It’s a Manhattan Love Story reunion!
This time last year, you could’ve tuned in on a Tuesday night to see Jake McDorman romancing Analeigh Tipton in ABC’s short-lived rom-com. Unfortunately, Manhattan Love Story was the first show to get the axe last fall, but fortunately for us, that freed both of them up for Limitless, and Tipton shows up as a guest star in tonight’s episode as Brian’s pre-NZT girlfriend.
Now that Brian doesn’t have to spend his waking hours locked in an FBI storage room studying Farsi, he’s permitted to take his daily pill at home — courtesy of his bodyguards/babysitters Mike and Ike — and spend his morning commute brushing up on some research. But on his way into the office, he runs into his ex-girlfriend Shauna, and by the time their subway ride is over, they’ve already reconnected. “If you ever do bump into the one that got away, I highly recommend doing it while you’re on NZT,” he says.
Brian’s happiness, however, is short-lived, as his next case is a murder, and it’s one that hits close to home for the FBI. Ray Dixon, a retired special agent in charge of forensic accounting, was found shot in the head by a sniper, with only a mysterious Post-it note found in his hand. Dixon’s post-FBI career involved vetting potential CEO candidates, and the night before he was shot, a virus wiped his computer, which suggest he uncovered something bad about one of them.
The good news? Dixon was an old-school investigator, who also kept extensive paper records. But the bad news? He was also a devout believer in shredding every piece of paper he ever used, which means Brian has a lot of paper strings to sort through. With a little help from Mike and Ike, he manages to narrow it down to one potential CEO candidate, who’s been mysteriously moving some money around and may be having affair, suggesting blackmail.
WANT MORE? Keep up with all the latest from last night’s television by subscribing to our newsletter. Head here for more details.
But though, the potential CEO had an affair with a summer intern — and fathered a kid with her — he didn’t order a hit on Dixon. Those payments weren’t blackmail money but secret child support, and although Dixon figured it out, he promised to keep quiet. So strike him off the list of potential murderers.
The other CEOs are a dead end, but Rebecca does manage to track Dixon to a storage unit in Long Island, which reveals Dixon’s serious obsession with catching one of his old foes from his time in the FBI: Marcos Ramos, the head of a bloodthirsty drug cartel. Even if he never actually fed anyone to piranhas, he ordered a lot of assassinations, courtesy of a sniper nicknamed La Cebra, and it looks like Dixon’s obsession with catching him got him killed. Even Brian’s scale Post-it note recreations of the shooting doesn’t reveal more than the fact that La Cebra is at least 6-foot-5. Which is not super helpful.
But before they go pick the brains of the NYPD, Brian tries to have a little heart-to-heart over beers with Rebecca. Although Brian really wants to rekindle things with Shauna, their first post-NZT dinner didn’t go so well, and he’s worried that he can only make things work if he’s on NZT. While Rebecca is clearly uncomfortable with feelings/talking about feelings, she does give some pretty great advice, telling him that regardless of his NZT status, he’s a decent guy and that people should like him for who he is, instead of for what he can do. Awww.
NEXT: Rebecca and Brian find a corpse-sicle