The New Normal No qualms against the title this week. The storylines represented some of the new laws and new ways of thinking – for better or for worse. Let’s start with Jamie, Janko, and Witten: Jamie suggests that Janko and Witten be part of a pilot program to send out therapists with police officers. They realize they aren’t the first ones he asked, but he handles it diplomatically. Anyway, you’ve seen this one before. The person riding along is a pinhead and eventually runs home to Mommie after facing any real trouble. And indeed, the female therapist we see seems to fit the bill – overeager, and even takes a selfie before entering on her first call. (Though it turned out she was just photographing the radio commemorating her first call.) The cops try to settle down a mentally disturbed young man playing the music way too loud. When they seemed stymied, the therapist asks permission to try and then she connects with the kid enough to get him to put headphones on and settle down. Actual success. The lady cops are impressed.
When Jamie writes the report later on, he tells Eddie he’s not sure the pilot program will continue as some are nervous about. (He mentions the term “woke”, but this never struck me as a “woke” idea.) I like the communication between the two. It’s light, but always respectful. Later, they have to go back to the same house and this time – even though the disturbed kid seems to start to settle down – he grabs the psychiatrist and threatens her with a broken, jagged stick. Eddie and Jamie manage to disarm him without doing him any harm. Jamie even respectfully tells the woman that if someone threatens one of the cops with a weapon, he often doesn’t leave alive. But thanks to her, he still is. So, the plan can work, but no guarantees. Jamie will try to ask for its renewal when he gives his report. All very respectful. Would such a program work in real life? It could help in some situations, but might put the therapist in too much danger in others.
Erin’s new normal is the cashless bail program. She objects to letting someone with a violent past record back on the streets without bail. The haughty judge sees otherwise. “Could you afford $20,000 bail? “No, ma’am of course not.” “Then, let’s make it free so everything’s fair.” He ends up going after his wife like he had threatened to do at trial, but Erin and Anthony are there to stop it. Plus, he gets Federal charges for carrying an unlicensed gun. Still, the new DA is pissed at her and reminds her she’s not a bounty hunter. Well, good thing she was for this case.
Danny’s new normal is living in a society just waiting for a White cop to shoot a Black suspect. When he catches a Black man resisting arrest and stealing a cop’s gun but not holding it by the trigger, he lets the guy flee. Then he’s in trouble for not shooting a Black suspect, and later thinks the guy committed a murder with the cop’s gun. Fortunately, the suspect turns himself in and was cleared of the other murder. We see a different Danny this week – confused, overthinking things, doubting himself. Solid performance.
Frank’s new normal is the new ways of doing things, but he prefers the old methods. He calls a precinct captain with bad numbers and dresses him down firmly but respectfully. The man promises to do better, but something seems off. He has Gormley check it out and it looks like the guy has been neglecting his duties and concentrating on something else. He finds out the guy was planning to take a captain’s job somewhere else, so he calls that precinct to let then know the man they want to hire might not be doing his job right. This ends up wrecking both his current job and his future job. Did Frank overstep? It’s not all clear. Gormley says he torpedoed the man’s job and Frank admits it’s a warning shot against other captains trying to flee to other jobs. “You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it,” he replies, quoting the Talmud. I’m retiring in a few years, but I want to leave my job so that whoever takes over can understand my notes and continue my audits efficiently. As I see it, if the captain had been doing his job diligently while chasing after another, there would have been no reason to look into his situation in the first place and he could have left for his new job with pride. As Frank said, he wrecked his own situation.
So, not the upbeat show last week’s was, but still some very powerful stories. Will this really be the new normal?
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Feb 13, 2021 13:37:33 GMT
Last night's show was good. It was cool to see Frank let that man not only come back to work, but be at the detective level. I wasn't surprised to see Jamie's "friend" not get the podcast interview that she wanted and in my opinion that is how things should've gone. I don't hate podcasting, but to me, it wouldn't be the end of the world if they were a thing of the past either.
In Too Deep Well, after comparing the last two shows, I realize I definitely like the upbeat stories better, and tonight was full of them.
