Friends, I'm immensely relieved to report that, finally, Franco's ordeal is over. Or mostly is, at least.
Following last Friday's cliffhanger, the Franco/Jim Harvey confrontation was resolved within the first two episodes of this week.
As expected, the showdown between Franco and Jim confirmed what we'd all long expected: Jim was a sexual predator, and he'd abused Franco as a kid.
Obviously, this is a heartbreaking and awful reveal. However, I still think the writers dragged it out far past the point of interest. It felt like this story was never going to end after a while.
That said, once it did end, it ended really well.
I mentioned in last week's review that I foresaw Franco killing Harvey, condemning us all to a drawn out murder trial in which Franco would inevitably be let off the hook when the dead man's past crimes were revealed.
Amazingly, we were spared all that.
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Roger Howarth is extremely talented – there's no denying that. His performance during the confrontation sequence at his art studio and with Kevin afterwards was stunning, raw, and emotional.
Even if you don't care for Franco, I can't imagine you didn't feel for the guy, even a little.
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I was pleasantly surprised at the way the confrontation unfolded. Rather than killing him immediately, Franco had the wherewithal to force Jim to pen a full confession, getting the child abuser to list the other kids he had preyed upon.
That was smart and selfless, as it would undoubtedly help Jim's other victims heal.
The writers also managed to write Jim's death as an inevitability by having him overpower Franco and attempt to kill him. Drew intervening by shooting Jim was a clear case of defense.
Hilariously, Drew was cleared of the crime so quickly I don't even recall seeing it happen on screen.
Of course, the story isn't exactly over just because Jim is dead. It seems that, understandably, Franco will be working through his trauma with Kevin. For however long it is until Kevin – like Laura and Scott – is given the boot. (Writers: Please do not get rid of Kevin!)
It's understandable that Franco would fear his own abuse might have made him more likely to abuse kids. But I can't say I didn't groan a little bit when Franco declined Liz's offer to go home.
I don't mind Franco as a character, and I don't particularly mind Friz. I thought, in the early stages, they had great, angsty build-up. But now, they're completely flat, and this story they're involved in is entirely unengaging.
I'm not sure where Franco and Friz can go from here. But the writers better work to revive them, stat.