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Secrets and Lies premiere recap: 'The Fall'

Agent Cornell is back on the case — and there are plenty more secrets and lies

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Secrets and Lies

TV Show
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In Season
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Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis

The second season premiere of ABC’s murder mystery, Secrets and Lies, has no shortage of secrets. The jury is still out on the lies. The first thing to note about this season — aside from the fact that Ryan Phillippe has made his exit from the series and left us with Juliette Lewis and her character’s stark facial expressions — is that the plot of season 2 is less about “Did he or didn’t he?” and more about “If he didn’t do it, who did?”

The episode throws us straight into a frantic Eric Warner (Michael Ealy) racing through the stairwell of a building, only to get outside to discover the lifeless body of his wife, Kate (Jordana Brewster). Kate fell from the roof while she, Eric, and a group of their coworkers were at a party celebrating Eric’s dad, John (Terry O’Quinn), passing the torch and giving Eric the key to his private equity firm.

Rushing outside right behind Eric is his father, his sister Amanda (Mekia Cox), his brother Patrick (Charlie Barnett), and Patrick’s wife, Melanie (AnnaLynne McCord).

As Eric sits on the ground with his arms wrapped tightly around Kate’s body, our trust ol’ Detective Andrea Cornell arrives on the scene along with her pantsuit and her overly aggressive mean mug. The first words she utters are “Who let the grieving husband contaminate my crime scene?” Nice to see that some things don’t change.

Once she’s able to get over the inconvenience that a man is grieving over the loss of his wife, or rather “her victim,” Detective Cornell brings Eric and family back into the lobby of the building to ask them a few questions. In the beginning, she questions the possibility of Kate’s fall actually being a suicide, to which Eric reveals that that’s impossible because Kate was pregnant with their first child. After the detective leaves, Amanda provides us with some obscure statistics and lets Eric know that Cornell is going to investigate Kate’s death as a murder in which he’s most likely the prime suspect.

Some quick notes on Amanda:

  1. She’s a public defender who was also Kate’s classmate in law school and the matchmaker who introduced her to Eric. She makes it clear multiple times that she doesn’t want anyone (mainly Eric) talking to Detective Cornell about the case without her present.
  2. Kate hadn’t even been given an autopsy before Amanda became dead set on making Eric think that he’s the number one suspect here. Cue Eric’s paranoia and me being skeptical of Amanda’s intentions.
  3. When Eric can’t sleep, Amanda digs through her purse, which is full of prescription bottles that she claims are for “woman issues,” and offers him a drug to help him get some sleep. Hmm.

The next morning, the trio completely ignores Detective Cornell’s order to stay away from the office; they pull up to the scene of the incident to find her throwing dummies off the roof in front of a crowd of people. But she’s also there to question some partygoers.

Eric isn’t included in the list of people Cornell has questions for, but, since he’s sure she’s pegged him as the suspect, he continues to be overly defensive and not help himself out at all. He follows Cornell out to the lobby, so she asks if he was on the roof with Kate. Instead of answering the question, he makes this his opportunity to assert his innocence. You know, the innocence that really isn’t even in question yet. Cornell does that thing where her gaze gets really intense and sort of sadistic right before she says something snarky and a little accusatory and she lets Eric know that, either way, she’s going to find out if he was up there.

NEXT: Kate has a few secrets