The Wolf of Pearson Specter Litt

Last time, Suits ended with Anita Gibbs, subpoenaing (if that is, in fact, a word) every document Pearson Specter Litt has ever drafted, sent, signed or otherwise. Every file, memo, Mike and Rachel love letter, had to be handed over. She’s not just coming after Mike, but the whole firm. If I were Jessica, I’d set the place on fire. Destroy everything and start over. Harvey and Mike were almost out the door anyway. If Harvey goes, so does Donna. If Donna goes, so will Rachel. If every bird leaves the nest, I don’t suppose Louis is going to stay. They can just set up shop somewhere else, right? Clean slate. No Mike. No trouble.

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Afraid
Okay, maybe not. You don’t just torch everything you built. And you probably won’t be able to take the name ‘Pearson Specter Litt’ with you, either. Besides, what’s Gibbs (Leslie Hope) hoping to find in their documents anyway? As far as I can tell, Jessica’s either done everything by the book, or cover things up by changing the books. They don’t have anything to be afraid of. Do they? I guess it wouldn’t be a show if they didn’t.

God’s Green Earth
In ‘God’s Green Earth’, Gibbs is pointing her arrows at Rachel (Meghan Markle). She doesn’t want to talk to Mike’s girlfriend, she just wants her to listen. And she gets to her. Rachel’s been on the fence, thinking about making a deal to make everything go away (and subsequently put Harvey (Gabriel Macht) behind bars). Gibbs paints a picture of a lovie dovie future for her and Mike (Patrick J. Adams). One that’s more like a fairytale rather than a real possibility, no more matter how convincingly Gibbs is trying to be.

Cash Cow
Because of Gibbs’ unorthodox tactics – talking to Rachel without a lawyer present and getting the dean of the university Rachel goes to, threaten to expel her – Mike gets his alfa wolf on. The wolf that cuts corners. The wolf with a photographic memory and street smarts. It seems like Gibbs has found David Green (Farid Yazdani, XIII: The Series), one of the many people who hired Mike in the past to take the LSAT for them. He must’ve tipped her off about Mike’s former little cash cow on the side. David would implicate himself, obviously, if he were to come forward with this. That’s why I don’t quite understand why he showed up in court at all, as Gibbs’ briefcase carrier. Mike saw him there, recognized him, and is now able to blackmail him.

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Target
And so he does. David had better give Mike some dirt on Gibbs. Or else. He comes through. Gibbs has no choice but to back off Rachel. That’s only one setback solved, though. Apart from the upcoming trial, or should I say because of it, Pearson Specter Litt has a target on its back. Not just Harvard graduates don’t apply anymore, hardly anybody gives the firm more than a month to live. Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson) gets offers from other firms, but wants to stay. He’s got a clever way of reasoning. If PSL falls, he can get another job somewhere else. If PSL survives, he has a shot at becoming named partner. As a token of good faith, he gives Jessica (Gina Torres) what Daniel Hardman has on him.

Louis
If you were wondering what Louis is doing, if he’s helping at all: he is. Sheila Sazs (Rachael Harris) is supposed to testify. Harvey’s going to pick her apart in court. Louis doesn’t want her (and himself) to be dragged through the mud, so shows up at her door with a plane ticket. Argentina. Have a nice long holiday until the trial is over. After showing what Harvey’s going to do to her, Sheila agrees to go. Louis’ first win in a long time. But it’s not all good news. Donna (Sarah Rafferty) informs Mike and Harvey at the office that ‘they found Trevor’.

Pearson Specter Litt On Fire

Suits, season 5, episode 12, ‘Live to Fight’ reveals the identity of who’s after Mike Ross, Harvey Specter, Jessica Pearson, Rachel Zane, Louis Litt, Donna Paulsen – am I forgetting someone? – and especially for Louis it’s a hard pill to swallow.

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Hope
Anita Gibbs (Leslie Hope) has got the whole PSL family by the balls. I wasn’t much of a fan of Hope, to be honest, when I first saw her. As Jack Bauer’s wife, in the very first (and many people consider best) season of 24, Teri Bauer was a worrisome woman, jealous, suspicious and no stranger to constant nagging. But that’s 15 years ago. She got herself a nice head of hair and insufferable as Gibbs is, Hope plays her brilliantly. A force to be reckoned with. Everybody’d better be on their game, because once she grabs you, she doesn’t let go.

