[I apologize for the lateness of this post - three term papers took over my life. - M]
For the unaware (ie. Me), the Anahata is a Hindu spiritual term associated with the heart and about emotional fulfillment based on love and a higher view of one's self as opposed to some sort of terrible desire. If I am understanding Wikipedia correctly, it is essentially a purer sense of belonging as opposed to the other ones below it. Either way, I think it's a decent theme for the episode, even if the line does come from the floaty and pointless Juliet.
She says this to Karen, who is at the center of the episode's largest revelation: Karen's affair with Simon Elder is no coincidence, as she is working for her father in order to get information. Of course, she's actually falling for him, which is really all about her Anahata: she actually likes the guy, smily as he may be, and her father's motives are certainly not in line with Juliet's suggestion. I wish that Gina Torres had gotten more to do as Elder's princess bride, to be honest, and feel that Karen felt just a bit too hard for a guy that...well, is kind of personality-less.
Meanwhile, someone is a little confused about where their Anahata is leading them, and decides to turn to a little reefer madness to get them there. Strangely enough (And I never predicted I would type this), this person is Lisa of all people, as she and Jeremy smoke up in the gallery before he decides to kiss her (She declines further sucking of face). Maybe it's just that I wrote an essay on feminist theory and Mad Men this week, but this storyline was really fairly awful: Lisa is finally given a character but it takes the form of teenage rebellion, doubts her relationship, loses her job, and then running home to her husband who informs her that he's going to knock her up and define her within a domestic sphere. Am I the only person kind of perplexed at this characterization?
Brian's crisis of faith was perhaps the episode's most consistent development, as he searched for his Anahata outside of his role as a priest. It's interesting to see that his journey is one defined by both God and Tripp as opposed to just one or the other - it complicates his character and makes me hope that they make his Darling employment more interested than Jeremy's parking job. I especially liked the scene between Brian and his mother, especially that there was a foot bath involved. I've always wanted one of those. [Speaking of Jeremy, his Anahata wasn't quite found in lying to Sofia, as Lisa helped guide him to tell the truth...and get royally dumped. Aww, poor Jeremy Babeson.]
In other news, Juliet had perhaps the most bizarre storyline ever. Juliet brought home a guy from her Honeymoon (Well, Karen's honeymoon). Kai, however, is a near-simpleton who just kind of stares in awe while Juliet is all happy and spiritually enlightened. I just don't get it: when did she become so happy? Why is he not at all a character? Are we supposed to care that Juliet is willing to lose her virginity? It wasn't funny, it wasn't dramatic, it wasn't poignant...it was just there. If that's Juliet's Anahata, it's just plain boring.
And if Patrick's Anahata was most realized during his time with Carmelita, he's got a problem on his hands: an apparent kidnapping. These scenes gave us more time with ever-lovable Clark, but they were also really uninteresting: the small apartment set seemed almost claustrophobic, but the direction just kind of let it sit there. If someone's going to get kidnapped, it needs to stand out from the scenes where there's a giant sponge. Plus, I'm fairly certain she's making it up to get attention, but the show didn't hint to this as much as I expected.
Oh, yeah: there was a giant sponge. It soaked up marijuana. It was weird.