Post by callmeditzy on Aug 26, 2008 21:20:22 GMT -5
I love any episode in which Richard Addison makes an appearance (and Maddie isn't getting ready to marry anyone whose name rhymes with Qualter).
Paul Sorvino was great as David's dad. They had great father-son chemistry, and he was exactly like I would have imagined him to be.
David being traumatized by his memories of his night with his future stepmother to the point of a near-breakdown and then finding out that she doesn't even remember was both hilarious and heartbreaking. I have to admit, I loved David's recounting of his encounter with Stephanie. Is it wrong that, as much as I adore Sensitive, Sweet David, I have a deep love for Blatantly Sexual, Almost Seedy David??
And Maddie's reaction to David was awesome. I love that she was concerned for him, felt close enough to him that she followed him into the bathroom, but still gave him a piece of her mind when she thought he was being childish and selfish. And when she said she was "disappointed" in him, it wasn't the same kind of annoyance or irritation she feels when he strikes up a limbo contest or a game of strip-poker in the office. She meant that she expected more from him - that the David she's come to know would put his father's happiness above his own discomfort.
Okay, this little write-up was me losing track of how many episodes I'd done for my Top 6. Since TSAR is a true fave of mine, I couldn't not let my feelings about it be known somewhere, so here 'tis:
The Son Also Rises. As much as I love the insight into David's childhood and family, the scenes between David and Maddie are what put this episode in my top 6. The post-vacation reunion is crackling with excitement. I recall being so giddy about seeing them together again in a new episode after what seemed like forever, and they paid that off big time. From Maddie waking to the chirping of Snow White, complete with little grin of anticipation (Maddie's grinning!), we know how anxious she is to get back to Blue Moon and back to David, and we are as eager as she is. Then there's David-- the prodigal caballero returns, sunburnt and short a few thousand hairs, but still David, limboing back into Maddie's world. He makes his hilarious bandito entrance demanding all her clothes, slowly, and she feigns disinterest, but we know she's as thrilled as we are.
They flirtatiously re-hash their respective vacations, and man, is Maddie laying on the smolder-- hotter than Tijuana in July. David responds by pushing the envelope with more playful innuendo and we have some primo banter. Not the bickering, contentious kind but sweet and uber-sexy. I love how soft their voices are during their repartee, and when he finally leaves her office, that little "Missed you..." is the perfect cherry on top of a delicious scene. I love seeing them like this-- happy.
What happens in the scenes that follow is less happy, but ultimately allows for some real intimacy between the two. Maddie, knowing David’s dad is in the office next door, lets David lie to her about getting in touch with him. Who knows why she does this, except that maybe she wants to see how far he'll take it, and if he'll reveal anything in the process. Maybe she wants to give him the chance to come clean on his own. The result is fascinating. When she confronts him with his dad's presence he doesn’t get angry with her, just ashamed.
The conversation with his father is strained yet funny. Paul Sorvino is terrific in the part. I love how David's buttons get pushed when his dad talks about how beautiful Maddie is and how he's surprised that nothing's going on between them. Yeah dad, we're all wondering about that. Tensions aside, when it's all said and done, David rushes to Maddie to share his good news about his dad. I love that he's sharing his happiness with her, and when he asks her to be his date to the wedding--"Me?" "Thee" "Siiiiii" *siiiiiiigh*—it is positively swoonworthy. They're going on a date!!!
The drama that ensues at the engagement party is well-crafted and the tension is palpable. You can feel their embarrassment at the scene that David creates and when Maddie tells David he needs help, you believe that she's not kidding around, adding another layer of tension to this situation.
The scene in the garage is a killer. Going from hilarious to utterly not, with David getting explicit about the affair with Stephanie, and Maddie not wanting to hear about it. It's very telling when she tries to stop him, and the back and forth at this point is so real. Great writing and acting all around. When she finally ends the conversation and expresses her disappointment in him, you can tell she's also hurt by his revelations.
The wedding goes off with humor—a Richie cameo is always a good thing--and the scene backstage is brilliant. Stephanie did not remember David's epic encounter, which for Dave is both a good and bad thing. After all, how could she not remember? And "stupid"? Damn.
And to top all of this off, there is that dancing at the end. Don't you love when they dance together? Don't they just "fit"? A gorgeous and happy ending after all the ups and downs makes this a greatgreat episode, setting the stage for a greatgreat season. Welcome back, indeed!
Love your review Hazel on this one! WHat enthusiasum in your writing! It truly was a great start to the new season! Sorry we didnt get to see more of Davids Dad. Maddie/David were fabulous with each other! We learned alot about David in this one. ANd yes our couple looks great dancing, shoud have done more of that !
Bruce is wonderful in this episode, especially his scenes with Sorvino and watching David work thorough this unpleasant revelation made for some great scenes... but you can't just coast on this ONE plot development for forty minutes!
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