dumps Ana on Ravi, he doesn’t even show his own gf around the station, not even after the obvious awkwardness of him missing the mark on introducing her to his colleague. Basically, Eddie proving that being “dumb denial boy” really is his superhero persona.
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I just love the animal conversation in the firetruck. It shows us so many things at once: that Eddie knows Buck incredibly well, that he can easily explain why Buck is so aware of every animal in the zoo, that he’s shown to know Buck better than anyone else on the team, that he speaks for Buck and explains things for him like a spouse would explain their partner’s little eccentricities (just like in 309 when he explains Buck’s fascination with natural disasters), that even as everyone else is exasperated with Buck right off the bat, Eddie is fully grinning (seriously, compare Hen not even paying attention to what Buck’s going on about while Eddie is soaking up every word and loving it), he’s just so smitten with everything about Buck, and of course that we get to hear that yes, Buck spends that much time with Chris. This is pretty significant in itself, but it also represents maybe the biggest thing about Buddie in this entire episode: the constant contrast between Ana and Buck, it’s practically screaming at the audience. Everything that Ana is supposed to be in Chris and Eddie’s life, but it makes Eddie panic, Buck IS, and it makes Eddie beam with joy. If the way Eddie looks at Buck in this scene isn’t love, IDK what is. And this show doesn’t either. I have raved in the past (in my first round of Buddie meta) about the speed and ease with which Eddie lets Buck into the Diaz family and how well Buck fits in, and I’ve said back then that Eddie is a closed off guy, so this is pretty special, what he has going on with Buck from practically the start. But the whole storyline with Ana emphasizes it even more and the choice to highlight just how close Buck is to Chris and how much Eddie adores everything about this man, even the stuff other people roll their eyes at, in the same episode in which we see Eddie almost choking over his gf getting even an inch into his real life… cinematic poetry.
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That little moment when Buck and Eddie give Bobby the “sure” nod, and so in sync, before they laugh together! Please, these are sassy HUSBANDS being sassy together. How can we not stan?
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Then we get another scene where I just adore everything... Eddie is on a bunk and Buck knows him so well, he can tell that Eddie’s not really sleeping, that Buck can come right up to him and start the conversation about what Buck is worried about. The worry itself and the insistence on finding out what’s wrong with Eddie (even when Eddie’s reluctant) where friends or colleagues would normally back down is obviously the stuff that the best marriages are made of. The way Eddie responds, that just like I pointed out in the 501 meta, it’s Buck’s worry that forces Eddie to admit the truth, both that what he’s been suffering are panic attacks and that the real reason for them is Ana, not the shooting. I also love Buck’s initial reaction. His “Since when do you panic?” echoes Eddie’s response last week. That’s not a small thing, they both know how cool and collected Eddie can be, even under fire. It points out exactly why it was initially hard for Eddie to accept that these are panic attacks (in addition to the macho BS). So Buck’s first reaction not only shows how well he knows Eddie, it actually also validates Eddie’s own initial reaction and thus, makes him feel more at ease going forward and sharing even more. This is just another part of why they work so well as a couple, err… team. It’s beautiful to see Eddie being able to admit the truth to Buck, but then Buck turns it around and dishes out the truth right back at him: that Eddie isn’t in love with Ana and shouldn’t stay with her just because Chris loves her. Eddie, in his mind, is being a good dad and grateful for what Ana has been through with him and, as I’ve said in my first round of meta regarding ep 210, Eddie is a man of duty. He sees an obligation and he wants to meet it.
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Buck, who wears his heart on his sleeve, counters this sense of duty by bringing in feelings, and what’s the right thing to do emotionally. He complements and helps Eddie, forces him to listen and look at things from a different perspective, in a way no one else could. The exact words Buck uses are “I have been Ana” which are so interesting, ‘coz yeah, textually they point to Buck’s past romantic hurt, but they also cast him in the spot of Eddie’s gf. We’re not the only ones comparing the two, Buck himself makes the comparison between them and subtextually, this also brings up the differences between Buck and Ana. Where she failed to truly capture Eddie’s heart even months into the relationship (and while being more successful than any other woman since Shannon), Buck has been in the same position, of being new in Eddie’s life and having to “earn” Eddie’s trust and a place in the Diaz family, but Buck actually succeeded in that, where Ana failed, and a huge reason why is because Eddie willingly gave Buck his trust and that place in his and Christopher’s life. By using these specific words, the show basically begs us to notice what things should have been like between Eddie and Ana, and forces us to acknowledge that Eddie already has all of that, with Buck.
