Deception Review: Relationships Redefined

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"Why Wait" exposed Mia’s true heritage to the public eye - and by episode’s end she had lost almost everything.

Will Mia's Life Be Changed?

It’s hard to talk about the rest of the developments after seeing such a tragedy unfold in the final few minutes. Mia is not only searching for answers in those closing seconds, she’s also making up for lost time. She refuses to wait until the family heads behind closed doors for damage control, and instead, understandably, wants to know everything right away.

Compound all of it by being under the watchful public eye and it’s amazing that Mia held up as well as she did. Sadly, Mia’s tragedy didn’t end there, though, as unbeknownst to her, Ben is throwing himself in front of bus. While it’s unclear if he makes it or not, it’s very likely Mia is now without any biological parents.

I also, surprisingly, feel bad for Sofia. She’s truly loved Mia like the adopted daughter she is and the look of pain on her face as Mia ripped off the necklace – a symbol of great love for Sofia – made it harder to watch.

The reporter who brought all of it to light is pretty soulless to pull a stunt like this. The Bowers offered a full interview in exchange for squashing the story and she turned around and acted like a petulant, adult-sized child. Some stories get killed within the news business; she isn’t the sole exception and she’s not uncovering government secrets for the public; she’s just writing celebrity gossip. It's no real surprise she was canned by her boss.

At least her questionable choices brought about Robert’s mean side. He wasn’t afraid to threaten her with being killed, and, for once, I can’t really blame him.

Edward continues to be a man of mystery, but it looks more and more likely as his layers are peeling away and that he’s a deeply conflicted individual who isn’t sure of his role in the family; it seems he wants to do what he can to protect his loved ones, yet he’s in a constant battle with his them. Is it possible to protect them when they’re the ones who are constantly destroying themselves from within?

Whatever Edward’s decisions ends up being, he’s in the deep end now. He’s actively impeded in a (unofficial) police investigation by deleting files from the server and he could end up being next on the hit list as Samantha might have convinced him to begin where Vivian left off.

While I haven’t really talked much about John Laroquette’s Haverstock character, he’s become a rather fun - and odd - villain. He’s not afraid of making funny quips in the heat of tragedy at the Bowers expense, nor is he afraid of lighting a sixteen year old’s cigarette.

Two More Thoughts:

  1. Joanna and Will were rather uninteresting tonight. I don't really care for their relationship, or whatever is is, and Joanna was mostly a bystander today. The only thing she did was search for the files, and gain the suspicions of Robert.
  2. Julian and his past flame were also a non-starter and completely boring.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.8 / 5.0 (22 Votes)

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I Love this show.

Terrie

I'm still wondering what the ratings are on this show. I don't feel it is pulling great numbers.........none the less I am hooked........I will be surprised if it is picked up for a second season.......I still feel this season will end with Joanna and Will on the verge of finding out who killed Vivian.........

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I agree this last episode pushed the show up a notch. I found the pilot interesting and subsequent episodes good enough for me to tune in again but this last episode makes me want to watch again and that's a plus. I really hope it sticks around for at least a full season.

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I think that this show is getting interesting... Finally it has moved from the status quo being on life support into something that could have some longevity. Time will with the next few episodes. I saw the first ray of sunshine in this episode. What the other characters needed were good plots it is headed in the right direction. However, it still needs work, but I am keeping the faith.

Fortyseven

How has Joanna not been fired/killed in action yet in her career?

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I didn't think of Haverstock. I like it.
I knew there was something about the lighter but didn't know what it was. Yes, Ben was DEFINITELY put out in front of that bus, and I heard electricity too but didn't know from what. Another point: why was the pharma consultant vomiting? Either distress from horrible knowledge, chemo herself, pregnancy, ??? Why show it if not important. I felt for Mia today. I was concerned with Kyle too. He was probably initially supposed to get close to her as a Bower. Someone said way back that if people knew Mia was Vivian's daughter she'd be in danger. I had a bad feeling when he realized who she was and picked her up... hope I'm wrong. Joanna and Will? Meh.

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Yeah I think Haverstock is the father. Poor Mia having to find out like that. I felt for her. The reporter was down right wrong for doing that, like Robert said she's hurting a 16 year old. Unlike the reviewer I do like Joanna and Will relationship. I do hope it goes somewhere even though I did enjoy her with Julian last week too.

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harverstock is the father...the emphasis on the lighter (i think vivian had one had her and joanna were growing up), his love for younger girls, his comments on her delicacy and vivian's parents disdain of him all point to that. im pretty sure vivian told ben about the earlier pregnancy which led him to make the comment in the video from episode 1 abt the second pregnancy being 'not like before'

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@jOE: i was also going to sayy the same thing abt Haverstock being the father

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Ben Preswick was definitely hit with a taser- not only can you SEE him look back right after he jumps off the curb, but you can HEAR the electrical zap sound right before he jumps off the curb.
Like Michelle says above- Ben is the father of Vivian's SECOND child she was pregnant with when she was killed. The most likely choice for her father now would be HAVERSTOCK - especially after he creepily lit a 16 year old girls cig when standing outside with Joanna.
There is a BIG issue between Haverstock and old man Bowers and I would not be surprised if Haverstock got a little tipsy back in the day and forced himself on Vivian, impregnating her, and then payed off Bowers or blackmailed him to an extent. That would explain Bowers' hatred and also another reason why they never told Mia...
I personally really like Edward's character- I think he is going to be a major piece of the puzzle that ends up bringing his family down. I would be willing to bet that Edward never even killed that girl when he was younger and that Haverstock reared his ugly head- not only setting him up as a kid, but then coming through LOOKING like he is saving the day by taking care of it all. That could be the blackmail chip he is holding over Bowers' head....
Damn I like this show!!!