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There are really two beginnings for the first episode of John dirty. In the first, Connie Britton is walking down a hospital corridor to a police officer while we see flashes of something bloody and horrible that has happened. Anyone who listened to LA Times The podcast on which this program is based (including myself) knows exactly what this event is, but lets us know that at some point in the near future, the tragedy will visit Connie. Seeing her passing through that antiseptic corridor with a crown of curls that can only be described as a chorus of angels bathing in pots of gold, it is impossible to imagine that something bad is going to happen to someone whose hair looks so good.
The second beginning refers to the beginning of the story instead of the ending. This opening is a roll of beachfront homes, sexy surfers and the various charms of life in Orange County. You should be immediately familiar with anyone who sees the Real Housewives of Orange County Because we see similar montages in almost every episode. The content of this program about a thief and how it ruins a woman's life should also be familiar to fans of RHOC since, well, one of the women's boyfriends spent several seasons feigning cancer and ruined his life. Damn it, Orange County looks a lot more dangerous than all that roll of coils makes it.
Then we meet Connie's character, Debra, a woman who is lucky in her business as an interior designer, although everything she selects is taken from a Pottery Barn catalog, but unfortunate in love. As with anyone who has tried to get out online, they come up with a series of horrible configurations with total failures and are ready to give up when they finally meet someone with a promise. His name is John and he looks like a real gentleman because he actually offers to pick her up for a date.
When the doorbell rings, Eric Bana is standing there, dressed in cargo pants and a daring shirt. I do not care what I'm wearing, because Eric Bana could be wearing a monkey made of poisonous jellyfish and still try to overcome it. Debrah's daughter Veronica (Temple of Juno) is not so impressed. She is immediately cold and begins to treat him like someone else's baby who just spit out his whole blouse.
His mother has all the opposite reaction in his appointment. They swim well and she tells him all about her design philosophy, which she calls "accessible dreams," which could also be the name of the Britney Spears bedding line at Target. It echoes something Debra says at the beginning of the show: "I believe in dreams. Dreams you can live in … If you design the most beautiful life, nothing ugly can come in. "Oh, the dramatic irony is almost too much to bear.
Back at the house, John acts really weird when Debra asks him to leave instead of spending the night, but he quickly makes up for it and they go on a second date, much to Veronica's dismay. It seems to be wearing away the already tenuous relationship between Debra and Ronnie, as her mother calls her. In a group therapy session, Ronnie talks about how scary he is and is probably just using his mother as money. She also mentions how she sees her open her Tiffany blue pocket safe (seven million exclamation marks) and says, "What's in the safe, girl?" She does not mention the fact that she places a bowl of fruit on the plate. floor in a fit of pique after she discovers that he spent the night.
What I like most about this program so far is that all the characters are a bit horrible. Conspiracy and acting are a little "movie of the week", but, for example, these people are interesting. Ronnie is the living worse, the kind of toxic privileged girl that would throw your pumpkin with milk to your face if you look at it badly. At one point, she tells her sister: "I do not deal with people, people deal with me." With that kind of attitude and good looks, I'm surprised she was not recruited to be a villain in The Bachelor. His contempt for John, which can be well deserved, also manifests itself in the most intelligent way.
However, his mother is not better. When John takes her to an elegant house across the bay and says, "I wish I could buy this for you, except for my child support payments and tax problems," he says he can get the house for them. When the camera moves away, it says "FIVE WEEKS" at the bottom of the screen as if to say: "These people are totally crazy!" The downside is that when he explains how he wants to move and give Ronnie the lease in the apartment they share, he makes it look like he's doing it to benefit Ronnie when he really wants to live with John without having a big fight with his daughter.
Debra always gets scared and avoids a confrontation. When her other daughter, Terra (Julia Garner), confronts her about John living in her house, what her mother denies, it becomes a shouting match where John essentially threatens to hit Terra. Instead of asking John to leave the conversation or have his daughter return, Debra lets Terra go so she can spend the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday with her sister at the other Mom apartment is paying.
Terra seems to be the best of the group. Although she is strangely obsessed with the zombie apocalypse, she seems sweet and affectionate with only a small streak of discomfort that her sister shows so blatantly.
But the show is not called. Sucra debra or Dirty earth (although it should probably be called The dirty treasure of the United States Jean Smart plays a grandmother) is called John dirty so we know that he is the one with bad news. We see some of the early signs, like when he overreacts when Debra asks him to leave, but the worst thing for me is when he comes up with an elegant cancer benefit wearing his hospital gowns. She claims to be an anesthesiologist, but in reality she is just a nurse who distributes pain medication. How will it appear as a "pile of clothes" as it says and we will not see a reaction of how much everyone is rolling their eyes towards them both?
John is getting involved in the classic aggression moves of ingratiating himself with Debra and alienating her from all that matters to him so that he can have total control over her. He even exploits all his insecurities about how he ruined his children and how he does not deserve love. The saddest line of the night is when he says he has been married four times and that he feels he has exhausted all his possibilities. I just wanted to give him a big hug and do everything better. John, on the other hand, uses it to strengthen his grip on her.
So far, he has not been more than kind to Debra and just horrible to his family members, and we see the wonderful trip they have made together to Las Vegas. (And again, this is Eric Bana, so you try to tell him no). That's how he tricks her into finally making a quick marriage in Sin City while no one is watching. The episode ends with a large "EIGHT WEEKS" in white at the bottom of the screen. We already know how this ends, and it's not going to be good. I can not wait to get there. (Sorry, Debra and company.)