It seems like Kee’s lucky day: the mayor dies from auto-erotic asphyxiation, of all things, leaving his wife, aka Kee’s latest conquest, to cover things up so her husband isn’t remembered for his sexual habits. But, when Kee goes to brag about it to the mayor’s gopher, it looks like he may have opened up another can of worms. Yeah, one thorn in his side is gone, but the people loyal to the mayor may (and probably will, with Kee’s luck) still make trouble for him.
Then, Kee gets to take first chair on a cross-examination of a big case at his new job at Ben’s firm, and while he struggles at first, not having had much time to look over the hundreds of pages of case files yet, he makes a small observation that winds up winning the case. But, the partners aren’t happy.
Kee may have saved the case, but he’s just lost a bunch of money for the firm in billable hours, money they apparently needed. That’s the problem, though. They underestimated his cross-examination abilities and didn’t clue him in on the necessity of the billable hours, so I think it’s their fault. Like he says, nobody can throw a case like he can. If he’d known that’s what they needed, he could’ve obliged quite easily.
Maddy is sort of being stalked by the wheat grass ex, Bruce, who either doesn’t believe she meant it when she said it was over, or doesn’t want to accept it. I don’t think he’s going to go hard-core stalker on her, but you never know.
Jerry, still rooming with Steve, finds a clue to the mystery about Steve’s dad and mom relating to the toolbox that Steve and his sister have been wondering about for a while. After scratching off some of the paint–which apparently was a cover-up color that didn’t match any of the shades that that particular box was made with when it was released–Jerry finds a code on the bottom and goes all Beautiful Mind on it trying to work out what the code might mean. Though Steve is a little annoyed that Jerry is still living with him, Jerry’s unique tendency to find mysteries and clues in seemingly ordinary places has actually served well in this instance.
After some secret boxes arrive and being a little evasive all day, Danno and Grace parent-trap his mom and dad into a dinner recreating their first date in the living room. It’s sort of sweet with Grace helping out, but it was sort of a sad attempt at sweetness and nostalgia. It’s hard to buy into after hearing Danny’s mother’s sob story already that his dad is actually still a good guy. Also, he seemed a lot older than Danny’s mom, which seemed strange to me.
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It’s the big day with Will’s court trial opening. His lawyer is having a hard time coming up with a defense, but Crawford turns and changes his testimony in the middle of his testimony on the stand, and decides to advocate for Will’s innocence, saying that he himself pushed Will too hard and may have done some of the psychological damage that he’s now on trial for. Hannibal also decides to try to advocate for Will’s innocence but in the end he just ends up creating a bigger problem and foiling Will’s new defense strategy.
On the other hand, there is a new killer who is imitating the crimes that Will is accused of committing, in an effort to get closer to Will. The crimes are not an exact match for the crimes that will is accused of, which is partly how Hannibal manages to screw up wills defense strategy, but we do not yet know the identity of the copycat killer.
Crawford got a lead and sent in a team after the killer, but all they got was a booby trap rigged to set the house ablaze, ruining many opportunities for evidence collection, and another message for Will.
This makes me a little bit worried because when you have crazy people like that entering the mix, it’s hard to say exactly what they’re going to do or just how far they’re going to go. I’m curious to see whether Crawford or Hannibal ends up confronting this copycat killer in the end. Either way, I know who’s probably going to come out on top of any such confrontation, but it still makes me worried for Will and how much damage this sort of incident might do to him beyond the confusion, memory trouble and breakdown he’s already had.
This episode was sort of a rough one to watch. It’s hard watching Emily struggle so much with her memory and not being able to remember the time that she’s lost during the blackouts. Finally, Nolan calls Aiden back in to help her, knowing that he’s probably the only one who can get through to her and get the blackouts to stop.
Aidan has to resort to some of the tactics that to cater used on her including submersion in water, which is a little bit post-traumatic stress for her, since she almost drowned after she was shot on the yacht after her wedding to Daniel. However, it does bring back some memories of her and her father, and it does help her remember the time that she lost, and in the end, it looks like her blackouts are done for good this time.
Jack is adjusting to the new knowledge that Stevie Grayson, Conrad’s first wife, is his biological mother. It looks like he’s not only accepting it but embracing it. While this seems like a good plan at the moment, I’m’s still not 100% sure that this woman is the real deal. I feel like she may still have a few things up her sleeve.
After Patrick starts getting into even more trouble, seemingly willing to kill at a moments notice for his mother, Nolan goes and talks to him and arranges a meeting between him and a well-known Italian artist so that Patrick might become his apprentice. That way, Patrick will be away from the Hamptons, his mother, and all the other temptations and that influences that those things bring. In the end, Nolan makes peace with Victoria, knowing that they both have Patrick’s best interests at heart, even if they might go about achieving their ends in different ways.
I suspect this peace won’t last that long, because Victoria just cannot keep her fingers out of the cookie jar, and will continue to meddle in everything no matter what, but I think Nolan will do his best to honor it for as long as he is able to.
This show reminded me a little too much of CBS’s failed thriller last fall, Hostages. Similar premise, a highly organized group of kidnappers take control of a high-profile school bus which is transporting a class of the city’s richest and most privileged kids, including the president’s son. The showrunner on the kidnapping is Dermot Mulroney, one of the dads, who is also CIA or former CIA, and is only doing this to protect his daughter. Similarly, in Hostages, Dylan McDermott‘s character was running the hostage situation in order to save his wife’s life. Then you have the Dermot Mulroney/Dylan McDermott soundalike game for main actor names.
The reason I wanted to watch was for Gillian Anderson, though. She is pretty hardcore, but highly underutilized in the pilot episode. Most of the story takes place in a nice house where all the kids are taken to, and then in the woods where one of the Secret Service agents escaped with one of the kids.
The FBI is on the case, Gillian Anderson’s character is the “parent” of one of the kids taken hostage/kidnapped, and her sister, played by Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue, Charlie’s Angels), is one of the agents on the case. There’s some tension between them, which we don’t understand until the very end, when we discover that Gillian Anderson has been taking care of Rachael Taylor’s daughter as her own since she was born when Taylor’s character was just a teenager herself.
I’m starting to wonder if Rachael Taylor is bad luck. She was in the ABC reboot of Charlie’s Angels, and that series didn’t make it very far. And the 666 Park Avenue series didn’t make it for very long either. She also had a brief stint on Grey’s Anatomy, but wasn’t good enough to hang around there, and most of the other movies and roles that she’s had have been pretty forgettable, except the fact that she’s a very good-looking blonde woman. I want to like her, but she makes it pretty hard when she continues to either pick bad projects, or perhaps ruins the good projects that she’s in. What do you think? Am I overthinking this?
Overall, I can see why it had a “soft” opening night. I did like it a little better than Hostages, and I do love Gillian Anderson, but the story is a little weak, it’s too choreographed, I think, and none of the characters are especially sympathetic or likable enough for me to want to find out what happens. The only exception is the Secret Service agent and the kid who escaped, but they won their bout and were rescued already, so it’s hard to say how much of a role they’ll have in the rest of the story, except the agent has already vowed to reclaim all the kids from the kidnappers, which seems like a daunting task for a freshman Secret Service agent and an actor who is not well-known.
If you really like these sorts of stories, have a look. But in general, I’m gonna say skip it.
One last round of recaps covering Wednesday and Thursday night from this week!
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