Cornell opens up about her former partner and Eric meets Charlie's adoptive parents

By Danielle Jackson
November 07, 2016 at 01:54 AM EST
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Last week’s episode shifted the focus a bit by having Eric and Cornell split the hour’s point of view. But one thing that remains the same is Eric’s search for the truth. And, after tonight, he may have found out more than he originally hoped to.

Meet the Petersons

When Eric goes into the office the morning after his confrontation with Danny, he finds a man named Mark Peterson (Larry Poindexter) in the lobby. Apparently, Mark has no idea Kate was murdered and claims to have had a meeting with her about, err, “investments.” That’s funny, because as Eric kindly points out, Kate didn’t handle investments. What’s also interesting is how quickly Mark skated away after Eric revealed Kate was dead.

Patrick does some digging and finds Mark’s driver’s license and address. Eric, being Eric, decides to make a house call to ask him a few questions. That’s when he discovers Mark is married to Belinda (Romy Rosemont), a.k.a. the suspicious woman seen in security footage from the party on the night Kate was murdered. Eric questions her, asking what she was doing at the office and, of course, if she had anything to do with Kate’s death. Belinda denies it but reveals she and Mark adopted Charlie, the baby Kate gave away when she was 16. Kate reached out to Belinda because she wanted to meet Charlie, but Belinda didn’t want Kate anywhere near him. The two had lunch at a diner when she basically told Kate to stay far away from her son. But as she points out, that doesn’t mean she killed Kate — if Eric wants the proof, he can just check the security footage.

But that’s the problem: The party’s security footage has been erased, and after Eric tells Belinda, she conveniently tells him she may know who erased it. She remembers seeing a blonde woman wearing a “tight, tight dress and a lot of makeup and high heels and jewelry” leaving the security office. That description was enough for Eric to realize the woman Belinda’s talking about is Patrick’s wife, Melanie. Dun dun duuuun.

But let’s hold on to that little bundle of knowledge for just a second. As Eric makes his way to the door, Belinda explains that after hearing about Kate’s death in the news and finding out she was pregnant, she understands why Kate was so eager to meet Charlie: She couldn’t live with herself if she had another baby before making sure the one she gave away was safe and happy.

Enter: Charlie (Cody Longo). Charlie knew who Kate was — and he knew who Eric was, too. After getting a letter from the adoption agency and finding out Kate wanted to meet him, Charlie did some digging of his own, which lead him to Eric’s firm — where he spotted the husband and wife leaving the building. Belinda followed Charlie there and explained that she got so defensive in front of Kate because she saw the way Charlie looked at her when he first saw her. The scene basically ends with a lot of hugging and a lot of tears…from the Peterson family and me.

NEXT: Cornell opens up

Detective Cornell: A Day in the Life

Major Bryant’s (David James Elliott) ultimatum in last week’s episode put Detective Cornell in a bit of a bind. Because she used Danny as an informant despite there being a warrant for his arrest, she’s now being forced to either take him into custody or be suspended.

She manages to weasel her way out of choosing either one. When she and Detective Ralston (Brendon Hines) show up to Danny’s motel to arrest him, it looks like Danny managed to GTFO before his coffee even got cold. Ralston accuses Cornell of tipping Danny off and only bringing him along for the unsuccessful arrest so she could have a witness to prove their feeble attempt to Major Bryant. Cornell denies it pretty well, as it actually turns out to be the truth.

She briefly meets up with Danny later, telling him to go home and take the stand in his narcotics trial before he continues searching for his daughter. She pretty much dismisses him, claiming there’s not much she can do to help him anymore. Since this is Danny we’re talking about, I have a strong feeling this isn’t going to end well.

And speaking of things not ending well, Cornell shows up to her ex-husband, Ethan Barrett’s (Jake Weber), house that night and has a pretty hostile conversation with her daughter, Jennifer (Cole Bernstein). Jennifer is a recovering drug addict, and it looks like her addiction put a bit of a strain on their mother-daughter relationship. When Jennifer picks a fight with Cornell and teases her with information about Ethan’s new girlfriend, Cornell taps out and decides to just leave.  

Later, Ethan shows up at the police station as Cornell has a mini-outburst in front her coworkers. It turns out Cornell just happens to be under a little more stress than usual — today is the day her former partner, Ivan Dale (Nigel Gibbs), was killed in the line of duty. In a flashback, the duo is seen canvassing for a case when an unknown person shoots Ivan through their door. Major Bryant later says that while the case is still being investigated, Ivan was killed at a drug house, and there was no way of knowing who actually pulled the trigger.

There’s Something About Melanie (and Patrick)

Patrick and Melanie have a few things they need to explain:

  • After a pretty heated conversation with Melanie — in which she both threatens and teases him about not knowing very much about Kate before her death — Eric asks May to be on the lookout for a statement from a bank the firm doesn’t even do business with. Once she finds the statement, they discover someone opened up a line of credit worth $12 million using investor funds. The episode fades to black as Eric meets with a man at the bank and discovers Patrick was the one who opened the account.
  • May also uses the discovery of the bank statement to reveal to Eric that, at one point, she overheard Neil and Kate arguing after she caught him having sex in his office…with Melanie.
  • Oh yeah, then there’s the fact it was Melanie who erased the security footage.
  • Things are starting to get a little messy. But that’s expected, right?

    Episode grade: A-

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