Hidden Palms: Dangerous Liasons
by Kevin Kelly, posted Jun 28th 2007 8:41AM
(S01E06) Whoa. At first I felt like I'd been riding a roller coaster during this episode, then it turned into a merry-go-round that kept spinning and wouldn't stop. Then I thought I was going to hurl. When it all came to an end, I was left feeling dizzy, lost, and confused. Probably what Johnny feels like on a daily basis.
Seriously, have you ever seen a character in a TV show who is more easy to manipulate than Johnny? Cliff sweet talks him, and he's all chummy with him again. Liza tells him something, then he's doubting Cliff once more. Greta gives him another tidbit of info, and he's not sure if he believes her or not. He's a bit like Hamlet in that respect. If he just would've listened to his dad's ghost and stayed on course, everything would have ended up a-okay.
So, just as a tiny recaplet, you've got Nikki and Cliff doing the nasty (Nikki, after sex "You're like that little battery bunny!" ... yikes), Greta's Dad flirting with anyone and everyone from Tess, to Johnny's mom, to some young yoga girl, Cliff getting it on with Eddie's mom, Greta being moody, and Liza being ... Liza. Toss into the mix some jealousy issues with Bob and Skip (Bob is quickly turning into my favorite character), and you've got one episode with a heck of a lot going on.
You know, when Skip starts flirting with Johnny's mom, Bob brings up a good point. How can he trust her if he sort of met her in the same way? After all, she was married to his best friend and now they're together. Maybe he's justified in being a little suspicious. Or should he feel like a heel because he was in the Skip role before? Suffice it to say he's got skeletons of his own that he's dealing with.
Despite all of the changing hands of Greta's bloddy angel costume, we still don't know why Cliff hung onto it. Although I'm guessing he probably did so because he thought he could hold it over Greta's head some day. However, why then did Johnny steal if from Liza, knowing Cliff would get the blame for it. Does he have some sort of morbid fascination with it? What a tangled web we weave, Johnny Miller.
So, Nikki ends up getting the shaft, yet again, and I'm starting to see what may have led her to become an alcoholic. It has to be pretty creepy to walk in on your brand-new boyfriend making out with his dead best friend's mom. I'm surprised she didn't make a beeline for the bar after that, rather than hiding in Johnny's backyard and sulking. Perhaps this would have been a good moment for Jesse Jo to pop in with a sassy witticism and some sage advice.
Anyhow, there was a lot going on in this episode, and I thought it was pretty strong. We only have two episodes of the show left, and it's anyones guess as to how it'll all end up.
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