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''Lethal Weapon'' by the numbers

”Lethal Weapon” by the numbers — The sum total of events featuring Joe Pesci, Mel Gibson, and Danny Glover

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Now that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are back in action in Lethal Weapon 3, it’s a good time to look back over the whole Lethal trilogy and see how things have changed for Detectives Riggs and Murtaugh. Some favorable trends: Body counts are down, and the boys are coping better with their personal problems. On the minus side: Mel is finding fewer opportunities to get glisteningly, sexily wet. Here are the totals.

Number of cars wrecked
Lethal 1: 7
Lethal 2: 14
Lethal 3: 5
Number of people killed
Lethal 1: 24
Lethal 2: 29
Lethal 3: 16
Number of explosions
Lethal 1: 3
Lethal 2: 7
Lethal 3: 4*
Number of times Mel contemplates suicide
Lethal 1: 2
Lethal 2: 0
Lethal 3: 0
Number of times Mel and Danny remember their days in Vietnam
Lethal 1: 9
Lethal 2: 0
Lethal 3: 0
Number of times Danny says ”I’m getting too old for this…”
Lethal 1: 3
Lethal 2: 1
Lethal 3: 2
Number of times Joe Pesci says ”Okay”
Lethal 1: N/A
Lethal 2: 108
Lethal 3: 77**
Number of Three Stooges gags
Lethal 1: 1
Lethal 2: 5
Lethal 3: 4
Number of arguments about who is going to drive
Lethal 1: 3
Lethal 2: 2
Lethal 3: 4
Number of times Mel runs after a speeding car
Lethal 1: 1
Lethal 2: 2
Lethal 3: 3
Number of times Mel gets wet Lethal 1: 4
Lethal 2: 2
Lethal 3: 1

*But the first one’s a whopper
**Estimated figure due to Pesci’s machine-gun delivery, okay?

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