Last week, Vincent passed out. He seems to be awake this week – but he’s checking his own heart beat when Catherine arrives to check up on him after he missed their dinner. She’s worried he stood her up and worried he saw her kissing Evan. The scene is awkward in the extreme (you can even tell with the acting – hers is rather better but his is more wooden than an Ikea supply depot).
But it’s time for the crime of the week – and a woman entering an empty room which is being prepared for an art exhibition commits the terrible offence of wasting perfectly good wine. Oh, and she found a man dead as well. This does not excuse the spilling of wine.
To Tess and Catherine where Catherine, stressed, is filing. Which Tess says Catherine only does when she’s upset about a guy (what, you expect Tess to have another topic of conversation?). Catherine begins to pour out her frustrations about complicated relationships when we have another source of drama in her life show up – her father. And he wants her to go to some dress fitting for his wedding and spend more time with Brook, his fiancée, who is young enough to be her sister. To top it off, he wants her to come to dinner with them – but thinks she should bring someone so invites Evan to be her date.
While patricide is normally a crime, no jury in the world would convict her.
Which is when the crime is called in so we leave the emotional drama. Well they talk it over on the way and Tess thinks her dad did good since he got her a date with Evan who clearly likes her (seriously? They both set up the date with Catherine there without any input from her – and this is a good thing? Tessa, think above the belt. Besides, a first date should not happen with one’s father and step-mother in tow, I’m sure Ms. Manners mentioned that somewhere).
To the body – Nicholas, 26, artist, very dead. The art opening is going ahead according to the curator, Lauren, (they have more wine, we can relax) which Tess snarks, of course. Marco, the owner, is still going ahead. There’s a fibre on the body and he was shot in the back without running away. Enough of this pesky policework, Evan and Catherine have flirting to do!
To Nicholas’s mother – Nicholas has just broken up with an unknown girl and he recently had a heated telephone argument with Marco, the gallery owner recently. Checking financials finds that Nicholas did not have a lot of money, despite selling paintings for $5k a time – suggesting he was being chested. We’re doing that pesky police thing again – time for more talk about Catherine’s non-existent love life with Tess being outraged that Catherine didn’t spill about kissing Evan in the booth. Serious breach of the friend code.
JT, meanwhile does have a love life and is setting up a coffee date with Sarah on Skype (telephones are so passé) which is interrupted by Vincent and his issues. It seems he completely forgot the night before and woke up on the top of the Brooklyn Bridge – and all the tests say he’s normal. JT decides it’s a fugue state brought on by him being jealous about Catherine and Evan. JT pushes Vincent to tell Catherine how he feels – yes, JT says this. Vincent is as surprised as we are, clearly having a date has stripped JT of his precious cynicism.
Tess and Catherine have met up with Brooke for the bridesmaid dress fitting – and it’s awful. And, shockingly, they all laugh about it. Yes, Catherine isn’t expected to hate Brooke! Words can’t express how shocked I am that they shattered this cliché (I assume the murder enquiry is on hold?). She actually seems like a nice, intelligent, aware woman. Except she leaves suddenly when she gets a text, leaving her sunglasses. They hurry after her and find her with a man – who kisses her, though she pushes him away, then gets in his car. Oh dear.
Checking up Brooke’s background they find she’s married. For 3 years. Awkward. A meeting with daddy ends with him explaining it all, she’s in the middle of a divorce – and calling her judgemental and hard to have a relationship with.
Back at the police case they check out Nicholas’s studio and find some odd things – he has several identical paintings, even titled the same which looks like he’s selling several copies of “one of a kind” paintings. And he’s been selling paintings at another gallery for hundreds of dollars rather than Marco’s thousands. And they get a list of names – including Assistant District Attorney Fred Simpson.