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Chasing the Hill, Episode 2 — Send in the Dancing Chihuahuas

Review: Send in the Dancing Chihuahuas

By Author Piper Bayard and Intelligence Operative Holmes

Recently, we reviewed the pilot episode of “Chasing the Hill,” a non-partisan political drama about California Representative Kristi Ryan’s (Robin Weigart) attempt to win her third term after a financial scandal taints her record. We thoroughly enjoyed the pilot, and we were delighted to see the second pay-per-view episode released over Labor Day Weekend. Again, Holmes and I found this show worthwhile.

Bayard:

Every actor in this cast is excellent. I’m convinced they are politicians and not actors. In fact, if I ever meet Matthew del Negro in person, I’m going to have to bite my tongue and remind myself that although Henry Walls could use an extended visit to the woodshed, Matthew likely has more scruples than his character.

I appreciate the sustained non-partisan flavor of this show. While Representative Ryan, as a Democratic candidate, obviously holds to Democrat politics, the show is not a platform for promoting Democrat ideals. Its emphasis is still on the behind-the-scenes action of politics and not the politics, themselves. The political views of the characters are delightfully irrelevant to the plot. Kudos to Emmy nominee Brent Roske, Creator and Executive Producer of the show, along with the whole crew for this.

I will say, though, that one scene did leave me thinking, “No wonder Democrats are so eager to expand gun control. If they behaved that way in a Libertarian or Republican home, they wouldn’t live to win the campaign.” Holmes goes into more detail about this below.

Holmes:

I recently watched the second episode of “Chasing the Hill,” and I am still interested enough to continue watching the show. The acting remains strong and the plot is still interesting.

However, in this episode, a new and mysterious character is introduced in what is for me an unsatisfying fashion. A political mover-shaker by the name of “Charlie” (Emmy winner Richard Schiff) suddenly appears in Representative Kristi Ryan’s bedroom while she is sleeping. At my home, if anyone shows up in my bedroom unexpectedly, they had better be one of my loved ones. Anyone else will be leaving in a body bag.

Is the political potentate Charlie a skilled burglar? Is Ryan so nuts that she sleeps with her front door open in southern California? Is Charlie’s political aura so overpowering that he walks through walls? Ryan is amazingly unperturbed by Charlie’s mysterious appearance and patiently engages him in a conversation instead of simply shooting him.

Charlie, if you are reading this, don’t try that at my house.

Kristi’s campaign manager Stuart Hay (Hayden Black) receives a surprising offer from out of the blue. Will he remain loyal to Kristi’s campaign?

Henry Walls (Mathew del Negro) continues to cook up a political surprise for Kristi’s campaign. I’m anxious to see how great a surprise it will be and if it will be enough to overcome Kristi’s recent political scandal. The charming and loveable Henry also gives us a reason to want us to smack him silly in this episode, but not for his political maneuvering.

One of the more enjoyable scenes in this episode involves some wheeling and dealing by a sleazy Los Angeles mayor played by Emmy nominee Sharon Lawrence. How can you not like seeing a fictional Los Angeles mayor plausibly portrayed as a weasel? 

“Chasing the Hill” remains original enough and interesting enough to be entertaining for adult audiences. The bottom line is that even for a cheapskate like myself, this episode is worth paying the $1.99. It’s more interesting and less infuriating than either of the major political conventions has been.

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The first season will have six episodes, which you can download at Chasing the Hill.

We give this episode a four star rating out of a possible five stars and recommend that you watch both of the first two episodes in order. But please, Charlie. No more breaking and entering!

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Piper Bayard is a recovering attorney with a university degree or two and a belly dancer from way back. She currently pens post-apocalyptic sci-fi and spy novels with Holmes when she isn’t shooting, SCUBA diving, or chauffeuring her children.

 ‘Jay Holmes’, is an intelligence veteran of the Cold War and remains an anonymous member of the intelligence community. Piper is the public face of their partnership.

Bayard & Holmes blog at Author Piper Bayard & Holmes. You may contact them in blog comments, on Twitter at@piperbayard, on Facebook at Piper Bayard, or by email at piperbayard@yahoo.com

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