After last night’s non-sucky What About Brian season finale — otherwise known as the first full episode I watched this season — I’d be fine if this show were to come back in the fall. There, I said it. Before you weigh in, let’s be clear: I’m not suggesting that this is great TV. I’m saying that for Monday at 10 p.m., when there’s nothing else on that’s light and sudsy, it is acceptable. If ABC does decide to renew the series, I hope producers keep in mind the following. (Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the finale and actually intend to, stop reading now.)
1. The length of Barry Watson’s hair. It alone is responsible for me settling in for the second half of last week’s episode and tuning in again last night. It looks superhot this short. If it grows an inch over the hiatus, I’ll delete this post and pretend it never happened.
2. The kind of love triangles we want to see. Not in this category: any involving parents of young children who decide to have an open marriage. But now that Deena (Amanda Detmer) and Dave (Rick Gomez) have renewed their vows, we can focus on what the writers are doing right: Having Brian (Watson) torn between his starlet girlfriend Stephanie (Stacy Keibler) and her clearly-better-for-him roommate, Laura (Jessica Szohr). Also, having Adam’s (Matthew Davis) old friend/recent one-night stand Nicole (Rosanna Arquette) verbally bitch slap his current sex buddy Natasha (Tiffani Thiessen).
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3. Stacy Keibler’s acting range. I didn’t find her asannoying last night as I did the week before. Was that because she’sdeveloping talent, or because she wasn’t in the episode as much? Ican’t decide.
4. My heart. As much as I don’t want to admit it — becausehe’s so obviously the guy women in their early ’30s are supposed toswoon over — I like Brian. In fact, last night when he was babysittingDeena and Dave’s kids and let them dress him up and call him “Pretty,pretty princess,” I’m pretty sure I ovulated. So keep him that way. Lethim be the one man who, after being told by a woman that she won’t bethat someone he depends on for everything but sex, actually kisses her.(And then goes back to his girlfriend, but shows up at her door in theepisode’s final seconds.) Even if I’m not seeing Brian every week, I’d still like to know he’s out there.