Designated Survivor, episode four

Hannah gets questioned by local police about the dead contractor. She plays the federal investigation card and then Forstell about it. That’s not the only issue. There is a trucker blockade at the Mexican border. It’s been going on for days and a Mexican trucker gets fed up. He breaks through the gate and gets shot and killed.

Now Kirkman and company have to deal with this. Emily meets with the Mexican ambassador and he’s willing to wait it out. Lyor meets with the truckers. It’s no use. Seth tries to give a briefing but it doesn’t go well. Aaron gets called out for being a Mexican-American and not standing up for his heritage.

White House counsel meets with Hannah about the potential case against Alex’s mother. She tells Hannah that she will have to talk to Alex about it. Aaron thinks he is meeting with a senator but ends up talking to his cousin, a newly hired aide instead. He refuses to work like that.

Emily is forced to deal with an investigation into a broken vase. Hannah sits down with Alex. It doesn’t go well. Alex thinks the possibility of her mother being involved in some sort of scheme is ridiculous.

Aaron and Emily update Kirkman on the trade negotiations. It is not going well and now officials are calling Kirkman out on tv. Aaron feels like he is being pulled in two directions because of the negotiations. Seth laughs and tells him that will never end. Aaron gets the word of the senator that she will back the agreement publicly.

The truck driver’s wife holds a press conference. Lyor has to do some work here. They need to find someone to be the face of the agreement. Alex talks to her mother about Hannah’s accusation. She thinks it is preposterous but her mother says it’s true. And that she would do it again.

Kirkman sees the widow panicking before their planned press conference. He calls it off and tells Seth and Lyor to handle it. Lyor says that it’s not him and leaves. Kirkman meets with the widow and they talk about her husband. Emily comes in and gives him the file about the broken vase. It accuses his daughter but he asks her and she says no. He tells the investigator as much.

Alex gets news. Her mother is being subpoenaed by the FBI. She tells Kirkman the whole thing and he assures her that it is okay. Then he meets with the ambassador to Mexico. Turns out he owns the company that the dead trucker worked for. Kirkman throws down.

Aaron fights with his cousin about being used and being Mexican-American. She does not back down. Kirkman meets with the union leader. He says that he will back the deal but it lacks longevity. Kirkman gets an idea.

He asks his old friend to keep plants open on both sides of the border. It will buy time and maintain jobs. The investigator has figured out who broke the vase. Lyor. The deal is done. No one is thrilled so it’s a win. Aaron goes back home and sees his family.

Hannah meets with Forstell again. She’s pissed about the subpoena but he doesn’t want to hear it. He has new information about the contractor that was found dead. He signed a huge deal and it was connected to Lloyd.

I missed Chuck in this one. It wasn’t really investigation heavy though so that was expected. I don’t care about Lyor so the side story about the vase was a waste. I’m glad that Aaron got some more screentime and got to respect his roots.

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Chicago PD, episode four

Burgess and Atwater are celebrating his brother’s birthday when he gets a call. He’s needed for an undercover. Ruzek is out on the case already. It’s a drug case. They meet in a bar and Atwater is lurking nearby to be safe. They just set up a meeting for later. Ruzek checks in with Voight. He tells him to keep on it. Ruzek tries to follow up on his in. He finds him bleeding out.

He calls for an ambo and puts pressure on the wound. He admits that he’s a cop and the guy shuts up. He’s not going out like a snitch. The guy dies and Ruzek feels guilty. The unit starts its investigation but no one is willing to talk. They do get some prints off a beer bottle and roll out on it. They move in on the guy at work and find out he’s the victim’s brother.

In interrogation, he says that he was there but he doesn’t know anything. Atwater comes in. He knows the guy. He offers protection but the guy says he’s not a hero. Upton might have a lead on the getaway car. She and Ruzek go to get it and have words with their suspected driver.

