Season seven episode five of Amazon’s Bosch, titled “Jury’s Still Out,” is getting more personal than ever for LAPD Detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver, Lost) as his own daughter becomes a major witness in a double homicide case. If you know Bosch, then you know that he can maintain a hardened exterior under any circumstance, but this time? Things are different.
Starting from the very title of the episode, “Jury’s Still Out,” you would assume this is a reference to the unsolved murder cases, but actually, it’s an existential nod to how Bosch is still coming to grips with his purpose.
“Do you believe in the possibility of justice in this world?” an old friend asks him.
“Jury’s still out,” says Bosch.
For a man that’s been solving homicides for over ten years, he still struggles to understand if good exists in the world and if he is a contributing factor to that good. Now, with Maddie (Madison Lintz, The Walking Dead) at risk for her involvement in one of the cases, he’s forced to ask himself if any of this is truly worth it.
Maddie was safe and sound until Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector, The Wire) accidentally blew some serious confidential information in a meeting with a suspect, revealing that Maddie had been in the room when Vincent Franzen (Reed Diamond, Dollhouse) gave a videotaped confession. Now, she has a target on her back. Franzen revealed that a man named Carl Rogers was running a huge money laundering scheme, and now viewers are left to wonder if Rogers could be the one behind the killings. Is Maddie the next target? Keep her safe, Bosch!
Meanwhile, Lt. Billets (Amy Aquino, ER) is making some major headway on a sexual harassment case in the LAPD office. She’s discovered that two of the officers have a track record for refusing to go on assignments with women and are total incels. What’s an incel you ask? In the words of Lt. Billets: “Incels: involuntary celibates, sexually repressed male supremacists.” In other words: creepy sexist as*sholes.
Instead of addressing this as a serious issue, Lt. Don Thorne (Mark Rolston, The Shawshank Redemption) writes them off as a “few bad apples.” Doesn’t he realize that this is an infestation? Here’s hoping that in the next few episodes we see some serious justice for Billets and that these “bad apples” finally get put in their place.
Elsewhere on the Hollywood scene, Edgar finally is taking some time off to focus on his mental health. Truth be told, he’s been absolutely blowing it lately. His late night benders make it difficult for him to be present in the investigations, and he’s become a liability as he continually loses his temper. He asks Lt. Billets for some time off, but what is he really doing during that time? At the end of the episode we see him camped out in his car outside of Bosch’s house spying on him and Maddie. What’s he doing there? You’ve got some explaining to do, Edgar.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10
All eight episodes of season seven of Amazon’s Bosch are now available for streaming.