This episode wasn't nearly as bad as others had been saying, but maybe I'm just saying that because it was written by Julie Rutterford and I was already expecting not to like it (I don't dislike her - she seemed rather lovely in her companion guide interview, I just often find her interests incompatible with mine. Found that with both The Lakes and LoM.)
But, she actually did write an Alex I mostly like - who got something right and showed appropriate levels of concern for others. Flawed, but not repulsive. Basically, back to being like Sam again. And with scenes that come almost straight out of S/G slash fiction.
By the way, I'm a little bit in love with Viv. And Chris' laugh after Ray admitted he'd burnt his lip on the sandwich maker was just brilliant. And Gene as Clint Eastwood was wonderful. Same with Chris and Ray's costumes. (It's his brevilled lip. It was either that or Jesus. *snerk*) Ray's expression during the dancing-with-Alex scene was just the shiny gold star I thought it would be in motion. And then Ray trying to be nice and comforting with Spit the Dog... God, I really love Ray in this series. They've changed enough about him and kept his most desirable traits. He's still an idiotic pillock who constantly does and says the wrong thing, but he's also rather endearing. Now I feel absolutely no shame looking forward to Dean's scenes.
Oh, and can anyone say unknowing Elektra complex?
But, overall, still not seeing the point of the series - which is a shame. Maybe there isn't one.