It comes back clean but driver’s girlfriend has some issues so they take her in next. Ruzek fights the suspect. Atwater wants another chance to convince the brother to talk. Ruzek doesn’t understand the hesitation and runs his mouth. Voight tells him to just make the case. Atwater interrupts. It doesn’t matter. The brother is dead.

At the scene, Atwater sees his brother. He tells him off for being there before taking him home. Voight brings the case to the state’s attorney’s office. Anna is on board but they don’t have the evidence. When Voight is leaving, he notices Antonio meeting with someone across the street. He lied about where he was going to be.

Someone reported Ruzek for punching a suspect. Voight gives him the story. Ruzek goes to talk to Upton. She’s not so quick to agree in this age of technology. They have more security footage of the second murder. Someone saw the escape. Atwater’s brother.

He goes home and talks to him. He’s not a snitch. He’s brave. Jordan agrees to come in and make a statement. At the district, Voight asks Atwater if he’s sure. Doing right by your family is more important than doing right. Jordan goes through with it though and they move in for the arrest. A shootout and chase ensures. Atwater catches up with him after he drops his gun.

Voight joins the two of them alone in the alley. Atwater still might shoot him. Voight will let him but then Upton and Antonio show up and arrest the guy. Ruzek thanks Atwater for his work on this one. Denny stops by to hassle Voight. He quotes Machiavelli.

At Molly’s, Ruzek finds out that Upton made his case go away. It wasn’t for him though. Olinsky ran the plates on the guy that Antonio was meeting. It’s a state’s attorney that works with Denny. They begin to suspect Antonio is looking to snitch. Atwater is out with his brother and sister. He’s watching the door. He’s just paranoid.

I honestly forgot about Halstead and Olinsky for most of this episode. That’s not a good thing. Is Antonio working undercover? I doubt it but there has always been this back and forth between him and Voight. I’m glad Anna is still around. She was the best part of Justice. Who did Upton do it for then? Voight? Is she another stray he helped out?

Law and Order True Crime, episode four

Erik tells the therapist that Oziel used to report back to his father. He was told that if he said anything to anyone he would be killed. Lyle feels guilty. He thought it had stopped. He wouldn’t have gone away to Princeton otherwise.

Zoeller is pissed about the handwriting analysis when he gets a call. The car has been located. In New Jersey. Local cops take it in and search it. That comes up empty. Abramson goes to see Erik’s onetime acting teacher. She didn’t suspect anything but does note that he impressed the class on one occasion with a Richard II soliloquy. Next stop is Mrs. Menendez’s therapist. Abramson finds out that there were sick secrets in the house but Kitty never elaborated.

The investigative team doesn’t know what to do from there. Judalon does another interview with Diane Sawyer. The boys look guilty. Abramson files a motion to throw the tapes out because of the interview. Judge says no but suggests a plea bargain. Pam is not interested though.

Lyle slips and says “us” when referencing what happened growing up with their parents. It wasn’t his father though. It was their mother. The therapists present it to Abramson. She knows there are holes in the story. She thinks it is because they are lying. Vicary suggests giving them more time.

The boys want to meet with their family. They want to come clean to them before it comes out elsewhere. It doesn’t go well. Abramson goes to the DA’s office to talk to anyone who will listen about a plea bargain. None are forthcoming. Back at home, a cousin comes clean. He knew about what was happening but he was a little kid so he didn’t understand it at the time. He tells Abramson.

The tapes are in. Oziel and Judalon’s sealed testimony is in too. Oziel is pissed and holds a press conference to say that everything that Judalon said about him was a lie. Kitty’s family is out for blood. They want the money. Another cousin, this time on Kitty’s side comes forward. She says she told Kitty who then took Lyle into a room and it was never discussed again. Abramson knows that they still don’t have enough.

Movers are clearing out the house. One of the Lyle’s friends admits that he and Lyle had talked about both being abused as children. Jill goes to try to get Lyle’s friends to testify. It doesn’t go well.

Abramson goes to see Erik. It’s his birthday and she gives him a card. She also tells him that a judge agreed to review the ruling on the tapes. This is good for the case. She needs more information though. She wants him to talk about the last time that he was abused.

