Rosewood Episode 110: To be Continued

It is apparent that Morris Chestnut was born to play Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. aka Rosie. Episode 110, which is a “to be continued” storyline, the first in the season, brings a lot of things together while keeping the “serial killer” question alive and well.


It is apparent that Morris Chestnut was born to play Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. aka Rosie. Episode 110, which is a “to be continued” storyline, the first in the season, brings a lot of things together while keeping the “serial killer” question alive and well. Chestnut fills the shoes of the self-medicating pathologist and pursuer of Detective Villa with ease.

This episode features a pretty impressive killer. One who takes out a victim’s heart through his esophagus and fills the veins around another’s brain with acrylic.  As Rosie’s mother points out, this homicidal “artiste”  is a creative whose narcissistic tendencies mean that they want to be found out.

The show starts with a game of charades. Rosie on one team, with TMI and Pippy, and Villa  with Dr. Mike (Taye Diggs) on the other. Turns out that Annalise (Jaina Lee Ortiz) is killer at the party game and Rosie’s team threaten to defect to the other side. 

A phone call interrupts the game and allows Rosewood a chance to “fix up” his pal Neil (Rodney To) who is the coroner who has a man-crush on Rosie. The first victim is delivered by Neil and he is fascinated that the man has no heart or blood and no visible wounds. 

Someone hacks the police departments computer system and leaves a clue:

“Think INSIDE the BOX”

Neil becomes a suspect and Villa, along with Rosie, visit his house and find evidence that points to the hapless coroner. He comes home and Villa finds the victim’s heart in his backpack.  It is revealed that Neil did not kill the victim, his airtight alibi was that he was having sex when the victim killed.

Away from the case, Villa and Dr. Mike are becoming quite the item. At one point the two share a shower and Boyce talks of them taking a holiday in the Keys.  Rosie is concerned and not a little jealous of the couple. He later tells Mike off when he realizes his friend was going to leave the country without telling Annalise.

Mike changes this mind and decides not to work for his favorite organization Doctors Without Borders so he can stay and be with Villa. The detective does not react well to this news and leave her birthday celebration with Mike early to be with Rosie. It seem that Villa was not as serious about the new relationship as Mike is.

Meanwhile, Rosie has patched things up with Kat (Nicole Ari Parker), as has Annalise. Later, however, when Villa comes to see Rosewood after leaving Mike in the lurch, the pathologist breaks off his conversation  with Kat and their plan-making the moment the detective shows up.

Before that interrupted phone call though, the case heats up as the local police race to catch the killer before the FBI and TMI’s former fiancee; FBI profiler Heath Casablanca (Sam Witwer). A not-so good-natured rivalry begins as Captain Hornstock professes his hate of these “full haired” young men from the bureau.

By the time Aortic Atresia & Art Installations ends, two suspects have been arrested, although the first; Neil,  is released. The second one, Roger was framed and this is discovered when Annalise shows up at Rosie’s to celebrate her birthday. The doctor’s computer system has been hacked and his monitors all say “BLACKLIGHT ME.” The pathologist does and he and Annalise discover a clue on the floor. This indicates that the police have the wrong man and the screen dissolves to “TO BE CONTINUED…”

TMI (Anna Kronkle) and Rosie (Morris Chestnut) Charades…

This show fits together like a finely constructed jigsaw puzzle. Each piece perfectly slotted into its place with no forcing necessary.  All the characters interact smoothly and effortlessly.


The scene where Rosie, and his team of TMI and Pippy are discussing the profile of the killer. His mother Donna Rosewood (Lorraine Toussaint) comes into the area to give her profile of the murderer, which is different than that given by Casablanca. 

Before and after the prognosis, Rosie admonishes his mother for “eavesdropping” and she replies that his “open office” plan makes it impossible not to:

Rosie: “Mom, this eavesdropping is becoming a problem.

Donna: “Well, you’re the one who’s built a lab with no walls. Words echo in here.”

After her profile, Mrs. Rosewood goes to leave the examination area:

Donna: “Anyway, I think I’ll just, uh, go back to my little office where, uh, I can hear everything.

Rosie: “Stop eavesdropping, mom.”

Donna: “Build some walls, son.”

