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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.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on January 30th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Episode Order and Cohen Interpretations
It's interesting that you may watch episodes based on their DVD adjacencies; that's a factor that I had not pondered in the evolution of the wider audience's interpretations. I personally tend to look up specific episodes, and of course the series overall still sits in my mind in the original aired order, not the order on the DVDs (which, in second season, is very different; I should make a new chart...).

>"In my opinion, her feelings about the young victim and her daughter explain why she put Nick, her best detective, on the case, and allowed him to pull Schanke off of his vacation to help him. =)"

Do you interpret Cohen as influenced by her emotions, then?

Myself, I interpret her as walling off her emotions and personal life as much as she can, keeping her dedicated professional life focused and driven -- pure, in a way -- perhaps because of coming up through such a male-dominated profession, or perhaps for personal reasons we never got to learn.

"Amateur Night" is one of several episodes in which it seems to me that Cohen shows little respect for vacation time, here telling Schanke to "bank it," elsewhere denying Schanke's request to go up to his cabin as he had planned, when Nick insists on following a lead that Cohen herself had discouraged just a few sentences before, telling them that there was "no extra credit" for overtime yet immediately sending them out to work more. I think that she may be the kind of workaholic who does not fully grasp that expecting of others what she expects of herself may sometimes be not only unfair, but against good personnel policies...
Foxy11814foxy11814 on January 30th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Episode Order and Cohen Interpretations
Yeah, I tend to watch certain episodes, as well, and because of that, I'll end up watching what goes along with that particular episode on the disk often. I usually watch FK before bedtime, so I make no plans to change the DVD once I put it in there. In the case of AN, it is on the same disk as "The Fire Inside," "The Fix," "Curiouser & Curiouser," and "Beyond the Law." Because I love TF and C&C, the others get watched quite a bit, as well. I won't lie though, I'll rematch the show in order quite often, as well. I'm currently doing that now. =)

As for Cohen, I do read her as someone who tries to keep herself and her emotions closed off, but I believe this was one of those rare occasions in which circumstances put a chink in that armor, so to speak. In my opinion, because it deals with a child murder, she mentions her daughter and makes Schanke work despite her hating detectives who do a little grand standing and pull overtime. Her characterization to me is a lot like Agent Scully on The X-Files. She's a no nonsense woman who is very dedicated to her job. She rarely shows her emotions unless it is extreme circumstances. Scully's emotions also showed when it dealt with children and family...and Mulder, of course, but that's a different story, lol.