AGAINST THE WALL “The Fifth Body” Season 1, Episode 4 – With “The Fifth Body,” Against the Wall has finally found some of the balance that it lacked in the first few episodes. Yes, it’s a cop show, but more than that, it’s a family drama, and for the first time since the pilot, I really felt good about the mix of the two.
This week’s case revolved around a shady coroner’s office that allowed bodies to be misplaced in order to help out the defense teams of rich killers. It’s an interesting story, albeit somewhat icky, and not totally out of the realm of possibility. People do stupid things for money and they do even stupider things in pursuit of internet fame and glory, like make “comedy” films with corpses. Truthfully, I found the case to be a bit predictable. I knew I didn’t like the head morgue guy from his first line.
But while Abby and Lina might have gotten a break from investigating cops this week, Abby’s new job is still managing to wreck her social life. She’s kicked off the CPD flag football team that she’s played on for years because her former teammates don’t want an IA snoop watching them while they’re off duty. Of course, her brothers, who are also on the team, claim it’s in her best interest that she not play with people who hate her now, but Abby is understandably ticked off.
What I love about her is that while she does tell her mom, who then tries to bribe her brothers into reinstating her, Abby doesn’t just mope and whine and cry about the whole thing. She does exactly what I would do in her shoes: she offers herself to the opposing team.
Adding insult to injury, Abby’s replacement on the CPD team is none other than Danny, the cute lawyer she rejected in favor of having dirty secret sex with her brother’s partner. He’s not winning any points by taking her place, but when the game gets going and Abby is taking an unfair pummeling from her ex-friends, it’s Danny, not her brothers, who goes after his own teammates in her defense. I hope this will be a turning point between them, because Danny is so much better for Abby than her cheap sex buddy, Brody.
Rounding out the family drama is Abby’s father, Don, who has just now started to realize what a jerk he’s been to his youngest child and only daughter, simply because she took a job without his approval. Hey, I get it; my dad wasn’t exactly thrilled when I decided to major in creative writing, but he didn’t stop talking to me. And he didn’t encourage my brother to do the same. Don’s got a long way to go before he’ll be nominated for any Father of the Year awards, but things are looking a little better than before.
Keep up the good work, Against the Wall. Next week promises lots of drama when Richie finds out about Abby and Brody. I have to say, I’m actually, genuinely looking forward to it.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Do banana-chocolate chip muffins sound awesome or awful? Who would you root for: cops or firemen? Let me know below!