In a sense, the Jamie/Eddie story and the Frank story were similar in nature – both had a character trying to prove something by helping to bring in a criminal. The J/E story was more light-hearted as the woman involved was a brainy but wacky girl Jamie went to school with who was now a podcaster convinced she knew who a serial killer was. Frank’s case was a serious emotional case involving a former cop who resigned after accusations came up against him and he feels responsible for letting it happen.
To the wacky podcaster Alison first, Jamie takes her case to Erin but gets a “we’ll look into it” response. Actually, they do, but the suspect is in a wheelchair. However, Anthony is still suspicious and digs deeper finding out the guy is faking his disability. The major hang-up with that is that he has a picture of the guy standing outside while taking out the trash or something. Would have been more believable for the insurance guys investigating him to have a distant shot through his window of him walking in his house, where he thought he wouldn’t be seen. He gives Jamie and Anthony the slip when they go to pick him up; nice change of pace that the guy doesn’t run right into the partner and get clocked like usually happens. Still, they catch him while trying to meet and kill Alison so all is well. She’s not happy that she can’t interview him. But, hey, it will make big news and she will be famous. The best part of the storyline was Eddie’s priceless reaction when Alison comes by unannounced.
Frank’s story is more serious as a former detective Doug McKenzie comes to him with information that he’s found a gang using riots to methodically loot businesses under the guise of random looting. They were deliberately vague about what he was accused of. Garrett claims he was a racist cop, but we all know how that one gets tossed around without proof. Eventually, McKenzie’s case pans out and his suspicions turn out to be correct. Then, Frank has him arrested for being part of the crime (he was dealing in the stolen goods to gain their trust.) I was hoping Frank had a good ulterior motive for that, and he did – maintaining the detective’s cover so he can offer him his job back. It’s a wonderful scene when the commissioner returns the man’s badge at the close of the show.
Finally, there’s Danny, who witnesses his next-door neighbor getting shot. First off, it was great that the guy wasn’t killed; usually two shots at close range is fatal. Naturally, Danny wants to take the case but is turned down. However, this time it’s not turned over to a couple of flunkies who take their time. The woman detective assigned - Judy Farrow - is highly competent and works fast. (She also has some badass karate moves.) Baez actually shames Danny is apologizing to her after he tries his usual moves to take over the case. It’s nice to see him admit to being wrong, both to Farrow and later to Baez. Farrow lets him help on the case and it’s solved pretty fast. I’m a little annoyed with the victim’s son, who first blames Danny for letting someone else take the case. Then, when Danny asks the father if he had any enemies, the son accuses Danny of asking accusatory questions. Sheesh!
Unfortunately, they came in late during the dinner scene where they were apparently discussing over-rated things. I don’t know what TV show they were talking about as overrated since they were in the middle of that when they cut in. I may have to check on that part on demand.
An upbeat week and another great episode. Looks like last week’s downer wasn’t the new normal after all.
I must admit I don’t know what to make of Erin’s new boss, Kimberly Crawford. I don’t really like her since they brought her in from another state over promoting Erin. Then I was impressed with the story she told the witness about not standing up in court for the truth and becoming a prosecutor to make up for it. I also appreciated what Frank said about not knowing what she might have to prove in her own life. Then she admits to Erin that she just made up the story that she told to the witness. Of course, that figured. But I can see her reasoning for doing it, and it’s not like Erin hasn’t done some questionable things in the past. The actress who plays her, Rosalyn Ruff, is very good so it will be interesting to see how this ultimately plays out.
The “reporter” deserved to be arrested. Jamie specifically told her not to touch any evidence and she picked up the bag in defiance. Though it was Crawford’s call, Erin was probably right that the young woman wouldn’t have been convicted on a first offense. Then she has the nerve to film a crime and not help the police with her footage. I had no qualms about them supenoeing her phone – she had released crime footage from it on the Internet. Of course, they had probable cause. Meanwhile, the AG tries to make Frank drop the charges and he won’t do it. “There’s the door,” Frank indicated in response to the AG’s threats. (I liked the way the AG later said, “You literally showed me the door.” Again, proper use of literally.) The AG should know better than to pick a fight with Frank; in the end, he got his comeuppance but good!
