DROP DEAD DIVA “Ah, Men” Review

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DROP DEAD DIVA “Ah, Men” Season 3 Episode 11 - When Parker’s ex-girlfriend meets with him and Jane to ask for help with an insurance company that refuses to pay out life insurance on her father’s death, Parker’s already decided not to take the case. But Jane decides that Elisa is a good person who needs the money, and she opts to help, promising Parker that he won’t need to be too involved.

But this is a case that has the potential to turn lives upside down; not only does Elisa lose her nursing registration after it’s revealed she obtained drugs for her father from Canada through shady means, but Jane finds out that Elisa has a son – fathered by an unwitting parker. After Elisa loses her nursing registration, Parker immediately hires her as a temp at the law firm. Will he find out about his son?

While Parker deals with an ex-love, Kim deals with a potential future love. She’s asked to represent Ben, a pastor who encouraged the more needy members of his congregation to shoplift their essentials from a local supermarket. Ben’s smart and handsome, and an initial attraction grows during an after-hours dinner date at the office.

Ben refuses to apologize for encouraging theft, saying that he’s that he’s only following the bible’s advice, but he changes his views after his daughter is arrested for shop lifting. She claims that the cellphone, mp3 player and make-up she took were all essentials to her, and Ben realises his well-meaning message is shrouded in shades of gray.

Ben apologizes and both he and his daughter go free, albeit with community service orders. Any chance of a continuing romance between he and Kim is nixed shortly thereafter; Kim tells Ben that there’s ‘someone else’ and admits that she would rather be kissing him. But Kim told Parker at the start of the episode that they weren’t actually in a relationship. Is this change of heart a sign that she wants to be in a relationship once more? And more importantly, will the arrival of Elisa get in the way of that happening?

Fred’s been avoiding going home since he saw Stacey kiss her co-star. He asks Grayson and Jane for advice and is told by both that he needs to talk to Stacey. He eventually works up the courage to go to her TV set and talk to her, but arrives in time to hear Stacey agree to be Brian’s date to a party. And so Fred issues an untimatum – Stacey needs to decide what or who she wants. The episode closes on Stacey getting ready and leaving to go to the party with Brian, while Fred gets drunk with Teri and Grayson.

And finally, Jane is upset when her attempts to spend time alone with Owen are thwarted by his many, many friends (dubbed FOOs – Friends of Owen). It’s not looking good at all and she’s dreading the restaurant dinner he has planned in case it turns into yet another gathering of FOOs. But Owen noticed Jane’s upset, and hired an entire restaurant just for a romantic meal for two.

This was without a doubt my favourite episode of the season so far. The cases were interesting and not tired or ridiculously overdone, there was romance and drama, and even Jane and Stacey had an argument of sorts. It’s all very tense and it makes Drop Dead Diva feel more like the strong drama it’s always on the edge of being. That’s not to say that the series isn’t usually dramatic, just that the comedy can sometimes make things a little too light. It’s good to see both the characters and the actors challenged with something a little darker from time to time.

I’m still not sure what to think about Owen. He seems like a nice enough guy at the end of this week’s episode, but there’s still something about him that I just don’t like. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s just because I think now would be a great time for Jane to admit to Grayson how she feels about him, if not to actually tell him that she’s Deb. (Will there ever be a good time to tell him that she’s Deb? I doubt it.)

I’m sad about Fred and Stacey but interested to see where it all leads. Kim and Parker’s on again/off again thing is tiresome and usually I would complain about it. However, I think the addition of Elisa’s son may make this potential make up (or…potential permanent break up?) much more interesting. I can’t wait to see next week’s episode!

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