It was two weeks before the murders. He was accepted at UCLA and wanted to live in the dorms. His father wouldn’t allow it unless he stayed at home four nights a week. That’s when he knew it would never end. That’s when things got crazy. The boys thought they were going to be killed.

Cindy is going through the house. She finds pictures proving the abuse and brings it to Abramson. This is good but they still need to put together a timeline. The Rodney King ruling comes out. Abramson starts doubting their adoption plans.

Pam is getting crap about being ruthless. Abramson gets a small victory. The tape is ruled out. Other recordings are still in though. And they get a venue. Van Nuys. Erik’s girlfriend breaks up with him.

Lyle has another therapy session. When he found out his father hadn’t stopped, he confronted him. That’s when things got crazy. The boys feared for their lives. They didn’t know what their father was capable of but he had guns. Lyle assumed his father stopped when Erik was 12 because that’s when he stopped with him.

The therapist tells Abramson and Jill. The boys legitimately feared for their lives. They acted in self-defense and that is the case that they will present. That’s the case they believe in.

I’m glad that this is short, only 8 episodes. I don’t know how much more of it I could handle. We know how it ends.

Lucifer, episode three

Linda and Maze are drinking. It’s fun. Linda wants to know more about the whole soulless thing. Lucifer butts in. He says that that’s why demons live in the moment. Maze admits that she’s getting bored. She isn’t into the whole sex and violence thing any more or being a bounty hunter. She’s going to take after Lucifer and follow her deepest desires.

Maze is hanging out at the police station. She’s got a new case. She’s going to chase a murdering maniac Ben Rivers (Chris McKenna) around Canada. Back at the house Chloe wants her to rethink this mission because it’s a whole new ballgame up there. Trixie wants to go too as backup. Maze goes and starts adjusting quickly.

Chloe is working when Dan comes up to her desk. He’s headed to Hawaii and wants to give her some contact info. Chloe just had a phone call. Maze is making quite a mess of Canada. Lucifer tells her to relax.

Up in the great white north, Maze threatens a hotel clerk and gets a lead. She chases it and finds the girl he’s been running amok with. Turns out he’s in town too.

Police bring the Rivers’ lawyer in. They’ve been in touch. Lucifer paints a picture of what Maze will do and the lawyer admits that she’s been helping him because she loves him. Maze cuffs her catch.

Rivers wants a drink and Maze allows it. They chat and he tells her that he’s just like her. They talk a bit more and when it’s time to take him in, she realizes that she’s the one in the cuffs. Chloe calls to check in. Maze says that she’s got it under control. Lucifer hangs up the phone and texts her Rivers’ address.

Maze goes to his place and they throw down. He says he was framed and it was Lt. Herrera (Marco Sanchez) that did it. Chloe gave Herrera her new lead. He wants to finish things off. She obliges but seems suspicious. Room service brings a gun to a fist fight so Maze and Rivers take cover together.

Chloe does not leave well enough alone and calls Maze again. She’s a little busy ducking for cover though. Eventually she bring a knife to the gun fight and takes out the attacker. Not before Rivers gets shot though. Lucifer doesn’t understand Chloe’s concern. He talks to Linda about it. She thinks that Maze is trying to connect with life.

They are interrupted by a phone call. It’s Maze in need of medical advice to fix up the fugitive. Lucifer notes that she is softer now. Rivers wakes up the next morning. Maze is ready to bring him in but he tries to plead his case. There is a knock on the door. Dan. Chloe asked him to check up on Maze because Herrera didn’t sit well with her. Maze turns to Rivers but he took off again.

Dan says that it’s time to turn the case over to the Canadians. Maze agrees. When Dan turns his back, she takes off. Lucifer wants to head to Canada but Chloe tells him that they have to let Maze run the show and trust her. Maze keeps doing some tracking. Lucifer and Chloe question the security guard that Herrera paid off. He gets caught.

