‘Lethal Weapon’ Recap: Will Murtaugh Leave Riggs For His Soulmate?

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LETHAL WEAPON: Damon Wayans in the "Homebodies" episode of LETHAL WEAPON airing Wednesday, Jan. 4 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Darren Michaels/FOX
Lethal Weapon is back with more car chases, shoot-outs, bickering and plenty of drug lords to chase down and lock up. (Thank you, Jesus.) In “Homebodies,” which must get its name from the fact that the central character is a recluse, Riggs and Murtaugh chase down a brilliant chemist who has created legal psychotropics for people who like to dance in the silence. Her partner has managed to get himself killed while negotiating a deal with K-town drug lords who want to mass market the designer drug.

 

As Murtaugh and Riggs try to figure out who killed the philandering drug party promoter, they also have to deal with an additional partner, Cho, an Oriental version of Murtaugh himself. To top it all off, the murderer ends up be who you least expect it to be. All the while, Riggs combats Murtaugh’s demand for intimacy, and ends up sharing a final intimate moment with an unexpected character. We just call it Lethal Weapon.
 
In the Silence, No One Hears You Get Shot 
Party promoter, Adam Preston, is shot dead in the alley behind a silent disco where he’s been distributing dime bags of barely legal designer “supplements.” Wait. Let’s go back. Isn’t “silent disco” an oxymoron? What it really is is a warehouse full of silent people dancing to music being piped into their headphones. Imagine a psychedelic sea anemone with people for tentacles gyrating to music you can’t hear.
It turns out Adam was distributing the “supplements” so successfully that the Korean mafia made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. At least, that’s how it looks. The brilliant reclusive female chemist, Owlsly, fingers Thomas Kang as the guy who threatened Adam, but not before she and the boys get caught in a drive-by on their way to the precinct. The offending car was blue and full of Korean men.
Murtaugh Finds His Soulmate
As the plot begins to thicken, Murtaugh and Riggs are saddled with Henry Cho, a K-town gang expert who appeals to Murtaugh’s feminine side. Riggs’ infuriating antisocial behavior has Murtaugh questioning whether or not they should even be partners.
Murtaugh is beyond frustrated with Riggs’ refusal to follow protocol or even communicate, but the boss man, Captain Brooks Avery (Whom I am not afraid to admit has really grown on me) explains to Murtaugh that he put Roger and Riggs together because Murtaugh is like the centerboard of a sailboat. He’s the calm, solid dude Riggs needs to get him through. Murtaugh is satisfied with this, but immediately warms to Cho who seems to be his brother from another mother. By the end of the episode, Cho is about to ask Murtaugh to marry him (be his partner), when Roger admits he’s all Riggs has, so he wants to stay right where he is. It’s a dry humor, but you have to appreciate the spoofing.
Bickering Leads to Escape for Kang
The guys find Kang at a restaurant in Koreatown and, naturally, a shootout ensues while Riggs, Murtaugh and Cho argue over whether or not to call for backup. Kang escapes to send out a death squad after deejay Jessica and chemist Owlsly.
Murtaugh and Cho find Jessica almost dead in the silent crowded disco warehouse. (I guess no one can hear you scream when music is being piped right into their brains.) From her hospital bed, deejay Jessica admits she was sleeping with Adam and tells them Owlsly was a stalker who was in love with him. What Jessica can’t account for is the $500,000 Adam took from Kang. And I’m thinking … what the …?
Owlsly Pulls the Wool Over Riggs’ Eyes
Riggs finds a seemingly traumatized Owlsly hiding in a secret compartment in the floor of her ransacked apartment. She hugs him, surreptitiously sending him on a contact high with her affection. As the world starts to go sideways for Riggs, Owlsly confesses she was in love with Adam. He told her he’d been in love with her forever and wanted a life with her. Well, liar, liar, pants on fire, this boy’s going to hell. This was just a ploy to get her to manufactured a ton of drugs for him.
As Riggs falls to the ground, Owlsly admits killing Adam because he made her feel stupid. He’d tricked her into making those drugs, and apparently tricked Kang into giving him half a million dollars. Owlsly runs off with a gun and a duffel bag full of cash and I’m still scratching my head wondering what the truth is. Then we find out.
Once Riggs is conscious enough to return to a vertical state, he lumbers out of the apartment complex in time to see Owlsly being kidnapped by Kang and his men in that blue car from the drive-by earlier. She turns the money over to Kang and wants out, but she’s the cash cow, so the story is never going to end that way.

LETHAL WEAPON: Pictured L-R: Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford in the "Homebodies" episode of LETHAL WEAPON airing Wednesday, Jan. 4 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Darren Michaels/FOX

Riggs Hood-Surfs and Murtaugh Kills a Moving Car
Riggs runs after Kang and jumps on top of his car (of course!) where Murtaugh sees him and he and Cho drive by. A wasted Riggs explains all to the other two everything Owlsly said and we have car chase #2.
Murtaugh shoots the car until it flips over and Owlsly crawls away. While Murtaugh and Cho manage the gangsters in the smoking car, Riggs staggers over to Owlsly who apologizes for killing Adam. Then she hits him with the zinger — he can’t arrest her because she’s taken a sh*t ton of her own chemicals and will die before he can spell “designer death.” She’s a miserable wreck who keeps making the same mistakes, she says. Riggs can’t help but see some of himself in her. She says the world wrecks you. He holds her while she dies. Dang, that was harsh and sad, but really well delivered. It’s clear Crawford has come a long way from being Ted Talbot Jr. in Rectify. Anguish, revelation and resignation all balled up into one floppy-haired renegade who makes it a rule to never color inside the lines.
In the morgue he runs into Dr. Cahill and promises her he’s not going to off himself. Riggs seems to be going through one of the “It gets worser and worser before it gets better” parts of grieving/life/Monday.
Riggs and Trish Agree to a Future of Pushes
Later, Rigs delivers an apology bottle of wine to Trish for screwing up a disastrous blind date she sprang on him the previous night. He does admit, though, that eventually he will be needing a push and they silently agree that she has permission to be the one with her hand on the red button.
In the final scene, Riggs returns to the silent disco, sits on the floor, eyes closed, and just listens to the music. What does that mean? It’s certainly not social and it’s hardly cathartic. Maybe it’s just good that he gets out of his silver mobile home.
Has Riggs finally gotten the message that things could be worse? Will Murtaugh and Riggs’ relationship work itself out without one of them killing the other one? What kind of woman does this broken little bird need at this point in his life? Sound off in the comments section under all the advertisements below.
Lethal Weapon airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on FOX.
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