SPOILER ALERT! On last night’s Drop Dead Diva, Jane met a new judge, played by Lex Medlin, pictured. He appears confident, charming, clever, and capable of delivering a double entendre in a non-sleazy manner. (“Thank you for the plant, by the way… it’s very pretty,” he told Jane, who’d given him a welcome gift/bribe.) When the two of them ended the episode walking arm-and-arm to drinks then dinner, I cheered from my sofa. The tramp-stamped waitress Grayson stopped dating because Jane had convinced him he was leading the girl on was right when she looked at all Jane has done for Grayson and said, “That’s more than a friendship. That’s an investment…. You should tell him how you really feel or move on. You might not be sleeping with him, Jane, but you’re still giving it away.”
The question is, does anyone want Jane and Grayson together at this point? I keep going back to what Fred said last week when Jane asked him if her thinking Grayson could do better than the waitress meant that she thought he could do better than her when she was still Deb: “Well, you’ve changed…. You have higher expectations of yourself, so maybe you have higher expectations for Grayson.” Seeing a man “have fun” with a woman we assume is shallow makes him less attractive — even if he deserves to have some fun after one fiancée died and another left him at the altar. And why was Grayson satisfied with Deb?
Where are you hoping this story line is headed? We’re told Medlin’s character will be sticking around for the remainder of the season (only three more episodes to go!). I’m hoping they continue to make him the perfect match for Jane (Brooke Elliott) and, in the season finale, it’s Grayson who realizes he feels more than friendship and tells Jane so in the final moment. Then we don’t find out until the season 4 premiere — and there must be a season 4 — whether Grayson is man enough for Jane or still has some baking to do (as my friend Eva likes to say). That would be poetic, right? Jane has spent three seasons trying to believe she’s good enough for Grayson and fit the new her into his life. Has she thought about whether he fits into hers? Basically, what I’m saying is, we know it’s still too early for them to get together, so let’s make him work for it, for a change. I’m almost sad producers played the amnesia card in the season 2 finale, because how great would it be if Grayson finally fell in love with Jane, and Jane got temporary amnesia and forgot who he was (both in this life and her last one as Deb)?
Your turn. Did you applaud Jane’s decision to move on? UPDATE: Medlin tells us the judge was also originally supposed to be a 29-year-old ex-surfer. “The day that they called me into audition, Carol Kritzer was casting, and Carol had cast me in CSI, which I recurred on, so she kinda thought outside the box,” he says. “The first time I met Brooke, I walked up and I said, ‘Hi, I’m Lex. I apologize. You were supposed to get a 29-year-old ex-surfer and you got a late thirties fat guy. She just smiled, and looked at me, and said, ‘You’re perfect.’ And that was it.”
And while we’re talking reactions: How are you feeling about Stacy after she made out with a man (the star of a cop show she’s recurring on) who isn’t Fred? I’m excited for April Bowlby and Ben Feldman to get more screen time, but I don’t love losing respect for Stacy.