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If you haven't watched, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE scroll on. I know some people don't care about spoilers, but this is one time when it really takes away from the gut punch ending if you're not surprised.



1. I love that Ben is screwing up left and right. And I love that Coop is calling him on it, almost purposely finding incidences that will test his presumptions about how people behave. He's constantly reliving his fantasy of saving his mom (who turns out didn't really need a lot of saving, WHAT? I mean, she did, but she initiated the sex act with her husband's drug friend. Who then knocked out her 10 year old's teeth. Holy shit, these writers are outstanding.) Where was I? Right, Ben getting checked. Cooper is completely spot on, too, people lives depend on him reading reality, not living in his fantasy world.

2. I have to say (and I'm guessing every other old school cook reading this thought it, too) that it was WEAK of them to miss the fact that they had that lady pick up a HOT CAST IRON SKILLET with her hand to fling grease in her man's face. UM, NO. She would have screamed like a banshee. Teeny little slip up, and honestly, it's the first one I've ever seen on the show, so they get a pass.

3. REGINA KING. I continue to love that woman and that her whole family/love life/motherhood is her job. Girlfriend takes it seriously (which you want in a detective, am I right?) I liked the potential for a love interest in the coroner dude. He was hot. Also, I love Rose from Lost as her mom.

4. KEVIN ALEJANDRO. Everything about him ever. More about the Big Ending, but first I want to say that his relationship with his wife, his kids, everyone he cares about it so awesome to see. He's cute, he knows it, he's nice, he knows it, and he uses that to be even better at his job. "Ay, Papi." He gets those cute young ladies to trust him, but he never takes it to a creepy place. And my heart ached at the crime scene when he realized the kids were in the car, had seen their father shot, and grabbed them both up in his arms and hugged them.

"Is Daddy dead?"

"I'm sorry, baby, he is."

5. Sammy, Sammy, Sammy. Why the hell aren't you getting in touch with friends in the force to help you get into your DAMN HOUSE and get that bitch out? I mean, I'm ok with women keeping the house in a divorce when they have kids, but if you don't, and you didn't work... No. Sorry. Esp. when you're cheating, move in your boyfriend, and have him drink your husband's expensive Belgian beer (lol.) Oh I just want him to get her out of his hair, but that's why this show is so amazing, it's so honest and real. These horrible people are in our lives, and this show doesn't cheat you by making it pretty. I haaaaaate Tammy, but the show would be less without her. Massive love for Shawn Hatosy and his awesomeness in building this character.

6. The relationship of Sammy and Nate, how they are their own married couple in a way. One pushes, the other pulls, they love and care for each other in the end.

7. THE END. Oh my god. I cannot express how shocked I was, it was all done so well that it felt like it was really happening right then, like you were there, shocked, trying to keep up with what's happening, trying to understand what's happening, then the sickening horror of being outnumbered by people that want to fucking kill you, and make it hurt when they do it, and there's your partner, the guy who took you in, sticks up for you, is a silent support in every stupid thing you do, and he's bleeding out and gang bangers are kicking the shit out of him and you know you only have 13 more bullets in that clip and there are more than 30 guys there, and your buddy just signaled to the copter that everything is fine (four fingers, Code 4, the name of the ep) so you try to pull him to the car and cover him with your own body to take the blows and save him, maybe, and you hold him to you in the car as you race to the hospital, trying to tell yourself that it was just a hit to the back of the head, it wasn't going to kill him, oh my god, please don't die.

And you hear his wife wail in horror in the hospital and you see him trying to hold her, but his grief is too much, and she doesn't care that he's in her bathroom when she wasn't to be, and she doesn't care that he puts his shoes up on her couch, he's the only other person that loved her husband as much as she did and it was just so awful. Shawn Hatosy is a fucking outstanding actor (and good lord, the guy runs fast. LOL, his Twitter has that as his Bio, too.)

I had my jaw dropped the whole time that played out, waiting to hear that he was in a coma, that he was paralyzed... Then the preview for next week and he's dead? I realized that I had been crying the whole time, too, and my cat was trying to head butt me. :( Outstanding acting. Outstanding writing. That whole scene with the gang bangers... Filmed on location, copters over head, some of those guys were probably real gang members, too. That could have gotten scary really quick, from a working on set position. I can only imagine how hard it was to shake that off when they wrapped. Good lord.

