I'm guessing this scene was shot before they decided to clean up her character. Danny wanly apologizes, adding, "I'm in kind of a pickle." For some reason, this makes Mary all emotional: "Oh, you and your pickle are in a pickle, all right!" Danny realizes that the news about him and Delinda apparently ran as the lead on the nightly news, judging from how many people know about it now. Mary continues, "Big Ed's daughter? Never sleep with a woman trying to piss off her father, Danny!" Danny decides to go on the offensive: "What is that? Some rule I'm supposed to know? I don't know that rule. You name me one guy who knows that rule!" Any guy with a healthy self-preservation streak would know that rule without needing to be told. Unfortunately, Mary decides that now would be a fine time to make sweeping generalizations about the opposite sex: "You name me one man that thinks before he jumps into bed with a woman. How could you let yourself get into this situation?" "It just kind of happened," Danny weakly replies. I love that. It's like the "Oh, Officer, was I speeding?" of the boudoir. Mary assures him that he's full of it. Danny's all, "Okay, now you're scaring me." Me too: Mary's getting all weirdly dramatic with, "You should be scared. Not just of her. You could always go back to the family business." Danny replies, "That's not gonna happen, Mary. You know it." Why not? Is the family business in black-market organ donations? Mary's really pissed now: "Your grandfather and your father handed you that business on a silver platter, Danny! And you just threw it back in their faces!" Wha...? Danny's all, "I did not just throw it back in their faces! I joined the Marines!" Mary's all, "Same difference!" She's near tears as she continues, "You walked out on them, Danny, when they needed you most." Oh, God save us from pilot-episode exposition. Not that I'm all for pretentious impenetrable first episodes, but this is a little too much, even for a pilot. Mary does the walk-away-to-compose-herself thing, since, you know, her "date" for the evening will wonder why she's coming back to the table all puffy. Danny's closed-captioning VOs, "Well, this conversation's not going where I thought it would." Danny, however, does not VO that. Let's hear it for frantic character revisionism! I bet this scene played differently when audiences thought she was a hook-- excuse me, "an escort." Danny tells Mary, "You know I had to leave, Mary." Mary sniffles, "I know." She brushes some lint off his shoulder and tells him she's got to get back to work. Danny at least has the good grace to thank her for "being there" -- even though, in this case, the conversation turned into All About Mary on some level. Mary replies, "I've always been there for you, Danny."
Episode Report CardSobell: B | 1027 USERS: B-
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