Maze finally catches up with Rivers. He’s got four guns pointed at him. It’s the room service woman and she does the evil villian speech. She orders her goons to kill Maze but Dan to the rescue. They take down the bad guys and then Dan tells Rivers and Maze to take off.

Herrera gets back to his office and finds Lucifer there. Chloe comes in and breaks it down for him before the uniformed cops come in to arrest him. Maze gets a call from Chloe. Rivers is cleared. Maze relays the message and tells him that he can come home. He knows it doesn’t end with Herrera though. He’ll never be able to stop running but she can come with.

She goes home. Everyone is happy to have her back. She’s not in the clear though. Someone has a file on her now too.

I liked this episode because I’ve missed Maze in the other ones. I didn’t like this episode because I missed Ella. I’d also really like another girls night episode with Chloe, Linda, Maze and Ella. That was so good last year. I feel like overall this was just filler.

This is Us, episode four

The Pearsons are in the video store trying to decide what to rent before they are snow bound. Kevin is whiny and Rebecca asks him why. She feels his forehead. He’s burning up. It’s not just a fever. He’s got the chicken pox. The doctor recommends exposing all the kids to it so they can get it and be done. Randall is not happy about that.

Adult Randall is doing his daughter’s hair. Beth tells the girls to get ready for school and once they are out of the room turns to Randall about Deja’s hair. She hasn’t washed in the two weeks that she’s been with them. Randall wants to give her a chance to settle in first.

Kate is working out. Toby made super healthy muffins but she is using it as motivation to keep going. He tells her that she has been a champ. Kevin is on set. The producer sees him hobbling and inspects his knee. Kevin needs a medic.

Jack and Rebecca are helping Kevin and Kate with the chicken pox. Randall is trying to catch them so he can be healthy for the science fair when there’s a knock at the door. It’s Rebecca’s mother.

Kevin goes to a doctor. He tore something and needs surgery. He’s not happy. As they put him under, he thinks about Jack. Rebecca and Jack talk about her mother being awful while said mother is in the room with the kids. She gives them gifts. A football helmet for Kevin. A dress that’s too small for Kate. And a basketball for Randall, for the third time.

Randall has taken the kids bowling. Deja takes issue with the idea of bowling shoes when she hears the girl behind her mocking her hair. She shoves the girl and the girl’s father steps in. Randall tries to talk the man down but it doesn’t work. Deja walks out and Randall takes the girls and follows.

Toby and Kate are helping Kevin settle in after surgery. He’s on the phone with Sophie. Kate hears him say that he’s fine and takes it as a reason that she can go to yoga. Toby tries to do what the doctor said but Kevin says that he’s an expert and takes off the brace.

Young Kevin is scratching his chicken pox and Jack tries to give him a mind over matter pep talk but Grandma wants him to stop. She has a headache. Randall and Beth talk about talk about Deja. He’s wallowing that his bonding attempt failed. Young Randall is still trying to get sick. It’s not working. Rebecca’s mother runs her mother and talks down to Rebecca. Jack has a fever now too.

Beth finds Deja packing. She thought she was getting kicked out. Beth tells her that’s not the case and then talks to her about washing her hair. She tells her they can go to a salon or she will do it herself. Kate goes to buy weight loss pills. Beth helps Deja do her hair. They have a moment.

Not bonding with her mother? Rebecca. She’s finally had enough and starts to yell at her mother. She tells her that she is racist and she wants her out because it’s bad for Randall. Speaking of, he’s come downstairs and heard the whole thing. He’s got the chicken pox now too.

Kate tries on her goal dress. It fits and Toby is thrilled. Kate doesn’t seem to be. Randall doesn’t understand how his grandmother is racist. She doesn’t say mean things. Rebecca and Jack try to explain it to him.

Randall and Beth talk about how they make a good parenting team. He goes to see Deja and apologizes for his behavior. Then he blows up Beth’s spot and reveals that she told him what Deja told her in confidence.