The WHOLE EPISODE was a lesson in learning how to deal with unexpected death. And then BOOM. How freaking smart is that? And I still didn't see it coming. I have to say that I'm not a natural slasher (I don't see those 'ships like most of fandom does) but holy crap, raise your hand if you wanted Cooper to grab Ben and plant one on him after yelling? Rawr.

Best show on TV right now, hands down. I'm sad to lose Nate's character, but he'll be on my TV when True Blood comes back, so that help.

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING THIS SHOW. As brunettepet says, it's a Master Class in acting, directing, filmmaking, and writing.

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brunettepet
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
This show is so smart and well put together, it's like watching a master class. Writing, acting, directing - it's all top notch.

1. I love that every time he thought he'd got it right, Ben totally stepped on his own dick and it was funny but believable.

2. That skillet smoldering in the scene had my attention, but I was sure the woman wouldn't use it because of the heat! I thought she'd go for a gun in a drawer and the skillet was a red herring.

3. She rocks and I like the coroner already. His crack about the detectives exam had me laughing.

4. Everything is so, so true. His family, his demeanor on the streets, his conviction...

5. Yeah, I've been wondering why he doesn't get a couple uniforms to escort him to the house, but his agitation and the constant phone calls and the threatened restraining order and that first scene had me wondering if he'd cracked and hurt Tammy...

The shooting scene was masterful filmmaking. The shock of the not quite off camera shot and the claustrophobia and menace of that crowd - beautifully done. I'm left reeling.

Why isn't everyone we know watching this show???
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly to your master class comment, sometimes I just have to pause the show to take it all in, the cinematography, the acting, the sets, all of it.

1. I lol every time they have the hazing moments.
2. Right! I might need to watch it again and see if she grabbed a towel, but I'm pretty sure she grabbed the handle of a HOT CAST IRON SKILLET with her bare hand. Mm hmm.

5. SAMMY. Use your head, quit being mad and slow down your anger. I don't think he'd hurt her, I really don't. He's the guy that would be pissed at his wife and go pick a fight with a dude that was bigger than him, you know?

I DON'T KNOW, IT'S MADDENING!!
brunettepet
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
I really couldn't imagine Sammy hurting her, but I couldn't think of what else could culminate in Sammy covered in blood and devastated and the off screen woman screaming! That's why this show is so good - it's smarter than I am!
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
I thought it was the mother screaming over the pretty Hispanic girl - I thought the gang bangers were going to come after HER. (How much do you want to bet that her "boyfriend" is an associate of Spider's? And didn't like that Nate was getting friendly with his girl?)

Waaaaaaaaah.
roonilwazlib6
Jan. 27th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
SPOILERS!
I know you had a cut for spoilers too but I'd rather be safe than sorry. That's why I always make them wear two condoms. ;)

My fiance, Joe, said to me last night about ten minutes into the show: "This is the best cop show I've ever seen. Better than every Law & Order ever." And I agree.

Sammy is my favorite character and every week I'm yelling, "CAN'T HE GET A LAWYER TO GET THAT STUPID BITCH OUT?!" I would take him in my bed in a heartbeat. It's pretty funny too because he just played Boyd Fowler on this past season of Dexter (I dunno if you watch, but he was a creepy serial killer who picked up road kill for the city of Miami for a living), and the fact that I don't see a serial killer when I look at Sammy and I didn't see Sammy when I looked at Boyd is a testament to his skills as an actor, I think.

And the ending. Oh my god, the ending. I didn't expect him to die. At first I was like, "What? Is he... really? A main character?!" But shit son. This is seriously one of the best shows on television ever.

Also I just need to claim my big lesbian love for Regina King. I haven't seen her in anything else (Daddy Day Care doesn't count lol) and she's just brilliant as Adams.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS!
The show is AMAZiNG. It's up there with Hill Street Blues, which imo is the best cop show there's been.

OH GOD TAMMY. How infuriating is that character?

