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Cane: All Bets Are Off

by Kristin Sample, posted Nov 14th 2007 11:58AM
Jimmy Smits and Polly Walker
(S01E08) "There was a time I was especially fond of you." Ellis to Alex

What does that mean? Did Ellis and Alex have a deeper relationship that we will find out about? Now that would be a good twist in this conflict between the Duques and the Samuels. From their conversation last night, I couldn't quite gauge whether Ellis just meant that she used to like Alex as a friend and business peer or if she was referring to a past romantic relationship.

Another good episode of Cane--it is truly getting better. Sadly, CBS still hasn't changed the time slot and sadly, Santo was not in this episode. I sincerely hope they are not doing away with him. But, on the bright side, some much needed developments happened last night.

The show is finally getting around to advancing some more of the storylines (i.e. Henry and Jaime/Rebecca). I'm liking Henry a little bit better. As I pointed out last week, Henry seems interested in the new master blender Terry. This was further developed this week. It's cute to see the handsome Henry who can get any girl he wants go after the quirky and kind of nerdy Terry. Henry seems to be learning a lesson about having to work for something/someone. It adds dimension to his character.

I never thought I would say this but I actually like the story between Jaime and Rebecca now. For a while they were just immature and annoying but now they have some more substance, especially Rebecca. The class difference finally came to head this episode with Rebecca's dead beat dad joining the Duque dining room table. Jaime, the young upstart that he is, acted like a fool while trying to defend his "wife," a defense she clearly didn't want or need. He also embarrassed the rest of his family with his disrespectful comments to their guest.

I wonder what will happen with the seemingly perfect and care-free young couple. Rebecca's dad did a good job of planting thoughts in Rebecca's head. Jaime will inevitably decide to break up with Rebecca after he realizes they are worlds apart. She seemed insecure and afraid of that rejection by the end of the conversation. And, Alona Tal is a very good actress. She's new to me. What else has she been in (if anything)?
Alex finds out about Frank's gambling debts.
I think Alex is getting in too deep with the Cuban mafia guy. I understood Alex wanting to pay him back with work after the guy took care of the Israelis who beat up Henry. But when he came into Alex's office (commenting too many times on how nice it was) and offered his men as the trucking company for Duque Rum, I thought that this could get sticky for Alex. Also, Alex's declining the offer came off as a little hypocritical. Using the Cuban mafia is fine when you want revenge or don't want to go through police but not fine when it comes to a consistent business relationship? I suppose we'll find out whether dealing with this man was a good idea soon enough. By the end of the episode, Alex accepted the offer in exchange for help with his other brother.

Speaking of Frank, they need to balance this character out. Last week he was the good brother, working long hours while Alex went on a wild goose chase to Canada. This week he's a degenerate gambler. I'm fine with Frank having a multi-faceted personality but he flip-flops from episode to episode. That said, I loved him punching Alex who can be rather self-righteous in his attempts to help. That punch was a long time coming and was perfectly "in character."
Jimmy Smits as Alex Vega
Finally, I loved seeing more of Polly Walker in this episode. I know I've mentioned this before but I have been a huge fan since HBO's Rome. She is actually the reason I wanted to give this show a try. I think having Joe Samuels betray her was a brilliant move. It makes him seem even more despicable and allows Ellis's character to get more complicated. I wonder how she will get herself out of trouble with the FBI?

Do you think Terry and Henry are a good match?
No way.49 (61.3%)
Yes, they will make a cute couple.31 (38.8%)

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Terry is played by Rachael Carpani ...
found on imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0955250/

Very nice actress :)

December 17 2007 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joan gonzales

The character of Terry [ master blender ] is a doll face....reminds me of a cross between Nicole Kidman & Meg Ryan ! I'll be waiting for your enlightment Kristen. : ) Joan

November 20 2007 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristin Sample


I apologize but I don't know the actress who plays Terry Greenway's name either. I will check the credits tomorrow night. I would like CBS to update their Cane site with a few of the cast members (i.e. Santo, Terry, and the Cuban mafia guy--I don't even remember the character's name).

November 20 2007 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joan gonzales

Can you tell me " Terry's " name. I'v tried looking it up on the Cane site, but no given name for her Thanks. Joan

November 20 2007 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wondering what song was playing during the pool party in "all bets are off" episode... had words like "take a little ride with me"... and "keep it comin' ". any help out there? thanks.

November 18 2007 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Juan Herrera

I am another one who loves the character of Santos. I think that besides his past he has proven to be loyal to Alex.
No one knows where Frank or Ellis characters are going to go. Frank with his multiple issues, and Ellis' intriguing revelation of being fond with Alex plus her father's accusations.
My wife seems to think that Terry is up to something with her father to extort money from the Duques.

November 18 2007 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi, The Frank character really is a mess isn't it, Boomstick? It says a lot for Nester Carbonell's acting ability that he can make credible at all these switches back and forth in character. If they don't smooth his character out soon, I think a lot of viewers will get frustrated with the show. I find myself thinking, "Why doesn't Jimmy Smits' character just say f*** it?"
In real family-run corporations, I don't think a retiring CEO, even if he were ill, would just turn over the company and let the chips fall. I think there should be vignettes of Pancho coaching Alex. The scene of Pancho telling Frank about his sister's kidnapping and murder is the type of scene I'm talking about. Some one-on-one closeness with Pancho as the mentor.
Count me in as one who really likes what the Santo character brings to the program.
I have a question: Has the hidden camera in Alex's office behind the fish tank been discovered yet? If so, I missed it.

November 16 2007 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Count me in with those who think making Frank into a degenerate gambler was dumb and out of left field. There just has not been one little hint that he had this problem up til this point. Sometimes it seems like they throw these kind of plot points in there just to fill up some time. Anyway.

And about Alona Tal, she played Jo on Supernatural last season. She was a somewhat reoccuring character and I was suprised they didn't keep using her, Dean had a bit of a thing for her. Maybe this role came up, though, and she thought it was better.

November 15 2007 at 6:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristin Sample

Thanks Toymao for the information about Alona Tal. I didn't really like her until last night's episode. But now, I am so interested in what happens between Rebecca and Jaime.

November 14 2007 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alona Tal is an Israeli actress (you wouldn't say that from her accent, would you?) and also a very succesful singer there, who was guest star in many shows (I recall her from CSI, but check her out on imdb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1775214/ ), but more importantly she was Meg on Veronica Mars (you know VM's only 09er friend, later a love interest for Duncan and the mother of his child), which part was written directly for her. She was initially auditioned for the role of Veronica Mars (which was obviously give to Kristen Bell), but Rob Thomas loved her so much he wrote a recurring character for her (which was - I think - the same situation with Ryan Hansen and the audition for role of Duncan resulting in the Dick Cassablancas character).

Was this helpful Kristin? :)

November 14 2007 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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