There is also the mystery of her husband Jake (Josh Lucas). We know very little about him except that he is the favorite parent, he is also a good detective, and he once cheated on Laura, but he is totally over it so like, why can’t his shrew of a wife get over it, too? She wants a divorce, but he refuses to sign the divorce papers because to do so would ruin what is surely going to be an irritating storyline throughout the series because — spoiler — he ends up becoming her captain. Can Jake have it all? Of course! Not once in the pilot is he anything but a Cool Dad or a Cool Cop or a Cool Husband — which, of course, turns Laura into Crazy Mom, Crazy Cop, and Crazy Wife. Again, this is a TV show in 2014.
The Mysteries of Laura indirectly brings up another mystery: What the hell to do with Debra Messing? She’s a solid comedic actress and has proved as much on both Ned & Stacey and Will & Grace, but she’s so out of place here, struggling to create something worthwhile out of a unspectacular script. NBC Universal obviously wants to keep Messing in the family — NBC’s Smash, USA’s The Starter Wife — and will basically do whatever they can to ensure that except give her something golden to work with. The best thing Messing can hope for is that this show will be swiftly canceled so she can return to sitcoms.
Here’s the thing about The Mysteries of Laura: Laura isn’t a great mother, but she’s a pretty good cop! She’s intelligent, she has good instincts, and she actually solves cases (while playing by her own rules). The Mysteries of Laura could be a fun, light cop drama if it weren’t so bad at just about everything else.