NBC has made all 13 episodes of Aquarius available online after the May 28 premiere, because everything is helter skelter and we have to live for the now, man. The show will still be airing Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET; if you’re watching live each week, come back here after “Never Say Never to Always” airs on June 4. If you’re watching online, read on—or view the entire episode here in all its glory.
Sam Hodiak might operate on a slightly outdated morality system, but he’s no anti-hero—which just makes the big revelation that opens this episode even harder to take. Hodiak once punched his wife in the face when he was drunk. I liked him. Obviously he’s trying to change, and he’s quit drinking. But our main character is the reason a woman needed four stitches. That’s bigger than the average flaw.
The truth comes out when Hodiak breaks into Opal’s house to try to figure out where Walt has gone. He doesn’t find his son, but he does find Ed Cutler, his longtime partner on the force. Cutler and Opal have been hooking up for a while now; his wife doesn’t know. Hodiak tells Cutler that they’re done: “I don’t work with liars. It’s not a moral thing—it’s a safety issue.” Opal intervenes to suggest that he’s not in a position to take the high road on anything. Fair point. The show then has the nerve to let Hodiak mournfully play the guitar in a tank top, which does not help my conflicting feelings.
Hodiak and Cutler clash again on the job, where Cutler takes important time out of his day to harass Charmain for coffee. Doesn’t institutional sexism give him enough of a rush as it is? A call comes in that diner owner/ drug dealer Art Gladner has been killed; Shafe wants to help, but he’s still technically undercover as one of Gladner’s clients, so Hodiak goes it alone. (“We’re trying to take it slow.”)
Witnesses caught Shafe’s stoner contact, Mike, running from the scene. Cutler already has him in the back seat of a cruiser, but Hodiak doesn’t think he did it. He can tell from the wounds that the killer was right handed and taller than Gladner. Mike is too short—and, as indicated by his “crappy guitar,” too left handed. Is Sam Hodiak actually Sherlock Holmes? Cutler scoffs at his theatrics. What a Lestrade.
While Hodiak tries to exonerate Mike, Shafe looks into the Manson case. That requires getting back in Kovic’s good graces after tripping him down a flight of stairs. Kovic’s knee is busted. He “can’t ball, like at all.” Tragic. Still, he’s willing to let bygones be bygones after Shafe clues him in to the fact that someone’s been posing as a member of his biker gang. With that relationship mended, Shafe reintroduces Charmain, who’s ready to try this again. She just wants to believe that being a female police officer is more than making coffee and getting her head bashed into a desk.
And Charmain is good at this. When Charlie doesn’t recognize her, she spins a detailed lie about a night they spent together in a canyon, then seals it by launching into a long wolf howl. Charlie joins in, followed by everyone else in the room. This is next-level hippie sh–. Kovic still expects his reward—and he can’t put any weight on his knee, so he’s got other ideas. Shafe looks ready to call it all off, but Charmain is “serious about being a great cop”—as serious as he is. It’s her decision. She doesn’t want to be rescued.
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