Yes, well this is where I bring my optimisum to the table! They are making there way to Smack by setting the scene,let me explain. We already know over the years Stella has gone out of her way to touch,encourage,LOVE Mac so to speak but it was Mac holding back. But the last half of the season (as seems to be the pattern) we see Mac becoming more physical and attentive to Stella finally taking his chance of going for what he has wanted this whole time... Remember his look of longing at her at the end of season1? O.K. my point is TPTB have been taking this relationship slow and gradually moving to the next level. Even though we did not get much Smack last night in away ,we have.They have been giving us the personal Mac (as someone said) these last couple of episodes. For example I think what they wanted to get across is Mac is tired of being lonely. He made the advance to comfort Stella by putting his arm around her (feeling more comfortable now) and why would TPTB have Mac coming in on his day off to work on a case that was old? They could have showed him in his "Work attire" but they wanted us to see how alone he is and how much work is his life and then the conversation with the mom about losing someone you love he knows what love is and he wants that again and he wants it with our little Stellamoo and he is going to conquer his fear of possibly losing her" and take that bold step to let us and her know how much he loves her. He is afraid of this more then anything, but he wants love in his life again. They said Mac and Stella will realize feelings... well they have been working towards this for the last couple of episodes and next week it will be "On screen" with MAC finally showing how he feels . I also noticed in the promo that Stella, Hawkes,Flack, Danny and Lindsey are in that cafe that is open fired on maybe Stella will be the "Cliff hanger"and also gets shot then you have Flack AND Mac grieving after Stella and Jess have been partnered up with the Greek thing and when we see that opportunity for danger not played out with the two females maybe the twist will be the next danger eppie and they wait till the end, because we would be expecting it in next week BUT not the following. So Not just Danny as the thought on the finale "Cliff hanger" .... The season has been D/L and Smac after all! GIO: That is the picture Yes and Thank you VERY much you are a Doll!