Element 2: The Crime of the Week (COTW)
The COTW focuses on the robbery and shooting at the bank. Jim Rogers, a bank customer, tries to wrestle with one of the robbers and he is shot for his trouble. The bullet hits Jim and also poor Sabrina. It’s puzzling that only $5000 was stolen from the bank. What is really going on? The episode title means ‘death wish’ and it seems that Jim, with the aid of the Head Bank Robber (hey, it’s Ponyboy!) have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and wishes to die a hero. I’m a bit confused here because, although I sympathise with the burden of a terminal cancer diagnosis, I am sure there are better ways to end it all before the disease takes hold. Jim, it seems, has staged the robbery with HBR, Martin Cordova, to shoot him in the process, thus creating said hero scenario. Trouble is, even though Cordova is a former contract killer, he does not kill Jim during the bank robbery so he has to go to the hospital later to finish the job. Some contract killer, hey? Westy, you were spot on to point out to me that Jim did not die much of a hero’s death in the end anyway. Cordova, you did a rotten job of it, mate!
The hospital scene presents us with a chase sequence when McG goes after Cordova. This chase sequence takes us beyond Claw territory and into total disbelief (because, you know, the Claw could REALLY have happened). I am still wondering why, if Cordova had a death wish, he didn’t let McG shoot him or throw himself in front of a car or whatever. Come to think of it, a real case of window-jumping like that would have totes caused serious injury at least. Why did he run at all?
There is a very cool scene amongst all the madness, though. Makani Jacobs is identified as a suspect by a fingerprint on the ditched backpack from the robbery. McG and Kono go check him out. They find said suspect stoned out of his tree and dancing around in his backyard wearing a short green hula skirt. Makani does the bolt over a fence but not before McG makes a grab for him and ends up with a fistful of hula skirt. Hah, that was funny. Then a naked Makani runs off down the street with Kono and McG in hot pursuit. He’s eventually apprehended in a nifty move from McG over a set of rubbish bins. I totes laugh out loud when McG jumps up quickly after he has tackled Makani and wipes his hands on his pants (yes, he wipes his hands on his pants!) while pretending to get out his cuffs. The ‘ugh, Makani germs, get them off me’ look on his face is a classic. He makes Kono cuff him – the look on HER face when she is told to do this is priceless, too. (“How is this fair?”) (Actually, I LOVE McG and Kono working together and it made a nice change from the McG/Danno partnership.)
The conclusion to the COTW is still giving me that WTF? feeling. That Cordova takes McG hostage in that way was seriously LAME. McG is supposed to be a total BAMF and Cordova is not very threatening, plus McG just goes for a nice country drive with him and listens to his troubles. Why did McG not take control of this situation? Did Cordova seriously think that McG was going to shoot him at the end like that?
From Westy: I’m so sorry for posting all the pics of McG above. No, really. I am. I know how much you all hate looking at sooo much ugly.