At the end of the previous episode "Superstition," Caitlin Cross moved out of the SIU headquarters. At the start of this week's episode "Resurrection," everything seems to be set right again. The introduction of Caitlin Cross upset the equilibrium of NASH BRIDGES - the SIU seemed fragmented, especially with Nash and Joe going their separate ways. But Caitlin has moved out - all is set right, symbolically and literally.
Nash and Joe are riding together again, but they're squabbling over who's to pay for the hole in the ceiling. The banged-up house is really Cassidy's former living quarters, as Cassidy gets banged-up badly too. For a while, you thought Cassidy was going the way of Michelle Chan - to be killed off in a tragic chain of circumstances. Nash fears losing her to Evan, as he must deal with losing her all together. Joe is there for a grieving Nash, but Caitlin is brought in too.
This is a meat and potatoes episode, bringing all the NASH BRIDGES relationships that have been limping along to a moment of crisis and conflict. Nash and Joe, Evan and Cassidy, and finally Nash and Cassidy. With a season of 22 or 23 episodes, there are bound to be good ones and some not-so-good ones. Last week wasn't so good, this week it's real good. With all that blustery swaggering and banter of a sometimes irritating Nash persona, this week we get a real performance. You are reminded of how fine an actor Don Johnson is as we see a grieving and most vulnerable Nash suffer at the lost of his child. It's more than Cassidy that is "resurrected," it's a revitalized Don Johnson, the actor.
The crime story of the sniper is directly reminiscent of the 1971 film DIRTY HARRY, but it's really more a hybrid of DIRTY HARRY and the 1992 film SNIPER. DIRTY HARRY had a crazed rooftop sniper randomly killing people with a silenced hunting rifle. The war film SNIPER introduced a unique special effect of the traveling bullet sailing towards its target. In "Resurrection" we again see the bullet flying towards their target. It's a visceral flashy effect that grabs your attention, making "Resurrection" worthy of a February sweeps episode.
For more, see synopsis for Episode 69