We gave it an A-
This is a show about a career criminal who lied about his true identity to the woman he loved for an entire year so he could steal her clients’ money, so it’s really no surprise that trust issues abound in tonight’s episode of The Catch. But this time, it’s more than just Alice who has reason to be skeptical — almost every character is holding something back from at least one of the people in their lives. In fact, I’m starting to think Rhys might be the most honest one of the bunch, when he’s not conjuring up cover identities so he can commit crimes with aplomb, of course.
“The Hammer” picks up right where we left off last week, with Alice and Val finding a nervous Margot in the AVI offices with a business proposition. Smartly, the private investigators pull their guns in case it’s all a ruse. But Margot’s telling the truth about why she needs the firm’s help, and when she opens a briefcase containing a cool $500,000 in cash, Alice and Val are naturally tempted. After all, they have no money, no clients, and hardly any staff.
They consult with Danny and Sophie, who are wary of working for a criminal again. But Alice reasons that taking Margot’s case will let them keep tabs on her more easily — and no, she won’t be telling Margot that Ben’s out of jail and working for the FBI, nor will she be telling her fiancé about AVI’s newest client. If the latter doesn’t spell disaster, I don’t know what does.
In other news, Jimmy and Cathy Kincaid are indeed aliases whose cover names only go back eight months. With no leads on their real identities yet, Alice summons Tommy to the AVI office, where he doesn’t seem too surprised to learn about his former employers’ murders. He does, however, give Sophie and Danny a tip that the dogs he walked for couple are microchipped, the registration for which could help lead them to the Kincaids’ real identities.
Meanwhile, Ben’s deal with the devil is kicking into high gear, and, of course, Rhys has invited himself to the party. Diaz gives them their first assignment: An informant told the FBI that Kenji Yoshida, a chef at local hot spot Vinzu, is smuggling high-end contraband through his restaurant. Diaz wants them to place hidden cameras at the property so she can get enough probable cause for a warrant. Ben and Rhys immediately start brainstorming cover stories, but Diaz already has one: Hilariously, she wants them to pose as exterminators, even though they’re much more used to wearing fine suits than coveralls splattered in bug carcasses.
Back at Margot’s place, Alice and Val retrieve the bullet that killed Jamison and realize it’s custom-made, which means it’ll be harder to track. After asking Margot to make a list of her enemies who’d want her dead, they lay down the law: She can’t go anywhere until they find the shooter, which means no internet, no contact with anyone other than the AVI team, a new burner phone, the works. Margot’s not happy, but if she wants to stay alive, she really has no choice.
After a long day at work, Alice arrives home to find Tommy, Ben, and Rhys preparing a surprise dinner party. She privately insists to Ben that he (and especially Rhys!) can’t be there, but Ben wants to get to know Tommy and spend his last free night with Alice before his FBI gig officially starts and they’re forced to stay apart. What follows is likely one of history’s most awkward dinners, during which loose-lipped Rhys starts spilling everyone’s secrets, to Tommy’s amazement. When the meal is over, the lovebirds have a whispery shouting match (she doesn’t want her brother to overhear) about Rhys and Ben’s potential influence over a seemingly impressionable Tommy.
Their fight moves to the living room, where Alice says Tommy might be tempted by the lure of a criminal lifestyle, seeing as how he’s a 35-year-old who’s never had a real job. She’s just afraid for his safety, she contends, but she doesn’t know li’l bro is in the kitchen and overheard everything. Ouch.