Season 2 premiered on Netflix on March 8, 2018 and The Musings of Dogtor Barker will review each episode. I don't have time to watch the entire series this weekend but I will watch an episode a day and try to write a review daily so that you will experience my feelings about the show as I experience them. I will try to put my spoilers toward the end of each blog article and will try to identify when they will begin so that readers that haven't yet watched the episode can stop reading at that point. That said, I will assume that you have seen the earlier episodes prior to reading this so be warned if you haven't begun watching the series!
AKA Shark In The Bathroom, Monster In The Bed was an interesting episode. It starts about 60 seconds before the last episode ends, this time from the perspective of the shooter... who was Pryce Chang. The only thing I can say is that if you want to come at Momma Jones, you best not miss. And we know that Pryce missed from the last episode so he got to endure a thorough ass whuppin' after she caught him trying to escape the building.
Jessica stopped her mom from killing him and they tied him up and stored him in Jessica's bathtub. The rest of the episode focuses on Jessica trying to figure out what to do with her mom. She clearly loves her mom and recognizes some of herself in her mother but really struggles trying to find the right solution.
There are a couple of B story lines going on. The most interesting involves Oscar and his ex-wife. Oscar's ex-wife is worried that she will lose custody of her son and goes to extreme measures to ensure that doesn't happen. Ultimately Oscar asks Jessica to help fix the situation. The point of the story line was to demonstrate that mothers will ultimately do anything for their kids... something that becomes telling at the end of the episode.
The highlight of the episode was watching Jessica slowly realize that her mom really couldn't function in society. Her mom really just wants to be with her remaining child in any way possible. She is smart and creative and she really cares about Jessica. She helps Jessica stop thinking she caused the car accident in a good mother-daughter moment. Unfortunately, she has lost any sense of morality and makes this clear every time you think there is a plan that might work that would make everyone happy.
The other plot lines are proceeding along at an almost predictable pace. Trish, amped up by Simpson's combat enhancer, continues to want to track to killer after everyone else has dropped the case. Her new personality causes her to quit her Trish Talk gig in dramatic fashion... fortunately the head of the news station where her ex-boyfriend works likes the new Trish and wants to see if he can get her on TV. Unfortunately she runs out of the enhancer...
Hogarth eventually gets the healer out of prison where he has been locked up and convinces him to help her under the threat of a worse prison sentence than he previously had. I assume the healer will die during the process because it's been stated that healing people is dangerous for him to do. The only question is why I should care? Hogarth might also implicate the nurse she has been shacking up with... or maybe do something else to keep her silent but again, I'm not sure where this arc goes.
I thought the end of the episode was interesting. I'm not sure that Chang would be saying anything about Jessica's mom after what he has been through. Not with her listening in the next room. Also not sure that Jessica would have called right then, with Chang still there. It would have made more sense to try to talk with her mom a little more to see if she would agree. If not, maybe try to have the police lined up in the morning via text.