'Lethal Weapon' Season 3 episode 12: If Roger Murtaugh has to be written off, this is probably how he's going to go
It doesn't look like he will be gone for good or killed off, but the show's third season is definitely starting to move on to the next chapter for its main characters.
'Lethal Weapon' could possibly be writing off Roger Murtaugh this season and the latest episode, episode 12, 'The Roger and Me' could be hinting at the way he's going to go. It doesn't look like he will be gone for good or killed off, but the show's third season is definitely starting to move on to the next chapter in the storyline.
This episode follows Murtaugh and Wesley Cole as they follow the murder of an underground MMA fighter, who is found to have been drugged before the fight. As the duo solves the murder, Murtaugh realizes that he may not be as perfect for the job as he once was. What follows is a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance that leads Murtaugh to the conclusion that it wouldn't be such a bad idea to actually move on from being an LAPD cop.
It wouldn't be surprising if this really was the show's way of sending Murtaugh off to pasture and tying loose ends. If you remember, recently Damon Wayans, who plays Murtaugh had announced in an interview that he would be saying goodbye to the show after this season. Although it wasn't an official announcement, Wayans had said that he felt like he was "too old" to continue being on the show and would really like to bow out. However, Keesha Sharp, his co-star has said in an interview that if there was a season 4 for 'Lethal Weapon' he would almost certainly return to reprise his role. The latest episode steered the storyline making both a possibility.
It starts off with Murtaugh being brought in as a guest lecturer to address a bunch of newbie cops. He has a blast with them in class narrating his old time stories with Captain Avery who used to be his former partner. While no one believes him, Murtaugh manages to pull off a signature move he hadn't done since the '80s and saves the day. At the same time, he realizes that it wouldn't be too bad to start a life outside of the LAPD.
Now, if Murtaugh does get into teaching at the end of this season, it would mean that he would always have an opportunity to come back in a guest role perhaps if the show returns. It would also be a respectful end to his legacy, paving the way forward for a different lead setup on 'Lethal Weapon'. The show has suggested retirement for Murtaugh's character throughout its run but he's always fought back saying that he didn't want to give up just yet.
This episode was pivotal also because while it shows Murtaugh wanting to retire, it shows his partner Cole trying to settle down and really dive into his life with his LAPD job. He tries to get an apartment and his relationship with Erica starts getting a little more serious. This could possibly mean that if the show returns for another season, we could possibly have Cole as the lead. Seann William Scott has time and time again proved that he could carry the weight of the entire show on his shoulders - after all, he did single-handedly move this season forward. The season still has about a dozen episodes left, so don't be surprised to find more closures along the way.
The next episode of 'Lethal Weapon', episode 13 airs on Tuesday, January 22, at 8 pm ET on Fox.