Men in Trees

Season 2 Episode 10

Sonata in Three Parts

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 05, 2008 on ABC
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Sonata in Three Parts
Eager to remain positive after learning that Jack could be in peril, Marin focuses her energy on nursing Cash through his illness. Meanwhile, Patrick asks a young woman out on a date and Jerome's past life brings surprises to Annie. Eric's church group causes discord between Eric and Sara.moreless

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  • There were a lot of nice touches in this episode that made it stand out from the rest.

    It actually made me go back and look at who wrote and directed it.

    I loved Jerome's explanation for how the sonata is like life - it was very well done, all the way from the writing to the delivery and the mood.

    The music helped with mood and it was all very well chosen - that piano piece was absolutely beautiful, I just want to hear it again. It was also very well timed. I love too that it was Annie who discovers Jerome's secret, it was a very fitting way for the two characters to come together (it had to happen at some point). And what a great secret too, so perfect for the show, whoever came up with that should get a big pat on the back.

    The between scene transitions were also a cut above, I especially like the 'sit up please' one between the Marin and Cash scenes.

    I started watching Men In Trees for the scenery (and Anne Heche) and rather than being the water and mountains, in this episode it was the countryside flowers - so very beautiful - and also a lovely first memory of Patrick's to come back.

    Speaking of returns, Jack's arrival seems so under-stated at first, and then you realise it starts off on a low base to give the other characters somewhere for their emotions to go. (The bike scene was funny, poignant and very Men In Trees.) This is one of the most touching episodes so far, it certainly got a lump in my throat, and it managed to be touching without teetering over into the melodramatic.

    The more I think about the episode the more I find things I like. In fact, I didn't even miss Sam and Jane and they are two of my favourite characters. Other good parts: Theresa showing her softer side, Mai's usual injection of energy and Sara's utter femininity (she just *is* woman).

    And of course the classic TV timing of one man in Marin's life comes back from the brink of death just as another heads right towards it. From this episode on there are so many places for the characters to go that it must be a writer's dream. I am looking forward to seeing Patrick fall in love with Annie all over again, and the conflict as Marin is torn between two men ...

    Thank you Joanna Kerns and Cara DiPaolo for a great episode.moreless
  • Once again Elmonians steal our hearts...

    I have always thought that TV should bring good things from people, there are so many criminal shows (I have no problem with them, Iwatch some) that a show like men in trees upbrings the best.

    Every Character, as any hope of finding Jack, starts thinking about their regrets, and it´s a common thing to do when your life is re evaluated by some random event. I loved seeing Marin burst out her anger and show great emotion, the piano music from the background help out. Jerome and Annie now share alittle secret and his character seems to be finding a better reason to be in the show than just hang around the chieftan, I feel so sorry for Annie, but Jerome´s explantion of the sonata, the third part brings everything to the begining and at the end Patric seems to be coming around to where he belongs, I do think that Annie most really love Pat. Sarah and Eric´s storyline was the funny line of the night by dealing with a serious issue of sharing the same house, but again all comes back together at the end. Cash´s story line is by far one of the good ones in this ep, while everybody was celebrating that Jack was back he was getting the worst news possible, a nice contrast. Best scene I may add: Jack and Marin in the Car!!!!!! It seemed a little cut sometimes but itñ´s because of the comercial ads, too many too soon.

    Great Show and can´t wait for the next!moreless
Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque


Guest Star

Keith Gordey

Keith Gordey


Guest Star

Valerie McNicol

Valerie McNicol


Guest Star

Grayson Golka

Grayson Golka


Recurring Role

Scott Elrod

Scott Elrod


Recurring Role

Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Jerome's surname is Robinsky and he had been a renowned concert pianist before moving to Elmo.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Marin: Regret is a funny thing. You try your best in life to avoid it. But sometimes it's the hard things in life that teach us the most... which makes you wonder, if given the chance, how many of us would do things differently. For some, regret is the very thing that helps us push past our fear and move into the future. For others, it's the thing that allows us to re-explore out past. At its best, regret can be the catalyst for a new beginning, where anything and everything is still possible.

    • Jerome: Love has a funny way of coming around again. It's kind of like a sonata, but...
      Annie: What do you mean?
      Jerome: Oh, every sonata has three movements, and the first one, the melody, is new... often lively. But the second part, the part you're hearing right now, things can get a little dark and murky, and you can't always hear the theme. But the third part always comes back to the beginning. Things have a way of working themselves out.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – October 14, 2008 on Prima
      The Netherlands – October 27, 2008 on Net 5

    • Featured Music:
      "Last Of Days" by A Fine Frenzy
      "Smile" by Dry Spells
      "Remedy" by Remedy Motel
      "Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66" Composed by Frédéric Chopin
      "Is This How Love's Supposed To Feel?" by Ben Lee
      "Here for a Laugh" by The Breakers DK
      "Wanderin'" by Kentucky Struts
      "Clear Night For Love" by Roky Erickson
      "All We Are" by Matt Nathanson

    • The actor who played Dr. Thompson (Andrew Friedman) is the real-life husband of Cara DiPaolo, who wrote this episode.