“Unnecessary Roughness” (02/22/17) – A murder involving a high school football phenomenon draws Riggs and Murtaugh into the lucrative – and corrupt – world of college recruiting.
Meanwhile, Murtaugh considers a big change in his professional life, and Riggs contemplates an even bigger shift in his personal life, as he spends more time with DEA Agent Karen Palmer (guest star Hilarie Burton) in the all-new “Unnecessary Roughness” episode of LETHAL WEAPON airing Wednesday, Feb. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Guest starring in this episode are Michele Mitchenor as Sonya Bailey, Hilarie Burton as Agent Karen Palmer, Chris Tavarez as Jesse Raines, Joyful Drake as Tanya Raines, Robert Curtis Brown as Walter Hancock, Robert Arce as Detective Shepherd, Michael J. Harney as Mike Ramos, Chin Yere as Jenna, James Black as Benny Barns, and David Klency as Wendell.
Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, “Lethal Weapon” reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired up with Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique.
When Captain Brooks Avery (Kevin Rahm, “Mad Men”) assigns them their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh into a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he’s got a wife, Trish (Keesha Sharp, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”), teenagers Roger, Jr. (Dante Brown, “Mr. Robinson”) and Riana (newcomer Chandler Kinney) and a newborn baby.
Riggs’ life-on-the-edge attitude makes him a priority case for the department’s psychologist, Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill (Jordana Brewster, “Furious 7”). Rounding out the precinct is Scorsese (Johnathan Fernandez, “Girls,” “Younger”), a pathologist with the LAPD who got his nickname after a stint in film school, which no one will let him forget.
By the time their first investigation ends, Riggs realizes he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend, Murtaugh. And even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first…
“Lethal Weapon” is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller (“Forever,” “The 100”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Forever,” “Veronica Mars”) and McG (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “The O.C.,” “Charlie’s Angels”) serve as executive producers.