Warning: Spoiler Alert
So, Beckett is back being an NYPD Homicide Detective ... and it only took one episode from her getting fired from her last job. That seemed kind of fast. Sure, it was bound to happen, and I am sure that everyone knew that it was going to happen eventually, but ... come on. Did it really need to happen in the episode directly after she got fired? If Captain Gates was willing to let her come on as a consultant for this case, I don't see how she wouldn't be willing to let her be a consultant for a while longer. Yeah, I know that I was saying that the show didn't feel right unless it was taking place in NYC and the boys weren't involved, but that just felt like it was moving a little bit too quickly. It wouldn't have hurt to let it go a little bit (for at least a few episodes) and have her be a "consulting detective" (a la Sherlock Holmes). And even if she may not necessarily have wanted to be a PI, that doesn't mean that she wouldn't have been good at that either (and still would have been able to help the boys out with their cases, since she still has all of the training).
Yeah, I'm sure this looks like I can never be happy when it comes to this show, and I wouldn't be able to blame someone for thinking that. It's just that there are some things that kind of irk me ... like how much (and how often) I want to shake the hell out of Beckett, or how sometimes things seem to cycle a little too quickly (and without really exploring what some things may do to the characters emotionally or mentally).
That all being sad ... I am glad that the killer ended up being someone other than the brother that it might have been ... especially since that really would have entirely too easy. It almost seemed as if the brother was put in there so that we would think that it might have been him, and so the writers could go "psych!" A red herring is going to be needed every once in a while in these kind of stories (or sometimes all of the time).
I was also really glad to find out that homegirl wasn't the one who killed her boyfriend. She may have done some things that made it look suspicious, and there were some things out of her control that conspired against her, but that doesn't mean that she was a bad person (or that she would have done anything to her boyfriend, who she really seemed to love). It's sad that there appears to be a bit of bias against people who have some level of mental or emotional illness, but the fact that they suffer doesn't make them bad people (they just sometimes need a little more help than someone who doesn't have those kind of issues).
I wonder what's going to happen to the new guy ... the one that took over for Beckett when she left. He's got to go, that much is clear, but I wonder where they're going to transfer him. Hopefully not somewhere too bad; he may not have fit in yet, but he was trying.