When we last left our hero, Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) had come across the dead sheriff after doing some sleuthing and some fightin’. So, naturally, we start this episode off at a very cliché looking diner to see Ralph makes small talk with the local waitress about how he’s “not the sheriff.” Yet, he’s clearly the sheriff at this point. Katherine O’Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss) shows up and buys a pack of spearmint, seemingly just so she can make flirty-small talk with Ralph.
While Ralph escorts Katherine to her classic cruiser, he randomly runs into his brother Jack (Jason O’Mara) and easily thwarts a robbery. Vegas, baby!
On his way back from robbery thwartn’, he investigates a homicide and finds a girl tied up in the trunk of the victim’s car. For those of you that have missed "CSI: Miami," fear not. You’ll feel right at home. All this opening is missing is the primal scream of Roger Daltrey.
Meanwhile, back at the casino, Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis) is having some issues. First, one of the Chicago boss’ daughter, Mia Rizzo (Sarah Jones), has been assigned to the Savoy to make sure things continue to run smoothly. Instead of learning the gangster trade on the streets, she went to Wharton and then ran her father’s illegitimate businesses on the east coast. Way to put that prestigious degree to good use, Mia. Savino also has to deal with one of his former employees signing a plea deal with the “feds” to keep himself out of the gas chamber. Who said the life of a gangster wasn’t without its hardships?
Oh, and if you happened to bet under three episodes before Ralph throws a perp through a bar window, you win!
One of Savino’s men organizes a plan to get one of their own inside the same jail cell as the guy who signed the plea deal. The plan is, have him drive his car straight into Dixon Lamb’s (Taylor Handley) police cruiser. Unsurprisingly, this works like a charm, but right before said henchman is about to do some good stabbin’, Dixon comes and grabs him so he can admit fault in the accident and Dixon won’t have to have his pay docked. Mother’s intuition? Seems like cowboy’s intuition is far more powerful.
After Ralph and the boys solve another murder, Savino decides to take matters into his own hands when it comes to taking out the guy who signed the deal.
When the feds pick up the snitch from the clink, Savino hatches a plan. Due to a broken firehydrant, via a couple sledgehammer swings from our beloved mobster, the federal agents are forced to take a detour along a side street. As they're moving along on their detour, they're temporarily stopped next to a rather large, inconspicously-placed truck. And wouldn't you know it, we have our first car bomb.
Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.
Number of men Ralph Lamb beats up in this episode: 4
Lines of the Night
“You should touch another man’s woman just as much as you touch another man’s hat.” – Ralph Lamb’s simplistic view on infidelity.
“I weigh myself every morning. Vanity – I know. Today I weighed 116 pounds.” -- Mia Rizzo, trying to make a point about a scale error, but really just making every woman watching feel bad about themselves.
“St. Louis boy wouldn’t know an ol’ rancher’s knot from a knot in a tree.” – Ralph Lamb solving a riddle by identifying how a victim’s hands are tied behind their back.