For those of you out there who love “Murder in the First” and have been excited to see Terry and Hildy together for quite some time, rest assured that Sunday night’s new episode gave you exactly what you wanted. However, it’s too bad that it also gave you plenty to be sad about, as well.
Let’s start with the good news, and that is the reveal that Hildy does not have cancer, after all! This was all a mistake on the part of the clinic, who mixed around the results. That’s a somewhat-predictable story device to get Hildy to the point where she realized that she wanted to live in the moment. The two were immediately happy about it, which is exciting that this was not just a situation where they acted based on good news and regretted it later.
Here’s the problem: Terry’s bliss was extremely short-lived, as he ended up killing a suspect later in the episode after a chase. He thought he was armed, and because he wasn’t, there is potential here to send all of San Francisco into an uproar. Police brutality has already been a hot topic of conversation, and that’s only going to escalate now. Hildy’s trying to be there for her partner, but he doesn’t want to risk her getting involved and having her be the center of the story. Hopefully, let’s just hope that this doesn’t destroy what so many have waited to see.
As for the side stories, what Siletti is going through right now, both personally and professionally, is pretty powerful stuff. We’re also not gonna lie: Having Amanda Schull on board is a nice touch, as well. It’s a nice change-up from “12 Monkeys,” where she also does great work. We really didn’t think that Mario’s story was going to really have any time in the spotlight, or stand out amidst the Terry / Hildy stuff, but having Cassie pack her bags in between his infidelity and “man-handling” their son was enough for her to make this move, and further cause him to unravel.
Minor issues aside (the quickie cancer twist), this was a heck of an episode. It was painful at times with the Normandy Parker case, hopeful at others, and a mixture of emotions overall. Grade: A-.
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