“Janet King” recap (2.6): Beginning of the End

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I get that it’s a familiar complaint at this point, but OH MY GOD, SLOW DOWN, JANET KING. I truly hope this show is gunning for another season, because there is just no way we can get through all the unresolved storylines in the remaining two(!) episodes. And the worst thing about it isn’t even all the confusion and red herrings being thrown about; it’s that their profusion robs us of precious time with our beloved characters.

This is actually one of my favorite episodes to date because it made me laugh. This show can hit any mark it aims at—comedy, suspense, romance—but the procedural angle it doggedly sticks to is responsible for all its missed marks. PLUS ALSO it’s been six episodes and Janet hasn’t laid the smooches on anyone! We only have two episodes left for her to fall in love with Bianca, have sex, realize she’s evil, kill her, and then fall in love with Peta!

Okay so firstly and most importantly, ANDY IS ALIVE. All my complaints from last week still stand: that it’s pretty fucking rich that the cops were shocked that Brett, THE MAN THEY HIRED BECAUSE OF HIS GUN CRIMES, showed up armed and dangerous. When the credits rolled last week, I held out hope that Andy would somehow get off a few shots before Brett could kill him. But that was ridiculous of me because I was giving Andy credit for magically becoming competent in the blink of an eye. In actual fact, it is Bianca who whips out her piece and takes Brett down, with a rather disturbing degree of efficiency.

jk6.1I DON’T ALWAYS LIKE MY WEAPONS TO BE PENIS METAPHORS, BUT WHEN I DO, I LIKE IT WHEN THE LESBIAN IS PACKING MORE HEAT THAN THE MEN.

Brett dies, taking with him any information he might have had about who hired him. And Janet is…mostly annoyed that Brett is dead? You know I worship Janet more than any character since Tammy Taylor, but she’s being a bit hard on people this week. She doesn’t even tell Lina that her husband just narrowly survived a gunfight, which is just common courtesy.

She can tell something is up, though, and can’t resist taking a peek at the footage of Andy playing the abusive boyfriend. What she sees is pretty damn traumatic, even knowing he’s play-acting.

jk6.2OH SURE, BUT WHEN **I** ASK HIM TO PULL MY HAIR, I’M “MAKING HIM UNCOMFORTABLE.”

But seriously, even knowing it’s part of their jobs, it sucks that Andy has had to keep so much of his life a secret from Lina. He tries to make it up to her that night over dinner, and she confronts him about the undercover work. He tries to play the tough guy, but then Lina, in her lovely way, gives him permission to be scared and shaken by what he had to do. It’s one of those moments of profound grace that the show would have more time for if we weren’t wasting so much of it on netball courts and the like. AND THEN Lina reveals that she is pregnant, which is wonderful.

jk6.3I HOPE THE BABY GETS HER LOOKS AND HER BRAINS AND HIS…SOMETHING.

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