The Boyfriend of the Week

November 18, 2004

I actually started working on a write-up for somebody totally different this week and at the very last minute decided I just really, really needed to stay on the topic of dimples a bit longer. I mean, Josh Holloway's dimples continue to enchant me every week on "Lost," for one thing (by the way, that show is just kicking my ASS with its awesomeness, and can you believe we have to wait two weeks before finding out if Sayid gets eaten? Argh!). But, what's more, it suddenly occurred to me a couple of days ago that there's another set of cheek dents that's been making me swoon for years. And yet, I've never featured the owner of those dents. "So, why not turn this into a little miniature dimples marathon?" I asked myself. And then I answered myself: "My god, you're a GENIUS! That's BRILLIANT! And by the way, have I told you lately how totally gorgeous, smart, and funny you are? Because, it's just SO TRUE."

What can I say? I love me!

Those of you who have been fans of the show "Third Watch" for a while probably instantly recognize this week's delayed but insanely adorable cheek-dented Boyfriend, Eddie Cibrian. For others, you'd have to have been a fan of "The Young and the Restless," "Baywatch Nights," or, say, "Saved By the Bell: The College Years." I fit not into that latter category, I'm proud to say. However, I've been watching "Third Watch" for about three regular seasons now and recently have been catching up on the seasons I missed by tuning in to A&E's daily reruns of the show at 5pm (it's also on at 11am for those of you who work nights. See? You just have no excuse!)

Eddie left the series last season, but it looks like he's attempting to move on to bigger and better things. And for this, I salute him, even while I wail about missing him. Plus, is it just me or does "Third Watch" kinda suck now? I keep watching, but every week I have to ask myself just what I'm tuning in for. When they made Doc turn insane and start shootin' people, I should've known it was over. And yet, I cannot seem to break free. I'm having the same problem with "ER," actually, and they even killed a character by dropping a helicopter on him, for Pete's sake! What is wrong with me? Continuously inflicting bad TV on myself. . . well, I'm sure there's a crack cocaine metaphor in there somewhere, but let's just cut our losses and move on.

Anyway, if the grin and dimples in the above photos alone weren't drool-inducing enough, you should see Eddie playing a FIREMAN on "Third Watch." Is there anything sexier than a fireman, I ask you? What is it about that job? I mean, I can't think of a worse profession for your spouse to have, actually -- every day he'd be toying with death and some days it wouldn't be playing around in return. But, man, after a season of Denis Leary's "Rescue Me" teamed with the regular hotties on "Third Watch," I confess I check out every fireman that I see now. And they are ALL CUTE! It's really bizarre! When I hear the sirens coming, I just start to purr like a kitty, I swear. My brain says no, but the rest of me just says, "SHUT UP, YOU."

As a fireman on "Third Watch" named Jimmy Doherty, Eddie was kind of a cad, as most men named "Jimmy" seem to be in real life, now that I think about it. The show is about the "third watch" (the 3pm till midnight shift) of a cast of cops, paramedics, and firemen in New York City. Jimmy's one of the firemen, divorced from his wife (one of the paramedics) and struggling to become responsible enough to be a good father to his young son Joey. Only, for the most part, he spends his time banging the fiancee of his best friend and generally getting himself into all kinds of exceedingly juvenile trouble. But while at the beginning he was a kid not only at heart, but at everything, by the end of his run on the series, he was on his way to a reconciliation with his wife, had become a mighty fine dad, and had finally realized the definition of "responsibility" meant more than just showing up on time.

Gotta love a man who makes a transition like that without losing his ability to knock your socks off with his charm. That takes special talents. Or, at the very least, dimples.

Now, I kind of scrambled around the last two days trying to get my hands on a copy of one of Eddie's movies, a film called "Say It Isn't So" starring Chris Klein and Heather Graham (what looked to be his only recent role in a major Hollywood production). I wanted to see Eddie in something other than "Third Watch" to try to get a sense of whether or not he was a good actor (I mean, he could essentially BE Jimmy Doherty, and that would be good to know in some ways) (although, again, "Brain, shut up, you!"). But ultimately, I just ran out of time. Judging from the description of this film on the IMDB, however, I'm fairly certain I haven't missed all that much (apparently, it's a gross-out comedy about a guy who finds the love of his life and then discovers she's actually his sister). Those of you who have seen it will have to let me know if Eddie's role is good enough to make the rental worth it.

