Buddie 504 meta
After the Eddie story arc which actually started in 413 and that heavily featured Buck, I wasn’t expecting a lot of Buddie this week. Which turned out to be true, but isn’t it insane that the little we got was so real and meaningful? The way that balcony scene reached into a part of my soul and just stole it forever! There’s so much to unpack in this short scene. INSANE.
Let’s start by pointing out what the show has spelled out in neon lights: this scene thoroughly vibrates with the same energy as the kitchen scene in ep 309. the TEASING, the FLIRTING, the BEER DRINKING which is basically even more teasing and flirting... Plus, they’re once more spending time together in Buck’s loft, directly after a distressing experience, and their talk ends up being the emotional resolution for what they’ve been through. Let me repeat that, Buck’s whole storyline in this ep is about him being stuck in the middle between his sister and his friend/brother-in-law, put in the impossible position where he inevitably lets one of them down, and yet the show chose to give him his resolution for this ep with Eddie. Not with Buck’s own gf, not with his father figure that he paired up with in this ep, not with any of the people who care about him. It’s Eddie that Buck confides and finds some comfort in.
And Eddie, on his end, is not only providing that comfort, he’s providing care as well, in the most domestic husband way ever. He gets Buck some ice, reprimands him when he’s not actually holding it over the black eye, gets him some beer because clearly, Eddie’s been around Buck’s kitchen more than once (as in the case of the pizza in 309). IDK about your country, but this reminded me that in mine, based on everything we’ve seen, Buddie could for real be recognized as same-sex common law partners. Which is basically being married without a wedding. I am not kidding when I tell you, I have been a volunteer for the LGBTQ community here for years, Buddie fit the damn legal criteria, I am going to lose my mind!
Let’s move on to clothes next. It may sound trivial in comparison with what I discussed before this, but it’s an integral part of storytelling and setting up a scene. I’ve already written about how in the kitchen in ep 309, Buddie were dressing for each other, Eddie dressing up smartly in what was probably his nicest shirt (given that he had previously worn it to his “re-proposal” date with Shannon in 217), while Buck switched to a far more comfortable outfit. In the balcony scene, each one of them is dressed in the same exact style they were wearing back in the kitchen one. This is a CHOICE by the wardrobe department. One of the guys being dressed similarly might have been a coincidence, but repeating the exact same outfit style for both men during the same kind of talk is deliberate. It’s meant to make sure that these two scenes echo each other on even the most basic level, because that has an immediate impact and it carries over the meaning: how Eddie finds Buck to be so important, and how at home Buck feels with him. If we’re all losing our collective minds over a comparison between these scenes, this is one of the small details that tells us we were supposed to.
But there’s another scene we have to add in here, one already included in this post in the beer drinking comparison gifset, and that’s Buddie’s talk in 312. It’s where we saw Eddie for the first time struggling with how to even talk to Chris about something. Up until that point, all of his struggles were with external issues: bureaucracy, how to provide the right care for Chris, whether it’s the right thing to allow Shannon back into their son’s life… but this is the first time Eddie’s problem is vis-a-vis Chris, how to talk to him, how to be honest with him without depriving him of the sense of agency that Eddie clearly wants his son to have. Eddie has a lot of people he could turn to (Carla, Bobby, Pepa, Isabel), but it’s Buck that he ends up talking to. More than that, it’s Buck who ends up helping Eddie, first by pointing out that Eddie is putting too much pressure on himself (overcorrecting his prior stance) and next by providing a piece of the puzzle Eddie couldn’t see on his own (the way the talk ends implies Buck did the research that led to the adaptive skateboard being built by the two of them). On the balcony, we have almost a mirror image, with Buck finding himself in a complex situation he doesn’t know how to deal with, then Eddie pointing out he’s putting too much pressure on himself (thinking he has to fix everything for everyone) and lastly providing a piece of the puzzle Buck didn’t have before (that Maddie isn’t always the person Buck perceives her to be). I ADORE the way these scenes play off each other. Buddie are there for one another, listening, and offering mirroring advice, and the relationship between them is obviously one that’s written with a lot of consideration and care, making it constantly deeper and more meaningful.
