Television Review: Saving Grace, "We're Already Here"
by R.J. Carter
Published: June 16, 2009
The third season of the uniquely compelling Saving Grace premieres tonight with "We're Already Here," an episode that explores the relationship between Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter, "Raising Arizona") and fellow Oklahoma City officer Ham Dewey (Kenny Johnson). But what Grace hasn't shared with Ham is that she follows tips from Earl (Leon Rippy), her "last-chance" angel whose job it is to push Grace to God before her time runs out.
After committing an act of bridge vandalism in the name of the old alma mater, Grace follows up on a drug using woman (Yaani King) whose boyfriend (Owen Beckman) abuses her. The woman, Neely, has something special in common with Grace -- they both share Earl as their last-chance angel, only Neely is still deeply in denial, believing Earl (and Grace) to be demons sent to torment her. But as Grace finally has a possible breakthrough with Neely, things take a nasty turn when the boyfriend turns back up and the investigation exposes a deadly serious ring planning a large act of domestic terrorism -- something the Oklahoma City PD is quite sensitive to.
Saving Grace is an unusual show, yet relentlessly captures the attention. The characters can so easily flow from deadly situations to practical jokes, that it becomes plain that Grace isn't the only one with some serious mental protections in place (even if they're not as self-destructive as Grace's).
The producers promise that this third season will begin to reveal a portion of what God's plan is for Grace, and what Earl's part to play in that will be even as Earl himself faces unexpected obstacles -- not the least of which will be another angel appearing to take over his mentoring of Grace. Additionally, Grace and Neely will explore what the mysterious connection between the two of them must be, while other supporting characters will undergo trials and tribulations of their own, all of which will impact Grace.
Saving Grace season three premieres Tuesday, June 16 on TNT, 10|9c.
Photo credit: Erik Heinila