'Saving Grace': The Grace Hanadarko love parade

Hollyhunter3_savinggrace_s2_240 There's a whole host of things wrong with our heroine on Saving Grace, but she does get one thing right -- there is an upside to having absolutely no shame. She cannot be intimidated, humiliated, mortified or embarrassed, no matter what anyone throws at her. Grace refuses to be disgraced, and that's kind of fantastic. 

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This was kind of a disjointed episode for me. There were sterling moments, but so much seemed jumbled. It's billed as the first half of a "finale event," so maybe that's why. Still, I don't quite know what to think about it.

A couple of moments stand out. Grace is self-destructive, she uses sex as a drug, she chews through people, she lies, she cheats, and she does all sorts of things to completely appall various nuns, family members, co-workers and random passers-by. She's a mess. But she has a rock-solid idea of justice when it comes to other people. She's utterly confident in her skills and her judgment. You can say what you will about her -- mock her, debase her, scandalize her name -- but she will not back away from what she believes is right.

That's something slick LA lawyer Addison finds out to his peril. He's coming into town to defend a client who Grace and the team arrested from murder, and everyone is a little freaked. Morgan, the DA, is convinced that Addison will work the case by attempting to smear the police department and everyone in it. She attempts to find out everyone's dirty secrets before he gets a chance, and soon everyone in the department is at each other's throats. It's not pretty.

And then Addison tries to depose Grace. In theory, she's the most vulnerable one there -- hell, he easily rounded up about 20 men who had slept with her recently, and he was planning on using that to tell the jury she'd promised his client sexual favors to get him to confess. But Grace will not be moved -- not when he asks her about sleeping with Ham, not even when he brought up the idea that Grace had been sexually abused as a child, He tried to break her, but Grace was utterly focused on one thing and one thing only -- his client was guilty. It didn't matter what he said about her, she'd make sure the jury knew his client killed. It was almost awe inspiring.

But that same fearlessness crumbled when Grace was confronted by the thought of going to her beloved nephew's confirmation. Yeah, she says she'll be there, but it's obvious she's planning on weaseling out. Up until the last moment, you're not sure what she's going to do. To be honest, I'm still not sure -- yes, she dressed up, and she told Earl he needed to have a little faith. She even had a spiffy chocolate fountain set up for Clay, but as it was in her back yard, I'm not entirely sure she was planning to make it to the service.

Highlights, thoughts and odds and ends

  • Here's the dirt we discovered on everyone Grace works with: Bobby is shown shooting up in his car, which leads him to confess that he's diabetic. Butch is a rich boy who crippled a guy in a car accident when he was a teenager. Rhetta's in debt to her eyeballs, and Ham beat up a couple of guys in a bar fight. The only person with no secrets is Henry -- but that's because he's in his 40s and lives with his mom and a cat.
  • Grace's reaction to the Hanadarko Love Parade: "Well, that was summer. He brings in fall and winter and we're gonna need a bigger office." Like I said: No shame.
  • Leon manipulated Rhetta into getting Grace to come visit again. That was to show her the tattoo that he got with Earl -- a tattoo of a Holy Redeemer church. Earl has his own tattoo, that of the dog with the exceedingly long tongue. What does it all mean? Earl claims he doesn't know.
  • Oh, how I love Laura San Giacomo as Rhetta. She was on fire tonight: she finally calls Grace on how she has one set of rules for herself and another set for "the other 6.6 billion people on the planet." Finally!
  • But Rhetta seems to realize where that double standard comes from. It's not that Grace thinks she's better than everyone else -- just the opposite. Rhetta got it right when she told the scary nun why Grace's dead sister had chosen Grace to be Clay's godmother: "I think Mary Francis saw in Grace what I see in Grace -- someone who loves the people around her more than she loves herself."
  • Ham tells Grace he loves her. Grace responds by kissing him. Does that mean she heard him and is acknowledging what he said, or was she kissing him to shut him up?