Characters are often shown to be potential romantic partners through the value of how well they know their would-be partner and how they’re not scared of calling them out on their bullshit. If you think back to 408, that’s one of the things Taylor was given upon her return (indicating she was likely to get together with Buck as a gf): she figures Buck out and calls him out on the real reason why he asked her on their double date. But while she was harsh with Buck, verging on hurtful (because she was hurt herself), Eddie on the balcony shows that Buck can be known and be pointed in the right direction without it being mutually hurtful. In fact, it’s so soft and caring, it makes me want to cry a little. And it’s not the first time we’ve seen Buck and Eddie be there for each other in this capacity, either. The most recent example was over the course of eps 502-3, where we saw just how well Buck knows Eddie and how he got the most repressed man ever to admit the truth of his panic attacks and their cause, as well as to do the right thing simply by being open and vulnerable himself. When Eddie goes and breaks up with Ana, he’s not only doing the right thing for her, he’s also “fixing” the hurt that Buck has gone through in the past, showing him that his pain matters and that his words are listened to. And then, in 504, Eddie tells him there are some things that Buck can’t fix. But through this very conversation, Eddie IS fixing something for Buck, not the situation with Chim and Maddie itself, but Buck’s ability to cope with it. They know each other, they each help and heal the other man, and if that isn’t one of the most beautiful love stories ever seen, even without one kiss being exchanged (yet), then IDK what is.
Speaking of knowing and healing each other, I find that one of the ways this is reflected most naturally is with Buddie making each other laugh. Most recently we saw Buck making Eddie laugh in ep 502. Despite all the emotional turmoil Eddie was experiencing, what with being uncertain regarding his relationship with Ana and the fact that the panic attacks were pretty unsettling for him in and of themselves (since he’s so not used to them), he gets one moment free of that stress and it’s thanks to Buck and Eddie clearly focused for a moment on just his fondness for this man. This week, it happens the other way around. Buck is in a position he’s never been in before, caught between Chim and Maddie, and he’s distressed. But he gets to have a lighthearted laugh thanks to Eddie, the kind of thing that allows you to breathe a bit and feel that yeah, even if you can’t fix things, it IS going to be okay. And unsurprisingly, they absolutely light up at each other and look more in love than ever before during these moments. I think it’s notable, we have seen them teasing each other before, we haven’t always seen them outright grinning at these jokes, and it makes these two seem to me like they’re even more comfortable in each other’s company, more loosened up. It’s like one further small step on their path to realizing they belong together on every level.
