This was, as advertised, the OMG-DELVE-INTO-JAIMIE'S-PAST-AND-EMOTIONAL-BAGGAGE episode. Bring on the angst. The police action definitely took a backseat to character drama this episode. The trailers that have been running all week and half a brain were more than sufficient to piece together most of what happened this episode: Jaimie has to encounter her past for the bust to work. Issues are brought to life. Angry words are exchanged. A revelation takes place at the end. Ta-da.
All that would have been a standard character drama episode on its own. But, Dark Blue plays for keeps. So instead of leaving the episode with just a fuller understanding of the emotionally charged past and somewhat overemphasized angst of the sole female character, a lot of things have changed over the course of an episode. First of all, no more Scott. Sure, we don't see the inevitable break-up. But it's going to happen. Of course it is. She said "I love you" and then she lied and everything went to hell. Scott is through. I'm thrilled, personally. On his own, Scott represented a lame side-plot about Jaimie trying to lead a normal life and having issues. Put that together with the believable but manufactured sexual tension between Dean and Jaimie, and what you get is one sorry love triangle that I am happy to be done with. The second major development: Carter and Jaimie are having Issues with capital I. Not shocking, perhaps, but definitely intriguing. And also hilarious considering they had to pull off one of the most awkward embraces of all time while undercover.
The best part about this episode was that it gave full attention to the emotional/dramatic angle without falling short on other elements. The smuggling bust was constructed just as neatly as busts from other episodes, less developed though it was. There was a lot of excellent guest work from Channon Roe (Billy), who has more talent than his spotty and one-dimensional resume suggest. And that twist at the end where "Sanchez," the guy they're after from the beginning is actually dead and his right-hand man is the real brains? Brilliant. And if a fantastic undercover plotline AND in-depth Jaimie drama weren't enough, there were also hints of things to come. Ty doesn't want kids? Jaimie thought she was pregnant five years ago? Dean is doing his awkward emotional thing? These are good signs of better things to come.
Next week is the finale of Dark Blue, which of course features the long-awaited topic of Carter's Dark And Mysterious Past. Last week I might have scoffed, but with the brilliant handling of this week's episode in mind, Ivam definitely looking forward to see how it goes.