PART TWO... (yeah, yeah, I'm going to bed after this ;) )
I have a gut feeling they might be setting Hooten up for a fall, eventually (we'll see) though I agree with your general sentiment there. And it's entirely to Fred's credit that he is SO rage inducing. ;) But it's getting harder and harder to watch each week, for sure; there needs to be more yank-out-the-rug developments in 311, as with what happened last week when we realized Hooten was congratulating Ty's efforts. Sydney REALLY pushed back there for a moment, but I would have liked to see her do it harder and in a more sustained fashion; of course, it's probably in character for her not to since I still feel like there is a mentor/protege through-line with those two that they are setting up for further development. (It did seem also as though Hooten was particularly twitchy when he was admonishing Syd because it was more upsetting for him to do so.)
Agreed re: Gato in the operating room, though threatening to hit Buck (twice) was pretty classic. ;) And it's worth noting that Buck being Buck was nicely countered by Buck being the one to immediately run into Hooten's office and put his neck on the line for Delaney.
The Park/Ty scene was FANTASTIC. Every bit of it. And "We KNOW who you are, Fran" made me choke on a sip of water, I laughed so hard. :D