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What About Brian: What About Strange Bedfellows

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 6th 2007 7:17AM

What About Brian

(S02E16) I have to admit, I keep flip-flopping on this topic. I'm for Marjorie. I'm against her. Back and forth. I think what I'm starting to realize is that I really didn't like her character at all, but rather what she brought to the table: something that tied the whole series together. Something that gave the show meaning.

After her departure, there were what, two really great episodes? And now this. I'm not saying I didn't like this episode, but it was a bit of a step down. There are just far too many little stories going on (most are great), but what's tying them all together? There's nothing that feels like it might turn into a big plot for the rest of the season. This show needs that right now.

Of course, plenty of big things happened as this show tends to do and a couple of them were certainly unexpected. Briget and Brian finally calling it quits was a long time coming as was Dave and Deena finally getting back together. Finding out that Jamie was gay seemed like a bit of an afterthought though didn't it? Almost as if the writers realized that by doing so would open the opportunity for Adam and Nic to sleep together. That was a great way to end the episode, but is it honestly that big of a deal? I'm not so sure it is.

The one dynamic I really am liking is what Tiffani Thiessen has brought to the show. Not so much her character, but rather what she's doing to Brian and Dave. Those two are the only ones on the show that you'd never expect to "break-up," but it looks like that's what's going to happen since Brian got the promotion to VP instead of Dave. It's too bad because Dave earned it. I'm actually a little frustrated by it too. Can Brian get any luckier?

I suppose the one thing we have to look forward to are all the stories that have yet to be unresolved. Brian's father is still out there and Adam has yet to do anything about his law firm's shady filing practices. Realistically, Brian is going to get involved with that girl Laura from downstairs... and, well that's it. See what I mean though? Where's that big story that builds up until the finale episode?

I really still like this show a lot, but if I had to guess... we're probably not going to see a third season at this rate. Which is too bad, because if the episodes stay on this same track, the only thing I'll take away from What About Brian is my current obsession with saying "Hey, Jimmy!" whenever I see a hot chick.

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Ok, it's not a supersmart comment, but when i hang out it's always a "Hey, Jimmy!". I can't stop.

March 15 2007 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M. Reddick

So far the series re-boot has been less than impressive. The characters that I identified with have been removed and the new characters have not brought anything new to the table. Without Heather, Adam presents as smirky and pretentious. Brian appears stuck in permanent adolesence and Nic is desperate and spacey. Jimmy and Ivy are just kind of there. Natasha walks around being witchey and quirky, while the new neighbors stand around looking cute and hot, but doing nothing else. I'm for tossing out everyone but Dave and Deena and starting all over again. At this rate the show will limp across the finish line at the season's close and quietly expire. Perhaps it will be a mercy killing. I was enjoying this season until recent developments. Since the episode at the lake house this show has moved steadily downhill.

March 06 2007 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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