Cane: All Bets Are Off
(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)?
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."
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?
|No way.||49 (61.3%)|
|Yes, they will make a cute couple.||31 (38.8%)|