A few thoughts about “Hollywood Ending”:
Things just seem to get more and more complicated for Vince. First, he’s got the Feds crawling all over the casino trying to figure out how he’s getting the skim back to Chicago. Then, his Dirty DA goes missing with the skim. I don’t think Vince was so much concerned about the missing DA as he was about the skim getting back to Chicago. That’s enough of a headache without having to worry about whether your mole has now started informing on you to the Feds. Also, Vince meets (and sleeps with) a mysterious woman who suddenly shows up at The Savoy and it just happens to be Lena Rizzo, Mia’s mother. Everyone thought Lena was dead, but that’s just what Johnny told everyone. Apparently, Johnny thought she was cheating on him, so he told her to leave Chicago and never contact Mia again or he’d kill her. Now that Johnny’s dead, Lena felt it was safe to try to come back and develop a relationship with Mia. Needless to say, Mia was not interested. At least she wasn’t interested at first. By the end of the episode, she seemed to be opening up to the idea of getting to know Lena. But I’m not entirely sure I trust Lena. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is about her, but something is just off.
The Dirty DA also had a few troubles too. A felon that he’d put away for armed robbery got out on parole and supposedly kidnapped him. But that’s not what happened at all. He’s had to get more intimately involved in transporting the skim and he’s become very nervous about it. Catherine told him about the wire tap the sheriff’s department had put on Savino’s phone and that they’d brought the Feds in to find out who Avacado is. Dirty DA went so pale he looked like a ghost. He realized that he’s gotten himself in really deep with the mob and he can’t just walk away now. But if the Feds find out that he’s Avacado, he’s still toast. So he’s definitely caught between a rock and a hard place. So he came up with a scheme. He stole the skim and faked his own kidnapping. The problem is that the fake kidnapping is what turned Ralph and Co. on to the fact that he was Avacado.
Agent Byrne and his ridiculous haircut needs to just go away. Every single time Ralph gets him involved in a case, he screws it up. After Ralph put together what Dirty DA had done and they located him, Byrne once again undermined Ralph’s authority in front of a suspect. He told Dirty DA to go back to working or Savino so they could find out more about the bosses in Chicago. Ralph was opposed to the idea because he knew Savino wouldn’t buy it, but Byrne and Catherine decided it was their best play. Once again, Ralph was right. Savino was extremely suspicious when they found Dirty DA tied up in a motel room, and when he came to deliver the skim to Savino, things didn’t go so well for him. I suppose I should feel sorry for him, but I don’t. His greed and ambition led him to make some really bad choices and now he’s got to live with the consequences. Or rather, he had to live with them for about 5 minutes. Once again, Byrne’s over-ambitious plan has gotten someone killed. Seriously. Byrne needs to just go away. I was also kind of frustrated with how Catherine was written in this episode. I’m not so much bothered by the fact that she didn’t know her boss was working for Savino, but I am bothered by how ornamental she seemed in this episode. She didn’t have any independent ideas and she seemed to just be following Ralph around so she could state the obvious. I really hope that this was an isolated occurrence and they’ll go back to writing Catherine the way she was at the beginning of the series; a strong, intelligent professional woman.
While all of that was going on in Las Vegas, Dixon and Yvonne went to Hollywood. Dixon went to see Violet and Yvonne went to audition for Capitol Records. Dixon surprised Violet on the movie set, but she wasn’t the only one surprised. Dixon found out that Violet had gotten back together with Barry. Dixon didn’t seem to mind all that much, but Yvonne was really upset by it. She tried to make Dixon see that he deserved better, but Dixon seemed perfectly happy just sneaking around with Violet behind Barry’s back. It kind of says volumes about where Dixon is emotionally. If Violet were available, then Dixon might be forced to truly commit to her, but as it stands he’s free to have fun without things getting too serious. It’s as if he’s trying to protect himself from getting hurt by not allowing anyone to get too close to him. The flipside of that is that means he also doesn’t allow himself to get too close to anyone else either. Dixon ended up getting into it with Barry, but not over Violet. Barry invited Yvonne to “audition” for a part in one of his movies. When she refused, Barry beat her up. When Dixon saw what Barry had done to Yvonne, he was furious and wanted to go after Barry. Both Yvonne and Violet tried to stop him because they both knew how dangerous Barry is. But Dixon would not be deterred. He got Barry alone and beat him up pretty good. Now we’ll just have to see whether Barry lets it slide or whether he comes after Dixon. I’m thinking it’ll probably be the latter.
All in all, not a bad episode. Jack is still in love with Mia, and he’s conflicted about trying to protect her. He knows that he can’t interfere with the investigation, but he doesn’t want to see Mia get hurt either. Despite the fact she refuses to talk to or see him. Mia, at her mother’s behest, has taken some steps to protect herself. She made a copy of Vince’s little black book to use for a rainy day. I wonder just how loyal Mia is to Vince and the bosses back in Chicago. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. So what did y’all think of this episode of Vegas?