Math Hurts My Head
Okay, so we knew on Friday that there would be ambiguity about some of the DNA results, particularly depending on how much information we got about Vimmel (?) and what actually went down when someone turned on the lights in the lab, and what actually was asked of him in the first place by Clint.
As of yesterday (which I'm going to have to admit was probably the best episode of this show since Bo and Nora's latest wedding), the characters got the following results: Brody (not Ford) is the father of Jessica's baby, Brody (not John) is the father of Natalie's baby, and Charlie (not Clint) is the father of Echo diSavoy's man-baby. The audience was also privy to the fact that it was Marty who walked in on Vimmel in the lab and that she definitely did something at that computer and has a copy of some sort of results now in her home -- presumably Natalie's results. We know that Vimmel's task was to make sure Rex's results listed Charlie as his father, and Clint's daughter's results listed Brody as the father, and that he accomplished both of these tasks.
Bear with me here.
Based on the language Vimmel used, we do not actually know whether it was Clint or Charlie that was a match as Rex's father -- we only know that he "made sure" the results indicated Charlie. We also know that one of Clint's daughter's baby-daddies is not Brody and is "the other man," but we do not know if Vimmel switched the paternity of Jessica's baby or Natalie's baby -- only that we certainly have one baby on the way who is not a mini-Lovett.
The go-to interpretation here would be that since (as far as I know) Clint was unaware that Natalie was having a paternity test and was, in fact, unaware that there was a paternity question at all, he intended for Vimmel to ensure Brody (and not Ford) was listed as Jessica's baby's father. And apparently did not think to specify which daughter since, as I said, he didn't think he had to. Vimmel, on the other hand, saw Natalie's name first (as Banks comes before Brennan), saw that the baby was John's, and switched the results to Brody.
There's also the possibility that he did pick the correct twin and that Jessica's results listed Ford as the father, and he followed Clint's instructions to change it to Brody. Meaning Ford is the father of Jessica's baby and Brody is the father of Natalie's baby, making this a twin double-bummer for the girls.
Another possibility? Vimmel changed Jessica's results to Brody, and Marty changed Natalie's results to Brody, making Ford Jessica's babydaddy and John Natalie's babydaddy. It's also possible that Marty didn't change a thing but just printed out a copy of what she interprets as Natalie's betrayal of John. It's also possible that Marty did her old buddy Jessica a solid and switched her results from Ford to Brody.
My head hurts, but this is fun!
So basically we have no freaking clue what the truth is. Correct me if I'm wrong (and I probably am because, mercy, this is complicated), but the only scenario that we have 100% eliminated is that Brody is the father of both twins' babies. And on the other side of town (?), we know for certain that Echo (diSavoy!) is Rex's mother and that she is certain Clint is Rex's father, but we do not know the DNA evidence either way. We also know that Viki is less than pleased right now.
Can anyone think of any other scenarios (other than a third party tampering with the results)? The longest-shot, I think, would be that Marty had a big change of heart (not so much about dropping her vendetta against Natalie but about protecting Jessica), saw that Brody was the father of Natalie's baby, and changed the results to John... and then Vimmel changed the results back to Brody. I was a little confused about the order of events, though, and whether or not that was even possible.
What do you guys think?
As for the rest of the episode, there's really no use commenting on the banality of the Langston/Ford scenes and the show's continuing feeble attempt at rehabilitating Ford by having him wait for sex with Langston and feel disappointed in not being a father. Just hate hate hate. And speaking of characters the show actually did take time and care to painstakingly rehabilitate to some degree and then decided to throw all of that hard work to hell in a handbasket, what is there really to say about Todd's latest stunt? He's already air-quoted the fact that he raped her twice, and there's not really anywhere to go from there. But yesterday he kicked off his shoes and made himself comfortable in the home of his two-time rape victim where he taunted and laughed at her and talked about the pleasure he's taking in her misery. Oh and he used his devastated and heartbroken daughter as a pawn in his revenge on Marty (on whom he needs revenge for... what exactly?) by tricking her into signing a court order keeping Marty from her granddaughter. I have said a million times that the most compelling thing about the character of Todd Manning was how deeply haunted he always was by what he had done in college, and they have gone so far past the point of no return with him that I'm going to have to go ahead and assume that in his adorably family scenes with Tea and Dani, I am supposed to be worried for his wife and daughter because they love a very, very bad man. Right? I can't think of anything else they could be going for that would make the least bit of sense, though "sense" is something I am often asked to withhold as it applies to this particular television program. That said? Those were some damn good Todd/Marty scenes.