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'The Catch' recap: 'The Benefactor'

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The Catch

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
03/24/16
performer:
Mireille Enos, Peter Krause
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Crime, Drama, Thriller

It’s finally that time Catch fans — after five episodes of talking about the mysterious “Benefactor” who has been pulling Margot and Ben’s strings all this time, we get to meet him at last. And he doesn’t seem all that scary…at first. Ben and Margot walk in on the Benefactor having sex with Felicity in her hotel room, but Rhys (the Benefactor’s name, as we learn) is much more excited to see Ben than to keep having sex. Rhys giddily screams “Benji!” when he notices him and runs over for a naked hug and kiss, then turning to greet Margot, as well, who we find out is his sister!

Now that the bigwig Benefactor is in town, Ben really needs to get back that bracelet he stole last week, which Alice in turn stole from him. He calls Alice in a panic to meet him and return the bracelet, and in the ice-cold manner of a powerful woman who finally has the upper hand over her con man ex, she commits to nothing and remains unfazed at Ben’s fears for his life and hers.

Over to that other complicated romance: Danny dejectedly watches Agent Shawn and Sophie flirting it up in front of him, but actually they are talking about a new case they want his help with. Turns out, Shawn’s old Army buddy, Poussey from Orange Is the New Black (her actual character name is Nia), is receiving death threats due to the fact that she’s the first woman to be a part of the Army’s elite special ops unit of Rangers. Anderson, Vaughan, and Associates takes the case, and Danny has his first lead with First Lt. Evan Connors.

Back to the Benefactor. Ben buys some time in handing over the bracelet by coming up with the excuse that he’s hidden it so other criminals couldn’t nab it from him. Over breakfast, as Margot subtly shades her lover Felicity for sleeping with her brother, Rhys reveals that their mother actually sent him to make peace with Margot, but that could totally be a lie. After the meal, Ben and Margot argue over whether to trust Rhys. Apparently, Ben and Rhys used to be partners before Ben and Margot, and she’s worried that with him back in the picture she’ll disappear. She makes Ben promise to stick together with her against Rhys.

Meanwhile, Anderson, Vaughan, and Associates is getting its own unwanted guest. Agent Dao drops by to tell Alice “Hey, sorry about bugging your house” (I’m paraphrasing) and also to let Val and Alice know that Ben has stolen the expensive Larágan bracelet. Given that Alice is currently wearing said bracelet, it’s not exactly news to her — she stealthily slips it into her pocket and uses her anger at him as a means to storm off.

On her way to return the bracelet to the Larágan Consulate, Alice is held up by two gunmen from the Shive criminal group. Don’t forget that Alice can take care of herself! Unarmed, she manages to take them both down, but as Ben drives up to help her, one of the gunmen gets the better of Alice and drives off with the bracelet. Now that she’s already kicked some ass as a part of this mission, Alice wants in on helping Ben get the bracelet back and plans to use Agent Dao to do it.

Things aren’t so clear for our scheming siblings, Margot and Rhys. Staking their claim as the Lannisters of The Catch, Margot seduces Felicity to get information about why Rhys really wants the bracelet, and later Rhys and Margot laugh over his failed attempts to keep Ben loyal by making some advances of his own: “He is rather straight, isn’t he?” Of course, all they both want is power. As we learn, Margot was expecting to take over the crime syndicate after her father died, but solely due to the fact that she’s a woman, that position was given to Rhys instead.

And let’s just keep that misogyny rolling — Nia decides to crash Danny’s stakeout on death threat suspect Evan at a bar and confronts him head-on about. He wishes he’d threatened her because he just hates women basically. And though Evan is a huge jerk, he didn’t send Nia the death threats. Danny still punches him out because Evan is a woman-hating piece of s—. Oh also, Nia’s brother Brian is just randomly in the scene too for no reason… Wonder if he’s going to be a part of this story at all?