The Email
Gibbs smells blood, and rightly so. And all because of a secret source. One she doesn’t have to share with opposing council for another three weeks. The judge, however, starts to question her motives and makes Gibbs hand it over. It’s an email. Anonymously sent. Whoever wrote it, implicates Mike (Patrick J. Adams), calling him a ‘potential fraud’. Funny choice of words. The source seems to have a hunch; no evidence.

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The Professor
Mike and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) can think of only one person who could’ve done this: Harvard professor Henry Gerard (Stephen Macht; Gabriel’s father in real life). Mike looks him up – Harvey’s got other things to take care of – and confronts him, but Gerard swears he didn’t do it. Mike, good lawyer that he is, has come prepared. Would the professor be so kind to sign a statement in which he solemnly swears Mike was in his class? No. As fond as Gerard is of him, he’s not going to perjure himself. He won’t be blackmailed either.

Father Donna
The one getting grilled in a holding cell by Gibbs this week is Donna (Sarah Rafferty). They’ve picked up her father (Derek McGrath, She’s the Mayor and, of course, My Secret Identity) for a 7 year old minor offense. He’s going to hang for it, if Donna keeps quiet about Mike and the conspiracy of keeping his secret. The show gives us a nice introduction to her father and their relationship via flashback. Turns out, Donna’s always been this smart. He, not so much. Mike comes up with a plan to at least make Gibbs back off the Paulsens. Professor Gerard was willing to sign something else. A sort of letter of recommendation, in which he expresses his admiration for Mike as a lawyer. No word on Harvard, although it’s kind of implied that Mike went there. The most important thing is, it’s enough to bluff.

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The Sazs Factor
In the courtroom, Harvey makes a deal with Gibbs. Drop the charges against Donna’s father and they won’t bring in Gerard to testify. It’s a huge gamble, but it works out. Now, if Mike had indeed been innocent, what keeps him from putting Gerard on the stand anyway, after the charges have been dropped? Maybe that’s not possible, because it’s a lawyer-y backroom deal. In the meantime, Louis (Rick Hoffman) has taken a look at the email and knows exactly who wrote it. The way it’s written, is classic Sheila Sazs (Rachael Harris, Lucifer), his former soulmate – with the emphasis on former.

It Gets Worse
Like in many cases, Louis talks to Sheila and just makes matters worse. She didn’t know for sure that Mike was a fraud (ergo: ‘potential’), and wasn’t planning on coming forward. Unfortunately, she has now. Given she’s the female counterpart of Louis, maybe even more rigid and stubborn, it’s going to take a lot to win this case. Also because every other law firm now knows about the fact that Mike’s a suspect – publicity is a bitch -, and Rachel (Meghan Markle) is contemplating strategies to keep her boyfriend/fiancé out of jail. It looks like the only way to do that, is turning Harvey in instead. With everything that’s going on, and half the city knowing about the case, it finally seems like something Mike and Harvey won’t be able to weasel themselves out of this time. But you never know. This is Suits. Suits operated by puppet master Aaron Korsh.

The Mike Ross Situation In Flux

Suits returns from its autumn break with ‘Blowback’ and things don’t look good. When Mike Ross was taken away in handcuffs at the end of ‘Faith’, my guess was it didn’t have anything to do with his dirty lawyer secret; the show just wanted us to believe that. It’d be a misunderstanding, somebody wanting revenge because of a lost case, that’s all. But no. Mike’s in the sourest pickle that’s been dangling above his head since the beginning.

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Somebody’s Been Talking
Somebody’s out to bury Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams, Luck, LOST: ‘The Man From Tallahassee’) and every one of his friends with him, or so it seems. The circle of people who knew Mike was a fraud, had grown bigger each season, but it was still pretty much contained. Well, the cat’s out of the attaché case now. Somebody’s been talking, but who? The first thing the Ross/Specter/Zane family needs to do, is finding out who might’ve shot his mouth off. Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht, The Others, The Spirit) pays an awkward visit to Dana ‘Scotty’ Scott (Abigail Spencer, Mad Men, True Detective). She wants to sweat her former boyfriend a little, but she hasn’t talked and – probably – won’t. All the while, Mike’s put away and being interrogated by hound dog Anita Gibbs (Leslie Hope, 24, Tyrant).

