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The Catch recap: The Laragan Gambit

Everybody’s bugging everybody

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The Catch

TV Show
Crime, Drama, Thriller
run date:
Mireille Enos, Peter Krause
Current Status:
In Season

Following the rekindling of their romance last week, Ben and Alice are still riding high on that a-little-less-guarded loving feeling. The episode begins with Ben texting Alice, asking to meet up again. After not getting a response within two minutes of sending his text, Ben calls her, and the two make plans to meet each other at noon. But little does Alice know that Agent Dao is listening in on the call.

As noon draws closer, both Ben and Alice lie to their business partners to find an excuse to see each other. It looks like they’re both about to take yet another step closer to their former relationship, but before he can get to Alice, Ben spots Dao spying on the rendezvous point, so he calls Alice and tells her that he won’t be meeting her. Alice notices Dao, too, and is just as concerned as Ben since she didn’t tell him she would be there. Immediately afterward, Alice asks Sophie to look at her cell phone to see if it’s been hacked.

For this episode, Alice’s case-of-the-week is pretty minimal and remains incomplete (probably to be continued next week), so I’m just going to get through all of it right now. Powerful city attorney Rene is married to William, who has discovered pictures of his wife getting cozy with another man. William suspects that Rene is cheating on him, but Alice, Danny, and Sophie find out that the other man, Tony Ellis, is a powerful businessman known for buying up politicians and that he’s actually blackmailing Rene because he has information that William slept with one of his 17-year-old students back when he was starting out as a teacher at age 21. Alice is able to bug Tony’s phone and confronts him by saying that she knows all he’s been up to, but he is unfazed, responding that he’s going to attack Anderson, Vaughan and Associates back. Dun dun DUN!

Okay, so the case is out of the way, but we still have to talk about what con Ben and Margot are going to pull this week. The pair of grifters are still $10 million in debt to the mysterious “Benefactor,” but (maybe) luckily for them, collector Felicity swoops in like a gun-toting angel, delivering the news that the Benefactor will forgive the debt if they can steal the bracelet of the prime minister of Larágo (it’s a made up country, I tried to look it up). Margot and Ben come up with a plan to distract the Prime Minister at an upcoming gala and swipe the bracelet, and they enlist Felicity to help them do it.

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Back at Anderson, Vaughan and Associates, Val is proving that she’s got some super-spy skills herself by grabbing Alice’s phone away from Sophie without her noticing. After learning Alice is still talking to Ben, Val confronts her, forcing Alice to finally tell her that she’s been going after him with the help of Agent Dao. Also, in a later scene, Danny tells Alice he’s known about the Ben chase all along, too. Thank God the whole Alice team is finally on the same page!

That night, Agent Dao drops by Alice’s house with a bottle of wine, and the possibility that he could be another love interest for Alice seems to grow even more as they share laughs and smiles over their wine glasses. However, that stops immediately when Alice gets a call from Ben, telling her that Dao has bugged her house and that he can’t be trusted. Sure enough, Alice (pretending to be on the phone with Sophie so Dao won’t suspect anything) checks her doorknob and discovers the bug. After she hangs up, Alice pushes Dao to tell the truth about anything he might be hiding from her, but much to her disappointment, he says he’s not hiding anything.

NEXT: Brace(let) yourselves…