I liked meeting David's brother! Seeing the sibling rivalry between them reminded me of my relationship with my older brother, but it made me laugh. What better actor to protray his brother, too, than Charles Rocket. Perfect casting.
Post by bluevelvet on Jun 12, 2005 14:38:15 GMT -5
I have only watched up to this episode on the DVDs and this is my favourite so far. Bruce Willis is a fantastic actor and totally wasted on the action movies that he favours. The intensity in his eyes when Maddie is dancing with his brother just made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. He is fantastic throughout.
I vote 9. This is clearly one of their best scripts.
When the episode first aired, a lot of the complexity went right by me. (I was 12 at the time.) I remembered it for the plot point of the guy being after Rich for stealing the money. Watched it again yesterday, and was just staggered by how much more depth there was than I knew.
I had an older brother too, and I know exactly what they mean by the conflicted relationship.
But watching the way David gets torn up is another thing entirely. When he snaps at Agnes and trashes the bathroom, you almost want to cry. Not until now did I even remember the look on his face when he watches Maddie dance with his brother. And that brief but very important scene when he's at the bar, just hammered, and he blurts out something like, "She should be for me!" He really cares about her, and he's also frustrated that his brother has shown up to get in the way and turn everything around again. This is all driving him to absolute distraction.
This and "Big Man on Mulberry Street" are two of the best character explanations that you'll ever see. There was a lot more to what made him the way he was than just being funny. One of the things that's great about the show was that nobody's ever really just one-dimensional.
First of all, the intro blooper - I love it everytime I see it. Even if they put it there to cover the "one minute short" network order, it's absolutely great. Braking the fourth wall at it's very best.
The actual episode goes with the introduction to Richard Addison; we see why he is the brother of David. Canny, witty, funny and broke until the suitcase lands at his car.
Then, we see our heroes; trying to struggle inside the Blue Moon offices. Maddie is upset because the business is a total loss, David tries to make her feel good and Agnes just at her world. An kaboom: Richie enters into their daily routine and we are treated with some excellent storytelling about brotherhood - and their enviousness - and how a woman can 'stir'em'up'.
Looking David staring at his brother flirting with the woman he loves - although he can't admit it yet - is some excellent acting, very believable! Their quarrel, their roll-over-fight over Maddie's living room and then teaming up to help, is great ML storytelling.
Finally, the end scene which builds up even more romantic tension.
Post by maddieaddisonjr on Nov 29, 2007 18:30:31 GMT -5
A solid 9 for all the reasons mentioned. I love Charles Rocket as Richie and the whole ep was a lot of fun. Also, we get to see that despite David's devil-may-care game face he usually has on that by this episode he's already just about in love with Maddie. And he's got it bad!
In this episode, we begin to see Bruce Willis' gifts as an actor. Every time David sees his chances with Maddie threatened, Bruce conveys his heartache with powerful silences, deep, intense stares, and sometimes, a single swallow, i.e., an attempt to swallow the anguish. Plus, as evidenced by this episode and others, he prefers to demonstrate his anger by turning on faucets ;D. David shows his growing passion for Maddie by encouraging her to think positively about their business, and swallowing his pride enough to ask Richie (who may be moving in on his woman) for a loan to save her house. In these earlier episodes, e.g., Gunfight, David is overwhelmed and retreats a little when Maddie throws her arms around him, even pulling her off him in this one. "Don't thank me; thank the bank." Even though he is the one who found the "account" and is her hero, he refuses to take the credit. Because he believes at this point that Richie is the real hero. This is the first time we get to see David's (sober)vulnerability.
It's a brilliant season opener, I love the intro very much. Great timing with the overlapping dialogue. I love Bruce's/David's expression when, at the end, he says "Welcome back!"; dunno why, but this always kinda gets me.
I agree that this is great acting by BW, showing us - for the first, but not for the last time - a serious David, and I love it how intensely he acts, he's able to express a whole range of feelings with one stare, one raising of an eyebrow, one tightening of a jaw. Brilliant.
In this ep also the two for the first time realize that there's something very special between them, and the final scene is just perfect.