Vegas Season 1 Review “Two of a Kind”

Those things done in the dark always come to light. Yes, it’s an unoriginal phrase. But you would think after hearing it so much that people would finally get it through their thick heads. Nothing stays secret. Ever. It seems that’s a lesson that some of the folks on Vegas learned the hard way this week.

A few thoughts about “Two of a Kind”:

The case of the week was rather interesting. A man was found in his car on the side of the highway shot right between the eyes. The man, Lattimore, was supposedly a traveling salesman for some diet shake company. Ralph and Jack went to see his wife and deliver the bad news. She told them that she had a heart condition and her husband was supposed to be taking her to Buffalo to get a pacemaker at the end of the week. During the course of their investigation, Ralph and Jack found out that Lattimore had another wife. He wasn’t a traveling salesman at all. He just told his wives that he was so he could spend half the year with one wife and half the year with the other wife. Initially, the Lamb boys thought that the brother of wife #2 had killed Lattimore, but it wasn’t him. Jack discovered that the diet shake company Lattimore worked for was actually one big pyramid scheme. Lattimore found out about it, so the president of the company killed him.

The twist of Lattimore having two wives was not something I saw coming. I thought maybe he had a mistress, but not another wife. It would seem to me that having one spouse at a time would be more than enough work. Why on God’s green earth would you willingly take on two at the same time? That’s just crazy. As it turns out, it’s kind of a good thing he had two wives. His 2nd wife’s brother played an integral role in Ralph getting a confession from the killer.

While the Lamb boys were dealing with Lattimore’s murder investigation, Vince was trying to get the skim back to the bosses in Chicago. His normal method of sending it with a sweet-looking elderly woman didn’t pan out, so he had to get creative. He kept trying, and failing, to get past the new FBI field agent assigned to Las Vegas. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this FBI guy. First of all, he seems awfully arrogant. He strolled right in to The Savoy and let Vince know that he was there. That seemed like a pretty stupid move since he blew the one thing he had going for him-the element of surprise. Also, I didn’t like the way he talked down to Ralph at their first meeting. I can understand him being a bit wary since the previous lawmen in Las Vegas were on the mob payroll. But he doesn’t know Ralph. He doesn’t know a thing about how Ralph runs things, and it was just bad manners for him to act like he was so much more superior to Ralph.

Things also came to a head with Jack and Mia. It is never a good idea to lie to someone you love. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are. Lies are never a good idea. They only compound the issue. I must admit that I thought it would take longer for Jack to admit to Mia that he’s the one who killed her father. I had hoped that he would have to wrestle with it a while because that could’ve made for some pretty interesting drama. Especially if Jack continued to be forced into doing Vince’s bidding. One thing I will say, is that Vince read Jack completely wrong. Vince figured that he had the high hand and he was going to have Jack under his thumb for the long haul. Unfortunately for Vince, he completely overplayed his hand. Jack had more integrity than Vince gave him credit for, and he decided to tell Mia the truth. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s lost Mia now but that doesn’t come as all that big of a shock. Because now not only did he kill her father, he lied to her about it. I kind of like the two of them together, so I’m hoping they can figure out how to overcome this hurdle. But I’m not holding out too much hope on that. Their relationship is too new for them to have built the kind of love and trust that it’s going to take to come back from this. Of course, now Mia is faced with a choice. She can either tell the bosses back in Chicago what happened or she can keep her mouth shut and just let the situation play itself out. If she tells Chicago, then I have no doubt they would send someone to kill Jack. If she doesn’t tell Chicago, then she’s going to have to live with her father’s death going unavenged. It’ll be interesting to see what she decides to do next.

While I am surprised that Jack told Mia what he did, I am not surprised that Ralph figured it out. Ralph is a sharp investigator, and I don’t know why Jack figured he’d be able to hide this from Ralph. Of course, it never made sense to me that Jack didn’t call Ralph in the first place. I understand that he didn’t tell Mia because he didn’t want to lose her. That makes sense. But not telling Ralph? I don’t get it. At any rate, Ralph now knows everything. But Jack’s decision not to tell him in the first place and all the stuff he did to cover it up later put Ralph in a very difficult position. He’s now got to try to protect Jack because now that he’s told Mia, Ralph is (understandably) concerned that Chicago is going to send people after him. Jack’s lies have also led to Ralph destroying evidence. That goes against everything that Ralph stands for. But then again. You do things for family that you would never do for anyone else. It’ll be interesting to see how or if this changes Ralph and Jack’s relationship.

All in all, solid episode. I’m not thrilled that Katherine is going out on a date with Bad Hair Cut FBI Guy. But Ralph has been dragging his feet, so what’s a girl to do? I do wish that Dixon would think with a different part of his anatomy. When he’s got his head on straight, he’s actually a really good deputy. And on a completely shallow note, I am not going to complain any time Vegas opens with Jason O’Mara shirtless. So what did y’all think of this week’s Vegas?