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Lastly, the show tops itself, by following this scene with Chim opening up to Hen. It’s subtle, but you can see here the difference between what two loving but platonic friends being there for each other looks like in comparison. Hen checks in on Chim, but she isn’t completely preoccupied with Chim and Maddie’s home life in the same way that Buck’s focus, in the middle of what characters have repeatedly called “the end of the world”, is solely on Eddie’s wellbeing. Hen does care, she wants to know what’s up with Chim, she asks questions and gets him to spill, but it’s gentle probing, not a spouse digging into what’s going on with their partner. Also, this is just one scene. Chim’s entire story with Maddie’s PDD isn’t linked to Hen in the same way that Eddie’s arc with the panic attacks over Ana is linked to Buck. Then when it’s time to offer advice, Hen does so without inserting herself into the situation in the way Buck did when he cast himself in the role of Eddie’s gf in order to get to his best friend and point out what he should do. Buck and Eddie are friends, yes. And friends should be valued and celebrated! I adore every friendship on this show. But Buddie are also each other’s life partners and a juxtaposition of scenes like this is where you can really see the difference.
~~~ Thank you so much to the astounding @judsonryder​ for making my meta better with your gifs! If you like my perspective on Buddie, you can find more of my meta and fics here. Thank you for reading and for any like, comment and of course reblog! Writing these posts takes a lot and it makes me so happy whenever I see people enjoying them. xoxox
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astronautdiaz · 2 months ago
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5.02 but it's (mostly) just the eddieana memes
image 1: meme of a man and woman kissing and third guy holding balloons standing behind him. the man and woman are edited to say "buck" and "eddie" and the balloon guy is edited to say "ana"
image 2: the "is this a pigeon?" meme, but the guy is edited to say "eddie", the butterfly is edited to say "admiting he doesn't love his girlfriend", and the text is edited to say "is this a healthy relationship?"
image 3: an uno card that is edited to say "break up with your girlfriend or draw 25." the second panel shows a man holding several uno cards with eddie's name edited on him.
image 4: the two strong men shaking hands meme. the left arm is edited to say "the zoo animals" and the right arm is edited to say "the helicopter". in the middle it says "being most of the promo material, but only being in the episode for, like, five minutes."
image 5: meme of grant gustin standing over his own grave. the gravestone is edited to say "eddieana" and grant gustin is edited to say "buck"
image 6: meme template of a man holding a knife to another man's throat while the man being held screams. a third guy is sitting in the background, looking unbothered. the man with the knife is edited to say "ravi calling ana [eddie's] wife", the man being held is edited to say "eddie" and the unbothered guy is edited to say "buck"
image 7: meme template of a man looking happy, followed by a panel of him looking disappointed. in the happy panel the text says "buck and eddie heart to heart" and the text in the disappointed panel says "eddie not crying in his tank top"
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madmensideblog · 5 months ago
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Every Episode of Mad Men A Little Kiss — Season 5, Episode 1 & 2 dir. Jennifer Getzinger
“What is wrong with you people? You’re all so cynical. You don’t smile. You smirk... Who wouldn’t want a surprise party?”
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clonewarsarchives · 3 months ago
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Onderon wilderness for season 5, by Pat Presley
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benka79 · 2 months ago
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Change of Heart /502 meta
Buddie meta. Eddie Diaz meta. Spoilers
Okay, I watched the episode and there's a lot of interesting takes, and let me tell you something, the Buddie talk isn't over yet...
Check out my thoughts under the cut
The Heart Rescue Scene
Okay, I heard some of you were disappointed about this scene. But let me tell you, it was subtextually perfect.
