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Monday, May 12, 2008

Men In Trees: Get a Life

Believe it or not, a celebrity comes to Alaska. Why? Because they do whacky things, these celebrities. Who can blame stars for seeking a place to escape? Or a life to escape into, in Morgan Fairchild's case.

But at the end of the day, this episode is not really about Morgan Fairchild, delightful though she may be. It's about what happens when someone shines a light on your life; do you like what you see? Marin, having been here for a year, has grown quite comfy in her routine. She loves Jack, she loves Elmo… but does she love everything she's become? I think it's important on this show to remind myself from time to time where Marin comes from. She will always be, to some extent, a fish out of water. At the same time, she wants to feel like she truly belongs in Elmo. No one likes to feel like an outsider. It takes a long time for a town to officially adopt you, and even though Marin owns a cabin in Alaska, she herself isn't ready to adopt the area code.

This episode was called "Get a Life" because everyone is exploring the other side of the fence in this episode. Morgan wants to be Marin. Marin wants to be the old Marin. Patrick wants to be Ivan. Ivan wants to be a better man to win Annie's affections. Annie wants to be ready. Sara sees her boyfriend through someone else's eyes and realizes she's more than she thought he was. Buzz thinks he can safely go back to his gambling habits but is sorely mistaken. Everyone gets to try out another style of life for a change… and most decide they'd like to go back to what they had. Some find that they can't.

Stay tuned for the next episode to see Julia again – and meet her husband, Jim. And don't think that Mai's not gonna find out about Buzz's gambling problem.

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