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Dirt: This Is Not Your Father's Hostage Situation

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 28th 2007 11:04AM

Courteney Cox(S01E09) Hmm... not sure how I feel about this episode. It didn't really relate to anything else. Actually, it felt like the type of episode you'd normally see as a ratings stunt. Only problem is that it wasn't all that tense and when something shocking (I say that loosely) did finally happen, it felt forced. Almost as if it got added in because... well, I don't know. It was added for the sake of being added it seemed. If you saw the episode, then you definitely know what I'm talking about. We'll get to that later though.

Centered around a former child star who took Lucy and the DirtNow offices hostage, the episode looked at the "forgotten celebrity." That's kind of an interesting phenomenon if you think about it because they're all over the place and I suppose every now and then, some of them flip out a little. This, however, seemed a little over the top.

So let's talk about Sammy Winter, our former child star in question. He used to be on some 80's sitcom and has since been pushed aside by Hollywood. First off, I think it would have been way cooler if they had gotten an actual former child star to play an eccentric version of himself rather than making up the character of Sammy. He was just ridiculous.

Then there's Kenny, Lucy's assistant. He's been around all season, usually as a bit of comic relief. This episode went out of its way to finally endear Kenny to the audience and then what happens? Out of nowhere, Sammy shoots him in the head. What purpose does this serve? Talk about pointless! If you're going to shoot him, why bother adding to the character at all? If you ask me, it would have been far more shocking if Sammy just went off and shot 3 or 4 people who had never even been given a name.

By far though, the best two parts of the episode were how the relationships developed between Holt/Julia and Brent/Willa. First off, I love the power dynamic between Willa and Brent. She thinks she's got the upper hand. He'll do anything for her... anything. All I'll say is "butt-plug." However, Brent really has all the power since he has that sex tape and can blindside Willa with it at any moment. It's just a really well laid out dynamic and it took Maria, the cleaning lady, to put the two of them in their place.

As far as Holt and Julia go, they're heading in the logical direction. Since Holt was glued to the TV news for the duration of the hostage situation, Julia finally suspects that he's got someone else on his mind. Eventually she'll figure out the story behind Kira's death. My next guess? Lucy gets wind of it, for whatever reason this pisses her off, and the Julia/Johnny Gage sex tape gets leaked. This has all the makings of getting quite messy.

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BC McKinney

a) Yes, straight men do have prostates, so it's not that uncommon for them to use butt plugs. Maybe not in Peoria, but in LA? Sure! Brent also likes to be dominated; in retrospect I think he may have been a bit turned on as well as scared when the gangsters had him tied to a chair and threatened to castrate him.

b) Either Kenny's death was planned from the beginning of the show simply to use the joke line "He killed Kenny!", or one of the writers was inspired when they decided to have Sammy off a character.

C) Gosh, Vincent Gallo always looks like such a seedy sleazebag. I cannot imagine what was going through Chloe Sevigny's mind when she blew him in "The Brown Bunny".

February 28 2007 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show, and don't care what anyone else says. I like how they showed Lucy in charge of her involvment with Holt, just as Willa thinks she is in charge. Did anyone else catch that Andrew had a child? He mentioned had a kid when talking to the blonde.

February 28 2007 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The whole Sammy Winter thing was ridiculous. The fact that he was fictional made me not care about him or his situation at all. Who was this guy? Who cares? I agree with you, Jonathan. With all the out of work child stars that would have given their left nut to be on TV again they definitely should have gone with a real child star.

I also agree about Kenny. Why? He was bonding with schizophrenic Don. It would have been nice for Don to have someone else to play off of besides Lucy.

The Brent/Willa thing was bazaar. Straight men use butt-plugs? Willa has seemed to have changed almost overnight from an innocent to a, well, I'm not sure. I guess it won't be long before she and Brent make a play for Lucy's job.

Yeah, I bitch (and this wasn't the best episode), but I LOVE this show. I especially love the Don character. The "functional schizophrenic" angle is cool.

February 28 2007 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved Willa's comments to the cleaning lady. "I'm the one in charge, he's got a 3" plug in his ass" :ROFL:

February 28 2007 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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