‘Detroit 1-8-7’ Season 1, Episode 7 recap: The words all Detroiters needed to hear
Was it possible for the writers to juggle three storylines in a row that previously dealt with two?
Yes and no. It depends how you look at it.
The minds behind “Detroit 1-8-7” felt a bit ambitious for the Tuesday night episode that featured two homicide investigations and Detective Mahajan’s interaction with the sole witness to an earlier, invisible murder.
Call me crazy as I have previously criticized writers for not including enough real Detroit locations in the production. Now it seems like the writers are hit us over the head with Detroit references. This episode featured footage of downtown, Midtown’s Techtown, LaSalle Gardens, LaSalle Park, Belle Isle, and Eastern Market, as well as dialogue about the Fox Theater and urban agriculture. But we’ll come back to that in a moment.
In the previous episode, Sanchez and Stone will have a drink after the hectic events of the day. During the show’s red carpet premiere, the producers promised that these two characters would meet at some point.
They did. At least I think they did. Stone mentions to Sanchez that “last night was great,” much to Sanchez’s discomfort. She says last night was great too – but in a later conversation she admits that whatever they did, whatever they did, wasn’t wrong and they can’t do it again. She just focused on her career. (Cue up Trey Songz ‘”
That doesn’t explain what kind of relationship, if any, she has with Fitch – whose boyfriend-girlfriend and father-daughter relationship now fluctuates worryingly, if that makes sense. You get the idea that something is hinted at between the older and younger cop, but he’s trying so hard to protect her as if she were his own child.
Mason hires Fitch and Washington to investigate the murder of a rising star in the tech field and turns Mahajan and Longford over to the murder of a drug dealer in LaSalle Gardens. Mahajan cannot leave because he has to escort a witness to a trial that could potentially detain a skinhead accused of murder. Fitch suggests that Washington go to LaSalle Gardens with Longford while he, Sanchez, and Stone investigate the tech star’s death.
Washington is a bit upset, obviously, as in an earlier episode it finally looked like he and Fitch were bonding despite the older cop’s eccentricity. Longford becomes a sounding board for Washington’s problems with Fitch, but the perhaps retired sergeant points out that Fitch may be tough on him for seeing himself in the young detective. (Longford also points out that while he enjoys having Mahajan as a partner, he runs away from the mouth too much – see
where he dismissed the murder of an aspiring producer as simple east versus west coast beef.)
The drug dealer’s body is in a trash can in front of an apartment building. Washington and Longford interview a familiar face – one of the murder suspects from
. Do you remember the man who was handcuffed in a playground and ran away on a slide? That guy – who asked the police for a “soda” during interrogation.
It’s clear the writers made a wink in bringing this character back. He is under house arrest and lives with a nagging grandmother. He asks the detectives to be taken to the station that day to get information about the drug dealer’s death. Washington and Longford pledge and give him a pizza around 1300 Beaubien. “Can I get a pop?” he asks.
Our carbonated drink fan informs them that another drug dealer is planning to take over the LaSalle Gardens area and that the man found dead in a trash can has invaded his territory. I have one point of criticism – LaSalle Gardens as a serious drug hotspot? The same neighborhood that Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lives in?
Washington and Longford go to the rival drug dealer’s mother’s house, where she serves Washington pecan pie the real Puma way – “I’m very popular with my son’s friends,” she tells him as she eyes him in the bedroom. Your son tries to escape; Longford stops him in time. On the station, the suspect says he played video games with a friend all night. The friend who works at Eastern Market says the same thing. Something still doesn’t match as the friend’s alibi seems a little bit protected.
Forensic reports indicate that coconut tissue was found in the man’s skull and a meat tenderizer may have been used to kill him. Mason points out that meat tenderizers are also used to mince nuts – like pecans. Cougar Mom is taken to the train station for questioning, where she reveals that she slept with the man who works at Eastern Market. Eastern Market doesn’t want his boyfriend to find out about this relationship, so he admits. Case closed.
Fitch, Sanchez, and Washington find a young woman dead downtown. She had argued with a man in a restaurant before she died; They immediately focus on their fiancé, who also works in Techtown. He says she actually had dinner with a former employer who was trying to get her back on his team. The former employer points back at the fiancé and says he screwed a team of investors.
The dead woman’s colleague, a lousy tech employee whose eyes are too restless, sees everything. This story is way too predictable because you know he is the culprit as soon as you see him. When the woman’s fiancé also turns up dead, the mousy clerk points a gun at his head after the police track him down. He says that the woman’s fiancé treated her incorrectly and that he tried to save her; why did he kill her instead of killing him first? Yes i don’t know. Now he is alone, the love of his life is dead and he is jailed on two murder charges.
The story that stood out the most wasn’t even about murder. Mahajan accompanies a witness to a hearing about a skinhead being persecuted by Wayne County Assistant Attorney Alice Williams. She apparently murdered a black woman while her 10-year-old son was hiding in a closet. The witness is the boy’s tutor. Fearing retaliation from the skinhead, he disappears before being called to the booth.
Mahajan searches the town for him and is taken to a town farm he volunteered at and Belle Isle, where he often hangs out. When found, Mahajan tells him that no matter how much he does in the community, murderers can still run free if no one takes a stand. “You can rebuild Detroit what you want and they will just tear it all down.”
Everyone had to hear this as we still live in a no-snitching culture where we often protect our own despite the consequences. It listens back
where a woman was evicted from her home on Atkinson Street for repeated crimes by a young man who lived with his grandmother; Why didn’t grandmother do anything? It also reflected some of the allegations made against a man’s family
on the east side of town – whose murder sparked events for the police raid that killed Aiyana Jones.
This episode wasn’t the biggest, but it was ambitious – if that makes sense. To the average viewer outside of Detroit, it seems like another ordinary cop show. For those who live here, after some shaky production problems in the past, the problems citizens face on a daily basis are finally being covered in more detail.
Minor Details: Was anyone still distracted by Mason’s light purple suit after wearing navy and black for an entire season? And when you talk about wardrobes
Circuit Court Judge Craig Strong made a brief appearance at the murder trial wearing filthy judge’s robe.