Season 1 Episode 4

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 23, 2007 on FX
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Lucy blackmails basketball star Prince Tyreese into helping her track down a missing rap star; Lucy and Leo's mother announces her plans to re-marry on the anniversary of their father's suicide.

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  • Really great episode.

    "What to Expect When You're Expecting" refers to Don and his dead lover's children. Usually, when a mother gives birth, human children come out, but when it's Don and his dead lover, things might become a little different.

    In this episode, Don is still copping about his dead cat, but finds happiness in the end. Lucy gets emotional about her father, and takes it out on her mother's special day. She also finds out about Leo's secret love affair with Jack Dawson. Willa also earns her second chance from Lucy after failing her previous errand. Brent gets pressure from Twitty McDaniel because of Dirt's accusations about Andre's death. Lucy also continue blackmailing basketball superstar Prince Tyreese. Julia and Holt have a little relationship problem.

    Lucy's mother sets her wedding day on a day that is very emotional for Lucy. Lucy being Lucy, she puts on a brave face in front of everyone, but deep down inside gets very emotional. I really liked this plot, it showed Lucy's sensitive side.

    Lucy also gets nosy about Leo's new lover. She send one of her employees to go spy on Leo, and she later on finds out that her brother is dating superstar Jack Dawson. As anyone would guess, Leo gets very upset. This in a way was related to Lucy copping with her mother's plans, so I enjoyed it.

    Lucy gives Willa a second chance and sends her to go and interview a surgeon. The surgeon brings Willa up to his hotel room, but not for what you think he would serve her booze for! A very hilarious plot. I really liked it.

    Lucy continues to blackmail Prince Tyreese because the information he gave her in the past was not enough. She asks more questions about Twitty and Andre. After that, she send Don to take pictures. Don takes some excellent shots that can not be posted on the cover of Dirt. Amazing plot, especially when it came to Don.

    Don and his dead lover continue their relationship and have a bunch of babies. Don names one of the babies, "Tristan." His dead lover disappears though, but Don ends up happy. I like how they are going with Don's delusional thoughts and images.

    Julia and Holt run into some relationship problems especially when Julia lies to Holt about what she has been doing. Apparently, Julia has been visiting the same dealer that Willa ran into when she failed her previous errand.

    Overall it was a very solid episode. It was a great bounce back from the previous episode.moreless
  • Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!

    One thing I love about Dirt is how completely ridiculous it is. Like all good trash TV, you have to go into this show and realize that it's not entirely set in this reality. What to Expect When You're Expecting is probably the first Dirt episode which completely pushes the boundaries of reality, with heads in jars, creepy foot fetish guys and ghosts giving birth to kittens.

    Lucy was really great throughout this episode. She's a truly original and awesome TV character, and I love her interactions with every single character. She has a good relationship with her brother, yet doesn't waste time in hiring photographers to stalk him. She is both excited and frustrated by Willa's journalistic talents in equal measures, whilst her relationship with her mother is hilarious. Her "I like B*tchface, but let's just call her Dorothy" line was priceless, and the insight into her family was really great to watch. The revelation that she found her father dead and hid his suicide note adds yet another layer to her character, proving that she's one of the most emotionally complicated people on TV right now.

    The story of the week involved Audre G's apparent death, and it was really fun to watch. Prince Tyreese has really evolved from the "strap-on guy" we saw in the pilot, and the way Lucy has been blackmailing him into doing her bidding provides some great scenes for Courteney Cox to work with, as she's at her best here, being both sultry and dangerous in her playing of him.

    A surreal episode which really blew me away with its visual style and Don's creepy hallucinations, the best parts of What to Expect When You're Expecting easily overshadowed Julia's tedious subplot (self-abuse = boring!), producing an awesome Dirt hour.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writers: Nicole Yorkin, Dawn Prestwich

    Rating: A-moreless
  • Cats to the rescue?

    I'm so glad they gave Don kittens. When I was a young child I was fortunate enough to witness a cat give birth to six kittens, it was definitely one of my best moments in my life. It is interesting to note that in the strange birth scene, the kitten was clearly much older than what it would be if it had been just born, but then again we are viewing this through Don's world in which everything is strange.

    We finally learn who the hanged individual is that Lucy mentally saw in an earlier episode, it appears that this event which happened in her childhood is what caused her to be the cold-hearted woman she is today. I'm getting tired of the Prince Tyreese and Andre G storylines, I hope the show moves on to other matters soon.

    Willa McPhearson tells Lucy that she had to eat some drugs during the assignment Lucy gave her, and how difficult it was for her to do that. Lucy pretty much makes her feel stupid, telling her that she wasn't told to take the drugs, that she was supposed to use her brains. I'm wondering how exactly Lucy expected Willa to handle that situation, if she hadn't eaten the drugs Garbo would have known that she was a narc...moreless
  • Lucy: "I'm gonna kill her. Call me back."

