This change of scenery reminds the viewer that while Ben figures out who Fiona Clarke is, there is a lot he does not know about his daughter, and her other “dad”. Even Danny can be dumbfounded by her, at times, as this scene depicts.
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DANNY: Hey, did you crush that soccer tournament like you’re crushing this climb?
OLIVE: Had to bail. It was like two days after the plane came back.
OLIVE: I have another one in a week.
DANNY: Nice. Wish I could see it.
Olive falls and quits
Olive pauses her climb, and appears to lose her focus, before slipping and allowing the rope and harnesses catch her lowering her to the floor.
OLIVE: Oh, damn it.
DANNY: It’s all right. Next time, make sure that your knee is bent before you reach.
OLIVE: I don’t want to do this anymore.
Why Olive loses her focus
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Danny does not push
DANNY: Well, where’d that come from? This morning, you seemed pumped to climb.
OLIVE: Yeah, and now I’m not.
OLIVE: No. I’m out.
DANNY: Well, I’m not. I’ll be here tomorrow.
Rock climbing metaphor works wells here
The writer’s continue to surprise us with how well they integrate the story line and character development with the real world. Any rock climber understands that the safety ropes which secure a person during a climb need to be pulled not pushed. The force that is created is called tension. Pushing something with a rope is impossible since the rope will go slack, and lose the tension that allows it to pull in the first place. As long one’s climbing partner applies tension at the other end of the rope, a climber who falls will not fall far. As the climber moves on the climb, the belayer must make sure that the climber has the right amount of rope by paying out or pulling in excess rope.
Everything we know about Danny seems consistent with this. He knows when to let out, and when to pull in just at the right times when interacting with Olive. Whether he is talking about meatloaf they are having for dinner (105.13), picking her up after she was caught shoplifting (104.17, cf. 104.20), or giving her the freedom to return to rock climbing the next day, Danny is willing to give her just the right slack. As we will soon see, however, this tension has to work and balance itself out in both directions, and when other people are involved (i.e. Grace and Ben), things can get a whole lot more complicated.