NEXT: Alice Airlines and Felicity’s fate…

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On the con artist side of things, Ben has told Rhys that Mickey Shive stole the bracelet from him, and now the two former partners are teaming up yet again to get it back. Alice is kind enough to tell Ben where to find Shive, and Ben and Rhys wear police uniforms and steal a cop car to pull him over and tase him. The tasing clearly gives Rhys great delight, but not as much as shooting Mickey in the back after finding out he already handed the bracelet off to his boss.

Apparently, though, Rhys uses some super-special bullets because once Agent Dao checks out the crime scene he quickly comes to the conclusion Ben is involved since the “only other time” he’s seen these bullets was when his beloved Natalie was shot. As Val calls Alice to tell her Ben is the suspect, our leading lady walks into her room to find Ben already there with his defense that he didn’t shoot Mickey ready. Alice is unsure about continuing to help him now that she’s a criminal accomplice, but Ben’s masterpiece gift gives her the idea to forge a second bracelet so that both Dao and Reese can be happy and she can put this whole mess behind her.

Things aren’t so hopeful with Nia’s case, though. Quintessential gentleman Danny walks her home, and they’re being pretty flirty as well, I might add, but the mood totally shifts when they discover Nia’s home has been vandalized and a soldier’s grave placed in the middle of her living room. The next day, Danny brings Alice over to Nia’s, but the place is already being cleaned up by Nia’s friend Captain Todd. Alice is immediately suspicious because Todd is taking all the evidence with him. Later that night, Danny comes by to help keep Nia safe, and with no death threats in sight, they end up causing a disturbance of their own…in the bedroom! (sorry).

But after Danny and Nia’s night together, Sophie forces them to face the light that they highly suspect Todd is behind the death threats. As her sworn brother in arms, Nia is reluctant to even believe the possibility that Todd could be behind this, but Alice convinces her to at least tell Todd that she’s been investigating the death threats and they can observe whether he calls up an accomplice or not. Sure enough, Todd has been getting the orders from Nia’s brother, Brian, who wanted to scare her out of the Ranger program in order to protect her. Thankfully, Alice is in the room to call out Brian’s bulls— “I wanted to protect you by sending you disgustingly elaborate death threats” motive, and Nia decides to continue unimpeded as a Ranger, leaving the office by telling Danny the Shondaland mission statement: “You work with some powerful, kickass women.”

Margot is finding out some pretty wild things about her brother as well. Felicity tells her that Rhys isn’t planning on selling the bracelet, but actually giving it to powerful people in India to open his syndicate up internationally. Now knowing her brother’s true plans, Margot makes Rhys agree to forgive the debt that’s been keeping her under his thumb in full if he wants her and Ben to help him re-steal the bracelet, and he angrily agrees.

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Then the plot to get the bracelet back from crimelord Emerick Shive is on, and it’s up to Alice and Ben. Alice channels Britney Spears in “Toxic” by disguising herself as a flight attendant on Shive’s airplane and roofies his champagne to swipe the bracelet. Of course, she and Ben have also created a forged bracelet so that both Dao and Rhys can get what they want, and it’s unclear whether Alice took the real one to hand over to Ben or left the real one for Dao to find.

And Dao has some suspicions about how easy the case turned out to be (after all, he did just have to walk on to a plane and take the bracelet from the pocket of some already passed-out dude). He’s airing his grievances over drinks with Val and basically nails what’s going on exactly when he says, “Alice plays games while you seduce me.” Val just laughs, and the next scene is them having sex.

Now we’re in a Shonda-famous sex montage, moving from Dao and Val, over to Alice and Ben, and finally Margot and Felicity. After Rhys announced that he wants to stay in Los Angeles for a while longer, he put Felicity in charge of his expanding foreign affairs, so this is a goodbye lovemaking sesh for Margot and Felicity. But right when Felicity leaves Margot’s room, Rhys is there to catch her in all her postcoital-ness, realizing she was the one to tell Margot about his plans for the bracelet. Rhys intimidates Felicity to give her any information on Margot, but all she can offer up is the name Alice Vaughan, which Rhys happily accepts before shooting her in the head without any feeling.

Rhys then Googles Alice to find her investigation agency online before delivering the creepy and foreboding last lines: “Hello, Miss Vaughan, how lovely to meet you.”

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