When they got the call about the jumper and his description matched Vera's, I have to admit, I felt pretty sure that it wasn't him for two reasons: 1) I just didn't think the show would kill off a character in that manner (suicide kinda puts a HUGE damper on the rest of the series), and 2) The promos. I know I should just ignore the promos, but the fact that they showed the scene with the jumper, led me to believe that it wasn't Vera. Maybe I've watched too much TV (or have been desensitized by the always-shocking Lost), but it seems that if the show was going to kill off the character, they wouldn't have promo'ed it in the previews considering the fact that the surprise would have had less of an impact if we were all bracing for it. So, I wasn't too worried about Vera.
I'm feeling a little torn about this episode. I want to love it, but the DUI cover-up sorta spoiled it for me and then there was the leap that one had to take in order buy into the fire story. It's not that fire marshals don't make mistakes, but this one seemed a little far-fetched (feel free to leave me links in the comments section of errors on this grand of a scale in real life). Wouldn't someone along the way have discovered that there was no accelerant? Wouldn't a fire marshal know the difference between an electrical fire that started in the kitchen and one started after pouring large amounts of accelerant? Yeah, I know, it's a TV show, but you almost had to suspend belief with this part of the story in order to understand Vera's tremendous grief. Maybe everyone stopped worrying about the cause of the fire when the jailhouse snitch sang like a canary... again! Seriously, was this a sloppy case the first time around or what?
Despite these missteps, the hour was intense, emotional, moving and well done. I rode the ups and downs right along with the CC gang. I'm not sure what's going to happen to Vera, but I'm hoping he gets some counseling and then gets his old job back (of course, it would be nice to see some fallout from his DUI -- even if it's just internal since Lil and Scotty got rid of the evidence for a court case -- but I know that's asking a lot). Anyway, CC moves to 17-0 on the season. Screen cap courtesy of RichE at Kathryn Morris UK. And to see more caps from this episode, visit his all-inclusive Kathryn Morris site HERE.
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