AGAINST THE WALL “Second Chances” and “We Protect Our Own” Reviews


AGAINST THE WALL “Second Chances/We Protect Our Own” Season 1 Episodes 12 and 13 – With the double episodes “Second Chances” and “We Protect Our Own,” the first season of Against the Wall comes to an end. It’s been a fun ride, one that, considering the cliffhanger on which it ended, I hope Lifetime decides to continue next year.

The first episode of the night dealt with an episode of hazing at the local police academy. The story was bland and over-run by the more interesting personal story going on at Mama Kowalski’s new bakery. On the verge of opening her doors, Sheila decides to start hiring employees from a rehab program for convicted felons. Understandably, that doesn’t go over very well with her cop family. As predicted, trouble comes knocking in the form of a new employee’s gangster boyfriend. When Sheila won’t give him the information he wants, she’s forced to draw her gun in order to get him to leave her store.

I think it was good to see that the one member of the Kowalski family who doesn’t have a badge can still protect herself if necessary. We’ve always known she’s a tough yet compassionate lady; this just proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

The second hour was far more interesting, even though, once again, the supposedly “A” plot fell short of the “B” plot. Don’s former partner (played by Mitch Pileggi) is charged in the attempted murder of his wife and it’s up to Abby to prove that he was framed for the crime.

As they work the case, Lina’s due date draws ever closer and she contemplates not returning to work after the baby is born. A few weeks back, I predicted that Lina would go into labor in the finale and while I’m always glad when I’m right, I was absolutely shocked at how it went down.

Having a baby in an elevator is the oldest trick in the TV book of tropes. It’s so cliched that it has the power to induce gagging. I can’t believe the writers stooped to it, but Abby helps deliver Lina’s baby while trapped in the elevator. And although Lina promises that she’ll be back to work eventually, it seems entirely feasible that she was lying.

Meanwhile, it’s come down to the wire, time for Abby to decide between Danny and Brody once and for all. And while it seems like she’s leaning towards Danny (she’s jealous after seeing him with another woman, she dreams about being in bed with him), we never get to find out who she picked. Because in yet another TV cliche, when Abby answers the door, we don’t get to see which man she invited over for a candle-lit evening of romance.

So, even though they let me down tonight in two significant areas, I still hope there will be a second season of Against the Wall. I love a good cliffhanger, but they are also extremely frustrating.

What did you think of the episode? Did you groan the second they stepped into the elevator? And who do you think was the lucky guy? Let me know below!