NAAAAAAATE. I didn't think they'd go there, but damn, they did. I forgot that he's a recurring character on True Blood, so it makes sense to leave. BUT DAMN.
turnonmyheels
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS!
and the fact that I don't see a serial killer when I look at Sammy and I didn't see Sammy when I looked at Boyd is a testament to his skills as an actor, I think.


Yes. This. There is no Boyd Fowler in existence anywhere when Sammy is on the screen.

There was another fandom actor on the episode as a character of the week, the crack head who rolled on Gizmo was Wallace from Veronica Mars.

They find good people to be on this show and the *use* them. No one is empty space. I wouldn't have said that before they re-vamped the show for TNT. The guy who plays Sammy and Nate's boss entire storyline made me tired the show is better when he's in the background all the time, imo
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS!
OH MY GOD THAT IS WHO IT WAS, WALLACE! I didn't recognize him, either!

I think what made me tired with the chief's story line was his whiny-ass daughter that was too stupid to live. Plus the whole "I'm cheating on my wife" storyline didn't feel new or interesting.
turnonmyheels
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS!
It wasn't new or interesting and his stupid daughter plus his OTT protectiveness wasn't compelling at all. I really am glad they put all that on the backburner, hopefully it won't be revisited
turnonmyheels
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
wordy mcworderson

the talent is astounding, on ever level of production. it's a damn shame it has such a small audience.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm trying to do my part, I've been FBing about it, tweeting, posting here... Why are people so stupid? IT IS THE BEST DRAMA ON TV.

Why are we so much smarter than everyone? (Oh, and totally OT, but I bought TurboFire this week, because I'm bored to tears with my regular workout. Um, it might utterly destroy me or make me the new queen of the universe, we'll see.)
turnonmyheels
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
TruFax: People Are Stupid

*g*

I'm not familiar with TurboFire is it from Beachbody? I bet it's from the same woman that did TurboKick now that I think about it. I went to a TK class one time and that was ... not what it presented itself to be. It called itself kickboxing but it was more of a hip/hop + kickboxing it was weird.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
IDK who the chick is, I only know Tony Horton from Beachbody, but yes, it's one of their programs. This one is also dance-oriented, but there's punching and kicking and hopping and all sorts of stuff, it promises 9x faster fat burning, so if it ends up only being 2x the fat burning I'll be pleased. :D

Here's a couple doing a routine. I'm trying to up my cardio in anticipation of hiking at 7000ft in a few months.
turnonmyheels
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
That looks AWESOME. Good for you. It's so hard to train for altitude, I wish you luck my badass friend.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Doesn't that look fun?! And Dovil's already told me she won't go to the top with me (google Angel's Landing) so I want to race up to the top and not waste too much time. I used to do that in 1:45, no lie. I'll be lucky to get it in in under 3 hours now, I think.
turnonmyheels
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
GORGEOUS.

Train hard, you'll probably surprise yourself.
rocketlaunching
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
LONG SPOILERY COMMENT IS LONG
I WAS WAITING FOR THIS, YESSSSSSSSS.

1. I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVED THAT. AND OH GOD BEN'S MOTHER. I think I was honestly more surprised by last week's episode ending than this weeks, because I read a spoiler that ~someone~ was going to die this season, but that is just a whole other level of fucked up that you can't even dream of. WRITERS - +1 AUDIENCE - 0 I'm not a slasher either but THAT WOULD BE THE BEST THING EVER. I also loved how Ben was able to talk down the high dude, and everyone was like WTF?, and then Ben was like OH YEAH I'M THE SHIT, and then minutes later he jumps on the hood of their car.

3. I LOVE REGINA KING <3 I was hoping the same about that coroner dude!! 'Cause I think she really needs to get over her partner, cause clearly he's kind of a shitty person and I don't know why you even ask her for a loan... He totally thought she would too because that's just her personality. Which, btw, I totally forgot why his wife would freeze their assets? Was that because he's going for another job while still on the force or? ALSO YES ROSE FROM LOST. LOVES IT.

