In the Season 4 finale of Lifetime’s dramedy “Drop Dead Diva” — which was the series finale, until Lifetime changed its mind and renewed the show — lawyer Jane (Brooke Elliott), whose body houses the soul of dead model Deb, shared an illicit kiss with law-firm co-worker Grayson (Jackson Hurst), Deb’s old love, on the very day she was to marry judge Owen (Lex Medlin).
Owen then disappeared, and fans — and Jane — were left to wonder if the soul of “Old Jane,” the original inhabitant of her body, had come down from the Great Beyond and taken up residence in Owen.
When Season 5 begins on Sunday, June 23, all may or may not be revealed.
“I called Josh [series creator Josh Berman],” Medlin tells Zap2it and others on the show’s sets in Atlanta, Ga., “and I said, ‘Look, I don’t know what you want me to do. I’m game either way. I’m not going to lie to you, but the idea of playing a woman is incredibly exciting to me, but if you want to keep Owen, I like that guy. I wouldn’t mind either way.'”
If you’re confused, the premise of “Drop Dead Diva” is that beautiful Deb died, and her soul was dropped into the body of plus-size, recently deceased Jane. This left Deb with Jane’s body, smarts and legal knowledge but with her own memories.
Fans will have to tune in to see where the displaced soul of “Old Jane” winds up, but it’s definite that the current version of Jane has dropped a bomb into the middle of her relationship with Owen.
“Jane is incredibly frightened that Owen is dead or missing,” says Elliott. “She also doesn’t know if Old Jane’s soul is in Owen’s body … If she’s not in Owen’s body, where is Old Jane, and who’s got control of Old Jane? So there’s a lot of back and forth and back and forth for Jane.
“So she’s very frantic and scared and upset and, of course, filled with guilt and mortified she would have behaved this way.”
Asked what Jane was thinking when she kissed Grayson, Elliott says, “I know! Not only did she behave this way, but she might have killed someone she loved because of it, so she’s got a lot of that baggage hanging around her in episode one.”
Provided that Owen survives and doesn’t wind up with Old Jane’s soul and memories (which would mean he’s would be no longer in love with Jane but maybe in love with whomever Old Jane was in love with and … wow), there’s the question of which man Jane really wants — her new love Owen or Deb’s old love Grayson.
“Deb’s feelings for Grayson, Jane’s feelings for Grayson,” says Elliott, “she is always in love with Grayson, but she’s gotten to the point where she’s going, ‘This is what I choose.’ Owen’s a wonderful man, and this is not a, ‘Oh, well, I guess I’ll choose Owen’ kind of thing. She loves Owen, and she should, he’s great.
“So, I think there’s also a feeling of, I’ve mentioned this before, it’s kind of that way of thinking between, ‘OK, does true love win out all the time? No matter your circumstances, true love wins out.’ Or is it, ‘Our lives can be different than we thought they could be. Maybe we thought this was the path, but it’s really this path, and that’s a great path, too.’
“So she’s kind of torn between the two, always loving Grayson but going, ‘You know what, I could do other things. I can choose a different walk, walking down the path, of course.’ So that’s kind of where she is. So, she never stops loving Grayson, but she chooses someone else.”
Hurst (who comes in carrying a skateboard and dressed, on this steamy Atlanta day, about as unlike Grayson as you could imagine), says, “Grayson put it all out there for her, and she basically shut him down. So, you’re right. I mean, her head’s with Owen. So, I mean, what is he going to do? He’s going to mope around a little bit and then he’s gotta move on, man. Gotta suck it up and move on. So, that’s where he is.”
Medlin thinks Owen should forgive Jane for the forbidden kiss.
“Yeah,” he says, “because they’re in love. Owen’s never been in love. They’re a good pair. They both love the law. They’re the last ones to leave the office every night. He totally loves her. That doesn’t come around very often.
“But then again, Grayson is in love with her. There’s no way around this. I don’t write this. Give me the script; tell me what I’m supposed to do.”