Shades of Blue Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Who Can Tell Me Who I Am

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There are the cries for help you hear, and those you don’t. Shades of Blue Season 1 Episode 4 had both.

Harlee is dancing as fast as she can to keep Woz from putting a bullet in her head and to keep the FBI from throwing her in prison. She might ask somebody for help if there was only someone who could.

I don’t know if anyone can save Harlee when all of this comes to a head, but it certainly won’t be Agent Stahl.

Is Stahl really as much of an ass as he seems? His comments about Wozniak’s daughter’s suicide were downright mean. It made me wonder if he was using them to try and get a rise out of Harlee. I also didn’t like his attitude with Agent Chen.

Was he trying to intimidate her by answering the door without a shirt and making her walk under his arm to enter? It gave him the air of a man who enjoys playing power games with women. With each passing episode, I’m less of a fan of Agent Stahl’s. 

But as Harlee pointed out…

Who we think we are and who we turn out to be, are they ever the same?


In case you somehow missed Woz’s kiss on Shades of Blue Season 1 Episode 3, his hookup in the alleyway was a vivid reminder that he’s secretly gay…and also an animal lover. I just hope the stray dog survives all of Shades of Blue Season 1. I hate it when shows kill off animals. 

But Woz is in deep, and he may not even know how deep. He obviously had no idea that there would be explosives in that van. The sad part is that he seems to think he’s taking care of his team by taking on this job.

Yes, there’s an element of greed there, but Woz isn't wrong when he says that the money will help them all take care of themselves and their families. It’s not difficult to understand the appeal of being financially secure. Unfortunately, taking this path to get there will most likely destroy them all. 

Loman is a his own version of explosive. Tess explained Loman walking into that funeral best in this Shades of Blue quote..

You explain that crazy ass move. Suicide by angry, black mourners?


That’s exactly what it would have been if Loman had been allowed to stand up there and confess. 

What is it that Loman wants? I doubt he knows himself. He wants to be a good cop, but he also doesn’t want his own community to hate him. There is no way that courting his victim’s cousin won’t blow up in his face but maybe that’s what he wants. Maybe not. Right now, I’m not sure he has a clue. 

Tess had to face the other woman yet again, this time without a bottle to smash over her head. We’ve never met Tess’ husband, but he’s obviously a loser who deserves to get kicked to the curb. Unfortunately, there are kids involved…and Tess obviously still loves him. 

But Tess, who gets all of the best lines, used all of that rage to break a suspect…

Alright, listen up. I am bloated, I'm cramping, my shoes are killing me and my husband is cheating on me and I have to go apologize to the bitch he's been screwing. I'm gonna kill someone before this day's over.


Being no fool, the guy immediately gave up his partner’s name. Smart man. 

As for Tess and her partner’s kiss. No good will come of that, but as long as Tess is in the middle of it, we know it won’t be boring. 

ADA Nava was certainly smitten with Harlee after their first night together. I just wonder when his ex-fiancee will turn up to complicate things. 

And there are so many epic complications in Shades of Blue that I’m always left guessing, which is part of the fun.

Check back next week for our review of Shades of Blue Season 1 Episode 5 and if you need to catch up, you can watch Shades of Blue online here at TV Fanatic. 

Who Can Tell Me Who I Am? Review

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Shades of Blue Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

You explain that crazy ass move. Suicide by angry, black mourners?


Stahl: Your own personal guardian angel.
Harlee: Is that what stalkers are calling themselves these days.