Dirt: Caught on Tape
(S01E12) Not bad. Not bad at all. Actually, it's unfortunate. Last week was a great episode and so was this one. Now the finale is next week. Why do shows always seem to get better when there's fewer episodes left?
Lots of stuff going on, especially the leak of the Julia/Johnny sex tape. It was bound to happen, but I truly didn't see it turning out the way it did. I suppose all signs pointed to Julia being behind the leak. When I first considered that it could have been her, it felt too convenient and I let the idea pass. Had me fooled.
Despite the backdrop of the sex tape scandal, other big things were happening too. I really like the angle that Don's story is taking. He's back off his meds and with the help of an imaginary Marquis, Don's been snapping plenty of covert photos Lucy. You have to wonder though. Has Don been the one "stalking" Lucy the whole time. Only he does it when he's off his meds? It would make sense, especially since he doesn't seem to ever remember things when he's back on the pills. The end was creepy though, when Holt told Don that he had to kill Lucy to save her?
Alright, now here's the flip side to all this. As much as I enjoy the crazy Don storyline, I ask again: what does it have to do with anything? It's like watching two different shows! We've got the whole gossip side... and we've got Don. It just confuses me sometimes.
Speaking of things that confused me, what was the point of bringing Leo back? He went to some back woods commune and came home with a girlfriend who doesn't speak at all? What happened to him? And how does his return make Lucy's life any easier?
OK, griping is over because as I said, I really did like this episode. The good stuff? Two things I wanted to mention. First up is Perez Hilton. Incredibly smart idea to have him pop in with a quick cameo as himself. It got me thinking though. Dirt needs to have more celebs playing themselves, just like Entourage. We had Perez here and in another episode earlier in the season, Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry showed up. Something like that could go a long way to helping the show feel more realistic. I say that because this was the first episode where Lucy's so-called reach and power really felt a little far-fetched.
OK, down to the one scene that made the episode for me: when Lucy confronted Julia about leaking the tape. She busted her and Julia broke down. It was ironic though. Julia wanted to strike a deal to keep the proof in Lucy's vault and Lucy said she wasn't for sale. Lucy has always been for sale to get gossip. Just look at Johnny and Holt. This was really the first time we saw Lucy put her own future first. She needed that big Julia cover story to prevent getting fired. If her job wasn't on the line, guaranteed she would have taken Julia's deal and milked her for all the gossip she had on her. I guess you never know what to expect with this show though.