Everything about Package Deal, eh?

Ratings: Week of October 13

From Bill Brioux:

The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19
CBC saw it’s top drama, Murdoch Mysteries, pull 1,029,000 on a Thanksgiving Monday. Strange Empire followed at 9 with 312,000. Continue reading.


Tonight: Murdoch Mysteries, Strange Empire, Package Deal

Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Glory Days”
Murdoch joins forces with legendary lawman Bat Masterson to hunt for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Strange Empire, CBC – “Other Powers”
Kat tells Marshal Caleb Mecredi she believes Slotter is guilty; Isabelle must convince Cornelius to loan her the miners’ wages.

Package Deal, City
Package Deal moves to Mondays. With guest star Jason Priestley.

Will a Friday night timeslot be the ticket for City's Package Deal?

Tonight: Package Deal, Marketplace

Package Deal, City – “Danny’s New Job”
When Danny (Randal Edwards) takes a new job at a huge law firm, he is thrilled to be working for legendary defense lawyer, Jillian Sharpe (guest star Amanda Tapping, Sanctuary). But after failing to get on her good side, he vows to turn over a new leaf and no longer be “Mr. Nice Guy.” Meanwhile, Sheldon (Harland Williams) finishes his entire sexual bucket list thanks to Findr, a new hook-up app, while Kim (Julia Voth) and Nikki (Jill Morrison) create a fake Findr profile to lure business to the tea shop.

Marketplace, CBC – Canada’s Dumbest Charge
Tired of being nickel-and-dimed by unexpected extra charges on your bills? In its season premiere, MARKETPLACE – Canada’s consumer watchdog – is taking aim at frustrating fees and asking Canadians to vote on Canada’s Dumbest Charge. MARKETPLACE asked Canadians to scour their bills for dumb charges – and they got hundreds of submissions. They sifted through them all, narrowing the list down to five frustrating fees.


Tonight: Package Deal

Package Deal, City – “How I Met Your Brother”
When Danny (Randal Edwards) and Kim (Julia Voth) tell the story of how they met, they discover that the circumstances of their first date were very different than either had originally thought. Told through a series of flashbacks, Kim learns that the note Danny used to ask her out was intended for someone else, and Danny learns that Kim’s true intentions for going out with him were far from romantic. Meanwhile, Sheldon (Harland Williams) tests Ryan’s (Jay Malone) ketchup palate in a high-stakes taste test.


Review: Package Deal gets sexy

Thursday’s newest episode of Package Deal was called “Sex, Sex, Sex,” but “Sex, Sex, No Sex,” was more apt when it came to Danny and Kim. As per Andrew Orenstein’s script, the pair were suffering from a “sex slump” that left them wondering why they weren’t getting horizontal anymore. It should be noted that Julia Voth’s Kim has been dressed in sexy sleepwear every week, so perhaps the issue is actually Danny’s.

It’s always tough for a sitcom to advance the characters and any overarching themes within the boundaries of a 22-minute episode, but Package Deal is doing it. After a season of focusing on the brothers as a unit, they’re branching off into separate storylines this time around, making Sheldon and Ryan a little more rounded and adding an edge to Danny that was missing in Season 1.

But I digress. While Danny was having struggles, his brothers were busy spreading their wild oats. Ryan, who appears to be making up for the dearth of sex he had in Season 1, hopped into bed with a woman for the second episode in a row, though Julie (Genevieve Fleming) was even more adventurous than Nikki: she handcuffed Ryan during one experience and was begging him to add choking to his repertoire, something he didn’t feel comfortable doing. Ryan turned to Nikki for advice, she told him to go for it and he did–once–before showing Julie the door. I’m glad that Jay Malone’s Ryan has grown as a character in Season 2; having him be a germaphobe was funny last season, but a bit stifling when it came to where the character could go.

Sheldon, meanwhile, seemed to have landed the perfect woman in Emma (Erica Cerra, Rush) but he soon learned she was only interested in sex in hotel rooms. “Do you know how much those nightstand cashews cost?” he asked his brunette beauty. His credit cards maxed out, Sheldon attempted to woo Emma with Danny’s loft, to no avail.

Danny and Kim finally got over their slump in a scene skewering the cooking show genre. The two became hot and bothered watching an instalment of their favourite cooking competition, which featured a female chef barely able to wrap her hands around a pastry bag as it spurted icing all over a cake. The duo became so aroused Danny jumped Kim’s bones right there on the couch, and their troubles were over.

Package Deal airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on City.