I’m glad the serial killer story seems to be over now – although who knows what they might pull in the trial? Glad Baez was able to get that creep before Danny arrived and not ending up being saved at the last second. But what the hell was she thinking going in there alone like that? That guy had already pushed her down a flight of stairs once – you don’t take any chances with someone like that.
A solid episode with lots of good performance. Keep it up, everyone.
A different type of episodes tonight – more cerebral. There was more dialogue than action. It might have worked if the dialogue had been interesting, but this was all lame and pathetic and a total waste of time. By the way, today’s date in April 2, 2021 and this has been a late APRIL FOOL’S GAG! Now, on to my real review below:
A different type of episodes tonight – more cerebral. There was more dialogue than action. That can only work when the dialogue and the acting is really good and – oh, boy – were they ever.
The only real case for tonight concerned Baez finding a corpse on her front lawn – someone she knows and has even been dating casually recently. Rather than an investigation into the case (which would be a conflict) this was about Internal Affairs wanting to ask her questions and Danny being persuaded by his boss to question her first to prepare her for IA’s upcoming grilling. The questioning seemed very real, and I liked how she said to him she wasn’t sure if he was asking what he thought IA would ask or what he wanted to know for himself. He replies he wasn’t sure if she was hesitating because of the question or because he was asking the questions. A genuine concern was shown between the two; their feelings for each other clearly go beyond just being partners. I’m not sure if they’re leading up to the two of them falling in love. I’m hoping not, in this case. I’d rather it just be a deep, deep respect like shown here tonight.
When asked if she had been intimate with the victim, Eamon, Baez responded that she barely knew him. That tells me the answer was no, and I was glad of that. Sex is treated way too casually in the TV world, and I was glad to see it established that she treated it seriously. The way she reacted on finding his body and the way she looked at photos of him later on indicated she did have feelings for him. They might have eventually been intimate, but their relationship had not yet reached that stage. I feel even more respect for her now and more sympathy for Eamon.
The confrontation between her and Eamon’s fiancé Regina at the end was set up nicely. I think she still could have won without Danny showing up, and I loved how she conked Regina with the frying pan (or whatever it was) as soon as she had her hands free. Danny says he’d seen her because her doorbell video device had come on while he was looking at it at the station. “Saved by the bell,” she replied. “Literally,” he returns. Again, perfect use of the word literally. I loved it.
One last thought: I’m of the impression that maybe Regina wasn’t really Eamon’s fiancé, but some wacko who wanted him from afar, and pretended to be his fiancé afterward. She killed him for rejecting her and tried to kill Baez for dating the man she thought belonged to her.
On to Jamie and Eddy. She’s been voted in as a union rep and has to go up against her husband for giving one of his men a “rip” for being late to work three times. She thinks he should be more lenient; he tells her he was lenient the first 2 times, but after that the officer should have done something to change the pattern. When they discuss it as their apartment, the banter between them is great. “It’s not fair. You’re a lawyer, and this is my first time arguing a case.” “And yet, I’ve lost dozens of arguments to you.” The two can argue without ever being disrespectful. In the end, Jamie wins the case, (I agreed with the ruling.) but removed the rip. Jamie pretends he had nothing to do with it, but his body language proves otherwise. No harm in giving the guy one more chance; let’s hope he does adjust his habit pattern in the future.
Sid Gormley is meanwhile on the hot seat for also being late for work and visibly disturbed. Frank tries to get him to see a psychiatrist by saying Garrett and Baker will see one too. Then they pressure him to join the club as well. Predictably, Frank’s first session doesn’t go well, even though the psychiatrist seems to be a forthright kind of guy. Frank later speaks to him more honestly at show’s end. We eventually find out Gormley’s former partner of 15 years had died recently, bringing on his trauma. He has a wonderful scene where he temporarily breaks down toward the end. He still had not sought counseling by then, so will he be okay next week? Garrett and Baker cover for his absence near the end of the show, and Frank tells them with a smile that they are true friends of Gormley.
