'Lethal Weapon' season 3 episode 4 review: Thomas Lennon's Leo shines as bromance between Cole and Roger blooms
Season 4 episode 3 of 'Lethal Weapon' sees a beautiful heart-to-heart between Cole and Roger, even as Leo Getz makes a heartwarming comical peg for justice
The episode of 'Lethal Weapon' that we were all excited about, released yesterday and we finally got to see Leo Getz, played by Thomas Lennon, and boy, was it a fun episode! As much as we are liking the bromance between Wesley Cole (Seann William Scott) and Roger (Damon Wayans), Leo was a good third wheel in the episode 'Leo Getz Justice'. As the title of the show suggests, Leo was set to finally get some justice in the episode.
The episode starts with a man and woman, Beth Geary as we know her name later in the episode, who are having a talk after a fling. The man dismisses Geary by saying he will call her. This, however, is code for 'I'm never going to see you again'. The man, after using an online dating app, sees a girl's picture whom he likes and enters an elevator where he is joined by another man.
He thinks he is a Casanova, but he sure doesn't expect what happens next. The man in the elevator kills him. Not so much of a stud, huh?
Meanwhile, Cole is watching a Dwayne Johnson film when he suddenly remembers a memory from his past, where he and nine-year-old boy Hanni have a conversation about 'The Rock', when the little boy was trying to sell him a DVD. After buying the DVD, Cole asks the boy for change. Instead, the boy gives Cole a piece of information saying the guy he is spying on has planted a bomb in his car. The boy exits saying, "I told you, I know things and I don't want to lose a valuable customer. See you around or not." And yes, he was right. Cole unlocks the car from afar and the car blows up. While thinking about this incident, Cole doesn't look happy. We later find out in the episode that Hanni was killed in his car for helping him with the information.
On his way to the crime scene, Cole finds his car smashed and a cheque on his steering wheel. The cheque seems to be addressed to Rafi, Hanni's brother. Doesn't look like he likes Cole much though since he was the reason Hanni died. Cole understands that Rafi may be behind this and doesn't look pleased. The motel manager, where he stays, offers to help find the person who did this, but Cole refuses any help and takes his car and leaves.
Roger reaches the scene - the elevator where the dating app guy was murdered, and Bernard Scorsese (Johnathan Fernandez) is already there. When Cole arrives, Roger and Scorsese ask him about his car and he replies: "the guy has got his reasons". Meanwhile, Scorsese tells the detectives that a note was found in the body's mouth that read: 'A pig who must die'.
Roger figures this case is similar to Dan Harrison, a guy who preyed on womanizers and killed them leaving the exact same note. However, Roger is sure that this guy is a copcat killer since Roger himself had put Dan behind bars 10 years ago.
Leo arrives and questions Rogers about his case concerning Dan Harrison since he represents Dan. Leo gets comical as he invites Cole to lunch to get to know each other as he considers himself part of a team. Roger says a firm 'no'. Leo informs the detectives that he "hosts a moderately successful true crime podcast". Leo blames Roger for framing his client Dan in a crime he didn't commit, while Roger backs his arrest saying they had all the evidence required.
When they return to the precinct, Cole comes across Rafi, who has been arrested for vandalizing his car. Cole is surprised since he did not file any complaint. He recalls that it could be the motel manager and asks the officer to let him go. However, Rafi disagrees with him and says he should be booked for his crime and doesn't want Cole's money. Rafi tells Cole that he should stop sending him cheques as he will never forgive him for getting his brother killed.
Meanwhile, Leo talks to Captain Brooks (Kevin Rahm) saying his client was falsely accused by Roger and that they should re-open the case. However, they both shut him down as a police officer gets the address of the murderer who killed the dating app guy. When the detectives reach the place, they come across a murder board with pictures of Roger and Leo among others. The detectives follow a guy who runs when he spots them. Cole manages to nab him.
Roger and the Chief discover that the weapon used to murder the dating app victim is a double-bladed garnish knife, which was the knife used by Dan Harrison. This confuses them since Dan is in prison. When ADA Mike Turner (Jason Manuel Olazabal) arrives and tells them that he doesn't want to face the heat for Roger's mistake in arresting the wrong guy, the Captain presents him with a grooming theory - where the assassin uses another person to commit the crimes on his behalf. Turner, however, orders them to find the right guy.
Leo, meanwhile, reaches out to Trish Murtaugh (Keesha Sharp) to be his counselor in the case as she is a lawyer and Roger's wife. After much hesitation, she agrees to help him on the case. She points out to Roger that there were flaws in the case, but he had ignored them.
Cole and Roger figured they could talk to Jacob Porter (William Mapother), Dan's prison guard. After he was transferred, he regularly visited Dan in prison, which could have been a 'grooming' session. Meanwhile, Leo is already at Jacob's house interviewing him for his podcast on Dan's innocence. Unfortunately, Jacob supports Dan and says, "Womanizers deserve to be punished." This completely shocks Leo and he off-handedly asks him about the Eastside High jacket he had. Jacob told him he works for security there when Leo realizes that is where the dating app guy's girlfriend Beth Geary is a teacher.
This annoys Jacob a bit and he states that she was not his girlfriend, but a nice lady. Leo figures Jacob may be the murderer and he hides in the bathroom giving an upset stomach as an excuse. The way he stalls Jacob is comical.
He also calls Roger to inform him that Jacob is the murderer. However, Jacob soon gets his weapon, a double-bladed garnish knife, and uses it to open the bathroom door. Fortunately, Cole enters at the same time and Jacob takes Leo hostage. When Cole distracts Jacob, Roger nabs him from behind, finally putting the mystery of the copycat murderer to rest.
After all this, Roger meets the Captain and says Dan has an alibi in the McGregor murder case. Roger goes to ADA Turner's office to accept the blame for jailing the wrong person when he finds out that Turner was the one who dropped the charges against the real convict and put Dan behind bars. Roger is captured by the Orasco brothers and Turner, who plan to kill him by throwing him off a building. However, he is saved, after the LAPD discover the role Turner played and come to his office to rescue Roger.
Roger is rescued after a heavy exchange of fire while he hangs by a rope from the terrace. Cole who thinks less of himself is assured by Roger that "You're one of the good guys whether you believe it or not". Cole meets Rafi and tries to mend things, which actually works after Rafi's anger subsides.
Although it starts with a murder, it is a light-hearted episode, with Leo interfering in everything. Getting an old case, which was just between Leo and Roger, made it even more interesting, even though Leo likes Roger a lot. Only Thomas Lennon can portray the character of Leo Getz with no inhibitions. The script is strong and doesn't divert people's attention from the actual case, despite different timelines. We get to see an emotional Cole and find out a little more about his past.
However, we love the heart-to-heart that happens between Cole and Roger. We already like Roger, who is a perfect father, husband, detective and a friend, which he proves again in this episode. Leo, meanwhile, finally did get justice for his client who was wrongfully accused.