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Season 1 Episode 2

Weekend at Saul's

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Aired Monday 8:30 PM Feb 11, 2008 on CBS
7.7
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Weekend at Saul's
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Josh's weekend plans with Hope take a turn when Saul convinces Josh to spend the weekend at his retreat instead.

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  • The show's premise is a mix of young and old Hollywood TV types intermingling at an old, storied hotel in West Hollywood. In the first two episodes we have been getting to know characters and following an incipient romance between Josh and Hope.moreless

    7.7
    Respected writer/director, John Hamburg (Along Came Polly?), is given a chance to get something picked up and aired, probably in part because of the writers' strike but also because it was pencilled as a mid-season replacement anyway. He has the 'rep' to have earned this spot and also the creative control to have gotten it done in a tough environment. This series doesn't seem to have much of a chance to go further than the six episodes scheduled, however, because it will be difficult to find a market (or time-slot) that fits for what is kind of a nice, quirky inside look at what retired/declining and up-and-coming Hollywood types go through in every day life. It's a little presumptious that we would be that interested in these people with all of the other (TV or otherwise) choices out there. Jeffery Tambor is a nice fit on many levels (if you like him); Raquel Welch puts in 5 and 10 second cameos here and there (as a favor? - for a paycheck?) for some 'star power', and Joanna Garcia (as 'Hope'... as in 'hope I do') is just fun to look at. The younger cast members (including Fran Kranz as Josh) are probably getting their feet wet for some future project, and the only real 'funny' charcter is bellman, Jesus (with a J). Unfortunately, it's got no snap... it's got no crackle... J.D.... it's got no pop...

    (I have re-watched this episode and upgraded to a 7.7. It does have some 'pop' and I am now semi-hooked)moreless

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Saul: (to Jesus, after being turned down for a weekend getaway by Raquel Welch's character, Charlene) She had a previous engagement.
      Jesus: That's, uhhh, 406 weekends in a row.
      Saul: Well, she's a very busy woman. But, she will come. Someday, she will come.

    • Saul: All right. But you'll see that all mystery will vanish. Soon, you two will be performing your daily ablutions in front of each other - and that's not the path to the waterfall.

    • Saul: Jesus?
      Jesus: (facing Fern) No...
      Saul: Jesus, what are you doing there?
      Jesus: Not encroaching on your weekend with Josh, that's for sure.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In a possible 'homage' to Woodie Allen, writer/director/37-year-old New Yorker, John Hamburg, does a send up of the 'Lobster in the Pot' routine from Annie Hall during the 'out of town vacation' montage in Saul's apartment.

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