Monday, 14 February 2011

Episodes - S1 E6 - Episode 6

Beverly storms out, convinced Sean is having an affair, leaving him to face a critical meeting with the head of the network alone.

Recap after the jump.

Morning (Mircea Monroe) is picking up on Beverly's hate for her, not swayed by Matt's assertion that all the hate is directed towards him. She goes to visit her the next day and meets Sean outside instead. He fills her in that Beverly is jealous and worried that something might be going on between the two of them. Morning is shocked, especially so when Sean claims there was a 'moment' had between them at the rape benefit. She wants to explain the real situation but Sean warns her away. They hug before she leaves, which Beverly witnesses through the window. Fearing the worst, she begins packing and the scene from the pilot plays out with her leaving the house and crashing into Matt's car outside Renee Zellwegger's house.

Merc (John Pankow), the network head has apparently cooled on the Pucks pilot so, desperate to save it, Sean goes to meet him for lunch. Merc doesn't really seem to care much about the show and is more interested in Sean's alleged affair with Morning which he heard about from Carol (Kathleen Rose Perkins) who was confided in by Beverly. Sean denies it, launching Merc into a rambling insincere monologue about the joys of fidelity.

Matt covers for Beverly when Sean calls him, then takes her back to his house to clean the cut on her head she sustained during the crash. Her complaints lead him to the realization that the impending failure of the show is due to changes he forced through himself. He pours his heart out about the string of failures, including that of his marriage. Just when Beverly begins to feel a little sympathy for him, it dawns on her that Matt had been pushing Sean and Morning together and begins kicking and slapping him. Holding her down to stop her, he makes a pass at her and after initially refusing, once free from his grasp, she succumbs.

Saw that coming. The flow of the episode is good but once again it's very low on laughs, it's predictable and the characters are about as interesting as the economics teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Out. The kiss between Beverly and Matt was clumsy at best, rape-like at worst and Merc is really, really annoying. I can't give this any kind of good grade, it's against my ethics.


"Episodes" airs on Showtime at 9:30 pm EST and on BBC Two at 10 pm GMT.

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