SCOUNDRELS “That’s the Way the Money Goes” Review

Scoundrels (ABC)

The “That’s the Way the Money Goes” episode of SCOUNDRELS finds Cheryl scrambling to save yet another job while she drifts farther from Wolf and closer to Mack. Casey and Cheryl’s lingerie business has orders pouring in, but Casey gives her ex the company’s money which he uses for a cocaine deal. When Cheryl goes to retrieve it, Mack saves her from walking in on a drug bust then returns her money as their flirtation heats up. Heather has her first modeling gig and a fling with a reality TV star who promises her a job but only gets her notoriety until Hope finesses the situation. Cal is saved from arrest by Tanya while Logan reconnects with Patty Hong.

I have a hard time buying that Casey gave the company’s money to her ex, especially since they needed it to buy fabric for orders due that week, but I suppose an episode with stable employment for Cheryl would be too much to ask. Virginia Madsen does do furious really well, and we certainly see plenty of that. I don’t think Cheryl loves Wolf at all anymore, and with his condescending attitude, who can blame her? Mack, the man who has spent years chasing her family, shows her more respect. The slow-burning chemistry between Cheryl and Mack works and his discomfort after Cheryl meets his ex is adorable even if his getting together when you’re young speech is much too heavy-handed.

Cal seems to be the worst–certainly dumbest–criminal ever, and I don’t understand how women are so attracted to him, but Tanya’s probably the best thing to ever happen to him because she’s cool in a crisis and knows how to cover tracks. Heather also needs to buy a clue. Of course Grant was a liar trying to get her into bed. Fortunately, Hope is diabolically clever and she works her sister’s whining misery to her advantage by writing the most eloquent interview ever. “It’s so awesome having an evil genius as a sister.” Even Heather’s stripping for the camera in the background can’t ruin the effect, but her seeming readiness to go with Grant at the end makes me groan.

The “good one,” Logan, is as sleazy as ever when he runs into Patty Hong and doesn’t immediately admit he–not Cal–slept with her. Patty forgives him because Wests apparently have some sort of pheromone making them irresistible. Valerie dumping Logan and handing him a bill for the tutoring that helped him pass the bar may be my favorite Scoundrels moment yet, whatever that says about the show.

Scoundrels is mostly treading water. Cheryl is really the only character showing forward progress, and even that is achingly slow. Wolf doesn’t have much to do besides make snide comments, and the kids are mostly annoying. I like the Cheryl and Mack dance, and Hope’s snark is good for a laugh, but that’s not enough and I continue to be disappointed. What did you think about the episode? There are only two episodes left, so how do you think it will wrap up? Let’s talk in the comments.

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