Officer Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) psyches himself up to go after the shooter targeting Interim Police Chief Trout (Anthony Michael Hall), even if it requires dying “in a hailstorm of bullets” (something Trout is willing to live with), but when Marlowe (Kristy Swanson) breaks the news about her pregnancy the SBPD’s former Chief Detective finds himself less willing to put his life on the line. Enlisting the help of Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill), who are still banned from working for the department and are struggling with Shawn’s ridiculous new plan to transform himself into a life coach, Lassiter brings in Trout’s mother (Celia Weston) as their leading suspect.
After cowardly Lassiter is unable to stop the killer from murdering a man as equally obnoxious as Trout, Lassiter finds himself facing possible termination. Misreading Lassiter’s behavior, his visit to the doctor, and his new wil as signs of his friend’s impending demise, Shawn, Gus, and and Interim Head Detective Juliet (Maggie Lawson) attempt to rally their friend for one last win. But the murder of the team’s new leading suspect, yet another a-hole, leaves the group back at square one.
The storyline comes full circle as the team uncovers their murderer (Patrick Gilmore), who was actually pushed over the edge by some of Shawn’s S.E.I.Z.E. advice (a running gag that runs out of gas far to early for the number of times its brought back over the course of the episode), and Lassiter conquers his fear and gets his mojo back while making the collar.
The S.E.I.Z.E. moments are less impressive with each new letter, but the fact that a confused Carlton is actually desperate enough to take Shawn’s ridiculous advice is pretty funny. The goofiness of Carlton’s cowardice is another element that eventually plays itself out as well. I’m already tired of Trout and his version of the SBPD (which throws the dynamic of the entire show slightly out of whack). Hopefully Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) will return from her suspension with appropriate haste. Although still entertaining, the episode is one of the weakest of the series in recent memory (especially compared to last week’s terrific season premiere), but ends on a nice note with a conversation between Lassie and Henry (Corbin Bernsen) about fatherhood and it will be interesting to see if little Lassie makes it into the world before the show comes to a close at the end of the season.