I really liked this episode. Good character moments for Ray v his past and present, and an interesting story too.
I wonder if this week's runner might have a good case for an appeal for his original sentence, since he was duped into thinking his victim was a pedophile. Of course, I'm sure he'll get time tacked on for the escape, plus whatever additional sentence for killing his girlfriend's mom (assuming she lets him take the blame), he may just end up back with the sentence-length he started with.
Both guards are dead too, I think they said. So he's got that against him too. Holy shit, talk about getting dealt a shitty hand. That kid's been royally fucked over. I thought at the end he was going to do the "suicide by cop" and have Ray shoot him. I thought the actor did a good job with his "you've got to be shitting me" faces when Lorraine was telling him about the letters, the not-rape, etc. I suppose he can say killing the mother wasn't his fault. And if they actually tell the truth, it was self-defense. I don't know if anyone would buy it. Could it be argued, as an appeal, that because of everything he just snapped and went nuts? Neither of the guard killings were premeditated, nor was the actual excape. [sorry, had to] The actor was infinitely more interesting than 95% of the prisoners on Alcatraz.
Good opening too. I liked how they got across the monotony and awfulness of his prison life.
Jessica Tuck was great here, as she was in her appearance two days prior on Grimm (she's showing up everywhere!)
I also think she was on the Mentalist recently. She's one of those actors who can come in and play any one off role with believability. I swear her and the actor playing the daughter were related. They looked like they could have been. I was figuring that they were going the route of the mother stole the boyfriend and seduced him because of her narcissism complex and then convinced him to off the husband. It's, ok, but fairly predictable. I liked that they put a twist on it.
Great stuff with Ray. He is a lot smarter than he lets on. Why not put the guy down as a CI? You keep tabs on him and can get information too. I like how DL was playing Ray as quietly seething until he finally blew up and told the guy off. The way Ray kind of "chose" his present I think points to the second episode when he got his badge back and told off the people in the halfway house about not getting out of line again.
I liked the fight with Erica because that guy had it coming. He specifically was baiting her by calling out the father. I can't expect the cons to be 100% perfect. Hell, I'm not a con and I probably would have taken a swing at him. I liked when Ray was yelling at him Shea grabbed her and held her back. I'm wondering if that was scripted or not?
She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.
I thought it had to have been intentional. I thought it might actually be that she wants Lloyd to figure that out. If he does the radio scene, I think I'd die! BN was great at the end. I really liked that she actually had no dialogue.
I also liked that all of the team contributed to the capture - it bugs me when the writers rely on "Lloyd had a great insight and now the case is solved".
It was actually Shea who put it together that the handwriting was the same. When Lloyd got all excited and asked to question the mother, Shea kind of gave a ticked off look like, "hey, a you're welcome would be nice." Again, I don't know if that was scripted, but it was a quick beat and well done.
I can't replay the next episode preview, but my impression was that Erica was with the nightclub guy, and that Damien would have him kill her if Lloyd didn't play along with his games.
Did he show up before or after Charlie's death? I kind of hope that he's just a "horny guy," and not involved, but they said that Damien always had a partner already. And it's kind of a typical Chekov's gun kind of move that you see on practically every tv show ever. It would be funnier if they were talking about Lloyd's mother instead. After that awful and hilarious phone conversation, that would be more interesting to me.