Sometimes crime dramas have plots that are not essential to the development of the overall story, like a few past episodes of King & Maxwell. However, “Loved Ones” had a plot that furthered the overall story and the underlying attraction between the main characters.
The episode’s major case involves Sean’s friend’s son, Jason Turner, dead from apparent suicide, but his parents think otherwise and ask King and Maxwell to investigate it further. After Edgar pushes a dummy off the roof of the same building that Jason fell from, Sean and Michelle realize that the victim was pushed, ruling it a homicide.
Later, while standing outside the restaurant that one of Sean’s ex-agent friends owns, Sean is talking to Michelle when the restaurant suddenly explodes. Michelle, screaming his name, brings us to a tension filled commercial break.
Putting half of this impending couple is pulling at the “will-they-won’t-they” heartstrings of the audience while simultaneously creating those exact strings. For the entire commercial break, audiences don’t know if Sean is okay along with Michelle who shows that she deeply cares about him. This isn’t just a concerned yell that you would do with a coworker; Michelle and Sean are closer than that.
When the episode returns, Sean is okay (because the series is called King and Maxwell), but Michelle races to the scene. Because it is early on in the series, and it would be out of character for her to do otherwise, Michelle goes back to her usual self and discusses the case with Sean. However, audiences get the idea that the drive over was not exactly calm for her. Right before she leaves to help investigate the case further, Sean tells her that it is good to see her, showing that he knows he could have lost his life five minutes earlier and leaving things unfinished between them. All of this is unspoken, but can be read by the audience.
Moving through the episode, Sean is now trying to find Miguel, a released prisoner who might be targeting ex-agents. Michelle goes to find Bob Scott, one of the friends of Sean King and Jack Turner, who is also a point of interest. Michelle finds motive which links up with the evidence that Sean got which leads to the suspect being in the force. They’re looking for a cop.
Later, Michelle wants to know what happened in Mexico where Sean and his friends have a story that they are covering up. It’s deep enough to make someone want to kill ex-agents, and in the same city where Sean lives. We can see that Michelle is still concerned. She’s not directly in the line of fire, but her partner is. After explaining why she wants to know, Sean says that it’s his problem, not hers. She replies, “Funny. I thought we were King and Maxwell.” Even this emotion, although it is argumentative, is strengthening the bond between this pair and their viewers. We’re seeing more than just the banter that leads to a killer. This dialogue is personal.
So, in order to understand it, Michelle goes to ask Jack’s wife to explain what happened in Mexico. Turns out an agent died after protecting a government official. But, Jack’s wife doesn’t know much. Their discussion leads to Bradley Martin, the deceased agent, and his family in Virginia.
Sean finds Bob Scott hiding in a mine shaft, but he didn’t have anything to do with the murder of Jason Turner. While Sean is finding this out, Michelle is driving to find him, but runs out of gas. Coincidentally, a cop pulls up behind her car offering to give her a ride to the nearest gas station. Just so happens that this cop is a balding, walking with a limp, and middle aged – exactly the description of the man seen at the building that Jason was thrown off. Inside, his brief case says he is a cop from Virginia. This is Bradley Martin’s father. He pulls a gun on Michelle and demands for her fun. Somehow, she sends a text to Sean saying 911, and using the GPS, Sean finds her location. Martin tells Michelle that Sean needs to find out what it’s like to lose someone he loves.
Fast-forwarding, in the middle of the wooded area where Michelle, Martin, and Sean are running, everyone comes to a standstill as one last face off continues. Sean talks Bob down from shooting Michelle by saying Bradley died from a drug overdose, but Bob blames them. Sean says that they wanted Bradley to be remembered as a hero, so they covered it up and that’s why it didn’t all make sense. When Martin becomes emotional and leaps for Sean, Michelle fights him to the ground. They end the scene by going back to their normal banter because it is more comfortable for them, but they still have a sense of fear in their eyes.
They end the episode with casually talking how Michelle thinks its sad that she’s his only loved one. He has no family. Although they talk about it sarcastically, we’re learning more about this character. He really only has Michelle.
Later that night at the boathouse, Michelle gives Sean one more national place where she has had sex: The National Zoo. However, it turns back to serious when Edgar continues to investigate the shooting of Sean’s detail when he was an agent. It turns out that Bob Scott was not scrambling around when the man was shot, but instead looking around the room.
Their partnership while working is what is making this show get better with each episode. We’re going through the typical scenario of this pair expectantly becoming a couple, just a little faster than it’s cop drama predecessors. The bounce between dialogues is familiar as if they were in each other’s head. And that’s what every cop show has, but in it’s second or third season. In King & Maxwell, while one is working on the case, the other could be interviewing while still keeping the same amount of respect and loyalty to each other that they had when together. They can make connections without being in the room. Obviously this show is scripted, but the chemistry between Romijn and Tenney pushes that fact aside.
The show is at a little bit of a standpoint now. Audiences are used to this concept of this relationship. Now that we know how loyal these two are, and the Michelle is really the only person that Sean has, we’re going to need a furthering to their romantic process. Expect something more to happen in the upcoming episodes that will deepen this connection.