Editor’s note: For those of you paying attention, Dark Blue is the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced cop show on TNT, and it should not be confused with the far more entertaining Canadian import, Rookie Blue, on ABC.

The team gets word that a gun running extremist is in the planning stages of a major political assassination. So Carter, Rice, and the rest of team decide to break the extremist’s brother out of jail. But things don’t go as planned when a third member is thrown into the mix. Now it’s a race against the clock to see who will break first. Carter, the mark, or the third man who no one wanted to see.

What worked: Well, Dark Blue has graduated from piece of s**t to watchable. This episode as probably the best one of the season. And there was a lot that actually did work.

Basically, it was classic undercover team for this episode. Not a whole lot of angst, just everyone doing their job. And more importantly, there was a clear goal that lead to a fairly decent resolution. That is something that has been missing from the show, every episode has been so convoluted that the writers forgot what the show was all about. But this episode was the first sign that things are slowly returning back to normal.

What didn’t: With that said, this episode was still full of lame relationship gags, and pointless angst.

First of all, I was under the assumption that Carter and Rice were keeping their relationship a secret from the rest of the team. But when Carter and Rice make out (while undercover but it was clear it wasn’t the first time) in front of Dean, it’s clear they aren’t. So then I have to question why it was a big deal that Jamie and Dean were keeping their relationship a secret, what gives?

Then there is really annoying an going story with Ty and his ex-wife. So now he is just going woman to woman like a black James Bond. All this is doing is getting on my nerves.

Final thoughts: I really want to know what happened to the Dark Blue I fell in love with last year. Is Bruckheimer not over anyone’s shoulder anymore? Because I know this isn’t the kind of writing we expect from a show with his name on it.

Episode:Brother’s Keeper” (Season 2, Episode 5)

Airs: TNT, Wednesdays, 9pm

What’s next: The crew investigates a dangerous band of thieves, so Jaimie infiltrates as a junkie.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

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