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S02.E09: Rule #81: There's No Crying in Porn

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Abby wants to define her relationship with Dr. Harris, but she faces resistance. Meanwhile, Abby reconnects with escort Carl in Los Angeles; artist DJ's creative process intrigues Phoebe; and Scott presses Jo to fight for what's hers.

 

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Yes, I think Abby felt used and that is why she left pretty abruptly.

 

Which is a little hypocritical. She was using him for casual sex. The fact that he wanted to take advantage of her too seems only fair.

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Which is a little hypocritical. She was using him for casual sex. The fact that he wanted to take advantage of her too seems only fair.

 

Agreed.*  She had exactly the same reax to Season One BF (whose name escapes me) when he asked her to read his novel.

 

I thought Delia showed a similar bitchface when she heard Albert start reeling off his conquests.  Like: How dare you not think of me as the Special Snowflake that I am!!  Very telling.

 

I also agree that Jo is just too far gone for me to have much sympathy.  Though they are working that angle HARD.

 

*though I first thought she was worried about what people would think about her, having a gigolo for a contact.  Hey, Abby: you write a divorce column.  Use him for fodder, fer crissakes.

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I'm assuming there's only 1-4 episodes left this season and I think I'm out after that.  I have not enjoyed this season and I couldn't figure out what exactly turned me off from last season and it hit me this episode: it's just a bad SATC rip off. Last season was to a certain extent, but it was different too.  The focus on the divorces, the struggles you face when your life changes... those to me were more relatable and made the characters more grounded. There was dating and sex, but there was getting the kids to school on time. Now it's just bang bang bang bakery bang bang bang. And there's nothing WRONG with that, but I've seen it before and it was done better on HBO.

 

I don't give a flip about tennis or former-virgin art dude. Or the pregnant actor. "I'm so rich and pretty and famous and popular but life is so hard." I don't feel sorry for her. I feel sorry for the writers who think that that's good.

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This part:

Now it's just bang bang bang bakery bang bang bang.

--cracked me up.

So, this show. Even though I have watched every ep so far, I continually have problems remembering the supporting actors's names. They're so much more caricatures. Thank goodness for the show blurbs or Scott would always be just Bakery Guy. He doesn't even look like he has a name.

Yet I like the depth they're finally showing in him. It wouldn't surprise me to learn he's been harboring a long time crush on Jo, who seems so different than all of his other women. At the same time, it sure is convenient. But I do dig the actor's versatility because even while I was skeptical, it's unfolding like some crackfic romance and is a nice break from all the Elbows Out Shouty Jo.

I really liked Phoebe's long lazy afternoon with DJ. The end result was obvious, but from the muted music to the indirect light fading everything out to their careful dance of a conversation, their scenes could have belonged to a different show.

Escort Carl is a fine-looking man and Abby is an idiot for still not having learned that she always gets pulled apart when trying out two men in her life at the same time. And that everything she's realized about Dr Harris, things he has repeatedly told or shown her, should not continue to be a surprise.

Carl probably should have asked her first about name-dropping and if I were in a more charitable mood, I'd care more about Abby's feelings.

Delia...what a painful confrontation, even though she'd set it up, with Albert and his wife. And I'd get it in writing that Gordon never finds out.

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One thing I love about Jo is when her inner Latina comes out. I don't think she did this last season but I notice it a lot now. Or maybe it's just the ex making her extra cranky.

I still watch mostly for the house and the fashion. Like those who compare it to SATC. There, they used to say New York was another character on the show. Here, its Abby's house.

But I cannot for one second believe that stunning, exotic Delia is hooking up with that tiny little bald man who looks like he smells like cheese.

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There's not a "character" forum, so here it is: 

Am I the only one who didn't know that Jo was one of Elle Woods' BFFs?  She was the the brunette sorority girl who traveled to Boston to cheer on Elle in the courtroom climax.

Yesssss...I was bored, Legally Blonde was on, suddenly the actress struck a pose onscreen and it hit me, smack! "Same girl!"

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Yes, I think Abby felt used and that is why she left pretty abruptly.

Which is a little hypocritical. She was using him for casual sex. The fact that he wanted to take advantage of her too seems only fair.

All true, but her reaction still seemed real to me. She's feeling down because of her ambiguous situation with the good doctor, and here comes this handsome guy who seems to be interested in her because he finds her hot and interesting - so much so she gets a "feebie." That's got to be a big ego boost. But then she learns his primary reason wasn't her attractiveness, but her use as prop to get his legitimate career advanced. It's still a burn, whether she had it coming or not. She wasn't using him for any hidden purpose. He had a hidden agenda. 

 

I thought I'd find the relationship between Abby and the live-in, pregnant ex's ex, absurd and uninteresting. But somehow its seems instead to be somewhat compelling, tender and kind (if still bizarre). They have connection whether they like or not. A little compassion never hurt. And who wouldn't want to live in that house.

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Only, Abbie has gotten rich writing books about how she and her readers are BFFs and can relate, and her current career is inventing a fictional divorce so advertisers can use her to sell them things. Is she in a position to make a fuss because she discovered that her boy toy didn't stay in the fantasy box she assigned him to? It's not as if anyone else in her life (except for Phoebe, who she's openly contemptuous to) isn't a user to the point of parasitism.

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But then she learns his primary reason wasn't her attractiveness, but her use as prop to get his legitimate career advanced. It's still a burn, whether she had it coming or not. She wasn't using him for any hidden purpose. He had a hidden agenda.

I don't live in LA but would assume that sort of situation happens a lot!

 

The JD scenes bugged me because while Phoebe is super hot, she can't be the first woman to take an interest in JD.  Glad to see he got his eye back (Mad Men reference)!  

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So I watched a few episodes, found it to be a watchable remake of Sex and the City -- until this episode which I actually liked.

I liked Delia finding out that Albert is a serial cheater, especially the way the show slowed his audio when he was all "Just paralegals and other low status randos who meant nothing to me", yikes. Also, the way that woman was introducing Delia as a powerful woman and role model while she was dealing with this was a neat contrast.

I love Edelstein and I can totally relate to her overly accomodating, fake smiling character. But what the shit is she doing keeping that pregnant woman in her guesthouse?! I was basically on her parents' side in that argument in the episode when she kept rushing to the hospital, even though her parents were being painted as the baddies in the wrong.

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