Eric finds unexpected answers in even more unexpected places
Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright
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Last week’s episode of Secrets and Lies probably had you thinking “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!” — and rightfully so. There were so many questions that needed answering during that hour of lies, they seemed to multiply as the minutes went by. Since when were Detective Cornell and Danny in cahoots?! Since when was Danny also a detective?! How do any of these things make sense?! (That last question is probably something you ask yourself every week, but I digress.)

Relax. They all make sense, and there’s a good reason (I guess) behind Danny and Cornell’s decision to become a tag team. So let’s dive right in.

Here we are, back in Eric’s apartment with Eric and Detective Danny, after Detective Cornell arrests Neil and takes him in for questioning. In an attempt to smooth things over and prove he hasn’t been lying to Eric the entire time, Danny reveals he’s a cop with the NYPD and that his daughter (Rachel) went missing one night after a heated argument about her promiscuity. Eric isn’t buying it, but Danny insists he and Cornell were just trying to help each other. Citing Liam’s fraud, he also says if he wanted to screw Eric over, he would’ve done so by now. And I, actually, kind of believe him.


After being arrested, Neil tells Detective Cornell he slept with Carly in his car at the time of Kate’s death. Since she needs Carly to confirm his alibi, Cornell and her colleague basically catfish her into thinking they’re clients before arresting her. Cornell claims she just wants to double-check Neil’s story, but since Carly isn’t giving her the info she needs about her relationship to Kate and others at the party, she has her arrested for solicitation. The joke ends up being on Cornell, though, because by the time she suits up to bring Carly in for another round of questioning, she finds out she’s already been released. Carly having been on “dates” with almost everyone in the police department may or may not have had something to do with that.

Cornell brings this to her boss, but he isn’t trying to hear it. Instead, he reprimands her for using Danny as an informant for this case. See, there’s a warrant out for Danny’s arrest — apparently, he walked away mid-testimony during a high-profile narcotics case. So Cornell is now in a bind: Arrest Danny or be suspended.

NEXT: Eric’s quest for answers

Everything Eric found out about Kate this week also bears repeating:

  • Detective Cornell pops up as Eric struggles to guess the code to the secret iPad Kate left in her desk (the one Eric didn’t tell Cornell anything about.) She brings with her the mail she removed from Kate’s (also secret) P.O. Box a few days ago. After questioning why Eric wanted so badly to see what was delivered to this P.O. box, she gleefully reveals Kate had just paid off the mortgage for a house in Boone. You might ask, “But why would she do that?” Well…
  • When Eric and Patrick learn said mortgage Little Kate paid off belongs to Big Kate (a.k.a. Kate’s mother), they take a road trip to Boone to check out the house. Eric has clearly never met Kate’s mother — she thinks they’re debt collectors when they first show up — and she doesn’t even know Kate was murdered, likely because the two of them haven’t spoken since Kate left home at 16. You might ask again, “But why would she do that?” Well…
  • In a flashback, Kate tells Amanda the one thing she’s done that she isn’t proud of: Stealing someone’s boyfriend just as he was about to propose to the (not-so) lucky lady. Can you guess what’s coming next? Here’s a hint that’s not subtle at all: Kate stole her mom’s boyfriend, Jake, when she was 16. In addition, Eric finds out said boyfriend is likely the father of the baby Kate gave up for adoption. After being ambushed by Eric and taking a punch to the face, Jake explains the age of consent in Boone was 16 at the time. That doesn’t make the thought of their relationship any less cringe-worthy, though.
  • Jake talks about his most recent encounter with Kate, during which she revealed she gave up their baby boy — now a college student named Charlie — for adoption after leaving town. Kate found Charlie’s adoptive parents in the hopes of meeting him, and reached out to Jake because she thought Charlie would want to know who his biological father was. But Jake, unfortunately, wasn’t interested in meeting him.

So, at the end of another episode, I have more questions:

  • Does Carly know more than she’s claiming?
  • Was Danny actually paid to throw that case?
  • Why does everyone in Eric’s family have so much animosity towards Melanie?
  • Who is “Ethan Barrett” and why does he keep calling Cornell?
  • Where is John?!

Episode grade: B+

Episode Recaps

Secrets and Lies
This ABC drama—based on the Australian series of the same name—is about a man (Ryan Phillippe) suspected of murder being hunted down by a detective (Juliette Lewis). Sound familiar?
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