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Huff: Sweet Release

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 16th 2006 11:07PM

Huff; Showtime; Hank Azaria(S02E04) I feel like I went into this episode with an unfair advantage. I got to screen it early and speak to creator Bob Lowry about it. Now that I've watched it a second time, so many things stood out. You want to talk about a show with multiple levels ... it's like a 50-story apartment building. Wow, I can't believe I just wrote that - worst analogy ever. But you get what I'm saying? Yes? Good. Moving on.

The episode started with a bang. Dauri is still a patient of Huff and as one would expect Russell is covering the cost of the sessions. But that's what Russell does. He throws money around without bothering to try and have a real relationship with anyone. With all the problems Russell has, it's hard to believe he hasn't figured out one of life's simple truths. Money doesn't fix everything but I think Kelly is going to teach Russell a few things in that department. But his connection with Dauri makes a startling leap forward which I'll address later.

This episode marked the end of Sharon Stone's stint so during her sessions with Huff, we got some pretty exciting revelations about Dauri. Up until now, Dauri had told everyone that she was an epileptic. Seizures were a common occurrence for her. Not so. During her college years, Dauri ran over a homeless man and killed him. She told the judge she had epilepsy and was having an episode when she hit the man. She got probation and community service instead of jail time. Her "seizures" are actually just her zoning out and reliving the image of looking under her car and seeing a bloody arm. She gets trapped in the moment living with that guilt all these years.

I can't even imagine what that must be like. But her situation posed an interesting question. To help make amends for herself, for years Dauri has been donating money to homeless shelters. Yet at the same time, she's using her PR firm to over-bill her clients for extra hours. Is all that money going towards her donations? I think it probably does. It's kind of ironic (and sad) that her desire to make up for what she did so many years ago gets her thrown in jail anyway.

There's just so much to say about her. When Dauri and Russell finally get around to the sexual encounter you always expected they would have, it's surprising to say the least. Russell has a bit of a problem "performing," and Dauri knows just what to do to calm him down. She shaves his testicles with some whipped cream and a cheap razor. Yes, you read that right. It sounds humorous, and it was, but it was a very touching (no pun intended) to see the two of them connect on such a deep/weird level. After that, presumably they had a good night.

OK, moving forward to Beth and Huff. Things seem to be getting better between them. They spent a whole weekend at a romantic hotel and even got caught having sex in the hotel sauna. Yet Beth gets home and she starts crying hysterically. Everything is going well (including her mother's health) but all she can do is cry. Beth has a lot of self-examination to do and I look forward to seeing where it takes her. I know for a fact that there's going to be some religion but I worry about what her personal quest is going to do to the Huffstodt marriage. I hope it doesn't keep heading downhill.

Those were the big points I wanted to make. Plenty of other stuff went on but it set us up for a lot of future action:

  • Byrd breaks into houses now, but he made a new friend doing it.
  • Teddy ran away from his new home. Who knows where he went...
  • Izzy finally ventured out of the guest-house and met a man at the casino.

Those three things should set up those characters for some interesting storylines, at least for a couple episodes. Like I said earlier, the show is very layered. However, I think show creator Bob Lowry said it best when I spoke with him: "Shit happens while shit is happening."


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