Men in Trees: The Indecent Proposal
(S01E17) After feeling like we've been treading water over the last few episodes, this one really felt like the show started moving forward again. Jack and Lynn are getting married, Mai and Sylvia are planning a wedding, Sarah is moving on with her career, Annie and Patrick are meeting her parents, and Marin is having boy troubles of a different kind. I have to admit that I was getting a little tired of this show after last week but this episode was invigorating.
The theme this week was 'doing the right thing'. Marin was second-guessing whether leaving Jack and Lynn alone wasn't actually the right thing to do after all. In her despair, she got drunk and made out with her houseboy, Cash, who never seems to wear a shirt. It's gratuitous but I think that was the point. Marin actually seemed to take a back seat to the other stories this week and that was fine with me. Her Jack angst is played out enough.
Did any other X-Files fans out there feel a sudden rush of terror when Sarah was making eyes at that guy in her CPR class? Gah! It's Alex Krycek! Actor Nicholas Rea Lea ended up being a pretty nice guy- a pastor, in fact, which made for more than a little tension between the two since Sarah used to be the town hooker. I love that she told him about it straight-up, though. How many shows would drag out a secret like that and then have it blow up?
The Annie/Patrick storyline in New York was cute- complete with special guests Annie Potts and Colm Meaney as her parents. Poor Patrick was intimidated as hell by Annie's strict father. He thought he was being called out for sleeping with Annie before they married, but boy was he wrong! The twist at the end had me laughing out loud! The family gathering was another intervention for Anne's brother, a drunk who totally made out with Jane. Luckily, Patrick convinced the brother to go to rehab, which won him over with Annie's dad.
Another, smaller storyline that I really enjoyed was the planning of the wedding with Sylvia Celia and Mai. Really, it was Mai that I enjoyed. She had a couple of great one-liners: "I'm going with the traditional side pony." and "I haven't seen this big of a combination since Julia Roberts married the hillbilly with the Don King hair!"
Now, what on earth is Sarah being sued for? Good cliffhanger for next week!