Kevin is on the treadmill. Toby thinks he is being nuts and stops it. He doesn’t want Kevin to screw up his knee for the rest of his life. Kevin is more worried about his knee screwing up the rest of his life. It’s happened before. He played ball in high school. He was good. Scouted by colleges good and then his knee got whammied and it was all over. He appreciates Toby’s effort but he’s not letting his knee blow another dream. Production has already started cutting him out of scenes.

Jack finally wakes up from his fever coma. He asks for tylenol which is downstairs. Rebecca will go get it. Jack finds out that they have all been avoiding going down because Rebecca’s mother is down there. He has to do something. He gets up and goes to shovel out. Kevin helps.

Adult Kevin is watching his football highlight reel while doing rehab exercises. It’s mostly Jack cheering him on. Kevin takes a pain pill. He gets to set. He didn’t slow things down. Rebecca tells her mother that Jack cleared her car out. She can go. Her mother tries to defend her actions but Rebecca isn’t all that interested.

On her way out, she says goodbye to Randall. He’s a little snarky. Deja cuts her own hair. It’s choppy and Beth is visibly upset when she comes down for breakfast. Kate is at the doctor. She bought the vitamins she was advised to take. She’s pregnant.

I thought Kate was falling down some evil pill rabbit hole. I’m glad to see she’s not. Kevin on the other hand… someone needs to help him out. And why would Randall open his mouth like that?!?! Man things were finally looking up. He needs to get his act together. Rebecca’s mother was awful.

The Good Doctor, episode four

Murphy has a dripping faucet in his kitchen sink. He can’t find a screwdriver which leads to a meltdown. He calls Glassman who helps him out. He’s still late the next day though and Melendez has no use for that. They have a patient, a pregnant woman with a tumor. Melendez wants to terminate the pregnancy. The patient doesn’t like that option. Murphy butts in and Melendez gets annoyed but goes with the suggestion anyway.

Browne and Murphy get stuck with scut work. Melendez updates Andrews on his patient. Andrews warns him to be cautious on agreeing to this procedure but Melenedez goes forward with it. Murphy and Browne help a patient with an abcess.

While prepping the team, Melendez gets pulled out by Preston. The father has a say in the treatment of his child. He doesn’t want to go through with the procedure. Browne and Murphy update Melendez. He sends them and Kalu home before meeting with the board about the tumor surgery. It takes some convincing but he gets the board to clear the surgery and goes to tell the woman as much.

Kalu and Browne are in bed. She talks about her time volunteering in a shelter in high school. Preston and Melendez are in bed together discussing the parents. She thinks that the woman is being selfish. They talk about kids. Murphy is on the bus. He remembers his brother and zones out. He misses his stop and gets off the bus elsewhere.

He’s still standing at the bus stop when his neighbor drives by. She gives him a ride and they have a very blunt conversation along the way. Back at the building, Murphy wakes up the super in the middle of the night with a list of repairs. He gets understandable pissed.

Murphy tells Glassman about it the next day. At first Glassman takes the blame but then realizes he isn’t doing Murphy any favors and mentions getting an aid. Murphy is not interested. Later, in surgery, Murphy and Andrews talk and learn about each other and how to interact. The surgery takes a turn. There is a tumor.

Browne tells their patient about the complication when she wakes up. She tries to convince her to call her parents. Still doesn’t seem likely though. Melendez starts his tumor surgery but runs into complications there too. The patient has a heart attack. He wants to call the whole thing off but now mom and dad are on the same page and fight him.

He meets with the board. They say send the woman home to die. He doesn’t want to do that. He mentions starting the surgery they want and then doing the safer one once the patient is under. Kalu has another idea. Put her on bypass for the duration. The board agrees. They are going to go with that plan.

The landlord has fixed everything on Murphy’s list and more. That bothers Murphy too so he wakes the guy up again. He’s pissed and tells him not to knock again. Melendez and Kalu are up at all hours studying. Murphy is messing with his plumbing.

