Opening montage, Deidre is the DJ and Nolan is working on something electrical/mechanical/explosive/involving tools and stuff. Someone goes to visit Deidre on the arch (she greets them with “what took so long” – and the radio starts blurring, there’s blood on the record. Followed by Deidre being thrown out of the arch and falling to her death.
Amanda identifies the body – and has a flashback to Deidre giving her the courage and the motivation to take over the Need/Want, to keep the “family” together. She goes to Nolan who is still packing lots of bombs and weapons, to demand to know why he isn’t investigating the murder; Nolan is going after Irisa – he’s worried about his disturbed daughter carrying a terrosphere, the same weapon they used to destroy an army, and is rather concerned about that. Amanda understands but demands a deputy badge (since with Tommy working for E-Rep and Irisa out and about he’s out of deputies) – she’s not going to let Deidre’s murder go uninvestigated
She goes to the arch where E-Rep and Berlin are already looking at the evidence. Alak’s there, despite the platter of chocolate strawberries, he says he wasn’t due on the arch and he only came because he heard dead air on the radio. He says Deidre brought clients to the arch for sex. He also denies having sex with her. But in the arch, Berlin finds one of her old surveillance cameras, one she didn’t place – and Alak looks terrified; but the memory card is missing. Reprieve!
Berlin tells Amanda that she and Nolan aren’t a thing any more, with a hefty edge of “that’s all your fault.”
At the Tarr household, Christie is outraged that her brother turned in her father (so I imagine she’s going to be even less pleased when she learns he frames Rafe). Stahma points out Rafe is the murderer (as far as they know) and when Christie tries to come to terms with a loved one being a murderer Stahma throws back some cold, sympathetic truth – people do what they have to to get what they want, they just have to hope what they want is worth it. Which is when Alak arrives to tell them about Deidre. Christie is too sensitive to hear it and hurries away – while Alak and Stahma exchange glances and “did you do it” undertones.
Berlin and Amanda search Deidre’s personal effects finding more humanising items, the memory card from the camera and a list of Deidre’s recent clients – including Datak. So it’s to search Datak’s next (and yes he snarks Amanda’s job change). Datak and Amanda snarl back and forth and Amanda asks why Datak visited her after not doing so for so long. With Amanda putting together a flashback of a previous conversation with Deidre, Amanda realises Alak was sleeping with her.
And at the Tarr household, one of Stahma’s handmaidens finds a bloodstained microphone under Alak’s bed – and shows it to Stahma who is shocked and horrified.
Amanda and berlin go to confront Alak – the memory card is of Deidre and Alak together; Amanda calls it a blackmail package. Alak is arrested and Amanda assures a raging Christie he’ll have his day in court. Given the way the E-Rep has treated the McCauly family, Christie isn’t reassured by that. Stahma gently takes her away; Christie tells Alak she knows he isn’t a murderer – but she does know he’s a cheater so he’s not in good books. Stahma also takes a moment to remind Alak his wife is not a Castithan and actually expected him to honour his fidelity oaths – and maybe some time behind bars will be good for him (Stahma is not amused by his shenanigans). Alak accuses her of killing Deidre to teach him a lesson – she denies it. When he suggests his dad did it she calls it ridiculous – he shows his burned hand and makes it clear it’s not that ridiculous an assumption.