The third season of Franklin & Bash has been the best of the series so far. While the chemistry between its leads has always been on point, the cases have been much better this time around. In “Control” Peter and Jared try to take down a heckler. As fun as that sounds, nothing really memorable really happened this week. It was a bit of a let down.

The Players:

  • Director: Michael Zinberg
  • Writer: Jamie Pachino and Matt McGuinness
  • Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Heather Locklear, Malcolm McDowell, Tricia Helfer, Reed Diamond, Kumail Nanjiani

Episode Title: “Control”

Peter and Jared attempt to silence a heckler. Meanwhile, Rachel handles her family’s litigation, and Karp’s mentor is found dead on a golf course. Also, Peter and Charlie’s relationship takes a back seat to her career.

The Good:

  • Grumpy Old Men: Watching grumpy old men argue is like watching puppy videos on YouTube – cute, funny and it never gets dull. Mind you, the grumpy old men on this show – Judge Henry Dinsdale (Buck Henry) and Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) – will never be quite as funny as the original GOM, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, but they’re still pretty amusing.
  • The Heckler: For what it’s worth, the heckler storyline was semi-original. Here you have a failed comedian turned heckler-for-hire whose job is to annoy the hell out of a baseball player for another baseball player’s advantage. Sure, the story got predictable towards the end, but don’t you just love the way Franklin and Bash always end up bullying the bullies?

The Bad:

  • Romance In Court: Peter is still keen on making his relationship with Charlie work. When she breaks things off, he sues her to get her to talk to him. Even for him, this move was a bit ridiculous. But that aside, his “suing her strategy” worked and now they’re together again. Not the outcome we were hoping for. He’s just so much better when he’s alone.
  • Family Issues: Things got a bit dramatic when Rachel King’s brother Hugh King (Sam Hennings) showed up with a horse semen legal problem. You would think a case like this would be funny (what with the semen and all) but you’d be wrong. We said it once before and we’ll say it again, drama doesn’t really fit into the Franklin & Bash world. Heather Locklear is a good actress, but she can take her drama skills somewhere else. We’re not all that invested in King family issues.


“Control” was a bit of a disappointment. There weren’t any memorable moments, nor any specifically funny lines or pop culture references. The grumpy old men seem to be having more fun than Franklin and Bash, and that’s never a good sign.

Rating: 6/10

Franklin and Bash airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on TNT.

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