Melrose Place Review: "Santa Fe"

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Four tenants from the original Melrose Place reunited last night on the 21st Century version of the show that made them stars. Sadly, with the casting of Jessica Lucas on a new pilot, it looks as though our beloved Melrose 2.0 may soon be canceled.

At the very least, it's going out with a bang. In "Santa Fe," Amanda continued to manipulate info out of people while Michael was even more of a sleaze than ususal. Holla!

Ain't No Party Like a Melrose Party: 'Cause a Melrose party don't stop! Not with Amanda handing out booze and the evil Dr. Mancini there to blackmail interns for sex.

Jane comes to complain about the noise and Jo also shows up - really for no reason except to spill some stuff about Amanda's past embezzling, but hey, we'll accept that.

As for Dr. Mancini, who's evidently the "top cardiologist in the country," he tells Lauren he booked a room at the Waverly Hotel and wants to make good on the transaction.

He tells her to meet him there later OR ELSE.

A Reunion

Melrose Place takes us back to the 1990s.

Ella Still Has a Job Somehow: But not for long? Jane reminds Amanda of the deal. Fire Ella and she can live in Melrose. Jane holds a mean grudge and Amanda is desperate.

Soon enough, Ella realizes someone's setting her up to make it look like she's stealing from WPK. That would be Amanda, bogarting funds from her own company. Diabolical.

Speaking of Blackmail: It's not just for doctors anymore. Morgan didn't get her fill of David so she starts pressuring him do have, like a relationship. And she's got leverage.

He tries to break free but she keeps showing up, offering gifts and wanting to get horizontal. Stage 5 Clinger to the max ... too bad she witnessed him committing a felony.

Paging Dr. Drew: Sorry, we can't get enough of the Dr. Drew joke, and it's not just because we find Dr. Drew Pinsky so unintentionally hilarious. Nick Zano's Dr. Drew is not only hot, he's a giver, shopping for kids in the pediatric ward. Awww!

He and Riley totally click. But when they arrive at the party, Jonah pulls a huge double standard, and things get totally awk, as he tries to suck face with Ella left and right, but gets all indignant when Riley and Dr. Drew return the favor. Dude, chillax.

Naturally, Jonah starts talkin' $h!t, words evolve into pushing, and the two end up brawling in the pool. The episode definitely needed a quality pool fight to cap things off.

I had sex for money: Wow. Lauren left little to the imagination when she outed herself. When Dr. Mancini misses Lauren at the hotel, he confronts her at her home.

That's when she decided to come clean.

Everyone is shocked, except for Ella, who was suspicious, and David, who is more disturbed than anything else. She tells him she loves him, but David remains unmoved.

Great double climax with the pool fight and the prostitution revelation. Where do you predict things will go from here? What was your favorite/least favorite part last night?

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Santa Fe Review

Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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