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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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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.