Throw Back the "Catch of the Day"
By jsolof on Oct 05, 2004
I don't get to watch much TV these days, but every once in a while, I'm too punchy by 9 PM to do much else. Last night was one of those nights, and I turned on NBC's Las Vegas, which is sort of a comfort food/eye candy kind of show. (By the way, the glitz of Vegas is the eye candy I mean. I know what you were thinking!) The cast is likeable enough, the plots are usually fun, and I love to look for the places we've visited. Last night, for example, on the episode entitled "Catch of the Day", two of the characters, Danny (Josh Duhamel) and Mike (James Lesure), hung out at the very same Mandalay Bay wave pool we hung out at in July, and -- not to give away the ending if you haven't seen it yet -- the lobster thief hid his booty in the Mandalay's shark tank. I was freakin' there, baby!
That was the good part.
The bad part was the major plot thread in which Delinda (Molly Sims) gets a visit from her high school boy friend Jay (Geoff Stults), who is purportedly dying of cancer, and with just one month to live, has a check list/wish list he's working his way through. Cheesy, but tolerable -- so far.
Where I took offense was, first of all, second-to-last on his list, just before skydiving, was... not to put too fine a point on it... "doing Delinda." But I guess he had some second-order "last wishes" that involved attempting to do any and all of her friends, whom he hit on in sequential order. Dude, that's gross. Why would anybody want to have anything to do with this sleezeball, dying or not? Pity only goes so far, and friendship... well, friends don't let friends do their friends. What can I say?
The kicker for me, though, was when he faked -- yes, faked -- the contorting pain that often accompanies terminal cancer. Man, I have a sense of humor -- I hope y'all know that by now -- but this was really in lousy taste. He may have been the best looking dying man you've ever seen, but in my book, he was the about the slimiest too.
The story ended when, on his last-on-the-list skydiving trip, he decided to jump sans chute and get it over quick.
If I'd been there, I think I might have pushed.