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The Nine: All About Eva

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 11:18PM
Chi McBride(S01E05) As you can tell from the episode title, tonight's episode focused exclusively on Jeremy. Ha! Just kidding. But it didn't really focus completely on Eva either. There was also plenty about the Lucas/Randall relationship, Franny, Kathryn and the baby, and the new Odd Couple, Nick and Egan.

"Can one divorced man and one soon to be divorced man share an apartment, without driving each other crazy?"

Franny is upset that Ricky is having such a hard time at school, so she goes to Jeremy for help. What sort of help, Jeremy isn't sure.

Meanwhile, Kathryn finds out something about Eva that shocks her (and me, actually). She not only had a police record, she actually might have had something to do with Randall and Lucas being in the bank that day, via her ex-boyfriend Carlos. He admits he was asking Eva for money before the bank robbery, but had nothing to do with it. Now that adds a whole new dimension to the story. Nick is haunted too, by certain ways Eva acted in the bank, and also in general by the fact that he really liked her and hoped for a second date (he even promised her one when they were locked up in the bank). Nick isn't buying it at first, but is starting to. Kathryn threatens Carlos by saying if there's anything he's holding back, she'll make sure he spends the rest of his life in jail.

After a little detective work, Nick and Kathryn discover that Eva actually might have had something to do with it after all, especially after they find out she changed her plane ticket and was going to leave for Phoenix the next day. Franny's explanation for this? Eva changed it for Nick, hoping he would go out with her, an explanation I don't really follow. But this is the explanation, I guess, because both Nick and Kathryn realize they were wrong about Eva - she had nothing to do with it.

Why did Lucas give Randall a piece of his liver? Brotherly love, or did he need Randall alive to take the "bad guy" role in the court trial that is coming up? Looks like the latter was a big reason, as they now have separate attorneys. I think the whole "Wonder Twins" thing is over between them, eh?

Lizzie tells everyone that she is pregnant, and Jeremy corrects her that "they" are pregnant. Franny says she doesn't mind, because their one time together was just that, a one-time thing. But Jeremy knows that they are important to each other and there's something between them.

Egan is now rooming with Nick, and has bought new cowboy boots to go along with his new outlook on life.

The bank - and Malcolm - are being sued by the guard's widow. Malcolm goes to see her and finds out that the bank offered her only $43,000 as a settlement, even though her husband worked there for 12 years. Hell, I'd sue too. And there's a nice moment where Malcolm sincerely says to her "I didn't realize it was that little." A lot of shows would have just had the wife leave the scene without the other person explaining that to her, so that was a nice touch. Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve - several e-mails he sent to corporate for more security and more cameras, all turned down. The bank isn't happy he seems to be going against them in the case.

Felicia is called to the stand by the defense. And she admits she went to see Lucas in jail, because she has a feeling that they are "connected," and that he might have saved her from Randall in some way.

I can imagine that some people bailed on this show after the first hour, when the whole bank robbery scenario was done with. And that's a shame. One, because the bank robbery really isn't over, not in what these people are going through and not even in the episodes themselves - there are plenty of flashbacks to those 52 hours. And those scenes are incredibly tense, filmed differently, and are a great change from the way the rest of the episodes go. I know someone who watched the first episode and was fairly intrigued by it, though it was a little bit too "soap opera" for him (I understand what he means but disagree completely). Too bad he's not watching it anymore, because this is really well done. I want to know what happens to these characters, and the twists and turns and emotions have me completely interested.

But the biggest twist in this episode, one I didn't see coming? Josh Malina (West Wing, Sports Night) is one of the attorneys! Woo-hoo!

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I watch this show ... in fact I was sort of a late bloomer, having tivo'd the first few episodes and then watching them all at once. I'm hooked!

I'm surprised no one noticed the obvious angle on how Eva might actually be involved. The connection is through Lucas, not Randall directly.

The way I see it, Eva was visiting Carlos in prison and Lucas was visitng Randall. They perhaps noticed each other's frequent visits and started up a conversation and things led on from there.

Remember Ep 1 or 2 when the event was over, Lucas asked 1 or 2 times about Eva's condition. I found it odd at the time that he was usign her name, but thought perhaps we'd learn that they got to know each other during the 52 hours.

November 05 2006 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Clara N.

Hey I watched Jag David James Elliott was so gorgeous.T9 needs some time to develop and maybe if it wasn't in a 10:00 time slot. But still there are a lot of us out there watching. I want to know what happened in that dam bank.

November 05 2006 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i hope they at least play all episodes they have, I love this show didnt relize the ratings were low, also love studio 60

nobody watched Jag and that show was on forever!!!

November 02 2006 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope The Nine gets a new time slot, or I fear that it will disappear after Lost goes on hiatus in another two weeks.
I think the favorable time slot is the only thing keeping The Nine afloat. I'll admit, I'm hooked on the show. Soap operas will do that to ya.
I am gradually growing more and more impatient, though. The story moves at about 5 MPH it seems.

I hope next week they have a trump card they are about to lay down to keep vieweres hooked. Without a big cliffhanger or major plt development I'm not sure that it will survive the fall juxtaposition.

November 02 2006 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


For once you and I agree on something. The Nine is really good TV. Unfortunately, I usually fall asleep before it comes on, however last night I was still awake and this was an hour-long drama worth staying awake for.

I hope that ABC tries this show in a different time slot, because I think that it has a lot of potential.

November 02 2006 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What exactly IS a "red state" type of show?

Is "Jericho," which takes place in the heartland after the ultimate right-wing wet-dream--the destruction of most of the major cities in America by some unknown enemy--a "red state" type of show? Because TVSquad certainly reviews that.

What about all those revolting reality programs? TVSquad reviews all of them, too. Aren't they "red state" kind of shows?

And what makes "The Unit" a "red state" kind of show? The fact that it's written by David Mamet, the Tony Award-winning Broadway playwright? Please: enlighten me.

November 02 2006 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Doug, TVSquad does not review "red state" types of shows. I've been trying in vain to do the same with The Unit.

November 02 2006 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watch the Nine. I watch it more than I do Heroes or Lost. A lot of people dont watch NCIS or CSI or whatever.

ER is also getting slightly better.

November 02 2006 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well it looks like no one watches The Nine. Why don't you review NCIS for a change. I'll read and write about the show in your reviews.

November 02 2006 at 6:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More Lourdes Benedicto (Eva) please.

She is such a cutie . . . and now we find out that she may be the most intriguing character of the show.

I was so pissed that that Eva was killed, but hopefully we will see MUCH more of her.

November 02 2006 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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