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'The Mysteries of Laura' episode 2 recap: 'The Mystery of the Dead Date'

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “The Mystery of the Dead Date” | Aired Sept 24, 2014 

This week’s episode of The Mysteries Of Laura showed that the show can be a well-balanced crime drama with both tender moments and the perfect dose of comic relief.

Diamond (Debra Messing) and Sands (Laz Alonso) arrive at the crime scene to discover the body of  a young woman labeled Samantha Jones (a reference to the Sex and the City character) dangling from a red scarf in a Brooklyn yoga studio. The medical examiner announces that the victim was strangled by her own scarf. They also notice skin samples under her nails, horrible cologne permeating the air, and a stack of new lingerie.

“Fifty shades of very dark gray, ” remarks Sands.

The clever Laura tracks down the victim’s real identity, Christa Chase, by looking up her clothing receipts. Back at the precinct, Laura’s ex, Jake, makes himself at home and treats the others to Cronuts, pizza, and a posh coffee machine.

“You’re being Jaked,” Laura warns her excited counterparts.

Laura and Billy go to Staten Island to notify Christa’s apathetic ex-husband and his new wife, who claim to be at home the night of the murder. Max checks and clears their alibis using their E-ZPass accounts.

“22 Hump Street. That’s why you lie about watching baseball.” Jack laughs.

At Christa’s apartment, they discover that the newly single mother recently joined the Passion Pairing online dating service. Back at the scarf yoga studio, Diamond and Sands interrogate the crude Mrs. Pulaski, a fellow classmate whom the victim pressed assault charges against two weeks prior to the murder. This leads them to a used-car salesman, sleazy Charlie Carazzo. Laura shows off her impressive driving skills when she takes a car for a high-speed test drive when Carazzo makes a run for it. To their surprise, Carazzo admits to pulling a deadly prank involving a squirrel and a firecracker.

“That sick idiot had two women fighting over him. I can’t wait to start dating,” scoffs Laura.

With the assistance of a funny protester named Sammi, Laura sets up a profile similar to Christa’s on the dating site while Jake and Sands get to know one another over drinks.

When Laura announces her plan to catch the killer by setting up dates at a singles bar, Jake offers to come along as backup.

“I don’t need my ex watching me slay dragons in a singles bar,” Laura says, putting Jake in his place.

Undercover at the bar, Laura narrows down her dates/suspects in record time. After a guy at the bar spills his drink down her back, she is defended by her last date of the evening, Kevin (Bhavesh Patel). Noticing that Kevin matches the criteria for the killer, she gives Billy the signal. Kevin gives them the slip. One of the most enjoyable features of the show is the playful banter between Laura and Jake.

“Ah, doing the walk of shame into the precinct. You got back on the horse fast,” Jake teases.

“Twelve saddles. I filmed the whole thing. You can watch it on Jakeisanidiot.porn,” Laura snaps back.

With Sammi’s help, Laura arranges to meet Kevin again later that evening. He admits not only that Christa had stood him up the night of the murder, but that the guy who spilled his drink on Laura is Michael Devlin (Lorenzo Pisoni), a wingman for hire who specializes in seducing divorced women.

Using Devlin’s website, Laura finds and arranges to meet up with another woman going by the username “scarredforever,” who was raped by Devlin. As Laura flirts with Devlin at the bar, her team locates gratuitous texts to the late Christa on his phone. They tail Laura back to Devlin’s bachelor pad, where Laura’s well-planned strategy to test Devlin turns into a violent row. During the fight, Laura discovers matching scratches on his chest from when he assaulted Christa. Devlin gets the upper hand, about to strangle Laura, when the others arrive just in time to take him down.

This particular episode was more enjoyable than the first for many reasons. As a viewer, it was great to see the supporting characters working together as a team during the murder investigation. The plot focused on police procedures, eliminating the twins’ boorish antics and Laura’s binge eating. Most important, it showed Laura as a serious and sympathetic detective who cares about all of the victims. The characters are still fun and the mysteries are fresh. Here’s looking forward to what next week brings.

The Mysteries of Laura airs Wednesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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