No “Tomorrow”: 19-2 clocks out for the last time

I just didn’t want any of my favourite characters to get killed. Yes, that was the low bar I’d set for myself heading into Monday’s series finale of 19-2. As long as Ben, Nick, Bear, Audrey and the rest closed out the show intact I would be happy.

But would “Tomorrow,” written by Bruce M. Smith and directed by Louis Choquette, come through? With an episode synopsis teasing, “The squad works a full moon shift. Suarez and Beatrice get unexpected news. Ben’s brother brings him a gift from home and the squad races to prevent a tragedy,” I wasn’t sure. The full moon brings out the crazy and the weird and the word “tragedy” resulted in heart palpitations, especially with so much drama in last week’s instalment. Was Ben finally free of the mob? Did Nick make a mistake having Farah’s ex-husband arrested? And just who was that mysterious grave dug for?

“Tomorrow” began innocently enough, with 19 attempting to stop the driver of a stolen snowplough from wreaking havoc in the city. The guy finally stopped—after running out of gas—and we were given a treat a long time coming: Audrey and Tyler were teamed for the very first time. We also found out why they’re paired up: Dulac wanted to ride solo. Suarez’s arrival on the scene meant confirmation nothing bad is going into Ben’s file and that Ben had a summons to appear in court regarding the arrest of Farah’s ex.

Then, with one phone call, emotions were high: Ben’s brother, Mark, wanted to meet up with some their father’s items. But before the siblings could suss out the details, 19-2 pulled over a truck packed with metal storage drums. One was leaking, which led to the most Canadian of storylines: stolen maple syrup. 19-2 is not known for its comedic moments, so Nick slipping in syrup and landing on his ass was a scream. One final shot of the liquid oozing into the street—on a sub-zero night, no less—had me concerned that storyline wasn’t headed for a fun conclusion. Suarez spinning his car in it furthered my fear and I yelled at all three to get the hell off the road. Luckily, the storyline never went further than that.

Meanwhile, Bear had her hands full when a young woman, her baby and her father showed up at 19. Dad wanted to file a restraining order against his son-in-law, but his daughter chalked it up to a misunderstanding. 19-2 has dealt with spousal abuse before and I suspected this case would get ugly fast. The woman, Joanie, didn’t want to make a statement, and the trio left. One dropped 911 call later and Audrey and Tyler were plunged into a horrific situation: Joanie’s dead father surrounded by blood splatters up the wall and all over the room. (I visibly cringed when Tyler went down the hall to search other rooms and breathed out in relief when no one else was there.) It was all-hands-on-deck to find Karl Lucas—assumed to be the perp—before he could find his wife and baby.

As for Dulac, Suarez’s damaged car meant they teamed up for the night. There was a frank discussion, and Dulac revealed he was stuck in 19 because his family isn’t filled with quitters. Dulac is a fascinating character. At first, I figured he’d be the comic relief but he’s turned into a deeply conflicted guy who just doesn’t fit in with the rest of his squad.

Dulac and Suarez thought they had captured Karl, but it wasn’t him. Instead, Karl arrived at Joanie’s house while Nick and Ben were there. 19-2 had their guard down—Suarez and Dulac thought they had him in custody—and things went from bad to awful. No, no, NO, I said out loud as the thumping music began and Karl entered the home. Thankfully, Suarez realized his mistake and Ben alerted Nick as Karl lunged forward, swinging a hammer; the duo subdued Karl without injury (Karl wasn’t so lucky.) It was emotional enough to have Ben cradling Joanie’s baby in his arms; having Amelie there, telling him it was “a good day,” and it suddenly got very dusty in my basement. (Darn allergies!) That was good news. Even better news? Bear’s assignment came in: she was 19’s new sergeant.

When Ben and Mark did connect, Ben was in for a surprise: a dead deer their father shot but couldn’t keep because he’s not supposed to have access to firearms. There was a bit of symbolism in this: Ben has been referred to as “Bambi,” by Nick since their first day together and Ben has had visions of the innocent animal dancing in and out of his life during the last four seasons. Was the dead deer a symbol of Ben’s innocence dying? It sure felt like that’s what Smith was telling us. The butchered deer gave Audrey and idea … and she was off.

Nick saw his personal life rebound from two weeks ago. After heading to the waiting room while Ben was in court, Nick ran into Farah’s son, Antoine, and learned his father had stolen $800 from him. The pair bonded over fathers with criminal pasts and candy, leaving the door open for a possible reconciliation with Farah.