Not A Lawyer
Gibbs is pretty good at scaring tactics, but there’s only one Mike Ross. He does however get quite railed up when his lawyer steps through the door. It’s not the one he was expecting. Rachel (Meghan Markle, 90210, Fringe) called her father for help, and Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce, The Wire, Treme, The Michael J. Fox Show) couldn’t be happier to see his soon-to-be son-in-law in a jail cell, accused of pretending to be a lawyer. He wants to know if it’s true. I think you already have the answer to that, Mike says. Harvey’s standing by, so when Robert walks out, furious, he steps in and tells Mike just how simple it is: they don’t have to prove he’s a lawyer; it’s up to Gibbs to prove that he isn’t.

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The Usual Suspects
Mike is released on bail and contacts his old friend Trevor (Tom Lipinski, The Knick). He’s also not the one who ratted him out. There are two people they’ve forgotten about: Claire (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars), Mike’s ex-girlfriend, and hacker girl Lola Jensen (Amanda Crew, Silicon Valley), who helped out Mike in the season 1 episode ‘Identity Crisis’. It seems unreasonable to assume anyone from the inner circle would deliberately go after him. There must have been a fly on the wall, of some kind, put there by one of the bad guys. Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson, Bird on a Wire, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, Jeremiah, The Last Ship)? Doesn’t seem likely. He’s more of an ambitious errand boy. Daniel Hardman (David Costabile, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Damages) then? He seems too busy with Billions at the moment. Or maybe the biggest baddest wolf of all, Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts, the hardest working man in Hollywood)? Maybe the writers pull a ‘matryoshka‘ and introduce an even more powerful player.

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Just When You Thought You Were Out…
Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. Harvey resigned, Mike quit; everything was going to be fine. Harvey would start his own firm, in all likelihood, and Mike would marry Rachel and get a job as some legal advisor or something. But now it’s all hands on deck. Harvey’s back at work, even though he promised Forstman he’d leave. Mike blackmails Soloff, so when Harvey shows up, the first thing Soloff is going to do is not give Forstman a call. And Donna (Sarah Rafferty) leaves her ‘Litt Station’ to help Mike and Harvey any way she can. That probably means Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) will have Gretchen (Aloma Wright) as his new secretary. ‘Blowback’ does what Suits has been doing for five and a half seasons straight; not missing a beat. Welcome back.

The Twists and Turns of Colony

A new show starring Josh Holloway is always something to look forward to, just because of his portrayal of Sawyer in LOST, the tough teddybear on that mysterious island in the South Pacific. One of the writers on that show, Carlton Cuse, has carved out a new hard-edged-but-actually-a-sweetheart role for him, that of Will Bowman. And this time, it’s not an ocean that keeps him prisoner, but a massive wall, in Colony.

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The Pilot
We’ve talked about Colony before, after its first look special ‘Behind the Wall’, which, as it turned out, was basically the pilot episode with a few testimonials cut in between. Los Angeles has gotten a wall Donald Trump can only dream about, built by the ‘Others’. It’s a result of a war between men and… aliens? In any case, Will used to be a soldier in that war, but is laying low, trying to live an ordinary life, providing for his family. That’s his wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break, The Walking Dead) and their two children. There’s one child missing, though, their son. Taken beyond the wall, and without telling Katie anything, Will sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. During an attack at the wall/border by the resistance, Will’s discovered by the officials and taken into custody. Proxy Governor Alan Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House MD, Ray Donovan) makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Collect intel on the resistance and then, maybe, if Snyder feels like it, get his son back. All Will has been trying to do is keep his head down, so he’s not in contact with any resistance members, but he’s got no choice but to play ball. Katie, however, is part of a resistance cell. That last twist feels a bit too much. How and why would she keep such a secret from her veteran husband? It may have been better if they’d saved that surprise for later – like LOST used to do with practically everything, postponing revelations indefinitely – but I guess USA doesn’t have the luxury of gradually building an audience; they need viewers quick, and that means plot twists, please, as many as you can spare.

