Delinda survived the explosion and shared the news with Danny that she’s pregnant. Sam survived the kidnapping and attempted rape by pushing creepy billionaire Vince out of a plane at 15,000 feet to his death. A Montecito employee robbed the casino, and Ed busted him. Mary’s pedophile dad took three bullets to the chest, courtesy of Mary and Ed. Consequently, Ed, Jillian, and Mary are all on the run from the cops. And the Montecito has a new owner with a passion for cowboy boots, A.J. Cooper, aka Tom Selleck.
Cooper made quite an impression on his first day. We first saw him on a horse, riding the range, before writing a check for $241 million to buy the Montecito. He gave away a fleet of cars and $3 million dollars in cash and let a card cheater go, after making him lose all his ill-gotten winnings. His management style couldn’t be more opposite of Ed Deline’s.
Selleck’s character is eccentric, shaking things up with his “Anything Can Happen” campaign. He doesn’t yet have the effortless chemistry with Josh Duhamel and company that James Cann and Dean Cain did, but I think that’s because his character is supposed to be adversarial with the team at the onset. Cooper is trying to decide if he wants to fire anyone. Cooper came across as a bit cold to the employees, but it worked for him because his character is supposed to be intimidating. He was. Even marine Danny was rattled.
Fans were worried about the future of Las Vegas when news broke last year that Caan and Nikki Cox were leaving the show. Based on the premiere, I’d say that Las Vegas is in good shape. The trademark humor is still intact. From Mike’s fetal development lecture, to Delinda’s morning sickness and growing boobs, to Sam’s fast-talking, there were plenty of laughs. The best line of the night though went to manicurist Polly, who with her broken English, managed to bust an inside joke about Rosie O’Donnell. While giving Selleck’s character a manicure, she told him the Montecito needed a makeover, “like Rosie O’Donnell.” (O’Donnell once rudely went off on Selleck during an appearance on her talk show for his support of the NRA.)
My only beef with the show was the way Ed’s exit was handled. Making him a fugitive is a hard pill to swallow, considering he now has a grandchild on the way that I’m sure he and Jillian will want to see. Couldn’t Ed and Jillian have retired to a golf community somewhere instead?
Next week looks to be even better, as Mike and Danny vie for the top-dog job. It looks like Mike is the frontrunner at this point, but Cooper is a former marine, as is Danny, so they share that bond.
After Friday’s premiere, Josh Duhamel chatted with fans at NBC.com. If you missed it, check out the transcript here.
What did you think of Selleck and the new sheriff in town? Did you feel a huge, gaping hole with Ed and Mary gone? Share your thoughts in the comments below.