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Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 04, 2012 on ABC
7.4
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Amanda, the mean girl in high school, returns home after a divorce scandal. Amanda has to turn to her mother, Gigi, for help. Gigi, wants nothing more than to have Amanda back with her and give her two grandchildren a good southern upbringing. The thing is that Amanda is not anymore the girl she was 20 years ago and wants a new start, but soon finds out that its not easy to escape your past.

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  • "Well, well, well, Amanda Vaughn's back in Dallas..."

    10
    For a pilopt episode, this was pretty entertaining and pretty funny at times! The storyline is rather interesting, with the 'mean girl' from high school returning to town and the reception she gets from the many people whom she terrorised over the years.



    There were some hilarious one-liners and some funny scenes, none moreso than Carlene the "Kitten", who was downright hilarious at times!



    Has potential to grow and this was a very good start! I enjoyed the pilot!moreless
  • DFB ("Don't Effin' Bother")

    5.5
    A Mean Girl moves back home to Dallas, after being bankrupted by fraud and scandal. While she has changed, the girls she wronged in high school have not, and they thirst for revenge.



    There were plenty of problems with this pilot. Primarily (and perhaps hardest to correct) is lack of spark. There is no wit, grit or crackle to the story or the dialog. It's all pretty listless and predictable. The good are wholly good, and the bad are inexhaustibly vicious; there's no guesswork (or brainwork) required, and so boredom sets in. The bits which are supposed to shock (barbs from the pulpit, an implied romance on the down-low between two male leads) might have shocked ten years ago. And the story depends on contrivances: The bad girl just happens to glimpse the good girl get kissed by the married man just at-the-moment, the bad girl just happens to have pull with everyone in Dallas who might help her nemesis, the truth about the bad girl's fotunes is guessed far too conveniently.



    The performances were serviceable. K-Chen is always a delight, but she's given little to do here but spit tired lines. The lead actress is quite wrong: too light, too slight, and far too young (I assume she started birthing her children at the age of 8). The mother gets the best delivery of the best lines, but that's not saying much. Everyone is cookie-cutter: the fat girl, the oil man, the bartender with a heart of gold, etc.



    The setting isn't well-realized either. There's church and there's Texas (two under-represented settings on TV), but neither feels fully grasped. It's just California with bible quotes, huge homes and tacky clothes.



    Don't get attached. An hour-long dramedy with a large wardrobe budget has two strikes against it already, and this script ain't swingin'. Six episodes will air, tops.moreless

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