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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Murtaugh and Riggs team up for one final mission.

We find out right at the beginning that both Lorna, Riggs’ now long-time romantic partner, and Rianne, Murtaugh’s perpetually in-danger daughter, are pregnant. There’s a huge non-sequitur explosion and the scene ends.

Nearly nine months later…

Just like old times, while Riggs, Murtaugh, and Leo are enjoying some leisure time on Murtaugh’s boat, a multi-faceted and dangerous case falls into their laps (and wrecks Murtaugh’s boat). With all the damage they’ve caused over the years, the LAPD’s insurance carrier is unwilling to renew its policy as long as Riggs and Murtaugh are out on the street; since Captain Murphy is unable to fire them (due to some undisclosed probable bureaucratic reason), they are promoted to Captains.

They use their new position to direct Detective Butters, Rianne’s secret husband and baby-daddy, on how to solve their human trafficking case. They follow a bunch of random clues until Ping’s and Uncle Benny’s bodies turn up at an abandoned factory in Chinatown. There they turn an assortment of disparate pieces of information into a cohesive story. And so ends Act II.

ACT III

Riggs, Murtaugh, Butters, Detective Ng, and Ng’s Partner are on their way to the secret location where Wah Sing Ku is paying counterfeit funds to the Chinese general to release the Four Fathers from prison.

Where’s the LAPD backup?

This time, Riggs and Murtaugh are accompanied by some other detectives, but nowhere near the number of necessary backup. Lucky for them, they are really lucky.

All of these armed guards, and none of them try to stop or open fire on this random honking car?

In proper society, we don’t just open fire on people with roadrage– we wait to see who they are first.

Three detectives and two captains knowingly went to a secret illegal exchange protected by dozens of armed guards without bringing spare ammo?

They believed their status as keepers of the peace would keep the peace. How were they to know the general would get pissed and shoot someone (namely one of the Four Fathers) because he was paid in counterfeit bills.

How did Wah Sing Ku take apart Riggs’ gun with one deft move?

With a Beretta 92 (the gun Riggs carries), one can remove the slide with one hand by pushing down a button that clears the way for the slide lever-release. If you watch that scene frame by frame, you can see the button is already pushed down and the lever is partially rotated. Riggs, in his old age, must not have finished putting the gun together following a cleaning, which made it much easier for Wah Sing Ku to do in the heat of the moment.

What kind of gun can fire underwater?

An AK-47. Smarter Every Day made a great video exploring this (and shot it in high speed).

Any other questions? Leave ’em below!

~Phil

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