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"The Starter Wife" Recap: "Hour 5"

"The Starter Wife" Recap: "Hour 5"

Okay, watchers of "The Starter Wife," we're getting down to the wire here for Molly and the rest of the Malibu gang. Next week's episode is the last one for the summer miniseries, and this week's was a decent enough second-to-last chapter. They went back to Molly chatting herself up in the bathroom while using another Pond's product, though at this point, with only one more episode left, I just had to roll my eyes and chuckle when she used those facial wipes to, I think, wipe off her lipstick repeatedly.

Check out some noteworthy moments from this week's episode:

  • I love how bullheaded Molly's divorce lawyer is. Apparently wanting to end the marriage amicably is "what people say when they want to lose." I also liked how Molly later says quietly that they should have figured out a signal for when the lawyer really does want her to sign something. Moments like those reassure me that Debra Messing was perfectly cast in this show.
  • Another such moment: While whispering sweet nothings to one another in bed, Molly trips and bumbles over her own "turning the page of a book" metaphor. When Sam goes with it and mentions dyslexia, Molly seems genuinely worried that Sam is dyslexic.

Several more points if you

  • I loved the shell-shocked looks everyone gives Sam when he doesn't know what "American Idol" is. It's like Sam not knowing his reality TV is the ultimate shameful result of homelessness.
    Sam: "How do you vote for a TV show?"
    Someone mumbles, baffled, "You... y-you text..."
  • My amusement with that scene quickly turned to annoyance and disgust with Sam. For someone who has neither a home nor a job, he's extraordinarily judgmental of others. He snaps at Joan for still drinking, and I haven't forgotten his "let's see if it's a life worth saving" line from when he pulled Molly to shore. Who are you to judge, Sam? Sheesh!
  • How many people would love to attend his/her own funeral? Not only was it funny seeing Lou dressed in drag at his own memorial service, but that's a common fantasy he actually got to live.

  • I am completely perplexed as to what Molly sees — at all! — in Sam. So whatever leads her into Lou's arms is fine by me, but I simply can't get on board for her "relationship" with Sam and her consequent sadness over him being weird. It doesn't make any sense.
  • I love the previews for next week's episode with Lou and Sam trying to outdo each other. Lou: "I live in a house!"


LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I agree. Molly is just trying to help out Sam and he's completely hard-headed and unwilling to change. Since this mini-series is completely different from the book, I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen in the final episode. It seems a lot needs to be tied up! And in one hour?
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I am really hating myself for continuing to watch this stupid show! But really what else is on?????? Also can't resist Debra Messing. Is it wrong that I feel like buying some Ponds products? That being said,I am going to be sooo disappointed if Molly chooses Sam, PLEASE NO! But I am worried it is going to happen. I don't think they are going to have her go from one rich guy to the other! I said it last week but it bears repeating- Sam is the most annoying character of all time!
MelC74 MelC74 10 years
I loved how they had a fantasy scene of Debra as Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca because I have always thought that the two of them look identical...especially their noses.
boilergirl boilergirl 10 years
Looking forward to next week's show... I hope Molly chooses Lou! While Sam is some pretty hot eye candy, some of the things that come out of his mouth are just nuts.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
This episode was strange. I didn't think we'd ever get to see Joan's Pappy, like how some characters you never see in other shows (i.e., Marice in Frasier). Still, I am really sad that it won't be on after next week!
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
I can't believe I'm addicted to this show. Haha. It's not a bad thing, I just get addicted to shows so quickly.
rb24 rb24 10 years
I love this show. Im sad to see it end
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
O Buzz! I've been waiting to read your take on yesterday's episode. I was beginning to think you may have forgot, should give you little more credit huh? ;-) Well yes I agree, that the American Idol moment was a bit silly and I also don't get what Molly sees in Sam. But Debra Messing is so loveable, and so are so many of the other characters. I soooo need a gay best friend! I love Rodney, he's a great friend to Molly. Remember, he was there when Cricket and Joan weren't around. Overall, not a bad summer show.
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