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On this week’s Drop Dead Diva, Jane throws some low blows. Her  future with Owen, friendship with Stacey and faith in the power of beauty pageants are all tested.

The Players:

  • Director:Bethany Rooney
  • Writer: David Feige & Jeffrey Lippman
  • Cast: Brooke Elliott, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering and April Bowlby

Episode Title: “Miss Congeniality”

We witness a major Deb moment when Jane fangirls over a beauty queen who comes to the office with allegations of a rigged pageant. Meanwhile, Stacey continues her quest to have Owen as the biological father of her baby and Grayson starts to really move one (which can only mean Jane is about to want him back, right?).

The Good:

  • Glimpse of Deb: As Jane becomes more and more accustomed to her new life, we lose those Deb moments that punctuated every other scene of the first season. In this week’s episode, the inner supermodel shines through as Jane geeks out over a beauty queen. It’s refreshing to see a less lawyerly side of her again, one that’s not fraught with romantic drama.
  • Stacey’s One-Woman Show: Stacey’s still set on Owen as her sperm donor, despite Jane’s obvious objection. She to make peace about the situation, she runs through the conversation she imagines they’ll have about the decision, playing both herself and Jane. Her Jane impression was spot on, so we have to give props to April Bowlby for a job well done.
  • Honesty with Owen: Even though it ends in the opposite way she wants, Jane finally confronts Owen about their future. She implores him to help Stacey and be her sperm donor if (and only if) he’s positive he and Jane have no future together. When Stacey brings the joyous news that Owen has decided to be her sperm donor, Jane’s crushed, but at least the air is cleared.

The So-So:

  • Kim’s Storyline: Kim now has a formerly-absentee father living with her for no apparent reason. Perhaps the writers felt she needed some humanizing and more of a personal life for when the baby arrives? The addition isn’t bad per se, just utterly blah and completely tacked on. If they want Kim to be more than a constant antagonist, it’s going to take more than a rushed subplot.

The Bad:

  • Grayson Moves On: It’s not really bad that Grayson has moved on. He should. Jane has been completely horrible to him. It would be nice if he could move on with someone who isn’t a sexual harassment case waiting to happen. The timing is also getting old; Grayson always finds a hot legal lady just as Jane is getting ready to embrace him again.

Overall:

Drop Dead Diva has tried to bolster characters who are usually left on the sidelines. In some cases it’s working (Stacey is basically owning the season) and in others, not so much (Kim’s entire storyline feels forced). This week, they highlighted the best and worst of those attempts. But it left Jane decidedly out of the limelight, both in the courtroom and in the web of personal drama woven at Harrison Parker. It’s easy to find yourself exhausted by her indecision with Grayson and manipulative ultimatum with Owen. Stacey’s stealing the season and this episode is the best example of that.

Rating: 7/10

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

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