This exchange is indicative of the quality direction, performances, writing and pacing of this show. The character’s interact on a genuine level and a sense of truth exists between everyone on the show.  The relationship between Pippy and TMI is lovely to see and later in the episode when  TMI ask her partner to move up the wedding date there  cannot be a dry eye in the house.

FOX have a real winner here with Rosewood and in impressive show of faiththe network have already given the order for a full season.  The series airs on Wednesdays.  This is a clever, intelligent show with humor and writing so tight it is almost screams. Watch this series and become a fan of Chestnut, the rest of the cast and thank show creator Millicent Shelton for coming up with a show that entertains almost effortlessly. 

Rosewood: Fashionistas and Fasciitiss (Review)

Pictured above are: Morris Chestnut (Rosie), Jaina Lee Ortiz as Villa and guest star Taye Diggs, as Rosewood’s competition with the woman detective in the middle. Rosewood: Fashionistas and Fasciitiss may have a storyline about murder in the Miami fashion industry, but the episode is really about love and relationships.


Pictured above are: Morris Chestnut (Rosie), Jaina Lee Ortiz as Villa and guest star Taye Diggs, as Rosewood’s competition with the woman detective in the middle. Rosewood: Fashionistas and Fasciitiss may have a storyline about murder in the Miami fashion industry, but the episode  is really about love and relationships. 

Long time fans of Diggs may remember that he was the only other survivor (along with Ali Larter) to make it out of the House on Haunted Hill, back in 1999.  They may also remember his role as Winston Shakespeare in the 1998 film How Stella Got Her Groove BackIf this trip down memory lane seems irrelevant to this episode of Rosewood, where Taye plays Dr Mike Boyce, Rosie’s best friend and completion for the attention of Villa, re-watch the episode.

Rosewood’s mother, who just announced in a previous episode, along with dad, that their marriage was over, has started dating and it is mentioned, not a few times, that:

“Stella’s getting her groove back…”

Coincidence? Not likely. The writing in this show is tight, clever and entertaining.  This is clearly a nod and wink to the guest star, who may or may not become a recurring character.  Show creatorTodd Harthan has put a lot into making this show resonant with crisp and amusing dialogue and parallel plot lines.

Hard work has gone into making Chestnut’s character, and indeed the rest of the characters, feel like a three dimensional man.  With lines that feel unscripted, which is what happens when that serendipitous mix of right actor and director combine with spot on dialogue, the entire cast of characters all feel like folks who could really exist in Miami, or anywhere else U.S.A.

Matt Cedeño (Z Nation, Power) is the suspect, who is cleared, who is  the business partner of Rosie’s childhood friend and emerging fashionista Gigi (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Matt is a regular on SyFy Channel’s Z Nation as the mercenary Vasquez and this cameo proves that his chops enable the actor to deliver what ever the role.

The main episodic plot, of someone trying to murder Gigi with bacteria,  runs along side Pippy and  TMI having relationship problems, Rosie getting jealous (sort of) about Villa and Mike being attracted to one another and Donna “getting her grove back” by spreading her wings and joining the dating site Tinder. 

Villa and Rosie, “It’s not a date…”

Taye’s character is called in to consult on Gigi’s poisoning symptoms. By the time the end credits roll, the crime is solved, Pippy and TMI have resolved their issues,  Rosie and his sister learn to deal with their mother’s new freedom and Annalise Villa takes a chance on Dr Mike.

This series is a great combination of mystery, drama, with a touch of procedural,  and gentle comedy. Dr Rosewood,  is a glib and sophisticated M.E. whose wit makes him a figure that the audience warm to immediately.  The entire cast of the show are also capable of similar feelings of warmth and acceptance by the audience.

Chestnut, who played the somewhat annoying character of Agent Rice on the TNT Sean Bean vehicle Legends has taken his character of  Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., aka Rosie, and shown that he can do something more than play a law enforcement official with tunnel vision. Morris is also a regular on the second season of Legends and his character on that show has evolved as well.

Rosewood airs Wednesdays on FOX. Tune in and watch a drama and mystery that will warm the heart and make the viewer smile.  So far, each episode of the first season has been enjoyable, entertaining and amusing.  While the network has ordered a full season of the series, there has been no word of whether the show will be renewed.  Hopefully this great ensemble piece will be allowed to return.

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