'Lethal Weapon' season 3 episode 3 recap: Family bonds, Robin Hoods, and a fatherly Cole
This week, Cole wows us with something literally never seen on 'Lethal Weapon' before - a belt used as a harness on electrical wires to save a kid
This week's 'Lethal Weapon' was all about fatherhood, partnerships and what it means to be a family. The show's love for chaotic fights was once again pretty evident - not that anyone is complaining. This week too, Seann William Scott wows as Wesley Cole and I think I miss Clayne Crawford's character Martin Riggs less and less as the show progresses. After all, what's not to like - he's insanely strong, protects children, and is incredibly resourceful. This week, Cole wows us with something literally never seen on 'Lethal Weapon' before - a belt used as a harness on electrical wires to save a kid.
The crime this week was related to gambling, as you can tell from the title. Called 'Whole Lotto Trouble', the Cole-Murtaugh duo investigates the bizarre murder of a restaurant worker who gets shot right after he quits his job. Just before he died, he also seemed convinced he would win the lottery. At the murder scene, Cole finds he had the jackpot number written on his arm and they figure someone stole his ticket before knocking him off. The two set out on a hunt for the murderer and realize there are a lot more people and secrets involved than just one man with a gun - they find that this could be a Robin Hood kinda setting but with some very real blood. No more spoilers about this crime.
This episode saw one new character come into play and also gave us more material for Maya's character, who is Cole's 12-year-old daughter. Don, Trish's father comes visiting this episode and the back and forth between Murtaugh and Don is hilarious. Don used to be a Federal judge, now is an author and he makes Murtaugh extremely insecure. We all know Murtaugh has the frailest ego of them all. He thinks Don is trying to steal his thunder even on his 30th birthday party. That's right, Murtaugh is 30 now. The actor who plays Murtaugh though is 58. Unbelievable, right?
Meanwhile, Don has insecurities of his own. He thinks Murtaugh is actually too good for his daughter and he feels replaced. 'Lethal Weapon' revolves around very basic human emotions so don't go expecting something more complicated. It does basic very well and we love it for that. The two finally confess to each other about how they really feel and things start looking much better for the two of them. By the end of the episode, they are even playing chess. Trish's boys are good, kind and sweet men - they just get sidetracked a lot.
Maya adds a huge feel factor to the show this episode. So Cole is babysitting her for the day and Cole being Cole takes her to the precinct to hang out. They end up chasing a lead. He leaves her in the car to chase down a bad guy related to the murders and instructs her to stay inside. She doesn't listen, of course, and ends up hearing some really dark secrets about her dad's past. Not to mention, she also almost sees a guy jump off a bridge.
She ends up asking him later about the people he's killed while he was with the CIA and he ends up telling her about the 9-year-old kid from Syria who died in the explosion. Cole still blames himself for his death. She understands his story and the two bond over his honesty. She agrees to go for a swim with him, that he had offered earlier rather than spilling CIA secrets. She hits her head and they land straight in the emergency. Natalie is pissed at Cole for being so careless, understandably, but, Maya makes her mum understand he may not know how to be a dad but he's trying.
There's an amazing scene in this episode towards the end, blink and you'll miss it. As Natalie and Maya make their way from the milkshake place because it's closed and swarming with cops, Maya chances to look backward. The timing of this scene is mind-blowing. She sees, right as the sun is setting, her dad coming down a cable with a little boy clutched in his arm. One arm, how strong and brave is Cole? Tears guaranteed!
'Lethal Weapon' airs every Tuesday, at 9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.