Lethal Weapon has had a week off in the UK, but the offscreen action has been continuing: specifically, the news that the show has been renewed for a third season, but with Seann William Scott stepping in to replace Clayne Crawford, albeit playing a different character.
Now… I should again stipulate that I have no idea whether Crawford’s behaviour merited dismissal. (Actors and crew members who have worked with him on Lethal Weapon and elsewhere have continued to offer support, mind you; which suggests, again, that there might be more than one side to this story. Or that Crawford, like all of us, contains multitudes.) And I’m entirely unfamiliar with Scott’s recent work. But replacing Clayne Crawford with Stifler out of American Pie doesn’t strike me as necessarily the best move.
We’ll see. (Or rather, we won’t; I’m not at all sure I’ll be watching.) Meantime, this week’s episode starts at a police gun buy-back event, at which a gang jumps in to steal the guns, around 400 of them. Riggs and Murtaugh locate the gang leader, Booker, fairly swiftly, but he claims that he’s an undercover ATF officer. Which is true as far as it goes, but Booker’s boss says that he’s gone rogue since his partner was shot. Meantime, Murtaugh is reading Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art Of War’ in order to navigate his ongoing battle with Trish. And Ruth has parked next to Riggs’s trailer for the time being; the two of them hang out, bicker, and play Mahjong; all of which, as Riggs is well aware, is providing him with a level of emotional support which is keeping him off alcohol.
It’s a reasonably good episode, but no more than that: it doesn’t sting like Lethal Weapon at its best. And it looks as if that’s the last we’re seeing of Ruth for a while, which is a shame: Swoosie Kurtz has an engaging way with salty dialogue.