Men in Trees: Nice Girls Finish Frist
(S01E16) No, that's not a typo. The title of this episode is really a play on Marin Frist.
Well, I liked this episode a heck of a lot more than last week's. I think Marin had a very relatable problem. She couldn't get comfortable with Lynn and kept trying to overcompensate for it, making herself and everyone else uncomfortable in the process. She's one of those girls who wants people to like her and so she goes a little overboard in buying Lynn a really expensive, gigantic stroller for her baby shower. She also buys muffins and coffee for her contractors, who are walking all over her in renovating her home. She learned a good lesson in the end, but it was Lynn who had to force it upon her. She makes a good point: those two may never be comfortable with each other.
I particularly enjoyed the George storyline and I'm curious what the rest of you thought about it. Pretty early in the episode, George tells Buzz and everyone else that he's gay. Buzz is pretty much the only person who is not okay with this. Even the guys in the bar, who had a great conversation with George about how this gay stuff works, were fine with it once they had their questions answered. But Buzz said a few ignorant things, like, suggesting that George wouldn't have turned out gay if Buzz had been around during his childhood. I'm not sure how much longer we're going to see Orlando Jones around as Buzz's gay son, but he was a welcome change from the regular cast. Plus, the writers have opened up yet another love story between Terry and George.
The only storyline I found a bit forced this week was the Jane/Plow Guy one. Jane and Sam have been in a "vacationship" since Thanksgiving and once Jane starts to work while in Elmo, things get a little tense. The only thing is that I didn't really see that much of a difference between Work Jane and Vacation Jane, other than she didn't have as much time. I mean, Jane not having time for a quickie isn't exactly the end of the world. And I think she would've freaked out about the mouse whether she was on vacation or not. In the end, Jane left-- an extreme measure, really-- and now they're both nursing broken hearts. Well, I guess we can't have at least one episode of Men in Trees where one of the couples breaks up because what else would there be to do?
My favorite character in this show is quickly becoming Jane. She has the wittiest lines and the goofiest way of speaking. Some great ones this time were, "When I'm in work mode, I wear work clothes. It gives me an authoritative tone." And, "I don't do etiquette." And her nickname for Marin's homeless carpenter (with whom she will no doubt hook up in future episodes): "Happy Hobo".