Last night was the first of three installments of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion, and while we've only just scratched the surface of the craziness with these women, there were already some very memorable moments:
"Microphallus," or as it should be more appropriately titled, "What Happens in Indiana Stays in Indiana," was filled with even more odd sex than previous House of Lies episodes. Color us impressed, given that bathroom scene and the erection plotlines they've had so far. How could the show possibly have outdone itself? Let us count the ways:
The "Amsterdam" episode of House of Lies was another installment filled with "boys will be boys" behavior and lots of salacious behavior (sex in the middle of a bathroom, use of the c-word to describe a woman and lots of comments on Marty smelling like pussy). That behavior and fast-talking deals seem to be the entire M.O. of this show. However, this episode did have one fantastic breakout subplot (and it didn't even involve the adorable Roscoe), in which Doug excitedly ran into Cat Deeley at the airport.
If you weren't particularly impressed by House of Lies' pilot episode -- what with its annoyingly exposition-heavy fourth-wall breaking, so-smirky-you-want-to-punch-them-in-the-face characters and sex scenes that try way too hard to be risqué -- trust us: it does get better. By the third episode of Showtime's newest comic serial, set in the high-powered world of management consulting, the writing has settled down somewhat and the main ensemble has developed a great rapport that helps overcome the at-times shaky material. Even then, House of Lies isn't smart or savvy enough to rank with cable's best comedies (like, say, Curb Your Enthusiasm or The League), but at least it develops into a decent half-hour diversion.
We expected there to be some uncomfortable moments in the Season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives Beverly Hills, given the recent suicide of Taylor's husband Russell Armstrong, and there were. But somewhat surprisingly, some of them had absolutely nothing to do with Armstrong and Taylor's relationship. Good for the other insanely rich ladies for really stepping it up this season and helping to spread the wealth of uncomfortableness and ridiculousness all around.
What happens to Real Housewives when they leave their respective shows? Some fade into oblivion. Some try to publicly lose weight and insinuate themselves back into the shows they were cast off from (Jeana, we're looking at you). Others desperately try and find other reality shows to go on (see: Danielle, Famous Food). And then there is the rare bird that actually finds a way to make a living that suits their abilities completely.
First off, either my tolerance has improved in the past week, or the ladies were slightly less deafening last night. Only marginally, but it still seemed like they had maybe lost some steam. There weren't even really any good zingers, just a rehashing of the Herman Munster shoes and whatnot. Still, there were a few entertaining moments amidst the nitpicky fights. Here are the highlights:
The Countess (aka LuAnn de Lesseps) is going to be on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, and not just because they've already cycled through every available New York-based actor/waiter twice. The Countess will be "acting" as an art patron who is posing semi-nude for a painter. Wonder if the painting she already has in her boudoir will be used as a prop? Anyway, since she's the first Real Housewives star to land a real acting gig (and no, we're not counting Sheree's community theater thing or the off-off-Broadway show some of the Jersey girls do, or the softcore porn movie Camille was in) it got us thinking about other shows that the various Housewives could "act" in.
With Dollhouse's doors closing, and Joss presumably heading back to the drawing board, what will happen to all those actors who will be out of a job? After all, some of them already get too-little work on non-Whedon projects as it is. To get them started, before they hit the unemployment line, we've found some doors they should start knocking on.
Eliza Dushku is a living doll. ...You know, if the dolls you're used to have downloadable personalities that turn them into killers, thieves and sexual role-players. As Echo, one of an illegal group of "actives" in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Dushku gets a new personality every week. But as the second season gets started, we'll see her default "Echo" personality plan and scheme based on what she's learned from the various personas that have passed through her head (including her original, pre-Dollhouse identity, Caroline). We sat in on a conference call with Dushku as she talked about what her character would be up to this season, and how it is working with Whedon, the writers and new castmate Summer Glau.
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