Hey, the landscapers who work on my mother's yard take off their shirts so I'd argue that it's not totally gratuitous.
Fair point! The mitigating factors though would be a) he didn't even look like he'd broken a sweat, and b) none of the other guys had their shirts off. XD But who caaaaares! Wheeee. HAI BAMBER, THAR U ARE. However, the mis-identification aspect was completely real. We had the same thing happen where I live (minus the shooting aspect). Though the parents of both girls were not so easily talked out a lawsuit.
I actually had less of a problem with that than with the murder aspect. The perp reveal managed to be lazy, obvious and not just a little bit offensive, frankly. And the showrunner wrote this episode! Oy.
(Still disappointed that none of Jamie's episodes were written by Diane Ademu-John. What I managed to see of the show earlier in the season, she wrote the one episode I really liked quite a lot!)It was a small part, but I believe it accomplished a lot for him besides providing a paycheck until he gets a regular gig.
Indeed. The only other one that might be able to compare for usefulness (which dramaturgca
pointed out to me last night was Dollhouse, and that's predicated mainly on the fact that he got to play both dreamy/handsome and evil/against type in the same episode. But it was still only one ep. (He got to be evil in Outcasts, too, but much more straightforwardly. And far fewer peeps saw that. ;) )