What if you did the wrong thing for the right reasons?
That's the question facing Captain Avery on Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 11 as a secret from his past comes to light during a murder investigation.
I have to admit, I was a little worried about Captain Avery. While I was sure he wasn't going to die, I wasn't so sure he wouldn't go through with his resignation plans.
Avery is an important piece of the Lethal Weapon pie, and there's no one else I would want or could even imagine taking his place. Avery is the glue that keeps this team together.
There's so much chemistry with this cast, upsetting the apple cart would upset this fan.
So I'm glad Murtaugh came to his senses and convinced Avery to keep the secret and not resign.
We have enough cops out there not playing by the rules.Murtaugh
But was what Avery really did that horrible? He got a guy convicted who deserved to be convicted. Sure, he should have gone about it the right way, but there was a chance it wasn't going to work and the guy was going to go free.
Trish was right when she said Avery saved many lives by framing that scumbag.
And it brings up an interesting question. Where does the line lay between right and wrong? Is it really right down the middle? Isn't there bound to be some blurriness?
Should Riggs have been given a break in the park just because he was a cop? Were those laws really necessary or just drawn up to give someone a job to do?
Bike cop: You're a cop? Seriously?
Riggs: Funny. I was going to ask you guys the same thing. You know, my father said a man should never wear shorts to work, but if he saw these shorts...you know it's the cut of them. That's what makes them sexy.
Bike cop: Three tickets.
Did Riggs break the law when he drank from the dead Ranger's flask? Should Roger have arrested him?
Or what about when Riggs and Murtaugh broke into Veld's place without a warrant? Didn't that cross the line?
It was almost hypocritical for Murtaugh to be so angry with Avery, especially knowing all the laws he's broken with Riggs. I was so angry with Murtaugh for being so mean. His high and mighty attitude was very disarming.
It was also very surprising. I never thought Murtaugh would be that way with a friend, and I'm not sure if I would trust Murtaugh anymore after that.
If Trish was able to jump to Avery's defense, why couldn't Murtaugh. It made me wonder about his loyalty.
As it turns out, Murtaugh was just striking out in anger. When Riggs found the evidence needed to arrest Barton, he was a little taken aback that Avery wasn't in his office. And when Avery went missing, Murtaugh was the first one in line to save Avery's ass.
Roger knew something was up the minute the waitress spilled the beans about the apple juice. I had to laugh at Avery's cleverness. He was pretty proud of himself for getting the recording, but it quickly died when Barton pulled the gun on him.
I think Avery knew that Riggs and Murtaugh were going to save the day. I had no doubt, did you?
The way they did it was completely awesome, and I loved that it was Roger's idea to gun the car to get into the house. I also liked that Avery returned the favor by saving Roger's ass when Scarelli came up from behind the couch.
Avery: Find out who in the Sheriff's department had access to the routes. And even before I say this I can hear my future self laughing at my current self, be delicate about it.
Riggs: Delicate. Like plucking an eyelash from a pit bull.
Murtaugh: Do me a favor. Tell your future self to call me. I'm worried about you.
Could that be why Roger changed his mind about Avery's resignation?
There was lots of action this hour. The best scene had to be Riggs fighting Barton in the alley. The pure joy on Riggs' face at the sheer opportunity to finally be able to take the guy out was great.
I also liked that Riggs knew something was going on with Avery even before he came in for a swig of Scotch with his boss. It was nice to see Riggs on the other end of the train when Avery spilled his secret.
And I really liked how open Avery was with Riggs. These actors work together so well. It just amazes me.
I think this was the first episode that didn't make me cry. The only tears I had this time around was tears of laughter.
The look on Trish's face when Murtaugh was faltering before he bowled had me rolling. I'm still cracking up just thinking about it.
What did you think about "Lawmen"? Share your thoughts in the comments below. If you missed any of the action, you can watch Lethal Weapon online right here, via TV Fanatic.
Lisa Babick is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.