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Lethal Weapon Season 2 Episode 17: The Odd Couple Review

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Synopsis: After the fatal end to an argument on a construction site, the squad works to untangle facts about the incident. Meanwhile, Riggs struggles to rekindle his relationship with Molly, Trish’s job is on the line as she tries to close a big deal at work, and Murtaugh gets one last chance to make it right at home. (IMDB)

Writers: Elizabeth Beall and Eileen Jones

Director: Larry Teng

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 44mins

Murtaugh and Trish have been apart for a little while now and so have Riggs and Molly. Neither was going to last long anyway and this episode helped to bring both couples back together, sort of.

There aren’t that many Trish and Avery scenes so this episode started with one as she tried to get some intel on her husband. Meanwhile. Murtaugh and Riggs’ living arrangements have not gone smoothly. The case this week involved a murder of a contractor on a construction site. Their living situation seemed to permeate within the episode, prompting some funny exchanges and the fact that the rest of the squad had a pool about how long they would stay together.

Riggs called Cahill to ask for help with Molly who now operated a barbecue food truck. He hadn’t talked to her because he didn’t know how to tell her the truth about what his father did. While investigating a lead, Murtaugh and Riggs crashed Trish’s grounbreaking ceremony. They also accidentally ruined the moment by pressing a button to implode a building that was intended for Trish’s boss. She was definitely not happy to say the least as their actions ruined a business deal that she worked hard to finalize.

Perhaps motivated to get Murtaugh and Trish back together, Riggs attempted to convince a grocery mogul named Henry Butler (Michael McGrady) to not back out of a deal with Trish by inviting him to a Texas barbecue dinner from Molly who was not exactly happy to see him but couldn’t pass up the opportunity with the grocery mogul. 

Murtaugh and Riggs ran late for the dinner after dealing with a group of drug dealers who tried to purchase the same property for more money because of the abandoned subway tunnels underneath that were perfect for transporting drugs. Riggs did not follow Molly’s wishes to be left alone, wanting to apologize for his actions but she wanted none of it. Both he and Murtaugh just made things worse and ruined the dinner, trying to prove that Butler was a meth dealer.

While Trish was about to confront Butler at the airport before boarding his plane, Murtaugh told her about the evidence he had on Butler. She didn’t believe him but then overheard a conversation where he admitted to having the contractor killed. She talked her way out of boarding Butler’s plane, however, Murtaugh and Riggs thinking she was, boarded it anyway.

After the dust settled, the plane was going down but they only had one parachute. Riggs took offense to Murtaugh’s claim that he had nothing to live for as there were plenty of things he wanted to live for. After losing the parachute, they both jumped out with Riggs catching the parachute in mid-air and catching Murtaugh so they can both land safely.

Hearing that Murtaugh jumped out of a plane for her was enough to let him come back home. Riggs gave Molly an apology but the only she wanted from him was to get over his daddy issues.

Overall, this was a good episode whose subplots connected to the case the case of the week. Certain episodes occasionally feel convoluted as there are several stories going on so focused episodes like this one are more fun to watch as they focus on the story. The last few episodes have been fun but they have yet to address the season long arc of Riggs’ father lurking in the background so hopefully this will be addressed soon and Riggs will get his closure.

Score: 8/10

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