I don't see it as one upsmanship. This entire thread seems like a good discussion about the episode from all points of view. This is a thread and it's all about debate. Of course it's going to go back and forth with discussion. That's the whole point. As for the pool table, I don't think it was a mistake that it was missing. Apparently, it has disappeared just like this so-called DL romance. ETA: I agree. If my child had died that way, I couldn't say for sure that I wouldn't do the exact same thing Rikki did. I don't think she intended to kill Ollie but it must have felt great pointing that gun at him knowing that right at that moment, she controlled whether or not he lived or died. For me, that would be a start.