THE PSYCHIC Is this an actual thing? Psychics being consulted in police investigations, I mean? Chris and Mary Beth seem to alternate through the course of the show, with one playing devil's advocate and the other the sceptic. The show approaches the subject matter with the same healthy scepticism as the officers. It's treated with earnestness at times, allowing the audience to buy into it before there's a reveal that shows us the man behind the curtain. Adding another layer, by the show's end, only the main characters are in on the trick, leaving the masses fooled into thinking it's all real. It's a way of the writers having their cake and eating it, with a suggestion that even if they are proved wrong in their scepticism, there's still a possibility that they're correct. Since that is a key element of the plot, this gives the audience the opportunity to take the same journey and experience the same thought processes as the characters onscreen. Which the writers cleverly use as a smokescreen, an opportunity for them to create a neat little misdirect or two until some more of the puzzle is revealed. Petrie and Isbecki on the trail of the Elvis memorabilia thefts was a fail for me on a number of levels. There are so many moments of humour and quirk on this show that work because they come organically from the characters. This particular storyline felt too situational. Like it was written to try to get a few cheap laughs. Don't get me wrong - it raised a smile or two. Of course it's entertaining to see Isbecki dressed as Elvis in a lineup of other Elvises. But the bottom line is that it meant nothing for the characters' journeys. It will be forgotten by the next episode, so it's just disposable filler. It was also a definite B-story. There were no tie-ins with anything that was going on for characters in the main story. Petrie and Isbecki spent most of the episode operating in a vacuum as the episode's comic relief. Even the music score interpolated notes from Love Me Tender to drive the punchline home at key moments. I've come to expect more. A smaller storyline that did work well here was Mary Beth's concern over her perceived distance in her relationship with Harv and what that meant for her. In Who Said It's Fair, the scenes that resonated most with me were the ones in which Mary Beth was shown to be isolated in some way - the waiting room scene is the prime example. This episode has some similar moments. She doesn't verbalise what is going on. Instead, we get some very subjective scenes which allow the audience to see Mary Beth's point of view. We're privy to things only she knows. This suggests a connection to her cancer storyline. For instance, we see her putting some mascara on before entering her home. Then we have a real-time scene with Harv where - to him - everything is business as usual, as he prepares to shoot off to bowls. Along with Mary Beth, we're willing him to notice, and we share her disappointment when he doesn't. Crucially, though, it's not entirely one-sided. Harv is shown to be confused when Mary Beth wants to talk, and although we have an idea what it is about, we understand that he doesn't. So his confusion at Mary Beth's silence is understandable. Then she tells him to go off to bowls. This is where I start getting on the fence. From what I've seen of Mary Beth I want him to say no. But I also have the evidence of what he's seen, so his choice to go out is a natural one. Once again, I experience Mary Beth's disappointment. There's an interesting balance of subjectivity and objectivity to these scenes, like watching an accident play out but being powerless to stop it. I can see the distance and I can see the small things both are doing to widen it. But because I believe their actions are the most natural thing for their characters, I fully accept it. This is the complete opposite of the Elvis plot. The Laceys' storyline has minimal plot and very little going on. On the surface, it's almost a non-story. Instead, the characters just drive things gently forward by doing their thing, relying on the viewer's empathy and identification to make it work. Which is what makes it the most successful part of the episode.