The Starter Wife Episodes

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The Starter Wife Episode: "Hour 4"

Season 1, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Joan is hurt in a drunken-driving accident; Sam is picked up by police and questioned after a witness claims he saw Sam attacking Lou the night Lou disappeared. Molly tries to come to his defense, but her story doesn't exactly help.
Original Air Date: Jun 14, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 4
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Length: 42:00
Aired: 6/14/2007
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June 14, 2007: The Starter Wife, Hour 4 Season 1, Episode 4

For all of you who guessed that Lou Manahan was still alive and had faked his suicide you were right! I had a tiny feeling that that was possible, but I didn't think he'd come back into the fold, even if he had faked his own death. Faking your death is kind of, well, final. Of course, in Molly's world, crazy things seem to happen. Let's start at the beginning of the hour, which opened with another of Molly's film-noir dream sequences. This time she and Joan were bickering over Sam. Joan called him a killer, Molly called him her lover. (The scene kind of took me back to the Will & Grace days, reminding me of the relationship between Karen and Grace, especially with Joan's constant judgements of Molly's choice in men, and Joan's drinking problem.) I'd be a little concerned, too, if my close friend were dating an accidental killer who had been under suspicion for having killed Lou, all thanks to a band-aid that was left at the scene of the "crime." I like how Cricket's pleasant cheerfulness plays against Joan's curmudgeonly attitude and quick wisecracks. When Molly took Joan and Cricket to Sam's campsite to inquire about the band-aid, Cricket made the effort to be nice and congenial, introducing herself immediately. Joan, on the other hand, instantly made a snippy remark. When Sam appeared and said he usually liked to see his visitors before they saw him, Joan cracked, "We should've called ahead." When they left the campsite, Cricket said, "I'm feeling a lot better about Sam," and Joan said, "I hope you'll both be happy now that he hasn't killed again." Ah, cynicism, sometimes it's not a bad thing. But then again, Cricket's sweetness has it owns charms. And how about that smarmy Realtor? Larry was introduced to Molly by Joan in obvious hopes of making her forget the homeless Sam. Instead of showing her real estate, Larry accosted Molly with an unrequited kiss. I wonder how many times he's done that before. You'd think someone would complain about him kissing customers. Anyway, I love that Cricket came to Molly's rescue and went into the house to get Molly's purse. How cute was Lavender's grandmother? I wouldn't want to leave Joan's house, either - that pool looked awesome, and there's always some kind of drama going on. It's not a bad life. I felt bad for Kenny's assistant. For someone who should be smart, she's bending over backward to please Kenny, which I guess all of his assistants do at some point. But I wouldn't be able to handle him without wanting to slap him. That poor assistant! Having to chase after a cricket until she caught it and then miss her grandfather's birthday? I did enjoy how Molly just listened closely and then caught the cricket, then told the assistant that the day she forgot she had a choice about doing the job, she should quit. I wonder why Molly never took her own advice and left Kenny behind? Maybe she just got used to the life. Does Kenny get a kick out of talking to Molly about Shoshanna? Does he do it to rub it in, or does he just not understand that he's a total jerk? He talked about marrying Shoshanna and doing what was best for his daughter, but I couldn't help but cringe at his absolute cluelessness, wondering if it was cruelty or just stupidity. When he said he couldn't be the center of her life anymore and that having a two-parent home was what was best for the kid, I was disgusted. How could Molly have stayed with him for so long and not notice how much of a nincompoop he was? Thank god she's finally free. I like the fact that Molly never gives in to his chiding and childishness. She always keeps her cool. I loved that Lavender helped Rodney out with getting Shoshanna to buy the hideous chairs. Shoshanna's not that dumb, either. She admitted to Rodney and Lavender that she was using Kenny to further her movie career. It just goes to show how completely self-absorbed Kenny is. I can't believe he'd think that Shoshanna would be good for his daughter. I wonder why, though, after celebrating the sell of the hideous chairs, Rodney and Lavender would let Joan leave and try to drive drunk. Did they leave before she did? I'm guessing they must have, or else they were asleep. Otherwise, I think they would've stopped her from driving. In any case, Joan