First of all, the paramedic that takes care of the heart says "the heart comes from a tragedy" but it can change someone's else life, changing it for good, once they land. The pilot smiles, and mentions that that night a miracle will happen.
The new heart that comes from a tragedy is screaming Eddie's past (his dead wife) but also is screaming Bobby's past (the loss of his family). So oth men with tragic pasts. One of them (Bobby) already changed his heart, he has a new family but that doesn't mean he doesn't miss hi original family (remember this tslk? With Eddie)
The other dude that needs to change his heart is Eddie.
But because they're mirroring each other (both having tragic pasts) is because Bobby rescuing the heart represents Eddie.
If you rewatch the scene, Bobby hesitates at first before jumping inside the helicopter. He stares at ghe red light inside of it, and finally goes to the rescue of that new heart. It's exactly what's gonna happen with Eddie. There will be doubts and it's not gonna be easy to recognize he loves Buck romantically and he needs him by his side, but he will do it anyway, he will go into that dangerous adventure and he will rescue his own new heart.
Another thing I want you to keep in mind is, the doctor is happy bc she has the heart, but then she asks if Bobby know how to make a transplant in the dark.
Visual Narrative: when the rope breaks, and it looks like Bobby is gonna fell, but then everything ends fine, it's another representation of Eddie reaching his breaking point.
The Darkness and the Sunlight. And the Buddie talk in the middle
5 days of blackout, 5 days without energy, 5 days with the toxic man Jeffrey outside. The number 5 strikes again, as a reference of change and also season 5.
But the symbolism of them being in the dark, is important because it reinforce the opposite: LIGHT, SUN, ENERGY.
When the doctor says she can't do the transplant without energy, and also whrn Chim is out of batteries in his phone, and also when the kid is about to die because his ARM is out of energy... the helps comes.
The light/energy is related to the woman trapped in her car in the scene from 501. She sees a light, and the light becomes Eddie and Buck.
Well, Buck is the one helping with the generator in the hospital, with the charge of batteries for cellphones. Right?
The meaning of all of this is EDDIE NEEDS TO SEE THE LIGHT, HE NEEDS TO AKNOWLEDGE HIS OWN TRUTH what is deep inside of him, repressed, burried. His true feelings. What he really wants (*coghs* Buck*coughs*) .
Another important symbolism was the neighborhood trying to give that mom energy, the cable wasn't enough. One neighborhood says 'It's all we've got' and the lady replied: 'No, it's not'
Why is this so important? Because it's related to the Buddie talk. It's telling us it's not over, the real words hadn't been said yet.
It's also pointing out GOOD NEIGHBORS WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE A LIFE, TO HELP PEOPLE. Maybe as a foreshadow, we will see more good neighbors helping in the incoming episode. Maybe helping to find Harry.
Okay, let's jump inside the important thing here.
It's obvious that Eddie's body language was more than clear. Eddie is not comfortable with having Ana in his element.
First of all, Ana brings Christopher because the kid was really worried about his dad. And it's so interesting the whole scene was in the middle of the darkness.
Buck definitely is Christopher’s dad there, the amount of love he shows for him is undeniable.
But then, Eddie DOESN'T INTRODUCE ANA TO RAVI. He is just standing there, frozen. Ana meeting his intimate circle, his wirk, it was something he didn't expected. And it means a lot to him. It means to put a tag of seriousness to his relationship. Something he is not ready to do(he doesn't want to). Then he avoided her, he just shove the problem and vanished.
But the panic in his face when Ravi asks if Ana is his wife it's priceless (the 'not yet' killed me, it also killed Eddie tho LMAO) And Buck, as always, focused on Eddie. He noticed it right away.
The talk between these two happens in the middle of the day. There's light! Sunlight! (On the contrary of Ana's scene) and it also is related with the sunlight energy that saves the kid. (Is the sun representing Buck?)
