Episode Title: "The Wife's Tale"
Story: Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is ready to take on his first case post-Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma), but his normal routine of snarking off and playing around with his clients gets a grimmer coat of paint when the security contractor is tasked with cleaning up a mistake he made in the past. Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley), meanwhile, does his best to help Chance with his typical behind-the-scenes operations, but his methods are questioned by new recruit Ames (Janet Montgomery).
As Chance's mission continues, Winston (Chi McBride) finds himself defending the ex-assassin's troubled past to the new boss.
Forgiveness Ain't Cheap: In "The Wife's Tale," Chance is back in the swing of things, out on the streets and in the thick of the action for the first time since protecting Ilsa Pucci in the second season premiere. But Chance's latest mission is far from conventional: he's tasked with protecting the wife of a man he murdered seven years earlier. Chance does his best to keep the secret from his new client throughout the episode, but when the truth comes out, she's far from pleased — so much so that the fact that he saved her life from certain doom isn't enough to get her to forgive Chance for his actions so many years ago.
As painful as it must have been for Chance to go through, the events of "The Wife's Tale" were thoroughly enjoyable for the folks watching at home. Putting aside all of the great action in this episode — the hand-to-hand combat sequence between Chance and the assassin at episode's end was truly heart-stopping — the hour's real kicker was the realization that no matter what Chance does, he can't make up for every bad deed he did in his earlier life. He can only do his best; really, it's all any of us can do.
Guerrero and Ames had some fun moments together, though I'm still unconvinced that adding Ames (and Ilsa, for that matter) to the main cast was a good choice. It's early days yet of course, but so far, the characters are just around to nag our core heroes over and over again: "I can do this, put me in coach" for Ames, "This is deplorable and I won't finance it; okay, maybe I will" for Ilsa. It's a bit boring after two episodes in a row of the same schtick; hopefully we see more shades of Ames and Ilsa soon.
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