Is it possible to have it all and not suffer the consequences? That's part of the premise behind the fourth season of A&E's "The Glades," which followed one cop's quest to have the perfect work and private lives. The results may be familiar, but the show managed to succeed by injecting some much needed levity in each scene.
"The Glades" followed Detective Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) as he used his humor and deductive reasoning skills to solve some rather unique murder cases that he ever came across in Palm Glade. One case involved a connection to a ghost and a haunted mansion that ended with a rather logical conclusion. He was making waves in his work life that involved a close friendship with the FDLE medical examiner Carlos Sanchez (Carlos Gomez) and his constant teasing of intern Daniel Green (Jordan Wall) as they closed each case. Jim also had the support of his boss Colleen Manus (Michelle Hurd) even when he gave her the occasional professional headache or two. The only thing that Jim seemed uncertain about was his love life, which was full of questions and mystery. Jim's girlfriend Callie Cargill (Kiele Sanchez) had to move to Atlanta to complete medical school and reach her goal of becoming a doctor. The couple's long distance relationship threatened to push their relationship to the breaking point, until Jim decided to make the ultimate commitment and proposed to her. Once she said yes and moved back to Florida, the newly engaged couple had to get Callie's son Jeff (Uriah Shelton) to accept the changes in his life. After some hesitation, he seemed to embrace the idea completely. Unfortunately, Callie's ex-husband seemed interested in leaving the Witness Protection Program for reasons unknown. As the couple's wedding day approached, both of them were keeping secrets from each other that could have devastating consequences for everyone involved. Will the wedding take place once everything is revealed?
In terms of questions, the show's finale posed a few of them that won't likely ever be answered due to the recent announcement that the show was cancelled for reasons unknown. Sure, there are a lot of cop and lawyer shows on television, but the show seemed to have established the perfect amount of style and substance to keep viewers interested. If the network knew that the show was going to be cancelled, they should've given the writers a chance to craft a clear ending that resolved everything for viewers instead of leaving everything unfinished. The finale's final moments of when Jim was shot just before he was expected to get married left viewers shocked and sad at the same time, because they will never know what happened next. As for who shot Jim, there were a few suspects that seemed obvious from the start because everyone of them behaved suspiciously. The last half of the season was gearing to go towards a shocking conclusion, but no one saw Jim's shooting coming at all, which was the right curveball for viewers. It's just disappointing that the network pulled the plug before the story was resolved. One of the season's most memorable moments came when Callie accepted Jim's proposal, which also concluded the endless back and forth scenes between Atlanta and Palm Glade. It was a relief to have the entire cast to have stories together in the same zip code. Of course, the scene was touching as the complicated couple inched closer to their happily ever after. Another memorable moment came when it was revealed that Passmore's Jim bought Callie her dream house, which ended up leading to devastating consequences.
As for breakout performances, Passmore and Sanchez led the pack as their characters struggled to balance their work and private lives. They managed to provide enough humor and drama to make their character relatable to viewers. Over the course of four seasons, Passmore's Jim has evolved from being a mere smart aleck and has grown into an interestingly complex character. He embodied Jim with the right amount of humor and logic that made him a memorable on-screen cop. Passmore's Jim also had a decent rapport with Gomez that provided some workplace humor as their characters always managed to get into some pretty dangerous, or humorous, situations each week. In the show's finale, Gomez and Passmore captured their characters' friendship best by bonding over a pair of expensive cuff links that Jim bought Carlos. Even though they tormented each other, Jim and Carlos wouldn't have it any other way. Sanchez, on the other hand, had the challenging task of standing on her own in a few workplace stories that were somewhat unexpected. Sanchez's Callie made a mistake that cost a patient his career as a professional athlete. She embodied Callie's guilt and frustration without always having to declare them outloud. Hopefully, the network will give the show a chance to wrap up its unresolved stories or give another network a chance to pick it up. If not, the talented cast will sorely be missed come next summer.
"The Glades" aired its fourth season finale on August 26th at 9:00 PM on A&E. It was recently confirmed that the show was just cancelled by the network days after the finale aired.
Verdict: Despite a familiar premise, the cast have managed to succeed by establishing a humorous workplace rapport that made viewers want to root for them to solve each case.
TV Score: 4 out of 5 stars
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)