Thursday, October 7, 2010

Terriers: Manifest Destiny

Are you watching F/X’s “Terriers”? If not, then double shame on you. It’s one of the best new shows of the fall.

Last night’s episode, “Manifest Destiny”, continues a strong string of episodes dealing with the Lindus arc which began in the pilot. After springing client/nemesis Robert Lindus from jail last week and subsequently getting him killed (accidently, of course), our heroes, Hank Dolworth and Britt Pollack, are once again neck deep in the muck. Turns out Lindus was carrying around a soil report that showed his construction site is contaminated with a whole heapload of carcinogens. Lindus’s backers, including a lawyer named Zeitland, approach Hank to say they don’t care where Lindus is, they just want the soil report back. Hank and Britt put the report in Lindus’s pocket and leave the body where it would obviously be found. The report is found. The building project is stopped. All is right in the world.

Or is it? Hank’s sister Steph says the soil report was faked. That Zeitland and the Montague crew were probably dumping hazardous materials onsite to goose the report.

Judging by next week’s previews, it looks like we’re going to get a standalone ep or two before returning to the Lindus/Montague storyline. And that’s fine.

I’m curious as to what the Montague endgame is. It looks like they may have wanted the report to get out and their project shut down. But for what reason? A scam to pocket money from the government for environmental cleanup? (if the numbers are too high, they’ll probably get some sort of Superfund cash) Did Zeitland find something more valuable underground and wanted his partners to back out? I even had the idea that it could be some sort of crazy Max Bialystock-style scam where they sold more shares for the building project than were available and want to cash out before the project is complete and abscond with the dough.

Whatever it is, I’m hooked.

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