Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 14 Review: The Murtaugh File

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Dr. Cahill has done her job.

For 13 episodes, she has tried to reach Riggs during their weekly sessions. It seemed like a lost cause.

But by the end of Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 14, we see how much of an impact Dr. Cahill has really made on Martin Riggs.

Dr. Cahil - Lethal Weapon

I love when Lethal Weapon shifts the focus from Riggs to another member of the team. A few episodes back we spent some time with Avery. 

This time around we got to know Dr. Cahill a little better. 

She found herself in a bit of trouble after she was targeted by a stalker who murdered her boyfriend, but lucky for her she had the best team on the LAPD working on her case.

Dr. Cahill is usually the one trying to solve people's problems, so it was a nice change of pace to watch Riggs and Murtaugh try to solve her problem.

The gang - LW

But she didn't just sit around waiting for her knights in shining armor to come to her rescue. She took an active role in helping solve the case.

And the guys definitely needed her guidance. Though they didn't really pay attention.

Kevin Flynn was not what Riggs and Murtaugh expected. Cahill had said they'd need backup to deal with the guy, but the only thing Murtaugh and Riggs could muster were bad (and funny) jokes about Flynn's small size.

The fight sequence was hilarious. It was even funnier than the locker room scene from Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 4, "There Goes the Neighborhood" when the guys were battling the big man. 

Kevin Flynn was a lot tougher, and it took Riggs' extra special talents to bring the guy down. 

Rustle - LW

Is there anything Riggs can't do?

Not only did he take down Flynn, he also saved Cahill's life by pulling a page out of Murtaugh's book by jumping into a pool to save the day.

While the action was great this hour (as usual), what I enjoyed even more was the emotional bond Riggs formed with Cahill..and Murtaugh.

The tables were turned for Riggs this time around in both of those relationships. Riggs wasn't the one sharing all the gooey stuff. He got to hear it instead.

Cahill: You are an emotional terrorist, Riggs.
Riggs: Eh. I've been called worse.

Dr. Cahill talked about her romance with the dead guy and her marriage to Brad. And Murtaugh talked about what was in the file in Dr. Cahill's office.

It took a bit of pushing for Riggs to pull the information out of Murtaugh, but we knew Roger would divulge it eventually. Riggs is not only his partner, but his friend too. Even though it was bit difficult for him to talk about considering how personal it was, he felt he could trust Riggs.

You could tell Riggs felt a little strange after hearing the story, but it brought the two of them closer. Every hour their relationship goes to a new level, and this hour was no different.

Riggs and Cahill

I can't figure out if Riggs has a thing for Dr. Cahill or not, and I have to admit that I'm shipping them all the way.

What would we call them? Criggs? Rahill?

When she told him she couldn't see him anymore as a patient, I thought maybe this was the opportunity they needed to start a romance, but it seems Riggs needs her more as his doctor than his lover right now.

Even though they might not be able to be a couple, they still looked great together.  My heart nearly exploded when he kissed her hand at dinner. 

It's a testament to the great chemistry this cast has with each other. No matter who it is, it always seems so natural.

The only thing I found a little hokey was when he was on the ledge outside her office. The guy's got some great balance if he can move around the way he did and not fall off.  But he made his point, and that's the most important thing.

He can't survive without Dr. Cahill. Actually, he just doesn't want to. She's touched him in ways he never thought possible. Why would he want to start over with someone else?

I don't know how much I can help you Riggs, but you still need help.


It was obvious she felt the same way. As difficult as it would have been for her to let him go, she really didn't want to. She's invested too much time in him to just let someone else try to figure him out.  

Of course, she'd want to be the one to see him become the healthy person we all want him to be eventually.

One of the other great things about Lethal Weapon is how they portray women on this show. Trish, Bailey and Dr. Cahill are all strong independent women. And so is Riana. 

She might still be a teenager, but she showed some grit when Trish was just being a mom by checking out what was going on with her kid. 

Trish and Roger have raised a couple of very fine kids, but it doesn't mean they don't have a right to be parents.

Trish was only being a concerned mom when she searched Riana's room, but she also knew she might have gone too far otherwise her and Roger wouldn't have hid in the closet the way they did when Riana came home.

But Riana broke their trust, even if it was for a valid reason. And what it shows is that even the best parent/child relationships can sometimes have some hiccups. What Trish and Roger did was what any normal parent would do. They want to protect their kids.

So what did you guys think of "The Murtaugh File"? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

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Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Well. That was a long, silent car ride. Now I know how Murtaugh feels.


Murtaugh: Are you Kevin Flynn?
Flynn: Yeah. What the hell do you want?
Riggs: Is there maybe another Kevin Flynn inside there? A bigger one or something?
Murtaugh: Is Snow White around?