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28 January 2012 @ 08:49 pm
Cohen's Daughter is Mentioned in "Amateur Night"  
I had FK's "Amateur Night" on while I did some other things tonight.  I pulled up short when I heard Captain Amanda Cohen say, "My daughter jumps rope."  "My daughter"!  This means that a) Cohen canonically, indisputably, has a daughter, and b) I have failed to fully absorb this fact for an awful lot of years.

"Amateur Night" is nobody's favorite episode.  I think it's underrated and deserves respect as a Schanke vehicle (with some intriguing Natalie tidbits on the side), but even I rarely rewatch it.  What do we all rewatch?  "A More Permanent Hell."  Everyone has seen AMPH a dozen times, and AN a couple, so we absorb that Cohen has photos in her office in AMPH, and miss that AN tells us who one of those photos depicts!

Okay, maybe none of you did that; maybe it's just me. ~grin~  Certainly, fanfic usually depicts Cohen as the mother of a daughter (on the rare occasions that Cohen's personal life wins a mention).  If only I had studied Cohen back when I was writing character FAQs, I would have learned better.  I have always known that Cohen has that photo of a girl in her office, but from time to time, from forkni-l to here, you'll find me ruminating on the question of whether the girl is Cohen's daughter, niece, sister, or herself as a child (alongside similar questions about the photographed couple with the leis).  Well, one question answered, anyway!  Cohen has a daughter, and she is at least as old as the girl in the picture, and still young enough to jump rope.

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Amy R.: Lacroixbrightknightie on January 29th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
Word Choice
>"So this is not exactly unknown information. (Unabsorbed, I guess.)"

Nowhere in my post did I say that this information was "unknown."

I explicitly said that I had failed to "absorb" the information, and that I supposed we all "miss" it, but "maybe it's just me." So you do not need to "guess" that it was "unabsorbed;" I said it was so.

Your phrasing poured cold water on my enthusiasm for my personal discovery. Please, when possible, don't do that in my journal. Instead, why not encourage enthusiasm for rewatching FK, and for all the great things we can discover and rediscover, whether or not they are already in the Wiki?
greerwatsongreerwatson on January 29th, 2012 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: Word Choice
I apologize. It was a poor choice of words.

Certainly, rewatching Forever Knight is always rewarding. It is particularly so where the less written about or minor characters are concerned. I believe it was you who pointed out that Norma Alves is mentioned in "Only the Lonely". Now there's something that I had never noticed—and, of course, it prompted me to get out my tape of the episode.

Enthusiasm for FK is rare enough nowadays. Your support for FK fandom in your journal is always apppreciated.

Amy R.: Nick Solemnbrightknightie on January 30th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Word Choice
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.