UDONNA hope your little one is better soon we moms dont like our baby chicks ill! Yes it was different this time the intimacy is there. I did indeed hear the SMOOCH SMOOCH!But there was no stuffiness in Macs body he was open and receptive. They held each other longer, more solid taking comfort in each other. Both his arms were around her a full embrace (had to watch it several times hope the VCR tape doesnt break!!! But the stinkers PTB kept the shot above the waist) And they lingered there, it was what you percieve, very natural and consenseual. And his look to her as she walked away we have seen it before that longing ,but under the nature of the storyline you knew by the moment he was glad she was safe and was there. The reason I feel it was Stella who has been hit is because 1: It is usually Mac and 2: The gunmans focus was on her the split second before the fire . And I am starting to feel we will not be waiting untill Season nine as Gary said because the end of this season has come a long way with very blatant meaning and if they try to "Rewind" it will not be believable because they have made that leap and to try to go back would feel to phoney and incredulous. Gotta Go my last day of work is waiting for me. I will be going on summer break right after surgury so will be hanging around during "Recoup" time. I love all of you and cherish your friendship!