Last weeks episode, which I just got the chance to sit down today and watch taped on my DVR, concerned three different topics.
- Neely moved into the house next door and Earl is desperately trying to get her to stay off meth. Detox with an angel bitching at your side. Sucks to be Neely!
- A musician's girlfriend was murdered and that case needed to be solved.
- Earl(the angel) shows Grace how much God is impressed with how she handles a difficult situation that day by redecorating her bathroom with Chinese lamps, candles, and flowers. Guess God realized that Grace needed a bit of r.e.l.a.x.a.t.i.o.n. And hey, why not? When she does good she does really really good. God is playing games with Grace concerning a dog she keeps seeing everywhere. And I mean EVERYwhere! First time he shows up is in her bathroom right after she thanks Earl for the makeover. Grace, weirdo that she is, leans down to the dog and grabs his tongue. Dog just sits there and looks at her. Because of the dog's calm demeanor with being grabbed, Grace knows that this isn't an ordinary dog. When she looks back at him he's disappeared, slobbery tongue and all.
All her co-workers are looking at her like she's had an epileptic seizure. Grace starts laughing and points at the mug. "Hey, watch this!" She picks up the mug and slams it down toward the floor. It bounces again. "Miracle mug!" she announces and everyone starts laughing. They're all used to the wacked out heavenly interventions in her life. Grace and a co-worker dash after the doggy mug and pile up in a doorway on top of each other playing.
Only two(?) episodes ago Grace jumped off a building and didn't break a bone when it should have killed her. The clothes she wore to the hospital wound up on eBay being auctioned off as holy relics.
While Hollywood has a wide variety of visions concerning religion, I believe this playfulness is one they got right. I mean, come on. What's not to laugh about here? A stalker angel dog? An unbreakable cup? Holy eBay panties?! Grace's sense of humor is in the right place. Why not laugh about the truly absurd? And if it's God who's doing the intervening then obviously He's got a sense of humor.