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Synopsis: When Detective Bailey’s sister, Jess, runs into trouble with the law, Bailey must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her family. Meanwhile, with Trish away on a company retreat, Murtaugh is left to help Riana navigate boy problems, and Riggs deals with the fallout of a night of heavy drinking. (IMDB)
Writer: Stacy A. Littlejohn
Director: John Behring
Running Time: 44mins
Bailey has mostly been a background character so far in the series but this episode changed that by giving her a story of her own involving her sister Jess who got herself in trouble with the mob and got her boyfriend murdered. Bailey was the first to realize that her sister may had been involved with the murder so she took it upon herself to try and protect her sister. Riggs noticed and took her side
This created different pairings for the episode with Riggs spending most of his time with Bailey and Murtaugh spending most of his time with Bowman. Since they’ve been paired together, we haven’t really seen them operate together too much so we sort of got a glimpse of how they operated together. The contrast between their current partners and their older ones made it interesting to watch and was a welcome change of pace.
Bailey and Jess had a contentious relationship with each falling on different sides since their mother died. An incident at a club they were investigating led to Riggs getting shot which led Murtaugh to expect the worst but in typical Riggs fashion, the bullet hit a flask that was in his pocket. Jess found a key to a storage locker in the wallet she stole containing a bag full of money which was probably the reason why her boyfriend was murdered.
A trio of identical triplets then abducted Murtaugh, Riggs, and Bailey. The scene and the subsequent exchange between Murtaugh and Bailey while in the trunk of a car was hilarious. Riggs escaped and as he tried to save Murtaugh who was fighting a mobster in a car that crashed and then exploded. Of course Murtaugh wasn’t going to die from that but he was particularly disappointed in Riggs for his reaction to him possible being dead. Once it was all over, Jess decided to face the consequences of her actions and go to prison.
This wasn’t the only thing that happened in the episode as Riana thought Robbie was cheating on her so she got Murtaugh to help her find out using police resources because he didn’t want to involve Trish who was away on a retreat. The two bonded over their experience together and they figured out that Robbie was definitely cheating on her. He consoled her at the end by telling her that this was simply an important lesson on the way to finding the right person for her.
Also, Riggs woke up in a park at the beginning of the episode with his truck missing. While trying to locate his truck, he learned of what he did the night before for which he didn’t remember because he was blackout drunk. It was fun to learn about what happened until his time mimicked that of his father during the day of his mother’s funeral as shown through a series of flashbacks. This was triggered by another letter asking him to speak at his father’s parole hearing.
Riggs couldn’t help but wonder what his life could’ve been if he had chosen to ask for a social worker’s help instead of stay with his father. He then when to Murtaugh’s house asking for help. Murtaugh had Riggs’s truck towed to his house after he learned that Riggs left it at the bar he was at.
Overall, this was a good episode that gave us a much needed Bailey story while offering some different pairings which were fun to watch. The Riana subplot actually worked and the other with Riggs continued to bring he and Murtaugh together and may finally lead to closure with his father. Hopefully this doesn’t linger for too long.