Remakes, reboots, sequels…there seems to be so many of them right now. Turner & Hooch has a lot to live up to because of the original. But hell, you put Tom Hanks in anything and remake it, a person has a lot to live up to.
But Josh Peck doesn’t seem afraid to step into any role no matter what it is. He’s taking on the role originated by Tom Hanks, Scott Turner – well kinda. He’s playing Scott Turner Jr. and that we’re okay with. I have to admit I am loving his apartment more than him in the opening scene. It looks as if The Home Edit organizing was put into play and we’re all for that. BUT, that being said, we’re a little worried about Turner because it seems his closest friend is his rumba and that’s just pathetic.
But he still cute.
Let me say right now that this show doesn’t do a disservice to the original movie, it pays homage to it, while reinventing for a new Scott Turner.
LETS SERVE A WARRANT
Turner’s partner, Jessica, may be my new favorite human. Like I love her on a whole other level. Her sarcasm, bluntness, and all sorts of fuck you attitude is what I love. She’s pregnant and she’s sick and tired of people treating her like that means she has disease and can’t do anything.
She is like no nonsense and her comedic timing is on point. I love her. I want to be her.
The two of them are serving a warrant on someone who hacked the Social Security system and has been sending themselves checks. Turner takes the front and she takes the back. Lester’s (dude they are arresting) Grandma answers the door and tries to cover for him, but his dumb ass makes himself known.
Lester is throwing shit, Turners catching it and then gets hit. Lester charges through a window and gets hurt on the way down. But he keeps on going. Turner jumps through the window like he’s Superman and I can’t help but laugh.
Look, I know that procedural shows are not always filled with realness and this is a Disney show, but jumping through a window and posing like Black Widow makes me LOL. Turner has skills apparently beyond his organizational ones.
The banter between Baxter and Turner is one of the best things about the episode. These two make a great team and we’re looking forward to whatever comes our way with them. Though I admit, I didn’t want to get too emotionally involved because I know that Hooch is coming and that means that Turner is about to get a new partner.
When they bring Lester in, we learn one thing, Xavier is apparently the cool agent that everyone wants approval from. I think he’s a tool.
LET’S HELP THE FBI
The chief wants to see Baxter and Turner when they come in. When my boss wants to see me, I have a little bit of a panic attack, but I also know that is because I care about my job. However these two are good with it. For them it’s a job assignment. They don’t think they’ve did anything wrong, like most people do.
The FBI wants their help in protecting someone for a trial and until they testify. Larry was part of a bank heist group and he turned state’s evidence. Larry is also an asshole and a little too sure of himself in my opinion. But I know in the context of the show, his cockiness is meant for comedic relief, but in the same moment, it becomes a lot later in the episode.
I know that it is the first episode of Turner & Hooch and so I am not going to drag it in any way, because a lot of pilots aren’t the strongest episodes, but it’s a part of finding the show’s way. I know it is about character evolution and in the first episode the writers may not have everything the way that they want it to be. But also, what I do know is that for others the amount of Larry’s shit talking throughout the episode may be funny. And that’s okay too.
To no one’s surprise the safe house that they put Larry in was hit by a group of men and they kidnapped Larry. The ambush caught the US Marshals off guard and one was shot. Baxter is able to communicate to Turner that they fled in a silver suburban, which again, to no one’s surprise, drives past Turner at the exact moment.
Chase ensues and I have to admit, Turner is a pretty good driver. It was some wanna be Fast & Furious driving, with Hooch trying to distract him along the way. The chase the group into an alley and he looses them.
Now, I get at this point, Turner doesn’t know Hooch, but when Hooch goes straight for a trash bag, and is digging for something, I am like someone should listen. But he’s so caught up in not paying attention to the signs around him that he doesn’t.
HERE’S WHAT YOUR DAD LEFT YOU
How did Hooch come into the picture? Well, we should back up a little bit.
Turner’s Mom has been trying to reach him and he’s been avoiding the calls. His father passed away recently, he’s wrapped up in work, and avoiding personal life. He recently broke up with his girlfriend. Tuner seems put off by personal relationships.
Avoiding your Moms calls though only means that she’s going to send your sister to you. And she is going to show up with a big ass dog.
What we find sad from the beginning is that Scott didn’t even know that his Dad had a dog. Like how do you not know? Laura calls him out and says he would know if he went home or came around.
Hooch is a big ass dog, a drool machine, and I can’t stop laughing as he destroys Scott’s apartment. Also in the same moment having a panic attack because the mess alone would give me a heart attack. I mean the cleanup alone. That and then Hooch killed the rumba, which is Turner’s only real friend.
Turner’s Dad left him a letter as to why he was leaving him Hooch, but Scott resists reading it. I am thinking it’s because he feels bad, but I am not sure. Honestly, the thing that I don’t like about this episode is that I feel less of a connection with Turner than other characters. I am hoping that grows with every episode, so I am not complaining as of yet.
SOLVING THE CASE
The Chief is pissed that Baxter and Turner lost the witness, but like hey, they didn’t. Everything is coming up inside job, but of course the boss wants to look good. He’s lost in between scolding them and wondering why Hooch is there and in between his legs.
The FBI wants them off the case. Baxter and Turner aren’t happy but what can you do. Hooch tells them. He can snap at the lawyer or is it the FBI agent.
Enter Erica and us seeing how clueless Turner is. Erica trains all of the Marshal’s dogs and she’s taken Turner there to get some help with Hooch. Erica sees Turner and if this was a cartoon, heart eyes would be animated all around her.
Hooch is actually well trained, Erica demonstrates that. She’s throwing all of the signs at Turner that she’s interested, he’s oblivious. But what she’s also doing is dropping some knowledge on dogs that will help Turner solve the case.
He realizes that this has to be an inside job. He thinks it’s the FBI agent and that Hooch had been barking at him, not the lawyer. He goes and grabs Baxter to tail him and go figure – they were right.
Action ensues and they are able to save Larry, who really doesn’t ever stop talking. Someone tell him not everything needs to be said.
It’s in the rescue of Larry that Turner realizes that his Dad knew what he was doing and he really does like having Hooch around. It’s some emotional moments, that I am pretty sure wouldn’t happen in a shootout, but what do I know.
The Chief isn’t happy with them for not listening to him when he says they are off the case, but is also like good job you two. Erica is there, she’s going to train Hooch (I’m thinking she needs to train Turner on how to deal with a dog more). Hooch is an asset to the organization. He’s an asset to Turner’s life.
We’ll see how it goes.
- The FBI dude gives me the creeps. Also just because you are in debt doesn’t mean you kidnap a witness, dumbass.
- Seriously, all that drool coming out of Hooch makes me wanna vomit.
- I really want Scott’s super clean apartment. And so organized.
- Turner’s nephew pointing out to him why Hooch is great and talking to him about Grandpa… sometimes kids are just so real and cute.
- Turner telling Hooch that he was his forever dog in the middle of a fire and shootout – I mean… I don’t buy it.
- Baxter putting her husband in his place – HERE FOR IT
- Laura fixing the apartment, I was like yes girl. Also I was like Turner, what is wrong with you.
- I don’t like how everyone treats Baxter like she’s broken cause she’s pregnant, but respect that she puts everyone in their place.
- Turner trying to give Hooch ground rules – that was cute.
- Not really into the end of the show, where Laura calls and says she thinks her Dad was working on a big case. I get why it was there, but it feels rushed and weirdly placed.