Author's Note:

Episodic Memory is defined as a category of long-term memory that involves the recollection of specific events, situations, and experiences. Your memories of your first day of school, your first kiss, attending a friend's birthday party, and your brother's graduation are all examples of episodic memories.

Since this is all based on a tv show with episodes, the title feels appropriate.


Santa Monica, California
January 21st, 2008
Early evening

CJ wriggled against Danny until he raised his left arm and wrapped it around her shoulder.

"What are you reading?"

"African Road 2006."

"You're reading about infrastructure?"

Danny shook his head as he showed her the cover and pointed at the words new writing under the illustration.

"Young writers who are citizens of any country in the SADC region."

"What, like Angola, Botswana .. "

"Mauritius, Swaziland, Zimbabwe .. and so on. They had over two hundred entries for the award, they published around thirty."

He folded the sheet of paper he'd started taking notes on, and placed it inside the book.

"It showcases and develops local and regional reading. I figure if you end up coming and going for the next few years, there's gonna be more than a few opportunities to see these places up close and personal."

"Not to mention a few dinners where you'll be saddled with the responsibility of keeping the conversation going."

"I'd settle for not embarrassing myself. Or you."

"You like to be prepared .."

"I do."

"I like that about you."

"That all you like about me?" he asked as stuffed the book into the side of the couch and kissed the side of her head.

"I like your taste in beer, too. Can I have a sip?"

"Sure."

He reached for the bottle on the table next to the couch.

"You know, I can't believe we've been here a year," CJ said as she took a swig.

"Yeah."

"We should celebrate."

"You mean like a dinner?"

"Something to remember how far we've come," she said as she reached up to kiss him. "Don't you ever wonder how we made it?"

"No. I know exactly how we made it. I was tenacious," Danny said with a chuckle.

"I'm not joking."

"Neither am I."

They exchanged a sideways glance and made a mutual decision not to go down that rabbit hole.

"So .. how do you want to celebrate?" Danny asked.

"How about we both make suggestions .."

"Okay, you go first."

"Why do I always have to go first?"

"Because I love hearing you ask why you have to."

"You're a very silly man, you know that?" she asked as she pressed a kiss against his earlobe.

"So you keep telling me. No cop outs," he growled. "Suggestions, go!" .."

CJ thought about it for a moment and then sat up straight.

"I read something in a magazine on the flight home from Johannesburg last week that I thought was interesting .."

"What was it?"

"An article about people recreating significant relationship moments."

Danny smiled.

"Not only did people remember things differently, which proved vastly entertaining, it also helped them talk about unresolved issues. And then they had more, and better, sex."

"More sex .." Danny mused. "I gotta ask, is this wise? Cause, you know, you already struggle to keep your hands off me."

"That's true," she conceded with a slight incline of her head, before taking another swig from the beer bottle.

"I'm already perpetually exhausted as it is .."

"I'll remind you of that when you want loving at some godforsaken hour of the night."

She handed the beer back.

"Okay, let's hear your suggestion .."

"I kinda like where yours is going, actually."

"Really?"

"Yeah."

"It would be fun to see what you remember differently than I do."

"Do you anticipate our retellings will be that different?"

"I don't know. Probably? Depends how far back we go, I guess? What's it been since our first kiss?"

"You don't remember how long it's been since our first kiss?"

CJ stared at him for a moment, and then swatted him on the shoulder and took the beer bottle back.

"Stop it! You're winding me up."

"Okay, so here's what we're gonna do," Danny said as pulled the piece of paper back out of the book. "We're gonna make a list."

"A list .."

"Not a mental list, a real list. We're gonna make a real list, stick it on the fridge, and work our way through it. Every .. Sunday night?"

"You mean like a date night .."

"Yes."

"Okay, Sunday nights sound like a good way to end a week and start a new one."

"You'll need to come prepared."

"Prepared how ?"

"Do you still have your suits?"

"Some. I donated a few of them before we left. But hang on .. what if I don't remember what I was wearing? I can't even remember what I had for breakfast yesterday!"

"If you don't remember what you were wearing, ask me."

"You remember what I was wearing? Every time we kissed?"

"Investigative reporters have an eye for detail. Part of the job description."

"Are all of these re-enactments going to end up in bed?"

"Some of them could, I guess. Are you worried about your suits? I'll be carefu -"

"Not that. I'm just wondering .. how would we make the leap? Our first kisses were very chaste. "

"You call the State of the Union kiss chaste? You cut off circulation to my hand!"

"You almost ate my face!"

"That's cause you started stalling and I was desperate."

CJ snorted.

Danny uncapped his pen with a flourish.

"So .. off the top of your head .. how many of these episodes do you remember?"

"Episodes?"

"It's called episodic memory,CJ."

"You know about this stuff?"

"You walked off the plane with the magazine," he said with a grin. "You may have left it lying around."

"Do you think we'll be any good at it?"

"We'll be great," Danny said as he started writing. " So .. we've got .. State of the Union, midnight in the press office, the closet, the exclusive, the aide hitting the sand traps in Carmel, the podiu -"

He stopped abruptly.

"What? " CJ asked.

"What about the times you wanted to kiss me but didn't? Should those go on the list?"

"What about the times you wanted to kiss me but didn't?"

"Well in that case, what about the times when you wanted me to kiss you first so you wouldn't have to do it?"

"But you didn't, so those don't count, right?"

"To be determined."

"Can we add the times I fantasized about kissing you?" CJ asked.

"You fantasized about kissing me?"

"That second year in office? You have no idea."

"I had fantasies of my own," Danny chuckled.

"Put it on the list."

"Okay. What about the times Carol wanted us to kiss?"

"You make her sound like some kind of voyeur."

"Nah, I think she had money riding on it. The voyeur would be Gail."

"Don't be ridiculous!"

"Hey! She was a captive audience at least three times, per this list. And it was probably all magnified through her bowl. If we're putting fantasy kissing on here, we should assume she had a few of her own."

"You're losing the plot .."

"So that's a yes then," Danny said as he added it to the list. "Now, what about the copier room?"

"And all the times we shoulda just kissed and made out instead of screaming at each other .."

"So we're talking do-overs as well .."

"Those will definitely end up in bed! Where are you going? " she asked as he got up from the couch.

Danny threw his hands up in the air.

"We're gonna need a bigger piece of paper .."