Lethal Weapon Season 2 Episode 1: El Gringo Loco Review

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Synopsis: Riggs plans to finish off Tito Flores in Mexico where Murtaugh follows him. (IMDB)

Writers: Matthew Miller and Kyle Warren

Director: Steve Boyum

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 44mins

Based on what we know about the characters, it would be pretty easy to figure out who the episode title is referring to. Last season ended with Riggs heading to Mexico to find Tito Flores and finally get justice for Miranda. It appeared that this new season would start off with Riggs being a vigilante across Mexico but we unfortunately didn’t get to see any of that as Murtaugh, who went after him, found him at the tailend of his mission with Riggs having Flores at gunpoint. Being the consummate voice of reason, Murtaugh convinced Riggs not to kill Flores and to bring him back to L.A. and also told him that he loved him which did not get the response that Murtaugh expected.

When it looked like Murtaugh and Riggs would get out of Mexico without incident, Murtaugh loses a finger and was then taken to a hospital to get it reattached. This meant Murtaugh was on morphine, making him act silly for the remainder of the episode. While that was happening, Avery was defending Murtaugh and Riggs to Internal Affairs. It was funny to hear Avery read off all the things they had done. All of this could ultimately not matter with Flores now in custody but when they opened the trunk, he was shot in the head which did not help their case. They were suspended again although as always, it didn’t stop them from trying to solve who killed Flores.

Once Murtaugh returned home, a lot of things have changed with his family. He did not like what was happening and made sure that everyone knew. They did not appreciate his behavior so in exchange, he gave in to their demands at dinner. Cahill visited Riggs at his trailer to confront him about the suicide note he left her and to talk about what happened in Mexico. She reminded him what Murtaugh did for him. Riggs didn’t seem interested in finding out who killed Flores but when Murtaugh headed to the clinic where he got his finger reattached to see if he may have said something while under the influence, he got ambushed by the cartel. When it looked like he was out, Riggs was there to save him.

Then we learned that the nurse’s brother was a Border Patrol Agent who later confessed to killing Flores but Riggs didn’t believe him when he asked him what it was like to kill him. They then learned that he was threatened into admitting to killing Flores by the second in command of the cartel. Of course they went back to Mexico to expose him. Trish didn’t like being kept in the dark so another funny part of the episode was when Murtaugh shared everything that was happening to him which got to the point that she didn’t want to know anymore. After causing some more carnage, they brought him in and he offered to provide enough information to bring down the cartel. This was enough to get Murtaugh and Riggs reinstated.

The episode ended with Riggs visiting Miranda’s grave to talk about him and his new partner that won’t let him die. He leaves his wedding ring near her grave and visits Murtaugh with a few bottles of tequila, not admitting why he was there (because he loves him too).

Overall, this was a good start to the season with a decent balance of action and character moments between Murtaugh and Riggs. Their chemistry continues to be the driving force of the series so when the story doesn’t necessarily go the way you expected, they are so entertaining to watch that it often doesn’t matter.

Score: 8/10

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