Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Melrose Place' recap: A new body in the pool, some surprising bodies in bed


Even in Melrose Place’s heyday starring deranged Kimberly, I don’t recall an underwater catfight that resulted in murder. So congratulations, Melrose Place 2.0, you have set a new benchmark with this episode.

I had hoped our patience with so-so plotlines like Anton V and his boring denim line would pay off – and Melrose writers gave us a early Christmas present with this episode cramming in everything but the kitchen sink. Let’s see, “San Vicente” gave us murder, sex, drugs, theft, broken hearts, kidnapping, a Hollywood deal, a relapsed alcoholic, police deception, adultery, Katie Cassidy in black lace underwear – and a partridge in a pear tree. Whew.

In flashback, we found out what Amanda was hoping to find in Sydney’s safe. Amanda confronted Sydney in a church – possibly just to set up her insult: “Atoning for your laundry list of sins? You’re going to be here a long time.” (Meanwhile, that micro-mini of Amanda’s seemed like it was destined to burst into flames in any house of worship.) It turns out these two Melrose veterans had been working together on an art-heist ring (move over, David) and Amanda accused Sydney of stealing a $19 million painting. To add to the drama, it seems like each of them had been having special “reunions” with Michael in the not-too-distant past — we knew Sydney was in on the father-son act, so now how long before Amanda makes a move on David?

But back to father and son, and enter evil stepmother! From the comments in past recaps, I know I’m not the only one who found Michael’s wife Vanessa to be increasingly shady. So it turns out she did kill Sydney after learning of her affair with Michael; it didn’t help that Syd also called out Vanessa for sleeping with David before she married Michael – and she insinuated that Noah could be David’s son. Do family trees get any worse?

Michael doesn’t know that potential paternity tidbit, and he’s the one that called (from prison) to tell David that Vanessa killed Sydney and David needed to go save Noah. Instead of saving Noah, David was called again to save Lauren and left Violet to babysit the little lad. (It’s not the murder scenes that will give me nightmares, it’s the thought that somebody entrusted a child to Violet.)

Lauren was in the hospital after her client Rick drugged her with a new club drug called “Nexus.” (TV industry, did you learn nothing from that ridiculous Brandon Walsh U4EA episode? Fake drugs look stupid, as do drugged-up blurry point-of-view shots before a character passes out.) Anyway, David came to the rescue but now he’ll find out about Lauren’s secret sideline.

When Vanessa came looking for Noah and found him with Violet, it was Ashlee Simpson’s BIG ACTING MOMENT: “Sydney Andrews was my mother. She was the only person who ever loved me and you took her away.” I guess they don’t give Emmys for “almost rising to the challenge” but Ashlee didn’t ruin the scene as much as I feared. And with no time for small talk, Vanessa pulled out a gun and threatened Violet, they tumbled into the pool, at which point Violet killed her. Deliciously, Amanda came home in the midst of the action and provided a fake story to the cops, which should leave Violet in her eternal debt. When does the blackmail start?

With all that mayhem, thank goodness (unintentional) comedic relief came from that insane portrait of Auggie that Violet painted then burned in a firepit. I was kind of hoping that Ashlee and Colin would be saying their goodbyes before we head into the holiday break, but no such luck tonight.

Of course, I saved the best for last – after Riley had cold feet and postponed their wedding, Jonah got revved up and dumped her. Perhaps he was high off that big Hollywood deal Ella has in the works for him. So he left sad Riley and their sad yellow station wagon and went straight to Ella (cue my heart leaping). We’ve been seeing some build-up to this all season, and I feared when it happened it wouldn’t seem natural But these two have real chemistry. Ella makes Jonah seem sexier and more rebellious; Jonah makes Ella seem almost sweet and lovestruck – this vixen is just a girl excited to finally get her guy! I look forward to seeing how they keep up the sparks for longer than one night.

Line of the night: Sydney to Amanda, in church: “Don’t you ever get tired of falsely accusing people? Even the lord rested on the seventh day.”

So, Melrose Place watchers, there is a lot of excitement to discuss – sound off in the comments below. Was it too much action for one episode or did you like that we got Sydney’s murder solved and Vanessa out of the picture in one quick move? Who else loves Ella and Jonah getting together?

