Take Two

Take Two – Ex’s and Oh’s

by Alan Rapp on July 16, 2018

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  • Title: Take Two – Ex’s and Oh’s
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Take Two - Ex's and Oh's television review

The latest case hits close to home when Sam’s (Rachel Bilson) ex-fiance (Greyston Holt), the one who dumped her on the red carpet, shows up after his home was burglarized. One of the items stolen from the apartment was the actor’s laptop which just happens to include a sex tape of the pair of them he never got around to deleting. Sam and Eddie’s (Eddie Cibrian) search into the burglary turns up the laptop but also draws the attention of some very bad people and the DEA who believe Sam’s ex may be into heroin smuggling and money laundering. While there’s still plenty of room for improvement,”Ex’s and Oh’s” is the best episode of the series so far offering a rationale for Sam’s overreactions and more enjoyable moments between Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee).

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Take Two – Taken

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2018

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  • Title: Take Two – Taken
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Take Two - Taken television review

Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie’s (Eddie Cibrian) vastly different histories with a night club owner create conflict when they accept the case to find the club’s missing DJ (who turns out to be the mobster’s illegitimate son). The case includes your usual amount of twist and turns, giving mystery a very Castle-esque feel (even if the dialogue and character interactions fail to measure up), before the pair recover the missing DJ and uncover the identity and motive of the kidnapper. The episode also offers more interaction between the assistants as Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee) try unsuccessfully to pump each other for information about their bosses’ secrets. I think there’s something worth tapping here, but it’s still a bit unclear just big a part of the show these two will be. There’s also some team building between the partners and Bilson in a ridiculous pizza costume in a subplot that would only make sense pre-Internet.

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Take Two – Smoking Gun

by Alan Rapp on July 2, 2018

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  • Title: Take Two – Smoking Gun
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Take Two - Smoking Gun television review

After catching a Hollywood director (Jonathan Silverman) over a dead body with the murder weapon in his hand, Sam (Rachel Bilson) still isn’t convinced of his guilt. Over Eddie’s (Eddie Cibrian) objections, the pair take the case and begin to uncover clues that suggest Sam’s gut (despite the obvious evidence against the murder suspect) may be right. When they uncover the fact that the producer’s mistress was actually a grifter and blackmailer, an entire new pool of suspects is discovered. However, the real motive for the case turns out to be tied the producer’s latest project involving a federal witness and those who want her dead before she shares more of her story.

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Take Two – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on June 25, 2018

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  • Title: Take Two – Pilot
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Take Two - Pilot television review

The first episode of Andrew W. Marlowe‘s Take Two feels more like Castle‘s troubled final seasons that the glory days of his previous series. Basically swapping the two main roles, Take Two casts Rachel Bilson as an actress recently out of rehab who enlists the help of private investigator Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) to help her land a role. Tagging along with Eddie, Sam (Bilson) proves useful to the case of a missing person on multiple occasions (and even eventually earns Eddie’s grudging respect).

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