But I saved the best for last – Erin vs. Crawford. What a matchup. Erin gets incensed when her boss gives her notes on how to question people on the stand. She charges into her office and delivers a perfect counter argument out loud – except that she did it while Crawford was on the phone with the governor’s aide. Ouch! Now Erin has to apologize profusely, though she does still add that her notes argument stands. This leads to a conversation between the two at a restaurant to make sure it’s all “civil.” Watching the two sitting across from each other is like watching a chess match, or two boxers sizing each other out before throwing the first punch. The only line that bothered me what when Kimberly says that Erin thinks she got the job because she was Black and when Erin denies that she just says she’s okay with that – as if to say she thinks it’s true whether Erin admits it or not. Still, she could just be saying that the thought must have at least crossed her mind – even if she didn’t actually believe it. I can go along with that. Besides, she is confident that she really got the job for her qualifications so the race factor goes no further than that.
Erin considers resigning, but Anthony talks her out of it. May I point out Steven R Schirripa really brought his A game tonight. His two scenes of verbal volley with Erin were both superb! He tells her to grow a pair and fight back. Erin only threatens to resign to her boss. “I can work with you,” Erin tells her, “but I can’t work for you.” A truce is reached – for now. Again, Roslyn Ruff is outstanding tonight. I’m looking forward to further interactions between her and Erin!
At dinner, Danny’s son gets accepted into college. Does that mean we will see less of him now, though? Might be a future dinner table with no grandkids at it.
All in all, a superb show tonight. I absolutely loved it – and that’s no joke!
Last night's show was awesome. I do have one question though concerning Sidney. Did his wife pass away or was it a former work partner?
God bless you always!!!
P.S. Due to my own personal skepticism towards those in the psychiatry field, I can't help but wonder what the doctor was going to say in return to Frank at the end.
He was talking about Sid's former work partner. Early on, when they were speculating on why Sid was having problems, one of them asked, "Have he and Sylvia been getting along alright?" Sylvia is his wife, so that tells me she would still be alive.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Apr 3, 2021 23:19:23 GMT
^^^ Thank you. Shelia is the name of Sidney's wife, not Sylvia.
Last night's show was good, but in my opinion, when that guy said to Jamie, "Tell my brother that he is dead to me." Jamie should've said to him in return, "Yeah, well you pretty much kicked the bucket first the day that you decided to go down the road that you have been on all this time, so if you didn't want your brother in such a game, why did you choose to show him how you decided to play it?"
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Apr 10, 2021 19:27:24 GMT
Last night's show couldn't have ended in a better way and I love how Jamie took care of Eddie's situation. What Erin said about her situation at one point couldn't be anymore true. Those who decide to remain quiet about another person's history only give that person the ability to repeat the history and to me, that may as well make them an accomplice/accessory for the person who has the negative track record. The person who helped Danny at the end, in my opinion, they couldn't be anymore in sheer and severe need of a brain transplant. What makes them think that other crimes are not motivated through one form of hate or another? When are they going to learn that anything that can happen to transgender people is no different compared to what can be done to anyone else when the rest of us are humans just like they are still...until they decide that they want to be referred to as a rhinoceros or whatever else that could come to what little minds it is that they are truly in possession of.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Apr 11, 2021 16:28:32 GMT
After hearing in the news last night about a cop recently taking a bullet to the face, I take back what I previously said about Jamie. Because Eddie was the second cop victim and a woman victim too out of the little word that I can't say, to me, he should've been in jail without bail for a later on option. A place among the lifers would've been the perfect spot for him to reside.
The Common Good This episode didn’t do a lot for me tonight, though I appreciate that it’s a change of pace. Frank secretly supports a law that would make a cop lose his or her pension if they commit a serious crime. His people are upset about it, but he has to pretend to go along with their protest, while trying to let the governor know he won’t actually oppose it. He gets Erin to tell the governor that her Dad won’t oppose the law. Politics. The governor then makes the law way too strict. Erin verbally lets him know that was a low blow. I think he relented, but I’m not sure.