He is unbearably cute, after all. And that goes a long way towards improving some parts in movies that would otherwise be completely intolerable. I mean, to be honest, I think Eddie's dimples might even surpass those of Josh's on the Scale of Unbearable Cuteness (which does NOT go by the acronym "SUC," by the way). Because along with Eddie's smile is a bit of a playfulness and innocence that Sawyer on "Lost" just doesn't have. Sawyer is a "bad boy" -- Eddie's a charmer. Both types can be trouble with a capital P-O-O-L (that's a "Music Man" reference, by the way). But a little trouble isn't always such a bad thing, which is, incidentally, also how I feel about pool. Though I greatly prefer bowling. Or just drinking beer and watching other people play bar games.

Eddie was born on June 18, 1973 in Burbank, California, the only child of Carlos and Hortensia Cibrian (both of Cuban descent). He first became interested in acting when he was 13 and found out that a classmate of his had broken into the biz doing commercials. His parents thought the idea wasn't a bad one, and with their help, Eddie got an agent and ended up making over seven commercials in his first two years, including a national Coca-Cola spot which he nabbed on his very first audition. While he enjoyed the acting, he was also interested in playing sports, and discovered he just didn't have time for both. So, when he entered high school, he put the biz on the back burner and signed up for the football team instead.

After graduating from Montclair High, he enrolled at UCLA as a business major. However, he discovered that economics wasn't nearly as exciting as he'd been led to believe and he soon found himself missing the acting world. So, he signed with another agent and reentered the biz, landing his first role almost immediately, a starring part in the Emmy Award-winning TV special "Kids Killing Kids."

From there, Eddie moved on to three years on "The Young and the Restless," then a role on "The Bold and the Beautiful," and a few guest spots on TV shows like "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the aforementioned "Saved By the Bell." In 1997, Eddie joined the cast of "Sunset Beach," playing a jewel thief named "Cole Deschanel." From there, he moved into TV movies for a while, and then finally into the world of feature films with a small role in the Holly Hunter/Queen Latifah movie "Living Out Loud."

Aside from acting, he also dabbled in the music biz for a time, showing up in a video by Jennifer Love Hewitt and also putting out an album, released in Canada, as one-third of the all-male trio "3Deep." This was several years ago, though, and I suspect that after his success on "Third Watch," he's given up his tangential Canadian music career and focused his attention right where it really needs to be instead. Well, that's not quite accurate. Because, frankly, where his attention really NEEDS to be focused is on me. But, hey, I'll take what I can get.

Coming up next for Dimples 2.0, is a movie that sounds JUST like my kinda thing called "The Cave." It's about bloodthirsty creatures who await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network. Dude, that sounds AWESOME!! But for those of you who aren't big fans of really bad creature features, you'll want to watch for Eddie's new TV series, due out in 2005 and costarring Chris Bauer ("Fred" from "Third Watch"). It's apparently going to be ESPN's second original series (there's a first original series?), and is about the fictitious World Poker Championships in Las Vegas. Because everybody knows what we need on TV right now is another show about Vegas. Anyway, Chris plays a Midwestern sheriff trying to bring his brother's killer to justice, and Eddie plays a gritty, hot-shot poker player out for revenge. The show will also feature ex-Boyfriend Michael Madsen, so you know I won't be able to resist giving it a try. I'm still such a big sucker for that bad-ass and his write-up remains my favorite one of all-time (it still totally cracks me up -- and yes, I did just confess to laughing at my own jokes).

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. You and your dimples are welcome at my place any time. In fact, you and your dimples are welcome at my place ALL THE TIME.

MacGyver Factor Score: 98.96745363%. The extremely complicated mathematics that result in the MacGyver Factor Score have generated a figure for Eddie that supports my statement above about the SUC (okay, okay, you can call it by its acronym -- but pronounce it "sook" instead of "suck" for my sake, okay?). Because, as I'm sure you noticed IMMEDIATELY, Eddie's score is exactly .00000001% higher than Josh's. Josh can try to increase his score by doing what I used to do when I was a kid and wanted dimples (i.e. take the eraser end of a pencil and grind it on my cheeks to try to make dents in them). However, I can attest to the fact that doesn't actually work. So, Josh, you'd be better off just disrobing more often on "Lost." Pass this info along to your producer -- it can only boost ratings.


Boyfriend-Related Links
Eddie's IMDB Page
Dimples On-Line (a fan site)
Eddie's page on the Official Third Watch site
About "The Cave" (on UpComingHorrorMovies.com)
Firestarter -- The EC Fan Listing


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