Reaper: Cash Out
by Brett Love, posted Dec 4th 2007 11:59PM
(S01E10) The latest report I saw said that Reaper will have ten to twelve episodes produced, assuming the writer's strike continues. So, it's entirely possible that this is the last we will see of our pals at The Workbench for quite some time. That's really too bad, because episode ten was terrific.
I thought this one hit the mark on all the major angles. The bounty of the week was solid. The recovered money was a great launching pad for more Sock and Ben hijinks. And a little more exposition for Cady (Jessica Stroup) makes that relationship all kinds of interesting.
Let's tackle the case of the week first. One thing I have been happy to see as we have moved through the season is that the writers have avoided falling into a rut where the cases are concerned. We saw another new wrinkle in the process this week as the guys took down Johnston on their first attempt, after the usual difficulty with the vessel.
That was actually one of the few things that felt off about the episode. He really didn't open the box until they got to the house and were ready to go in? After all the troubles they've had so far? Still, while it falls short of the eight track vessel, I liked the lighter well enough. And I couldn't help but think when I saw Sean O. Roberts that somebody must have done the guy a solid after seeing him muddle through the mess that was Painkiller Jane.
Of course, the boys were helped out by getting some serious intel from the Devil. Their job would be so much easier if he would make with dossiers complete with names and addresses a little more often. I was actually expecting some kind of an escape when we saw that Gladys rejected the vessel. There was, after all, a whole lot of episode left. The revelation that it was a two-fer assignment and they would have to take down the much more dangerous Wang was a welcome surprise.
The final showdown was well done, and I liked that Sam and Sock actually had a workable plan to get the vessel back. A good thing, since they had a clever enemy to use it on. Leaving Ben halfway through a concrete wall and threatening to solidify him there is a powerful motivator. The fact that they learned from the chase in the first takedown, where we saw all of the gold get stopped by the wall, shows that they are getting better at this bounty hunting gig.
Wang's part of the adventure was also notable for bringing Ted into the equation. Make no mistake, Ted is a douche, but a very amusing one, and he plays so well against the rest of the Workbench crew. I loved the way he perked up when he heard the word gamble, and his line to Sam, "I've seen that monkey clinging to your back, and it pains me." So earnest, yet so wrong. The fact that he crumbled almost before they got in the doors at the big game is just what you would expect from Ted, and goes a long way toward explaining why it is that he doesn't gamble anymore.
I didn't think there was any chance that they would end up keeping the money. It was so obviously a temptation from the Devil, and while Sam may be missing a few things (the contract!), he is aware enough of his surroundings to sniff that one out. Still, what great fun it was while they had it. Sock's plan to buy back all of the things he destroyed when he set Josie's house on fire was kind of sweet, even if there were ulterior motives. The topper for me though was his answer to Cady when she asked why his hot tub was in the front yard. "Why would I put something this awesome in the back yard?"
Which brings us to Cady. While the rest of the episode was really good, she is what made it for me. I was every bit as curious as Sock and Ben about the possibility that she really is the spawn of Satan. The dead fish at the pet store was a nice hint, and I think the flowers at the end pretty much seal the deal, for us as well as Sam. So, we are left to wonder, what does that all mean?
You have to think that good ol' Jerry would know if she was his daughter. Was this his plan all along? To get Sam hooked up with his daughter? And from Sam's point of view, does it really change anything? His fate is pretty much sealed either way. Can things really get worse if he's dating Cady? You would think that once she finds out the truth it would make things easier. And, of course, we have to ask where does Andi figure in to all of that? There has to be more to it than the fact that she and Sam have essentially changed places in the relationship, as we see her getting a bit jealous over news of the new girl. So many new questions. Here's hoping we get to see some of them answered.
I was also pleased to see that Josie and Andi are starting to put two and two together. I think they are worlds away from coming up with what is really going on, but given the oddness from the guys that they have both witnessed, it's good that they are finally asking some questions. That whole deal comes in well after Pops and The Contract on my personal curiosity list though.
Finally, the Devil himself. It seemed like he got shorted a little bit this week with so many other things going on. He did still manage to have a couple great moments. My favorite was the faked phone call from Cady. I completely fell for that one as well. I thought Cady was just having a laugh with Sam, but to see the Devil standing there, and then to realize the things he was saying to Sam. His is a very twisted sense of humor.
Overall, another great episode. I'm not sure exactly when we will get to see another one, but they've headed into the break on a high note.
|Dad and the missing contract pages.||197 (47.4%)|
|Jerry's bigger picture plan.||30 (7.2%)|
|Sam and Cady.||91 (21.9%)|
|Sam and Andi.||30 (7.2%)|
|Sock and Gladys and their love which knows no name.||68 (16.3%)|