The Glades Review: Cowboy Up

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On The Glades this week, it didn't take Jim very long to figure out that cattle ranching in Florida is big business, as "Happy Trails" featured him investigating two neighboring ranch owners for the murder of a ranch hand.

It’s a coin toss which I had more trouble buying into: that Holly (Danielle Panabaker) had time to enter do both run a huge cattle ranch and enter into professional rodeos... or that Willa (Jamie Luner) had a thick southern (almost Georgian) accent growing up in southern Florida.

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But then I remembered that Luner spent two seasons on Savannah and that no TV episode about cowboys is complete without the required rodeo shot and I let it go.

With only one episode left on The Glades Season 4, I really hope the writers can see how cookie cutter the episodes are becoming and can break out of that mold next year. The current formulaic method has been used so much that I bet I could make a Mad-lib that once you filled it out would be the base script for an episode. 

The saddest part about the setting being around cattle ranching in Florida is that the Indian tribe name was made up, and the largest cattle ranch in Florida isn't owned by a family, it’s owned by an organization. 

So, while previous episodes have been based in Florida facts, this one was mostly Florida fiction with only a tiny hit of fact (i.e. the first cowboys were called crackers). 

But what really gets me is that with Miranda in town and Callie’s "old friend" Diane showing up with a husband who was stabbed, there was so much potential for the episode to be about something different than they typical "meet suspect 1, arrest suspect 2, learn about suspect 3, release suspect 2, etc, etc."

Speaking of Diane, does she realize that Callie is engaged to an FDLE detective? If you were Callie and a couple that were friends with Ray showed up with a stab wound wanting you to patch it up, wouldn't you want to let them know that your police officer fiancée could drop by any time?

And why hasn't Jim or WitSec let Callie know that Ray has skipped out of protective custody? I realize she had a bachelorette party for one night, but come on Jim, you gotta tell her already!

Overall, I’m giving the episode 3.5 glasses of Champagne in honor of Callie and Jim finally mentioning their wedding again. What do you think? Am I being too hard on the episode? Should I just let it all go and enjoy Jim’s wit?


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Is anyone else fast forwarding the scenes with Callie? It was a nice summer show four years ago. Too bad Callie didn't stay in Atlanta. That's it for me.


I ran a ranch in Florida and I am so darned disgusted with this show...I am soooooooooooooooooooo very mad at not only with the facts were so stupid,but also with the BAD BAD acting. We usually get a kick out of the star's acting. After all it is just a show. But this time the acting was almost as bad as the show's premise...My rating for this show.....minus 3 stars.........Nixxiv


I am getting very bored with this show. I will give it one more try next week but if its the same old, I am done with it. The requisite 3 suspects, one being arrested then released and Jim showing up at their important moment, cuffs dangling from hands, is getting stupid and old. Like when he showed up at the Jai Alai stage, or in this past episode, inside the rodeo pen....The dynamic between Jim and Callie is awkward, secretive and dysfunctional. One would think that Callie, smart as she is, would refrain from the continuous ridiculous bad judgments she makes (cortisone shots, treating a wanted criminal, etc). And Jim- not telling her about Ray? Its childish and the poor writing is really shining through. Really, a horribly written show.


Jim's behavior as a police office is unprofessional and the series is becoming unwatchable. Why hasn't Jim told Callie about her ex. Awful.


Apparently some of you got a preview for next week. My A&E went straight into the next show and I haven't see a preview for next week finale yet.


Carol- I agree with what you said. This season is driving me crazy, and I was so looking forward to it. I'm starting to dislike Jim. The way he treats people is just terrible. He's rude to suspects (before they are even suspects, and he always has to put on a show when he arrests someone (ie - interrupting the wedding of the couples a few weeks back- like he couldn't just wait until it was over, no he had to ruin all the couples weddings). He acts like Daniel is his personal slave. ugh! I really hope the fix this show. But I also feel like we are headed for something bad happening at the wedding.


I agree with the "cookie-cutter" comment. Am also a bit nervous that we're being set up for a nasty cliffhanger. Hope I'm wrong.


I enjoy The Glades but I think the show could give us more ... Like digging some serious stuff fromone of the main characters' past or something like that. Just saying ..."shrug"get things more interedting, ! Mean.

Sarah silva

I really like The Glades, but this was a so-so episode for me.
I found the extras they used for Callie's friends were annoying! I still get a weird vibe from Miranda.
I really do not want someone to get killed next week. I have a feeling that Jeff will be kidnapped and that will lead to the story line for next season. If that turns out to be true, Callie and Jim's relationship will be on shaky ground when she finds out that Jim has been keeping things about Ray from her.


One more episode? How are they going to wrap everything up? Are we going to have a huge cliffhanger? I hope Jim and Callie tell each other their secret. I hope Callie doesn't make Jim leave his beautiful house and move to the house she always wanted. I think the Grandma is encouraging Jeff to be with his father. Will we see a wedding?

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The Glades Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

Daniel: Now what?
Jim: Follow him. Let's see where I our cowboy bunked last night. Go on, get along little doggie.

Jim: Oh and don't go riding off into the sunset.
Willa: I'm not going anywhere.