I hate to say this, but this episode approached the self-parody zone. It didn’t fully step into it, to be sure, but its toes touched the edge with the SPEED RACER-style fast-talking inner monologues. Almost every episode’s had at least one silly moment before - - like Light’s “I’m going to take a potato chip… and EAT IT!!!” quote that Gasero pointed out - - but this was the first one with a whole sequence of silly moments. Light and L treating a tennis game like a chess game and analyzing eachother’s responses and strategy? Cool. Them finishing six or eight successive voice-overs with a strained tennis grunt to accompany their slice? Kind of cheesy.
But you get over it.
I just compared L and Light’s dealings to a chess, but I think poker is actually more apt. Their exchanges are consisting of L making a bluff and Light then figuring out whether to call that bluff. Of course, the joke (or the genius) is that L’s "bluffing" by just coming out and just telling the truth.
“Hello Light. I’m L, the master detective. I suspect that you’re Kira, but I’m not totally sure.”
These moves seemed pretty ballsy last episode. Now, I’d say they’re borderline-suicidal. There’s something to be said about misdirection through being intentionally obvious (THE PURLOIN LETTER, THE PRESTIGE and what not) but L doesn’t know for sure that Kira needs a real name to kill someone instantaneously. That’s a pretty big risk to take over a hunch founded off of 5% suspicion, isn’t it?
Then again, I suppose Light’s pulling the whole “hiding in plain sight” trick back at L, isn’t he?
“This is too corny to be fake.”
A funny line L utters over Light’s eye-rolling proclamations to his bed-ridden father, but it shows how he’s being deceived, too. What better cover is there for a serial killer than a popular, seemingly well-edson of a police captain? And I think the irony of Capt. Yagami’s heart attack is delicious. Light is so callous about the deaths, but what about when someone he loves is threatened with the same kind of demise?