Dean returns from his injury just in time for Carter, Alex and the rest of the team to get a murder case involving high end burglaries which they decide to take it on. But things go astray when Ty is taken hostage and suspected of being a snitch from the inside. Because of this, Carter and Alex’s take down gets blown to hell and they to are taken hostage by the burglars. Now it’s a race to beat the morning sun, otherwise no one is walking away alive. Jamie also becomes suspicious after meeting Ty’s new squeeze.

What worked: Finally, a decent episode of Dark Blue out of this awful, awful season. I really dug having two different sections of the team be in peril by the same organization. Would I have preferred it if someone had been hurt? Sure, but this was good enough.

This episode really took the show back to the “Carter Shaw don’t f**k around” attitude. I mean, the dude shot the bad guy through the f*****g wall. It don’t get much better than that my friends.

And Ty’s hostage crisis was really cool. He really hasn’t been put in any situation like that for a while. And seeing him maintain his cool during the entire event, that’s Ty at his best this entire season.

I even got behind Alex a bit in this episode. When she stabbed the women holding her at knife point, I went into full “YEAH” mode. This is the Dark Blue I know and love, and I just want it to stay.

What didn’t: All that said, there is still a bunch of angst that needs to be worked out. I still could care less about Ty’s personal life. His wife left him out of the blue with no warning, and I’m still trying to understand that. Now he’s magically dating another, even hotter gal. I just don’t give a crap.

There was a still a lot of pointless angst in this episode between Carter and Alex. We have reached the ” are they going to move in together” stage of their relationship. I just hate it. I hate everything about it, and I just want Alex to go away. And that scene with them tied up in the room together was just insulting.

Final thoughts: A decent episode, but it still needed work.

Episode: “Home Sweet Home” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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Things go all sort of wrong when Ty gets thrown into a case involving his new girlfriend and her brother. But that’s only the start of the peril that this episode takes our gang of outlaws on. All leading up to one heck of an ending for everyone.

What worked: Now this was a damn good episode of Dark Blue. I’m actually amazed at the quality in the writing on this one. I might actually put it as one of my favorites of the series. Which begs the question, where has this level of quality been the whole damn summer?

Having Ty’s personal life turn into one of Carter’s cases was brilliant. I really felt for Ty in this episode. Having his personal life and his cop life collide was perfect. I’m a fan of any episode like that in a procedural.

This episode also had a great amount of action, and good action at that. Some shoot outs, some drive bys and some cop shootings. This episode was jam packed with some of the highest stakes we have seen all season.

This episode also contained one of my favorite TV actors of all time, Charles S. Dutton. Now this is a guy that just sweats emotion. That final scene just send chills down your spine when he is screaming the truth at Ty. It was beauty on the small screen if I ever saw it.

What didn’t: It’s official, every time Alex and Carter are on screen together in a situation that involves their personal relationship, the show sucks. And it sucks hard. The whole sub-plot about the maid was just idiotic and pointless. Again, Rice needs to go away.

Final thoughts: A damn good episode of Dark Blue.

Episode: “Shell Game” (Season 2, Episode 8)

Airs: TNT, Wednesdays, 9pm

What’s next: Carter, Dean and Jaimie go undercover to catch two brothers that use a flower import business as cover to smuggle drugs.

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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