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Reaper Episode: "Love, Bullets and Blacktop"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: A song from the '70s on an eight-track tape holds the key to capturing the latest escaped soul, but there's a twist: It's actually two souls who have been involved in a series of muscle-car wrecks. Holly: Mercedes McNab. Kit: Craig Stanghetta.
Original Air Date: Nov 6, 2007
Guest Cast Andrew Airlie Pascale Hutton: Taylor Craig Stanghetta: Kit Mercedes McNab: Hollly
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Season 1, Episode 7
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Length: 42:50
Aired: 11/6/2007
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"Love, Bullets & Blacktop" Season 1, Episode 7

This episode didn't have enough Ray Wise in it for my taste, but maybe I have to get over that. What it did have was enough 1970s nostalgia to make me wish for a closet full of bell-bottoms. Not. From the way last week's ads looked, I thought this episode would have a bit of a Grindhouse-style grainy look to it. Nope. Even the actual Betamax movie Sam and Andi watched of "Love, Bullets & Blacktop" didn't have the grittiness I expected. I think that would have been a really great touch, something else to say the show stands out by doing. Looks like the CW ad people have tricked me once again. The guys' goal souls in this episode, Kit and Holly, were two escapees who spent their lives living on the edge: driving fast muscle cars, being dangerously in love and modeling themselves after law-breaking characters in a low-budget car-chase movie. Oh, and they have a soft spot for the movie's eight-track soundtrack (despite it's being this week's vessel), most prominently track 1, "Radar Love." The scene where we first meet Kit and Holly and they hear Sam blasting the song ("Say Anything"-style, eight-track held up above his head), is almost touching: Ignoring everyone else around them, the pair start dancing in the parking lot, looking like the two most-in-love people on the planet. Funny how the Devil knows just when to come in and tell us that our whole love concept is a farce. I didn't believe him, and I'm glad Sam didn't either. On the love front, Andi redeemed herself in my eyes this week. When Taylor, a girl who hit on Sam at the bar the night before, both calls him and later shows up at the Work Bench, Andi is not only not jealous, but even encourages Sam to give her a chance. Which makes me think maybe the girl either never actually had a thing for him like I thought, or she's just super diplomatic. I mean, we haven't heard from her admirer Greg in a few episodes, so I wonder how that's going for her. But the scene where Sam and Andi watch the Beta video and toss popcorn at each other and giggle was almost overboard cute. It's nice to see the people you've been rooting for all along share that kind of moment, even if their general fickleness together is annoying. But I don't know how much more of that wishy-washiness I can stand. Sock, redeeming himself in the genius department, comes up with a plan to appear to sell their stuck-in-the-'70s coworker Russ' ( Curtis Armstrong, "Booger" from Revenge of the Nerds!!!) muscle car to attract the souls. The plan works and the guys capture the male soul, Kit, sending Holly into a vengeful rage, almost killing the trio and Russ on several occasions. I know it's wussy of me, but I was actually concerned when the car appeared to crush Sam in the auto body shop. For a second, I did think our hero was a goner. While I thought this episode had some rad moments, I can't say it was one of my favorites. Andi, a character I was just about to start loving to hate, redeemed herself tonight with her good attitude and her Ted-free Zone. The devil showed up to offer his misleading advice, but we didn't get any more clues about the developing backstory on Sam's contract or the situation with his dad. We did hear the Devil talk about his nonbelief in love, but I kind of expected that from the Prince of Darkness, you know? Of course, not every episode needs to explore the direction the series is ultimately going, but I think its success will ultimately depend on how much us viewers fall in love with these characters' own stories. And with plots like tonight's that are very steeped in soul-catching, I wonder if anyone's starting to lose their patience? Or are these episodes all stand-alone great? One last note on Sam and Taylor: I'm glad Sam did what he knew was best for him and told Taylor to take it slow. While I do wish he'd take more risks in general, at least the guy finally knows what he wants. The old Sam might have totally blown Taylor off. And while the new one isn't all suddenly about nookie in a broom closet, at least he's giving nookie a chance. For more Reaper, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
This episode didn't have enough Ray Wise in it for my taste, but maybe I have to get over that. What it did have was enough 1970s nostalgia to make me wish for a closet full of bell-bottoms. Not. From the way last week's ads looked, I thought this episode would have a bit of a Grindhouse-style grainy look to it. Nope. Even the actual Betamax movie Sam and Andi watched of "Love, Bullets & Blacktop" didn't have the grittiness I expected. I think that would have been a really great touch, something else to say the show stands out by doing. Looks like the CW ad people have tricked me once again.The guys' goal souls in this episode, Kit and Holly, were two escapees who spent their lives living on the edge: driving fast muscle cars, being dangerously in love and modeling themselves after law-breaking characters in a low-budget car-chase movie. Oh, and they have a soft spot for the movie's eight-track soundtrack (despite it's being this week's vessel), most prominently track 1, "Radar ... read more

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Premiered: September 25, 2007, on CW
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A slacker becomes a reluctant bounty hunter for the Devil after his soul is accidentally sold to Satan by his parents, and he tracks down evil escapees to return them to hell.

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