King & Maxwell – Family Business

by Alan Rapp on July 23, 2013

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“He thinks airbrushing a picture of Sherlock Holmes on the side of van is all it takes to be
a private investigator.”

King & Maxwell - Family Business

While King’s (Jon Tenney) life is usually complicated enough by one Maxwell, things get even more interesting when Michelle’s (Rebecca Romijn) brother J.T. (Christian Kane) arrives in D.C. announcing his new career as a private detective looking into a con artist (Corey Sorenson) who has begun dating of the daughter (Sara Canning) of the wealthiest man in Nashville. Even after learning the truth about her boyfriend, Claire (Sorenson), whose unresolved daddy issues Michelle understands all too well, is adamant about wanting to find Tommy and make the relationship work.

The three detectives discover that Tommy’s latest con involves sneaking his way into the high security wing of a mental hospital as well as the fact that they aren’t the only ones looking for the con man. While lending her fraud expertise to the case Benny (Dichen Lachman) does a little bonding with Edgar (Ryan Hurst) and discovers that Tommy’s list of fake identities aren’t fake – they are actually real government-issued identities complete with social security numbers leading King and Maxwell to the same realization – Tommy is in the Witness Protection Program and in hiding from the crime boss who is currently under lock and key inside the mental hospital. With the cooperation of Claire and the uncooperative assistance of Rigby (Michael O’Keefe) and the FBI, King and the Maxwells are able to recover WITSEC’s witness, reunite the lovebirds, and arrest the members of the mob out the kill Tommy.

Kane, who I’ve missed since Leverage went off the air, is well-cast as the lovable J.T. who despite his inability to ever follow through is nearly instantly loved wherever he goes (even Rigby takes a shine to him). His appearance also allows the series to open up doors to Maxwell’s past including her difficult relationship with her father. Although the character is off to Brazil as the episode comes to a close, I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of Kane. I also liked the way the show interwove Benny closer into the Maxell and King family by making a different kind of connection with Edgar than we’ve seen so far. It will be interesting to see how this relationship develops as well.

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