Reese: I want you to give me your knife.
Crews: My knife, why?
Reese: Because I want to swear a blood oath with you and I need something to cut my pinkie. Give me your knife or I’ll burn you with IAD for not using your service weapon when you should have. I need to know my partner is a cop and not a con. [Crews hands her the knife] Anything else you carrying from the old days? Sharpened toothbrush, lightbulb full of bleach?
DANI AND CHARLIE AND UUUUUUUUUUUUGH, this scene! Oh, these two assholes are forever going to be my favorite. And the way this scene is played! I’ve said, repeatedly, that Dani is the type of person who flat out gives you 80% of her loyalty and makes you work for that last 20%. This is part of that. Her asking him to give up his knife; asking him to be vulnerable in a very specific and definitive way. This scene is about her demanding power, and him giving it up.
And later? When she gives the knife back? It’s her proving that she KNOWS what it means. She’s giving him back a thing that makes him powerful after proving to him that he didn’t need it anymore. Seriously, the power dynamics between these two are ridiculous and every time I see screen shots from an episode (or rewatch the episodes!), I find new evidence of their shifting power dynamics and the beautiful, organic way in which their relationship developed.
UGH, THIS SHOW. Everything in it pays off in some way! The knife pays off. Hell, the question asked in the first TWO MINUTES of the pilot is answered in the last two minutes of the series finale. *flails stupidly*
Short version: OH MY GOD THEIR STUPID FACES, I MISS YOU LIFE, I LOVE YOU.