TV Club: The Grinder ditches Boggle with Paul Giamatti, free swag socks

Dean learned a very important lesson in “Buckingham Malice”: how to order his own lattes. As it stands right now, there are two kinds of Grinder episodes: the ones that use Dean’s celebrity as the joke that fuels the A-plot, and the ones that use legal procedural as the joke. This fits into the former a category as Dean discards the perks of his celebrity, deciding to live life as a normal who doesn’t have the perk of getting all of the free socks. Like the Grinder himself, Dean wants it known that he can make it on his own without the aid of his fame, even though that’s not really something he can ever get rid of. Like Jon Hamm’s Drew in 30 Rock, Dean figures out that living outside of the bubble is not all it’s cracked up to be.

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