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Dirt: What is This Thing Called

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 31st 2008 12:18PM

Ian Hart and Ashley Johnson(S02E05) "Does Dr. Seuss know you're plagiarizing him?" - Farber

I know I ragged on Dirt last week for the direction it was taking this season, and while most of that complaining is still deserved, I have to admit -- this episode deserves a certain level of respect.

Britney Spears is everywhere. Every tabloid, every TV news magazine, and every gossip blog. The writers and producers behind Dirt were pretty much obligated to tackle her story in some way, shape, or form. It would have been awkward if a show like this didn't include it. That being said, they really could have screwed it up and made it painful to watch. But... I don't think they did.

I don't know about you, but by the end of the episode, I actually felt pretty bad for Sharlee. Was that the intention? Absolutely. But I still did. Think about it though. How much do we actually know about Britney Spears? Well... a lot. And most of it ain't good. But look at it this way: if even a fraction of the things we hear about Brit-Brit aren't true and even a fraction of the Sharlee Cates "story" has some truth to it, then c'mon. Single tear perhaps? All I'm saying is that it was pretty well done. They could have been really degrading and insulting on numerous occasions, but I thought most of it was done tastefully. Even the haircutting scene displayed some restraint and they really could have run wild with that.

Most of the remaining hour was a lot of stuff that spawned my complaints last week, but it looks like some of it may be heading back in the right direction. Rather than continue to play out the endless (read: annoying) sexual tension between Farber and Willa, their game of oneupmanship finally resulted in some sex. The highlight of the episode was definitely when they started to make out and stumbled into the janitor's closet. Willa quickly pushed them out, saying something about skeletons. Remember season one? Three words: Willa, Brent, and buttplugs.

Same goes for Lucy and Holt. It seems that Don's new found conscience finally gave Lucy a push to do the right thing. I love that there's some tension between Don and Lucy. It's about time that relationship got rocky. But his "loving people is not about controlling them" rant finally knocked some sense into her. At the end, when Lucy and Holt were about the kiss, I was really expecting that new Brit photographer to be hiding behind another trailer, snapping shots. I'm just glad the two main relationships in this show finally have some legs.

More thoughts...

  • I know I said there was some sort of obligation to include a Britney interpretation on this show, but that doesn't apply to all celebs. Sometimes it feels like certain folks are added just to fill time. Take Genevieve and Zack in this episode. Was there a point to ragging on Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson? I don't think so.
  • OK, now I could be wrong here cause I watched this live and didn't DVR the episode... so someone go check to back me up here. Am I the only one who thought they saw Camille Guaty's va-jay-jay when she was making out with Roy Toy? It was quick when she turned around and flashed her bare bum, but then her legs spread and WHAM! Can they even show that on basic cable? (Maybe if she had a habit of doing this, The Nine wouldn't have bombed...)
  • What's the significance of Don's brother moving in with him? I really don't see where that's going.
  • Sometimes I feel like this show does certain things simply for shock value, to guarantee that someone like me will talk about it the next day on a blog. Case in point? When Lucy was getting her hoo-hoo waxed when the scene would have made just as much sense if she were getting her hair done or getting a manicure.
  • I don't think anything has been said about it, but is there any significance to Ted (the studio exec) bearing a striking resemblance to Holt? Or is it just a coincidence?
  • I loved when Don and Holt saw each other in the alley. Holt: "I'm just trying to live my life man." Don: "I'm just trying to take pictures of it."

Overall, pretty decent episode. It doesn't exactly renew my faith in the show, but it was certainly unexpected after last week's suck-fest. Here's to hoping the last two episodes of the season continue with the trend.

What did you think of the pseudo-Britney Spears plot?
very well done73 (86.9%)
crap layered on top of more crap11 (13.1%)

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BartmanDK

And btw she did have a pink thong on in the scene

March 31 2008 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NH Gary

Anybody know why the name Rothman was changed to Coleman? The audio said "Coleman" and the closed captioning said "Rothman". This happened several times. Curious.

March 31 2008 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BartmanDK

This is the first episode of this season that i have actually ejoyed from start to finish! (well not exactly becaus i HATE that new theme song)
This is a lot better then the other episodes this season and i hope they keep this up.. Any word on Dirt beeing renewed or not?

March 31 2008 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dina

I agree I thought Graham looked like Holt. I have the episode saved on my DVR. I will check tonight and let you know later.

March 31 2008 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tammy

I thought the British camera guy looked more like Holt than the studio exec. Until he talked, I thought it was Holt in her office at first.

Sorry, didn't save the episode so can't check it for you but on another show when I thought I saw something like that, turned out to be a thong... flesh colored thong. (I'm thinking it was either ANTM or something.)

I liked this episode to some extent. I think the small gossip story was just to push Willa and Farber story line more than to rag on couples like Kate and Chris. There is always more than one "hot" story in Hollywood so I would expect there to be smaller stories always going around. It also was a way to introduce the new photog too.

I like that Don is seeing things a little more clearly and wanting to be his own guy in a way. His face was so sad when he took the pictures of her cutting her hair. He knew it was a big story but he hated doing it. Now could the brother turn into someone who will sell Don's pictures to another mag maybe or will he just be someone for Don to talk to while being mad at Lucy? I always look for an evil angle first with shows like this and then I'm pleasantly surprised when they don't turn out that way.

March 31 2008 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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