For those of you who love Monica Barbaro and her character of Cora Vasquez, The Good Cop episode 8 proved to be a winner. This was her biggest showcase of the season, and another example of precisely what this series is bringing to the table.
Basically, one of the biggest rules that we’ve had a chance to learn regarding this series is simply this: If a new character gets involved with someone else, more than likely they’re a murderer or they’ve done something else terrible. Earlier this season, we saw that with Maci, a woman who turned up to be a brutal killer of cops. In episode 8, Cora found herself getting involved with a local gym owner who was really just trying to scam her out of $30 million tied to a long-lost relative that she never knew she had.
While the way in which this episode was structured was incredibly convenient, at the same time it was very useful for the show. Basically, this story offered you a chance to get to know more about Cora, including that she didn’t have any family and hired a genealogist in order to track down relatives, while also giving you an interesting murder mystery. Her new man was tied to said genealogist, and they worked together in order to trick her into marrying him quickly; that way, they could kill her and run off with the prize.
There were some emotional moments through this episode as we got a sense as to where Cora’s insecurities lie — she was worried about being alone forever and that she wasn’t altogether capable of love. Yet, what she doesn’t seem to be fully aware of was the fact that TJ has feelings for her. It’s either that or she doesn’t want to ruin the relationship that they already have. Her new “husband’ did realize this, however, which led to TJ being trapped in the sauna while the actual wedding took place. This led to one of the night’s more amusing sequences, as TJ used a straw (which he kept in his pocket because bars stopped carrying them) so that he could stay alive long enough to eventually escape and help save Cora’s life — which he did in the end.
Cora isn’t lucky in love, but she is lucky to have good friends. This was a great story overall, especially with the subplot of Tony Sr. working to try and find the person responsible for killing his wife’s death. This was the sort of story that we’ve been waiting to get a little more information on for quite some time, since it evolves The Good Cop slightly beyond a very-entertaining procedural.
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