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Steven Culp on "Drop Dead Diva"

Episode: Home

Another new episode of Drop Dead Diva entitled "Home" will air this coming Sunday (June 10), featuring guest stars Steven Culp (of Desperate Housewives fame) and John Ratzenberger (of Cheers fame) in stories that will greatly affect Jane (Brooke Elliott) and Kim (Kate Levering).

"Home" is the second episode of the fourth season of Drop Dead Diva and it will air on Lifetime this Sunday, June 10 at 9 PM.

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Detailed summary:

Drop Dead Diva starts the episode the day after the season premiere ended.

Grayson (Jackson Hurst) brings a new client in to see Jane (Brooke Elliott). Sam Forman (Jake T. Austin of Wizards of Waverly Place fame) is a computer prodigy. He is a video game programmer who wants to go to software developers convention in South America—he's being honored. Problem? Dad says no. So Sam goes to Jane to sue his dad (Steven Culp) for permission. He's even done some legal research to start them off. Jane thinks bringing a suit is a bit much, so she suggests mediation. Sam agrees but leaves the research with them anyway for when the mediation fails. Turns out he's right.

Jane asks and dad says no. He's a widower with two children who can't take off work (he's a police detective) to take his son to South America. Sam is fed up and says he wants to go forward with the suit. The thing is that legal precedent is against him, unless he sues for emancipation. Then he can go to South America or anywhere else for that matter.

As Jane and Grayson discuss whether it's wise for Sam to be emancipated, Jane discovers that Grayson has a book on reincarnation. She asks him about it, and he tells her that he finds the idea reassuring. She is saved from telling him her thoughts when Teri comes in with startling news: Sam is really Adam Gates. He was kidnapped fifteen years ago.

Jane and Grayson go over with the police, and Forman is arrested. Sam and his nine-year-old sister are taken into protective services. Sam is horrified.

Forman asks to speak to Jane. He explains that fifteen years ago, he and his partner wound up at a drug den on a homicide. They found Sam/Adam in the garage. His mother had brought him there and then had forgotten him. He waited for someone to come and get him, but no one came. So he took him home, and he and his wife cleaned him up and waited. No one came; so they raised him themselves. He always knew this day would come, but what could he do?

Jane tells all of that to Sam. He wants Jane to represent his father. She interviews Forman's old partner, but he won't cooperate. She interviews Sam's birth mother, Vicki Gates (Tamara Clatterbuck). She has no memory of that day. Jane basically suborns perjury, asking her if it's possible she asked Forman to take care of Sam.

Jane is arrested for tampering with a witness and suborning perjury. Owen (Lex Medlin), he's back on the bench, springs her when the charges are dropped because Vicki left town. No witness, no case. Turns out that Same went to Vicki and cut her a check.

Grayson offers that maybe they can argue that Vicki had cut her parental ties by abandoning Sam. The judge is clearly sympathetic but doesn't really have a choice. Jane has a brainstorm and offers a statute of limitations argument. The A.D.A. objects since there is no statute of limitations on kidnapping (it's a continuing crime), but Jane argues that there is one on prosecuting a kidnapping within one year of the report. She asks the courtroom if there are any sworn LAPD officers present who knew that Forman had taken Sam. Six officers stand. Then she asks if any are present who knew that Forman was raising Sam. They all stand.

Outside the courthouse, Sam thanks Jane. As Lily runs to Forman, Vicki walks up. She hands Sam his money. She doesn't want it. She just wants him to be happy. She asks him to thank his father for her.

Throughout all this, Stacy (April Bowlby) bakes pie cakes (pakes) with Nikki (Kim Kardashian). She feels like something is missing from her life (Fred) but doesn't know what, and so she baked what she thought was a bundt cake, but mixed it up with a pecan pie because the pages were stuck together. When Nikki came over to switch their phones back, they wind up baking all day. They also decide to go into business together. They ask Jane to invest $10,000. When she asks for their business plan, Nikki huffs and leaves. Nikki is super annoying. Is it Kardashian or the character? Perhaps it's both?

