This was my favorite episode so far this season – lots of great interactions, and lots of things happening, plus we got more info on what the characters are doing.
Loved the Brian story line. Everything from his confrontation with Nick (they did a walk and talk!) to his pilgrimage to save Brian Jr, to his understanding of Andrea – he seemed to grow a lot this episode. Also, I loved little Brian overthinking things and overhearing his parents having a positive interaction. Oh, and Brian’s suits, also goodness.
Yay! that Leticia returned this week with a vengeance – Jill Clayburgh really had some meat to work with this episode and did a great job. I think Tish was sincere about her love for Nick (the way I thought Tripp was last season). She’s still “socialite trapped in her house” cold, but her depth of feeling for Nick came through. If only she could show more of that with her own children. Have we had a single scene of her with any of them this season?
The Nick visits his mother storyline seemed a little clunky at first when Nick was packing to go, but once I got into it, I well, got really sucked into it. We got a chance to see how damaged Nick was by being abandoned – Peter Krause really knocked it out of the park, especially in the scene when he decided to stay for dinner instead of returning to Paris. You could see the enormous pain and sadness the character felt get buried and transformed into anger and resolution, all while hiding his real identity from Clare’s new husband.
I’m a little worried that Karen’s really getting played at this point, though it seems like if she would just have a serious conversation with either Nick or Tripp that she could snap out of it. Still find Simon boring, only now he’s getting creepy, manipulative and boring. If he were a poor man, he would have show up in a wife-beater by now. I'm not sure I even care who he was talking with on the phone when Karen came in. I hope TPTB move that storyline along quickly. Karen’s meet up with Lisa was really moving, though.
Downsides still are :
- whatever Jeremy’s doing: loved the Weepies, but still bored with Lucy Liu. Why does Jeremy have to be stuck with her? apart from every other character.
- the simplification of Tripp. DS’s artistry is such a gift to this show, but we just haven't seen it this season. I hope they let this character expand again like they did last year. From what we’ve seen of him so far this season, a cardboard DS cutout and tape recorder of his voice could have the same impact. (That is NOT, in any way, a knock on DS. The writers did such a great job with that character last season; I can't figure out what drummer they're marching to with the character this season.)
- where's Lisa's cute hair? - very superficial, I know, but her flat hair this week was just no fun :-(
- speaking of whom, where is NoFun? and why no mention of her and the Brian-ettes?
Interesting that Nick re-connected with Tish and Kiki when he returned, but not Lisa. Also interesting that Lisa was sleeping on Nick’s side of the bed (she missed him? She’s learning to do without him? ) I wonder if he’s starting to equate her with his own mother (woman married to the Darlings' lawyer who can't deal with it), and start shut off his emotional life from her they way he did without Clare. Very sad. Also, Lisa's comment that Nick never reconnected with his mother until the Darlings asked kind of annoyed because a) he had just finished telling a story about trying to and b) it's a lot easier to confront your mother, who lives on another continent, if you, you know, have the money to fly off to the other continent to confront her. Maybe Lisa has a fair point, but the show chose a poor way to present it.
Best episode so far this season, IMHO. The show is still missing (and I’m missing) the humor and complex insight / characterizations that were so much a part of the first season (are these the ‘indie elements’ Steve MacPherson wanted to get rid of? If so, I completely disagree with him) but this episode started to give me hope that our show isn’t lost, just re-finding its footing.Edited to add
Oh ..and Ron Glass! How did I forget to mention Shepherd Book?
(like this post wasn't already long enough already :-) )
Edited by ImNotLeesa, Oct 22, 2008 @ 11:06 PM.