Carter, Rice and the rest of the Dark Blue team go after a man ripping off drug deals under the false identity of the DEA. But things take an unplanned turned when Jamie’s confidence is rattled after being assaulted by a perp that ended up being gunned down by Carter and Dean.

Now she thinks the entire case rests on her shoulders. But just to make sure not all of his eggs are in one basket, Carter sends Ty and Dean to meet with an old – and very annoying – contact that will hopefully put the boys in with their mark.

What worked: This was a really half and half episode of Dark Blue. I actually thought the development given to Jamie’s character was really well done. It’s very rare when we see her rattled the way she was. Not to mention that she looks freaking bad-ass with a 12 gauge shot gun.

This episode probably had the best action of the entire season. From the opening chase, to the shoot out at the gun deal, to the shoot out at the drop house, it was all very entertaining.

What didn’t: So as I suspected last week, Carter and Rice are in fact hiding their relationship from the rest of the team. OK, then that makes their entire cover from last week make no sense when they passionately kissed in front of Dean. I swear, this show is becoming a walking parody of its former self.

This episode featured so much unnecessary angst. Things like Carter stressing over receiving a gift from Rice. Then there was Rice making a very convincing case for a quickie with Carter AT THE F*****G STASH HOUSE! It’s all so amazingly out of place that I am beginning to think that this is some big joke being played on the original season one fans of the show.

While I liked the idea and execution of Jamie being rattled, I felt that the reasoning was out of place. The fact is, Jamie has been knocked down before. So what makes this time so special that it changed her entire perception of reality?

But moving on from that, why was Noel Fisher in this episode? Or better yet, why was he playing his character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The dude wasn’t on the show for that long, and if it wasn’t for the fact that Stuckey is in jail for murder, I would honestly believe it’s the same character. All he did was get on my nerves, like the rest of this episode.

Final thoughts: A real half and half episode of Dark Blue.

Episode: “Jane Wayne” (Season 2, Episode 6)

Airs: TNT, Wednesday, 9pm

What’s next: The team investigates a home invasion crew by putting Alex and Carter to pose as the bait.

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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