The Good Guys Review: "Small Rooms"

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While the premise of this week's episode was a bit outlandish, even for Dan, the stealing of old evidence led to a humorous set-up on The Good Guys.

The show has definitely found its tone, eschewing pretty much all attempts at drama and focusing on its comedic elements. They were at work on "Small Rooms," as evidenced by the following highlights:

  • The interrogation scene in which Dan tried to intimidate a suspect by tossing random charges in his face.
  • The on-screen description of Liz's mom's stolen car: Average MPG: 13.9.
  • Two words: fried pickles.
  • On the pilot episode, Dan told a story about him and Frank that seemed to be an attempt at actual poignancy. But it's nice to see that angle abandoned, as now any tales that begins with "Me and Frank..." is bound to be nothing but funny. This week's case in point: ... once found a .45 pistol in a small intestine...
Jack to the Rescue

I'd still like to see Liz developed as a character, but at least Dan and Jack feel like legitimate partners now. The latter doesn't simply roll his eyes over every idea the former has each week.

The aspect of The Good Guys that still doesn't work for me is, well, the bad guys. Every episode tries to make them human and interesting, but they never capture my interest. It simply feels distracting when we rewind four years to an event between two people we'd never met until a few minutes ago.

Still, it was a solid episode all around. Check out a few quotes from it below.

Dan: I just want you to know if you're killed or maimed in there, I will take care of Liz and her mom.
Jack: That's the best reason to stay alive I can possibly imagine. | permalink
Jack: That part we'll just chalk up to human error.
Liz: That means Dan. | permalink
Dan: How am I supposed to keep you in the loop? Half the time I don't even know what I'm gonna do? | permalink
Jack: What if Ruiz finds out?
Dan: She's either applaud our initiative, or suspend us. Either way, we get some fresh air. | permalink
Jack: We have reason to believe your brother is alive and well and has stolen the world's ugliest sedan. | permalink
Dan: There are no prints on that. I looked.
Jack: Technology has come a long way since "I looked." | permalink

Small Rooms Review

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The Good Guys Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Dan: There are no prints on that. I looked.
Jack: Technology has come a long way since "I looked."

This is why I hate small rooms!