‘Deputy’ 1×08 Review: “Selfless”

Here’s what is wrong with Deputy – it doesn’t remain consistent. One week it tells compelling stories and one week it’s everywhere, leaving you wondering what is happening.

That’s not to say it is a good or bad thing in everyone’s mind. But for me – I like a bit of consistency and compelling stories that make us feel for the characters. If the viewer isn’t emotionally invested, they are not going to want to keep turning in.

Cade has always been one of the most intriguing characters on the show – because you know he’s complex, but you also know that tearing away the layers of who he is will bring you to a story that will captivate and make you think twice about judgement. He’s a big teddy bear, but he’s also one of the toughest men around.

Deputy’s 8th episode, FINALLY, offered more of a well rounded approach to its cast. While it wasn’t perfect, it was one of the best episodes of the season.


While taking down a suspect (Joseph’s got his first collar – go Joe), a homeless man comes over and starts pounding on the truck and telling them dead body, dead body.

Cade tells Charlie and Joseph to take the guy they arrested in and he’ll go take a look.

Now, we all know that everything happens for a reason, so it should be no shock to any of us that this death will hit Cade hard. But to be honest, it is a shock, because they’ve not done the best job of making us feel for the characters.

The man is a marine who was bludgeoned to death. Cade was a Marine and he was not going to leave this to anyone. He was not about to leave his brother behind.

The Marine was a homeless vet, living in a tent. The world had forgotten him. Cade wasn’t going to let him be forgotten.

Dennis (The Marine), was an alcoholic. They’ve arrested a drug dealer, who the PD likes for his death, but Cade thinks this is tied to other murders.

Cade is very perceptive and they dig further to find out what happened. Here’s the thing people of the world – there are camera’s everywhere. Whatever you do, you can be caught. There is no hiding from life.

And they find video of a man going into the homeless encampment.

It turns out that the person that killed Dennis was a security guard that was hired by a developer. He thought that if there were people dying in the encampment, the police would make them disperse. Therefore his new condos would be easier to sell.

Cade and Bill go to arrest the developer and Bill – well, he’s not afraid to call a bitch out. And I have to admit that I love that about him. His bluntness is hilarious, but also admirable.

Cade – well I grew to really like him this episode. The man is tough and intimidating, but he’s also a big teddy bear that you want to hold onto. He loves deeply, whole heartedly, and with every fiber of who he is. He’s the example of you can’t judge a person by the outside, because it’s who they are on the inside that matters.

Cade just wants to be a good man. And that goodness is admirable.


Jerry – as we all know wants to be the sheriff. Everyone wants him to be the sheriff. And I get it – he’s been this man that everyone can rely on to uphold the uniformity of the office.

I admit that I understand that everything has a reason and we all may never understand those reasons, but just because things are built a certain way, doesn’t mean that change doesn’t need to happen and things need to progress.

Everyone wants Bill to put his weight behind Jerry – but for Bill, endorsing someone is a big thing.

Jerry and him have different ideals. They have very different morals. And honestly, the way that Bill is changing the department is admirable. He’s not putting up with shit and putting people first.

That’s something that doesn’t happen a lot.


Bill has had a lot happen to his family since becoming Sheriff. It’s not the toll that he thought it would take, but it’s a hard one for all of them none the less.

His wife has been held hostage.

His daughter feels more alone than ever.

Everything has become harder. Bill sees this – the way his life has affected his family, and though he knows that they can handle it, it doesn’t make it easier.

The thing about this family is that they endure. And they are strong AF.


  • Joseph trying to flirt was the funniest shit I’ve seen in awhile
  • I don’t trust Charlie
  • The guy at the end trying to pressure Bill… BIG MISTAKE. HUGE.

Deputy airs Thursday on Fox!

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