The Jamie story was a downer. He tries to help someone who’s helping the police by getting his stolen watch back. That leads to him gaining information that the kid’s brother is involved in a murder. He tries to get the kid to convince his brother to turn himself in so that he can give him a break. The kid doesn’t listen, and his brother ends up being arrested with no chance for a break.
Danny’s case was just flat-out dull. I liked that his son could help him out, but that only lasted one scene. They warn the victim’s friend to stay put until they get there, then she goes off with the killer. As it turns out, she gets the drop on him and Danny actually has to physically prevent her from killing the guy.
Oh, well. Not every episode of any show is a classic, right?
Guardian Angels Wow! Just Wow! The ending of this episode was one of the most memorable in the show’s history. Maybe the most memorable. In defending Sid Gormley, Frank first reads an old complaint filed against him, and puts it in context. Only it wasn’t a complaint against Sid; it was one against Frank. “And there’s plenty more where that came from,” he adds. He then reminds everyone what it means to be a cop, and how we need to have the context for every case like this. But if the people insist on firing Gormley without the context, “..I’ll hold the door for him...and then I will follow him out!” My wife and I broke into applause. There was a show telling it like it is – standing up for the good guys and not caving to the PC and anti-police crowd. What a stellar ending!
Also memorable – Frank vs. the Mayor. When Frank tells him, “you have to look at the context,” the mayor says, “No, I don’t” and lets Frank know he can replace him if need be. So now Frank turned the tables on him – put up or shut up. Give Gormley credit for being willing to fall on his sword to protect Frank, but the Commissioner would have no part of that! It was a good idea to juxtapose this episode after the last one where Frank had to play politics and admit that he wasn’t perfect. But this episode shows – he’s darn near perfect!
Jamie/Eddie/Rachel story – a creep sucker punches a cop, gets arrested, gets right out on bail. Good for Erin admitting at dinner that no bail is a bad idea that she doesn’t support. The creep then sucker-punches Eddie while she’s getting in her car to go home and threatens to go after Rachel next. Jamie finds a good way to get the guy beat up without breaking his oath as an officer and doing it himself, but still showing Eddie he won’t stand for her getting abused. But my favorite moment of the story is when she came to dinner with a black eye. While the others are trying to give her advice on what to put on it, Sean tells her she looked like a character in KILL BILL, badass but beautiful. (or something to that effect.) When someone asks if he’s hitting on his aunt, he says it was meant as a compliment. “And I took it as one,” she quickly jumped in. “Thank you!” It was a warmhearted moment, and I also took what he said as complimentary to Eddie. Sean’s going to make someone a good husband someday.
Erin/Anthony/Crawford story – a guy with a Guardian Angel group goes too far when returning a beating to a thug who attacked him. Erin wants to prosecute; she seems to be the only one. The Governor steps in to subtly pressure Crawford to not press charges, and she agrees. Then Anthony tells Erin the guy seriously hurt somebody in MMA fighting (or something similar) and he’s a timebomb waiting to happen. Erin meets the Governor for lunch to press the issue. She actually worked out a good compromise – the guy pleads to a lower charge and gets counseling; the reputation of the Guardians stays intact; the DA doesn’t look bad for prosecuting a guy who beat up a thug. Crawford is still ticked off that Erin went over her head, saying she wasn’t going to prosecute anyway because no jury would convict (and I’d tend to agree with that.) Lots of fireworks – a good time had by all.
The clunker in the show was the Danny/Baez story – a transgender person is murdered, and here come the politics. Her transgender friend tosses the whole kit and kaboodle at them – cops don’t care about us, won’t investigate the case, think we’re freaks. At one point, she asks if he knows what it’s like to be hated by everyone. He replies rightfully, “I’m a cop. Lots of people hate me.” She gives him a holier-than-thou look and comments, “Are you seriously comparing that to what I go through? You carry a gun.” I’m just in awe of how stupid her comment was. Nevertheless, Danny is more patient and polite to her than she ever deserves. Not so with the cop who had a similar case some months back. He goes charging in there treating the guy like he’s some flunky.
