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'Undercovers' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 14th 2010 12:46AM
Undercovers['Undercovers' - 'Jailbreak']

Last week I mentioned I'd watch a show that centered around Leo and Hoyt, and tonight we got a little of that. They were a big part of the whole Ireland adventure and got to investigate things separate from Steven and Samantha. They were funny and got things done. If this show ever gets a spin-off, it would star Leo and Hoyt (Note: this show will never have a spin-off).

The episode itself? Just when I was going to write this show off completely, they give us a really good one.

I actually liked this episode a lot. It was a bit darker, but had some funny lines, and it actually had a couple of cool moments I didn't see coming. Maybe 'Undercovers' is the type of show that needed to find a groove. The first two episodes were mostly routine, but this one clicked.

While it looks like the set-up is going to be the same each week -- some family problem at the catering business interrupted by a visit from Shaw with a new assignment -- the show is beginning to sprinkle some interesting things here and there. The characters are working together better and this episode balanced the action with the marriage stuff/humor stuff a lot better.

And I felt some actual tension in the scene where Sean was holding a gun on Leo. Not that major characters often die on TV shows, but we see it a lot more these days and since Leo isn't one of the top two stars and he is part of a spy team, I could see it happening. But it didn't happen, and the show is better for it.

I also really loved the ending tonight, which featured a cool trick and a nifty action sequence in a parking garage. Yeah, this show still has endings that are way, way too pat, but this one had style.

It's still not "great," not even 'Chuck'-level great. You can picture it getting into the wrong type of groove, predictable and tedious. But it seems to be getting to the place it wants to be more and more, little by little.

What still has to be explained more is the whole secret that Shaw is keeping from the Blooms. He keeps talking to a mysterious boss on the phone, about how the Blooms don't know the "real" reason why they were reactivated as spies. I have no idea what the reason is -- they haven't even hinted at what it could be, and it's a new show so we have no clue -- but I'm actually glad they're including this. If they didn't have it I think the show would get too routine.

Having said that, I don't want every episode to just have some quick reference to the bigger story, a phone call from Shaw where they just mention "the secret" and don't give us anything else, or a scene with Leo talking to Steven or Sam about why each left the agency years ago. This show doesn't have the time (probably) or the tone to keep the secret secret for too long. Because of ratings, who knows if we'll ever find out what the big secrets are, or if the two secrets are tied into each other in some way.

Anyway, this episode makes me like the show a little bit more. I don't know if the show is going to stick around long enough for people to get into it -- and maybe next week's episode will be like the first three -- but this is the first episode where I actually said "yeah, I think I'll watch this regularly, it could get better."

More thoughts:

• This show has a long, odd opening scene before the credits roll that jumps all over the place, but it's great to have some meat before we see the title and the first commercial.

• That was a ridiculous wig on Sean, wasn't it? It's like they put him in long hair just so he could shave it later and he could look remarkably different.

• I'm waiting for the episode where they give Gerald McRaney more to do. Right now he's simply the gruff boss who comes in and gives them the assignment, then he vanishes until the end of the show when he briefs the spies on what happened to the bad guys. Hopefully, he'll actually be part of a future assignment.

• Did Steven actually have to play in the orchestra? That seems like something out of 'Charlie's Angels' and not a modern spy drama.

'Undercovers' airs Wednesdays at 8PM ET on NBC.

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jean frank

I think if this show is given the time (like now-it-doesn't-need-to-be-called Cougar Town had), it would be a little gem. It might need some fine tuning...nonetheless,I am enjoying it. I too want more of Gerald's character. But I am wondering What in the world he is up too; and am happy to stay on this trip.

October 14 2010 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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