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This season, Drop Dead Diva‘s format is shaken up with Real Jane (i.e. pre-shooting Jane) journey  back to earth. It turns out that her vendetta is bigger than we thought. Old Jane wants to settle her unfinished business.

The Players:

  • Director: Michael Grossman
  • Writer: Josh Berman
  • Cast: Brooke Elliott, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering, April Bowlby

Episode Title: “The Real Jane”

After losing Owen, Jane’s left struggling to get her life back in order. Complicating matters more is the return of the Real Jane, who’s back on Earth in a supermodel’s body. Instead of trying to take her life back, she decides to focus on a trial she was working on when she was shot. It involves exonerating a wrongly-accused death row inmate.

The Good:

  • Real Jane: After four seasons of watching Deb struggle to come to terms with her new life, it’s nice to get Jane’s perspective on the switch. Plus, she’s mega-sassy in a way Deb only dreams of being.
  • Drag Queen Drama: The week’s B-level case involves a mattress salesman who takes his employer to court after being fired for refusing to stop coming to work in drag. He’s not a drag queen in real life – he just makes more commissions in costume. The storyline is so-so, but the drag queen’s name (Leanna de Sheets) is classic.

The So-So:

  • Love Triangle Prep: The season seems headed in the direction of an Owen/Grayson showdown for Jane/Deb’s heart. Just when we thought she was moving on with her life…
  • Absentee Angels: Jane/Deb is currently on her third guardian angel and he also pales in comparison to Fred’s awesomeness. Her angels are conspicuously absent these days, which begs the question: Why have them at all?

The Bad:

  • Bye Bye Parker: Fan favorite Parker has been written unceremoniously out of the series, leaving Kim to raise their baby alone in favor of running the firm from afar after running back to his ex. Ouch. Could Lifetime have given him a douchier exit?

Overall:

Drop Dead Diva returned strong after a stellar fourth season. Introducing Real Jane was a risk, but they’ve pulled it off. We only hope she’ll be back from time-to-time. Her angel advises against it, but if she’s anything like Deb, that doesn’t mean she’s gone for good.

Rating: 8/10

Drop Dead Diva airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Lifetime

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