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Dirty John – This Young Woman Fought Like Hell – Review: The Grand Finale

The camera cranes above the desert, watching a car drive through a dirt road. Juxtaposed with John’s (Eric Bana) journey through the dry land is Debra’s (Connie Britton) meeting with her attorney (Jeff Perry). She’s telling him about how she fears this will never end, while John digs a hole in the ground that looks disturbingly like a grave.

With Meehan out of the picture, Debra is slowly attempting to reclaim her life. She’s clearly happy to have her daughters with her once again as they goof off and order in from their favorite restaurant Angelina’s to her new apartment. Although she is disturbed to learn John is already on numerous dating websites. Unfortunately, Nancy (Keiko Agena) brings him with her, unknowingly leading him straight to Debra’s new home during a coffee run from the office.

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Dirty John – Chivalry – Review: You Have Forsaken All the Love You’ve Taken

In the penultimate episode of Dirty John, ironically titled “Chivalry” is all about learning the scam. We see a majority of the season retold in flashes, but now we’re seeing the story told from John Meehan’s perspective.

While it’s skin-crawling to watch John manipulate, control, and effectively destroy countless women’s lives, it’s integral to understanding how the con artist operates and how he has been able to do so for so long.

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Dirty John – One Shoe – Review: Retaliation

We’re into the final few episode of Dirty John’s first season and things have taken a decidedly terrifying turn. I think “One Shoe” has easily been the most frightening episode of the six that have aired so far.

All pretenses of John being a charming man who has made a few ill-conceived choices in his life have gone completely out the window.

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Dirty John – Remember It Was Me – Review

Dirty John’s third outing is also its best so far. Directed by Jeffrey Reiner and written by Diana Son, “Remember It Was Me” is an excellent hour of television.

When we left Debra last week, she had gotten into John’s secret drawer and learned the truth of his abusive, stalker, scamming tendencies. Seeing it in print, all laid out like that, isn’t enough to fully convince her of who her husband really is though. Denial is a beast to defeat.

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Dirty John – Red Flags and Parades – Review: Don’t Let My Fear Ruin Us

“Red Flags and Parades” is a fitting title for an episode that exposed a multitude of the gleaming red flags adorning John Meehan. Episode 2 of Dirty John was written by Evan Wright and once again directed by Jeffrey Reiner.

Since one of the most important motifs this week is the enigmatic red flag (for Debra anyways, who can’t seem to see them even when they’re waved in her face, but more on why that is later), I thought I would list some of the biggest ones of the episode…

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Dirty John – Approachable Dreams – Review: What’s in the Safe, Kiddo?

Bravo is trying their hand at the scripted drama department again. This time they’re bringing us Dirty John, a series based off of a podcast of the same name about the criminal life and exploits of John Meehan. Connie Britton stars as Debra Newell and Eric Bana as the eponymous John Meehan.

The first episode is directed by Jeffrey Reiner, whose previous directing credits include critically acclaimed shows like The Affair and Fargo. Alexandra Cunningham, who wrote more episodes of Desperate Housewives than any other writer for the show, is credited with writing this first episode.

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