Nikki and Stacy are now attached at the hip, though, and she convinces Stacy that they should invest their savings in the "pakery." Luke (Carter MacIntyre) buys Jane's home so that he can really be involved in all aspects of her life. She remains completely standoffish with him, but he finagles his way into Stacy's good graces by offering to put in a convection oven ("just like Rachel Ray's!").

So he's there when she tells Stacy that Grayson wants to celebrate and he wants to talk about something. Luke tells Jane she must say goodbye to Deb and Grayson. He reminds her of the last time she tried to tell him and he got hit by a car.

Grayson requests "Unchained Melody" because it always made Deb cry, but when Jane comes in, she tells him that she thinks the song and Ghost are really sappy. He's thrown. He offers to get her a pomtini, but she asks for a pinot grigio instead. While he's getting the wine, Owen walks up to the table. Jane (Luke) texted him to meet her. She's weepy because this song always makes her cry. Grayson can't see that, though, and all he can see is Owen being all lovey dovey with Jane. Josh Berman promised that Brooke Elliott and Jackson Hurst were awesome in the last three minutes. He did not lie.

Luke looks in approvingly and looking all sorts of stalkery. Drop Dead Diva shows that guardian angels have a lot in common with stalkers. (c) by Kay Lee

Detailed summary:

Another new episode of Drop Dead Diva entitled "Home" will air this coming Sunday (June 10), featuring guest stars Steven Culp (of Desperate Housewives fame) and John Ratzenberger (of Cheers fame) in stories that will greatly affect Jane (Brooke Elliott) and Kim (Kate Levering).

Stacy (April Bowlby) tells Jane that Grayson seems to be "connecting the dots" between Jane and Deb, especially after the slip that Stacy made to him in the season finale last year that "Jane is Deb". Is Grayson really figuring things out? Jane doesn't seem to think so, but Stacy isn't going to relent on her presumption.

Meanwhile, Jane lands a case involving a 16-year-old CEO (guest star Jake T. Austin) of a video game company who wants to sue his father for not permitting him to go to South America to attend a huge computer expo. His dad (Steven Culp) is a widowed police officer, raising his son and daughter; but hiding a tragic secret. So as not to spoil the twist in the episode, I will leave out that one little reveal. However, I will say that despite the nature of why the father doesn't want his son to leave the country is actually a very compelling story that has a touching end.

Kim, on the other hand, has to deal with her errant father (John Ratzenberger) who ends up, for better or worse, squatting in the lavish home of his former employer because he was short-changed on his retirement fund. It seems her dad wants to get what is owed him, but he goes about it in a not-so-legal way. The resolution to this storyline has to be seen to be believed, but it is a great case of David going after Goliath, knocking the giant down with a most unlikely weapon. You will have to tune in to see how Kim and Parker (Josh Stamberg) make their case and get what is due her dad.

Then there is the sub-plot of Jane dealing with her new guardian angel Lucas (new cast member Carter MacIntyre). Their relationship, to say the least, is contentious. Lucas is not like Fred and maybe that is exactly what Jane needs as we circle back around to Grayson possibly figuring out the truth about Jane/Deb. Lucas tells Jane, in no uncertain terms, that Grayson cannot find out the truth, reminding Jane about what happened to Grayson the last time he got too close to the truth – he was hit by a car and ended up in a coma.

Despite what her heart tells her – not to mention her budding relationship with Owen (Lex Medlin) – Jane relents and agrees with Lucas that Grayson cannot figure out the truth. This scene will assuredly touch the heartstrings of any long-time viewer; or for that matter, touch anyone with even the most remote amount of emotions.

And then you have the whole "pakery" storyline between Stacy and Nikki (guest star Kim Kardashian), which is the new business that the two ladies plan to start together after Stacy does some cooking therapy gone awry. I applaud Stacy for wanting to make something of herself now that she has put acting and modeling behind her, but going into business with a relationship coach, well, I'm not sure if that is the best bet. (c) by Rueben

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