Welcome to another Men in Trees blog by your friendly host, Bergl. I've just returned from a promotional shoot for the UK launch of Men in Trees, which is very exciting for me because I'm originally from England (my dad is British and my mom is Irish). Did you know that Jason O'Mara, who plays the charming publisher Stuart Maxson, is Irish? He has the most amazing American accent, which you will be hearing again in subsequent episodes. (Ladies, don't you love how they keep adding even more handsome men to the show? James Tupper can't be expected to shoulder all the burden on his fisherman sweater-clad shoulders, which, yes, do look as good in real life.)

Jason O'Mara is from Sandycove, which is right around the corner from the town of Dalkey, where my mother grew up. Now our Irish relatives can watch us on Men in Trees. Up until now, my appearances on UK TV were mostly limited to The Rage: Carrie 2 and an episode of CSI: Miami, and in both of these I kill people - most notably in Carrie, where I kill basically everyone in the movie - so it will be nice for my relatives see me in a non-homicidal state. Although I suppose one never knows, Annie might be driven to it. Don't you want to kill Patrick right now? I was in a relationship once where a guy didn't treat me very well at his family's Thanksgiving dinner, so I know what it feels like. (If you missed last week's episode, Patrick completely ignores Annie at his new "rainbow family" Thanksgiving dinner.)

This week's episode, "New York Fiction, Part II," wasn't quite as enjoyable for me to shoot as some of the other ones, because Annie and Patrick are fighting, and that always puts me in a somber mood. Plus, Derek Richardson is such a great guy in real life; it feels terrible even pretending to be angry with him. I just love Patrick and Annie together, because I think that they're two people who have found the only other person in the world who could fully understand them. I'm hoping they can work it out, but unfortunately there are some hard times ahead.

I'm sure that everyone is still reeling from the return of Lynn. I must say, [series creator] Jenny Bicks and [writer] Anna Fricke really know what they're doing; Lynn has been such a strong off-screen character since the pilot, and now she has been brought to life by the lovely Justine Bateman. I'm going to go off on a wee tangent here and reveal that Justine Bateman is a major memory from my adolescence, not only because she was on Family Ties, but also because she was in the movie Satisfaction. I'm probably dating myself here, but it was a movie about a rockin' girl band, and the first time I was allowed to go to the mall without my parents, my best friend and I went to see it. It was a sort of life lesson as well, because during the movie I spilled nacho cheese all over my new white stirrup pants, so I learned that independence comes with a price. But I digress. Lynn has returned, and Marin will finally see Jack after his heart-churning, "I think I'm falling in love with you" voicemail. As you probably saw from last week's upcoming scenes, there is another hot Jack/Marin makeout scene, but I should warn you that things between Marin and Jack are, as always, complicated.

OK, this is really strange. I just glanced up at the TV, which is playing the TV Guide Channel, and there's always a little trivia box up in the corner in the screen. Well, it just said "Strange Laws: In Alaska it is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane." I suppose we do have a pilot - the legend, John Amos - and a float plane on Men in Trees, so we could possibly incorporate this on the show somehow. I also just read an article - sent to me by my high school drama coach, PJ Samorian - about Alaska's new governor-elect, Sarah Palin. She is the first woman governor in Alaska and the youngest to ever hold office, so I'm even more proud right now to be part of a show that takes place in that fair state. Apparently Ms. Palin is putting everyone in a frenzy because she has chosen to take the oath of office in Fairbanks instead of Juneau, the official state capitol. There has been a movement in Alaska to move the state capitol outside of Juneau because it's so inaccessible. Basically, it's about as difficult to get to as Elmo, our fictional town on Men in Trees. At the end of the article, they quote a Juneau resident as saying, "Juneau should stop gossiping and speculating about what [Sarah Palin] might do and give her a chance to govern Juneau really is neurotic." Doesn't that sound like something straight out of our show? Let's start a campaign to move Alaska's state capitol to Elmo!

I think it was during this episode that we found out we were picked up for a full season, so you might see a little extra twinkle in all of our eyes. Unfortunately, by the time we all finished work the night of the announcement, it was already two in the morning, and the only place that was still open for celebrating was a Vancouver strip club called Brandy's. (I'm told it was what brought J. Lo and Ben Affleck's marriage to a crashing halt, so we can thank them for that.) Apparently Brandy's is Vancouver's "classiest" strip club, although I soon learned that evening that perhaps "classy strip club" is an oxymoron. It was a little odd to toast our success while looking at extremely bored, half-naked ladies, but what can I say, here at Men in Trees we make lemons into lemonade.

On that somewhat dubious note, I will close this blog and hope you enjoy the second part of "New York Fiction." If you're dying for even more behind-the-scenes info, be sure to check out the new writer's blog at ABC.com. I'm a little miffed that Jenny Bicks made my fondue addiction public knowledge (my publicist and I were hoping to announce it with an official press release), but since she did create this whole Men in Trees thing, I suppose I'll have to forgive her.

ABC's Men in Trees airs Thursdays at 10 pm/ET.