Adam H. Kerman
2022-01-08 20:34:18 UTC
This had to be one of the worst episodes of the series. I didn't even
make it 30 seconds before the script massively pissed me off.
Sid's sitting in a cop bar with reporters telling stories "off the
record". Uh, Sid, there's no such thing as "off the record".
Immediately, two cops for no particular reason itching to have a fight
have a fight over nothing at all anybody would throw punches over. One
cop said something about less funding for police (and I guess more for
social services) and the other punched him and beat him bad. Sid tried
to break it up but got elbowed in his right eye. This will eventually
lead to Frank getting called on the carpet because Frank has to
discipline the office who threw the first punch. The mayor, in a later
scene, gets mad because Frank had the nerve to bring up the First
Sid doesn't call Garrett. Somehow at their meeting the next morning, the
news hasn't yet broken so Garrett knew nothing about what happened. The
news breaks DURING the meeting, 'cuz drama.
Baker is wearing a nice outfit. We don't see her stand. She and Frank
have one of those annoying conversations in which Frank has to prod her
for information and she doesn't just flat out tell him, even though she
knows exactly what Frank will ask of her.
Baez gets about a minute of screen time. Why is she still on the show?
Lyle Lovett is back. He's a marshal, not DEA. He's been promoted. Danny
questions why the hell a supervisor is on the street as the lead officer
in an investigation so for once we get someone addressing that cliche.
He wants revenge REVENGE! There's a major cartel assasin in town, which
he forgets to mention to Danny. He plans to murder him but the assasin
(I guess he knows his stuff) gets the drop on him. Danny does
that magical showing up in the nick of time bit, saves the marshal and
prevents the murder.
In police custody, they pretend they are going to inject him with drugs
but it's just sugar. Either way it would have killed him. It was a huge
civil rights violation. Danny, why didn't you just let him murder him as
long as you were violating his civil rights?
Jamie's case is massively stupid. A shop owner begs Jamie to keep a
bookie from harming his family. Jamie talks to the henchman who
threatens him. How exactly is this going to keep the gambler from harm
and not make it worse? Turns out to be a retired cop who had worked with
Sid and mentored Jamie. Everyone in the department knows he's a crook
but they've been letting it slide. These are some major felonies. Even
though there's a complaining witness, the District Attorney declines to
prosecute for lack of evidence (huh?) and Sid pressured Danny to leave
his name out of the report filed with Intelligence for illegal gambling
The one brief moment I liked was in the final scene with Frank back in
the mayor's office actually acknowledging the mayor's job is harder.
I still can't recall the last episode of this I enjoyed.