14 comments:

  1. It keeps getting better with each episode, hopefully the ratings get better too. I’m happy about the Jonah and Ella union, but we all know he’ll be back with Riley if this show makes it to season 2. Remember Billy, Alison, and Amanda.

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  2. i don’t get it tho, i THOUGHT violet and auggie were supposed to have left MP in some fashion, since ashlee and colin are supposedly to have departed the show .. so are they still gonna be back in ep.13 after all? how will they leave? again, the writers really need to figure out how to finish up their storylines and not leave viewers with ???’s in their heads .. otherwise, this is exactly the episode i was waiting for, too much contained into a small bottle, but nevertheless they finally got it right for a change .. whether it stays on track like this, i’m not sure, but crossing my fingers .. but they really should’ve gotten rid of the violet and auggie characters differently

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  3. Jenny from the BlockDecember 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    This was hands down, the best episode of the entire series of Melrose Place so far. It’s unfortunate though, that they didn’t advertise this episode properly. They should have advertised the action sequences or something, to get more people to watch this episode. With the poor advertising, the ratings will probably stay the same. Great job though writers!! This shows that you’ve been listening to your viewers and made one hell of a good episode, just like the old Melrose Place. In fact, the old show never even had a cat fight in the pool that damn good!!! My heart was pounding, and my jaw actually dropped and I was screaming at the TV screen “I can’t believe this, OH MY GOD!”. Great job writers!!!

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  4. I love Jonah and Ella. I am so glad they finally got together. For real this time. They have awesome chemistry.

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  5. BRING BACK SYDNEY FROM THE DEAD AGAIN PLEASE!!!!

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  6. UnderMyUmbrella A AADecember 9, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    I agree…killing off Sydney was a bad move on the writer’s part. Yeah, it’s good to have Amanda back, but Sydney is/was the best, most entertaining, character on Melrose. The producers should really reconsider losing an amazing actress like Laura Leighton… Hopefully, they can figure out how to bring her back (again), in some huge, even shocking twist, a la Kimberly style. That would be cool, and some good Melrose Place.

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  7. So, I guess I missed an episode or two. How did Sydney fake her death? Too bad that storyline is done. She was always the best actress on the original show. And also what happened to Jane? I thought she was moving into that apartment.

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  8. great episode. so are jonah & riley becoming just roomates after their split? we need more sydney flashbacks or just as a freaky ghost

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  9. i watched old mp religiously and now i watch new mp. this show is finally on the right track. thank god for heather locklear. but all the new characters are finally doing their part too. and i loved the murder scene sydney vs vanessa.

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  10. I guess I’m in the minority but I think the new cast is doing just fine without Amanda being brought back. It was slow at first but now I’m way more invested in them and think they are doing fine. Granted I’m ready for Violet to hit the road but I think the only thing Amanda is going to do is be a b**** for the sake of being one and isn’t bringing a lot to the show. I was rather shocked that it was Vanessa that killed Sydney. I think the show is going in the right direction as long as they don’t put too much focus on Amanda.

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  11. I agree about the Amanda part… Heather Locklear was great in the 80’s, but now she just looks too plastic to be a believable actress. To me her acting is not better the Ashley Simpson’s…

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  12. Best episode yet! Felt like vintage Melrose…love the 2 catfights!! I hope it keeps up this momentum. P.S. How great was it to have a Sidney/Amanda scene together. Loved it!

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  13. I like Violet’s character and Ashlee isn’t any worse than any other “actress” on these type of shows. Heather being back is nice, but it’s not really doing all that much for me as a viewer. The show seems to be doing well enough on it’s own, creativity-wise. Ratings? Well, not so much.

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  14. Yes last nights show was by far the best! The murderer being Michael's wife was a shock that I kinda sore coming because they didn't give her much of a role so she was expendable. And just the look she had in her eyes when she went at it with Sydney. Writers, PLEASE bring back Sidney - If you don't know how ask me I'm full of ideas! Again, Heather Locklear nailed it as Amanda Woodward. And for all of you saying she looks "plastic" please, that's filler baby - the new botox. HD TV can be so unforgiving to the best of us! Can't wait until the next show. But we have to watch watch watch and tell all of our friends to watch because the CW has not committed to anything outside of the original order of episodes.

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