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"The Starter Wife": Off to a Good Start

"The Starter Wife": Off to a Good Start

Considering all the hype "The Starter Wife" got before its premiere, I thought the first two episodes held up fairly well. Sure, it's a stereotypical story about the powers of Hollywood, populated by cartoonish, one-dimensional shallow characters that we've watched and read about before. But it also has a surprisingly smart script, a cinematic look and a fantastic performance from the radiant Debra Messing, who gives the miniseries its heart.

I'm going to run through a few of my most memorable moments from the two-hour premiere (which you can watch here if you missed it), and please add your thoughts in the comments below.

  • My favorite scene of the whole show was Molly's post-separation lunch with her best friends (before Cricket ditched her and Joan went to rehab) — not just because they all rallied around her but because it included my favorite line of the night, during Molly's brilliant, slightly unhinged rant about bathroom hygiene: "I even put the seat up for Kenny!"

  • Some of the best Hollywood details: Kenny's ever-present Bluetooth headset, Lou calling himself the asshole who crushes dreams with a thousand nos, Jaden's orders to share her cookies with Violet Affleck
  • I loved Debra Messing's bad hair, awful clothes, and possible fake nose in the flashback to starving-writer Molly, not to mention her reverent devouring of a slice of pre-wrapped processed cheese.

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  • The drowning scene was super-cheesy — except for Molly's imaginary "40ish Woman Drowns Outside Celebrity Homes" newspaper headline, which made me laugh out loud.
  • Jorge's list of things that might be on Cricket's charm bracelet: The Eiffel Tower, a heart, a Scottie dog, a treasure chest, a battleship.
  • I thought the integration of Pond's products (since the company is sponsoring the show) was fairly clever the first time I noticed it: When Molly stares up at a billboard that says "41 and Sexier," Molly says to herself, "Yeah, right." The idea that Pond's might incorporate their brand by making fun of themselves was pretty impressive — until the second product shot when Molly rubs the face cream in while muttering encouraging words to her own image.
  • Did anyone else think the Hollywood characters were written so much better than the non-Hollywood characters? Lavender and Sam were even more stilted than Rodney, Cricket and the rest.
  • I want more Judy Davis! I have my fingers crossed for more Joan-in-rehab in the future episodes.
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kelsen kelsen 10 years
So far, so good with this show, I thought!
curlykel13 curlykel13 10 years
I didn't get to see the end cause I had to do things and it was a 2-hour premiere, but I liked it. Except for some VERY bad acting at times.
mkithrt mkithrt 10 years
i'm watching the episode(s) online right now. i went into this ready to hate it, but its pretty great so far.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I missed it.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
i agree with the review....the drowning scene was so cheesy and silly IMO...and I loved the cheese eating in the flashback...BEEN THERE DONE THAT haha!
CM213 CM213 10 years
i love it... i can't wait for the rest. it'll tie me up a bit since grey's isn't on.
kendallina kendallina 10 years
I thought it was cute. I hope it gains momentum.
nahanig nahanig 10 years
What's with the background noise on the show? It's often so loud, neither my husband nor I could make out what they were saying. Sound-man: "Check"... "Check"...!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I loved this show, I thought the best line was when the dad told his daughter to be sure to share her cookies with Violet Affleck!!!
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I have not seen it yet.
beks78 beks78 10 years
I was totally looking forward to this premiere and I think it was worth the wait. I think Laurg628 is right that Debra makes the show but it was really fun and funny. And I agree with Buzz that the non-Hollywood characters aren't as compelling. Sam is kinda lame but Lavender has potential. Here's to next week!
chelsduhh chelsduhh 10 years
i only saw parts of the show, but i loved the parts i did see.
smarler smarler 10 years
Oh, it was a great episode. Joan's therapy is a riot, especially since I think she's making it all up as she goes along. I think Molly gets to repay Joan's kindness by being "Bambi" to help her break out sooner. Oh, and everytime "Australia" was mentioned, I started cracking up all over again.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 10 years
Thanks Buzzsugar for the link to watch! I missed the first 10 mins. & just saw what I missed. Good summer show, like J. Davis & D. Messing!
mieko14 mieko14 10 years
I thought it was a great start, too. I think we will see more of Joan -- the preview of future episodes showed Molly in a blonde wig at Joan's therapy sessions...perhaps playing the part of the "sister"? Also, Jorge's perceived charm bracelet list...aren't those Monopoly pieces? Hidden meaning, perhaps?
Queenbee8 Queenbee8 10 years
I loved the show especially the post break up lunch. When Molly says "of course grumpy I haven't eaten in 12 years".
krob krob 10 years
I am still on the fence about this show. I missed the first 30 minutes and maybe that is why. I am going to catch a rerun and see if I like it more. Debrah does make the show!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Buzz, i was suprised not to see my fav moment in your fav moments cause i laughed out loud...when she and her daughter went to have lunch but wouldnt' be let in, her old 'friends' come by, make fun of her, and then that one guy invited her in, and then puts on a show for her 'friends' so they would eat their words. the howling was abit weird, but the rest of that scene i thought was awesome. who hasn't done something like that before? hhahaha
Laurg628 Laurg628 10 years
I wasnt sure at first what i thought about it, by the end i was hooked and thought it was really good. I can honestly say I dont know if i would have liked it though it if wasnt debra messing playing the part. I think she makes the show.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
I loved it! LOVE her friend that is in rehab, I hope she gets more screen time too. I laughed out loud at a few things like the list of charms, putting the seat UP for him etc...great start can't wait to see the rest.
LuckyGrl-83 LuckyGrl-83 10 years
I loved the premiere too!!! Only thing tho... i was kinda expecting a little more comedy... But overall, i like it a lot :)
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