Brave New World
The second episode ‘Brave New World’ introduces, apart from a few continuity errors, a bunch of new characters. Snyder stays in the background – doesn’t even show up, in fact – and his replacement, story wise, as the one who gives Will his orders, is Phyllis (Kathy Baker, Medium, Boston Public). She pairs him up with Beau (Carl Weathers). Also walking around in the Colony universe: Jennifer, played by the extremely funny Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes, Trust Me) and George (Strike Team alumnus Brian White, The Shield, Men of a Certain Age, Chicago Fire). Will’s collaborating with the oppressive government at Homeland Security, tracking down the guy who played a vital role in the border bombing, Andrew (Craig Henningsen). When he brings him in, Will finds his friend Carlos (Jacob Vargas, Sons of Anarchy, Hand of God) in custody, too, ready to be shipped off to a place called ‘The Factory’.

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The Factory
Will tries to make Carlos his CI, but Homeland’s full of people who just try to survive. Phyllis gets her orders ‘from above’; her hands are tied. At least Will and Katie make sure Carlos’ wife and son are safe. Meanwhile, the so-called Red Hats who do the interrogations, break Andrew. He gives up the location where his people are hiding. Will’s called to come in, Katie overhears him on the phone and informs Quayle (Paul Guilfoyle), head of her cell. When Homeland arrives on the scene, Andrew’s people are bleeding out on the floor. Somebody knew they were coming. Will realizes there must be a mole. And I suspect, given the pace of the show, Katie will confess her role in all of this to him in episode 3. Together with a group of other prisoners, Carlos is sent to ‘The Factory’, which looks like a huge gas chamber, but it’s not quite clear what happens to them. There’re blue lights, then red lights, a lot of smoke, people in hazmat suits… The writers wouldn’t have shown all this if the prisoners were all just going to get killed. They haven’t made it spooky for nothing; there’s something going on, perhaps even something alien.

Well Done
For now, the whole occupation thing feels a bit silly. What motivation could the aliens (if they are, indeed, aliens) have for dividing the United States into specific ‘zones’? Are they transforming Los Angeles into an amusement park? (That’s not such a stretch, actually, if you know what I mean.) But all silliness considered, the show’s fast, looks great, there’s enough mystery to be captivating, so I definitely give it the benefit of the doubt. Shallow entertainment, but shallow entertainment well done.

Colony, Episode Zero Offers Zero

USA’s new science fiction show Colony keeps its cards close to the vest. One way to describe it is Sawyer, a wall and a riddle inside an enigma. Occupy L.A., another. The half hour long making of ‘Behind the Wall’ is an exciting appetiser, it does, however, poses a lot of questions. I suppose that’s exactly the point, in order to attract the former LOST fanbase, in need of mythology.

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Sociology
From what we do know, Colony is another (militarised) occupation show, where the primary location or region is fenced in. A mashup of Under the Dome, Falling Skies, Wayward Pines, The Man in the High Castle, Into the Badlands, the movies Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver and Elysium. A potpourri of popular culture, albeit looking original – which is an achievement already. It probably means something, the sudden rise in dystopian stories. Is it a reaction to an increasingly dangerous world? A reflection of the threats the western world is facing? The wars abroad coming to our door, the limits of privacy? Or is it the exact opposite? It’s known that people in times of war, worry and insecurity generally prefer simple, positive TV shows; Colony doesn’t look like it wants to be simple. Or positive. Is there a sociologist in the audience?

Behind the Wall(s)
Not many other series get a zero episode AKA first look AKA warmup such as ‘Behind the Wall’. USA has got a lot riding on this. However, the way they choose to market the show, and specifically the cast and crew involved, is a bit awkward. The two leading actors don’t need an introduction. Josh Holloway is of eternal LOST fame, Sarah Wayne Callies will be forever tied to Prison Break – although USA apparently prefers her role in The Walking Dead. Speaking of Prison Break, that series once aired a similar special, called ‘Behind the Walls’. Or is that too much of a geek fact?

Awkward Marketing: The Crew
Anyway, the other key players in this production include: Carlton Cuse (LOST, Bates Motel, The Strain, I would’ve left out the fact he wrote the movie San Andreas). Ryan Condal (I would’ve just said he was a writer, without getting specific, like informing the audience he wrote Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules movie). The marketing department has an odd target audience, because they don’t just focus on empty blockbusters starring The Rock, but on other big movie letdowns as well, such as 2014’s Godzilla and Pacific Rim (like Colony, both were produced by Legendary Studios). Sure, the premise of the new series sounds like science fiction, but that doesn’t mean lovers of shallow action movies with either big creatures or giant robot suits are the only ones who might be interested.