4. KEVIN ALEJANDRO, MAN IS FINEEEEEEEE. I have so many "dreams" about him, heh. I loved the dynamic of his wife and children, and how he's so goddamn nice. Him and Ben Mackenzie (and you XD) are the reason I started watching this show XD

5. I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING!! Like really, Sammy? You pay the bills, the house is in your name, you really can't get any cop friends or lawyer friends to help you out? I feel like his anger is going to screw him over but you really can't blame him because he really wanted that baby. I really can't believe Tammy is so fucking insufferable that she won't even let him come to get his things.. You're staying in that house for free, you don't even work, and you got knocked up by someone who wasn't your husband, letting him in to get his beer and various other things is the LEAST you could do. I'm glad there is no redemption for Tammy and the writers keep making her more and more unlikeable. I also knew Shawn Hatosy was a fast runner, if you've ever seen the movie Alpha Dog, he was running away from the cops after killing the kid (which is why this show is such a.. stretch for me because he's a criminal in that movie and it's one of my favorites) and I totally thought he could have out-run them if you know, it wasn't written like that XD

6 & 7. I love their relationship too, which I think ultimately makes the end even more upsetting. I, too, was crying and I just could NOT believe those gangbangers were kicking him. Truth be told, I was actually really, really surprised none of those gangbangers had guns of their own to shoot back at Sammy and I'm kind of surprised he didn't shoot more of the people and wasted most of his bullets shooting them in the air. I hope when the other cops got there they arrested most, if not all of the people there cause that shit is fucked up. I had a feeling it was Nate from the beginning of the episode, which makes me so sad. I didn't need the preview to confirm he was dead, because you could just tell by the way his wife and Sammy were crying that he was dead. At least he's on True Blood, but that's show's been sucking so I dunno. Also, when they were filming the riot in season 2 (I believe) they couldn't budget for enough extras so they had bystanders and such join in.. people walking by had no idea it wasn't a real riot and joined in, and the production crew feared for their lives.

BEST SHOW ON TV RIGHT NOW. THE ONLY THING I LOOK FORWARD TO ON TUESDAYS.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: LONG SPOILERY COMMENT IS LONG
1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And oh noes to the spoiler!! Oh, I hate being spoiled. While I am so sad about Nate, I couldn't imagine watching that show knowing he was going to die. I'm a super nerd, though. And some things I slash (when they're totally obvious to me) but John/Ben? I love their bromance.

3. His wife was the one with the money, she's a "famous writer" which means she's rich (ahahaha, writers don't get crazy paid unless they're James Patterson.) So I'm thinking she's all, "Son, you done got paid, it's time for you to grow wings and fly away and stop touching my thangs."

5. But did he really want the baby? I don't think he did at all. I think he was just being Sammy and waiting for Tammi to tell him how she felt about it, then he'd be all, "Yay? A baby? I mean, a baby, yay!" BUT. Now that someone else is sniffing around, he's all I WANT BABY. BABY IS SAMMY. Or it's not his, in which case, she better GTFO. I've not seen Alpha Dog, but guess what I'm dl'ding this weekend on Netflix?

6&7 I think it was waaaaaaay symbolic that they were beating/kicking him to death. Like, it's just raw physical overpowering of this symbol of authority that looks like them, thinks like them, etc. Kicking is such a demeaning act, too, you know?

IT IS SO GOOD, TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS FRIENDS I WANT MOAR OF THIS.
tabaqui
Jan. 27th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Yes to every fucking thing in this review/recap. Just...jesus. Why, why? Oh, man. I was so pissed at Sammy for the whole ep, for letting his bullshite with his wife fuck him up at work, for being so quick to get all up in people's faces and then *this*, this, and jesus, it was just...so horrible.

But yeah, whole ep, it was....
*hands*

When i saw that skillet i was thinking 'holy crap, who's gonna get a face-ful of bacon grease, get the hell out of the kitchen, jesus....'

I love this show.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
It was just so raw and real feeling. That's the magic of this show, that they can pull you in so deep because these characters feel like people we all know.

It is SO GOOD.
tabaqui
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
YES.
When i first saw the promos, they kind of skewed them or *something*, because they made it seem like Cooper was some kind of macho bad-cop beating up people and stuff and Ben was all noble and horrified and i was like - blech.

Oh, how wrong i was.
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