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Cane: One Man Is An Island

by Kristin Sample, posted Nov 7th 2007 11:33AM
Alex and Frank discuss business.
(S01E07) "You've got to stop this vendetta. It will destroy your family" --Pancho

Now, why would Alex stop trying to get revenge on Joe Samuels when things are just getting really good? This episode was great. And that's the first time I said that. As I watched the previews for next Tuesday, I was, for the first time, excited to see what happens next on Cane.

I need to make one comment before I start the real part of my review though. I think this show would be more popular if it was on at 8 or 9 p.m. I say, get rid of the musical acts (it's not The O.C.) and move to an earlier time slot.. CBS could have a show with the same success and longevity as Dallas.

So where to start with recounting the good things that happened tonight? Let's start with Frank because he's my not-so-secret favorite. At first, when Frank was arguing so strongly with Alex at the dinner table, I thought they were changing Frank's feelings for Alex again. First Frank hates Alex, then he's all of a sudden on Alex's side. How many angle changes does this character need to suffer?

But thankfully, it all came together for Frank shortly after that first dinner conversation. I loved seeing Frank finally confront his father. He's doing a lot of work with the present money-maker for the company: rum. Also fantastic was Frank pointing out that he was the better man for the job not just because he is Pancho's natural-born son but because he is at Duque Rum day in and day out.

I think audiences can really sympathize with Frank's position and I'm glad that Cane's writers are finally keeping Frank on his own family's side. In the beginning of the season, it seemed like he would try to usurp Alex and in doing so make his own family vulnerable to the machinations of Joe Samuels. I don't think that will happen at all now, especially now that Frank knows the truth about Lucia's death. (That conversation was a long time coming too.)

jimmy smits as alex vega

Speaking of Duque brothers, I loved Henry in this episode too. His banter with Alicia Keys was funny and his failed pick up of the new master blender was good too. I can't forget to mention Henry kicking the crap out of that punk who videotaped his niece.

Henry is being brought into the fold of the Duque family (finally). For a while there, I thought he would just be on the peripherals: running his club, sleeping with celebs, trying to keep Katie out of the club, and whining at family dinners.

I liked Ellis's parts in this episode too. Frank and Ellis's confrontation in the Samuel's meeting room was suspenseful and the question of Ellis's knowing what her father did could have even been answered next episode. From the last conversation with her father, it seems like there is more to the background story between them (particularly about the details of her mother's leaving).

Finally, Alex as the Cuban official was priceless. His affected accent was perfect. I love his plan to have Joe Samuels arrested for buying Cuban land. However, Joe probably will find a way to get out of it. After all, how will Cane operate if the only real villain is in jail and unable to harm the Duques?

Do you think it's a smart move for Alex to buy Cuban land?
Yes, that ethanol idea can be a gold mine for Duque Enterprises.37 (50.7%)
No, he's being foolish in tryin to make this ethanol deal work.14 (19.2%)
Who cares? It's just more drama for the show anyway.22 (30.1%)

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Vinnie Cristina

I love the show, I have to tape it, i wish they have on at 8 or 9 p.m. The slot now is late for me. I have to get up early in the morning. Please keep the brothers united and let them work for the good of the family. That is what we like to watch. Family Unity. Thank you for the show.

November 08 2007 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

In the United States ethanol is made primarily from corn. However in Brazil ethanol is made almost exclusively from sugar cane. Most cars in Brazil operate on a gasahol mixture of 76% gasoline and 24% alcohol, although there are some "flex-fuel" cars that can run on either gasahol or pure ethanol. Brazilian sugar cane based ethanol costs 22 cents per liter as opposed to 30 cents per liter for ethanol made from corn. Brazil exports 2 billion liters of cane based ethanol to the United States every year.

November 08 2007 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The guy in D.C. made a good point, I thought ethanol was made from mostly corn, IDK.

Frank needs to stop being a little baby its getting old.

November 07 2007 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have liked Cane from the beginning but after watching this new ep I love it! I think it just needed a few episodes to introduce all the players and events.
I love that we finally have a show with hot Latin men and women.
Muy caliente!

November 07 2007 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

O.K. I agree the show was great, but I miss Santo, they only showed his face at the end for a second, I think the writers can get a lot more from him, he is a great actor and brings the only real cuban flavor to this show. Please CBS more storyline for Santo. Also I agree the show must be moved to another time or another day, if they do that the audience will dramatically increase.

November 07 2007 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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