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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Men In Trees: Sea Change

So, what do you make of this change in Patrick? I think it’s a pretty interesting obstacle in his relationship with Annie and I loved Dick and Celia’s suggestion that Annie try a more physical approach to getting Patrick to remember her and their life together. It’s just too bad it didn’t work. What I find interesting is that Patrick still seems to be a pretty good guy — sometimes. I didn’t love it when he called himself lame and told all his gathered friends there was nothing about his life worth remembering. I also didn’t like — and Annie didn’t either — him saying he’d call her after they’d had sex. Annie was happy with her new Patrick when they were between the sheets but the one she has to deal with the rest of the time just isn’t the man she was supposed to marry. She can’t pretend she’s OK with the way things are between them.

But at least one couple that was supposed to get married did: Sam and Jane. Considering what happened with Patrick and Annie, I can’t blame them for wanting to tie the knot as quickly as possible. It would have been even nicer to see Plow Guy in the episode. Shouldn’t they be on their honeymoon if they just got married? Would they seriously honeymoon in Elmo? Elmo’s got its charm but it doesn’t seem like Jane would be there unless two very important people lived there — Marin and new husband Sam.

While Jane and Sam couldn’t wait to get married, Mary Alice and Jerome slowed things way down. Mary Alice hasn’t been with a man in 10 years — that’s including her husband — and she gets a very strange refresher course of sorts from Mai. Buzz also gives Jerome advice on how to "lock" Mary Alice. That faulty advice leads to a disastrous date but there’s something there between them so Mary Alice and Jerome decide to try a long-distance epistolary romance. It’s a good thing Jerome’s the postmaster.

And they’re not the only ones in a long-distance courtship. Marin and Jack are trying to do the whole ship-to-shore thing. He calls. They have a conversation in which they don’t really hear what the one another says. They get cut off. Repeat. It doesn’t seem to be working very well for either of them, and after finding a business card from a woman who calls Jack "Sweets," Marin’s brain goes into overdrive. She needs to find out if they really are together and who this other woman is. Marin does the grown-up thing eventually but calls mystery woman Donna to discover she's Jack’s mother. I think she should feel a little embarrassed. Does she really think Jack would have something else going on with someone else? I know we had the whole Lynn situation but I think Jack’s learned his lesson.

Julia could turn out to be a little hiccup in that relationship. I know she’s married but Kelli Williams is sticking around for a while. And after the near-death experience they seem to be having on that ship, I guess you never know.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention Ben and Theresa. Ben finally seems to wise up and decide to make Theresa a priority in his life again. He buys her a new car after she tries to make a dramatic exit in her old clunker after a fight and it falters on her. He takes her to the rink where he shows her the brand-new Zamboni, which has been named after her. I think those two crazy kids are going to make it.

Now for some fun dialogue:

Dick: "All women are snoopers… because all men are liars."

Marin: "We’re together. Feelings were implied."

Mai: "Subtlety is for suckers."

Mary Alice: "… I’m feeling very irregular."Jerome: "I’m sorry to hear that."

Jerome: "I would never forget you, especially if we were to… write letters."

How funny was it to see city-girl Jane walking through the woods with Marin while she was looking for deer tracks? Why Marin was doing that? It seemed a little strange to me. And I’m ready for Jack to be back in Elmo. I don’t think we know how much time Jack’s been on the ship but hopefully that storm will send him back to Marin. Or at least Elmo.

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