What About Brian: What About All That Glitters
(S02E17) Something about this show... it's reaching right now. It had its footing, lost it, found it, and now it's back in some sort of weird TV limbo. It just feels like there's nothing of importance going on. Which is weird because I still enjoy the show a lot. Something was different here though. We've always known that this was a show about young people with relatively large amounts of money. That's kind of standard for ABC right now from Grey's Anatomy, to Brothers and Sisters, to the brand-new October Road. However, this was the first episode of What About Brian that really screamed, "Look at us, we're rich!" I'm not sure how I feel about that.
It was kind of depressing actually. Makes me want to go put my second degree in economics to use... well, not really. There were just a lot of little things that made me do a double-take at the TV screen. From the revelation that Ivy was a popular child star (total rip-off of the Robin Sparkles story on How I Met Your Mother) to Brian's glitzy date with Stephanie and her Hollywood premiere, it was non-stop with, "look at all the $$$."
There was one moment though, that really got me. Everyone was at Jimmy and Ivy's place and Dave commented that Adam must be jealous since his crib is so small... or something to that effect. Are you kidding me? We've seen Adam's place! It's huge, not to mention it's on a cliff with a deck that gets a great view of the sunrise every morning.
I guess my point is that, despite my love for this show, I don't want it to evolve this way. I won't watch it if it becomes a bunch of rich people complaining and that's what this episode largely felt like.
Moving on, I'm off the soap-box. There were a lot of really good things that happened too. Nice turn by Meredith "Queen of Lifetime Movies" Baxter as Deena's mother. Not that I'm against it, but did anyone else find it odd that she just happened to be a lesbian? That just came out of nowhere.
The progression of Deena and Dave has me happy though. It went from feeling forced to comfortable. However, now that the marriage is fixed (or is it?) and their daughter is doing well... what's next for them? Break-up again? Who knows, but I'm curious to see if Richard pops up again now that he and Dave had a bit of a scuffle in front of the school.
As far as Brian goes, the show seems to be less and less about him doesn't it? Everything that's been happening to him has been great and it no longer has that sense of urgency for him. His life is pretty good. Swank job at a video game publisher, making out with a movie star, and another babe (Laura) who can't stop thinking about him. Is there anything negative here?
Something big needs to happen before season's end though. I'm not sure what... off the top of my head? What if Marjorie reappeared yet again, only this time she's pregnant with Adam's baby? Eh, too predictable. What if we found out that Brian had been seeing her in secret? Nah... he's over her. Ironic, isn't it? She was the biggest problem with the show and now all I can do is think of solutions that involve her. That probably isn't a good thing.