Season 1 Episode 13

Ita Missa Est

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 27, 2007 on FX
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Episode Summary

Jennifer Aniston guest stars as an editor of a rival magazine, and word has it that she's out for Lucy's job. Lucy's stalker's identity is revealed, the Holt and Julia saga reaches a climax, and Don continues his unusual assignment.

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  • Even after being shot...

    From Don trying to off himself in the desert, to Lucy always thinking of the magazine first. This was a crazy episode. To think that Lucy, after being shot or stabbed, will think of her magazine and calling her best friend Don. Only to tell him to take pictures before calling the police. Crazy I tell you, all of this after Don was picked up in the desert, trying to kill himself, however, in his defense, he was protecting Lucy from everyone in his head.

    Man if season 2 is just as nuts, I am all in for it. Bring it on...moreless
  • The perfect first step to season 2!

    I never actually belived that Dirt would have a second season until i watched ita missa est! This episode showed that it deserves a second season, and I'm gonna be very angry if FX doesn't sign up for it!

    Cox's performance wasn't the best,but it was convinceble...

    Ian Hart will, for sure,get nomenies for supporting actor..

    The series is getting better and better..

    My word is: great storylines for us..

    -Willa becoming Lucy

    -Brant aparently atracted to Lucy

    -Holt in love with Lucy

    and the question that is easly asked: is Lucy dead or not?! Ok,lets be honest..this one is easy..

    I just think that the real doubt is: is Julia alive or not? I personaly think that she shouldn't die,i like her caracter,inspite of all..

    Well,i think thats it..lets cross our fingers for a next season!moreless
  • Friends with Benefits

    Probably one of the most buzzed-about finales I've ever personally experienced, the media was all over the Jennifer Aniston-Courteney Cox reunion and, more importantly "lesbian kiss", for months, so I wasn't expecting too much from it, since stuff like this is always blown way out of proportion. On the kiss front, it was almost non-existent, but I did love the two of them acting together again, even though the writers could have done so much more with it.

    I was expecting Tina Harrod to be an uber-b*tch of epic proportions, but she instead turned out to be a pretty caring, all-together mom who happened to be a tabloid editor. Whilst she was still an interesting character, they could have made her so much better. If I was Matthew Carnahan, I would have had a lot more fun with the Friends reunion, increasing the sexual tension between them, making Tina the aforementioned uber-b*tch everybody was expecting, and made her a threat to Lucy. Seeing as she has been intimate with her on several occasions, Tina was one of the few people with genuine power over Lucy, and it was unfortunate that such a big opportunity was wasted.

    Outside of the reunion, the rest of the finale was pretty hit-and-miss. The stalker storyline had a disappointing pay-off, especially as the whole Dirt In the Trunk sweepstakes made it seem so important to the show. Instead, the revelation of the stalker's identity was dealt with pretty lazily, especially as Lucy only expressed any real sadness over it in one scene, before returning to her normal self. Plus, it would have been so much more interesting for the stalker to be somebody other than Leo. It was so obvious it would be him anyway, since he was out of the show for the episodes where the stalker was most active. Like Nip/Tuck and the Carver arc, a big mystery ended with the most likely suspect being the culprit, leaving the audience feeling slightly cheated.

    The only part of these scenes that really worked for me was when Lucy begged Gareth DaSilva that the stalker isn't Don. The Lucy/Don relationship has been, by far, the best thing Dirt has produced, and I hope to see more of this evolved on if the show's renewed for a second season. This is the same with Willa, as the last shot of her promises she'll descent into complete Single White Female territory at some time down the line, and I personally would love to see that on the show.

    The closing moments were so bizarre. Both Lucy and Julia are stabbed, and Lucy calls Don for help. Turning up to find her (maybe dead) body slumped on the ground, he proceeds to take a bunch of pictures, possibly hinting that Lucy wanted to be the focus of a huge story if it was her time to die. Go out with a bang that'll make history, e.g. "TV starlet murders tabloid editor". Again, another story I hope we see a pay-off to. And don't even get me started on the mystery surrounding the suicide of Lucy's dad, which completely needs a resolution.

    Whilst not a perfect episode, Ita Missa Est was still an entertaining hour, with great acting and some of the best characterization on TV. I really hope FX renews Dirt for another year, as it clearly has a lot of potential, and has so far just barely scraped the surface of what it could eventually become if it's given a worthy chance.

    Director: Matthew Carnahan

    Writer: Matthew Carnahan

    Rating: B-moreless
  • i hope season 2 is as great as season 1

    i hope season 2 is as great as season 1 lol lol l l l l l l ll l l l l l l l l ll l ll l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l lll l l l l l l l l l l l l ll l ll l l l l l l l l l l l l l l llmoreless
  • Great finale

    I didn't like the whole storyline with Don about to kill Lucy, because it was so surreal... and it made me believe he might actually be Lucy's stalker. I never would have guessed that it was Leo, but it really made perfect sense in the end.

    I liked how Lucy and Holt kinda admitted their complex and weird feelings for each other - the car chase was fun. And it was hilarious how he went to that red carpet thing with a Lucy lookalike so no one would know.

    But Julia found out and then she went nuts on Lucy. That woman is really insane. She brought all that crap on herself, she shouldn't wonder now that it's not going the way she thought it would.

    Anyway, the cliffhanger was great and I really can't wait for the next season. There will be a season 2, won't there???moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: During the fly-over scene of Don in his car, the shadow of the helicopter's blades can be seen on the road.

    • Goof: When Julia starts to cry on the couch, Tina Harrod reaches out with her left hand to brush Julia's hair out of her eyes, and when the shot reverses, her hand is still propping her head up. Then she reaches out with her right hand, and when the shot reverses again, it is her left hand reaching out again, this continues between shots.

    • Goof: When Julia is begging Holt to stay, in the front shot, her nightgown strap is up on her left shoulder, but when the camera switches to behind her, the strap has fallen off of her shoulder down by her elbow without her moving it. This switch happens continuously through the scene when going from the front shot to the reverse.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tina Harrod: So, how's everything going with you? You dating anyone? You are, aren't you? Who's the lucky guy? Girl?
      Lucy: Oh, come on Tina, I can't believe you're still bringing that up. What happended that time in my dorm room between you and I was a one-time thing.
      Tina Harrod: Actually, four. But who's counting?

    • Don's Hallucination of his English self: (In the desert talking to Don) Hurry up would ya? It's freezing out here...innit Kira? Ping! Ping! (holds his fingers in front of his chest to represent Kira's nipples)

    • Don: I didn't do this, I didn't do this.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Voice of Alternate Don: The calls are comin' from inside the house.

      This is an allusion to a line in the movie When a Stranger Calls, originally released in 1979, and remade in 2006, at the climax when the babysitter is told the person terrorizing her is already inside the house with her.

    • Ita Missa Est is Latin and literally translated as 'go mass is.' However, this is sung at church to mean that mass has ended, obviously referring that this episode is the season finale.