Last night's "Door to Door" was problematic in a lot of ways, not least of which was the introduction of David Cross's recurring character, Duane the city councilman. There are a few reasons we're worried about Duane's role on the show, as seen by last night's issues (though, it needs to be said, we absolutely agreed with him: ice cream cake is not the same thing as regular cake). Here's why we're apprehensive:
Oh Dick Wolf, what would a world without you look like? Where would we be without your deft interpretations of lurid tabloid dramas and celebrity dust-ups? Without that masterful way you have of weaving narratives loosely based on real events so that in our collective memory, we draw just as often from the truths you invent as the one supplied by the New York Post, US Weekly, et al? For tomorrow night's L&O season finale we get yet another ripped-from-the-headlines tale, this one owing its plot to the recent Spitzer/call-girl fiasco. It was only a matter of time, you realize. I wonder how literally the show's gonna take this puppy. The governor is played by the fully follicled Tom Everett Scott, rather than a balding Spitzer look-alike, but are we still going to have to suffer through scenes of him going to town on his special lady friend while sporting classy black dress socks? Le shudder.