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S4x12 The Hat

May 26, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have Anya Epstein movement! This is the first time the talented Ms. Epstein is credited as something other than “Assistant to Mr. Fontana”. Believe me, there’s no shame in being Fontana’s assistant, but it’s fun to track our chica’s rise to such great heights! Yay, Anya!

What a wonderful episode to debut Ms. Epstein. Sublime acting performance by Lily Tomlin, who shares screen time with Lewis and Kellerman as chatty fugitive Rose Halligan, who the detectives are tasked with transporting to the precinct.

But that’s about the only bright spot in this episode!

In a dramatic reverse of fortune Roger Gaffney is made CAPTAIN. Turning Russert’s fall from grace into something far more disastrous. Bigots in administration are certainly no novelty, but Commissioner Harris has a selected Gaffney for sentimental reasons; he is reminiscent of Gee’s bigoted partner from his early days on the force. A bigot who apparently made law enforcement quite unpleasant for the future, often overlooked Giardello.

Well played, H:LOTS.

Elsewhere in the precinct, Munch watches pr0n instead of reviewing crime scene video – Shot by Brodie – for his upcoming testimony. Unfortunately or not – depending if you’re Munch or Sgt. Howard – the tape is nowhere to be found at the moment. I wonder what Gaffney has to say regarding appropriation of department resources for fap related research?

Shakeups aside, this episode is an example of the how the execution of story arcs on H:LOTS happens in a more holistic and leisurely manner. Stakes are not set so high that a viewer nearly hyperventilates waiting for satisfying resolution. Nor do the show’s writers rush every detail in order to ensure they’ve tied up every loose bit a string in their line of sight. Layers, baby, layers.

I can’t bear to discuss the heartbreak that is Gaffney’s promotion for Gee. It is entirely too painful.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2010 10:12 am

    Oh I so need to watch this episode. I love Lily Tomlin, and I enjoy Munch getting caught misbehaving. He’s got this great “who, me?” attitude.

  2. lemonadeandlemoncake permalink
    May 28, 2010 2:25 am

    one of my favorite actors is jake epstein. wonder if there’s any relation?

  3. leviramsey permalink
    May 30, 2010 11:24 pm

    @lemonadeandlemoncake: No relation that I can tell (Jake is Canadian)… Anya’s brother is well-known to Boston Red Sox fans as the GM of the Olde Towne Teame.

  4. Claire permalink
    June 1, 2010 4:26 am

    I love the sight seeing/local colour in episodes like this. American fast food joints are so exotic.

  5. hsofia permalink
    July 20, 2010 7:59 pm

    I have long been a fan of Tomlin, but is it weird to say that this was the first time I watched her in something and thought, “She is beautiful?” What broke me up in this episode was Howard’s reaction to the colossal eff up of Lewis and Kellerman.

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