Another main character from Happy! who is always introduced in the very first episode of Saint Nick is Detective Meredith Merry McCarthy, played by Lily Mirojnick. On the show, she is the former partner and mistress of Nick Sacks, who is now unofficially married by Mr… Blue is used. She goes after Blue when her protective mother dies herself. In the second season, although she lost her job and is now in the real estate business, she goes on a crusade to catch the man behind all her misfortunes, Sonny Shine. There is no Sonny Shine in the comic, so Merry’s story is also a little different, starting with her name, which is not Meredith, but Mairead. Let’s look at it together.
Mairead McCarthy lives with her elderly and ill mother in New York City, and she is the only one who can take care of her. Fortunately, she had a good, reliable job with the NYPD and was able to start a good career. She rose through the ranks to become a detective and a partner to a man she held in high esteem: Nick Sacks, a seasoned cop with a (justifiable) reputation for incorruptibility, from whom she learns a lot. Day after day they spent their time together, and they saw many, many terrible things: Murder, abuse, suicide, rape, they have seen the worst that humanity has to offer. McCarthy couldn’t share his burden with his elderly mother, and Nick was the only one living on his own planet. From this point of view, Nick grew up distancing himself from his wife, because if he didn’t tell her anything about what he saw in the workplace, he only trusted his partner. First McReady and Sax became as close as they could be, then they went even further and became lovers. They had an affair, and for a while everything seemed easy and good… until they got caught by the worst third party. One day, after one of their romantic encounters, McCarthy and Sachs were approached by Mr…. Smoothie, the right-hand man of the infamous Mr. Blue, the local mob boss. Smoothie had been watching them for a while and had gathered a lot of information about their unusual business relationship: He was willing to expose them by making them lose their jobs if they didn’t want to work for Mr. B. Blue for work. Mairead panicked: She had to take care of her mother, and she couldn’t afford to lose her job: She saw no other option but to agree to become a dirty cop in Blue’s pocket, and asked Sax to do the same …. but her friend, her mentor, her lover, won’t budge, not even for her. Blue’s first favor was to ask McCarthy to frame Sachs for a crime he didn’t commit and make sure he loses his badge: Though devastated, she stepped forward, testified against Nick, and helped destroy the man she loved.
In the years that followed, Blue kept her word and McCarthy her job, or at least part of it, because she had to turn a blind eye to all of Blue’s shady activities and even bring in her henchmen when necessary; in fact, the only criminals she was allowed to arrest or kill were rivals of Blue’s or former associates who wanted to betray him and did. McCarthy hated herself for believing her former partner had morals. Until she discovered he had become a hit man. Mairead felt betrayed and directed all her hatred and humiliation at Sax. She was sure she wouldn’t see him again… but unfortunately she was wrong. One night, Mr. La bleuir with another job involving his former partner: Apparently Sachs had killed the Fratelli brothers and obtained the password of one of them, Mickey, which Blue was desperate to obtain. McCarthy would be the carrot, and if she failed, Smoothie would be the stick. She reached Sachs at the hospital where he had been admitted after his heart attack and tried to persuade him to give her the password: Sachs, however, was visibly confused, but was clear enough to dismiss McCarthy with not entirely pleasant words. On the way out of the hospital, Myreda Smoothie ran into her team, who were already discussing how they would use Nick’s password to torture him. If it occurred to her never to see Sax again, she was wrong in a few minutes: Nick left the hospital alive, but not quite fit, dressed as a doctor. At first McCarthy pointed a gun at him, but then decided she hadn’t fallen so far from grace and let the man go and even gave him his own police car. When Smoothie left the building bleeding and cursing, all she said was that she missed Nick. It all promised to be important, but not even McCarthy knew yet how important it would be to her.
Mairead McCarthy is a shadow of the woman she once was, exhausted and tired of the too many compromises she made to keep her job. Although she is still a good detective, she has sold her soul to the crime boss and become his puppet, making her hate herself with every fiber of her being and hate her former partner even more for not messing with her. As bitter and hardened as she is, something of the former detective McCarthy still burns under the ashes, waiting for a chance at redemption.
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