Some of the most memorable and enjoyable scenes in 19-2 are when the squad gets together to celebrate, so I was thrilled to see the key characters reunite for a tourtiere feast at Ben’s place. We were introduced to Tyler’s gal pal—the dispatcher he’s been speaking all sultry to all season—and Liam swung by too. We were also shown those left out of the party; the living in Dulac and Gendron and the dead in J.M., J.P., Amelie, Kaz, Houle and the high school gunman. So many ghosts haunting 19.

“Nick,” Ben yelled to his partner in the show’s closing moments. “It was a good day.” Nick nodded, smiled, and left to meet Farah.

Who have been your favourite 19-2 characters? Which storylines have you enjoyed the most? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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7 thoughts on “No “Tomorrow”: 19-2 clocks out for the last time”

  1. I will really miss this show. I, too, feared what would come in the finale and was so very thankful they all made it to the end.
    The characters are so fully realized, so conflicted, and their stories are so fascinating. Great acting, directing and writing- what more could you ask?
    Au revoir, 19-2.

  2. I too will miss this hard hitting, tension packed series. The conflicted characters and real life depiction, makes one appreciate the life of a street cop and how difficult a job they face in being a ‘good cop’. The extreme toll their occupation puts on their personal lives, and the complicated nuances of how they therefore, lead their lives. This show also felt somehow very Canadian, and very different from recent American offerings, that portray policing in their backdrop.

  3. I enjoyed this episode. I feared that the ending would in someway resemble the ending of The Shield (arguably the only other cop show to hold a candle to 19-2) and we would see Ben gunned down by the mob or perhaps another suicide. Thankfully, it ended on a good note. I am surprised with all the returns in this episode that Theo didn’t make a return. I am not shocked, but it was funny how they revealed Suarez as being gay (unless I totally am forgetting something from a previous season), not that it makes a lick of difference. Just seemed like an odd throw away and at first I thought his companion was just one of the extras from 19 that worked with them but wasn’t a character.

    The one thing I find funny about this show (and most cop shows really) is that the whole story arc seems to ignore that police stations are 24 hour places with multiple shifts and cops from different shifts passing in the hallways. Where this struck me as most prevalent was where the Commander left at the end of the episode. The police station was largely dark, that would not be, as even if the brass was leaving, the lights would be on for whoever else drives 19-2 etc. on opposite shifts. Also, Bear and Suarez aren’t THE sergeants at their posts, they are A sergeant at their posts. Obviously, when their shift ends another sergeant takes command. A very minor quibble about the genre in general, that I only notice as my own father was a police officer. So I know that when one shift ends, it isn’t the end of the day for the building like it may be in an office setting.

    I am disappointed that they (or the network) decided to end the series after 4 seasons. I also thought the move to CTV was misguided, this season felt slightly sanitized for broadcast TV compared to earlier seasons on Bravo. Granted, I am not sure what would have been edited out and I suspect they did not know of the move to CTV until after shooting had wrapped judging by the weather in the finale. So it may just be that they intentionally toned down some of it for whatever reason.

  4. This show really was pleasant to watch and kept me glued to my seat week in and week out. The characters were well developed and the acting was phenomenal. JM was someone we loved to hate. I really loved his character and how it kept everyone else on edge. The rookie was fantastic as well. Not everyone gets along at work and the fact that his character was just starting to develop, makes me sad we will not see any more of this show. Yes it was about Chartier and Nick but it was much more. Many of my friends are police officers in Montreal and they have mentioned many times about the realism of the episodes and how accurate they are. Well done and gone before it had too!

    1. The emotion shown by Chartier and Nick when they returned to the school was very powerful. Not only was that original school shooting episode riveting, but their return shows how affected they really are by the job that they do. These things stay with you forever and the way this show portrays these scenes is amazing. You can not help but feel for these characters and when a show can leave you with such emotion, you know that it is well written and well acted. Proud of this canadian show bot english and french versions

  5. Definitely one of the finest dramas Canada has ever produced, and in both official languages. But I hated the way Bell Media treated it on the main network. It was more important to them to promote a new US series than the finale of this amazing homegrown show, which it used to air in the worst possible timeslot. I shall miss it and I think of the show when I visit Montreal! Also the soundtrack is very haunting (esp in the original version – the scene where the gang went after Audrey’s attacker is riveting, it is on YouTube ’19-2 La Chasse’)

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