Common Law Review: The Chase for 400

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With 398 arrests under their belts, Wes and Travis battled "Performance Anxiety" to make it to an even 400 on Common Law this week.

The crazy part is for all the crap they put each other through in pursuit of it, it almost seemed fitting that they settled for 399 in the end.

Wes & Travis On The Hunt

The epic poster of Wes and Travis and the title "Countdown to Glory" seemed only the first in trigger in a long line of gaffes that plagued their quest for the big 4-0-0. And it certainly didn't help that they panicked under the pressure they received from each other.

The whole premise of performance anxiety, while candidly awkward from the perspective of group therapy, manifested itself outside that realm rather beautifully, both in terms of arrests and Wes' attempt to move on from his wife.

We all had to know from the beginning that things weren't going to go well for Wes and Travis, lest the episode be completely pointless. The aspect of the hour that perhaps made the concept of performance anxiety most poignantly, and, yet, at the same time, similarly pointless, was in Wes's interaction with the VP of the Pharmaceutical company.

I wish the group, especially Travis, could have been a little more supportive of the steps he made towards getting over his ex-wife. Sure, he didn't have sex with her. Call me old fashioned, but I don't think Wes had to in order for him to emotionally move on in some way.

On a much different note, it's no wonder these two had such trouble making arrests anyway. This Bonnie and Clyde-like couple had me guessing what the real deal was too. At one point I'm hearing LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," next thing I know a middle-aged man is shooting rounds into the air to get an Appletini for his wife. Then, I'm suspicious that the wife is not a hostage, but the mastermind. So much plot, and so little time to resolve it in.

Regardless, it was resolved well, and we even got to  see Wes and Travis take responsibility for some of the slip-ups that plagued their case.

In the end, compassion won out, and while the husband was decidedly going to jail, Wes and Travis' soft side allowed them to let his wife go and return everything she'd stolen, understanding the impulse.

Other highlights from the episode:

  • Dr. Ryan's lost reference to Cricket.
  • Learning that Cricket in the UK is akin to Baseball in the US.
  • Sutton comparing Wes and Travis to Liz and Burton.
  • Wes' epic in fail in making all conversation about his wife on that date.
  • Both Wes and Travis admitting they may have each gone to "the wrong door" at the hotel.

The preview for next week's episode has Wes and Travis switching places. Any of you TV Fanatics have predictions as to how that will go?

Performance Anxiety Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Common Law Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

When does actual communication become actual arrests?


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