The symbols of the police officer are his/her badge, and the tools of the police trade are the gun and the car. Mastery over the gun and the car is a measure of how good that police officer is. In this episode, whether by accident or ineptitude, Caitlin Cross and Rick Bettina are masters of neither. Though Nash ultimately proves that Caitlin's gun has a defective spring in it, Caitlin is not in control of her gun and she is suspended for it. Rick Bettina, though he drives a cool car - a bright red Dodge Viper, is quite simply an atrocious and hazardous driver. The performance aspect of the Viper is wasted on a horrible driver like Rick.
Things are definitely out of wack with the Master himself wounded in the butt. Daughter Cassidy's life runs rampant as her lover Evan's more possessive side surfaces as a red herring to a genuine stalker. The Cassidy story emerges as a mini-teenage slasher flick, complete with gory and disgusting tools like an electronic stun gun (which are used on Miranda and poor Evan) and a kitchen knife. Nash puts an abrupt end to the silliness by ventilating slasher Cliff with six bullet holes. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (who plays Cassidy) is recently in the 53rd sequel to HALLOWEEN. If only slashers were so easily killed with six bullets - this fertile storyline could easily spin off into a separate series for Cassidy.
Speaking of sequels, we recently rented LETHAL WEAPON 4. The Lethal Weapon series are generally considered state of the art in the cop/buddy action genre, and its influences on NASH BRIDGES are obvious. Martin Riggs' (played by Mel Gibson) permanent romantic interest is an Internal Affairs officer played by Rene Russo (introduced in LETHAL WEAPON 3). A very familiar copy is, of course, Caitlin Cross. She gets in another kiss with Nash, though she appears inhibited by grizzly father Nick. Things happened quickly in LETHAL WEAPON 3, with Mel and Rene getting quickly down to business by comparing wounds. But with Nash's butt wound, things are proceeding considerably slower in NASH BRIDGES...
For more, see synopsis for Episode 66