Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 15: As Good as It Getz Review

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Synopsis: Riggs and Murtaugh are forced to work with DEA agent Karen Palmer again, to protect Leo Getz, an ambulance-chasing attorney who was linked to the Cartel. As the three delve further into the case, they begin to realize that Leo may not be the only one with a target on his back. In the meantime, Riggs begins to view Agent Palmer in a new light while Murtaugh is left worried after Trish makes a spontaneous decision. (IMDB)

Writer: Rob Wright

Director: Nick Copus

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 45mins

The big thing about this episode was the reintroduction of a character from the Lethal Weapon film franchise that Joe Pesci made famous in Leo Getz. The version we get for the TV show is a little different than the movie version and is now a low-rate lawyer played by Thomas Lennon. They may have different professions but Getz is still a weasel and a coward. Although not as much of a stretch for Lennon, he was great to watch and also funny.

The episode did feel like it was less about the plot and more about seeing Getz in a series of precarious situations. This started off okay but got old really fast. Just like Joe Pesci was as Getz in the films, this version of Getz had some great chemistry with Murtaugh and Riggs, talking too much and just being annoying in general. Just like the films, Murtaugh and Riggs liked to play around with him but it obviously didn’t go as far as it did in the films.

Getz got himself caught in a situation involving the cartel where he survived the drive by shooting of a DEA informant. Because the DEA was involved, that meant the return of Agent Karen Palmer for whom Riggs probably has a crush on. Their relationship took a step forward in the episode where he appeared to genuinely care about her and getting into many dangerous situations together. She was a little apprehensive about him at first but they now enjoy working together.

There was an actual case going on but it kind of took a backseat to Getz and the Palmer/Riggs relationship. They of course stopped the bad guys and saved the day but the resolution felt shoehorned in at the last minute.

Perhaps scared of what he was feeling about Palmer, Riggs was avoiding her as she was about to leave which was a side of him that Murtaugh hadn’t yet seen. Murtaugh told Riggs that he wasn’t afraid of dying but rather afraid of living, prompting him to go back to Palmer who had forgotten something at the station.

The last part of the episode was that Trish believed she was getting a promotion at her firm, giving her a new idea on how to lower Murtaugh’s cholesterol, get a pool where he could exercise in. He was worried about how expensive it would be but Trish told him not to worry. Unfortunately for her, someone else got the promotion, prompting her to quit her job because she didn’t like the way she was treated by her firm. Murtaugh did not support her decision initially but came around when he saw how relieved she was by doing so. As they were walking out, they saw one of Getz’s ads on a bus with Trish’s picture on it which did not sit well with either of them.

Overall, this was a good episode whose case of the week got overshadowed by other subplots. It was still fun to watch but Getz’s personality got old pretty quickly. Riggs and Palmer had good chemistry together so it would be nice to see them together again in the future.

Score: 8/10

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