THE UNUSUALS: 1.10 “The E.I.D”
Greetings. I am an EIV. Emotionally Invested Viewer. I love The Unusuals, and we might’ve just seen our last episode.
I hold out hope, I do. I noticed on Twitter that both Noah Hawley and TheUnusualsNYC called it a season finale yesterday. I’m hoping that’s true. Please, please, anonymous network that Hawley is talking to, please pick up this show! I know it’s a slim chance, but please? For me? And all the other EIVs out there?
So last night, we had a great mix of fun and serious plotlines. We had the entire team watching porn to catch someone breaking-and-entering. And on the absolute opposite side, we had Casey trying to find the criminals in the cold case.
Two notes: Sadly, Alvarez was missing in this episode. And I did miss him. Second, notice that Casey was an EID–emotionally invested detective. Turn that around and you get “die,” which, as we’ve seen from other procedurals, usually go hand-in-hand because you’re not careful.
Fortunately, Casey was fine. And the perfect person on the case. Casey, with her wealthy upbringing, understood what Margo grew up with–and what her attackers grew up with. She knew why people wouldn’t step up to help after Spring Break, and she was the only person who could really relate to Will in the end.
And I must say, I’m glad Will didn’t actively attack Margo. Because I really grew to like him, even if he did keep it all under his hat.
Meanwhile, wasn’t it heartwrenching to see Margo? Going from wig to wig (the blonde one was creepy, by the way) and seeing her deny the pain? Scared all the time and making up other attacks just to find someone to blame? It was really such a great way to set up an episode–and an interesting way to introduce a side of bottled-up pain that I’ve never seen before.
And then there was Cole, Beaumont, Delahoy, and Banks (man, I’m going to miss these guys). I 100% enjoyed this storyline. Banks and Delahoy watching porn–along with Banks’ “It’d be weird if I wasn’t watching it with you.” The fact that Cole could barely handle all of the references to pornography, let alone watching it–and that he got paired up with the one couple that found it funny.
You know, Cole’s really become this character that I really like. After the first few episodes with his secretive storyline, I was a little tired of him, but now, I really like him a lot. He’s become this character you can really feel for. Sigh.
Anyway, finding out the culprit was fun, but watching Cole and Beaumont undercover–man, I don’t know how these actors keep a straight face watching each other. Cole alone was a riot. Anyway, it was a good, original side plot.
But what about the end? We see now that ABC never intended for this to be a real sign-off to the show. It really just looked like it just stopped filming. Because we’re left seeing Delahoy wandering the streets after finding out the medical examiner was fired for helping him–sad in both counts. And there’s Casey, just sitting in the victim’s apartment, helpless.
It was really sad. And it definitely left room to build off of. It’s not really a fair way to leave the show–Banks still thinks he might die this year; Delahoy not only has a brain tumor, but now has no girlfriend or help; is Cole even engaged anymore?–and I want to know so much more.
I hope this isn’t our final good-bye to Walsh, Shraegar and crew, but if it is, I’m sorry they didn’t get a real sendoff.