When I say the words “chick magnet” is this the type of fellow you see in your mind’s eye?
No? Well, me neither, but Judge John Deed can really pull the ladies. Watching series two this week, I started thinking about what could possibly make this man so irresistible to intelligent, professional women. You see, the 50-something Sir John Deed, High Court judge is what I consider a man-slut. In both series I’ve watched, he’s bedded a handful of women, including the wife of the Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department (that means he’s quite up there in the government). Deed sees a woman he fancies just about anywhere -in a bar; at the gym where, as far as I can tell, his workout is limited to fencing; and most concerning, in his courtroom and he’s off. Whether he’s putting on the flirty charm or rescuing a damsel in distress, before you know it he gotten the object of his desire into a sort of awkward wrestling headlock and then the screen discreetly fades to black. Let’s face it, mid-life sex is best left to the imagination.
It would be unfair to suggest that Mr. Deed does not have redeeming qualities. He is an involved and doting father to his free-spirited daughter, Charlie. He is fierce defender of civil rights and while he may butt heads with his colleagues at every turn, he believes deeply in the law and is committed to seeing justice done. He also loves his dog, Rosie, a beagle Charlie saved from an animal testing lab.
However, what makes him so infuriating is that all the while he’s putting the moves on any attractive lady who turns his head, Deed is repeatedly drawn to the proclaimed love of his life, barrister Jo Mills. In almost every episode, he rather lightheartedly proposes to her. Too smart for his smooth talk, Jo’s retort is always the same – that she won’t marry him because she isn’t sure he would change his tomcat ways. She’s a very clever lady indeed because it never seems to occur to John that if he’s serious about Jo maybe he should show a bit of restraint and stop sleeping with other women in an effort to reassure her that his intentions are sincere. For such a learned and principled man, he sure does a lot of his thinking with his willy.
Here’s just a sample of the judge’s conquests:
*Apparently in the middle of the night, the gremlins in my computer decided to post this to Facebook. So since I don’t have time to fully discuss this topic right now, I will have to serialize. Stay tuned for future installments including charming but damaged, stuck between two girlfriends and, of course the type women are powerless to resist, the unattainable man.