One reason that “Rosewood” works so well is that it provides, more often than not, plots that step outside the box. In “Dead Drops and Disentanglements” Hornstock’s daughter Sophie is on a date in the middle of a field when a dead parachutist falls on the car she is in.
While this inclusion of a family member in other shows would be intrusive this is “Rosewood” a procedural show set around the world of cops and pathological medicine amidst family and friends. Rosie, and his extended police family, seem to know everyone in Miami but that is what the show is about, apart from forensics, it is about family.
Take, for instance, this episode. Ostensibly it is about solving the mystery of the dead parachutist, but in reality it is all about relationships and family. Rosie and Annalise are still doing that annoying “will they, won’t they” schtick, that apparently is not going away anytime soon. But…
The main storyline is about family: Hornstock and Sophie (Amanda Leighton), Rosie and his family and Villa and her mother. (Granted the last familial duo were only glanced in on but it is part of the theme.) A secondary story arc deals with the dead man’s, and Rosie’s, connection. The heart issue and the knowledge that Rosewood has, in essence, Damocles Sword dangling over him in the guise of his health problems that will ultimately kill him regardless of precautions taken.
It is this borrowed time theme that makes Rosewood so alluring and charismatic. Rosie may only be starting to “live life large” as the dead man did, but he already is larger than life.
Back to “Dead Drops and Disentanglements,” the storyline has Rosie and Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) still having issues with their relationship while Dr. Kincaid (Joy Bryant) fills the void left by Annalise’s “disentangling” action as she moves away from Rosewood, in a romantic sense.
Rosewood is reminded of this own mortality as he works on the dead, possibly murdered, parachutist. The theme of “paying it forward” is an important part of the plot and Rosie’s family are also reminded of his own mortality by the dead man’s presence in the pathological lab.
Hornstock (Domenick Lombardozzi) has issues with his daughter Sophie who is at that awkward stage of life; 17 and struggling to make her own identity in the world. Throughout the episode Ira and his daughter bicker, argue and finally bond. Once again all about family.
On a sidenote, Amanda Leighton has not appeared in any programs that Mike’s Film Talk reviews until a few nights ago on Lifetime/LMN. The young lady played a (doomed) character named Dee in “The Cheerleader Murders” and she was very impressive. Considering her character spends much of the film off-screen, her time in front of the camera was noteworthy. Then she appears on “Rosewood” and shows that she can act her little cotton socks off on other projects as well. A performer to keep an eye on.
The comic bit with the parachute was perhaps the only outrightly t funny moment in the show. That said, Rosewood is not about the blatantly funny, his humor is witty and based upon banter. The show did act as a reminder that the pathological expert is living on borrowed time, and this may well be why Annalise is reluctant to explore the relationship that she should so obviously be in with the man.
Mutual attraction has allowed Erica Kincaid to become a (Temporary?) bedfellow of Rosewood’s and is now no longer his cardiologist. Whether this will work out over the long haul remains to be seen. The Kincaid/Rosewood romance feels a little too much like Annalise and (Mini-me Rosewood) Mike Boyce.
For those interested, the dead man was not murdered. A tumor in his carotid artery, the one in his neck, killed the poor chap dead whilst on his parachute jump before he could pull the rip-cord.
“Rosewood” airs Wednesdays on FOX. Watch this one, it is about much more than cops, pathology and procedures.