I’ll go down with this ship: Ingrid and Murphy from “Partner Track”
Okay, before you jump down my throat about all the things Murphy did wrong, I need you to take a deep breath. Before you remind me of everything Murphy did wrong and how he betrayed Ingrid, I need you to listen.
Before I dive into my defense of this ship (for which there is no defense for this betrayal, #IYKYK), I want to start by saying that the first time I watched Partner track, I thought Murphy was the endgame. And then I watched the series twice more.
I have never read the books that Partner path is based on, but after watching – I did not want. Not that I don’t think the books will be amazing (I bought them), but I found myself so invested in these characters that I didn’t want to be taken out of the TV series, but I wanted to be able to find my way, based about the chemistry I see on screen, but also about how these actors bring this show to life.
And in there, I realized something.
After writing the review for the season, I went back and watched the show, realizing that I had shipped Murphy and Ingrid, because I believe that’s a relationship that I think takes Ingrid down the road. to bring her to the relationship that I think we all really want – her and Z together.
Her road with Murphy this season sees her doing things that lead to her helping Z and that ending. So I’m boarding Murphy and Ingrid to get to the ultimate ship of this show, Ingrid and Z.
Yes, we are going to have to write this one to move on to the next one I’ll go down with this shipIngrid and Z. So bear with us, as we descend with the ship Murphy and Ingrid, to get to the endgame – Ingrid and Z.
When Jeff arrived in New York, Ingrid was focused on one thing: becoming a partner. Nothing else mattered to her. Her balance in her life was work and friends, but romance seemed disconnected.
Thing is, Jeff was supposed to be a one-night stand she never saw again. But fate has a way of working and what is meant to happen will always find a way.
When Jeff came into the office, he acted like he didn’t know Ingrid. She may have remembered everything about him – the way he smelled, the way he touched her, the way he felt. So, for him, not remembering her was hurtful.
Now, you might not believe in fate very much, but some of us do. Fate has a way of getting you to a place where you need to be. Fate brought Murphy back into Ingrid’s orbit. Fate reminded him what it was like to feel that passion. We don’t know why Murphy acted like he didn’t remember her, but we’re okay with that moment when he mutters that he remembers everything.
When two people have that passion but aren’t romantically together, but still around each other, it reminds you of what it’s like to be alive. It reminds you of what it’s like to feel. And that motivates you to rediscover that passion.
That Murphy reminds Ingrid that she wants to feel that again and that he wants to continue what she made him feel…brings out the best and the worst in them. The angst and passion might not be what everyone wants, but it’s definitely something we do.
For Ingrid, being around Jeff put her on a road that just reminded her that…that she was alive and that she was a sexual woman and that work shouldn’t be the only thing she did.
It’s something we all need to remember and it’s something that changes us. We must remember that we must live and not just exist. Personally, I don’t think Ingrid would have participated in anything outside of her friendship circle and started looking around for the possibility of dating.
Jeff reminding her that she’s alive led to the next thing on her way to where she belongs. Ingrids is so focused on her work that she doesn’t see what’s working in front of her. And one of the things she seems to care about the most is love and allowing people into her heart.
It’s Jeff who’s there and her seeing him with someone else that makes her realize she has to go out. It is her seeing that she is also desirable. She is the one who sees that she can balance the two.
And when Nick steps into the situation, she sees that she can be taken care of and balance her work life. People will understand that and it allows him to start opening up even more.
Admittedly, she doesn’t really agree with Nick, because she’s so in love with Murphy, and that’s why I can’t think this was the relationship she needed to fully discover herself. Nick was a relationship through which she existed, but not DIRECT through. When we see the times when she grows up and allows this relationship (Murphy’s), what she does is learn balance in her life.
I’m not saying their relationship is healthy. This is certainly not the case. Murphy has more baggage than a warehouse containing all the baggage lost in the transportation system. He also doesn’t address the issues he has or unpack them. He’s definitely trying to move on and live a life of bad decisions along the way.
But the truth is, it’s not about Murphy or Ingrid — it’s about how they are together. Even Nick sees it. Granted, he has to learn the hard way by catching Ingrid lying and them in a very compromising way.
But I will also say that the warmth and passion that Nick shares is part of what makes them exciting. At this point, I admit I’m overlooking the lies Nick told, because we don’t know about them.
When you’ve lived a life in which you’re happy, that’s an amazing thing. When you start to explore parts of yourself that have been pushed into the background, because you’re so focused on something else, you start to realize there’s a lot you can do. It’s about determining what’s important.
For Ingrid and Jeff, partnering is important. But what they teach each other is important. Ingrid teaches Murphy that he is good enough, that he is not defined by his past, but that he can afford to believe in something better, because she loved him with all her heart. Murphy taught Ingrid to embrace the moments and not be content with a life half-lived or lived in lies (including lies of omission).
So yes, I will go down with this ship, because who Ingrid is at the end of season 1 has a lot to do with this relationship. And seeing her win, her strength and how someone is willing to believe in her is important.
Only she doesn’t realize yet that the person who believes in her the most is Z. And hey, I’ll go down with this ship, because her complicated relationship with Murphy will lead her to see that there is more to life and she deserves this life.
A life filled with love and truth.
Sometimes you have to go down with a ship to get to the ship of your choice. Sometimes you have to go down with a ship to get to the ship you need. The characters are complex.
But that’s their beauty.
What do you think? Do you think Murphy and Ingrid had to be? Do you think they have chemistry? Tell us all your thoughts.
Partner path is streaming now on Netflix.