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Saving Grace - Season 2

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Tricia Brock

For a functioning alcoholic, detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) is an unusually effective asset to the Oklahoma City police department. Spending her time off the job sleeping around with married men, flashing her elderly neighbor, and binge-drinking … see full wiki

Director: Tricia Brock
Release Date: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Saving Grace - Season 2

Saving Grace - Season 2

  • Dec 27, 2009
Rating:
+5
Pros: Cast, writing, character development, interesting twist on the hereafter

Cons: none

The Bottom Line:
"I'm a little lamb who's lost in a wood
I know I could always be good
To one who'll watch over me"
~Gershwin

Saving Grace, Season 2, picks up right where season 1 left off and I was so glad to be back on the dark side with Grace Hanadarko.

Season 2 episodes include:
Have a Seat, Earl
While off duty, Grace chases down a subject who turns out to be one of the FBI’s Most Wanted. Afterwards, she is hailed a hero. But nobody is aware of what she was really doing on her day off, a shocking secret involving the priest who molested her as a child.

A Survivor Lives Here
Grace is called to a crime scene that happens to be the home of Paul Shapiro, whose father died in the bombing of the Murray Federal Building. Since then, Paul has been in and out of trouble. At the crime scene, there is blood everywhere, but no body. Ham has separated from his wife and moved out on his own, giving him and Grace more freedom to be together. They wind up in a ketchup-and-mustard situation that soon becomes a running joke in the squad room.

A Little Hometown Love
Ed Ligardi, who serves as evidence supervisor for the squad, turns up dead in a bathroom stall at Louie’s, the local cop hang-out. And it just so happens Grace and Ham are fooling around in a stall just five feet away when the murder happens. But the case takes an even more bizarre turn when the prime suspect offers up a rather strange confession. Also, Ham’s brother, Ralph, comes to visit before being shipped off to war. And Grace has a strange dream about Leon Cooley, who turns out to be having dreams about Grace.

It’s a Fierce, White-Hot, Mighty Love
An impending divorce, a gambling habit, a young boy acting out and a teenage girl dating a rebellious stoner set the stage for tragedy when the mother of two children goes missing for several days. Clay, Grace’s nephew, joins the OCPD Explorers program against his father’s wishes and confronts Ham about his affair with Grace. And Butch becomes the target of a possible stalker who also happens to work closely with the police department.

Do You Love Him?
The door to Grace’s Porsche gets knocked off when a drunk driver slams into it, the impact letting loose thousands of dollars in cash that had been hidden by a previous owner. Among the owners questioned is legendary Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer, guest-starring as himself. The investigation eventually entails a murdered highway patrol officer and a wealthy developer. Meanwhile, Ham’s little brother Ralph disappears in Afghanistan hitting the entire squad firmly in the gut. And Ham’s older brother, Nick, expresses strong disapproval of Grace just as Ham decides it’s time to ask her out on a real date.

Are You an Indian Princess?

The squad investigates the brutal murder of a woman and the abduction of her son, a case that has everyone on edge. They work frantically around the clock to locate the boy before any harm comes to him. When they finally find him, it’s everything they can do to keep their passionate feelings about the case in check. Ham has an especially difficult time controlling himself as he continues to struggle with his personal loss.

You Are My Partner
The death of a young Mexican woman, who is dropped off at the hospital by a known white supremacist, has political implications that could derail a legislative vote on illegal immigration. Bobby goes undercover, which takes the entire squad – and his own wife and family – by surprise. And Ham continues to struggle with a family tragedy.

The Heart of a Cop
With a serial killer on the loose, Grace has two problems. First, she has to deal with a chauvinist detective who is also working the case but, more importantly, she has been teamed up with a new partner, Abby Charles, played by Christina Ricci. Earl is ever desperate to connect with Leon, who has moved his execution forward.

Do You Believe in Second Chances?
Grace’s niece gets involved in a scavenger party with a fatal outcome and the team starts to close in on a drug ring. Grace’s brother, Father John, is let in on the secret of Earl, the angel, and joins forces with Rhetta and Earl to try to resolve both Leon and Grace’s future.

Take Me Somewhere, Earl
Bobby, who is still undercover in the drug world, has his cover blown and must surface but we see changes in him. In the meantime, a bigtime drug dealer meets his death. Grace begins to doubt Abby on the job and starts to investigate her background and Leon refuses to accept the news that he may get a stay of execution.

The Live Ones
A new explorer joins the force along side Clay, surprising Rhetta with his identity. Leon has sunk below hope, turning his back on all forms of religion, making Earl’s job even more difficult.

But There’s Clay
When a jogger is found dead, the MO rings with Grace when she discovers it is similar to one of her cold cases. Doug tells Grace he is dating [his girlfriend, Maggie, is played by Kathy Baker]

So What’s the Purpose of a Platypus?
Is Maggie putting on a false front as she seems to incur more assaults than the normal person ever would? Grace doesn’t let her slide and starts looking into her past. Leon is ever more depressed and Earl ever more frustrated and confused. I did love the interaction between Grace and Earl in this episode when the ever curious Grace questions Earl about, of all things, the platypus.

I Believe in Angels
An eerie dream that links Grace and Rhetta put them on the trail of a mystery woman.

With the conclusion of season 2, I am looking forward to season 3 to follow up on the many stories that have been left hanging, especially the mysterious black girl feature in the last episode and her connection to Grace, Rhetta, and Leon.

The sexual escapades, though still in evidence, are a bit more toned down this season but have more intensity since Ham and his wife are now separated. We see a bit more about Bobby, especially when he goes undercover, and learn more about his family.

Nancy Miller continues to keep her characters pure and sometimes vulnerable. These people are more like real people than the standard cops and robbers shows. They spit and cuss, have good and bad relationships. People die and are born, relationships are formed, and, always, Earl hovers in the background with his own endearing wit and style.

As with most series that last over a year, we learn more about the perimeter lives of the participants than we did in the first season. There are many layers to Grace and Earl, obviously a patient angel, is laboriously peeling them away. We see a softer side of Grace this season but fortunately she is still the feisty woman we loved from season one.

I enjoy the issues they cover and the way they allow a bit of investigative work come into play without CSI-ing you to death with it. Earl completely entrances me, I would love to have him as my angel.

I already know that 2010 is the final season for this series, which is disturbing in a way. But, afterall, how long can you play out this same theme without it becoming redundant? Already, after only two seasons I’ve grown attached to the players and their rowdy ways. Holly Hunter is outstanding as the lead character, Grace, in this series, as well as the perimeter cast Bailey Chase, Gregory Cruz, Kenneth Johnson, Bokeem Woodbine, Laura San Giacomo, Lorraine Toussaint, and, of course, Leon Rippy as Earl.

Thanks,
Susi

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