definitely has a problem. And I think there was a better way for Sam to get her to stop driving than to grab at her and snap at her and manhandle her.... I know he was reaching for her keys, but he could've just done the whole thing in a less rash way. The way he got so angry makes me think he may have some history with drunk drivers. Perhaps it has to do with his accidental manslaughter? So Joan crashed the car and now Molly's considering the fact that Joan may have a problem, but she's not doing much to get Joan to realize that. Molly told Joan she never passes judgment on her, even though Joan judges Molly about her choice in men. Maybe Molly should pass judgment on Joan, or at least get her some help. Cricket took her husband back pretty quickly. I guess after 16 years of marriage, one infidelity could be forgiven, although Cricket doesn't seem ready to put it behind them. How hilarious was the scene with her reading and highlighting from self-help books with titles like "When the Trust Is Lost" and "Shattered Vows"? I loved it! Poor Molly has some truly bad luck when it comes to dates. On her last two attempts, Lou disappeared and Sam got picked up by the cops. I felt so bad for her sitting there waiting for Sam, but her thought process was hilarious: "Sam can't be stuck in traffic because he doesn't have a car. He can't be stuck at work. And he isn't sewing a vest out of girls' skins because he doesn't have electricity. I guess he could always sew it by hand." Then she had to go to the cops and admit she kissed Sam on the beach. The cop asked, "Have you tried Match.com?" Molly can endure some pretty humiliating moments, but she always stays calm and collected. But back to Lou, who faked his suicide because he was tired of not being able to make decent movies and because he was lonely and didn't feel like he had any friends. I felt bad for him, but was faking his suicide really the right way out? Couldn't he have just quit the business, or done something less drastic? I guess he was desperate and he wanted out. I love the fact that he wants to go to his own funeral. Molly reading Lou's "suicide note" and giving him comments was quite comical. Lou and Molly are brilliantly funny together (Joe Mantegna and Debra Messing have excellent chemistry). I thought it was great when Molly told him to add that the thought of spending time with her almost tempted him away from killing himself. Molly pretending to find Lou's suicide note was classic. I've never seen anyone go through their mail so verbally and thoroughly. Of course, the cops didn't trust the note and accused Molly of faking it. I laughed out loud when the harassing cops asked for samples of handwriting from Lavender, Molly and Joan and the cop read them and said: "Well, the Fs, the Cs and the Ks don't match up." We all know what they were trying to telling the cops. At least Joan gave Molly the OK on going after the "residence-challenged" Sam. I feel for Joan, but I hope that she soon realizes that she has a problem. Pappy seems to really love her. I'd love to know what's gotten her to this point in her life. We ended with Sam and Molly finally going into the bedroom to, presumably, consummate their relationship. How sexy was it when he stood in the doorway and slowly came toward her? And they were both smiling. Finally, they can relax. No cops, no disapproving friends. I just wish he hadn't been wearing those same red shorts. He probably doesn't have very many clothes, but still. There's got to be something sexier than those red shorts to wear when seducing women. I'm glad Molly is finally getting some action. She needs it, after all those years with Kenny. But I'm still torn: Should she be with Sam or Lou? Now that Lou is alive, will that change her romance with Sam? I think Lou and Molly make good friends, but would they be good in a romantic relationship? I guess we'll find out. show less
For all of you who guessed that Lou Manahan was still alive and had faked his suicide… you were right! I had a tiny feeling that that was possible, but I didn’t think he’d come back into the fold, even if he had faked his own death. Faking your death is kind of, well, final. Of course, in Molly’s world, crazy things seem to happen.Let's start at the beginning of the hour, which opened with another of Molly’s film-noir dream sequences. This time she and Joan were bickering over Sam. Joan called him a killer, Molly called him her lover. (The scene kind of took me back to the Will & Grace days, reminding me of the relationship between Karen and Grace, especially with Joan’s constant judgements of Molly’s choice in men, and Joan’s drinking problem.) I’d be a little concerned, too, if my close friend were dating an accidental killer who had been under suspicion for having killed Lou, all thanks to a band-aid that was left at the scene of t... read more

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