Now that we’ve learned all about Alice Vaughan’s investigative agency and her con man ex-fiancé from the pilot of The Catch last week, it’s time to start getting into a groove with this show. Alice’s team of good guys gets their first case-of-the-week courtesy of a possibly murderous former male model, and Ben’s group of baddies have their first con-of-the-week tricking some visiting royalty out of some cash. So how well did The Catch transition from pilot to serial crime drama? Let’s break it down.
The episode starts off with Alice dreaming about her first date with Ben, and now she’s noticing the red flags (he straight up tells her he takes money from people for a living). She wakes up and tells Sophie — the lawyer-hacker girl who works for her, remember? — about that mega-rare masterpiece Ben stole for her at the end of last episode, invoking client-attorney confidentiality to keep the issue between the two of them. When Alice goes to see if the gallery is freaking out over a priceless work of art going missing, sh’es shocked to see it still hanging on the gallery wall. Whaaa??
Over to Ben and his thieving buds Reggie and Margot, who’ve been reduced to pickpocketing jewelry store customers now that hacker Sophie has drained all their funds. Margot wants to send Ben to Shanghai now that Alice’s team knows his face, but Ben wants to stay in L.A. Instead of going to the airport, Ben decides to gaze longingly at Alice from across the street instead, where he and Reggie notice her talking to that Interpol agent Jules Dao. Ben is all too happy to discover he’s being tailed by the authorities because he can use it as an excuse to stay in L.A. near Alice, admitting to Reggie that he truly does love her (glad that’s cleared up).
Anyway, let’s move on to our case-of-the-week: Alice and her team need to find out who killed a wealthy older woman named Edith. Alice believes it was her much younger ex-husband Jeffery Bloom, even though he has recently been acquitted of the crime due to insufficient evidence. But as the team digs into the case more and more, it seems to become obvious that Edith’s frivolous, partyboy son Payton must have killed his mom because he was angry that she would marry someone his own age.
And now the con-of-the-week: Margot and Reggie have their sights set on the fortune of a visiting Middle Eastern royal. While they pose as an investor and a real estate agent to try to hustle money out of him, Ben woos the former general’s daughter, the princess. Apparently, Ben’s signature move is pulling up in a fancy car, as he’s done it in every episode thus far. He whisks her away and they get low-key flirty on a walk by the beach.
In the middle of all this, Alice and Sophie are still trying to figure out what’s going on with this double painting sitch. Sophie figures out how to tell if Alice’s painting is the real deal or a forgery, and they discover that the masterpiece in her possession is indeed the priceless original. Ben sure knows how to give a gift!
NEXT: Meet Michael Thorne…
Back on the murder case, Alice and Danny search Payton’s beach house for the late Edith’s jewels, figuring that if he has them then he was the killer. Makes sense. Well, even though Alice was sure Jeffery was the guilty one, she finds Edith’s jewels in one of Payton’s kayaks and admits that the son must be the real killer (that’s the episode title, you guys!). But wait — when she goes to Jeffery and Edith’s house to try to find Payton, she runs into Jeffery and notices his shoes are covered with the same tar she found near the kayak at the beach house. She points it out, and Jeffery basically admits to everything in a string a whisper-threats but also notes that he can’t be arrested for a crime he was just acquitted of. Well, Jeffery’s new wife, Rebecca, hears all this and totally loses it, pushing him down the stairs and killing him.
“I gave him everything… What is wrong with me?” Rebecca scream-cries over her hubby’s corpse. It’s all too familiar for Alice. So, that’s the end of that case apparently — we have no idea if Rebecca is punished in any way for murder or if Alice related to her situation so hard that she helped her get away. Oh well, whatever.
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Earlier, Sophie and Alice figured out how Ben chooses his aliases — he reads the obituaries in the New York Tribune and finds men who died without leaving any family behind. They find a newly dead dude who fits the bill named Michael Thorne, and Alice places a call to the Tribune to run his obit, hoping Ben will take the bait.
At a fancy restaurant, the princess meets up with Ben and makes her royal revelation to him as he feigns surprise. She asks what his name is, and he tells her Michael Thorne. One point for Alice!