PTR Senior Staff Writer
Here's a slightly scary thought: I think I actually look forward to watching Saving Grace MORE than I do The Closer right at the moment.
Did I just say that?
About a show I almost abandoned after the first season and still rumbled through the first part of the second season?
Hmmm ... who are you, and what have you done with the real LillyKat?
In all seriousness, I don't have anything against BJ and Co at the moment. But Grace has been on a roll since the end of last season, and the direction the show is moving is everything I thought it WOULD be when I first began watching. That is, we care about Grace; and, she gives us a reason to believe why she should have a last chance angel in the first place (who is becoming, like, more of her partner with each passing episode - love.that).
Case in point: this week's near attempt on Grace's own life by someone not all too happy with her from her past. Sure, we've heard this one before, except this time Grace does get seriously upset upon learning all members of her family are being targeted in this pseudo-revenge plot against her. She clicks into an ultra-protective mode, which I've always appreciated.
In season one, she would've blown all this off. Not cared. Figured out a way to make it NOT a big deal. Drank herself into denial. Banged Ham to get over it.
Now, we've got responsible-on-it-going-to-protect-everybody-at-all-costs Grace AND still make time to visit her ailing buddy in the hospital to check on her recovery (which seems to be going quite fine as Angel Earl seems to be sneaking her away for margaritas. True, Neely is still in a coma in THIS time space, but Lord knows how the partying is going with Angel Earl elsewhere).
And all of this is what I love about the show right now. Grace has got so much ELSE going on, and she's consciously making the decision to do the right thing for OTHER people, not just herself. That is just a true pleasure to watch because it shows such growth of character.
I'm proud of her. Can I even say that?
Even with Rhetta - who is having such a tough time in being forced to sell her family's farm. The Rhetta/Grace relationship is still blossoming, and it is Grace who now seems to be Rhetta's rock - even if she DID throw out all of Rhetta's momentos from the time capsule they buried on the farm when they were 10-years-old.
Hey, they were 10-years-old. It was a neener-neener thing. Can't really blame her, can we?
In any event, Grace has really gotten it together of late: she's on with her job; she's on with her family; she's on with Earl; she's on with Rhetta; she's OFF with Ham (thank.God).
And I'm lovin' it.
New episodes of Saving Grace air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TNT. You can watch full episodes of the show anytime over on the show’s official Web site. You can also visit EmbraceYourGrace.com to share your stories of how you embrace your inner-Grace.