Guys, I have a confession. I’m honestly not all that impressed with this season of T.G. Sure I love me some Jim and Callie but I don’t know … I guess I just don’t find the dialogue as witty and sharp this season as I did last year. Also it could be that I feel that The Glades has no overall direction that it’s working towards. Or I could just be crazy. Anyway I know many of you love the show, myself included, contrary to what you might believe now (I guess I might by somewhat psychotic. Who knows.), so let’s dive right into the discussion.
Sunday’s episode was obviously a rip-off of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew mixed with Carrie. It wasn’t my favorite but I also didn’t hate it either. It was … out of character, at least for me. And lets be frank, my opinion is the only one that matters in this recap (just kidding, y’all’s opinions are FAR superior to mine). I think the main reason I felt such a disconnect with the episode was the Carlos storyline. It really felt contrived and out of place. I love Carlos and his love for his family so I couldn’t believe that the writers went this route with him. It was like they took the Carlos character and said ‘You know what, I don’t give a fuck if he’s known as an ethical family man, he needs some spicing up. Oh I know, we’ll give him a back story where he had an affair with his former apprentice!’ I fucking HATED it. Plus I really hated the Sophie character. Honestly, I like my female characters, no matter the role, to be strong and independent and Sophie represented the complete opposite. The bitch got what she deserved. Now that I’ve gotten what I hated out of the way, let’s talk about the case and what I did like.
This week’s case centered on a rehab center where SPOILER ALERT: Lindsay Lohan hasn’t been a patient and an attorney was blackmailing patients over their deep dark secrets. I had really high hopes for this episode when it opened up with a burly trucker dude racing to drop the kids off at the pool in time followed by having him play footsie with a dead guy. It was comical while the case had me intrigued and mildly disgusted.
Side note: rest stop bathroom killings just seem so unsanitary. I mean, I don’t stop and piss in any because they’re germ pools so I don’t understand why anyone, fictional or not, would chose to voluntarily go and murder someone in one. I just hope they Germ-Exed the shit out of their hands afterwards.
It was after this opening sequence that the writers lost me. Well, at least until the end. The in-between was just a big chaotic and unbelievable mess. The most important thing that happened was that we were introduced to Carlos’ protégé, the sizzling & neurotic Sophie, who is supposedly under review for being a fuckup. Jim instantly picks up that these two have some sort of horizontal past because he possesses two eyes and a brain. The entire case evolves around Carlos trying to revive Sophie’s street cred while Jim solves the murder but fails at deciphering Cheech and Chong’s past history. Don’t worry Jim, you win some and lose some. In a big non-shocker Sophie was the Hamburglar. Was anyone really surprised at this ta-da moment? No, I didn’t think so, because OCTV readers are smarter than your average bear.
So what did I like about this episode? Firstly, I loved the Jim and Jeff man-to-man moment. It threw me back to the series premiere where they went practice shooting (am I remembering that correctly?), making me realize that I’ve missed their relationship. Secondly, Jim and Callie seemed like the old Jim and Callie where they were comfortable with each other. Their back and forth really makes the show for me so in a way I’m kind of glad that they aren’t together so I can get more sexually charged banter. Additionally, and this might make me a villain, but I really do like the dynamic Jim’s old partner Samantha brings to the show. Basically I’m a sucker for a good old fashion love triangle. Hello, that was the only reason I watched Dawson’s Creek! It was so obvious that Joey needed to choose Pacey over Dawson. God, Kevin Williamson knows how to write love triangles that suck you in, but I digress.
So what was my absolute favorite thing from Sunday’s episode? The last five minutes where the gang all comes together to help celebrate Carlos’ daughter’s 15th birthday was it for me. It was fun. It was flirty. It made me want a pitcher of margaritas while salsa dancing and I don’t dance. Seriously, it’s embarrassing and this white gurl has no rhythm. Ultimately though, it was classic Glades which I believe has been missing from this season. Plus Carlos and Jim’s bromance just makes me happy.
Ok, now that I’ve taken forever to write this recap and gave you my seemingly unorganized thoughts, what do you guys think? Did you love the final scenes as much as me? Are you happy with this season so far? Jim and Jeff need more bonding time, right?! Do you think the Sophie/Carlos storyline was complete and utter bullshit like I do? Tell me what you thought of the episode below in the comments!