This week’s episode started a little slower than the last one, but I’m not sure they could have kept up the pace established in this season's second episode. For the first time in over a season, I was almost bored. Almost.
Dutch’s new partnership with Steve is off to a rocky start, though I have to say, I was cheering Steve on for calling Dutch on his shortcomings as a detective (see? I told you Dutch’s arrogance got in the way!). And Claudette is acting more and more like a Captain, asking for Lem’s locker to be cleared out and focusing on her body count to avoid more flak from headquarters. She pulls Ronny in on a string of drugstore murder/robberies, limiting Mackey’s back-up which slightly torques up the tension.
Keeping Salvadorian drug king pin Guardo’s girlfriend hostage, Mackey lures him in, determined to exact revenge for Lem’s murder. We’ve watched Shane squirm with guilt over the last three episodes, and it has been starting to get on my nerves. I thought that tonight he would finally fess up, at least to Vic. In the shudder-inducing manner of the early seasons, Vic drags Guardo to an abandoned building, and beats him with a chain while interrogating him about a murder he didn’t commit. For us to know Mackey’s got the wrong guy and then watch Shane struggle but not fess up for Lem’s murder, was so painful. I found myself yelling at the television set (which I used to make fun of my father for doing: “Oh great, Dad, like they can hear you!”) Just when you think Shane is going to confess, Mackey shoots Guardo. Is anything still at stake for Shane? Is there any reason for him to confess now?
Danny is back from maternity leave in her promoted position of Sergeant. Okay…so? Hopefully she will have a real storyline next week as this felt more like a meaningless cameo than a plot development.
Dutch’s relationship with his hottie protégé, Tina, (played by the fabulous and underused Colombian actress, Paula Garces) gets complicated as he misinterprets her desire to learn from his expertise as romantic interest (though truthfully, I can’t say as I blame him, she’s definitely sending out mixes signals). To add to his bad night he gets a visit from a federal agent telling him to back off from a line of inquiry into an informant the agent is working.
They left us with Claudette asking Vic to train his replacement, reminding him that he only had one month left before his “retirement.” All in all, it was an episode that never really got going, and that is not what we’ve come to expect from this action-laced series. They set the bar pretty high with the fast pace of the first two episodes, only confirming my Blogcritics colleagues’ perception that they jumped the gun with the Kavanaugh storyline, wrapping it up too neatly, too quickly. Though I hated the character and said last week I was happy to see him go, I have to admit I was missing him tonight. Having a worthy adversary for Mackey made for great tension. But the coming attractions look promising, what with Mackey’s Bruce Springsteen look-alike replacement shaking things up at the barn. One can only hope.Powered by Sidelines