The slow, but steady unfolding of the story between Lilly and her father has been nothing short of brilliant. It has showcased the immense talent of Kathryn Morris and recurring guest star Raymond J. Barry. It has stayed true to the character of Lilly -- the one we fell in love with way back in season one (you know, the confident, but cautious; fun, but sensible Lilly Rush who had a healthy devotion to her work). It has revealed more about the character in a few short meetings than a season did with the predictable, overdone story line between Lilly and her alcoholic mother. I see a beautiful, meaningful relationship between Lil and her dad blooming and if this trend continues, it will only strengthen the show. Perhaps the best piece of history between Lil and her dad was that little Christmas anecdote about Lilly taking her mom home after another bender and finding the bike on her front steps. Now, we all know it didn't come from mom. This little story was the missing piece in the history of Lilly and Paul Cooper. He hadn't abandoned her. He still cared about her through the years and he seems to want nothing more now than to reclaim the gap between Ellen's drunken stupors and his daughter's career as an esteemed cold case detective. Finally, someone in Lilly's life who is good for her -- who can ground her and hopefully, teach her how to trust again. This is the story line I have been waiting for.
Once again, HUGE standing ovation to the amazing Kathryn Morris for her quiet, yet spot-on performance. She alone could put this one in the "win" column, but her scenes with Raymond J. Barry were enough this week. CC moves to 18-0-1 on the season. Screencaps courtesy of RichE.