Alice drinks some trippy juice
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Welcome to this week’s episode of How to Kinda Get Away with Conning Your Fiancée. This week, Agent Dao revealed a startling secret about Ben’s past, Alice helped out an MS patient in a malpractice suit, and Ben got closer to Princess Zara, but only as friends, since he also takes his Alice-fawning up a level. Let’s break it all down.

At the start of the episode, Ben (who is actually Michael Thorne now, remember?) is butting heads with Princess Zara’s bodyguard/guardian/handler/I-don’t-really-know-what-he-is Qasim. Michael is trying to get close to the princess in order to help his gang pull of their con, but Qasim is clearly suspicious of him. He doesn’t hide those suspicions very well — Qasim and his group of bodyguards break into Ben/Michael’s apartment, and Qasim basically straight-up tells him that he doesn’t think he is actually Michael Thorne and that he’s on to him.

So, you can now add Qasim to the list of people who are on Ben’s trail, along with both Alice (of course) and Agent Jules Dao, who was listening in on Alice’s calls and now knows Ben is using the name Michael Thorne, as well. Basically, everyone but Ben and his two con man homies is after Ben, got it?

On to our case-of-the-week: Alice and Co. are going to help find evidence to substantiate a malpractice suit against a pharmaceutical company that ran questionable MS drug trials. (That was a lot of big words). The real juicy part, though, is that it’s Val’s sister-in-law who is filing the suit, and Val isn’t exactly her husband’s biggest fan right now — she filed for a divorce from him, and he hasn’t signed the papers yet. Despite the spousal awkwardness, Val and Alice take on the assignment.

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But of course, there’s got to be some other major thing going on, right? Agent Dao stops Alice at her office and tells her that Ben (to them he’s still Chris) has killed someone in his past. Dao shows Alice photos of a woman named Natalie who had been shot in the back and tells her that Chris was the one who shot her. Being the super sleuth/romantic-at-heart that she is, Alice picks up that Dao was in love with Natalie but still doesn’t agree to work with him just yet.

For their big con, Ben as Michael poses as a realty investor who goes up against Qasim to bid on a set of large towers. At the auction, Margot (posing as another investor) is able to use Qasim’s hatred of Michael to get him to invest right away. But later, the con men discover that Qasim has actually conned them, by using only a fraction of Princess Zara’s investment money to to pay the holding fee and pocketing the difference. They come up with a plan to tell Princess Zara that Qasim has stolen from her, which works and she sends her bodyguard/whatever-he-is packing.

NEXT UP: Alice takes a nasty trip

To get proof that the MS trial drug has been tampered with, as Alice and Co. expect it has, Alice signs herself up for the clinical trial. After a mini spy scene to find the drug, during which everyone calls her “Allie” a lot for what I think is the first time so far this series, Alice decides it’s easier to just let it come to her. A nurse prepares to inject her with the MS drug, which her client has said caused her to hallucinate and blackout (so this isn’t a great thing to have injected in your body), and Alice is too distracted by a text from Sophie letting her know that Michael Thorne’s credit card had been used to stop the injection. Thankfully, she slyly disconnects the drip quickly after the injection. Then, she pockets the drug and jets, but not before the doctor gives her a glass of OJ.

Alice finds Chris at the restaurant Sophie texted her about, but uh oh — the drug is kicking in and Alice is starting to stumble and drop her phone and all other manner of messiness. Nobody seems to notice or care that this woman is just stumbling around this fancy restaurant; I guess they probably just thought she was drunk?

Anyway, Ben has other stuff to worry about, namely that he has a gun to his head. Yup, when he went to the bathroom during his dinner with Princess Zara, Qasim surprised him by threatening to kill him unless he found out the truth about Michael Thorne. The two men fight a little, but then Margot pops in and unflinchingly shoots Qasim dead. Oh, Reggie is there, too, and the three of them now have to get rid of this body. What a hassle!

Ben leaves the bathroom and sees Alice. He calls her from an international number and urges her to leave the restaurant for her own safety. Alice is so gone at this point that I’m surprised she can even stand. Anyway, she finds the trail of Qasim’s blood in the bathroom, and then sees Margot and Reggie stuffing his body in the trunk of their car. This is a very bad time to be on crazy drugs. She runs after Ben and Princess Zara, but they drive off, and Alice passes out — luckily Agent Dao is there to catch her. Dao sits with Alice as the drugs wear off, and after some convincing, she finally agrees that they should work together to take down Ben.

Back at the office the next day, the investigators seemed to have hit a wall: The lab found nothing was added to the MS drug. But Alice has a brainblast — the drug must be in the juice the patients have to drink after treatment. Sure enough, the doctor was drugging the juices because he wanted to tank his trial in order to restart it since the MS treatment wasn’t working for his wife. Okay, whatever, we’ll just accept that someone would do that, I guess.

Time for the episode closing Ben-and-Alice-still-love-each-other-you-guys scene, which starts with Alice and Ben both looking at old couple photos of themselves in their separate beds. Ben can’t take it anymore and calls her up. They share a terse and guarded conversation, in which Ben tells Alice not to trust Dao (hmm, interesting — what is Dao not telling us?) and then makes Alice promise to not come looking for him for her own safety. Alice assures him she won’t come looking for him, adding after she hangs up the phone that it’s “because I’ve already found you.” The chase is on!

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