THE GOOD GUYS “Cop Killer” Review


THE GOOD GUYS “Cop Killer” Episode 19 – Joshua Malina guest stars as an Internal Affairs officer hell-bent on taking down Dan no matter the consequences in the “Cop Killer” episode of THE GOOD GUYS.

You know it’s going to be a good episode of The Good Guys when you have a car chase and an explosion within the first six minutes. Add in a West Wing reunion, Malcolm Barrett from Better Off Ted, and plenty of Julius and I’m a seriously happy camper.

While I wish we had gotten a little more background on why Guthrie hates Dan so much, he’s a terrific foil. Josh Malina is gleefully malicious in the role, oozing slimy entitlement. Love him so much, and his chemistry with Bradley Whitford is as fun as ever. “How about I misdirect your nose all over your face?” While the timeline is a bit out of whack and disbelief must be suspended re: Guthrie’s vendetta, he is one of my favorite “villains” to date and his (essentially) parting line of “I’m not gonna pretend to like you, Stark. Not that good of an actor” is awesome.

They really raised the stakes here: Julius’ bar goes boom (“So, I guess I don’t have to lock up, huh?”-Hee.), Jack’s apartment is trashed, Sam loses her job, and Dan’s trailer–gulp–also goes boom. Love Dan’s ‘Platoon’ homage, but was anyone else’s first thought, “I hope his dog is okay?” Still, everyone who matters–even Liz–backs Dan with next to no thought, so look how far they’ve come since the series started. It seems so unfair that the cast is gelling so well with Sam and Julius fully integrated just as the series is ending. The different cast combinations all work well and the bigger scenes, like the evidence room confab, are electric because the cast sparks so well off each other.

Favorite lines:

“Hodgehole, did somebody die around here, or did you just suck all the life out of the room?” I love his sad attempt to be Deep Throat with his list of grievances–he really is a Hodgehole, but I love him so.

“The years pass, but the mustache remains.”–I only wish that could be so, but next week is the finale, so the mustache won’t be staying much longer.

“There was an explosion, which is a recurring motif in a staggering number of your cases.” How very meta.

“Why you gotta cop block me like that?” Julius always has terrific lines and RonReaco Brown sells the bejeezus out of each one.

“Tell me what they’ve got dogs for. Tell me what they’ve got dogs for.”/”Hold my hand./Hold my hand.”–Dan and Julius are my favorite couple on the show, my brothaaaa!

“The righteous do not pay by the hour.” I wonder if Dan ever has paid by the hour.

“Legally speaking, that guy s a raging jackass.” Liz didn’t have much to do in this episode, but that was a great line.

This is an excellent episode of The Good Guys: it has all the action, humor, and character development I could ask for. Of course Dan has a Sunday gun and learns the wrong lesson and of course Sam created a lair. Liz and Jack have a brief moment of tension that gets resolved and doesn’t bleed into the show while Ana is frustrated by remarkably accepting: these are good things that addressed fans’ early concerns about the show. My one quibble would be that Ana should have saved her “Let’s go bust some punks” until the end of next week’s finale. And, yes, they called it a finale, not a season finale, during the previews, so next week we’ll be saying goodbye to a fun little show that I really think could have been a summer hit for USA but instead died on FOX. I just hope the show goes out guns blazing and mustache twirling.

What did you think of the episode? What were your favorite lines or moments? How do you want the show to end next week? Please post in the comments.

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