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Notorious recap: Season 1, Episode 2

Jake tries to move on from his lost love while Julia receives help from an unexpected source

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ABC/Kelsey McNeal


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In Season
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Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Ryan Guzman, Aimee Teegarden

Gosh, is there anything better than that ABC melody at the beginning of each episode? (You know exactly what sound I’m talking about). It’s a signal you’re about to sit down for some wonderfully mind-numbing television (I mean that in a good way), and tonight’s Notorious was no exception.

We pick up 36 hours after Sarah Keaton’s murder. Louise Herrick is speaking to a nation highly fascinated by the high-profile murder, and she’s just the person to inform them: calm, cool, and collected. That is, until the tape stops rolling. The second she’s off air, Louise strips down to a lacy red bra to greet DIDDY?! Oops, sorry, I mean her dear pal “Sean.” (Talk about a cameo — he couldn’t at least stick around for an impromptu musical number?) I had hoped we’d leave the “Louise is a cougar who doesn’t take anything very seriously” shtick in episode 1, but judging by the bra thing and the fact that she’s next seen playing strip poker with a shirtless 20-something, it looks like that won’t be happening soon.

Meanwhile, between the time he spends watching old home videos of Sarah and crying, Jake is dealing with a client named Abby whose toddler son Noah was mysteriously kidnapped from her home. Of coooourse Jake is going to send her straight to Louise Herrick Live to share her story (we saw that one coming a mile away). But what we didn’t see coming is an ex-boyfriend (and apparent avid LHL viewer) who calls Julia after seeing Abby on the show to tell her that Abby doesn’t actually have a child. It’s all an elaborate lie!! (The Notori-Shots drinking game is back on.)

Back in Oscarland, the potential murder suspect (that would be Oscar) has been locked away in a hotel since the murder, with nothing to do all day but get drunk and practice shaping his hair into a perfect coif. He insists to Jake he had nothing to do with Sarah’s murder, and was only at the house in the first place because Sarah had called him saying she was scared. “You have no idea what it’s like to lose the woman that you love,” a drunken Oscar says to Jake, not realizing the irony.

At this point, if anyone should be scared, it’s Jake, because not long after his visit to Oscar, Julia approaches him with the four words that could bring any man to his his knees: “We need to talk.” She finally spills on the photos she received in the mail, and Jake seems genuinely sad and surprised by the ones showing Sarah’s bruises. The more complex Jake’s character becomes, the more I like him. He’s got the exterior of a macho big shot, but he’s also not afraid to be vulnerable and seems to embrace his sensitive side, which is nice to see in a character.

NEXT: What’s Ryan hiding (under that shirt)?