Awkward Marketing: The Cast
When it comes to the cast, they’ve got Kathy Baker, of Picket Fences. Really, USA? A twenty year old show that wasn’t even that big a hit? You might want to be a little more 21st century. She starred in Boston Public, Medium and Against the Wall, for example. You could even mention Saving Mr. Banks, Saving Grace or The Glass House.
They’ve got Peter Jacobson, of House. That’s been a while, too. Besides, every actor on that show paled next to Hugh Laurie. Why not say Jacobson was in Ray Donovan?
They’ve also got Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist), Tory Kittles (True Detective, but let’s not forget Sons of Anarchy), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI) and Carl Weathers, ‘of Rocky fame’. Of course, his portrayal of Apollo Creed has been iconic, and there’s a new movie out (Creed), but he’s done more than box. He’s been in Arrested Development, The Shield, Brothers and Tour of Duty. ‘Of Rocky fame’ makes him sound twice as old.
But at least they’re being mentioned, which isn’t the case with Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy, Longmire, Boston Legal, Profiler), who’s nowhere to be found in ‘Behind the Wall’. Maybe she plays an alien and they don’t want to spoil it, who knows.

The Director
Despite a questionably put together ‘first look’, Colony looks very promising. The pilot is directed by Juan José Campanella (House MD, Halt and Catch Fire), who’s gone all out with handheld cameras. It gives the show – for as far as we can tell – a nice, gritty, documentary feel.
On January 14, 2016, the characters are going to ask themselves this cheesy line: Collaborate or Resist? After watching episode zero, I’ll definitely join, and take it from there.

Satisfaction: …Through New Beginnings

The season, and possibly series finale of USA’s examination of how to keep a marriage fresh, vibrant and (sexually, but not just sexually) exciting. Although Satisfaction never explicitly stated that sleeping with other people is a viable option to save your relationship, it seems to have done just that for Neil and Grace Truman.

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Snake
Neil (Matt Passmore) and Grace (Stephanie Szostak) are sitting on a potential goldmine. That is, if they can find an investor. The Trumans are closer than ever and are putting their new escort company together. A mainstream escort service, with a website and all. They’re conducting job interviews, Grace has bought herself a leather dress not even Adriana (Katherine LaNasa) would dare to wear, Barry’s (JR Bourne) cheque is in the mail; it couldn’t be better. Until Adriana once again makes a move behind everybody’s back like a snake in the grass, and scares off Barry.

The Neil Experience
With Neil and Grace’s only investor out of the picture, their house of cards is about to collapse. Luckily, Neil had gotten an offer from Kate (Jaime Ray Newman), his former client-but-not-really-a-client. She was actually a blogger, wanting to write about ‘the man behind the gigolo’ – see season 2, episode 2 ‘…Through Risk’. There’s money in their story. A married couple running an escort business; people are dying to read about that. Time for the Trumans to basically throw their whole life on the table, to be dissected by a reporter. Opening up is one thing, but what about Anika?
Kate puts Neil in contact with Harper (Michelle Clunie), a wealthy lady and the driving force behind Kate’s plan. It feels fishy, though. It sounds like Kate’s more interested in the Neil Experience than anything else. Once, twice, who knows, as many times as it takes to write a good story, right?

Sensibility
Neil walks away from the deal. He and Grace are in a good place. This would be too close to cheating. While Neil’s looking for money, Grace has gotten herself into another predicament, called Simon (Blair Redford). Having inherited his father’s creditcard, he wants to give Grace a gift. Just a thank you gift. Just an extremely expensive thank you gift. Actually a I want to marry you gift – a diamond necklace and the first edition of Sense and Sensibility (and I’m not talking about the movie).
Simon’s just heard of the death of Emma (Nicky Whelan) and killed his father (Grant Show) for it – and a lot of other reasons – and he’s already back, trying to persuade Grace to run off into the sunset with him. He keeps on blindly going where the wind takes him, doesn’t he?

