About Last Night...NEW AMSTERDAM, FBI: MOST WANTED, THE ROOKIE: FEDS, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


October 19, 2022 by  


“Chains” – After Hana is kidnapped while trying to help a young girl (guest star Dalya Knapp, EVIL) in peril at a rest stop that’s on the way to her sister’s house in Connecticut, Remy and the team pull out all the stops to find her, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Special Agent Hana Gibson. Photo: Mark Schäfer/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Let’s talk about Tuesday night’s TV!

FBI: Poor Tiff. I hate she was put in that position, and I hate she had to be the one to literally pull the trigger, but I’m so glad Scola was there both in the moment and in the aftermath. I also appreciate that he opened up to her, too.

THE VOICE: Hands down, Team John’s Parijita Bastola and The Marilynds were the Battle of the night. I’m so glad John kept them both.

FBI: INTERNATIONAL: Well, this is a nightmare to think about…I never thought about the tricky logistical dynamics of a surrogate going missing while technically carrying an American citizen. When they found the surrogate with less than half of the episode over, you knew it was going to be twist-y, but of course it was very, very messed up.

NEW AMSTERDAM: As we approach the end, it’s interesting how little of the show feels like a final season/end storyline. The closest we got with this episode was Reynolds embracing his inner Max and helping the residents of an apartment building take control of their home. But right now, it still feels like a “normal” season; I wonder if/when that will change.

FBI: MOST WANTED: Okay, starting with the light, because the Crosby mention made my heart happy. I love when shows don’t forget their history just because actors left.

Hana was incredible. Keisha Castle-Hughes was incredible. Frankly, if this show lasts 15 years, I imagine this will still be a top 5 episode for both the character and actress.

I love when shows take swings within their format, and FBI: MW did it really well last season with “Run-Hide-Fight”; this was up there with that. It was dark, it was tense, it had a great guest performance from Dalya Knapp, and fantastic balance between Hana’s ordeal and the team’s desperation to find her thanks to Elizabeth Rinehart’s script.

Given how frequently the team has changed over—and, really, Hana has only worked with Barnes for more than 15 months—I also love how fiercely they showed up to protect her. Of course they’re a team, but they were willing to burn everything down to save her.

I know the show is a procedural, but I do hope we get we get a beat of recovery time for Hana going forward. She shouldn’t bounce back like it was nothing in the next episode.

THE ROOKIE: FEDS: I’ve said this a billion times over the years, but freshman shows are always fascinating to observe. No matter what cast and crew you assemble, it’s very, very, very rare—even if a pilot is good—for a show to know itself and all of what it can bring to the table in the first episode.

As a result, in season 1, in success, you see a show finding itself…and sometimes there’s a moment when things click into place. For me, it feels like this episode has the potential to be that for THE ROOKIE: FEDS. I loved it, and it’s what I hope the show can lean into going forward.

Yes, this was technically the second part of a crossover with THE ROOKIE, but FEDS still had to make Thomas Dekker’s Jeffrey compelling on their own. It’s not like they “cheated” and used a well-known THE ROOKIE villain a la Rosalind to immediately draw people in. We only really met him in this episode, and good freaking lord, he was the stuff of the nightmares. I almost didn’t want him to get caught. (Almost.)

But what really sold it, for me, was the sequence with the feds’ sleepover at their motel. The entire time those scenes were playing out, I was marveling at what they were doing, as simple and as obvious as it seems. It was a high stakes episode—both for the characters and the show, since clearly they were hoping to get ROOKIE fans to check it out if they hadn’t yet—and they stepped back from the (compelling) action and chase to find a deranged serial killer and trusted their characters talking could be enough. And they were right!

Co-showrunner Alexi Hawley shared, “We kept waiting for somebody to make us dial it back, because, to a certain extent, we’re not on the hunt for a killer during those scenes. I mean, we are, but we’re really focusing on something else. And it’s tricky on network television to get away with putting a pause on an investigation without getting notes about losing momentum.” Honestly, it feels like a miracle this was able to get on TV. Thank you, ABC. Because, honestly? It made a difference and seeing that human side of them especially in the midst of the mayhem was invaluable.

[For more on the episode, here’s what Hawley and co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter shared.]

Which shows did you watch last night?

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