This is the last episode of the Starz series Boss. It might be the last episode of the season, or possibly the last episode period. I’ve not heard anything definitive as to whether Boss has been renewed for a third season. We’ll have to wait on that.
But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this fine production. Kelsey Grammer as the beyond evil Boss – Tom Kane, the seemingly once and forever Mayor of Chicago is superb. His role as this finely textured and totally captivating evil presence should be noted as a hallmark performance. For once we have a villain that’s out there as and most believable as man, yet his acts are incredibly evil. It’s like he does stuff that you could never imagine him doing. If this were a film instead of a TV series, we would be hissing at him in theaters all over the country. Yet, he never sinks to a level of a caricature or that of a cartoon-ish villain.
If in effect, if his is the last Boss broadcast, I shall really miss the show.
Opening scene. Meredith Kane is sworn in as the new Alderman for the 11th Ward. Nepotism lives, as Meredith is Mayor Tom Kane’s wife. Kane cracks a joke: How about that – two Kane’s for the price of one. This was something of a surprise. However it can’t be a long-term role for the marvelous Connie Nielsen. Meredith as a wife, of course, but as an un-elected City official – clearly No.
002 – Chicago Sentinel – Sam Miller and Jackie discuss the murder of Kenya Taylor. A Sentinel staffer alerts Miller that Mr. Bane – the paper’s owner wants to meet for lunch. Jackie says, I hope you have suit. Miller: I don’t need no stinkin’ suit. If Miller has nothing else, surely he isn’t lacking in confidence.
I’ve loved Troy Garity in the role for two seasons. He’s gruff, rough, and unkempt. But he’s driven and that’s admirable. Even when his grasps exceeds his reach.
003. Street scene: Ben Zajac is commenting about Tina Patterson’s death. He extends condolences to Senator Walsh as well as Ms Patterson’s family. Zajac’s wife – hears him on the car radio.
004 – City Hall. Kitty O’Neill arrives dressed in a business black suit. Ian Todd attempts to head her off. But Kane comes out of his office and signals Todd to let her pass. Kane: It must be a difficult time for you. My sympathies to your organization. Kitty – May I speak with you privately?
005 – Kane’s office – Kitty wants her job back. She says I heard Mona Fredericks quit. Kane – She was fired just like you. Kitty: I wanted out of the Walsh camp even before all this. I want back in. I thought my 8 years of service were exemplary. Kane stands signaling the interview is over. Nice to see you again, Kitty. Kitty leaves with out a job offer.
I was dead wrong about Mona. I liked her drive and intensity as well as her courage. At one point I even suggested that she could be the replacement for Kane – should he ever be expelled from office. So mark that one down in the Loss column for me.
006 – City Hall – Elevator – Kitty calls Doyle. We now see that she was operating under Doyle’s threat. Doyle wants the dirt on Kane. Kitty says, He didn’t say anything. I can’t do this. Doyle – Cooperate or be charged as a co-defendant. I have 8 years of subpoenaed files. The choice is yours.
007 – Becker’s apartment. Doyle and his police detective are there. It looks like a single gunshot wound. Self inflicted. Nazi paraphernalia on the walls and around the apartment. It looks like Becker and Langley were on the same page. Becker was the assassin who took out Ezra Stone. Looks like Kane is ridding himself of loose ends. By the way, Becker has replaced Ezra Stone in Kane’s newly recurring hallucinations. Doyle says, Let’s get our ducks in a row. Keep a lid on this. Too many cops with big mouths.
That certainly is the truth. Watch for Detective DeNovo’s appearance again.
008 – Kane’s office – Ian Todd comes running in. The State’s Attorney called. They found the man who shot Mrs. Kane. He’s dead. Suicide. apparently he and Langley knew each other, they were both insane racists or something. That’s good news. Todd steps up and says – With Mona’s departure I was assuming – Kane puts him off – Never assume anything.
You almost want to feel sorry for Ian Todd. He is very good at his job – but whenever he seeks some sort of praise from Kane – Kane shuts him down. On the other hand, Todd is a bit of a snake. There’s nothing he hasn’t done in the service of the Mayor, nor is there anything he won’t do for his own purposes.
009 – The Fredericks home; Mona is freaking out. He called her Bitsy, How did he know that Shawn? How did he know our daughter’s nickname? Shawn – Maybe you mentioned it once. Mona – Trust me. I didn’t. Mona is looking around the apartment. She looks under lampshades. After a few moments Mona notices a hole in the ceiling next to the light fixture, and another similar hole in their bedroom ceiling. Mona – He watched!