Okay I'm back, courtesy of a lot of fast-forwarding. I'm not sure if I watched a single Ricky/Lizzie scene.
Of course crazy abusive dead ex has an equally crazy twin brother! And they're both crooked cops! Because it wouldn't be a soap without an evil twin, or shady cops being shady.
Speaking of evil twins, wow @valen is right...Charmaine was all over the place. One minute thanking Mel, the next yelling at her for "stealing" Jack, lather rinse repeat, all season long. I figure the writers, when inevitably called out for that, are going to blame pregnancy hormones, which I guess isn't entirely wrong, but still. That seems like a very convenient excuse for bad writing.
Mark's sister showing up was random. Does Mel have anyone in the world who likes her/is nice to her besides Jack and Joey? I know, I know, we as the audience are supposed to see how perfect and angelic and level-headed she is in the face of an abusive, cruel world, but jeez show. Cut the girl just a tiny bit of slack.
I do kinda hope that the cliffhanger ends in a way that we aren't expecting. Having one of Calvin's goons be the shooter is pretty obvious. It'd be cool if they actually made it Charmaine, driven into a jealous rage. Though the fact that the shot was in the stomach kind of makes me think of that scene in Austin Powers where Dr. Evil's son mocks how people in movies always are really bad at killing people, because the plot actually wants them to survive. Any actual killer would've just shot him in the head and been done with it.
I'm going to watch Season 3, but not because I think this show is good (which I legit thought it was after Season 1). It's become a trashy soapy guilty pleasure.