Vegas Season 1 Review “(Il)Legitimate”

Vegas (CBS) Episode 4 (Il)Legitimate

Vegas is quickly becoming one of my favorite new shows of the season. The writing is solid and the cast was wonderfully chosen. Of course, I’m partial to modern day Westerns, but that doesn’t in any way diminish how good Vegas is.

A few thoughts on “(Il)Legitimate”:

The case of the week centered on a maid at one of the casinos that was a major voice in the casino workers union. The union rep wanted the workers to strike because that’s what would be best for the Milwaukee mob that owned that union, but Estelle told them they needed to wait until their contracts expired in six months. Shortly after that, Estelle was mowed down by a hit and run driver. Initially, it looked like the mob may have taken her out because of her union involvement. However, during the course of the investigation Lamb and Co. discovered that Estelle, a Black maid, was the daughter of a wealthy white man. Estelle’s father was keeping her a secret, but he was also paying for her college education. One of the white maids that worked with Estelle got jealous and killed her. The killer felt like she was the one who deserved to get a college education paid for by a rich father. Not Estelle. She was the one that shouldn’t have to spend her life cleaning up after other people. Not Estelle. This was the second episode in which Vegas addressed the race issue, and they did it in a much more direct way this time. I got the impression that if Estelle had been white, the killer wouldn’t have been as angry about Estelle being taken care of by her father.

We got our first look at Ralph’s late wife in tonight’s episode. Ralph refused to cut down an old Oak tree to make way for a new well, but he wouldn’t tell Jack why. At the end of the episode, we see that when Ralph looks out that window, he can still see his wife hanging clothes out on the line next to that tree. It was a very sweet moment, and something I think the character needed. Ralph is a gruff, no-nonsense man, but in order to round out the character we need to know why he is that way. What events in his life led him to where he is now? That very brief scene gave us just a little peek of what makes Ralph, Ralph.

Vince certainly had some problems to contend with in this episode. Vince’s boss in Chicago turned down his proposal to expand the Savoy, so Vince decided to partner with the owner of the rundown Tumbleweed Casino across the street. Unlike most of his other ventures, Vince decided to do the Tumbleweed deal totally legit. He figured he could get the ball rolling on his own and then after the money starts rolling in, he can send the boss in Chicago his cut. Sounds like a pretty good plan. The only hitch, the Milwaukee mob is also trying to muscle in on the Tumbleweed and its union. In addition to bombing the Tumbleweed, they took a few shots at Vince. So of course, Vince had to retaliate; and around and around we go. Dealings with the mob never turn out well.

Our favorite dirty DA may have a problem. Lamb is not an idiot, and now I think he may be on to the fact that the DA is dirty. He may actually be the one to steer Katherine in that direction. I’m interested to see just how long it’ll take them to figure it out and just how much rope they’re going to give the DA.

All in all, this was a pretty good episode. I liked the twist in the case of the week. I figured the wife was the killer, but once again, the way the story unfolded I can see why the other maid would kill Estelle. So what did you think of this week’s Vegas? Sound off in the comments.

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