THE GLADES “Beached” Review

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THE GLADES “Beached” Season 2, Episode 11 – Life, if you will forgive the pun, is a beach in “Beached” this week’s episode of The Glades. Say, did you know that Florida has 1,350 miles of coastline, but less than 700 of those miles are beaches? Well, now you do. And knowing is half the battle.

Another fun fact: the best way to get out of a beach volleyball game is to find a dead body buried in the sand. The corpse of the week belongs to a conceptual developer, which might not actually be an official title, but it’s the best I could come up with to explain a job that involves going to bars and figuring out ways to re-theme them. It’s a good thing I don’t have this job; every bar in America would look just like Quark’s on Star Trek: DS9.

Because where there are beaches, there are bars, and the dead dude happens to be found with a matchbook for one bar in particular, Dwight’s Dockside, Florida’s answer to Cheers. It’s run by Dwight and apparently one waitress, Maggie, your typical tanned bombshell who wraps guys around her fingers for fun.

I pretty much pegged Dwight as the killer right away, not because the story was all that predictable, but because the actor who played him always gets cast as the jerk. I bet he’s a nice dude in real life, but I will never not assume that he’s the bad guy. But if the character had been played by anyone else, my money might have been on Maggie. Pretty girls can be ruthless and this one really wanted that bar for her very own.

But it turns out Maggie was innocent and Dwight wasn’t really a beach bum; he was a former jewelry thief who came to Florida to get away from it all…literally. When our bar developer found this out, boom. Another one bites the sand.

Mixed into the case is the continuing saga of Jim and Callie. I feel like I’m on a see-saw with these two. One day we’re up; the next we’re down. And I get this sense that Jim is just along for the ride. Callie is the problem here, or at least she seems to be until she announces that, thanks to Skype, she and her ex have talked (does the witness protection program really allow for Skyping?) and she has filed for divorce. Jim probably would have been a little happier about this if not for the concussion he’d just sustained. Great timing, Callie.

So…we’ll see some progress there, right? A date? A booty call? Something! I’m all for UST, but it’s almost like it only works if the sexual tension isn’t officially acknowledged. But even a newcomer to The Glades like me knows that these two characters want each other…yet heels are being dragged for what? Drama? The inevitable season finale cliffhanger? It’s enough already. Like we say in the south, “Nut up or shut up.”

What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you have a favorite themed bar? Do you think we’ve heard the last of Callie’s soon-to-be ex? Let me know below!