So Bridget has a dead body. She calls Malcom to get an out, and they set up a time to meet. Before then, she hides the body…except there’s a cocktail party planned and Andrew wants it in the new loft, so she has to hide it again. And make sure no one finds it. During the party, Henry tries to get back with her, Gemma has a breakdown over his affair, Machado and his long eyelashes semi-harrass her and gets kicked out, Andrew is impressed with how nice and personable she is, and his business partner makes some catty comments to the effect that she’s going to steal her husband, which she’s starting to not like the idea of. Meanwhile, Juliette has been having more partying problems, and when she’s just about ready to go, she finds the girl sick in the bathroom because of unknown drugs that she took, and she realizes she has to stay. She goes back to the loft, calls Malcom and leaves a message for him. While he’s listening to it, he almost gets killed by the guy who wants her dead, but he’s saved by a student who would have been a witness and neither knows how close they got. She goes to move the body again, and it’s gone. Someone knows–and is cleaning up after her, for whatever reason.
In Paris, Siobhan finds out that Bridget cleaned out her bank account, leaving her with nothing, and she calls whoever called the hit and says she needs to be dealt with before she ruins everything else.
This show is so twisty and turny. But we’re starting to get a better feel for the characters and what they’re stuck in, as well as the terrible mess that Siobhan left when she disappeared. This ep, we get to see that Andrew and Juliette both aren’t as bad as they seem, and Bridget gets the first slivers of some back story to show how she went bad before–and why she can help Juliette now, which is nice. Emotional involvement is the best thing a character can do, and the fact that she’s starting to settle into her sister’s life and change things can only be for the best, too. Everyone seems a little more relaxed and inhabiting their characters a little more.
Gellar gets to do that tough-girl-who-cares thing that she does so well, but it will be nice when she figures out enough that she doesn’t have to be at the whim of everything she has no control over anymore. She’s trying to be a strong woman, which is great, and she’s taking care of herself even when it’s messing things up worse, but she’s still in the position of victim for as long as it takes for her to get a handle on what her sister was up to. Hopefully she can start being more active before mid-season, or this’ll get old. So far, though, it’s still a pretty solid start to a show, and there’s little to no inconsistency with how the pilot set things up.
– She’s trying to fix her sister’s wound-up life.
– They aren’t harping on the fact that she’s recovering from drug addiction, but are instead making it a real and vital part of the show: it’s how she can make a difference in what is now her relationship with her step daughter.
– Andrew is almost sympathetic, if still too severe and probably too oblivious.
– The situation with Gemma is building up well, which means it’ll blow up really well.
– Henry needs a point. Or maybe an obsession–he’d make a good danger other than the hitmen and so on.
– Machado seems like a nice guy; it’s a shame he can’t be on her side…
– Malcom will have to go to New York to find her, because having him always a continent away will make it hard for him to be the other love interest.
– She’ll manage to make them seem like a family just in time for the fact that she isn’t really pregnant or some other lie to show up and mess everything up for a while.
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