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H:LOTS – S0505 – “M.E., Myself and I”

November 5, 2010

Barbara Shivers, Meldrick Lewis and Brodie share a cozy, uncomfortable dinner under the velvety glow of Teddy P.

A speeding ticket and snarky banter with a highway cop introduce new Chief Medical Examiner Juliana Cox – played by Michelle Forbes – to viewers. With her severe black blunt cut and gothy girl style, Cox brings a fresh female perspective to H:LOTS, which almost makes the departure of Isabella Hoffman’s Megan Russert a bit easier to deal with. Right away, Cox finds herself at the center of controversy and butting heads with existing staff when she begins reviewing some of the questionable autopsies performed by her subordinates. Chief among her quibbles is the suspicious deaths of a prostitute, which eerily resembles a fresh case being investigated by Bayliss. Right away, Cox makes an impression and a few enemies. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Meanwhile Kellerman’s got IAB (the rat squad) on his ass for some questionable behavior during his stint in Arson. This comes at a very inopportune time, given that Kellerman has just upgraded his boat. Oops. And with distinguished character actor Edward Herrmann on the case, things do not look good for Kellerman. Anyone else in Kellerman’s shoes would get their act together and not – say – start a bar fight with fellow Arson detective also being investigated for corruption.

As for Kellerman’s partner Lewis, all is not quiet on the home front. Barbara Shivers does not like that damn black velvet painting of Teddy Pendergrass and decides to say so making dinner guest Brodie – who made the meal – feel pretty uncomfortable. Wait, how long have these two been married? About a hot minute and already there’s big, big trouble. Oh Meldrick, what the hell have you gotten yourself into?

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