EAGLEHEART “Chris, Susie, Brett and Malice” Review

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EAGLEHEART “Chris, Susie, Brett and Malice” Episode 7 – In tonight’s episode of Eagleheart, Chris, Susie and Brett are witnesses to an assassination by the Albanian mafia which forces them to go incognito at a suburban safe house.

The minute I saw Susie and Chris mundanely sitting at the dining table inside the safe house, I was reminded of one of my favorite episodes of The X-Files, “Arcadia”. In it, Mulder and Scully go undercover in a suburban neighborhood – similar to Elmwood Park – to investigate a series of disappearances. For a brief moment, this episode of Eagleheart actually seemed to parody that episode of the X-Files as the two protagonists take on the role of a married couple and respond to the prying questions of noisy neighbors with smart ass replies and saccharine sweet smiles.

The rough parallels between the two episodes come to a screeching halt, of course, the moment Brett walks down the stairs in a bath towel and is introduced as the third member of their polyamorous arrangement. Nobody can pull off that creepy smirk like Brett and I absolutely loved his whole scene with him staring blankly at the terrified neighbors like it was the most natural thing in the world. Chris also had a fantastic moment when he was trying to invite the neighbors to join him in their “sex sandwich” by putting on a seductive face with a wink that instead just made him look like he had an uncontrollable facial twitch.

Chris, Susie and Bruce become known in the community as “Crintz, Brenda and Bruce” and are publicly shunned for their swinging ways. A fellow swinger sends a secret invitation to them to join him at the Ambrosia Club which is the local Elmwood Park swingers haven. Susie has the most trouble sticking to her cover since now she’s in a situation to chose between breakfast-lunch-dinner-bam-Dan and creepy Samuel. I may be wrong, but I think creepy Samuel is the same guy as firefighter Sam Drake from the “Creeps” episode – which is awesome, because he really plays such an excellent creep and I was hoping we’d get to see him again.

Chris brings his Midas touch to the club and discovers that there’s a war between the swingers and the monogamous occupied government known as “Mogs.” The commercial, for the Ambrosia was fantastic, although the final bloodbath that ensued because of it was actually kind of sad. I normally laugh when there’s ridiculous blood and guts in this show. The scenes at the beginning of the episode – especially the motorcycle rider being blown off his bike – were hilarious. So maybe it was the addition of the dramatic music in the final massacre or the way it was shot a little slower than normal that made me feel bad for the “horndogs” getting mowed down by the Albanian mafia. Luckily these melancholy feelings didn’t last very long thanks to the awesome montage of building demolitions and Chris’ ridiculous voice over narrative that wrapped everything up.

Once again, I really enjoyed tonight’s episode of Eagleheart and next week’s episode looks like it’s going to be another winner. This show has definitely become one of my favorite things on Adult Swim right now and I hope we’ll get a few more seasons to look forward to.