Kim Wayans plays Jamie Sawyer's assistant Violet "Vi" Briggs in the CBS drama Reckless. Street smart, snappy, sistah-girl ways, wise like a fox, and as her ex-husband told her "able to do anything she puts her mind to", Vi is the kind of assistant everyone should have. She knows what to do and how and when to do it, and she keeps Jamie in line and on track when Jamie's emotions want to interfere with her job's demanding responsibilities and restrictions.
Like so many of the characters in Reckless, Vi has a strong streak of the right way to get things done. She's now a single mother of a daughter in college and a son in high school. Her ex is a well-known plastic surgeon who Jamie defends in a lawsuit waged against Dr. Briggs by his former lover. Winning that suit depended largely on what Vi discovered in her research.
Vi regards Jamie not only as her employer but fondly thinks of her as family, especially when Jamie considers moving back to New York following the initial dismissal of Lee Ann's case and the immediate departure of her brother after finally finding him and successfully defending him. Vi is an essential part of Jamie's practice because of her maturity, investigative skills, and the ability to see the value in Jamie's relationship with Roy Rayder, recognizing but not vocalizing their chemistry and mutual loneliness.
Vi Briggs brings a snap, crackle, and pop to Jamie's office, a colorful conglomeration of wit and wisdom, insightful analysis of circumstances, and a woman who adds empathy, toughness, and never fails to make clear the confines of the job. By so doing, she protects Jamie from her most vulnerable self.
Kim Wayans is a pleasure to watch as she continues to add on meaningful moments with Vi Briggs. Well played. And again: great casting.
Father, our ability to do the right thing lies solely in you - whether we know it or not. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The infamous former cop Lee Anne Marcus of the CBS drama Reckless is convincingly played by Australian actress Georgina Haig. In the top picture, we see the victim Lee Anne Marcus on the stand in another embarrassing exposure with Detective Terry McCandless. The second picture displays more of who Lee Anne truly is after spending the night with Terry. With just the right amount of sympathetic victimhood transforming into the intensely manipulative sexual strumpet, Lee Anne Marcus is able to use men for her personal sex slaves in order to complete her agenda. She fools us as viewers - or some of us - right up until the Series Finale. We can't decide who she really is which is exactly what Roy Rayder asks the jury in his closing statement at her trial. And right up until the Series Finale, it seems Roy Rayder is one of the few who knows exactly who Lee Anne is.
Turning her sexual charm on high for Detective Terry McCandless, he's hypnotized into believing she might actually run away with him to escape the strain and humiliation of the notorious trial. She continues to reel him into her web to insure victory in her lawsuit.
Whenever she needs to pull out the victim card with her attorney Jamie Sawyer, she dons the necessary pitiful expressions and pours out excuses while fostering just the right lies to bring Jamie back to trusting her. She turns on her southern difficult upbringing, uneducated, lower working class shtick when she's really a savvy, scheming vixen, using everyone to attain her well-strategized goal.
We don't fully realize until the end how Lee Anne's sexuality is her major skill, and she wields it like an effective tool to build her agenda.
Lee Anne Marcus doesn't miss stride when Jamie discovers she's been taken in completely by her client. Lee Anne both insults Jamie's slowness in finding out about her and threatens her with "precautions" should Jamie decide to quit her case or expose her. Lee Anne's objective about wanting to have what she'd need to care for her paraplegic husband Arliss, who is missing and presumed dead after seeing the televised sex tape of his wife with several police officers, rings as untrue as all of the concocted tales she's told to put herself in position for a huge payoff.
If you enjoy symbolism, as I confess I do, in the confrontational scene with Jamie, Lee Anne luxuriates by the pool with her porcelain white skin contrasting to her blood red bikini. The "purity" of her skin clashes with the symbolically evil and/or passionate red of the bathing suit. And when she dives into the pool, the water which can symbolize cleansing or purification, only serves to hide or immerse her in her own rebellion. There is no holiness in her water.
When it's revealed in the Series Finale with whom Lee Anne has been secretly linked to set up this trial, the depth of the deception is well past scandalous.
Finally when she is confronted by her husband Arliss at Jamie's office, she seems to actually struggle with his request, but he knows immediately from her response that she's put everything ahead of him. Even his encouraging words to her no longer can reach the hardened heart of the woman he loves. Her wickedness has consumed her and the shred of decency she could cling to with him is gone.
As viewers, we're left slack-jawed at the amazing turn of events. We wonder if Lee Anne's story is finished when Roy promises the City will appeal the ruling. And will she continue to pursue Terry McCandless as she suggests in their final contact? Is she really a sociopath?
More fine casting of Georgina Haig who was able to convince us to hurt with her and then to detest her at the end.
