So Jack and Mia are still a thing, huh? Good lord, Jack, have some self-respect: You’re a grown man hiding under the bed so your girlfriend’s father doesn’t know about you. It takes Mia to arrange for a meeting between her dad and Jack to come clean about what’s going on. It doesn’t go well -- and Jack blurts out the L-word -- but at least no one gets murdered… yet. More on that later.
Rizzo’s immediate reaction is to tell Savino to fire Mia, mainly because he doesn’t want the decision to be attributed to him. Given Mia’s not an idiot, she knows exactly what her dad did and has a blowout with him, telling him she’s taking another job and not leaving Vegas -- or Jack.
The murder of the week is a woman getting her groove back at a quickie-divorce resort -- stay for six weeks, leave a free woman! It’s not that important and it turns out it was the owner of the resort did it, jealous of the victim’s relationship with one of her employees. Ralph’s more important case is one that involves an old flame -- her husband got mugged, but what she doesn’t know is that he was borrowing money from loan sharks to paper over the fact he doesn’t have any money anymore, the money that he hoped would make her forget about Ralph, even though she was in turn hoping she could make him forget about his dead wife. Given that this is the first we’ve heard of her, despite being twelve episodes in, I feel safe in telling her that didn’t work. And since we haven’t heard anything of this Barbara woman before, I think she’s showing up mainly to be a potential roadblock between Ralph and Katherine.
And in the biggest news of the night, Savino figures out that Laura’s feeding information to the feds and learns of the affidavit to put a wiretap on Rizzo’s phone. He’s apoplectic, as you can imagine, but Laura challenges him to come up with a better plan to save them from the Feds. The plan he does come up with is risky: He tells Rizzo that the rat is Mia, but only because Jack is pressuring her. Rizzo has murder in his eyes, which Savino figures will get him killed, so long as Jack gets advance warning. That might be difficult, since Jack’s sexytime routine involves taking the phone off the hook.
It’s too early to see if the plan will go as he hopes, but Savino’s taking action on Laura: He’s sending her back home to Chicago, harshly telling her that when he comes back to visit his daughters, she’s not to be around. It could be worse, right? Anyway. Four dollars a pound.
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. Not that he often agrees with mobsters, but why do people bring kids to Vegas? Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at email@example.com.
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This episode starts off with Jack Lamb, a full-grown man and a deputy in Las Vegas, hiding under the bed of his girlfriend so her dad doesn't know he's there. I mean sure, her dad is a psycho, but at some point Jack really needs to sack up. Rizzo has come in because he wants to watch JFK's inauguration speech -- "A son of a bootlegger in office? And we helped put him there?" -- which makes this Jan. 20, 1961, and way too late in the morning for Mia and Jack not to be already at work, even in Vegas. Mia manages to get her dad out of her room, and Jack comments on how big Rizzo's feet are, and then they just start doing it again, they're so turned on.
Over at the office, Yvonne and Dixon are flirting again, because Yvonne has asked Dixon to accompany her to her cousin's wedding, mainly because she needs a warm body around so she doesn't get set up with her aunt's bucktoothed neighbor. Hey, bucktoothed people need the most love! Jack is even it, managing somehow to have extricated himself from Mia's body, and he and his nephew are both shocked to see Miss Halloran in Ralph's office. She's Mrs. Kent now, but once she was Miss Halloran, Dixon's French teacher and Ralph's girlfriend.
It seems that this Barbara Halloran left Ralph for a rich guy. Dixon seems to have animosity over her leaving his dad "high and dry." Ralph strolls in, everyone stares at him for a moment, and then he smooths his hair when he finds out who's in his office.
They greet each other warmly, and after a little awkwardness and chit-chat, Barbara explains she's here because her husband, some dude named Rick, is here on business, but was mugged last night, and had five-thousand dollars stolen. She says she wanted to report it last night, but he was reluctant, and she thinks it's because he didn't want to ask her old boyfriend for help. It doesn't take a genius so figure there's going to turn out to be a different reason.
Meanwhile, Dixon and Jack head out to investigate a murder on a deserted ranch, which might go better if Dixon could start concentrating instead of grumbling about Halloran breaking his dad's heart.
Jack takes one look at the nice clothes and manicured fingernails and determines the dead woman never put in a hard day's work in her life. Or, you know, had her nails down and got dressed up not long before she was killed, maybe. Stitching on her shirt indicates it came from the Double-N ranch, which Jack tells Dixon is a quickie divorce ranch. In other states, you need to wait a year before getting a divorce, but in Nevada, put in six weeks of sunbathing and go home a single woman. "Or in a casket," says Dixon. Hey! Quit ripping off Lennie Brisco's thing from thirty years from now!