Okay, let me talk about editing for two seconds, okay? I posted a gifset which was basically just me screaming into the ether about the fact that there’s a particular way only Eddie can make Buck smile, but here I also wanna emphasize Buck’s response (and how in love they look, LBR). Because if the whole point is just to show us that Eddie can make things lighter for Buck, the smile is enough. Meaning, the filming or editing could have cut right after the smile to the wider shot of Buck and Eddie on the balcony. But it doesn’t, the camera lingers. We continue to see Buck looking at Eddie just a few seconds extra. But these seconds are actually emphasized by the filming angle: it’s shot so that Eddie is between Buck and the camera. Which is a very odd way of filming this if you only want to highlight Buck. The angle makes it so that when Eddie takes another sip from his beer during these extra few seconds, the bottle actually blocks out the lower half of Buck’s face, forcing us to focus on his eyes, on the way he’s looking back at Eddie. It basically makes sure that the last frames before cutting back to a wider shot are not solely about Buck, they include both of them and are about their connection. If this isn’t purposeful, then that is some real sloppy filming and editing. Which isn’t unheard of on TV, but on this show? With its high standard of editing? Some of it down right brilliant (for example, in 402)? I find it very unlikely that this shot was anything other than intentional and therefore, very meaningful…
I pointed this out for 502, and it’s true again in this ep, maybe even more so. We see Chim and Hen’s friendship, and even though it’s clear that they’re close friends who love each other, at the end of the day, it’s also clear that they each have their own life partners. In fact, it’s their life partners that cause the split between these two work partners: Chim has to go find Maddie, he absolutely has to, but even though Hen offers to come along, he also knows it isn’t right, because she has Karen, who needs her back home (Hen says Karen would understand, but she doesn’t repeat her offer to join Chim, and the next time she talks about it, it’s clear he’s going alone. “Do you know where you’re going?” she asks). And it’s so lovely and touching that they tell each other their partners are lucky to have them, exactly because those partners are the cause of this temporary separation. It’s a nod to Chim and Hen’s bond and mutual appreciation, but also to the fact that their life partners are worth the separation. In contrast, Buck and Eddie are shown once again to be not only friends, but also each other’s partners, and the person that they end up spending their final scene with, no separation needed or possible. The theme of this ep is about the choice between staying home and staying away from it. Maddie left, Chim felt he had to leave following her, Hen was willing to go but Chim tells her she shouldn’t and she doesn’t protest that much, Harry is away from home and while Athena wants to bring him back, she struggles with staying there herself. And Buddie? They’re both with each other at the end of the ep, with Eddie clearly not a guest in Buck’s loft. They truly are each other’s home.
And all of these things together, this is how you spell out ‘meant to be’.
~~~ HUGE thank you’s and so many hugs to the amazing @judsonryder who blows me away with the gifs that she makes for these meta posts! 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 of time and effort, it’s heartwarming to see people enjoying them and sharing them with others. xoxox
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Eddie Diaz in 5.04 ─ HOME AND AWAY
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Every Episode of Mad Men
Mystery Date — Season 5, Episode 4
dir. Matt Shakman
“I’m glad the army makes you feel like a man, because I’m sick of trying to do it.”
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Friday October 15, 2021 [MAN CRUSH FRIDAY]
Today's Man Crush is... PIRAPAT WATTHANASETSIRI
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✨￼ thoughts throughout the episode✨￼
Awwww chimney🥺🥺🥺🥺this is so heartbreaking
I wan—need a lot of uncle buck
Okay good it is not Abby thank god
Why are they all watching? Don’t other people have emergencies??
I don’t like her
Wow that was so funny football guy you are so funny (this is sarcasm)
Really don’t like her
They didn’t show him cutting the color thingy so I think that that is not good and will lead to a mixup later but I am just the theorizing￼ at 5 AM based on a short clip on Instagram so….￼￼
I like that Ravi is here I like Ravi
What is it that on Eddies neck?
Yayyyy Albert yayayy
I really want a lot of Albert and buck uncles moments
Okay that is a sweet moment of football guy and ￼teacher dude. Nice closure
I really don’t like her
Chimney🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺this is not your fault 🥺🥺🥺
￼￼ or just ignore her because this is a big work place with a lot of people?
I feel like the mixup wasn’t because the color thingy it ￼feels like it Was￼ that they miss identified the girls and the Dead￼ one is Michaela and the other one is the other one this is going to be very heartbreaking for the parents or something like that￼
So this is going to be like a life changing thing for them as parents…okay….
I don’t like her just shut up
I love Bobby and Athena
Why Hen would you possibly want to do this?
￼￼ why aren’t the parents of the alive girl aren’t with her did they learn nothing￼??