Lord, we're all immersed in sin without you. We're desperate for you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Shawn Hatosy plays the obnoxious, corrupt, cynical, notorious, and lovestruck Detective Terry McCandless in the CBS summer replacement drama Reckless. In the first picture above you see Terry with his formerly disgraced cop father Pat McCandless, the reason for much of Terry's self-centered thinking and corruption. Like father, like son. To a degree. Pat McCandless lives with Terry until this scene where Terry confronts him about the bombing of Lee Anne Marcus's home and Pat is hauled away by the Charleston PD.
Terry McCandless is the primary focus of an undercover operation in the CPD investigating corruption in the department. In the second picture you see Terry with a briefcase full of money received from a gun-runner, who is a commercial celebrity and seller of jet skis, for delivering a gym bag full of unmarked handguns from the evidence locker and for which he uses Detective Preston Cruz to assist him, not realizing Preston is the Deputy Chief of Police's plant to expose Terry and his corrupt operations.
Terry's an enigma. He's got that bad boy persona with just a hint of goodness surfacing when it's unexpected. "Boy" being the descriptive word of choice because of his young and cocky behavior and looks, even when he's in huge trouble or danger, and because he seems to be a total sap when under the spell of Lee Anne Marcus. But the savvy side of Terry rises up when put in a pinch, when he's forced to shift the blame in order not to be caught. It finally backfires on him when Jamie Sawyer's assistant Vi Briggs discovers he bribed her daughter to plant a camera in Jamie's office. This act gets him suspended from the force until he agrees to testify honestly at Lee Anne's trial. Terry's endless bag of tricks for survival at all costs explodes on the witness stand.
He intimately understands the ability to use people for personal gain, and when the supposed love of his life tries it on him, he regains a measure of his self-control and self-respect. Even if we're not sure it will last.
It's obvious Terry's gotten his wily ways from his bullying father who ultimately seems to want to protect his son. The McCandless motto seems to be "Do unto them before they can do it to you." They're survivors who know how to exploit the system and beyond to secure what seems to motivate them the most: money and power. Pat McCandless put in years on the force until his crooked ways caught up to him and left him fired without a pension and living somewhat vicariously through his son. Terry seems to value his work on the force, telling Lee Anne in the Season Finale that there's no place he'd rather be and that he has "a nose for bad people", probably because he can be one so easily.
In Terry's final scene once he's reinstated to the force, there's a nighttime call regarding a shooting. We see him arriving at the scene of the firm where Roy Rayder and his former father-in-law work, and in slow-motion we observe the suspicious, cautious, thought-provoking look on his face leaving us wondering who he suspects might have done this. With his "nose" will he really discern who's responsible and then will his tendency to manipulate crime interfere with justice?
In spite of the dark sides to Terry McCandless and what appear to be fairly simple motivations, his character generates a deeper complexity than his overt actions personify, giving him just the minimal sense of appeal. As viewers, we tend to forgive his iniquities because of those brief moments when an almost heroic action appears, no matter how outrageously delivered, and when that "little boy" look of getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar brings an even briefer sense of regret.
Shawn Hatosy pulls off Terry McCandless with ease and perfection. Another great casting decision for the crew of Reckless.
Father, we are all corrupted until we give you access to our hearts. You make us new, clean. Help us to stay connected to you, Jesus. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Cam Gigandet plays Roy Rayder, the co-star City Attorney of Charleston to Anna Wood's Jamie Sawyer, Yankee defense attorney in the CBS summer drama Reckless. Roy Rayder is pictured above in his two modes: the easygoing southern gentleman and the suave, understated but in-command lawyer.
Roy Rayder is the go-by-the-book City Attorney, unabashedly determined to do everything right. At times, he comes off as a tad self-righteous because of it, but his serious efforts to get the best and lawfully fairest results for the clients he serves make him an attractive combination of dedication and diligence. He's a bulldog if he believes he's right and will fight without mercy to get justice.
Complications arise when he finds himself drawn to Jamie Sawyer. Definitely not the "proper" southern belle type he's used to in Charleston, she possesses the same drive and passion to defend her clients as he does. He's the divorced father of two young girls and through the course of this first series, he warns his ex-wife Shelby about her engagement to a wealthy manipulative real estate magnate in cahoots with her father Dec Fornum, Roy's boss at a prestigious law firm.
Midway through the season of Reckless, he grudgingly visits his mother to confirm some sordid information he received about her and the singular illegal action of his deceased play-by-the-rules City Attorney father. He listens to her explanation, but his judgmental pain surfaces in concluding their meeting.
The pop and sizzle transmitted between Roy and Jamie, their love-hate relationship when they're dueling in court, and their mutual respect for each other are all part of the extreme UST created by the writers of Reckless. Roy maintains his powerful presence with a slight southern drawl, his straightforward confrontations, his muted frustrations mixed with pointed and revealing expressions, all accomplished with rarely raising his voice. Matching Jamie's sensuality, Roy Rayder is a focused, determined, charismatic character who usually gets what he wants. Sparring with the woman he comes to admire, he finds himself conflicted in his priorities. Loneliness taunts him in the background of his life as it does Jamie. In many ways they're two of a kind, floundering emotionally, trying always to keep their jobs/clients at the forefront of their concerns and almost failing to do so when alone together.
