Lethal Weapon S2EP17: The Odd Couple

Whew! Am I only one with whiplash from watching the bickering in this episode? Not that that’s a bad thing. I actually quite enjoyed the back-and-forth snark between Riggs and Murtaugh. They were as compatible as roommates as I expected . . . which is to say they weren’t! The bickering between Roger and Trish was a little harder to watch. Funny in places? Yes. True to their characters? Yes. But did it also hurt us a little to realize that the oh-so-perfect Murtaugh marriage wasn’t quite so . . . well, perfect? YES.

IMDB Episode Summary 

After the fatal end to an argument on a construction site, the squad works to untangle facts about the incident. Meanwhile, Riggs struggles to rekindle his relationship with Molly, Trish’s job is on the line as she tries to close a big deal at work, and Murtaugh gets one last chance to make it right at home.

My Episode Review 

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In what other TV series have you seen an office argument turn into a makeout scene turn into an impalement via forklift through the wall? And that was just the opening scene! Throw together plenty of double-crosses, people pretending to be people they aren’t, and internal epiphanies, and you’ve got an episode jampacked with as much fun as heartache.

Relationships were the name of the game in this episode! Riggs and Murtaugh. Riggs and Molly. Murtaugh and Trish. Trish and her boss. Riggs and his therapist.

Roommates or Cellmates? 

As expected, Murtaugh and Riggs were not a match made in heaven when it came to being roommates. It began with Murtaugh’s overly enthusiastic “Good morning Sunshine” to the sleeping Martin Riggs. Seconds later, Riggs put a hole in Murtaugh’s air mattress. It’s been two days, but apparently, that’s enough time for Murtaugh to piss off his partner. He cooks crazy meals. He makes fun of the “Molly drawer” Riggs still has in the trailer. He won’t stop talking about how Trish is in the wrong and given enough time, she’d beg her husband to come back. Much of the episode is spent with Riggs trying to shrug Murtaugh off onto someone else.

While it’s all great and lovely that Roger Murtaugh is back home by the end of the episode, I confess to being disappointed. I had hoped for quite a bit more of these disastrous “roommates.”

Roger Murtaugh Makes It Worse Before He Makes It Better

As the saying goes, “things must get worse before they can get better.” This has certainly been true for the Murtaugh marital issues. In this episode, Murtaugh runs up against his wife during the case. Trish has a very big business opportunity with a man named Henry Butler. This business opportunity is nearly ruined by Murtaugh, especially when he accidentally causes a nearby building to explode! “Okay, maybe I DO have something to apologize for . . .” At the last minute, Riggs gets Trish another chance. Now enter into the most awkward dinner ever.

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Martin and Molly, Sitting in a Tree . . . 

While Roger Murtaugh’s self-evaluations and internal struggles have been more centerstage recently, Martin Riggs’ own problems got a turn in the spotlight. Now, you all remember when he ended his romance with Molly to protect her? After his father killed Ben’s dog, Riggs broke-up with Molly to distance himself from her. In the “Odd Couple,” Martin Riggs has come to regret that decision. Put simply and sappily, he misses her. It shows in his therapy sessions. “I have been so selfish,” he told Cahill. “Doc, I think I may have ruined something good, something real. His regret shows in how hard he tries to justify to himself his own decisions. He told Cahill that Molly would understand his reasons. Molly and he had been friends for almost 20 years. She’d understand. She wouldn’t mind if he “drifted in and out of her life.”

Of course, all of us viewers knew better.

