HARDISON: No way am I giving up this life to be an ordinary person.
ELIOT: Did you talk to Parker about that?
HARDISON: What you mean… why would I…- No, she’s the least ordinary person I know… You know. Shoot. Wait. Do I have to talk to her about stuff like-
HARDISON: I guess that’s what it’s like, huh? Retirement?
ERICKSON: You’re trying to ruin my life. I got to work. I come home. I got to work. I come home. I mean, you’re smothering me!
HARDISON [nervous laugh] Just all up in each other’s business 24/7. Nothing to do…
PARKER: I could never retire. Could you.. would you ever..-?
HARDISON: No. Mnh-mnh. No, hell, no.
PARKER: Good. Good.
HARDISON: Are you sure you…
PARKER: Mm. Good. Then we’re on the same page.
HARDISON: …Eliot told you.
PARKER: You were flailing just a little bit.
HARDISON: A skosh?
PARKER: Yeah, a skosh
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Ok you need to understand this scene is perfect and the way they’re handling this relationship this season is SO GOOD and real and true to the characters because of course Hardison wouldn’t even think about talking to Parker about retiring. I mean, it’s Parker, she most definitely didn’t even consider it herself. But Eliot being the one suggesting him that it is a possibility and it’s okay to talk about it is spot on, as much as Sophie being the one who brings up the subject to Nate (and selflessly reminding him that his ultimate choice should be about him being happy.)
Because both Eliot and Sophie are the most grounded individuals in this group of emotional losers and they compete to see which one of them would cope better with being an ordinary person (spoiler alert: none of them would completely lbr) and sometimes they have to step in and give Parker and/or Hardison a little help because they’re just more equipped to do so, but I’m just so glad there’s such a great balance between their little pushes and Parker and Hardison figuring it out for themselves.* Because this show never was about the couples but about the five of them together and them as individuals who are still trying to figure out their shit and how relationships actually work for them, and they’re doing all those things step by step and sometimes they need someone who is able to relate to them to walk them through it** until they can make it on their own, which is, at the end of the day, one of the main themes of this show. And it’s true that this season they decided to focus more on how they function alone in this world, but never losing track of what makes them a family and makes every character important to the rest and viceversa. And I just want to give this show a big hug because they’ve got two established couples this year and instead of taking the easy way and focus on them, they keep exploring and expanding all the dynamics and taking time to show it’s the five of them together what completes the group and not any other way AND THIS OT5 I SWEAR. I JUST WANT TO DRAW HEARTS ALL OVER THEIR FACES.
*Like, Parker getting what Hardison is trying to do the moment he starts flailing and gracely saving him the pain of skirting around the subject for another 5 more awkward minutes makes my heart hurt with proudness because ugh, my emotional stunted princess, you’ve grown up so much! But also the reason why Hardison was so nervous is because this is probably the first time in his life in which he’s found himself actually thinking about the possibility of retiring. Because he realizes he’d do it if she’d do it. And this is a serious subject for a couple and a huge step in a relationship, but especially in this show if we consider these characters have never in their life think about anyone but themselves, and they’re emotionally mature enough to adress it stepping over all kind of unnecessary drama, and they manage to do it without losing that adorable awkwardness because they’re still learning to adjust to each other, but they’re doing it great so far and without ever losing themselves and what makes them special in the process and it is so. good. BABIES :’)
**No one ever in this show tells anyone how they’re supposed to feel or act and it is my favorite thing. They selflessly help each other to navigate through things and sometimes that help comes from different places because they’re all different and need different things, but the level of respect these writers have for these characters and these characters have for each other is infinite and they treat them as real humans, never ripping off their agency and constantly letting them have choices, there’s not emotional manipulation on any part driving the character’s actions and I hope it remains like this forever because it’s perfect and it’s important.