Okay here are her parents
This is very sad absolutely awful
I want a buddie scene this episode
Their height￼ differences is so weird this in this ￼scene
This is very heartbreaking I can’t believe buck didn’t tell him but I also understand why he didn’t tell him￼
Dammm I guess this is how he got that black eye dammm
I know that scene wasn’t supposed to be funny but something about buck and chimney in that scene was so funny to me I honestly don’t know what even when he punched him I was just this is funny but also extremely sad and ￼ heart breaking and also funny￼
Eddie is so insightful and helpful and at the same time completely useless and is saying random shit(I love that)
We don’t get enough may and Harry moments and I need more of those
Hen and ￼ chimney have such a good friendship I love them
This episode had information episode vibes like nothing really happened in it but everything was important because it will lead to future storylines i both love that and hate that. I cannot wait till next week￼￼
This episode like many others needed more buddie￼
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Working on Imp #504 (Impling) and their very fun looking Kitty skull mask that will be coming with them whenever they get Impdopted.
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You already knew about this because she told you?
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O Pai quer nos ensinar a viver dia após dia, em santificação, sem sermos influenciados, contaminados ou corrompidos com o que esta acontecendo em diversos cenários da vida. Ou seja, Deus esta conosco a todos minuto e em todo lugar, então nós também devemos estar com Ele em todo minuto e em todo lugar.
Aulas com Deus
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Eddie Diaz in thee balcony scene | 𝟱𝘅𝟬𝟰 ▸𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙮
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Riverdale Coyote Ugly AU | Sgt Andrews & Monica Posh
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Buck on a call - 5.04 Home and Away
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I know you’re Kirk. I’ve known you since you were two. That’s no guarantee that people remember me.
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Love Is In The Air
Buddie meta. 504 meta
This is gonna be a very short meta. Because we had just a few (but very meningful) minutes of buddie.
Also, this episode was so so heartbreaking and I was crying the whole time (bc I am a mom) so, I'm sorry if only mention a little things about the rest of 504.
Okay, hear me up! (Under the cut, ofc)
Thank you @aa-lionheart for the amazing gifset here. Go check it!
I was talking about this yesterday in my pre-meta thoughts. But did you notice how the wounded cheerleader named her friend instead of her own name? That was because she was so worried about her, that she put her before herself. And this, here, is screaming BUDDIE and Eddie asking if Buck was hurt while he was bleeding to death in that firetruck.
Season 5 and Mental Health
This is a season of mental health care, and writers are trying hard to show the audience that psychopathology has no age, no gender and no race. And is a very a real thing in different societies. So, the world needs to acknowledge it and stop avoid it. As a health professional worker, I'm very happy TV shows like these talk about it without any taboos. So we saw Eddie's panic attacks, Maddie post-partum depression and now we are being introduced to Harry's trauma.
As I predicted in my previous metas, Harry won't be able to speak/show emotions about the traumatic event at first, as we saw in this episode.
We've been witnessed Athena's reaction to the violation of her house, family and intimacy. Her reaction was the compulsive behavior of cleaning the house and things, and clothes.
Chim's negation to Maddie's behavior. Even him, being a health worker, isn't able to understand the depth of Maddie's pathology. Not because he is ignorant about it, but because she's the person he loves.
So, I'm very curious about how writers will develop these storylines...
"She Hates Me" and Eddie's quote about warzones
Okay, I found this very interesting. May feeling kind of jealous? Maybe intimidate? By the 911's legend.
The phrase "She hates me" as a perception , could be related to the future Buck/Taylor and Eddie interaction.
As I said in this discussion here, while we were talking with @wanderingwomanwondering and @archerincombat about the visual distance between Eddie and Buck in the balcony, I think all of this plus Eddie's quote about warzones being his thing, we are about to enter to a real warzone in which Eddie or Taylor will perceive the other one hates him/her and Buck will try to fix things between them and he will be ,literally, in the middle of a warzone, between Taylor and Eddie.
We can't forget to this mix of clues wht Eddie said in season 3 " I lost my partner "
This could be related to the current situation (Eddie working with Hen, separated from Buck) and the incoming Jealousy warzone I can sense in the air.
