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April 9, 2021 by  


LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME — “Not Your Father’s Organized Crime” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Dylan McDermott as Richard Wheatley, Ibrahim Renno as Izak Bekher, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Danielle Moné Truitt as Sergeant Ayanna Bell — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Let’s talk about Thursday night’s TV!

WALKER: Ohhhhhhhhh, Walker. Knowing his wife’s killer is out there is going to be…a lot for him. I’m glad he knows, but at the same time, I’m also curious how he’ll balance this with his active work. (I also hope he tells Micki ASAP, because she needs to know why he’s going to be distracted.)

MANIFEST: Okay, so what the heck is going on with Angelina and Pete? There are no coincidences or accidental connections in this show, so…

Also, Grace and her brother—ouch. I’m glad he didn’t just immediately welcome her with open arms, but that was rough.

GREY’S ANATOMY: Every week I marvel at how Amelia and Link became the best couple on GA—and frequently the best part of the show, period—and I loved getting to see them be funny and brutally raw with each other in this hour. It absolutely made sense that Amelia would be thinking about using now; the pandemic was enough, but then you add in the stress of being a new mother, on top of having to take care of Meredith’s kids, and her sister-in-law being near death…it doesn’t matter how strong you are. This is a lot.

Meredith being awake is interesting, and good, but I’m skeptical it’s the end of the beach time. Obviously, her road to recovery won’t be simple, but I did think the time there would be done when she was no longer in a coma. (Though the fact she heard them all…almost makes me want to go back and re-listen to everything that was said to her when she was out.)

And look at Owen! Being an adult! Supportive of Teddy! We love to see it.

Also, props to GA for not hesitating to bring up important long-gone core characters when needed. There is no world in which Cristina wouldn’t be texting Owen about Meredith, and we saw it on-screen last week. This week, we got Jo talking about how her split from Alex impacted her. It’s not a writing or storytelling weakness to acknowledge characters who left sooner than maybe the writers would have liked/had planned, and it makes the world feel real. Relationships don’t just stop impacting you—or become less important to the characters on-screen—because an actor is no longer at the show’s disposal. So good for them for remaining authentic and true to the world.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: Well, that’s how Rollins’ dad returns to the show.

I have to admit, I’m surprised it seems Carisi has someone new in his life. Don’t get me wrong—he deserves to be happy. But last we saw, he and Rollins were essentially cuddling on a couch, getting ready to ring in 2021. The show, canonically, has not really touched on it, so it’s possible if the duo really hasn’t spent time with each other since, he decided to pull back. (Given how long it seemed like he wanted to cross that line, you’d think he would have talked to her, but he also seemed super nervous to admit he was seeing someone, so it’s possible it took him by surprise.)

I do love how much we’ve been getting of Fin this season; we’re seeing more of him as a cop, seeing more of him as a man. And his delivery of “They goddamn lynched him” was absolutely chill-inducing. (Obviously this wasn’t the case, but it certainly felt, in a different world, this episode could have been part of a backdoor pilot for the intended L&O spinoff HATE CRIMES.)

MOM: Oh my God, Adam. I love him so much. (And I LOVE the balance of letting Bonnie continue to be a little—or sometimes more—crazy, but never, truly, doubting her relationship with Adam.) Absolutely brutal his first amends was dead, but it also makes sense why a mistake that big haunted him. I loved him going to Marjorie first, and getting to be blunt, before finally admitting the truth to Bonnie.

REBEL: This was fun. Katey Sagal was great, and I appreciate how unapologetically herself Rebel was. (I would also love “She’s not a lawyer, she’s just loud” on a freaking t-shirt.)

But, also, holy messy relationship with Grady?! The twist that Grady wasn’t cheating, but instead was consulting with a divorce attorney was a shock, until he claimed he was working on a car for her—until, nope, Rebel’s daughter outed he had divorce papers. And then he complained she wasn’t making him dinner? Yeah, he deserved that punch to the stomach.

I’m really intrigued to see how the show balances Rebel’s life going forward. She has a lot of kids and exes, and only a handful of them are regulars. But I’m definitely in.

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME: Using a dessert-carrying—not ice cream, thank you very much—truck to steal COVID-19 vaccines?! Holy…….

I loved episode 2. It felt like we got a much more clear idea of what the show was—because the pilot was a premise pilot, setting up the world, establishing the characters, etc—as they mixed in the more “minor” crime while keeping Wheatley very much in the mix. Loved the team settling in, though, uh, how worried do we have to be about Washburn?

I’m so, so curious—and cautiously optimistic—about how the show is going to handle Elliot’s mental health. He is a character that has a family history of mental illness, and he’s floundering. Olivia called it PTSD; is it? (Or that in addition to something else?) I’m so glad Olivia laid out what was wrong with his actions…a lot may have changed in the past decade, but in some ways, from what we’ve seen, he remains the truest version of himself around her, and her, gently, forcing him to see what she saw was needed, even if he initially tried to brush it off by uncomfortably laughing at her. (And we’ve seen how Elliot gets when he’s had to face mental health issues in his present-day life. He was equally in denial, at first, about Kathleen’s bipolar diagnosis.)

I am very intrigued to see how Olivia takes his “back off,” though. It very much read as him trying to protect her as the situation around him was clearly getting messy/dangerous, and it was preceded by him telling her she meant the world to him…but during their partnership, that rarely would have detracted the other from barrelling along, despite the wishes of the other.

Speaking of danger…Richard and Elliot. Anyone else getting major THE FOLLOWING vibes? With that show, they found themselves in the difficult position of having that main cat and mouse being such a draw, but also not sustainable, because you can’t really have the FBI agent and the manipulative, on-the-run cult leader/killer in scenes together every episode. With this, in theory, Elliot and Richard could circle each other a few times—as warnings, while the case is being built—but I wonder what that balance will be. (And as “soon” as it feels to have them meet face-to-face, it’s also crazy to realize the season is a quarter done at this point.)

Also: Bell. Love her. She’s a great boss so far, and that final scene with Elliot said so much. I’m really grateful he told her about finding Sinatra’s body, both because it, maybe, minimizes the chance of him getting framed for that crime, but also definitely allows them to build a partnership based on trust and honesty vs. him keeping this…huge, career-changing secret. He acknowledged this could have cost him his job. Hopefully they’ll be able to depend on each other going forward.

I know this is 100% setting myself up to be crushed, but, uh, that chemistry between McDermott and Tamara Taylor sure is something.

CLARICE: Krendler! How could you?? I get he was trying to protect his team, but, like, don’t protect the dude blackmailing you. This feels like a pretty basic no-no. (Also, I love Ardelia and Clarice’s friendship.)

Which shows did you watch last night?

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