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‘Play It Again, Dick’ Ep. 5 Review

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Wow, they’d nearly lost me after the last episode ran boring, but FINALLY we have footage!

Spoilers ahoy, yo. BTW, the episode is absolutely worth watching.

Click here —> Play It Again, Dick Episode 5 on the CWSeed.

piad5It’s first day on set of “Private Dick.” Ryan announces he likes his directing loose, like your mom. Jason Dohring shows up wearing ill-fitting Navy whites (likely an homage to the Veronica Mars movie where fans complained about the poor fit for his tight bod). Jason has just finished the script and is none too pleased at his lame lines and character inconsistencies: “You have my mom dropping me off. My mom is dead! Did you ever even watch the show?!” And I’m back in. Jason storms off the set but then has second thoughts, deciding that Ryan is like a brother and he can’t back out over lines in a script. However, by the time he returns, Ryan has already recast Logan with the gay choreographer from last episode. Jason sees this, hangs his head low, and leaves again–nobody notices but us. Already, this episode is much faster moving than the last couple. The set-up is done, and now we get to see those machinations play out.

PlayItAgainDick2The footage from the show is fantastically bad. Apparently Duncan Kane is dead by great white shark and his classmates have gathered for the clothing-optional funeral. The picture of Duncan displayed isn’t even the right guy. Weevil comes in, greets Dick, and quotes an unintelligible series of sentences about life and death by Jorge Luis Borges. After complimenting Dick on his Steve McQueen sunglasses, Weevil gives the eulogy by quoting Shakespeare–he over-emotes. Single reaction shots of other Neptune characters we know and loathe/love draw attention to Ryan’s difficulty getting the various actors together on the same day.

“Private Dick” has a cheesy-bad voice-over and the 70’s style film quality of some late night grindhouse flick. It’s exploitation-parody, given to us through the innocent douchebaggery of Dick Casablancas. He’s too much of a buffoon to really despise for his sexism and ultra-masculinity. “First rule of Casablancasas, Navarro–Every action has an equal and opposite Dick-action.”

A couple of fun meta moments:

  1. When Weevil is found dead, Dick files his case under “Hear No Weevil, See No Weevil.” This is a send-up of the punny Veronica Mars episode titles like “Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang” or “Weevils Wobble But they Don’t Go Down.”
  2. In the show footage, “Logan” ends the scene by saying, “Blow to the scene to come.” Cut to Ken Marino explaining that “blow” is a term for a scene ending joke or zinger, and that line was just a placeholder for the joke he hadn’t written yet, but that no one noticed.

So hooray for the show finally getting to the footage and returning to the funny.


Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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