Buddie Balcony Scene
First of all, let me tell you: BUCK CALLED EDDIE TO COME TO SEE HIM, we can make a lot of excuses of why he didn't call Taylor, but:
- Eddie is single now, and Buck knows he has all the time in the world for Christopher and for him. (As it used to be before Ana).
- Eddie knows about medicine, so... he called him for physical hurt/comfort.
- Eddie is his best friend and always gives him good advices because Eddie is the only one that sees Buck for real, and knows Buck for real. So... emotional hurt/comfort.
Okay now... let's talk the scene...
Again, hurt/comfort trope in which Eddie brings Buck's a beer but also, thank you to the last frame from this scene and the 'Ice goes in the eye, bud', we can infer EDDIE WAS THE ONE PREPARING THAT ICE BAG.
The frame shows the kitchen (Eddie and Buck's heart, as a very intimate place in which they can flirt from tiem to time lmao) no, but for real, I really believe kitchen represents mostly Eddie's heart.
Buck starts explaining the whole situation and at first, Eddie tries to comforting by saying things like "She's your sister", as if Eddie were justifying Buck's decision of not telling Chim and support Maddie.
After this... it comes Eddie's observations and advice, and the heart eyes session...
Eddie looks at Buck in the eyes, until now, Eddie was staring in front of him... and now he needs to deliver his message.
(Warning for heart eyes)
He's saying I KNOW YOU, I KNOW YOU LOVE MADDIE AND YOU LOVE CHIM, AND I KNOW YOU WANT TO FIX THINGS, BC THAT'S HOW YOU ARE. BUT IT WAS A LOST BATTLE. Why is Eddie saying this? Because he wants to enlight about being in the middle. He wants Eddie to step to a side, because is time for Maddie to let Chim to take care of her.
But also I'll take this as a foreshadow of the incoming warzone between Taylor and Eddie I said before in this meta. And Buck in the middle again.
Bucks loves Eddie and loves Taylor, and he will try to fix things, but... he will have to choose between one or the other.
And how 507 will be the pivotal turning point in their relationship. Eddie and Buck facing again a life/death situation, in which they can lose each other, will put the cards over the table and the realization of their own feelings for each other. And the not really unrequited love and Eddie's journey through his sexuality will be the new trope by the end of the season, but maybe we will have s6 with canon Buddie... let's see...
Now the "joke/flirty comment" from Eddie....
Look at this smitten boy in love ( he doesn't know yet but he will) he just enjoys to mock his cute friend here. He needs to bc Buck is too cute, too innocent. And too much Buck's puppy eyes makes Eddie stop with the joke. 'Maybe' he keeps joking/flirting, this time avoiding those eyes on him, he knows he's playing with fire. Don't look at Buck, don't look at Buck...
Buck is smitten too. Look at him He was feeling so down and sad, and Eddie made him laugh, but he turns his eyes back to Eddie. His expression is like: DAMN, YOU GOT ME. WHY ARE YOU JOKING LIKE THIS IN THIS MOMENT? ILY SO MUCH.
So yeah, Eddie better don't look at Buck in that moment bc... I'd if he would be alive by now.
The return to their flirty dynamic and ghe way Eddie was framed away from Buck could mean two things: their incoming issues with Taylor and also, Eddie trying to solve his inner sexuality issues by trying to keep a distance with the one who's making him feel confused about his own feelings.
Just like Maddie, Eddie needs time.
Are we staying at the door of a hard situation for these two friends. Maybe a discussion. Maybe Jealousy. But it will melt in 507. Also, the blood spot on Eddie's beck could be a foreshadow for 507. It wouldn't surprise me if Eddie gets hurt in that same spot or if the man who will have him as a hostage will put the knife or gun in his throat...
Again... cut throats and Impossibility to speak (we had foreshadows in 502).
Okay, that was all. See you next week!
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(504): You walked into the frat house and screamed "whose down to fuck" i think they were more intimidated than anything
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