THE PROTECTOR “Blood” Review

THE PROTECTOR “Blood” Season 1 Episode 11 – The body count is high in “Blood,” this week’s episode of The Protector, but not as high as Gloria’s mother (portrayed by Patty Duke).

All three murders are set against the backdrop of a family-owned Mexican restaurant; the first to die is the bartender, who bites it in a parking lot. The whole thing is caught by cameras that are angled just perfectly as to capture every detail. Except, you know, the shooter. Oh, TV surveillance cameras…why can you read the VIN number on a car, but you always miss the killer’s face?

The second to die is the family matriarch who ends up wrapped in a rug and poured into the foundation of the second restaurant that her youngest (and favorite) son was trying to open across town from the original. I usually let TV cops slide a bit on procedure (hey, they have a lot on their minds…it’s hard to walk a crime scene in heels), but I found it a little laughable to imagine that the victim’s family would have been allowed to watch as the body was dug out from the concrete. Or that they’d even want to be there in the first place!

Putting that aside, the third body belongs to the oldest son, who committed suicide to throw suspicion off the real killer, his sister (the Jan Brady of the group), who shot her controlling, witch of a mother and then staged the killing of the bartender who walked in on the clean-up. There was no “fun” in this dysfunctional family.

The person I felt the worst for in this episode was Gloria’s boss who had been going to the restaurant for so many years that he was almost part of the family himself. It’s a hard day when you find out the truth about people you love, but, c’mon, how many illusions about the goodness of humanity can a twice-divorced veteran of the LAPD really have left?

Hey, speaking of dysfunction, Gloria’s mother came to visit, yay! She’s as wacky, crazy fun as ever, yay! She stopped taking her lithium…crap. I think I suspected from her last episode that Gloria’s mother was bipolar, but I thought it might have just been the way Patty Duke played her. No, she’s officially unbalanced, which might explain some of Gloria’s little quirks. Could she be heading down the same road? It would be an interesting plot twist and would give the show a little extra something that it lacks.

Only a couple episodes of The Protector are left, and one of my wishes for the end of the season (or next season if they get picked up again) is to see Michelle get tangled up with the cute, younger cop who helped her out with the meth-head. Maybe I’m just wishing for some conflict, any conflict!! Give me conflict!!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you think Gloria might be taking after her mother? Would you go to see a retirement home production of Gypsy? Let me know below!!