Don’t you just love when the lesson you’re teaching people at work is the same lesson you need to learn at home? Happens to me ALL the time. But seriously, “Perfect Family” did find a nice way to tie in the “Sam has a baby mama” story into our case of the week. It wasn’t one of the most suspenseful cases that the 15 Division has taken on, but it was pretty compelling.
A 16-year-old girl named Hayley Hill (played by Zoé de Grand Maison, a.k.a. Gracie from Orphan Black!) has gone missing. Her mom, dad, and little brother show up at the precinct to report it. The story goes that she went to the corner gas station for milk the night before and never returned. Her dad, Lloyd (played by David Sutcliffe, a.k.a. Rory’s dad from Gilmore Girls!) says he went to the gas station at 9 p.m., but it had already closed.
Andy, using her keen detective skills, realizes 9 p.m. is a bit early for a gas station to close. Sixteen-year-old Connor Frye (played by an actor who has not been in any of my favorite Canadian—or season 1 Canadian—shows) was working the late shift but closed down early and never returned. A clue!
Chloe and Duncan head to the kid’s house to investigate the red herring. Connor’s mom has basically nothing kind to say about her son or any useful info, but Chloe spots a picture of him as a boy at a campsite. Naturally, that’s where he is now.
Nick and Juliet—who have been awkwardly paired together for the day—show up at the camper and find Connor all alone. They take him in for questioning; Sam pulls the ol’ “I’ll tell everyone in prison you’re a child molester” bit, and Connor cracks. He takes them back out to the woods, where they find Hayley hiding in a woodpile. She screams that she won’t go back because her parents are insane. You know, what most teens think. She complains that they won’t let her walk to the store, wear tank tops, or go to school dances—which sucks, but you know, some parents are a little more strict than others. But it’s Connor who blows this case of the week wide open: He says that her dad poisoned her dog and made Hayley and her brother Jeremy watch, and he makes her sleep in the garage. Hayley then mentions that her dad will use his belt on her if she gets homework wrong. Now that she’s mentioned abuse, the 15 has to, rightly, investigate.
Back at the Division, Andy and Sam confront Mr. Hill about his questionable discipline tactics. But, having found out his daughter wasn’t kidnapped, she just ran away, he says out loud that he needs to find a way to “break that spiteful will of hers.” Maybe don’t say that in front of cops who are questioning you about child abuse, dude. Sam decides to keep him for unofficial questioning while Andy takes the wife and kids home. Once there, Andy convinces Mrs. Hill to look in the garage—which she has never done. (The garage is where Lloyd makes Hayley sleep when she’s bad.) And since he’s cleaned out the freezer, that means she’s sleeping in there tonight. That’s enough for the timid mother Ellen to put her foot down. She allows Andy and Traci to take her and the kids to a hotel while they figure out what to do next.
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