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"The Starter Wife" Recap: "Hour 3"

"The Starter Wife" Recap: "Hour 3"

Last week's two-hour premiere of USA's summer series "The Starter Wife" seriously brought in the viewers and I definitely thought it got off to a great start. Thus, I tuned in again last night for "Hour 3" of the series, and while I wasn't disappointed, per se, I was somewhat perplexed. Check out my thoughts on this week's "Starter Wife" episode:

  • Anyone else think it was totally out of left field to suddenly start featuring Molly's dream and fantasy sequences? I actually really liked the black-and-white fantasy scene in which she and the detectives spoofed an old-fashioned noir film — I also think Debra Messing looks smashing in black-and-white film, just as an aside — but I was baffled by it. That kind of playfulness is fun in certain shows, but in this week's episode it struck me as simply bizarre because it wasn't set up at all in the previous episodes.
  • I understand having to feature shots of Pond's products, but this whole Molly-gabbing-to-herself-in-the-mirror thing is going to get old at some point. Should be pretty interesting to see what kinds of creative ways they figure out to incorporate the brand in the future.

Several more thoughts if you

  • Nothing says romance like a homeless man in Starbucks huskily offering to make love to you.
  • Two times when I laughed out loud: 1) When Rodney is going through his bills, separating them into the "Can Pay" and "Can't Pay" piles, he sighs, "Can't pay... Guess I didn't need two piles," because it was actually funny; and 2) When Sam says to Molly on the beach "Something's about to ignite, and I want to be there when it does," because who says stuff like that?
  • Debra Messing's forte seems to be playing campy over-the-top characters, so it was a lot of fun watching her pretend to be Joan's crazy sister Bambi.
  • Hooray for Cricket kicking over the snotty lady during yoga! "She's worth 20 of you." Sounds like a girl-power song lyric to me.
  • I gotta say, I'm a sucker for stories in which an unlikely gang of characters all end up living together, and I thought Molly's response to Lavender was actually really sweet: "I'm not lonely anymore."
  • Aaaaand then she found out her homeless lover was also a potential murder suspect.

What are your thoughts on this week's episode of "The Starter Wife"?


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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I have just started reading the book and it is really different from this miniseries. Of course, but still. I'm actually liking the way everything is set up in the miniseries as opposed to the book. The show seems more real and I like the characters more than I do in the book. I wonder if I would have felt the same way if I had read the book previous to watching the show. Anyone out there do that and have comments?
rubialala rubialala 10 years
The dialogue is really out there sometimes, and it's hard for me to grasp that she likes this homeless guy. But I love the show anyway!
Marci Marci 10 years
I haven't seen this episode yet so I hope I'm not disappointed after loving the first one.
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Even though this episode wasn't as good, I'll continue watching. What else is on tv anyways?
kastarte2 kastarte2 10 years
The fantasy sequences weren't totally random. In the first two, they established Molly as sort of a dreamer and romantic idealist. The whole mini series openned with her wizard of oz dream. Talking to herself in the mirror will get old soon. Plus, I'm not entirely convinced that a woman with Molly's means would be using a product you can buy at the grocery store or local wal-mart no matter how fabulous it is for the price. She would be using something high end, even after her split from her rich husband. I am really enjoying the miniseries over all. It is fun summer television. I too thought the romantic twist was going to be that sam was really some kind of self made millionaire in hiding. I'm glad Cricket left her husband. I hope she doesn't take him back. He could have totally turned down the naked nanny in the hot tub and stayed faithful to his wife. He could have stopped the casual flirting anytime but chose to indulge instead. That is not a good sign for his faithfulness in the future. Besides, what sort of jerk asks his wife to dump her best friend because his business may or may not be effected by his associating with her?
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I will continue to watch, but it didn't have the punch of the first two hours. I kept thinking he wouldn't really turn out to be homeless though, but alas--he was.
rb24 rb24 10 years
This episode was not a good as the first one. I will be watching to see what happens next. Its fun summer television
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
Good points, good points. I also didn't like the scene where she was talking to herself and that very obvious product placement (yes, the marketing person in me :-P) moment, where she slowly grabs the ponds cream/lotion/whatever. Other than that I still very much like this show :-) O and also the ending was a bit odd too, not sure I get what they're trying to do with the whole missing person thing and the homeless guy tie in...should be interesting to see what they do.
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