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Dirt: You Don't Know Jack

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 31st 2007 9:26AM

Will McCormack stars as Leo Spiller in 'Dirt' on FX.(S01E05) I still don't know Jack. Why? Because Dawson was barely in the episode. He's gay, we knew that, and now Lucy is going to put it in print. It was how the story developed that I liked. It was completely not what I expected.

From the moment we found out that Jack played for the other team, you knew it was going to become one of Lucy's cover stories. But I just expected it to be a situation when she was hitting a dry spell and needed a quick headline. I never saw it coming when we found out that Jack, America's premiere action hero, was a bit of a man-whore.

On top of that, It surprised me when Leo advocated the release of the story. Sure, he was hurt, but he also doesn't seem like the type of guy who'd be ready for the scrutiny of the public eye. But as Lucy said, they'll just "Photoshop the hell" out of Leo's face. My point is that, once again, this show has me impressed. It's not always what you expect.

The best part of the episode was, by far, Wayne Brady. Fresh off his guest-role on How I Met Your Mother as Barney's gay half-brother, he plays a thug here. A scary-as-hell thug. Brought back memories of his altered self from Chappelle's Show. He could have yelled out, "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch" and it would have fit perfectly here. I wouldn't have flinched. He's a talented actor though, lots of versatility.

Don's story still bugs me but I feel like I've complained about that enough in the past. What I loved here was Willa's story. She's almost become Lucy's validation for being in the business. Just when Lucy doubts herself, she sees Willa pouring her heart out to get a story and Lucy derives a satisfaction from that.

Other things I liked:

  • I'm glad things are progressing with Holt and Lucy. It makes sense and Julia's drug addiction is getting annoying.
  • Speaking of that, Garbo freaks me out. Does she ever use her own drugs? It seems like she just gets everyone else high and then makes out with them.
  • I hope Prince Tyreese is still around. I liked his character, but the way Tweety and his crew dealt with his betrayal seemed a bit harsh. Especially since Aundre G's death still hasn't been 100% pinned on Tweety yet either.
  • Despite everything bad that happened to Brent in this episode (Dick for dinner anyone?), I still don't like him. He's just such an ass.
  • The word "moist" was used. Priceless.

At this point, I'm in this for the season. I want to know what happens and let's be honest. There are plenty of other shows on that are worse than this. The acting may be corny, the setting unrealistic, but the story has legs. I can look past everything else if the twists and turns keep coming.

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Kelly

I too agree...I can't tell if that is Sully or not...there is NOTHING on his website or anything on the 'Dirt' website...I think it could be an very strong lookalike....I don't think it is him...his voice seems very different....

February 17 2007 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chels

Yup, it's Sully. Noticed it was def. him because of the star tattoo on his right cheek.

February 16 2007 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather

I love this show! I hope it doesn't replace Nip/Tuck...but I still am getting so hooked!

Whats up with Brent and his little porn collection? lol

Oh, and does anyone know who plays Garbo's little guy friend that her and Julia had a threesome with?! He looks JUST like Sully Enra from Godsmack but I can't find any info anywhere!!!

Please help! Driving me crazy!!

February 13 2007 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kris

Lei, thats what makes this show interesting. and in my opinion they arent stooping down to anything, for all we know this could be a clear cut picturte of hollywood. Sure this show may not be suitable for children, but thats why there is a rating in the top left hand corner so that idiotic parents dont show it to their kids. this show is genious, Courteny's acting is superb and even better then in friends id say (and im in love with friends)

February 06 2007 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wayne

Wayne Brady's evil turn in this episode was GENIUS! I hope to see more of him in that character; I was truly impressed. His role is comparable to the contrast between Courtney Cox's starring role here and her former life as Monica on "Friends."

This show has become my greatest guilty pleasure - I'm glad they re-play episodes so I won't miss it.

February 05 2007 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yvonne Murff

I love this show! Courtney Cox is awesome. This role should make everyone forget Monica. Can't wait Jen Aniston's guest appearance. FX puts out great series, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck etc. And they give new shows a chance to build an audience, which is great.

February 01 2007 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lei

The thing is this the show is interesting and capivating, its just a shame that the writer loses creativity by going into the pornography, homosexuality, profanity and resort to what is obviously a LSD flashback from the 60's (the broad giving birth to cats) to get through an episode. Courtney shows her vesatility in a total opposite roll she played in "Friends", and looks totally beautiful, cant understand why all her talent lands on a cheap script that sounds like the porn king Jeremy thought up. Hey its alot of kids up watching TV and its family time, so why embarass us parents and grandparents by the ultimatum of changing channels or exposing our kids to the filth we teach them to stay away from. If you cant take a script and write it without stooping to vulgarity,homosexuality, & porno, then you really have no talent to be a writer.Anyone can do that. EEEGAds save something for the imagination, or air at a later time

February 01 2007 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick James

I am really hoping this isn't cancelled. Tonight's episode is a clear reason why this show is good, and for some reason I feel like a lot of people aren't giving it a chance.

Man, that Wayne Brady.. that was nuts. I actually thought he really WAS going to chop that dude's dick off. Freaky shit.

February 01 2007 at 2:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TomB

I really love this show. I like all the series that FX has done. They don't dumb it down and assume that everyone that watches TV is an idiot. I don't know how realistic it is, but it sure is fun to watch.

January 31 2007 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cruelintentions504

i love this show! i wonder if jack is gonna hire someone to kill lucys brother. thats what i think. i love how don will do anthing to get lucys her pics...i wonder if real tabloids are like this and i mean in the betrayal aspect.

January 31 2007 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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