Title: "The Smog Hunter"
Directed by: Adam Davidson
Written by: Eric Overmyer
Air Date: April 21, 2017
Previous: Everybody Counts
Next: The Four Last Things
Guest Starring: Mimi Rogers, Steven Culp, Arnold Vosloo
It is 16 months since the end of Season 2. Harry Bosch has remained in a troubled frame of mind ever since finding out that his mother's murderer got away with it (he was dead by the time Harry had his name) and that the LAPD helped him do it (the killer was a CI who was protected by Narcotics). He is smoking again, and drinking too much, and prone to outbursts of rage. The fact that his daughter Maddie is living with him (Eleanor is in Hong Kong with her husband Reggie) only partly mitigates this.
Harry's quite busy. The season opens with Veronica Allen (Jeri Ryan) on trial for the murder of Father Tabakian. Her attorney Honey Chandler (Mimi Rogers) is going with self-defense, and with attacking the credibility of Harry Bosch. It works, as Veronica beats the rap when the trial ends in a hung jury. Harry only makes it worse for himself when he sees DA Rick O'Shea at a bar and angrily confronts him about O'Shea's refusal to go for a new trial. The video goes viral on the internet.
Meanwhile, Bosch and Edgar have cases. A homeless drug addict, one Harold Meadows, is killed in his dilapidated RV. It looks like a case of homeless people fighting over drugs, but what Bosch doesn't know is a young street hustler saw the murder. Meadows, as it happens, is an Army Green Beret who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was never the same since he came home.
Another case, that of movie director Andrew Holland, is about to go to trial. A young woman was found dead in her apartment. Her death looks like auto-erotic asphyxiation, but the prosecution theory is that Holland, her date that night, killed her and then took her back to her apartment to stage the scene.
In his free time, Bosch is pursuing still another case. Edward Gunn is a sad alcoholic bum whom Bosch strongly suspects of being a serial killer. The only problem is Bosch didn't have any proof. He has set up some very illegal hidden cameras both outside and inside Gunn's sad little apartment, in the hopes of catching something incriminating. Bosch is puzzled when his cameras show a mysterious woman helping an extremely drunk Gunn into his apartment.
Irvin Irving is still interim chief of police. Mayor Ramos, who won reelection against Rick O'Shea with ease, wants him to take the job permanently, as does Bradley Walker (John Getz) of the police commission.
And if that isn't enough plot threads, a man on a bicycle assaults a woman in Koreatown and steals her phone.
- Adaptation Name Change: David Storey the murder suspect film director from A Darkness More Than Night becomes Andrew Holland.
- Call-Back: After walking out of court free, a triumphant Veronica Allen says she still owes Bosch a drink. (She offered him a drink in a Season 2 episode where he came over to her house.)
- Celebrity Paradox: As has been explained more than once, Harry can afford his fabulous house because one of his cases was the inspiration for a movie called The Black Echo. But this season uses a plot thread from Connelly novel The Black Echo (the murder of Army vet Harold Meadows). So In-Universe, just what was the movie The Black Echo about?
- Comforting Comforter: For all his faults Harry Bosch is an attentive father, as is shown when he tucks Maddie in.
- Continuity Nod: When Bosch arrives at the scene of the Meadows murder he taunts Officer Powers with "Did you glove up?" Back in Season 2 Harry reamed Powers for not putting gloves on before opening the trunk of the car that contained Tony Aliso's corpse.
- Erotic Asphyxiation: How Donatella Spear supposedly died. Bosch doesn't buy it, citing that almost all cases of auto-erotic asphyxiation are men. (Other points against Holland are why it took so long for him to make what is a pretty short drive from his mansion to Spear's apartment.
- I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!: A very drunk Edward Gunn says this word for word in a bar when the bartender tries to cut him off.
- Karma Houdini: Veronica, who killed one person and conspired to murder another (her husband) gets away free. (No charges were brought in the Tony Allen movie because everyone else involved was dead.)
- Streetwalker: Averted. Sharkey the graffiti artist pretends to be a gay streetwalker who looks for men to pick him up, but it's really a scam in which his two buddies follow the car, beat up the unfortunate victim, and rob him.
- Visual Title Drop: "The Smog Cutter" is the name of the bar where Edward Gunn goes to get blind drunk.