Seven Days (“Brother, Can You Spare a Bomb?)

Season 2, Episode 18
Date of airing: April 19, 2000 (UPN)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.2/4 in Households

This episode was okay. The writers and producers finally gave a chance for Nick Searcy to pull some strings on the show and to get some of his acting chops on screen, while Jonathan LaPaglia was given a break of constantly being front and center, which also means his hardest work during the entire episode was when Parker was being chased by Ramsey around the white truck and LaPaglia had to watch that he is not going to hit his head while crawling through it. There is probably a reason Nick Searcy got a “Story by” credit for this episode, and I can imagine that the whole cast was trying to bring ideas into the writers room that would make SEVEN DAYS a better show, a less boring show than it was for most of the episodes, and a more meaningful show for its cast and the viewers who watch. I can remember having read an article about the fact that the cast was unhappy with the way the show was handled behind the cameras, which may or may not have led to tension between some of the cast members, most notably LaPaglia and Justina Vail during the later stages of the third season (rumor has it she walked off set one day, and in the age and era of #MeToo, I would love to know if that may have been one of the many reasons for frictions behind the scenes).

Parker and Ramsey are on the same side for once.

The story itself… Well, it’s nothing majorly interesting. It’s good to see that Ramsey had an opportunity to be given a back story, which make his life looked very messed up, but maybe it would have been nice to mention his family connection in an earlier episode, just to prove that the writers knew for what kind of characters they were writing. Olga reveals she had (has) a husband, right after he time travelled into NeverNeverLand; Talmadge’s niece was about to become important, because the story screamed for it, as well as dead children in the narrative; and Mentnor needed a granddaughter and a wife, because he was front and center of the story and the writers needed stuff to fill airtime with. Anyway, all those family connections disappear right after the writers used them for their respective episodes, and I was a bit disappointed that Nick was never mentioned again after this episode, let alone all the other family members of the main characters that have appeared (except for one, who made another appearance midway through the next season). Because the back story of this episode told me that Nick and Ramsey had contact (or Nick wouldn’t have said that his brother talked some good stuff about Parker, although that could have happened between the time Ramsey sent his brother to the VA hospital and the final scene), and that they aren’t as estranged as the story makes them to be. In addition, there is brotherly love between the two, which makes it even more disappointing that Nick was never really an issue for the show after this episode.

There were some things about the story that were ridiculous though. Nick has the nickname “Ameri Bomber,” before he even blew up the Senator, meaning his bombs already went off way before that. I imagine Nick blew up other people before, or at least did some serious damage as a domestic terrorist, which is why I cannot understand that Ramsay was so open to helping his brother and covering up for his crimes. It’s almost certain Nick killed people — why would Ramsay help a killer, even when the killer is his not-estranged-at-all brother? The second huge problem is Parker’s lie in the new timeline. There is no way that Talmadge and the NSA wouldn’t know what happened in the old timeline. They can’t just trust Parker with all the information, without backing it up on various chips (like the one that had been encoded for “EBEs,” or like the one that was programmed with new intel in the pilot, right before the very first backstep). Consistency, guys, that’s what makes a show good. But in this particular case, the writers did not care for consistency, because it was easier for Parker and Ramsay to team up and stop Nick on their own.

This screenshot is full of people who are hated by the far-right.

By the way: Why exactly made the NSA panel decide to backstep in the first place? It sounded like the death at the immigration office was the final straw in all of it, but that would mean the NSA did not care about a dead member of Congress. In addition, the episode had a hint of anti-immigration spout from some of the characters (most notably the Ramsey brothers), but as it turns out it was actually not at all part of the narrative of the episode. It lets me continue to thin that SEVEN DAYS is a highly conservative and patriotic action fun pulp show, and that a story about immigration would not get accepted like the way it was for this episode. Because at the end of the day, the anti-immigration agenda spouted by Nick is still standing and was not debated by one of the other characters. The Church of Trump is going to love this episode when they discover this show.

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