Where do I start? So much happened in this episode that my head is spinning. I guess I'll start with the ending: Matt catching himself on fire and jumping off the balcony into the swimming pool. Call me a drug novice, but I am guessing Matt was freebasing cocaine or crack or "cooking" meth and since he was so out of it, he accidentally set himself on fire. Can we assume since he was carefully trying to read the "how to" instructions that when Matt and Kimber would do their drugs, it was Kimber who was the expert? Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark. Nothing Sean and Christian can't surgically fix, we can assume. But I did feel bad for the newly-crowned Burger King employee Matt. Kimber really laid the honesty on him when she packed up her things and left him: "I can't move forward carrying your dead weight" and then "I never loved you, Matt. I told you I did, but I lied. And I'm really sorry. I hope some day we can be friends." You knew Matt was going to go ballistic after Kimber told him she made an agreement with Christian that he'd give her plastic surgery to make her beautiful again only if she left Matt. Then salt was added to the wound when Christian asked him to leave, grow up and "consider yourself an orphan!" Two words: Tough love.
John Hensley did a first rate job showing Matt's decline into helplessness. Matt sure was lucky that pool was a balcony's jump away.
Not so lucky were Julia and Olivia. All that "dyke-basher" (
Gary Basaraba) had to hear was the two of them having a lovers' quarrel by the ATM and boom - hold up! And not just a "give me all your money" kind of stick-up. More like a "let's get into the car and drive to six ATMs just to keep getting more and more money but all the while scaring the crap out of you at gunpoint" kind of robbery. At least he drove away after leaving them in their bras and panties in the woods without physically harming them. The experience was obviously a rude awakening for Julia. First she bought a gun, then she went target practicing with big shot Christian, then she showed up at Christian's door and kissed him, desperately declaring: "I need you. Make love to me. Take care of me." I guess Liz was right. Julia's "gay phase" was indeed a phase. We shall see.
When it comes to phases, Sean's mid-life crisis continued. I loved it when, after Sean admitted to Christian and Julia that he was having "an affair - sort of" with Eden (AnnaLynne McCord), Julia told him: "You have had sex with another barely legal girl." You tell him, Julia. It was nice to hear Sean tell Aidan (
Bradley Cooper) earlier that he was "cutting off girls born after '79 - this was an exception." I was glad Sean admitted to Christian and Julia his reasoning: "I'm 42 years old. My knees creak when I walk. I get up to pee twice a night." Of course Eden helps his aging ago. Sean's "flame was dying" and Eden "reignited" him like "a bucket of gasoline." Just keep that gasoline away from Matt.
Back to Eden: She bugged me less in this episode. Mind you, she still bugged me, just...less. I enjoyed when Sean took Aidan's advice to not give as much attention to her. Seeing Eden all jealous of the young blond vixen Sean was flirting with at Aidan's bash was a pleasant site. Especially after hearing her tell Sean post their "get it out of our system" screw: "I don't date guys with gray pubes." She has such a charming way with words. You knew Sean was going to try to remedy
that situation. Enter Aidan and his Indian doctor who administers "I.V. push treatments" rather than plastic surgery. By the way, that Aidan sure is good at yoga, eh? And good for Julia for laying it on the line with Eden: Stay away from Sean or she'll make sure Olivia sends her to "a reform school far, far away." But how's she going to spearhead that project when she's sleeping with Christian?
My least favorite storyline was the "
X-Files" sub-plot. I was very happy when it seemed that Dr. Joshua Lee (
George Coe) was an escapee from a nursing home with Alzheimer's disease and his alien accusations were all in his head. I was satisfied that the microchip embedded into his back was supposedly there acting as a "LoJack" so that they could find him if he escaped again. But then we found out that the earlier "daughter Wendy" (
Hudson Leick from
Melrose Place) was a fake and that his real daughter Wendy (
Robyn Moran), was there towards the end, suggesting he really was a victim of alien abduction. Ugh.
One other complaint:
John Schneider please. That Ram Peters cameo was just a tease. We knew he'd take Kimber back, both as an "actress" and in the sack after she kicked the meth habit and got beautified. Let's see if Ram continues taking Kimber in and providing babysitting service for Jenna at his porn palace.
But there were more things I enjoyed, like this week's
P.J. Bloom musical gems:
- "Not a Pretty Girl" by
Ani DiFranco, played during Kimber's corrective surgery.
- "Rabbit Fur Coat" by Jenny Lewis, with lyrics like "I was of poor folk, but my mother had a rabbit fur coat" heard while Kimber was watching an old porn clip of herself and then stealing a fur coat at a store.
- "Do You Wanna Touch Me?" by
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, overheard at Aidan's party, while Sean walked thru feeling like a dirty old man.
- And best of all, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler underscoring Matt's meth-cooking debacle. As soon as I heard the first few chords, I said out loud: "Uh uh! Not 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'!"
For the most part, I thought this episode was a return step in the right direction, with just about every character learning a lesson. I especially liked Christian this week, with him being more in control and confident, especially when he and Julia visited Sean in the hospital after Sean's adverse reaction to the ecstasy Eden gave him. Since Sean thought he was having a heart attack, it was more agony than ecstasy. But that hospital room scene between Sean, Christian and Julia with Sean apologizing ("I'm sorry if I scared you guys") was a poignant portrayal of three good friends. Now if Olivia and Eden can leave L.A., I'd say "good riddance."
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Where do I start So much happened in this episode that my head is spinning I guess Ill start with the ending Matt catching himself on fire and jumping off the balcony into the swimming pool Call me a drug novice but I am guessing Matt was freebasing cocaine or crack or cooking meth and since he was so out of it he accidentally set himself on fire Can we assume since he was carefully trying to read the how to instructions that when Matt and Kimber would do their drugs it was Kimber who was the expert Ouch Thats gonna leave a mark Nothing Sean and Christian cant surgically fix we can assume But I did feel bad for the newly-crowned Burger King employee Matt Kimber really laid the honesty on him when she packed up her things and left him I cant move forward carrying your dead weight and then I never loved you Matt I told you I did but I lied And Im really sorry I hope some day we can be friends You knew Matt was going to go ballistic after Kimber told h