I liked it. I think he's her real father, too. It did sound to me like she was abused by her criminal father (and not sexually, but that he intentionally burned her to hurt her). I also got the impression that he wasn't a true criminal, but only accused of being a traitor and giving secrets away and that while he was wanted he was compiling hist list and making the contacts he can call on now. Lot's of possibilities. But what I hope is not the case is that every single person turns out to be some kind of enemy agent and no one is what they seem at all.
I thought that I read at TVfanatic that Edelstein was hired for a 3 show arc. If I didn't read that wrong, I would guess it means this will be a 3 part story and that she won't have Edelstein as a partner after the 3rd episode -- which to me suggests she'll be back in New York. It does seem like that would be a disappointment, however, so can't imagine how they'll do it??
This was a great, fun episode! The reviewer has always been pretty thorough, but it does seem she doesn't like the characters or the show anymore whereas, last year, her criticism focused on things that deserved criticism. That's fair, after all (but, for instance, to wonder where Buck and Wanda are when they are mentioned right off, might mean she's not paying attention as much as seeing if the current show will be bad too, especially since her review was posted as the show was ending and has already predicted the show's cancellation during or after this season). I do realize the comments overall favor the negativity, which should mean I'm in the minority, but there were over 160 ratings last episode that averaged 4.4 (meaning including all the negative ratings) which was better than the reviewer's 3.0.
Sorry, I meant to conclude by drawing attention to the new Friday time coming in November ...
I like the show and the characters. I watch the show -- and I also took note of the odd timing of the season premiere. Maybe the majority of commenters at this site (which is the only one I go to for reviews and discussion) are correct and the show is history (and may not last for a whole season); however, it is also possible that the odd season opener date (and maybe even the day change) are effecting the ratings. I may dislike comic book quality villain Pelant, but I still like all the main characters and still watch. I hope I'm not alone!
Dads was horrible. Brenda Song as a Japanese schoolgirl was funny and cute (on the plus side - as on the downside I'm sure it was insulting and sexist). Her getting the deal done because of it was redeeming (for the downside)!
Also, I like Daisy -- better than any of the other squinterns that are STILL around. I don't like her with Lance, or their awful method of talking when they were together, especially when both are intelligent ... but I like her on the show in rotation.
This wasn't such a bad episode. I get the creator said they try to deal with the summer hiatus in real time -- and sometimes, especially with couples living together, things stew while they are both unhappy, but neither pushes it ... until 3 months COULD go by before it comes to a head. I can accept the hiatus premise. I can even also accept that the trust issue would, if things did stew 3 months, go by the wayside. Another phrase besides stew would be pressure cook, where after 3 months there us going to be a blow, and once that's out of your system, you can think again and remember about trust. I guess I thought it worked Ok. Other than that, Pelant is totally unbelievable and usually wise Angela was a witch (and I mean the cackling kind with poison apples, not the b kind).
Glee lost me in the 3rd season, so I no longer watch it -- though I'm still a big fan of Lea Michele and follow her on twitter.
What I want to say, though, is that this was Cory Monteith's break in the business and he really made his character come to life. He pulled off being a small town star jock about whom there was more. It was believable and a dramatic turning point when he stood up to his teammates and got Artie out of the port-a-john -- which was only the beginning!
@Douglas Wolfe -- the comment I referred to was the first comment by @Mel
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