Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:49 AM
You know, the more I think about this, the more I think Surreal's hunch that Kramer has plans to grab Neal, and his mind and talents, for his own success/purposes, might just be spot on. (And I think there was someone else who made that argument, too -- I forget who it was and I find I lack the ambition ot re-read all the posts to look for it, but consider yourself credited, as well). I wonder if he's going to pull some strings and get Neal transfered into his custody. It would certainly make Kramer's parting comment -- "I don't know if he's reformed, but he definitely wants to be here" -- all that much more meaningful. It would be an emotional punch to the kidneys, for the viewers *and* for Neal and Peter, if just as they were repairing their relationship, Kramer marches in and breaks them up. And it would have to make for an ugly situation in terms of how Neal gets treated and how he's utilized on cases; I don't believe for a second Kramer would have the same consideration for Neal's safety that Peter does. Plus, it would really book-end the season powerfully, if S3 started out with Neal faced with this big choice of whether to stay or go, and after he's battled through and made that choice, something beyond his or Peter's control comes along that overrules it, and he's taken unwillingly from that situation.
And it serves multiple agendas for Kramer, assuming he's the underhanded bastard I believe him to be: he gets Neal's expertise, which he clearly recognizes the value of, as he acknowledges Peter's success, and with it, probably figures he'll get the feathers in the cap of his career that Peter has right now (and that I suspect Kramer thinks he doesn't deserve, despite all his supporting talk), he gets to put Neal right where he wants him (and if he feels Neal humiliated and evaded him previously, you better believe that'll be a dangerous thing), *and* he gets to stick it to Peter persoanlly by taking away his partner and friend.
"Dear Lord, before we eat this meal we ask forgiveness for our sins, especially Boyd- who blew up a black church with a rocket launcher, and afterwards he shot his associate Jared Hale in the back of the head out on Tate's Creek bridge. Let the image of Jared's brain matter on that windshield not dampen our appetites, but may the knowledge of Boyd's past sins help guide these men. May this food provide them with all the nourishment they need. But, if it does not, may they find comfort in knowing that the United States Marshal Service is offering fifty-thousand dollars to any individual providing information that will put Boyd back in prison. Cash or check, we can make it out to them. Or to Jesus. Whoever they want. In your name, we pray. Amen."