When they start talking, Buck points out at the shooting but Eddie knows very well what's triggering it: Ana. (OMG i just wrote a fic yesterday and the talk was so so alike, you can find it here if you want)
Eddie avoided Buck's gaze the whole time as he mentioned Shannon and Ana. He says Christopher loves her when Buck implies Eddie should be the one loving her. And then, Buck goes for the line : "Is that enough?" Mirroring the neighbors scene in which one man says that's all they've got.
But we know that's not enough, and we know something huge will happen. Eddie changing his heart.
Buck scolds Eddie because he wants to stick to Ana. And he literally is asking Eddie to be honest with her and with himself.
Gif credit @mymycorrhizae
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Buck emphasizes with Ana in the topic unrequited love, maybe as a Foreshadow of this season in which I can speculate Buck will be oblivious about his feelings and Eddie will be pining but not talking about it.
Gif credit @olisgifs
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This is a very important line here. Because Buck/Eddie + Christopher, they're already a family. The family that was built slowly in trust and love. And we had Eddie admiting Buck takes Chris to the Zoo the whole time, Buck is Christopher other dad. Buck became his dad naturally and slowly but also, Eddie made it legal. Do you see the war inside of Eddie here? It's his head against his heart.
But, again, that talk isn't over my friends.
And where do I have the proof about the tag: "not really unrequited love season 5? In the following point.
Mirrors and Foreshadows
Okay, let's go with this...
We talked about darkness and how Buck is the sun for Eddie. Right? Time to make some spec now...
Cut throat. Hard to breathe. Hard to speak
Jeffrey Hudson (the toxic masculinity) cut the cop's throat. And the poor guy is not able to use his own words now. Also we know he's out there, and he kidnapped our Harry. But it's also very important Athena words about it: 'He's not a man of one woman'. That contrasts with Eddie.
The kid and his mom. Another mirror was the little kid of 12 years old that can't talk but it's saved because the sunlight energy.
Another scene was Maddie and her baby that almost drown.
Okay, where I'm going with all of this...?
All these scenarios and charavters that can't talk, or can't breath, it could be related to Harry, and what it could be a future trauma post-kidnapping. Maybe he won't be able to talk. It's because two scenes were setting with worried moms, foreshadowing Athena. Together with two mom/kids in risk (Maddie and Jae, that mom and her kid with tracheostomy) are foreshadowing Athen and Harry being in risk.
Now... the "Welcome to the Jungle" scene
Did you find Buck and Eddie there? Because they were there.
Buck was the man with the broken leg they found at first , as a recalling of his biggest accident in which he broke a leg. And the interesting take in all of this was HE COULDN'T SEE (oblivious Buck about his own feelings for Eddie) and HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT IVAN (EDDIE'S MIRROR).
Let's go with Ivan now, he was very very bloody (just like Eddie in 413 and 414) and he had one of his ears like eaten hahahaha. Okay, poor guy, but what I'm trying to say here is EARS=LISTEN, listen to who? HIS OWN HEART!
The alpaca, peaceful animals until they got mad hahaha OMG, this is Eddie.
And Hen saying IGNORE THE ALPACA AND KEEP MOVING. Hello toxic masculinity, Eddie's father voice again.
Yeah, ignore the huge ALPACA and ghe huge elephant in the room and in the streets of LA, asking for attention violently. Keep going. But be careful, maybe they could bit you.
To Conclude:
This episode was a compendium of multiple mirrors and symbolism about tragic past, breaking point situations, and darkness vs light.
It's gonna be a large path for Eddie, and a very difficult one, but at the end, he will find the way, he will be fine, and he will finally change his heart for a new one.
Hope you like this mess. You can read my 5x01 meta here.
Buenos Aires, September 28th 00:44 AM
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aulascomdeus · 5 days ago
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[…] não é correto um cristão se sentir constrangido diante do público que observa, afinal, a nossa vida em Cristo tem que ser um grande testemunho, alcançando o maior número de pessoas possível, conforme o querer de Deus.
Aulas com Deus
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xroub · 11 months ago
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Every QAF Relationship: [9/?]
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jugheadinjackets · 10 months ago
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502 The Preppy Murders
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