Thief: In the Wind (season finale)
(S01E06) Two words: very satisfying. This episode gave you everything you would want from a season finale. There was enough left to keep you hanging, but plenty was tied up in case Thief doesn't return for a full-order second season. I haven't seen any ratings, but I don't think we'll be seeing a return as I got the impression that this show grabbed a small audience. Regardless, this was a fantastic filler to tide F/X fans over as they transitioned from The Shield to Rescue Me (which returns on Tuesday, May 30).
All hell has broken loose. No one in Nick's crew can agree on anything and that fact that the Feds (led by an over-zealous agent named Patterson) are hot on their trail isn't helping either. But as I assumed last week, Nick had to make a choice between the score and Tammi. The reason he had to make such a choice was the real surprise.
I really thought Riley was one of the good guys. He helped Nick set up for the score after Ros was taken out of the equation and he seemed like a genuinely nice chap. But after the Feds showed up at his place to question him about any involvement he may have had with Nick's crew, Riley's motives changed quickly. He held Tammi hostage and Nick paid him almost $6 million (!) to get her back. It was his entire chunk of the score. It that doesn't prove to you that Nick is one of the good guys, I don't know what will.
After Tammi realized how much Nick just paid to get her back, he tells her everything. He even buys back Wanda's ring for Tammi at the pawn shop. Again, good guy deeds. He tells her that he already paid for a few semesters at a private school in California. She can't go to her father in Hawaii and they both know it. Nick will just have to disappear for a while though.
The rest of the crew doesn't fare so well. Elmo got picked up by the feds after the guy from the airport ID'ed him. Gabo never received proper medical attention after Vincent shot him. After Gabo took off with his cash, he parked under a bridge and I think we're to believe that he sat there and slowly bled to death. Not really sure though. Both of those guys are up in the air. Same for Jack too. He just took off. His girlfriend from church wouldn't come with him though.
Here's what I didn't like: the Vincent storyline. The entire season it was bothersome. It didn't add or detract from the show. It was just there, helping to round out the hour. The elder Chinese mobster ("uncle") flew to New Orleans to help Vincent, but he was pretty PO'ed that Vincent let Billy die. The Uncle will never know that Vincent was the one who pulled the trigger. Then he tried to take out Vincent but wasn't quick enough... and that was it. I really didn't like this side of the show.
Should Thief return though, Patterson will still be hot on Nick's trail. The agent got around to questioning Detective Hayes' widow and Billy Ray (the guy who built the replica fuselage for the crew to practice with). So he's got plenty of clues and I would figure that it's only a matter of time before he got around to Jack's girlfriend and maybe even Vincent. Plenty of questions still. But like I said, if it doesn't come back, it still ended on a satisfying note.