Call me crazy, but I love series premieres. There's always so much hope. So much promise. Then, of course, you have to actually watch the episode. This one's OK, but far from perfect I'm not totally sold on this Odd Couple concept. Jason Payne (Chris O'Donnell) goes into a full-on nervous breakdown after his wife (Krista Allen) throws him out for not being there for her or their son. Russell Shultz (Adam Goldberg) suffers from some sort of inexplicable rage disorder. The two lawyers end up working together. Why? I'm really not so sure. The doctor at the hospital says it's a sponsor-type thing, but the reasoning is really kind of weak. And then there's the fact that O'Donnell's character seems like he went from zero to breakdown in record speed, but whatever. It's good to see the former Boy Wonder spending some quality time with us in TV Land. And it's always good to see Goldberg in one of those seriously off-kilter roles we've come to expect from him. I think of Jason and Russell as Felix and Oscar mixed in with a little Michael Kuzak (see L.A. Law) and Denny Crane (see Boston Legal). Plus, you have to see the kid who plays O'Donnell's son. He's way adorable. And wouldn't you know it, I spotted Dr. Ruth, Rockmund Dunbar (who has also appeared on Fox's Prison Break) and Kimber from Nip/Tuck. I love her! So all in all, this quirky show is unrealistic, but watchable. Don't know if it's enough to get me to tune in to Episode 2, but it's not a bad way to spend an hour.
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