Element 3: Victoria’s Secret (aka WHY SHOW, WHY?)
I had no idea who any of these models were before watching the episode. The only VS model I know is Miranda Kerr and that’s just because she is Australian! I understand that the VS element had to be included in Show as some sort of tie-in with a VS fashion show on CBS. Is that correct? If this is the case, poor Show, it gets stuck with VS models but instead of doing something useful with it, the writers do something bad. Very, very bad. (Also, why was H50 responsible for promoting the VS fashion show?)
So, it turns out that one of the VS models is being stalked. Why the f/ck is Five 0 investigating this? I thought they were an elite taskforce set up to fight organised crime and the like? One measly stalker note appears and they call in the Big Guns? (Not that I mind the Big Guns, mind you.) Is it because VS models warrant the attention of the Five 0s because they are well, models? If I were being stalked, I’d be lucky to get the HPD mail clerk to check it out, let alone McG and Danny. Why Show, why?
(The only good bit in the opening VS scene is when Danny tells McG he is going to handle the case and he orders McG to get a handwriting analysis done on the stalker note. The look on Alex’s face is priceless here. “Just behave yourself”, he says to Danny. Hehe.)
When Danny interviews three of the models to try to ascertain who might be the stalker’s target, he sits on a white couch on the beach with them. This scene is excruciating to watch. If the stalker situation is so serious that it needs Five 0 to investigate, Danny, mate, stop wasting time showing models pictures of your daughter. Oh, wait, this is here to set up the final scene with Grace. I am groaning now because I know how AWFUL that final scene turns out to be.
It gets worse. One of the models gives Danny the name of a disgruntled ex boyfriend, but the guy is dead. For realz? Ah, honey, he can’t be a suspect. Because he is DEAD! OMG this is bad. (Or was it supposed to be funny and I totes missed the punch line?) In trying to give the writers a break, I attempt to get on board with the Behati chat with Danny, where she laments how tough it is to be a VS model, that she’s selling a product AND a fantasy and people confuse the underwear wearer with the real Behati. The sentiment behind what she was saying was fine with me, I’m just not sure about the ‘persona’ to which she is referring. Moreover, are we supposed to feel sorry for her because she is a beautiful model yet tragically no one knows who she really is? I can’t bring myself to say anything further on this so I’ll leave it up to you all to comment on. I am sure it will be enlightening.
Anyway, Danny finds out from Fong’s handwriting analysis that the stalker is a woman, named Denise Pope. I guess her handwriting was ‘in the system’ from previous stalking charges? The awesome facial recognition software that Five 0 uses finds Denise in a jiffy – staying at the same hotel as the models. How about that?
Poor Denise, she just wants to be friends with Behati, who by now is back at the hotel. Denise, way braver than me when it comes to friendship, climbs out on her balcony and into Behati’s room. If VS models are so important that they warrant Five 0 attention, why do they not have bodyguards and stay in underground bunkers? Cath could have been called in to guard the models. She’s good at guarding people. Also, she’s on permanent holiday with nothing better to do.
Anyway, did you notice the way the two women were dressed? Behati’s all high heels (on the sand in Hawaii?), tight jeans and sexiness and Denise’s outfit is totes daggy. Why Show, why?
Danny comes bursting into the room and shoots Denise. Dead. What? Why was she shot dead? She wasn’t that big of a threat surely? To have a history of stalking charges may suggest that Denise needs help and it would have been nice, Show, to have explored this idea further rather than just shooting the poor woman dead. We know very little about her and we are never given the chance to feel sympathy for her situation.
Is Denise dead because she was a) a woman b) a stalker of beautiful people and c) a daggy dresser?
(I’m not trying to downplay the seriousness of celebrity stalkers here, of course.)
As Alicia said to me, in contrast to Denise, Cordova gets to live despite his actions. We are supposed to feel sympathy for him and for Jim (and for Behati and her model persona, remember, just not Denise). The car discussion between McG and Kono seemed to be designed to make us feel this way – a dying cancer patient going to great lengths to die as a hero and this is OK despite a plan that places others at risk. What’s going on here, Show?
And now to the final scene in the episode. The whole way through the VS stuff I kept asking myself: am I applying double standards to my distaste for the models when I love the Alex/McG pretty? This is where Alicia stepped in, thankfully, pointing out that while Alex IS beautiful and we do drool, he is more than just that and we celebrate both his looks and his talent. McG is McG and that he is pretty is a bonus, right? And as much as we’d love it to happen, he does not spend entire episodes shirtless. Nor does he give parenting advice while dressed in his underwear (see later on for significance of this comment )
Really, the way the VS models were utilised in this episode just wasn’t sensible and did nothing to address the serious issue of the objectification of women. Can we PLEASE have more women on Show who are not killed, do not walk around (gratuitously) in bikinis or their underwear, and do something, anything, to further the cause of women the world over? Thanks! (Again, thanks to Alicia for her email discussion around this.)
The only good thing to come out of the very final scene is when McG photographs Grace on her new phone and takes her hand when he walks over to talk to Kamekona. Uncle Steve is so cute! Otherwise, that Grace was even there was totally inappropriate (yes, Westy, I can’t see Rachel allowing Grace to attend such an event, either). Are we to think that that being a VS model is something to which Grace should aspire? When Behati says: “Little girls need their daddies. They grow up so fast”, I nearly burnt my bra and called Germaine Greer. Behati says this in relation to a 10 year old girl who is at a VS fashion show being made over by women wearing, well, what the f/ck WERE those women wearing? Or not wearing, more to the point. Was Behati dressed as a giant flower? If so, why? (These are important questions, you know.) Seriously, you cannot dispense parenting advice while dressed as giant flower, in your underwear. By the way, I am not sure why Danny is standing there, looking so proud of his daughter. He has been portrayed as fiercely protective of Grace thus far and you would think that he’d want to protect Grace from flower-dressed underwear models, not behave as if they are the epitome of success.
Show, could you not have thought of something better to do with the VS models other than:
• Show us that they are worthy of Five 0 attention because they are pretty?
• Make it OK for a (female) stalker to be shot dead when what she really needed was help?
• Involve Grace in all this?
Why Show, why?
There were some highlights. Here they are:
• The Fongmeister giving Kono an “island hottie” sweater to wear to test out the LED thingie that made the bad dudes’ heads go all shiny on the security cameras. We love you Fong!
• Max and Sabrina. Rumer did a fab job and Max was adorable instead of being occasionally mildly annoying.
• No Mom #nuffsaid
• McG and Kono chasing Makani, even if only for Kono saying “bare-assed naked”, but definitely for McG wiping Makani germs off his pants while pretending to get out his cuffs. And for making Kono do the dirty work. Best scene in the episode!
• McG looked very, very pretty and Alex did a terrific job with the material that he was given. I also liked that Kono got to ride in the car with McG and be a major player in the investigation.
• Uncle Steve #nuffsaidyetagain
Um, I think I have already covered those.
I am dying to know what you all thought of this episode. Go forth and comment away!