Vegas threw so much at us this week that I’m not really sure where to start. We got a glimpse into Ralph’s past, Jack and Mia finally told Johnny about their relationship, Dixon and Yvonne went out on a not-date, Vince looked for a rat, and Catherine got more awesome.
A few thoughts about “From This Day Forward”:
There were a couple of cases going on again this week, but one was significantly more interesting than the other. The less interesting case was a woman who came to Ralph to report that some thugs had beat up her husband the night before. The woman, Barbara, happened to be Ralph’s old flame. Some years ago, after Ralph’s wife died, he and Barbara started dating and apparently were pretty serious. However, when Barbara realized that Ralph was still holding on to the memory of his late wife, she left him and married some rich guy. Apparently Richy Rich wasn’t all that rich anymore. He’d made some bad investments and was pretty much broke. The guys who roughed him up were a couple of loan sharks to whom he owed money. Ralph went and got the money back for him and advised him to tell Barbara what was really going on. Although that case wasn’t necessarily all that interesting, the conversations between Ralph and Barbara were. Matters of the heart are always complicated and rarely do they make much sense. Barbara never really stopped loving Ralph, but she just wasn’t willing to live with the ghost of Ralph’s wife. I can’t say that I blame her. But that’s exactly what she did to her husband. She didn’t love him. Not really. And their whole lives together were clouded by memories and longing for Ralph. Part of the problem for Ralph was that he never really got closure about Barbara. Her coming back to Las Vegas allowed him to do that. It also allowed him to see that some things need to remain in the past.
While all of that was going on with Ralph, Jack and Dixon investigated the murder of a woman found in the barn on a ranch. They immediately realized that she wasn’t a ranch hand by the way she was dressed and the fact that she had a perfect manicure. They found out that she was a frequent guest at a dude ranch for divorcees and soon-to-be-divorcees. Through the course of the investigation, Jack and Dixon put together that she’d received some money and purchased the ranch where she was found murdered. They also found out that she wasn’t single. She was about to marry the man who worked at the Divorcee Dude Ranch. The woman who owned the Divorcee Dude Ranch was in love with the same man, so she killed the victim so she could have the man. The most interesting thing about this case was watching Jack and Dixon work it. Usually, Ralph takes the lead and Jack and Dixon are just there to back him up. There was a much different dynamic between Jack and Dixon than Ralph and Jack of Ralph and Dixon. Jack treated Dixon more like the capable deputy that he is than Ralph does. Hopefully, Ralph will see how good Dixon is at his job and actually let him do it from time to time.
Vince found out that Laura was feeding information to Katherine. I expected Vince to figure it out eventually, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so soon. In all honesty, I’d hoped they would draw that storyline out a little while longer. I wanted to see Laura struggle with what she was doing and have a few close calls before Vince confronted her with her actions. I wanted see Laura grow and see just how much she was willing to sacrifice for her family. Vince finding out about Laura’s extracurricular activities led to what was probably the best scene of the entire episode. Katherine isn’t just a pretty face and she’s not some shrinking violet city girl either. She’s a tough cookie who looks like she can hold her own. When she pulled that gun on Vince and told him that she’d kill him in cold blood, she didn’t even flinch. That looked like it surprised Vince as much as it surprised me. Although, I doubt Vince thought it was as awesome as I thought it was. Hopefully, this will also lead Katherine to become suspicious of Dirty DA. As far as we know, he’s the only one she told about the informant and the wire tap, so maybe she’ll start to put the pieces together now.
Vince’s little run in with Katherine also gave him an idea of what to do about Johnny. Vince said this week what I said last week. Johnny is a blunt instrument and he’s done nothing but cause trouble the entire time he’s been in Las Vegas. The wheels started turning in Vince’s head about how to get rid of Johnny last week after Johnny almost got them killed. It seems that Katherine gave Vince an idea now though. Because Vince is such a smooth operator, it looks like he’s going to get his desire. He gets rid of Johnny without running afoul of Chicago and he can turn his vision for Vegas into a reality. But Vince’s plan is not without its risks. First of all, his plan depends upon Jack being aware that Johnny is coming for him. If (Heaven forbid) Jack gets caught off guard and Johnny takes him out, that’s going to create more problems for everyone because Ralph is not going to let it go if anything happens to his brother. Second of all, on the slim chance that Johnny figures out what Vince is doing, this will mean the end for Vince. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.
I enjoyed this episode and I think it set up several interesting stories for the last half of the season. I feel kind of bad for Mia right now. She’s worked hard to be successful, but once again, Johnny is there screwing everything up. Yvonne is still playing hard to get with Dixon, but I don’t know how much longer she’s going to be able to keep up that front. Dixon looked pretty darn good in that suit. All in all, very solid hour of television. So what did y’all think of this week’s Vegas?