bridge

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A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that can be detrimental to cross otherwise.

Episode Reference

Michaela and Jared (just before receiving the call on the radio that there has been a robbery) stop to get a cup coffee near a bridge (107.10).

Ben meets up with Deputy Powell at a restauraunt which has spectacular views of the Manhattan bridge and New York City downtown skyline (110.18)

Significance

Bridges are highly symbolic. Just as one crosses a bridge to get from one area to another which otherwise would be inaccessible, episode 7 involves a calling (i.e. the heartbeat) which emotionally connects Michaela not only to Carlos, but links her experiences of what is happening in the present with the past (i.e. Evie’s death). In other words, it’s no coincidence that Michaela receives the calling of a “heartbeat” at the same time Jared and Lourdes are trying to rebuild their relationship with Michaela and invite her over for dinner.

While she successfully builds an emotional bridge with Carlos, however, she is less successful in bridging the gap between her and Lourdes.  A liquid refreshment (i.e. wine) is used as a kind of marker (107.13). Notice Michaela does not drink wine while having dinner with Jared and Lourdes. “I’m good,” she says. “I haven’t had a drink since that night (i.e. Evie’s death). This reveals that Michaela still has some unresolved feelings about what happened the night Evie died, and indicates  we haven’t been privy just yet to everything that happened that night.

In episode 110, “Crosswinds”, the bridge in the background outside the window where Ben meets Deputy Poweell is also symbolic. This scene, and the others in the episode involving Powell, act as a bridge following the unexpected death of Director Robert Vance.

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Categories: Metaphors
Tags: 107, 107nt, 110
bridge (Wikipedia)

Wiesen Viaduct in Switzerland

A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that can be detrimental to cross otherwise. There are many different designs that each serve a particular purpose and apply to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it.

Most likely the earliest bridges were fallen trees and stepping stones, while Neolithic people built boardwalk bridges across marshland. The Arkadiko Bridge dating from the 13th century BC, in the Peloponnese, in southern Greece is one of the oldest arch bridges still in existence and use.

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