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Warning! The following contains SPOILERS for the Lethal Weapon episode "A Game Of Chicken." Read at your own risk!
Wesley Cole's antics landed him in hot water in the latest Lethal Weapon, and by the episode's end, he was having trouble finding a shoulder to cry on. Not only did the whole ordeal result in Cole losing Erica, it looks as though Murtaugh is ready to call it quits on his partner as well. Here's what happened, and how it could set the stage for an explosive season finale.
It all started when Cole's friend Rafi is framed for a murder he didn't commit. Cole went to Erica, who had pre-emptively taken him off the case knowing the conflict of interest it presents. Of course, Cole is willing to do whatever it takes to get Rafi cleared, while Murtaugh is less willing to step outside the law this time around. Cole declares he's right, and starts battling everyone who thinks otherwise.
This leads to a big fight with Erica, and Cole reaching out to Tom Barnes when Murtaugh won't go above and beyond to help him save his friend. Cole ends up getting captured and tortured by the real criminals, Chinese super spies who had, indeed, set Rafi up. Despite Cole directly disobeying him, Murtaugh arrives to save his partner's ass, and nearly catches a bullet for it had Cole not stopped it.
Wesley Cole was right all along, but this, apparently, doesn't excuse the Lethal Weapon character's actions throughout the episode. Erica doesn't want him to apologize for going against her and being himself, but in understanding who he is she seemingly realizes they may never work as a couple. Meanwhile, Murtaugh appears to be feeling the same way, when he refuses to accept Cole's apology and hangs up on his partner.
It sets quite the stage for an explosive season finale, which features Natalie strapped to a bomb, Cole with scars on his face, and Murtaugh bleeding out with a gunshot wound? It looks as though Lethal Weapon is swinging for the fences with this season finale, and giving it everything it's got to either deliver an impressive bid for Season 4 or a satisfying series finale. You can take a look at the promo for the next episode, below:
Surely Lethal Weapon isn't planning to kill off Murtaugh, right? That would be one way of alleviating Damon Wayans' workload, but a bold way of changing up Lethal Weapon yet again. Chances are Murtaugh will survive the incident, but he might rethink taking such an active role in the force following that brush with death.