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Dirt: God Bless the Child

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 17th 2008 9:20AM

Rick Fox as Prince Tyreese and Courteney Cox as Lucy Spiller
(S02E03) "Alright, I'll ice up a nipple and start chatting." - Willa

Well that episode was out there. It brought back some old faces, introduced a few new ones, and split off into two wildly different tangents. On one side we saw a new side of Lucy as she aimed to bring down a past Dirt Now target while at the same time we saw Don placed in a situation that would have bee much more amusing had he stopped taking his medication.

Prince Tyrese (Rick Fox) was thrown back into Lucy's life at an LA fundraiser and for whatever reason, it set her off. It's not that I'm against it, but these spurts where we see Lucy "care" can be a little awkward sometimes. For those that didn't see the first season, Prince was a star NBA player. Lucy blackmailed him with pictures of him having sex with a woman who wasn't his wife, but it got worse. Even though he's an NBA player, I'll make a baseball analogy. In those pictures, Prince wasn't doing the pitching.

Lucy wanted info on music mogul Tweety McDaniel and Prince had no choice but to deliver. Tweety found out and caned Prince's legs, ending his career. So now it's a year later and Prince is happy, at peace with what happened and Lucy decides to take down Tweety since she feels responsible. I think the one thing that really struck me about all this, and Willa pointed it out, was that this story had no value for Dirt Now. This guy wasn't in the news and a headline featuring his name wouldn't help to sell any extra issues. That's extremely rare for Lucy, to see her put the magazine second.

What followed was downright hilarious. After bribing numerous lady friends of Tweety's, Lucy finally ended up in a hotel room with Tweety and his illegitimate daughter. Then he lit himself on fire while smoking crack. Dead? Not sure. But he was definitely unconscious. The difference between me and Lucy is that I don't care. Tweety was a minor character to begin with and I had completely forgotten about him. I would have preferred to see a new scandal involving Prince. The fact that he's now on crutches would have added to the humor of any new sex scandal.

Speaking of sex scandals, Don ended up in a dungeon that I'm sure has a history of 'em. Sharon Lawrence guest starred as an actor turned politician with what I think was a blending of Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Nancy Pelosi, but I could be wrong. While this was written and shot months ago, the current Eliot Spitzer scandal would have fit in quite nicely as inspiration too.

So anyway, Don got kidnapped by Lawrence's nutbag son and was then tortured in the family sex dungeon. Chains, leather, cigarette burns, etc. Then mom and dad showed up and we spent the hour witnessing how dysfunctional a family can really be. Don stole the scene from all of them though. Bleeding, burned, and scarred, he found the composure to actually care about these people and even played the role of psychiatrist, doling out free advice. They eventually let him go, but what happens now? Don didn't tell Lucy about it and he still has a camera full of pictures in that dungeon right? My guess is that he stays quiet. I think he saw a little bit of himself in the son.

In the third storyline, Brent returned and continued his crusade to get Lucy fired - same as he tried to do at the beginning of the first season. This time it looks as though he may have succeeded. Brent made a deal with a wealthy, womanizing billionaire to buy Dirt Now and fire Lucy. I don't see it happening though. Despite rich boy's desire to examine Brent's nether regions before any deal was discussed (not sure why), he still came across as a savvy businessman. Once he sees how well Lucy runs the mag, there's no way he fires her. The guy likes to make money, not lose it.

More random thoughts. Since I was fortunate to receive a screener DVD with the first two "rough cut" episodes, this was the first one I actually watched on TV. Two things struck me. I love the direction the new season is taking, but that new theme song (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Really?) is terrible. Secondly, what happened to Don's humorous "Previously on Dirt" recaps? Those were one of the best parts of season one! Bring 'em back!

Which season one character would you like to see return?
Garbo, the lesbian drug dealer50 (31.6%)
Gibson, the magazine's owner6 (3.8%)
Tina, Lucy's rival editor59 (37.3%)
Leo, Lucy's brother38 (24.1%)
someone else... tell us in the comments!5 (3.2%)

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I was kind of falling asleep, but I thought the girl who was Tweety's daughter smacked the crack pipe, leading to him being on fire. She clearly had Tweety's evil streak, when she told Lucy not to do anything to save him. I am sure he is not dead, with first degree burns all over his body.

I kind of think we are being set up to see Brent have to go gay to get rid of Lucy... what with the comparison of penis size (width vs. length) and what's more important to bring a woman to orgasm.

I am confused by this show. I like it, but I am not sure of its longevity. I will watch until the end. Hopefully, we are given a real conclusion, if this is it.

March 17 2008 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A much better episode than the first two. It had more of the same feel (dark, edgy, and twisty) as last season. I hope the last four episodes continue in this way, although it's possible that it may be too late to bring the people who loved the show last season back.

I'm glad we found out what happened to Prince Tyrese. And I almost expected Lucy to whip a camera and take pictures of Tweety when he caught fire!

I don't know why they got rid of Don's recaps. They were unique, funny, and gave his take on things. Why would his being medicated make a difference?

March 17 2008 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Muir

Before this season started airing, one of the show runners mentioned that the show was going to have more self-contained episodes, with less multi-show arcs.

As an aside, I really hate the new Twinkle Twinkle theme song. The old theme was much better.

March 17 2008 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I COMPLETELY AGREE about the new theme song. What were they thinking?! While watching the beginning of the season premiere I was actually looking forward to hearing the theme song because I think it did a good job of setting the mood.

When "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" came on, my jaw dropped and I. was. PISSED! haha

March 17 2008 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What the hell was this episode?!?!?!

This episode had no continuity with the storyline of the previous two weeks. What happened to Holt? Where were Willa and Farber this entire episode? Why was it that Don suddenly a former schizophrenic and not still in recovery?

It almost feels as though this episode was supposed to come later in the season and it got pushed up in order to either fit with the Spitzer scandal or it was meant to come later, but with the writer strike, the episodes before it were never written/filmed.

I missed Don's Previously On Dirt too. I wanted a recap. I also missed Lucy's crazy driving scene. It seems like there were more of those last season.

Overall, this episode was only OK. Not great, but not terrible either. The S&M dungeon was great. Bringing Tweety back and lighting him on fire, interesting. Brent and the savvy businessman was stupid and felt almost inserted just to have Brent get some and not as an attempt to bring that storyline back.

I hope next week is better.

March 17 2008 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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