Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter
*rubs temples* Fine, I give. Since there's no news about Twisted getting renewed (and since Amazon.com won't let me terminate my damn subscription), I figure I might as well see this one through to the end.
***as always, spoilers***
This week's episode focused on Danny Desai dealing with the aftermath of killing his father. And it was handled horribly. It picks up right where the other episode left off, with Jo and Danny staring down at Vikram Desai's corpse at the bottom of a cliff (I mean, really???). At one point, Danny literally states, "I killed my own father."
Translation: "Heads up, audience. Pay attention to this fact. It's our new lifeline, it's what we're going to talk about this whole episode. He just killed his own father, and he's really messed up over it, and you all need to be shocked and horrified and tormented as well."
Vikram's death is obviously supposed to be The Big Twist, but it doesn't work. Vikram, as a character, was a lot more valuable alive than dead and could've possibly had a hand in rescuing this series. In fact, Vikram was the most interesting person in the whole episode because we find out he had a whole army of white chicks covering for him. As Chief Masterson points out, Vikram was very good at getting people to cover for him. Read: Danny may very well be a normal guy underneath it all, but his father was quite the sociopath.
I'll be honest; with this show's embarrassing descent into predictability and boredom, I didn't see the Cult of Vikram coming. It never even occurred to me that all of that could even be going on. But then again, I should've seen it the moment Tess Masterson got high and confessed to Karen Desai that she and Vikram used to mess around.
|Kimberly Quinn as|
What we know so far is that Vikram, Karen, and Tess pretty much grew up together and Tess had a thing with Vikram before and after he got together with Karen. We know that when Vikram faked his death, Tess was one of the Chosen Few he let in on the secret, even going so far as to give her phone number to be reached at. We also know that even after marrying someone else, having a child, etc. Vikram's hold on Tess is still so strong that she lies to her husband's face and covers for Vikram no matter what.
Now, some Twisted fans theorize that Jo Masterson is actually Tess and Vikram's daughter, and that Danny knows it, hence comments about loving her like a sister. Had they cast a darker-skinned, darker-haired girl to play Jo, I would've bought it. But as it stands, Jo is blonde, blonde, blonde and I highly doubt she and Danny are related. Though to be honest, there are times I wish they were, so he could just flat-out let her know, and we can be done once and for all with #PoorJo.
|Jessica Tuck as|
This week's episode revealed that Gloria is a silent partner in Marna, Inc., Vikram's company. She's apparently the one who told the mayor to hire the special investigator, Marilyn Rossi. We also learn that Regina wasn't the one screwing Vikram, her mother was.
Oh, yes. According to Gloria, she and Vikram were in love (whatever that means on this show), and before he died (the first time), he was supposedly planning to leave Karen for her. Regina found out and started blackmailing Vikram. But when Regina decided she didn't want Vikram's money anymore, Vikram apparently said "Fuck it," and put a hit out on the girl...and then framed his son (again).
Gloria, as to be expected, didn't know anything about the blackmail or the fact that her lover killed her daughter. I know...great mom, right?
|Stacy Haiduk as|
Like, when Chief Masterson arrests Rossi, he reminds her that they've found the money for the hit she was paid to do on Regina, they know she forged evidence against Danny Desai, and they know she's a criminal working for Vikram. Masterson bluntly explains that if she doesn't start talking, she will go down for all this ish alone.
In the face of all of this, Rossi still refuses to give up Vikram, making us wonder if he was screwing her too. And if so...was it that good?
|TJ Ramini as|
Twisted could redirect our core four - Danny, Lacey, Jo, and Rico (still no last name) - to figure out what really went down. The writers could flash back to the parents' youth in high school and college, and I think Dejan Loyola would make a great younger Vikram Desai. Tiya Sircar could be featured as a young Tara Desai, and we could finally learn what the hell would drive a brother to strangle his own sister and then frame his own son...and then fake his own death.
'Cause when it comes to the Twisted Family of the Year Award, the Desais officially have my nomination. Now, I hate to see an Asian-American family go down like this on national TV, but if ABC could re-craft its small town thriller and give us a weekly stunner in which Avan Jogia, Kylie Bunbury, TJ Ramini, Dejan Loyola, Tiya Sircar, and Ashton Moio are all earning decent checks and building their resumes, I'm down.
Some other things to note: Lacey Porter is hellbent on proving Danny's innocence. Unshackled by the rules of popularity, she goes into full detective mode, even getting up in Gloria Crane's face and interrogating her. She gets this new glow and new bounce in her step when Danny is exonerated, and Jo "gives her blessing" (read: permission) for Danny and Lacey to be together. To which I already know Dacey fans collectively asked, "Bitch...who is you????"
By the way...remember that weird new guy who's stalking Lacey?
I'd wondered how long it would be before we finally met someone from Danny's stint in Juvie.