Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 13 Review: The Seal is Broken

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Is Riggs finally moving on from Miranda?

On Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 13, Riggs must deal with a poor choice he made while investigating a case with Murtaugh that involves other people making poor choices too.

Murtaugh on the Hunt - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 13

One year and one day might seem like a long time to mourn the death of a spouse, but it's not really a long at all. 

Healing takes time and there shouldn't be a timeline placed for when a person is supposed to stop grieving. It doesn't work that way. Anyone who expects that timeline to be followed obviously has never walked down the path that Riggs has.

Throughout the series, Riggs has found difficulty dealing with his wife's death which is certainly understandable considering the circumstances. Even if she didn't die in such a tragic way, her death would still have greatly impacted him.

Which is why I find it disturbing that exactly one year and one day after his wife's death, Riggs decides to be reckless instead of attending a memorial service for his wife.

It's not that he slept with someone that bothers me. It's the timing of it that does. It's like he was watching the calendar and decided that was the day he was going to get blitzed out of this mind and sleep with a stranger. 

I don't buy it. 

If he was going to do something like that, he had a whole year to do it.  He wouldn't do it that day, because the memories would be too vivid.

It's probably the reason he got so blitzed, but I don't believe he would have gone to a bar. He would have drank at home. He would have sat there with that gun in his hand, crying his eyes out at his misfortune, feeling sorry for himself, NOT bringing a woman home to cure all his ills.

Not Talking to You - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 13

Not on that day. Definitely not on that day.

Riggs not attending the memorial service is believable. He hasn't done much with Miranda's family, which is a shame, but that's the way it is. And him attending the memorial service would be incredibly awkward and probably quite painful.

Besides, it would interrupt the drinking party he should've been having at home. He would've been worrying that ring and drinking away those memories. BY HIMSELF!

Yes, it really bugs me about the choice he made with this woman. 

I don't have a problem with Riggs moving on. I think it's great. I think that he and Dr. Cahill will make a great team when that time comes...and you know that's how it's going to go.

At the same time, it's sad that he's decided to cut off  Miranda's family the way he did even if he hasn't had much to do with them since her death.

Maybe once he sobers up, he'll go back to Ronnie and apologize for being such a moron. Or at least thank him for setting him straight, because what Ronnie said about using Miranda's death as an excuse to drink was pretty spot on.

Marty, you want to be a drunk, you be a drunk, but I won't allow you to blame my daughter for it.


Riggs didn't realize that he was doing exactly that. It's going to be interesting to see if he can keep the drinking at bay.

At least we know he has some tremendous friends to help him out. Trish and Murtaugh will be there for him for sure. So will Avery.

I loved that Avery was so protective of him. Does Riggs even know the things Avery has done for him?

If he knew, it might straighten him up a bit more from the wallowing mess that he is right now. 

A Messy Desk - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 13

He might realize there are people who care for him very much who have no ties to Miranda.

It was heartbreaking what Riggs said about starting to forget the small things about his wife. That's how it happens sometimes. The minor things aren't the important things. The important things will always be remembered. Still, it's shocking when you start forgetting anything.

For Riggs, it might very well mean he's ready to move on. Ready to remove the wedding ring. He's a guy who takes it slow, so we need to give him the time he needs and not put a timeline on it.

Roger has been a great friend and it was nice to see Riggs share his feelings with him. Right now Roger is getting a small slice of Riggs' personal pie, but I would imagine it won't be too long before he gets the whole pie or most of it.

I had to roll my eyes at RJ's girlfriend Feather and thanked God my kid doesn't have such a flighty girlfriend as that one, because she was a real winner. 

A New Girlfriend? - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 13

Trish's reaction to learning about the belt was pure Trish. I would've brought the conversation back to that point as well.  Nothing like a dad to hide his pride at his son's conquest, but we know it wasn't going to stay secret for long. Not with a badass lawyer like Trish as mom/wife.

Although Riggs' choice to sleep with a woman on the anniversary of Miranda's death seemed out of character, Riggs' didn't completely fall off the character wagon this hour.

He fell off a couple of buildings (with Murtaugh in tow) which is exactly what we've come to expect from our favorite cop duo, and he avoided Dr. Cahill and Ronnie until couldn't anymore.

He also decided to give up the bottle which seems to be a step in the right direction and a better way to honor Miranda than using her as an excuse to drown himself in sorrow.

What did you think of "The Seal is Broken"? Did Riggs step out of character with the nameless woman? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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The Seal is Broken Review

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