DROP DEAD DIVA “Dream Big” Review

Drop Dead Diva 'Dream Big'

DROP DEAD DIVA “Dream Big” Season 3 Episode 3 – This week, Jane takes on the case of a ‘little person’, Eli, who was conceived with the aid of a sperm bank called Zygolife. The aim is to get money for his medical costs and so Jane attempts to claim that Zygolife was negligent in not checking for genetic mutations that lead to Eli’s medical condition. When this fails, Jane changes tack and claims product liability, much to the upset of Eli’s mother, who says she loves her son no matter what. This is reasserted in court, after Jane upsets Eli’s mother by asking whether she was hoping for a ‘healthy’ child, and the jury are moved. Zygolife offer a generous settlement.

Meanwhile, Grayson takes on the case of a stripper who is fired from her job after she asks her boss to create a healthier, safer work environment – after advice from Grayson during his bachelor party. They succeed in pushing the necessary changes – but the boss reclassifies her – and two other strippers – as employees and takes away their tips. It’s back to court, where the judge is none other than Grayson’s future father-in-law. Grayson wins the case and gets to fulfill his father-in-law’s wishes by officially asking for Vanessa’s hand in marriage.

Both Fred and Jane hit temporary rough patches in their dating, this week.

After Stacey voices her concern about Fred’s lack of a past, Fred hires a coworker, Jenny, to pretend to be his mother. Although Jenny gets a tad tipsy and takes her role a bit too seriously, it all works out and Stacey decides she never has to meet Fred’s mother again.

Jane, on the other hand, becomes increasingly frustrated when Bill fails to call her after their first date romp. She even ditches him in a particularly harsh voicemail. Of course, there’s a good explanation; Bill lost his cellphone in Jane’s bedroom and then had to perform an operation out of town. Jane scrambles to delete the voicemails; Bill’s already heard them and, thankfully, he finds it amusing.

Kim decides to come back to the law firm, but she’s more adamant than ever that her and Parker are over.

Between uncomfortable-Jane in a strip club and Fred’s lunch date, this was a really fun episode. It did feel a little like they tried to put too much into an hour, but as it all helped pull the ongoing storylines together (Grayson and Vanessa’s wedding, Jane and Bill’s new relationship, Fred and Stacey getting serious, Kim’s return to the law firm), I was willing to overlook the clutter.

It’s still a shame though. Jennifer Tilly was great as Fred’s coworker/fake mom and it would have been nice to see a little more from her than those two scenes. A little more something from Vanessa wouldn’t have gone amiss either. She pops in and out and is a lovely character – but it’s hard for us to get any real gauge on her relationship with Grayson. Right now, they look great and Bill seems like a lovely boyfriend and it looks like anything between Jane and Grayson is firmly off the table for this half of the season, at least.

At least Kim is finally back with the firm and able to – hopefully – interact with other characters without Parker being a lingering issue in the background. Don’t get me wrong, I love their dynamic, but Kim is a great character and it’s fun to see her played against other characters at the law firm. Besides, poor Fred needs a boss again.

It’ll be interesting to see how things go in next week’s episode, tantalizingly entitled ‘The Wedding’.

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