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Party Hardy

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Party Hardy

After Dead Eddie's online reveal last week, Johnny turns to faux-Google to learn more about his buddy from beyond the grave. Elsewhere, Greta tearfully watches old home videos of her and Eddie, wherein Eddie all but scrawled "I'm going to shot myself in the head" on the walls for as subtly disturbed as he's acting. Nikki's been staying at Johnny's house ever since her relapse, which is putting a cramp in Mom and Bob's kitchen makeouts. Johnny presses her to call her Dad, but she makes him out to be this monstrous figure she can't talk to. Johnny tries to twelve-step her into it, but she changes the subject to Dead Eddie. She thinks Cliff is behind it all, and she spells it out to Johnny that Cliff is into Greta and is using the dread specter of Dead Eddie to drive her and Johnny apart. Nikki's about half right; she doesn't know that Cliff is a puppy-kicking psycho with a whole host of unexplored psychosexual hangups that will no doubt come to bear on this mystery. Johnny's all naïve about Cliff's intentions, but Nikki's got him pegged: as she flirts with Cliff from the bedroom window, she calls him "crafty, dark, mysterious, and kind of hot." She warns Johnny that not everyone is dealing with their demons -- "some of us are the demons." Oh man, if Cliff and Nikki ever become the Mickey and Mallory of Palm Springs, I might actually mourn this show when it gets cancelled in three weeks.

Cliff, meanwhile, is stewing because Tess is letting her gold-digging boyfriend Travis move in. Johnny takes Nikki to the Club, where he complains about the sun, again, and runs into Cliff. Cliff makes with more of the usual "I'd be careful about Greta" business, but Johnny's caught wise, or at least someone else has caught wise and clocked Johnny upside the head to make him realize what's going on, so he's defensive. Cliff assures him that Greta was "all Eddie's," but when he then expresses and interest in Nikki, Johnny shoots him down, saying Nikki's had too rough a go of it lately. Cliff looks all alone without a cocker spaniel to punt. Johnny runs into Greta at the snack bar and they smile at each other for a while and then begin to kiss awkwardly. Lucky for us, this leaves Nikki alone and defenseless against Cliff's sociopathic charms. I hope they kill a whole mess of people on their hellish journey across the country.

Back with Johnny and Greta, he tells her about getting IMs from Dead Eddie. She gets all adamant, assuring Johnny that it's not Eddie. Well, no kidding, considering the dead can't type and all, but thanks for acting all squirrelly about it, Greta. It also should be noted that it seems Greta has lost about forty pounds between last week's episode and this. She's celebrating her newfound eating disorder pilates success by showing us her entire torso. Anyway, Greta agrees with Nikki's assertion that Cliff is behind the prank, since it's exactly something he'd do. His and Eddie's friendship, she says, was one practical joke after another. I can't decide whether (a) it's now become too obvious that Eddie's "death" was just a prank he and Cliff cooked up, and thus that can't be the answer to the mystery, or (b) this show is really just that bad and is telegraphing its mystery's ending really blatantly.

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