It’s getting worse. I’m on the season 2 episode where Pope’s exwife bursts into the station and screams at Brenda about losing custody of her kids (in front of everyone), and accuses Brenda of wanting to bang Pope. So this is Pope’s wife’s fault, not Brenda’s. It’s not Brenda’s fault that Estelle lost custody of the kids, and Brenda is not sleeping with Pope.
... and yet, when she gets home, Fritz lays into her about the fact that Estelle pulled this stunt (!? again how is it Brenda’s fault that she acted like a crazy person) and blames Brenda for the whole thing. And is borderline verbally abusive about it.
I swear there isn’t a scene where he isn’t nagging, belittling, or patronizing her. Refusing to let her borrow his “new” car after she’s had a bad day. (He yells “No!” at her like she’s a misbehaving dog.)
I never liked the character and I’m sure I posed similar rants back in the day, but he’s just making my skin crawl now. It’s like he just exists to remind us of all of Brenda’s flaws. And to remind Brenda of them.
Edit: a few episodes later, Brenda’s at home discussing a serious terrorism/murder case with various team members. Fritz shouts from another room: “Brenda, come to bed!”, with the tone of commanding an errant dog or child.
Rather than, you know, a high-level professional trying to do her job.
(In an earlier episode, he used the same tone to demand that Brenda hand him her phone while she was talking to her own mother.)
Dude, I have no idea how this all got so sinister to me. I’ve probably been watching too many Sally Wainwright cop shows where a female detective would never let a love interest treat her like a child.