There are many revelations! Like, Tate Donovan is a lawyer and is not as estranged from Marin Hinkle as we thought. And then the blood gas tests reveal that she was murdered by heroin overdose, which is pretty scary. The Other Brother Julian is apparently a doctor, which sure. Whatever. And he was also the person who got into the car with Vivian in the first moments of this show, two weeks ago. And the punching of Vivian by his fist was because she was looking into Lyritrol with her boyfriend, Ben Preswick.
Who's in hiding, but not from Edward -- Edward's actually helping him, although not maybe for good reasons, since he didn't want Vivian to bring down the company either. We'll see about that. Mostly what Eddie Spaghetti did this week was almost get fired because of the PR issues he represents -- which made Marin Hinkle want him to run away with her to Santa Barbara, but then Sofia tried to force-feed her a racquetball racquet, so now she is cool sticking around -- and then end up not getting fired, due to an excellent and bitchy takedown of the entire board of directors. (Robert's best scene of the whole episode: Trying not to giggle while his entitled son bitches out the entire board.)
I am not kidding about the Sofia factor in this episode. She's only in like three scenes, but each is more amazing than the last. The violence in the racquetball court? Not implied. She pretty much half-strangled Marin Hinkle right there, turned her shit right 'round like a record baby, it was gorgeous. And then later on she excuses force-fed goose pate to the kids with a "Hardly anything worth having results from an angel kissing a unicorn." She said that shit! On TV! It was epic!
Against Will's constant finger-wagging bullshit advice, Joanna passes on her plan to interrogate Marin Hinkle to follow Robert's directive: Go to the Bahamas with Julian for a pharmaceutical conference. Secondary mission: Meet up with John Larroquette, who plays this absolutely amazing Senator who apparently has sway over the FDA and likes to tie young ladies up. His price for greasing the wheels on Lyritrol? A sit-down with his erstwhile best friend Robert Bowers, who refuses to play along and still hates him for secret reasons. Oh, and an intruder tries to steal Julian's computer and whatever, Julian is kind of boring and not very nice to look at, for me. The show keeps saying how compelling and sexy and tortured he is, but to me he's like one of the Wilson brothers but without even that much of a personality, which is like the worst case boy scenario.
Mia, on the other hand, continues her downward spiral into hipster nonsense in grand style. In this episode, she drags that boy whose hair looks like carpet to an art gallery, where he whines like a Nice Guy for a while and then -- serves him right -- runs off with a hot stranger who is clearly not who he says he is. He takes her to some Williamsburgian bullshit party and then she is attacked by a crusty, who of course we learn later was paid to do this so that she could be rescued by Rando Hottie.
Mia's kind of stupid. I'm just gonna say it.
Also, so is Will. His storyline is now also connecting us to the world of the celebrity paparazzi, via a very obnoxious chirpy girl-blogger and her blog-coworkers, which include a totally cute boy and a very intense gay lady. I hope that we do not spend a shitload of time with them, but at least they twist the tone a little bit from what's coming to present itself as the show's baseline tone: A sort of adorably humorless sincerity.
...Well, but then Tate and Sofia both do that too. I think it's just Joanna that is humorless, and since the show is about her, it seems like that's what's going on all the time, when in fact, almost everybody who is not Joanna doesn't really seem to give a shit about much. Which makes the show kind of awesome now that I'm thinking about it, because that's why everybody is out of their freakin' minds most of the time.
Anyway, by episode's end, Joanna has managed to deduce two things completely wrong: First of all, she figures out about the punching of Vivian, and thus to get rid of the stink of hooking up with Julian she heads directly over to Will's house, has sex with him, then tells him to arrest Julian. Wrong, although the subjective/brittle way those scenes were shot was clever and beautiful. And the second thing is, she assumes that Marin Hinkle's sudden falling-in-line twist is because Edward is abusing her. Also wrong.
Joanna, you've got more than half the season left. Don't even bother trying to figure shit out yet.
Next week: The rate this show goes, probably Random Hottie will be uncovered and packed off to jail and we'll have to go scrambling for another Teen Thing for Teen Mia to get up to. Ben continues his ambling march toward death, presumably. Edward and Sofia continue to pwn, Robert becomes ever more beguiling and complex, and Joanna decides to wait and ask Julian if he's a big ol' axe-murderer who killed his sister only once he has a giant knife in his hand, because that is how Joanna operates.
Vivian Bowers, famous celebutante and cautionary tale, was found murdered and her childhood best friend -- a San Francisco cop named Joanna -- has gone back to her childhood house to solve it. One brother has a history of violent allegations, while the other -- Joanna's first love -- has the greatest motive. Their youngest sister was actually Vivian's teen pregnancy baby, which could provide decent motive for the stepmother. Joanna's decided to stop dating her ex-partner and current FBI contact, but they both know it's because she kind of wants to hook back up with Julian. The man Vivian was dating when she died was also her mole in her family's pharmaceutical company, which is bringing a killer drug to market, so the assumption is that he is or will soon be dead at the hands of whoever killed her.
Joanna and the team sit around watching the latest footage of Edward Bowers being up to no good: In this case, driving not so much away from as directly through a clutch of paps. Guess being suspected of a second intense murder is dimming his usually sunny disposition.
Gabe: "He just grazed that Asian chick and sped off! If he'd hit that reporter solid, that would be his third murder! I am still absolutely sure about him killing his sister, and still for absolutely no reason! If he's driven that car into the side of a Panda Express, his murders could reach into the double digits! If he had access to nuclear weapons, who knows how many people he would have killed!"
Cheng: "Except for creepiness. But the criminal justice system demands so much more."
Joanna: "I'm going to spend all episode trying to talk to Marin Hinkle, the estranged wife."
Cheng: "As long as we're talking about things that aren't going to happen, how about getting 'that second keycard from the crime scene,' a thing I don't believe any of us have ever mentioned before. Or Ben Preswick, the baby daddy. Or literally any leads at all."
Joanna: "Ben's gone to ground, he's been missing since she died. Landlord hasn't seen him. He hasn't used his phone or credit cards."
Gabe: "So what you're saying is that he is totally dead. Is that not what you are saying?"
HE IS NOT IN FACT DEAD
Edward: "You really need to stop stressing out about this. I'm sure you'll be fine."
Ben: "Really, either of us could have killed her. You're incredibly creepy, and I am nondescript."