Even though we're not sure Ivy is to be trusted, we have to admit that she brings a lot to the table when it comes to geek problem solving.
The wrinkle of oxytocin affecting the stitch might cause tension with Camsten, but we like that they will be challenged to grow as a couple.
At times, it seems that both Cameron and Kirsten are not behaving in their typical fashion. Although it could be due to the haze of the new relationship, it still seems a little out of place.
We’re swimming in a sea of hormones in the stitch lab in Stitchers 3X02 “For Love or Money”
It’s been one whole week since Camsten became canon, and we’re still reeling from happiness. Of course, leave it to the geek squad to turn things awkward. First, Camille tells him to handle Kirsten’s emotional fragility with kid gloves. Second, Cameron does a fine job worrying his well-coiffed head about her as it is. A new case would be a great distraction, but then the stitch goes a little sideways when Kirsten’s vital signs spike. One very foggy neurosync later, the team moves forward with the case of a young woman, Sabine, killed for providing insider trading. When Camsten finds her missing phone, they hand it over to Linus to crack the code. He in turn allows Ivy, his new crush, to help him solve the puzzle. Let’s not forget Camille, whose innocuous visit to the ME’s office leads to a late night of drinking.
Eventually, they figure out that Sabine’s boyfriend is the son of a very prominent Russian businessman. His steel company has just been given a military contract, and they suspect he’s the real target. When Kirsten gets the idea to bring Ivy in to help track the father and son down, Maggie and Cameron both voice concerns about it. With no other viable options, however, she gets the chance to help and does it spectacularly. Once the case is over, Maggie announces that she has agreed to take Blair’s old position as director. Since she will be required to travel regularly, she appoints Cameron in her stead despite his reluctance.
There was a whole lot of flirting, geektastic problem solving, and trust issues in “For Love or Money.” Let’s go back and retrieve the facts for the case, shall we?
Camille’s looking to be challenged, but she wasn’t expecting the human kind
We’ve seen Camille (Allison Scagliotti) asking for more responsibility in the stitch lab for some time now. However, other than her undercover work with Liam, she remains the keeper of the tablet searches. Luckily, Maggie seemed open to giving her more opportunities to try things out. This week, she was asked to go get a feel for the NSA’s new medical examiner. Upon arrival, she finds Amanda Weston (Anna Akana) both unexpected and intriguing. They share the art of the snark, but while Camille thrives on games, the ME is bold and direct. She uses the stitcher’s need for information to lure her to the club, where a shot of whiskey leads to a night of partying. Amanda does eventually provide the answers they need, and after a rough day Camille takes their flirtation to the next level.
Amanda: “You must be…Camille Engelson from the NSA, right? I hear you’re snarky.”
Camille: “Well! What does that make you? Grumpy, Dopey…”
It’s not hard for us to empathize with Camille. She is by no means dull, but she works in a lab full of uber-intelligent scientists. We were totally with her when she asked Maggie for more challenges. However, we also get why the acting supervisor has been so reticent. Camille has a habit of skirting the rules and acting a little too carefree at times. We’ve also learned that she’s very sensitive about her past, and she sometimes covers it up with sarcasm and overconfidence. This week, her drunken rant during the case did her no favors. While Maggie shouldn’t have been so hard on her for trusting Ivy, we know the team has been burned before. We can only hope she’ll remember to be careful with Amanda, as the ME could bring out Camille’s bad habits…
When it comes to Ivy, all signs point to proceed with caution
When Linus (Ritesh Rajan) revealed to Ivy (Sarah Davenport) that Kirsten’s life was in danger, we were glad she offered to help immediately. She also gave him the chance to find out his father’s fate, which endeared her to him. This week, Linus tries to convince Maggie that bringing Ivy on would be a good thing, but she shoots him down. He then goes to her school to thank her and confront her about Stinger. After she adamantly denies any further involvement with him, he reveals that he’s developed feelings for her and asks her out. When Linus ends up needing to crack a code on a throwaway phone, he takes a chance on asking for her help. He then sticks up for her when Kirsten brings her to help at the lab.
Ivy: “No, I am not working with my father. He made me think there was this big plan…get the family all back together, but Kirsten was right. He’s absolutely psychotic.”