Surgery day. Melendez goes to get his patient. Andrews and Browne are in with theirs when Murphy busts in. He has an idea to save her nerves. Andrews takes a look and it seems legit. In surgery he tells both Murphy and Browne that they are doing well and he’s there for them any time. Melendez and Kalu start their surgery.

Once she is out of the woods, the patient asks Browne to call her parents. Glassman researches aides. Melendez gets the tumor. Kalu wants to go out and celebrate. He invites Murphy but it’s not until Browne insists that he agrees. At the bar he flashes back to getting teased as a kid.

This show is growing on me. I don’t like Kalu. I think Andrews is actually the best part of the show. He’s making an effort with Murphy and I respect that. I don’t mind Browne either. Melendez is too full of himself.

The Gifted, episode three

Three years ago, Marcos is new to the Mutant Underground. He’s talking to Lorna. They are discussing the history of the mutant headquarters and the perks of the their quirks. Lorna gets a visit from Turner. He threatens her and the others. Back at headquarters, they talk about what’s next. Marcos wants to use Blink to break Lorna out of jail.

John is not into it. It’s too risky and she’s not ready. Kate wants to reach out to government types to save her in a more legal way. They all tell her that it’s too dangerous. John goes to talk to Blink. Her powers are on the fritz. He wants her to get them back in order with the happiest memory she has, like a patronus. Kate decides to take matters into her own hands and plans to leave in the middle of the night. She tells the kids and they insist on coming with.

Reed talks to Turner about how he met with Marcos. Sentinel Services are trying to find a way into the underground and will use him as bait. John tries to help Blink get ready by helping her focus on happy things. She makes progress when he notices tracks. He does some thinking and realizes that it was Kate and the kids. He and Marcos will have to find them before they get arrested.

Kate and the kids are out on the street. Andy is sick of waiting. He knows the lost normal and wants to go all out. He wants to rob a bank and zaps some parking meters. Blink is still practicing her powers. Kate gets to her brother Daniel’s (Jeffrey Nordling) house. She needs help but he is only willing to offer her cash and a place to spend the night.

Turner has Reed in a surveillance van. They are waiting for the bartender Marcos talked to turn up. They are hoping to follow him to HQ. Reed talks to him, while wearing a tracker. He pleads for a way to find his family and the bartender agrees. He leaves Reed in a back room to wait for the night’s caravan. There is a mother and small daughter waiting as well. They talk and Reed starts to grow a conscience about betraying the mutants.

Andy is playing video games with his cousin. He just wants to play but the kid has questions about his abilities. Lauren is scrolling through social media. She finds out that kids from school vandalized their house. Turner is waiting for the signal. He sees movement. Reed and co. are moving out.

Once in the van, Reed has second thoughts. He tells the bartender to stop but it’s too late. Reed has no choice but to jump from the van. Turner catches up with Reed and has some choice words for Reed. Lorna uses her powers to bust through a door but she can barely crawl beyond the doorway.

John and Marcos track down Kate and the kids. If they can do it, anyone can. The cousin texted his friend a photo and now a crowd is gathering to take the kids. They’ve got guns. Dan goes outside and tries to calm them down. It’s no use. Andy wants to fight. He’s okay with killing people and when Dan gets hit in the face, Andy gets physical. They have no choice but to flee.

Johnny calls back to HQ for help. His girlfriend manipulates Blink, makes her think that she’s in love with Johnny. It works. She’s got enough happiness to open a portal for their SUV to drive through. She saves the day. Turner gets a call from a scientist. He wants in on the Strucker investigation, specifically the children.

Kate meets with Dan again. He offers her his cabin in the woods. He made some calls. Reed is being moved to a top-secret facility. She should face facts. He’s gone. She tells him that’s not the case.

I really like this show. Like I’m constantly suprised by how into this show I am. I’ll admit that Coach Orion from Eden Academy threw me off for a second but I’m glad he at least made some calls about Reed. I’m more interested in the mutants than I am in the rescue mission though.