The Glades “Close Encounters” Review

The Glades Season 3 Premiere 2012 Close Encounters
Welcome back, devoted fans of The Glades! Ready for another summer of gators, sawgrass and murder victims? I know I’ve been missing my weekly fix of my home state, and in the season three premiere, “Close Encounters,” I could almost smell the swamp gas.

This week’s victim was a very wealthy man with a gorgeous trophy wife and an eccentric belief that he was abducted by aliens. Unfortunately for him, that belief led him to give a lot of money to a phony UFO investigator who turned out to be a con man. Like any good swindler, the UFO guy murdered the poor man when he decided to leave all of his money to the hot wife, then set up the hot wife to make it seem like she’d tried to set him up!

It was a pretty decent twist, I have to admit. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if he hadn’t taken on a partner with nothing but muscle between his ears. Good help really is hard to find.

As for the whole aliens aspect of the episode, I was with them right up until the end. Every strange occurance was explained away with science and fact…and then Jim looked up in the sky and saw a strange pattern of lights which suddenly and extraordinarily scattered amongst the stars. Okay, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t appease the skeptics and the believers at the same time; all it really does is insult the believers and annoy the skeptics. I choose to blame Jim’s vision on the wine he and Callie were drinking.

Yes, he and Callie are still going strong…and going everywhere, I might add. Not even the empty hospital where she once worked is sacred ground when it comes to their ooey, gooey love fest. I guess maybe I’m still a little bitter that chose him over the needs of her child, that she would rather stay in a city where she might never get a job than bear leaving his side. It doesn’t jive with a character who asked him not to help her get another job.

Fortunately, Jim never does what he’s told, and now that he has Carlos putting in a good word for his girlfriend at the area hospitals, I suppose Callie gets to have her cake and eat it, too. All right. I will set my year-old grievance aside and see where this relationship goes. But if things get any sweeter, I might develop diabetes by fall. The one thing that might save me? Callie’s kid; he might like Jim as a karate pal, but will he like him as a potential step-father?

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!