Last week’s episode shifted the focus a bit by having Eric and Cornell split the hour’s point of view. But one thing that remains the same is Eric’s search for the truth. And, after tonight, he may have found out more than he originally hoped to.
Meet the Petersons
When Eric goes into the office the morning after his confrontation with Danny, he finds a man named Mark Peterson (Larry Poindexter) in the lobby. Apparently, Mark has no idea Kate was murdered and claims to have had a meeting with her about, err, “investments.” That’s funny, because as Eric kindly points out, Kate didn’t handle investments. What’s also interesting is how quickly Mark skated away after Eric revealed Kate was dead.
Patrick does some digging and finds Mark’s driver’s license and address. Eric, being Eric, decides to make a house call to ask him a few questions. That’s when he discovers Mark is married to Belinda (Romy Rosemont), a.k.a. the suspicious woman seen in security footage from the party on the night Kate was murdered. Eric questions her, asking what she was doing at the office and, of course, if she had anything to do with Kate’s death. Belinda denies it but reveals she and Mark adopted Charlie, the baby Kate gave away when she was 16. Kate reached out to Belinda because she wanted to meet Charlie, but Belinda didn’t want Kate anywhere near him. The two had lunch at a diner when she basically told Kate to stay far away from her son. But as she points out, that doesn’t mean she killed Kate — if Eric wants the proof, he can just check the security footage.
But that’s the problem: The party’s security footage has been erased, and after Eric tells Belinda, she conveniently tells him she may know who erased it. She remembers seeing a blonde woman wearing a “tight, tight dress and a lot of makeup and high heels and jewelry” leaving the security office. That description was enough for Eric to realize the woman Belinda’s talking about is Patrick’s wife, Melanie. Dun dun duuuun.
But let’s hold on to that little bundle of knowledge for just a second. As Eric makes his way to the door, Belinda explains that after hearing about Kate’s death in the news and finding out she was pregnant, she understands why Kate was so eager to meet Charlie: She couldn’t live with herself if she had another baby before making sure the one she gave away was safe and happy.
Enter: Charlie (Cody Longo). Charlie knew who Kate was — and he knew who Eric was, too. After getting a letter from the adoption agency and finding out Kate wanted to meet him, Charlie did some digging of his own, which lead him to Eric’s firm — where he spotted the husband and wife leaving the building. Belinda followed Charlie there and explained that she got so defensive in front of Kate because she saw the way Charlie looked at her when he first saw her. The scene basically ends with a lot of hugging and a lot of tears…from the Peterson family and me.
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