Now let’s analyze the case Danny & Baez were handed – trans person murdered outside a bar. Danny asks bar owner for camera footage and credit card slips. “Sorry, no cameras, and we’re strictly cash. Our clients treasure their privacy.” Plus the transgender people don’t trust the cops. Result – dead end. That is until a previous similar murder case is found, which was the other detective’s case. So, the previous detective hit the exact same dead end, only there wasn’t a prior similar case to go back to. So where does Danny get off acting like the other detective didn’t do his job? Sounds to me like he did!
Anyway, there’s another “trans night” coming, so Danny wants to put an undercover cop on it, but trans person says “What – you in drag?” and insists she has to do it. Danny lets her, and when she sees the killer she whispers, “Let’s go out back,” and then lets him take her to a back alley where no one is around. So, he attacks her. She’s lucky she wasn’t killed before Danny and Baez busted in to save her.
Maybe it was no accident that this case hit on the same week as Frank’s dramatic closing moment. After, we saw that, the homicide case was quickly and thankfully forgotten.
Usually, I like to split this up into the different stories, but this week there were really only two, with the second story connecting almost everyone. The first story involved Baker being attacked on the street by a serial robber/rapist. She was at least able to fight him off, but not able to get off a shot at him. It was tough to see her bruised and bandaged the next day, trying to keep her dignity while at the same time angry at herself for letting the guy blindside her in the first place. A real tour-de-force performance on her part. I’ve always liked her since the days when she was just a super-efficient aide to the commissioner. She was able to help track down her attacker without breaking any rules. Frank played politics just a little, seemingly trying to do everything by the book, but we later found he’d been going out of his way to help bring the guy in and support Baker as well. What a pleasure to see the scene when they handed the cuffs over to Baker to arrest that scum.
For the second story, everyone got involved – Janko and Witten make an arrest, Erin prosecutes, and Danny and Baez work a case that leads right back to it. But what made the story great was the family stories it brought out. Erin asked her ex-husband Jack to help a young man whose court-appointed lawyer was inept. A romantic weekend for Erin and Jack vs. him coming to family dinner hung in the balance. When Erin talked to Eddie about why the couple had broken up; it all sounded very real, and so did the dispute between Eddie and Jamie which was happily resolved well. And the family dinner was a highlight as Jack showed up even though he’d won the bet. Lots of funny lines there. I was glad that the main crime involved two White youths especially since the rich kid Miles with a good lawyer vs. poor kid Hayes with a bad court appointee story didn’t have to rely on race. Surprising that after getting a break with getting Jack as a lawyer, Hayes was almost persuaded to plead guilty in exchange for money. There wouldn’t have been any amount of money you could pay me for getting a criminal record and doing time in prison for something I didn’t do. You felt for Miles finding out that he shot the man who had murdered his father right in front of him when he was 7. But he ended up mostly missing the guy and doing more damage to the woman he was friends with who probably had no real clue who he was. Revenge is just plain bad most times. But this episode was really good.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on May 8, 2021 21:28:46 GMT
Last night's show was good! How things went for Jamie and Eddie couldn't have been better! I love how thorough Jamie was at being the husband Eddie was hoping to still have in him! To me, once Anthony was done getting onto that guy at the end, Erin should've gone after who in my opinion deserved worse for not being a faithful spouse: the woman if she can still be labeled one. I'm glad that at the end it was once again acknowledged that even though there are dirty cops out there, that there are still plenty of good ones too.
God bless you always!!!
P.S. One more thought that I have is this. What Anthony said to Erin is true that at the end of the day, the goal is to help people and to get answers and justice. Well in my opinion, whatever her beef is with Danny or anyone else for that matter should never once get in the way of doing what needs to be as soon as it can be done, especially when innocent lives are always right in the middle of the mess whether they wanted to be in the middle of it or not. When is Erin going to learn that their well being getting put on hold due to petty disagreements is the last thing that people like that are in need of?