The Good Guys Review: "$3.52"

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There were two important developments on this week's episode of The Good Guys:

  1. Dan proved he can actually follow through on impressive, legal police work.
  2. Liz showed she can be more than just a pretty face for Jack to pine over.

We've seen flashes of the first point before, but at the end of "3.52," it was nice to see Dan actually quote the procedural book and act like more than a washed-up cop with an awesome mustache. It's important this series reminds viewers that he truly knows what he's doing, or else we'll never take the guy seriously.

I also liked Dan's speech to Jack about the bad guys just having guns; versus the good guys being a team of dudes with guns. It actually made sense.

Jack and Dan Pic

The best part of the episode, though, was finally seeing Liz as more than just The One Who Got Away.

For weeks, without receiving any background on their relationship or on her character, we've watched Jack stress over how to end up with his ex again. That was getting old, so it was refreshing to watch Liz do her job and give us an idea of why Jack would want to be with her.

Sorry about that 69% conviction rate, though, Liz. It might go back up if you can find a witness that doesn't keep forgetting he's under oath.

Overall, a solid episode that helped give characters a bit more depth and establish Dan as an intelligent, albeit eccentric, police presence. Check out a few The Good Guys quotes below from the hour.

Dan: You sure do know a lot about that heroin.
Jack: Thank you. | permalink
Dan: We're on the five-yard line. I can feel it tingling in my loins.
Jack: Another good one for the report. | permalink
Jack: Are you asking me to predict the behavior of a man who uses his service revolver to open a mayonnaise jar? | permalink
Dan: Am I under oath?
Liz: Yes, I'd appreciate it if you stopped asking that question. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (5 Votes)

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Anybody know who played the South African guy?

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A very fun show, a nice change of pace from most cops dramas which are overly serious. Ratings have been atrocious though, so I'm concerned we won't see a 2nd season, although I'll keep watching as long as Fox keeps airing episodes. What I think makes this show really enjoyable are the ancillary characters like Dan's snitch and all the colorful bad guys, which stands in contrast to most 1 hour cop shows where the bad guys generally get little backstory or sympathetic/human qualities (e.g. being error prone, or redeemable).

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Now this was a fun episode. This is what was hinted at that had me continue to tune in! So, now that Dan's been established, maybe they can continue to operate as a crime fighting duo (or a TEAM). Looking forward to the next new episode!

The Good Guys Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Dan: Am I under oath?
Liz: Yes, I'd appreciate it if you stopped asking that question.

Are you asking me to predict the behavior of a man who uses his service revolver to open a mayonnaise jar?

Jack
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