Let Him Go
When Neil meets with Harper at a high class casino, Simon’s also there. Drunk. Killing his own father weighs heavy on him. He takes a swing at Neil, but is too slow. Neil goes upstairs, to his meeting, while Simon gets thrown out. Lying on the sidewalk, he sees his father appear. ‘Let him go, Simon’, somebody says. He turns around. It’s his mother. He falls into her arms, confesses he killed his dad. But it’s not his mother, it’s Grace, who just wanted to make sure he got home safely.

Family
And there are more familiar faces in the casino that evening. Adriana, for example. She can just smell where everybody’s holding up. She grabs Neil, tricks him, drugs him, and after he passes out, opens his pants. There’s only one man she wants a baby from.
The next day, everybody’s sober and happy again. At ‘True Man’ headquarters, as Neil and Grace’s escort service is called, Simon walks in. Another thank you gift? Yes, of sorts. A I’m sorry gift. He’s brought a cheque. He’d be happy to invest. And there is Adriana, over the moon because her little Milking the Cow Operation worked. She doesn’t say that, of course. She’s merely there to raise a toast. To new beginnings, second chances and family.

You bitch.

Satisfaction: …Through Psychedelics

Anika pulled wool over everybody’s eyes, but her dirty little secret’s out. Neil and Grace are busy tracking her down, Adriana takes a backseat to her usual ice queen routine and is helping as best she can, while Simon inherits an angry mob from his late father’s shady activities.

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Credit
Late father? Then why is the actor’s name right there on screen? The show underestimates its audience a little bit; we know it’s Grant Show, the Melrose Place veteran, who’s been playing Simon’s dad. Why would he get a credit? For lying in a crate, unrecognisably burnt? No. He’s not dead, so he either appears in some sort of flashback, or he must’ve staged the whole thing. Since he’s a corner cutting kind of guy, my bet is on the last option. That takes away a lot from Simon’s grieving – not to mention the danger that he’s in. If the audience expects his dad to come walking in any second, is actually waiting for that to happen, then they won’t feel much sympathy for Simon (Blair Redford, 90210, The Lying Game, Switched at Birth). And then it’s not drama, but an exercise in spotting the next plot point ahead of time.

Big Watch
We had to wait a while, though. It was only in the last moments of the episode that Simon gets a call. ‘I can explain everything’, his dad says, alive and kicking (and wearing a big watch). One piece of the puzzle solved. However, no word yet on Emma (the great Nicky Whelan, Franklin & Bash, Chosen, Scrubs).

Colorful Rocks
Simon’s troubles have always been drama on the side. The real issues are Neil (Matt Passmore, The Cut, The Glades) and Grace’s (Stephanie Szostak, Iron Man 3, We Bought a Zoo). They go looking for Anika (Michelle DeShon), Anika sneaks back into Adriana’s (Katherine LaNasa) house, Julian (Daniel Bonjour, The Walking Dead) appears and disappears, Adriana’s home, not home, home again; it’s one big farce. Ultimately, Julian gets everybody together at Adriana’s. There, he steals his psychedelic colorful rocks back from her safe, burns a few sticks that make everybody hallucinate, Anika’s decided not to go back to him, end of story.

15 Minutes
It’s been a bit of a bottle episode. All’s well that ends well, but it seems like the writers were left with too much time to get to this particular point in time – a happy ending of sorts. Anika back home, Neil and Grace back together, the only loose thread is Simon’s dad resurfacing. They had an hour to fill, with 15 minutes of material, basically. So they made Neil knock over a few things in Julian’s lab shed, made zen master Frank (Tzi Ma, 24, Hell on Wheels) show up for no apparent reason, and inserted a psychedelic experience that went on for too long.

Two Episodes Left
With most of the storylines wrapped up, the question is what the last two episodes are going to bring. It seems everything gigolo-related is pushed to the background, and the only interesting thing left is Simon’s situation. Could he persuade the Trumans to join in, rescue his dad, roll up the mob, marry Emma and live happily ever after? (Doing what exactly, with the escort business being out of the question? Well, let’s not worry about that now, shall we?) Satisfaction has always been a show about, let’s see, self-discovery and self-pleasure. I’m not too far off, I think. But now that everything’s solved, sealed with a nice bow, with only a subplot about criminals dangling, I can’t escape the feeling this season is going to be its last. They’ve worked towards an exciting, possibly action-packed finale, and that’ll be the end of it. The show’s been getting less traction than Graceland, for example, so I suppose it’s not a stretch to predict a cancellation in the near future.