I find that taking a recovering alcoholic who’s already in sort of a dark place emotionally, then pushing him completely over the edge is usually a recipe for success. So, in the case of Hank Dalworth, I see everything comin’ up aces!
“Pimp Daddy,” like “Agua Caliente,” kept Hank and Britt separate, each doing their own thing. Britt finds himself helping a transsexual hooker look for a missing friend, while Hank is unconsciously trying to derail his ex-wife’s wedding. And it turns out Hank was right/wrong to do a little checking up on Gretchen’s new beau, as it turns out his parents raped like, a million kids, and there’s a slight possibility he had something to do with it. I can understand that Hank still has feelings for Gretchen, but I’m not completely sold on him living out some unsavory fantasy in which he wins her back. There’s something about that that seems a little too pie in the sky for a guy like Hank. I just don’t think he’d buy into it.
And besides, while it is a little much for Hank to presume that Gretchen is some wilting flower who needs him to watch out for her, I think their entire argument at the end of episode says a lot more about her than it does him. I mean, Jason was involved in some pretty messed up stuff, and Gretchen’s okay with it. Okay. She thinks he’s innocent. Fair enough. But still. If someone came out and told me something like that on our second date, I’m not so sure we’d ever make it to a third. And by third I mean third base, which I make it a point to get to on the first date. So you could see how awkward things might get. Anyway, I’m taking bets on how quickly Hank tries drowning his sorrows in a brown bottle. Before leaving Gretchen’s office, he made some douchey comment about it maybe being a good thing that they couldn’t have kids. So you know the anger’s already there. The self pity will soon follow and then after that all he’ll need is the booze. Although, if he did regress, it’d be half understandable. Wrong or not, Hank did what he did because he still loves Gretchen. And having the entire thing thrown back in his face, along with Gretch bringing the hammer down on whatever was left of their relationship has to be a tough thing to get through. How will it all play out? Stay tuned.
This episode’s case of the week seemed to come up much more naturally than it has in episodes past. And that case leading to another didn’t feel nearly as clunky as it could have, or even as similar cases have felt earlier in the season. And I have to say that there was something refreshing about everything working out for Britt. This isn’t a problem exclusive to ‘Terriers,’ but most of the time you can’t have a story like this without a gun going off and a car chase. So, Britt meeting this (wo)man, who didn’t try scamming him, finding the person they were looking for and bringing some closure to his parents was a nice change of pace. These last two episodes have really made Britt out to be the son who’s finally becoming a man, making something of himself. And we’re all so proud, aren’t we?
But not is well in Britt’s world. He found Katie throwing out a pregnancy test. And as Katie later confessed to Hank, she is pregnant, but there’s a chance Britt isn’t the father, and isn’t that just a kick in the soft stuff. Katie’s afforded a small respite from the stormy that are her woman’s emotions, as Britt proposes! That great news, and it’s about time these crazy kids finally get together. But let’s not tell Hank juuust yet. He’s having kind of a bad afternoon.