Of Grave Importance

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Demian: A- | 3 USERS: A-
You in Danger, Hardy Boys
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Rattle, Rattle WE DON'T GIVE A SHIT ANYMORE THEN!, and this evening's THEN! takes a full minute and fifteen seconds of screen time to remind us all that Dead Bobby is dead. To be honest with you, though, I can't really dump on it too much, because it's probably the best-produced THEN! in recent memory on this show, even if it does linger a bit too long on That Loathsome Guest "Star" Who Shall Not Be Named toward the end, there. Then again, I might be allowing my ongoing affection for the sequence's central character to cloud my judgment regarding the sequence's actual quality. Which reminds me of a question that, while often asked over the last couple of months, has yet to be answered in a satisfactory manner: Why kill the crotchety old hairball off in the first place if you're just going to bring him back now? Oh, Cheap Manufactured Melodrama! Where would this season have been without you?

Rattle, Rattle STILL NOT GIVING A SHIT NOW! Somewhere dark and rain-streaked and remote, Our Intrepid Heroes perch atop the hood of this week's crapped-out piece of automotive trash, where Darling Sammy listens patiently and indulgently to Dashing El Deano's heartfelt and lengthy paean to the marvels of American fast food until Dashing El Deano shoves an entire Taco Macho into his mouth. That's talent. Naturally, even though Dashing El Deano procured an entire bag of food for the boys to split, Darling Sammy does little more than sip on a cup of ice water because -- as always -- he's watching that girlish figure of his.

After a bit of this, Dean's cell phone bleats, and he answers to find a thirtysomething Ellen-alike named "Annie Hawkins" on the other end of the line, just now calling to offer Our Intrepid Heroes her condolences even though Bobby's been dead for nearly five months already. Going by the easy and affable tone of the conversation that follows, Annie and the boys are obviously old friends, though I'll be damned straight to Hell if I can remember anyone on this show mentioning her before this evening. In any event, Annie claims she's calling because she's got a stack of Dead Bobby's old books, and would Dashing El Deano be interested in acquiring them for his collection? "Sure," Dean replies. "Where you at?" "Bodega Bay," Annie replies, "at the Crow's Nest Inn." "You working?" Dean wonders. "Always," Annie smirks. "You guys anywhere nearby?" They're near enough, as Dean readily admits, so he and Annie agree to meet for lunch the following afternoon at a restaurant I intentionally mishear as "The Tides," just to keep the Hitchcock references going for a little bit longer. And with their plans thus made, Dean and Annie hang up on each other so we might jump ahead to...

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