The Grinder Season 1 Episode 3 Review: The Curious Disappearance of Mr. Donovan

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Are there really no such thing as good lies? 

That's debatable, but The Grinder Season 1 Episode 3 focuses more on the bad ones. 

Dean has a hard time admitting he was wrong, even when he knows for a fact that he is. Why can't he own up to his mistakes? 

Nobody likes someone who has to be right all the time. It's hard to imagine what growing up with him must have been like for Stewart, but the show is gradually painting a picture of it for us. 

Did anyone else think that they were going to reveal that neither Dean nor Stewart broke the window? Part of me wondered if their dad actually did it, and another part of me wondered if it was someone else entirely such as a neighbor.

By the end though it became clearer that it was actually Dean, and it was nice to see him confess. Hooray for character development!

Of course, it was really just a baby step in that he could only admit he was wrong about the name of the mole and insisted that he and Stewart tied at being wrong. 

Stewart ties because he was wrong about a mole existing in the first place. Todd turned out to be the mole, but not consciously. Still, they may want to consider letting him go. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Plus, he nearly lost them a case, inadvertently or not. 

The Grinder pulled a Friends with the whole "they don't know we know" thing, which was pretty funny, though Friends did it better. Come on Stewart, there was no way Todd was going to get that right. 

How did Stewart not realize that Dean could see right through his attempt to guilt him into admitting he was wrong? Dean was right there when Ethan just pulled off that strategy!

Ethan is definitely my favorite supporting character. His whole scene to get Lizzie to confess and then telling Dean he'll work on his acting notes was hilarious.

I actually wrote this in my notes after the scene in the kitchen: "Don't Deb and Stewart know that they can watch Ray Donovan on demand?" Needless to say, I was cracking up when Ethan commented that it's on demand and he doesn't know why they're so pissed. 

I do wonder why Ethan or Lizzie didn't bother to tell them that instead of listening to Stewart complain about missing an episode. 

I don't actually watch Ray Donovan, but being that it is on Showtime, I get the impression that the kids are probably too young to be watching that. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. 

Is every episode going to begin with them watching The Grinder? Is there going to be an episode of the fake show to go along with every episode of the real show? While it is working so far, I worry that it could get old fast. Also, why are they watching the reruns when they own the DVDs? 

It was nice to see Dean Sr. and Lizzie incorporated a little more. I want to know each character, but I don't mind that they're taking their time exploring the supporting cast while still focusing on Dean and Stewart. I'm still hoping to get some eventual flashbacks of these two as kids. 

Who did you think broke the window? Did you think Claire was a mole? 

Remember, you can watch The Grinder online any time to catch up!

The Curious Disappearance of Mr. Donovan Review

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The Grinder Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Stewart: Can we please not use episodes of The Grinder to teach life lessons to my kids?
Dean: I'm sorry, would you rather him learn it on the streets?
Stewart: I think there are more than those two options for him, but if you're making me choose now, I would say, the streets. The streets by a mile.

Nice try big fella, but after what the DVR did to the traditional ratings model I don't touch the damn things.