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Tippi Blevins: A+ | 33 USERS: A+
Sweet Nothings

Alana sits down with Jack in his office. I'm having a hard time hearing over her dress, but it sounds like Jack is saying they have a tissue match for Abigail. Tears fill her eyes. "You said you would cover him," she says. "You could see he was breaking." Jack doesn't deny it. "I kept pushing him because he was saving lives," he says. He gets snitty about Alana not doing better at protecting Will, which, you know, not her job. They eventually get around to blaming Hannibal for not seeing the warning signs, who, after all, was Will's psychiatrist. Alana excuses herself to go have a slow-motion breakdown in the privacy of her car.

When she's done with that, she visits Will in the FBI interview room. Will's surprised Jack let her see him, given their almost-romance. Jack, watching through the mirrored wall, is learning of this for the first time. "Guess you dodged a bullet," Will says to Alana. "I don't feel like I dodged a bullet," she says. "I feel wounded." At least you still have both your ears, lady. She tells him she's going to take care of his dogs for as long as it takes. Thank you, Show, for mentioning this so that everybody (or just yours truly) doesn't spend the entire hiatus worrying about those adorable mutts. Now she gets down to the business of administering a few tests. He volunteers to draw her a clock, as he did for Hannibal. As always, the clock looks completely normal to him and like a Dali sketch to everyone else.

Meanwhile, Hannibal has a session with Dr. Du Maurier. "Despite the overwhelming evidence, I find myself searching for ways Abigail could still be alive," he says as tears roll down his cheeks. To him, this is not a lie. He can kill her and still wish she were alive. Even the tears aren't necessarily false; it's just that instead of crying for Abigail, he's crying for his own loss. Du Maurier remarks on the impact Abigail has had on him. "You seem surprised by that," she says. He talks about thinking of Abigail as his own child - his own cannibal baby on to whom he could have passed the family recipes. Not in those exact words, of course, but that's the gist of it. I think his mourning is genuine, even if he's the cause of it. Abigail was a rare prize. How often is he going to find a kid who eats human flesh? Du Maurier brings up Will as another loss for Hannibal. "I haven't given up on Will," he says. "I was so confident in my ability to help him, to solve him." This, too, isn't necessarily a lie. It's just that Hannibal has a different definition of "help" than most of the rest of us do.

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