We gave it a B-
In most normal relationships, pointing a gun at your significant other during a disagreement would probably be cause for a breakup. But this is The Catch — and Alice and Ben aren’t exactly a “normal” couple — so we’ve got to suspend our disbelief a bit, as we do with most other Shondaland shows.
When we last saw our favorite criminals and PIs, more than one life hung in the balance. Did everyone make it out of “The Family Way” alive? Let’s find out.
Alice and Tommy
We open on Alice and Ben arguing over who has a better claim to the $3 million. Ben is trying to save Rhys from certain death by fugu poisoning, while Alice wants to prevent Tommy from being gunned down by the Southland cartel. If I had to choose, I’d keep Rhys around simply for his voice and sheer comedic relief. (I love me some T.R. Knight, but who isn’t a sucker for a British accent?)
Alice has an idea that could save them both, but it requires letting her beau in on a secret she’s been keeping: She’s been working with (for?) Margot, who’s the only other person they know who might have $3 million in cash laying around. It’s entertaining to see Ben in the same room as his current and former flames, but Alice is on brother duty, so she quickly takes off.
Back at AVI, Nick and Val give Alice the unfortunate news: The LAPD charged Tommy with the Kincaid murders. His fingerprints were all over the house, and the $3 million they stashed in his name gave him motive, so they really had no choice. Alice insists her brother’s innocent, but when she arrives home to find her living room in disarray — and an angry, disheveled Tommy holding a gun — we’re not so sure.
If you’re wondering how a guy accused of a double homicide gets out of jail, it turns out Tommy asked the mysterious Ethan (who’s presumably one of Alice’s exes) to pay his bail. He claims the gun is for his own protection against Tasker, and he wants Alice to hand over the money so he can disappear, but she’s not willing to play ball. She wants to bring down Tasker and the cartel her own way — and if we’ve learned anything about Alice so far, it’s that she usually gets what she wants.
The next day, Tommy’s telling his sister everything he knows about the cartel when Tasker himself comes a-calling. He knows Tommy was arrested and is interested to know what his former associate may have told the police, so he’s changing the terms of their agreement: Tasker wants the money at 4 p.m., and he wants Alice to bring Tommy along with her “for a chat.” If she doesn’t agree, he’ll come to her — and his tone is menacing enough to convey the true meaning of his words.
Never fear, though, because Alice (as always) is up to the challenge. She’s about to share her strategy with Ben when she suddenly hangs up the phone, only to turn around and greet Ethan (!!!). She’s there to ask for help in proving Tommy’s innocence, and the seemingly charming guy agrees to do what he can, “no strings attached.” As it so happens, Ethan has some friends in high places, like the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Those connections come in handy when Alice meets Tasker at the drop point. Upon seeing no Tommy, Tasker wants Alice to come with him — but he changes his tune when she reveals the SEC has frozen the assets of all the companies in his name (i.e. the SEC now controls the cartel’s money). If he wants to stay alive, he’ll do exactly as Alice says, which is confess to the Kincaid murders in exchange for getting the SEC to back off. Sure, he’ll be in jail, but maybe he’ll survive the cartel’s wrath.
Unsurprisingly, Tasker isn’t thrilled with Alice’s idea. He pulls a gun and tells her to release the money, at which point Alice tricks him into admitting he shot the Kincaids — and since she’s wearing a wire, the LAPD has enough evidence to pull in and arrest him. Score another one for AVI!
After a quick stop to return Ethan’s bail money — I get the sense we’ll be learning a lot more about Ethan in future episodes — Alice returns to AVI to grab the $3 million and turn it over to the LAPD as evidence. The money’s missing from the locked cabinet where she hid it, and all that remains is (another) note from Tommy: “I had to. Sorry Alice.”
Luckily, Alice put a tracker in the bag and meets Tommy at the airport. She’s not going to stop him from leaving, but if he chooses to take the money, they’re done. “There’s only so many times I can let you break my heart,” she tells him. Tommy, though, doesn’t think he’s “good like her.” After a quick hug, he heads up the escalator to catch his flight, as a devastated Alice yells after him: “Don’t call me. Don’t write. Don’t ever come back.”