I've been planning to post today about my new favorite show, Dog the Bounty Hunter. I'd been hearing some buzz about this show for a while, and since I've read all twelve Stephanie Plum novels, I sort of feel like a bounty hunter... I mean if Stephanie can do it... ;)
So I tuned in and fell instantly in love with the show. The cool twist to it, is that it isn't just "Cops" but with a bounty hunter. Each show starts with them all pumped up to get some criminal off the street. But by the time the get the "bad guy" in the back of their big black SUV, they're already feeling badly for the the guy (or girl) and talking to them about how to get their life straightened out. Sometimes they forgive the bond. Sometimes they offer them a job. Always they try to instill hope that they can turn their life around.
He says he always tries to live "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and the show really captures that. Also, the interplay between Dog and Beth is hilarious - they're both larger than life characters, except they're real. I love that.
Then, before I posted, I looked up some info on my man, Dog, online, only to find out that he's been ARRESTED! What for, you might ask? His hook is that he's been on both sides of the law. He did some hard time in Texas before straightening out, so he gets the way the criminal mind works. Did he slip up? Did he revert to old ways? No. He brought in that punk Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir and convicted rapist. Andrew is now doing a 124 year sentence, because, of course, he's GUILTY. He fled the country during his trial for poisoning and rape and was convicted in absentia on 86 counts including multiple rape charges. And what does Dog get for it? He's arrested because he did the take down in Mexico where bounty hunting is apparently, techincally, illegal.
Fortunately he's out on bail because, being a bail bondsman, they don't consider him a flight risk. Still, I'm buying my Free Dog shirt and wearing it proudly. I'm not the only one. Twenty-nine congressmen signed a letter to Condoleeza Rice asking that he not be extradited. If convicted, he could serve 4 years in a Mexican prison. So far, Ms. Rice hasn't responded. I'd like to add my voice to the mix.
Free the Dog!