Well, at least that was the case for last week’s giddy send-up of supermodels and buddy flicks–I still can’t find the pineapple, but they did feature the wonderful Melanie Lynskey, a surprise so thorough we didn’t even get a chance to squee her here. While TV aficionados may recognize the New Zealand actress from The Shield, Two and a Half Men or as a new mother running for her freedom in the short-lived Drive, if you’re not familiar with her first movie, Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, get thee to a video store now. Seriously. What are you still doing here? (It’s Kate Winslet’s first movie, too–go! Run!)
Tonight’s season finale may or may not feature more fruit, but it does provide a nice thematic capper to an earlier episode: old things dug up out of the ground. The second episode of the season, which will kick off a retrospective starting next week on USA, concerned dinosaur bones, dinosaur heads, and dinosaur bites. Tonight? Mummies. Mummies disappearing. Mummies walking when they ought not be. Mummies scaring the living daylights out of Gus (what doesn’t scare the living daylights out of Gus? Besides spelling). When the pop culture pun is right in the title (“Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead”), you know it’s probably going to be a fun night.
Personally, I’m going to keep an eagle eye out to see if the Egyptians buried pineapples with their dead.