Men in Trees Episodes

2006, TV Show

Men in Trees Episode: "Sink or Swim"

Season 1, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: After Elmo is dumped by its nearby sister town because it has been downgraded to a village following the death of its oldest citizen, the village folk enlist Marin to woo another municipality to take its place, one that has lots of women. But Annie becomes upset when Patrick proves adept at wooing one of them. Meanwhile, Buzz's wife (Lauren Tom) has taken most of Marin's new clothes from lost and found; and Sara mulls taking EMT courses, unsettling many of Elmo's men.
Original Air Date: Sep 29, 2006
Guest Cast Daryl Shuttleworth: Doug Chelan Simmons: Tiffanii Nicola Cavendish: Pam Rondel Reynoldson: Barbara

September 29, 2006: Identity Crisis Season 1, Episode 4

It seems as though everyone in Elmo is experiencing an identity crisis. Clearly, Marin is completely lost and searching for herself in this small Alaskan village. We already knew that. Although this week she seems to really be struggling, which seems justified - she is dealing with rumors that she is dead. But now this crisis seems to have engulfed the entire town - literally. The townspeople question what it is that makes Elmo special after they are dumped by their sister town. All due to a population drop that demotes Elmo to village status. Of course relationship coach Marin jumps right in with advice on how to land a new mate - one that actually appreciates what makes Elmo special. This is where the plot gets good. Marin along with her ever-loyal fans, Annie and Patrick, make a humorous trio as they attempt to woo Matexi (I attempted to spell that phonetically) and somehow make Elmo appear to be exactly what the people of Matexi need. This plan of making yourself something that you're not so that a relationship works is an idea that surprisingly Marin still adheres to. Regardless, it makes for funny television. The two Matexi women were great. They had the perfect amount of haughty "we come from a town and you come from a village" attitude. And I really liked the whole idea that relationships all somehow adhere to the same set of rules, regardless of whether they are between people or towns. Ultimately, this proves at least partly true when Marin realizes her mistake and stands up for Elmo by telling the Matexi women to get lost after they try to change the things that truly define Elmo. Actually, most of the characters experience some form of an identity crisis. Ben finally gets fed up with Theresa's indecisiveness about their relationship and he sells their burial plot in order to gain back some of the control. Annie is jealous of "Tiffiniy" and tries to spruce up her image with a skirt that barely covers her "whatnots." Sara feels a lack of confidence in signing up for the EMS classes, until the Matexi lady chokes and she is able to save her. Mai wants to make her dream of living in NYC true by stealing Marin's clothes. Even Jack finds himself unable to define his surrogate father, Franklin, after he passes. The feel-good message of this episode is that every day we have an opportunity to redefine ourselves. We can be whatever it is we want to be - we just have to have the courage to reach out and grab it. One last thing, the best part of this episode was that Marin finally decided to accept that she is not just visiting Alaska and became the 233rd townsperson, promoting Elmo back to town status. show less
It seems as though everyone in Elmo is experiencing an identity crisis. Clearly, Marin is completely lost and searching for herself in this small Alaskan village. We already knew that. Although this week she seems to really be struggling, which seems justified — she is dealing with rumors that she is dead. But now this crisis seems to have engulfed the entire town — literally. The townspeople question what it is that makes Elmo special after they are dumped by their sister town. All due to a population drop that demotes Elmo to village status. Of course relationship coach Marin jumps right in with advice on how to land a new mate — one that actually appreciates what makes Elmo special. This is where the plot gets good. Marin along with her ever-loyal fans, Annie and Patrick, make a humorous trio as they attempt to woo Matexi (I attempted to spell that phonetically) and somehow make Elmo appear to be exactly what the people of Matexi need. This plan of making yourse... read more

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Premiered: September 12, 2006, on ABC
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Premise: Anne Heche stars as a 'relationship coach' and best-selling author who starts life afresh in Alaska after learning that her fiancé has been cheating on her. Executive producers include former 'Sex and the City' writer Jenny Bicks and 'Walk the Line' director James Mangold.

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