Men in Trees: The Buddy System
(S01E08) This episode took a dramatic turn about halfway through. Initially, I was a little leery of the unusual turn of events but I think it worked because the writers eased us into the drama. The first half of the show alternated between goofy and dramatic and then it was just all drama up through the ending.
The main story this week continued from the big revelation last week that Patrick is Buzz's son. I loved Patrick's shock: "Apparently ebony plus ivory can make... me!" Once again, Annie was in the background, which is a good thing since the Patrick and Annie storyline needed a break. Even though this show can be goofy, I think that the father/son story was dealt with in a very realistic way. Patrick and Buzz were looking for a way to deal with the stunning news about their relationship- Buzz went running and Patrick chased him. I think we also understood why Patrick's mother never told him about his real father... because she knew that Buzz had run out on a family before.
The Marin-Jack sexual tension continues to be, well, tense. He is just so damn steamy. They get themselves into a bit of a ridiculous situation when Jack falls into a mine shaft. Marin-- all 80 pounds of her-- is able to help Jack climb out. That scene seemed a little gratuitous on the drama but the writers obviously couldn't switch to a comedic scene as everyone was out searching for Patrick and Buzz in the avalanche. I guess it was the best they could do. The whole haircut in the water basin at the end was a little over the top. Why couldn't they use a sink? It seems more difficult to do it that way.
Speaking of haircuts, how about the guest appearance by Mario Cantone? We know him from Sex and the City and, even though he also played a gay character in this episode, he really toned it down. He was a gay man in Alaska. We didn't get to see much of Cantone (aka "Terr") but hopefully he'll pop up again in future episodes. This should could use some new characters.
The Sarah-Ben storyline just broke my heart this week. Ben was trying so hard to help Sarah quit turning tricks that he became a little over-bearing and drove her away. She left with her son on a bus, but I hope she's not gone for good. Poor Ben is going to blame this on Teresa, even though we know she tried to convince Sarah to stay.
It looks like we're in for more drama next week when Jack gets pissed off at Marin for something she wrote in the New Yorker. Oh- and a guest appearance by Jewel.