more bizarre, yet more human, with each episode
JaynaB from Canada
31 March 2011
After a powerful episode 4, this series had almost nowhere to go but
down. Yet it managed to retain its fascinating largely through the
compelling humanization of the continuing characters.
In this episode, the temporary guests - elder statesmen of Canadian and
US television - had a story arc all their own, compressed but with a
distinct progression worthy of the great characters by great
playwrights. It had an actual ending. Of course a lot of the story was
inferred by facial expressions and the silences between really short
bits of dialogue but the whole tiny subplot was a brilliant life-study
that vastly outweighed the amount of screen time it took up.
As for the continuing characters, our lovely little Piper is in a
family composition that only a child raised by a Janis Joplin clone
could appreciate. Jenny the chambermaid is hypnotized into recalling
the face of the man by the pool, but she doesn't know his name.
Repeated encounters with a priest at the elevator bring her something
like absolution and him something else entirely. Our sleazy politician
and his father are under legal and media siege, while the gambling
bellhop interferes in a private adoption and ends up holding the
Yes, somebody dies.
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