BUDDY TV – Ratings-conscious viewers (which guillotine-wielding broadcasters have forced us to be lest we get too attached to a freshman show) can be rest assured that Lethal Weapon will be providing us with our weekly dose of sexy adrenaline-pumping action, self- and partner-deprecating hilarity, torturous grief, and syrupy sweet romance for the foreseeable future.
“Best Buds,” Lethal Weapon’s third outing of the series, delivers lots more of all of the above as the partnership continues to solidify (“He took a cattle prod for me”) and Riggs begins to open up to Dr. Cahill (“I shot my TV!”). This super fun episode is especially intriguing due to the introduction of Murtaugh’s old training officer, Ned Brower. It’s unclear if Brower’s appearance is a one-off, but I vote he should be a regular.
You Had Me At $17 Million
An armored car carrying $17 million in tax money collected from the booming Californian cannabis trade gets brutally smacked off the road by two masked guys. The driver, Murtaugh’s retired training officer, is knocked senseless and the loot is carried away. Ned Brower, played masterfully by Ted Levine (who will always be Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs to me in the same way Gene Wilder will always be Willy Wonka) does cash pick-ups for Joint Assets Securities Company, the money managers who insure the cannabis trade. Immediately, I have Ned pegged as part of the heist, but I pray hard that Lethal Weapon eschews cliche in favor of something more interesting.
What Some Call Illegal, California Calls Tuesday
One of the victims of the theft is medicinal cannabis dispensary Budding Blossom (though I didn’t see anyone waving a page from a legitimate Rx pad anywhere). Riggs and Murtaugh visit the home of the Budding Blossom owners, Lonnie and Donny and find themselves in the midst of a group therapy session, er, mid-day pot party. Riggs, having already had a date with Mary Jane that morning (which was when he shot his television screen for displaying two frolicking lovebirds) imagines he sees his deceased wife and follows a dark-haired woman up the stairs while Murtaugh talks to Donnie and Ronnie. By the time they leave the party they are none the wiser, but Riggs has a pretty good buzz going.