    First and foremost, it's good to get a window on Lucy's care and concern for Don. Troubled by her own father's suicide, brought on by "dreams that weren't dreams," she has a sensitivity to mental illness that is genuine, and it's obvious she considers Don a good friend (and he'll walk through hell for her as well). Her concern about his reaction to the Aundre shoot had a nice edge to it.

    Also, there was a scene in the pilot episode where she dreamt of a noose around her neck, waking up as it pulled taut. And a dream of a hanged man in a photoset she drifted off while examining. These scenes gained a lot of weight for me in this episode.

    As a woman in her 20s, just establishing an adult relationship with her father, she would feel all of the loss of that suicide very deeply. She's mistrustful of close relationships and she's pretty clearly upset by her mother's ability to move on.

    As for her mom, I've got to wonder about a woman who plans all future anniversaries on the milestone of her widowhood. Her relationship with Lucy's new stepdad seemed to come out of nowhere for her (I didn't get the sense that they were especially close, but her brother didn't even mention it) and planning a wedding around a trip seems to be more than a little bass-ackwards to me.

    So everything in her life screams daddy issues, which informs the mistrust and emotional distance she maintains.

    Don is of course a magical, magical photographer. He just keeps finding and shooting photos that are otherwise just impossible to get. Functional indeed. I wish all the photographers I worked with were as functional as him.

    I get the Kira vision for him, I think. When his cat died, he'd lost this enormous emotional support on the eve of a photo no one (apparently) had ever gotten before -- a dead celebrity. This was necessarily new moral ground to explore and his focus on her beauty allowed him to rely on her while he mourned his pet.

    We were never witnessing reality as she is spoke with him. In his perspective, Kira vanished at approximately the same time as a box of kittens appeared on his doorstep -- presumably Lucy's doing out here in consensus reality. The context his mind built up around it was that the kittens came at the term of Kira's pregnancy and he envisioned her as delivering them.

    They couldn't deliver a more exciting product. When other magazines were being duped by Tweety's p.r. machine, Lucy delivered the truth. She's in enormous danger, but so is her CFO. I wonder what kind of cover she'd have run if Tweety'd showed up in her office smokin' a stogie.

    He was all over the place -- complaining about the production costs, b!tching about her running the story, the photo, everything. Why he couldn't just come out and say "Y'know, Tweety was in my office this week, threatening me to pull back from the Aundre piece." She could've at least understood what was going on.

    Also, there was no indication Don had found anything. Why was anyone tipped off before the police showed up? I didn't get the sense that Tweety hung out at that storage facility so much or so often. Tweety should've been arrested and put a price on Lucy's head from prison, rather than being free through lack of evidence (hell, they took that picture somewhere) to follow it up himself. There's too much cheese potential the way they've left it and I really hope it's resolved well.

    And -- oh yeah ...

    Do something with Holt and Julia or quit bothering with them!

    There was no movement on their story arc in this ep. Zero. Until you have something for them to do, just let them flop around off camera. We'll pick up where they left off easily enough.

    That being said, the brother's story arc is going to develop pretty fast now, I think, and I'm very interested in how it's going to play out. From the previews, I'm kinda nervous, but I'm sure everything will be fine. :)

    Overall, this one was a little low-energy but a nice one for character development. And really, if Don had to cut off a body part every week, he wouldn't last very long. :)moreless
Shannyn Sossamon

Shannyn Sossamon

Kira Klay

Guest Star

Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

Dorothy Spiller

Guest Star

Grant Show

Grant Show

Jack Dawson

Guest Star

Alex Breckenridge

Alex Breckenridge

Willa McPherson

Recurring Role

Rick Fox

Rick Fox

Prince Tyreese

Recurring Role

Carly Pope

Carly Pope


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Lucy's mother tells her she's getting married the day after tomorrow. When Lucy gets back to the office that same day, her assistant writes that the wedding is February 20., since today is February 19. However, if the wedding is day after tomorrow it should be February 21, not 20.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      The Netherlands: January 15, 2008 on Net 5
      Sweden: January 29, 2008 on TV400

    • Music Featured in This Episode:
      A Conta Do Samba by Tita Lima
      Sweet Mistake by Adrianne
      Warming' Up by Glove Box
      Flatline Frankenstein by Mike Wolpe
      Blue by Shrift
      Debonair by Kristin Mainhart
      El Cielo by Radio Citizen
      Bad Bad You, Bad Bad Me by Stephen Fretwell


    • The title of this episode, "What to Expect When You're Expecting," refers to the best-selling novel with the same name written by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, and Sandee E. Hathaway.

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