Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 16 Review: Unnecessary Roughness

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Sometimes being in love makes you do goofy things.

Riggs finally found himself in a happy place on Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 16, but his guilt over Miranda had him acting like a fool.

Gearing Up - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 16

I'm not sure how I feel about Riggs being with Agent Palmer. While I'm happy for Riggs, I'm also disappointed.

It's not that I want him to mourn Miranda forever or that I don't like Palmer, I just wish he was with Dr. Cahill instead. There. I said it. I want Riggs with Dr. Cahill. They have such incredible chemistry.

The relationship between Riggs and Palmer almost - I said almost - feels forced. Sure, they had great chemistry when they were on the stakeout earlier this season, and they obviously bonded last hour when they were protecting Leo Getz, but really? Really

It seems fast. But I guess Riggs has to start with someone, and Palmer is better than just anybody.

How long can it last, though? She lives in Washington, D.C., and he lives in L.A. He's not going to quit his job and give up Murtaugh. And she...well, we really don't know much about her, do we?

Riggs is conflicted about his feelings for Palmer. She makes him smile (and that makes us smile!), but it seems to be just a physical thing right now. He hasn't had a woman for quite a long time, so of course, he's going to be a bit smiley. Who wouldn't?

When he was talking to Dr. Cahill it almost seemed as if he felt guilty for betraying her. I do think he has deep feelings for her, and maybe he didn't want to disappoint her by talking too much about Palmer. He was trying to hide his feelings and got angry when she started to pry.

A Bromantic Dinner - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 16

Why else would he be angry unless he had feelings for her that went beyond professional?

But it wasn't only Dr. Cahill that caused him to have conflicted feelings. When he saw Miranda's picture after listening to Palmer's message, he decided to bang his head against the mirror.

He couldn't stand the sight on himself which is a total Riggs thing to do. It didn't only have to do with Miranda, but the fact that he went back to the bottle that caused him to be erratic. 

It was stupid that his first reaction after that moment was to seek some booze, but when you're trying to avoid feeling what better way to do it than drowning yourself in alcohol?

Murtaugh: So you finally meet a woman that tolerates you and you like, but you won't take her call. What is your problem?
Riggs: There is no problem. I hit the little button and put it in my pocket. It's over.

It's okay that he's moving past Miranda. He can have other relationships. It's not going to mean that he'll forget about Miranda. He never will, and he shouldn't. She and their unborn child will always be a part of him.

Riggs can still be loveable and reckless even with a girlfriend. So it's good to see that a woman won't mess too much with his personality. Hopefully, Palmer won't try to change Riggs, because we like Riggs just the way he is.

Murtaugh was looking to change things up, but Riggs got in the way. It's ridiculously loveable that Murtaugh would start freaking out about Trish being out of work. It's only been a week. A WEEK!!! Yet, Murtaugh acted like the world had ended.

If he would have taken the job as head of security, he would have been the unhappiest man in the world. He can say what he wants about being partnered with Riggs, but Riggs gives him life. 

A Little Too Much - Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 16

Besides, you can't have one without the other. They're like peaches and cream and chips and salsa. Remember that? They're bound together forever.

And while Trish might be enjoying having some down time and doing volunteer work, she's a career woman. Staying at home is not her thing. There are women who can stay at home and women who can't and Trish is definitely of the latter.

Her being at home wasn't going to last long. Murtaugh just needed to have a little bit of patience.

Still, it was cute when Avery confronted him about moving on from the LAPD. I think Avery would have genuinely been hurt. And let's not even go down what would have happened with Riggs.

Every character had some great screen time this hour. The episodes work so well when everyone is involved.

I loved Avery talking about his marching band experience. Band is a world unto themselves. I see it at the high school level, so I can only imagine what it's like at the college level.

When you disrespect the band, you disrespect yourself.


And can you just see Avery playing the French horn? 

Bailey had a great moment in the car with Riggs. What would they do without her? She's the nuts and bolts of the department and I love her for it.

What would an hour of Lethal Weapon be without Scorsese? I liked that he moved outside the morgue this time around and found a way to aggravate someone other than Murtaugh.

I also loved how he was able to figure out the beer Riggs had all over him, though I wonder if college students would really have been drinking hefeweizen? 

There are only two more episodes of Lethal Weapon left! I know!!! Lucky for us, Fox renewed our favorite show for a season two so congrats to the cast and crew for that win. 

We hope to see more of Scorsese in Season Two. We want his backstory! What do you hope to see in season two?

How do you feel about the Riggs and Palmer match-up? Will it last? What did you think of the episode? Hit the comments and share your thoughts! If you need to relive the magic, you can watch Lethal Weapon online right here via TV Fanatic!

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Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Murtaugh: Eighteen years is not nothing. Especially if a person has to live it with you.
Riggs: You know sometimes I wonder how long I'm going to be able to put up with you, Roger Murtaugh.

When you disrespect the band, you disrespect yourself.