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Moment of Goodness

Moment of Goodness: It’s Sauce Night, Graceland “Pizza Box” 

Don’t get me wrong, this episode was packed with adrenaline-pumping, heart-racing, live-or-die moments that had me permanently perched on the edge of my chair, but in the end, it was the simple kitchen banter that hit me hardest. This episode, whether you want to admit it or not, was all about the 3 day sauce. Charlie’s famous pasta sauce opened and ended the episode, even creating a phenomenal visual analogy in the end. But it was the interaction between the characters during these kitchen scenes that had me hooked. 
Photo Credit: James Minchin III/USA Network
Photo Credit: James Minchin III/USA Network
The initial scene started with Charlie telling the story of her ancestors’ enduring love and despite the fact that they’d heard it again and again and again, Johnny and Jacks were still as compelled and reverent as ever. If I were tuning in to this show for the first time and didn’t know the situation, I would without a doubt consider these people to just be a bunch of friends who happened to live together. Now, of course, I have watched from the beginning and I do know the premise, but that’s what makes it even more interesting.
In how many shows do we continually watch different agencies battle one another for the power, the control or the inside track? Ultimately, it always seems like a competition as to who is bigger, better and more powerful rather than focusing on solving a case for the greater good. That being said, I love that this show bucks that trend. I enjoy seeing these people live together, work together and play together like regular human beings. I have no doubt that they will butt heads at times, but that’s life. In a previous episode, we saw Jacks loan Mike bullets to help him advance his case and we saw the group come together to help Lauren with her Russian dilemma. To me, it feels like rather than fighting about which agency is the best, these people actually CARE about catching the bad guys! And as we’ve seen, sometimes you have to put aside the rule book to accomplish that.
Now back to last night’s episode. As much as I enjoyed the opening scene, it was the actual sauce-night scene that really got me. Making fun of Mike for going grandpa and uttering the word “marijuana” melted my heart and felt so genuine that I could almost picture a group of my friends doing the same on a Saturday night. Furthermore, the way that they finish each others sentences and toss out the verbal short-hand with ease is not only a nod to the writers, but also to the actors, who pull it off gracefully and make it feel totally natural.
Photo Credit: James Minchin III/USA Network
Photo Credit: James Minchin III/USA Network
It continued as Briggs ragged on Mike for dish duty but then told him to go out on his date…now, let’s be honest, this is the new guy we’re talking about. And yet, they’ve embraced him as one of their own. Granted, he has repeatedly proven his worth in exceptional ways, but the camaraderie is still a welcome and much needed take on inter-agency dealings. As Briggs said last week, “we must come first.” However, I will say that this acceptance and camaraderie is also going to make it even harder for me to accept Mike’s potential plan to sell out Briggs. I have high hopes that Mike will realize his mistake and end up playing the other side, but if that doesn’t happen, I can’t help but feel that Mike will deserve whatever is coming to him. After all, the sauce may just be sauce, but what they have in this house is something special.
Graceland returns Thursday July 11 @ 10/9c on USA Network.

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