The compelling two-hour Series Finale of Reckless puts Roy in the middle of having to make the toughest decision of his life, one he didn't see coming and one that challenges every desire to do the right thing. Suddenly the lines blur in his life, and the turmoil he faces accelerates in the final scene of this compelling replacement drama.
I can't imagine any actor playing Roy Rayder more effectively. Cam Gigandetowns this role. Again: perfectly done.
Lord, please do your work as only you can do. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
As you've read, I've enjoyed the CBS summer replacement series executive produced and created by Dana Stevens titled Reckless. Impressed with the writing and the forward movement from "steamy drama" to the serious legal contentions and personal struggles of the primary and secondary characters, I decided to take a look at these well-acted and perfectly cast characters who exude either charisma, sensuality, and professionalism, or manipulation, duplicity, and darkness.
It was said the title originated from a cast of characters who find themselves living recklessly - sometimes physically and emotionally and other times unintentionally and uncontrollably. Some of them seek noble aims and purpose while others seek control and personal gain. And still others find themselves caught in a revolving series of terrible choices they can't ever undo.
Pictured above is the co-star Anna Wood who plays "Yankee" attorney Jamie Sawyer, purposefully displaced from New York City to practice in Charleston, South Carolina. The two sides to her character are perfectly captured in these photos: the whimsical, sensitive woman and the killer-serious, drop-dead professional.
Jamie Sawyer believes in her clients, although her primary and biggest case involves a young former police officer fired from the Charleston PD because of her conduct in a sex tape involving several other cops on the hood of a squad car. Lee Anne Marcus is the only cop fired, and she is suing the city for wrongful termination and defamation of character, but Lee Anne keeps throwing disturbing wrenches into Jamie's case involving the Detective Terry McCandless, supposed instigator of the sex tape and Lee Anne's ongoing lover. Once the sex tape is leaked just before the jury selection commences, Jamie's case gets tougher.
Jamie grew up with a drug addicted mother and spent much of her youth in foster care. She had a younger half-brother she lost track of as she grew up and became an attorney, legally changing her name. Finding him was the reason she came to set up her practice in Charleston. An episode which exposed this private part of her life also brought her closer to City Attorney Roy Rayder.
When we see the different nuances of Jamie's character, we learn she's passionate about justice and deeply disturbed when she discovers she's been fooled. The pull between due diligence to her client and her need for true justice are pressed to the wall in the two-segment Series Finale.
Jamie Sawyer is a perfect blend of tough and tender, winner and loser. Strong, compassionate, and seeking to do the right thing, she's thrown into emotional turmoil at the culmination of factors in this first season of Reckless. We want to root for her because of her strengths and dedication, but we care about her because of her past and her subtle but compelling need for real love and a sense of belonging.
Anna Wood has given us the presentation of a slick, savvy, sensual attorney who is adapting to the characteristics of the South. Her Yankee history is slowly becoming a non-factor with every success in court. Her underlying sadness only surfaces occasionally - just enough to keep viewers aware of her innate vulnerability in spite of her overall confidence. Perfectly done.
Father, you know the hearts of us all. I pray for each one to turn to you for truth and real love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Life has a way of showing you the limits. Of everything. Including life itself. Some are given days, others a century, and still others never make it out of the womb. Finite. Having an end.
The hope is to make the most of whatever you're given. Incredible that some resort to scandalous acts, murderous acts, viscious acts to spend their days of life. Others resort to whining, complaining, and failing to see any beauty anywhere or in anything. Some do their best to use whatever they've been given to enjoy, encourage, and embrace life.
I went to my first funeral in high school. It was solemn and intangible to me at that age. I barely knew the young man who attended a different school and died in a car accident. Another young man at my high school broke up with his girlfriend and committed suicide. She died about a year later in a car accident. Death didn't speak in a loud voice at the time because I was young and barely knew the individuals whose lives were lost. And I didn't know Jesus.
One day we leave this life. One day even this earth will be destroyed - and not by any kind of manmade global climate change. God himself will put an end to this tainted world and build himself a new one.
Sin has left us finite. Our days are numbered. We will not go too soon or too late - even when it feels that way. Redemption brings an infinite life once this one is done. We choose where to spend eternity. Love Jesus or hate Him, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If you want your finite ending to lead you to a perfect infinity, He is your only choice. Every other way offers a counterfeit, a designer knock-off, a tragic outcome.
Always a choice - except in death. We can't overcome our finite lives. But we can find the perfect eternal One.
God, please send your Holy Spirit to find those hearts on the brink of destruction. Rescue them just like you rescued me. In the Name, Authority, and Blood of Jesus. Amen.
God, we pray for your justice to prevail in all things. Please watch over our country. We need your divine protection, your grace and mercy, your judgment. God Bless the USA. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.