This is a bit of a sticky situation. Stinger has spent most of Ivy’s life grooming her against the NSA. She is also brilliant, and we wouldn’t put it past her to fake her disgust with her father to earn everyone’s trust. We already know Kirsten’s desperate to believe in her innocence, and Linus has always had a soft heart. Remember what happened with Theo? Yeah. Apparently, he hasn’t learned his lesson. While it’s possible she’s done a complete one eighty, it’s just as likely that she’s lying to further Stinger’s plan. We definitely see Maggie’s point in being so wary of her, even if Sarah Davenport makes Ivy so damn hard to dislike! We’re hoping she will turn out to be good, but we’re also preparing for her to be very, very bad…
Love is a many splendored thing…until it gets in the way of your job
We’ve barely gotten a chance to see Camsten come to fruition before reality sets in. Cameron’s worrywart ways were bad enough when they were only best friends. Now that they are officially dating, his anxiety has skyrocketed. He’s jumpier, more cautious, and driving Kirsten nuts with his overprotective hovering. The fact that her first stitch right after they kiss doesn’t go as planned doesn’t help. Her vital signs spike, her oxytocin levels rise, and the entire neurosync is foggy and disjointed. While Kirsten still manages to derive answers from the stitch, it sets Cameron’s nerves on edge. When they finally have time to talk it out, he admits that what he wants most is for her to have faith in him. She responds by taking him to visit her mother’s cryogenic chamber, the ultimate act of trust.
Camille: “Emotionally…she’s a virgin. This is going to be her first real relationship where she’s connected and available.”
We know from Blastr’s interview with Kyle Harris that Camsten’s relationship will cause unintended consequences for both at work. We’re already seeing some of that in this episode. They might not have made the connection the elevated oxytocin level caused the fogginess during the stitch, but they will. We know that Kirsten is desperate to save her mother, and the only way to do that is to improve the technology. If she can’t do her work, then she can’t reunite with her mother. Cameron, on the other hand, is given the responsibility of leading the team when Maggie is traveling. That could pit him against Kirsten’s stubborn nature even more. On top of all that, Kirsten is an emotional virgin. Cameron’s going to have to balance enthusiasm with caution. Damn you, Stitchers writing team and your love of drama!
Final Verdict: In Stitchers 3X02 “For Love or Money,” we’re getting on the love train and hoping we won’t crash
Camsten may be making us do happy dances in every room of our house, but it’s still all about the stitches. This week’s case revealed more than just answers to a murder. Kirsten’s dealing with side effects of her newly developed feelings, especially now that she’s with Cameron. He’s also an emotional wreck, terrified that something bad could happen to her at any moment. Linus, as usual, is giving away trust like candy, especially when it comes to his new crush Ivy. Camille may be unhappy with her job, but she’s finding ways to entertain herself within the program. Clearly, Jeffrey Schechter and the writing team are here to bring the drama, and we can see the conflict coming down the track. Are we on board? Yes, we are!
We have as many questions as there are stops along this ride, so let’s consider a few. First, just who really did send that message to Kirsten? Is Ivy planning to infiltrate the lab for Stinger? Will Camille take Maggie’s rejection too personally and get off the straight and narrow? What about this medical examiner? Could she also have something up her sleeve?
The only thing that really bothered us about this episode was less an error or problem, and more the emotional tone. It’s frustrating for us to see Cameron stifle his emotions. It’s so unlike him, and all the progress he made in season 2 completely disappeared. If he doesn’t confront his fears, he’s going to sabotage his relationship with Kirsten. Meanwhile, Kirsten is overlooking what she heard her mother/Cameron say to her to get her out. She still oscillates between feeling traumatized and utterly dismissive of its emotional impact. It could be Kirsten still learning to manage her emotions, but we’re not sure.
We would be lying if we said any of that really took away from “For Love or Money.” We’re pretty easily bought by the Camsten kisses, Linus and Ivy geek solving session, and the snarkfest between Camille and Amanda. Of course, getting to see the touching moment between Kyle Harris’s Cameron and Emma Ishta’s Kirsten was a boon. It was less the words spoken, and more the looks exchanged, before her mother’s cryogenic chamber that made it for us.
We’re anxious to see how Cameron’s new responsibility will affect his friendships. On top of that, we’re wondering if Kirsten will confront him about not taking her side with Ivy. Camille seems on the verge of doing something impulsively bad, and we’re worried Amanda will be happy to oblige her. Of course, we also are waiting for Stinger to make his next move.
Stitchers is taking us on a whirlwind trip through drama and conspiracy this season, and we’re buckled in for the ride. While we know that it could get bumpy, we’re excited to see the squad dynamics shift and grow over time!
While our Stitchers head out to play, let’s do some Q&A!
- What do we think Stinger’s next move will be?
- Could Ivy be part of his plan? Is she playing nice to get access to the program?
- Will poor Linus be punished again for his perpetual faith in people?
- Could Maggie’s rejection push Camille over the edge? Might she quit?
- Why does the oxytocin affect proper stitching? Inquiring minds want to know…
- Is Cameron on the verge of a nervous breakdown? We sure hope not…
- Is there more than meets the eye to Dr. Amanda Weston?
- Fisher and Stephanie…Wonder how long that will last…
- Any chance Kirsten can change her bounce code to “I heart Cameron?”
- We’d like to hire Dr. Weston to spin at our next dance party…
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Stitchers 3X02 “For Love and Money” Review