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FBI: MOST WANTED Post-Mortem: Edwin Hodge on Ray’s New Connection

December 13, 2022 by  

FBI Most Wanted Ray Cora

“Appeal” – When three prosecutors are assassinated outside a bar in their small Arkansas town, the team is called in to determine if this was connected to a case from the local DA’s office or if it’s a personal vendetta. Also, Ray feels compelled to help a woman and her young son combat an injustice, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Dec. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Caroline Harris as Cora Love and Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon. Photo: Mark Schafer/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Tuesday, December 13 episode of FBI: MOST WANTED, “Appeal.”]

FBI: MOST WANTED’s Ray (Edwin Hodge) stood up for a mother and her son against a bullying landlord on the fall finale, “Appeal.”

When the landlord tried to evict the family, Ray—with a little prompting/intel from Hana (Keisha Castle-Hughes)—threatened to turn him in for cheating on his taxes.

The landlord relented, allowing Cora (Caroline Harris) and her son to stay in their home. Ray offered to help them move back in, but Cora suggested he play football with Caleb (Ja’Siah Young) instead.

Though Ray bonded with the family, Hodge admitted he doesn’t exactly know where the dynamic could be going. “All of this is still in the process of being thought out, but I see them connecting on various levels,” Hodge tells Give Me My Remote via email. “Parts of their lives share the same story, though they have so much to discover about each other. He’s attracted to her fight. Most likely the same thing he saw in his mother. When he looks at Caleb, he sees himself. He sees a kid who shouldn’t have to uproot his life due to unforeseen circumstances out of his control. I’m not sure how close Ray will allow himself to get to them, but I’m looking forward to exploring their evolution.”

As Ray was deciding what to do, he confided in Hana a bit more about his past, talking about the high school counselor who spoke down to him, the crooked cops his dad tried to put away—both he and his father taken less seriously because of the color of their skin.

“Had to work twice as hard to get half as far,” Ray told Hana.

He also worried about what the possible trauma of being evicted would do to Caleb, after Ray experienced Katrina at 15. “Thought the flood was going to be the hard part,” he recalled. “The real danger came after. Restructuring: another word for gentrification.”

“It was like watching the water bust through the levees all over again—but I couldn’t do nothing to plug it up,” he acknowledged.

Though the hour let viewers know a bit more about Ray, he had the chance to learn more about his character—and give some assistance as they shaped his history—earlier in the year. “Prior to filming this season, I had the opportunity to talk with David Hudgins and the wonderful writers’ room,” Hodge said. “We broke down some ideas that would evolve into what defines Ray and his journey. We talked about my personal views about life, my interests and how we could combine the two. It’s been nice to see the team incorporate little things like my love for golf and cooking into this season.”

FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesdays, 10/9c, CBS


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