Men in Trees
finally accomplished something I never thought would happen: They made me feel sympathy for Lynn. I've never been a big fan of hers (and I know you haven't either), but she definitely deserved more than she was getting from Jack. I guess it's reassuring to have a man offer to take care of you and your baby, but Lynn wanted his love and Jack just couldn't give her that. See ya, Lynn! Don't let the door hit you in the "Pat Hisbutt" on the way out. And to think it all started with otter porn.
Jack is commissioned to film otters mating. The hope is to use that tape to get some local otters, who haven't mated in 11 years, to do the deed, so he heads out to the woods to get his money shot. In the meantime, there is plenty of drama going on in town. Sara's court date is fast approaching, Patrick's having an identity crisis, Marin and Cash are having a stew cook-off, and Lynn's feeling like she and Jack have lost their spark.
Sara's ex shows up at the pub to talk to her. Apparently he had tried to contact Sara about seeing his son before starting legal proceedings against her. Although he signed away all his rights long ago he's got it together now he's married with a good job and he wants to see his son. Celia saves the day by lying in court. She claims she was never aware Sara worked as a prostitute, and based on her testimony the case is dismissed. Afterwards Sara has a bit of a change of heart and allows Matty to spend some time with her son. Maybe Eric was right - Sara just needed to have a little faith.
Patrick's not sure where to turn to feel like he's really part of something. He feels like his last name represents someone who technically isn't part of him. He sees Buzz struggling to come to terms with the end of his family line and decides it's time for a name change. Celia catches him in the act, but Patrick surprises her later when revealing his new name. He's taken parts of Celia, Annie and Buzz and created a new name: O'Bachelorton. I think it works perfectly for this crazy blended family.
Marin and Cash's
Top Chef-like cook-off is under way. When Cash wins the first round based on a secret ingredient he foraged in the woods, Marin sets off to find a wild exotic plant of her own. Instead she finds Jack. She tries to continue her explorations of the woods but gets turned around and ends up back at the lake with Jack. There she thinks she finds what she's looking for - I'm talking about the wild garlic, not Jack - but it's actually wild parsnip and highly poisonous. Jack gives her an antihistamine that knocks her out for the night. Jack wakes her the next morning as the otters mate. They have a moment.
When Jack returns home and lets slip he was with Marin, Lynn doesn't react well. She can't understand why Jack won't say "I love you." Jack tells Lynn he can't marry her, and Lynn leaves her engagement ring and Jack behind.
Some great lines:
Theresa: "Hey, I get it. How many burgers can one woman eat?"
Jerome: "Five. I saw a woman eat five once."
Theresa: "It was a rhetorical question."
Cash: "People are like stew. There's one person out there who perfects you."
Marin: "Don't you worry. Goldilocks will be fine."
Marin: "Did I leave something here?"
Jack: "Yeah. Your sense of direction."
Marin: "They haven't mated yet?"
Jack: "No, no. You'd know if they did. It's not a quiet ritual."
Marin: "The best sex never is."
Jack: "And will you stop calling it porn?"
Marin: "Look who's an artist now."
Dick: "I am an emotional eater. I am stuffing down my emotions. Do you mind?"
I enjoyed this episode and for that I'll give a special thanks to writer Padma Atluri. I kind of feel like that we're returning to fighting Elmo form here. We've got all our quirky character living their crazy lives, and even though Jack and Marin aren't together they've got some pretty good witty banter going on.
I will throw out a quibble to see whether or not you guys felt the same way. It seemed a little too easy to have Sara agree to let her ex have Matty for two weeks at the end of the episode. I'm glad his plea to Sara didn't go unheard or unanswered, but just because her ex says he's cleaned up his life doesn't make it so. I think he should be able to see his son, but I would have liked to see Sara take baby steps with him. He did sign away all parental rights when he left them all those years ago. Am I wrong?
I am glad Lynn won't darken Jack's doorstep anymore. She seems like the type of person who will be just fine in the world without Jack, so I'm really not worried about her. I know her leaving won't bring Marin and Jack together immediately, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Oh, and before I forget, I was so happy to see Celia and Dick admit their feelings for each other. I was a little worried it would be the end of them when Celia lied in court, but I'm glad Dick was able to forgive her for doing what she thought was right. Celia has lived a long time without love so I'm glad she's finally found someone who gets her. Those two are great together. Strange but great.
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Men in Trees finally accomplished something I never thought would happen: They made me feel sympathy for Lynn. Ive never been a big fan of hers (and I know you havent either), but she definitely deserved more than she was getting from Jack. I guess its reassuring to have a man offer to take care of you and your baby, but Lynn wanted his love and Jack just couldnt give her that. See ya, Lynn! Dont let the door hit you in the Pat Hisbutt on the way out. And to think it all started with otter porn.Jack is commissioned to film otters mating. The hope is to use that tape to get some local otters, who havent mated in 11 years, to do the deed, so he heads out to the woods to get his money shot. In the meantime, there is plenty of drama going on in town. Saras court date is fast approaching, Patricks having an identity crisis, Marin and Cash are having a stew cook-off, and Lynns feeling like she and Jack have lost their spark...