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Synopsis: Murtaugh and Riggs investigate a death that occurs moments before the victim’s bet wins a horse race. Leo Getz insists it’s a homicide and aids in the investigation. Meanwhile, Murtaugh updates his will, while Riggs struggles to come to terms with his past. (IMDB)
Writer: Rob Wright
Director: Eric Laneuville
Running Time: 44mins
For as long as we’ve known Riggs, he’s lived in his trusty trailer on the beach but now it had been impounded by the city of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, RJ had been raiding Trish and Murtaugh’s fridge on a regular basis since leaving for college. Murtaugh had also been hard at work on his will. He wanted to make sure that it was done right so he can ensure his legacy. Of course Riggs came barging in and Trish decided to help him so he didn’t end up squatting in their house instead.
Leo Getz is back! The case of the week involves one of Getz’s clients who was murdered during a horse race. He was a large man so everyone thought he must have died of natural causes but Getz was adamant that his client was murdered. During the autopsy, Scorsese confirmed that it was murder.
Later Getz took them to victim’s memorial service at a bar where Murtaugh informed Riggs that he would be in his will which Riggs refused. The victim’s appartment was upstairs and while Murtaugh and Riggs were arguing about Murtaugh’s will, Getz turned on some music and started a shower before he was being attacked. Murtaugh and Riggs didn’t hear what was happening over the music and their arguing until they broke through the glass door and Getz killed him.
Getz was stuck on the man he killed who was a goon for a loan shark. Cahill spoke to Riggs about the loss of his trailer. He seemed to be avoiding the subject so she brought up his childhood. We then got a quick flashback of Riggs’s dad breaking through a lock on their house which they had been evicted from. Trish informed him of the many notices the city sent about his trailer that he ignored. The fines he had accrued were worth more than the trailer. Murtaugh and Riggs then visited a tattoo shop owned by the loan shark and they tore it up.
The loan shark denied killing the victim because he owed him money. He also claimed that he was told about a winfall but there was no evidence of this. Not wanting to give up, Getz took Bailey and Bowman, who he called the B team, back to the appartment to look for evidence of a winfall. As Riggs slept in his car during a rainstorm, we got another flashback of him hiding in the trunk of a car to get away from his father. Bowman and Bailey found recordings of private conversations in the jockey club at the racetrack which could’ve been why the victim was killed.
Presumably drinking, Riggs stole back his trailer and crashed it onto Murtaugh’s front lawn. The following morning, Trish was not happy. They learned that the victim’s friends at the jockey club who apparently hated the jockey club all had criminal records. Getz took it upon himself to inform Murtaugh that Riggs was in pain. He was also given the victim’s ashes which he then tried to spread around the jockey club but was then removed by one of the criminal friends.
At the horse track bar, Murtaugh and Riggs stumbled onto a robbery in progress. We learned that the victim had heard about the robbery in one of his recordings and wanted to be paid in exchange for silence and was killed in the process. Back at the station, Getz delivered a long acceptance speech, thanking everyone for what they did. Wanting an excuse to hang out, Getz sued the LAPD on Murtaugh’s behalf but Murtaugh wanted him to drop it.
Cahill gave Riggs a help package. He also opened up to Trish about his feelings and she tried to teach him a lesson about the true meaning of home. Riggs finally agreed to be in Murtaugh’s will where he was given a marinade recipe. He retired for the evening in his trailer which was now in their garage.
Overall, this was a good episode where we got more backstory on Riggs as he was forced to open up a little more. Getz’s return was a fun addition to the episode despite not adding anything to the story besides a few comic relief moments. It will be interesting to see where Murtaugh and Riggs’ relationship will go now that Riggs lives with them.