 

Most Awkward Dinner EVER

The awkwardness was present on all sides. We had Trish Murtaugh trying desperately to impress Henry Butler, while also being just as desperate for her husband and his partner to behave. “There will be no shenanigans,” she told them and even forced both of them to repeat it after her. NO SHENANIGANS! Riggs was told not to go anywhere near Molly, who was providing all the cooking. He didn’t listen and went out to confront her in the food cart Great Golly Miss Molly. Everything snowballs from here. Riggs finally tells Molly why he broke up with her and discovers that the excuse “we know each other long enough to drift in and out of each others lives” isn’t enough for Molly. Riggs is put in charge of cooking chicken, accused by Molly of not being able to handle anything else. This arguing goes on long enough that Roger comes out to the food cart to see what is happening. Trish comes out next, yelling about shenanigans. Molly sees that Riggs has ruined the chicken, apparently not able to handle even that. “EVERYBODY OUT!” Molly screams, kicking everybody out of her food cart. “Dibbs on the couch,” Murtaugh says to Riggs as they leave, knowing there’s no way Trish is going to welcome him back tonight.

Saving Trish Becomes Saving Themselves 

When the “most awkward dinner EVER” is a disaster, Trish races to the airport for one more chance to salvage the situation with Henry Butler. She ignores warnings from her husband and Riggs about Butler. It isn’t until she overhears Butler herself that she realizes what a terrible situation she’s gotten herself into: Butler is dirty.

Fast-forward to Murtaugh and Riggs attempting a heroic rescue of Trish. Viewers get to see the partners catch up to the escaping airplane. Murtaugh calls Trish the minute he gets inside the airplane . . . only to discover that she talked her way into escaping Butler! She’s in her car WAAAAAAAAAAAY down on the ground!

Another snowballing occurs as Riggs and Murtaugh come face-to-face with Henry Butler. Butler fires his fancy air-marshall gun and punctures a hole in the airplane. A bad guy gets sucked against it, acting like a cork. Another bullet went through the wall and killed the pilot. The autopilot is locked, so Riggs and Murtaugh go for parachutes. For some crazy reason, there’s only one of them. Both men argue over who gets the parachute. On the one hand, Murtaugh is a family man. On the other hand, Riggs has just realized how important Molly and Ben are to him. The question is answered for them when the parachute gets sucked out into the open air. Both men dive after it. Riggs gets the parachute, grabs onto Murtaugh, and shouts, “Don’t take this the wrong way Rog, but I need a little space.”

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Home Again, Home Again

Viewers finally got to see the sweet, sweet conclusion to the Murtaugh marriage problems! When Trish started talking to her husband about the airplane, the look on his face made his anxiety obvious. He thought the conversation was going to veer towards “stop being Riggs” again. It didn’t. “You jumped out of an airplane for ME,” Trish tells him. He tells her that he’s going to let it go, let all of it ago, except for her.

Living In the Shadow of His Father 

At the end of the episode, Riggs tries one more time to tell Molly he’s sorry, he misses her, and he wants to make this work. She admits that she misses him too, but he broke her heart. If they’re going to be together, if they’re going to make this work, then he needs to find a way not to live in the shadow of his father. Considering the promo for next week’s episode shows Martin Riggs threatening his father’s life, it looks like Riggs is doing as Molly told him. Of course, she probably didn’t have murder in mind when she said it!

Where Have You Seen that Face Before? Michael McGrady is Henry Butler. 

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Before Michael McGrady was on the verge of murdering Trish Murtaugh as Henry Butler, he got to play with magic on the TV show “Beyond” as Tom Matthews. “Lethal Weapon” isn’t the first time McGrady’s played a role surrounded by crime. In the TV show “Ray Donovan,” McGrady played Frank Barnes. He also played a detective in “American Crime Story,” as a detective on “Southland,” and he had the role of Chief Horall on “Mob City.” He has been a great myriad of TV shows, often in either a law-abiding role or in a law-defying one. One of his most noteworthy parts has to be one of his oldest. He played a cop in the fun and magical 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus.”

Best Line of the Episode: 

Murtaugh and Riggs are standing in the airplane. Riggs has just told Murtaugh not to use his gun.

Murtaugh: “You think I don’t understand cabin pressure?”

Riggs: “You don’t understand brushing your teeth! You don’t understand your feet-“

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Author: Nicole Orr

Freelance writer and digital nomad.

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