We knew the moment was coming, and in Wednesday’s (Feb. 15) episode of “Lethal Weapon,” Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) finally crossed paths with one Leo Getz (Thomas Lennon). To say things get complicated would be a massive understatement.
The episode in question, “As Good As It Getz,” introduced the low-level attorney as an apparent accessory to a bloody hit. While it’s safe to say Leo has a knack for finding the perfect time to take a bathroom break, it’s not long before he’s being used as bait by Riggs and Murtaugh to bring a cartel leader, known simply as “The Architect,” out in the open.
Nothing in the “Lethal Weapon” world goes according to plan — so just like clockwork, DEA Agent Karen Palmer (Hilarie Burton) enters the picture — to throw a wrench in the whole thing: Evidently, our heroes have stumbled, yet again, onto one of her cases.
With the help of Riggs, Murtaugh and Getz — yes, Getz — the criminals behind the murderous scene are dealt with. Not for nothing, but it’s action sequences like this episode’s helicopter debacle that puts the Matt Miller-run series into a crazy fun category all its own. But what really makes “Lethal Weapon” unique are its less explosive storylines — the ones that delve deeper into the lives of each and every character.
When Roger finds Trish (Keesha Sharp) in the bathtub — wine in hand — the conclusion was that highly-coveted promotion was finally hers. However, the opposite turned out to be true. And as Murtaugh struggles with the new unemployed reality — Leo reminds both Roger and the audience that he’s still here. It’s in this moment where one attorney casually meets another that we had the immediate thought — this isn’t the last time we’ll be seeing Getz. That tacky bus ad the couple sees at episode’s end seems a glaring confirmation of that suspicion/hope.
As iconic Riggs and Murtaugh are in the “Lethal Weapon” world, Leo Getz deserves recognition, as well. The role, as originated by Joe Pesci, holds massive importance in the buddy-cop dynamic that made the films — and Wednesday’s episode — so entertaining. Murtaugh’s by-the-books mentality and Riggs’ off-the-rails persona finds levity, and are together grounded, while bathed in the absurdity that is Leo Getz. This is where their partnership finds common ground, this is where their bond and teamwork shine.
As for Riggs — well, the tension with Palmer could easily be cut with a knife. Everyone from Scorsese (Johnathan Fernandez) to Captain Avery (Kevin Rahm) feels it — or, smells it, if Murtaugh has any say in the matter.
With Palmer’s return, one clear-cut flaw in Riggs’ makeup is revealed: Unabashed fear. It’s flaws like this that make us human — and Palmer’s presence pierces right through that crazy guy exterior.
Previously, we speculated on a possible love connection between Riggs and Dr. Cahill (Jordana Brewster). But now that Palmer is back, it’s difficult to see just one romantic road the story could travel down. Whatever direction Riggs chooses, though, one thing is certain: He is beginning to heal.
We’re not saying a romantic relationship is or should be in the cards right now, but after Murtaugh’s “Shawshank Redemption”-style pep talk, it looks like Riggs may finally be ready to get busy living.
“Lethal Weapon” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.