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'The Mysteries of Laura' recap: A familiar sex scandal mystery

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Mystery of the Sex Scandal” | Aired Oct 8, 2014

This week’s episode revolves around a New York congressman’s alleged affair with one of his young campaign staffers, Caitlin Coyne (Dillan Arrick).

Under Jake’s instructions, Laura tails Caitlin from a sample sale to Times Square, where the intern is shot at close range in front of a crowd of tourists. Congressman Jameson is dismissed as a suspect, when his alibi for attending an event at The Children’s Initiative is cleared. He also provides a note from his doctor, explaining it is physically impossible for him to have conducted an affair.

Billy goes to interview Caitlin’s best friend Heather, who insists that Caitlin is focused on her work assisting Kenneth Walters, (Wallace Shawn) a famous lawyer at the Justice Defense Clinic.

Shocked by the murder, Walters claims that he was attending an immigration hearing across town at the time of the murder. He announces that he is excited about being appointed to a judgeship by his old friend, Congressman Jameson.

Thanks to Max’s hacking skills, Laura and Billy track down sleazy reporter Matthew Stohr (Matthew Walton) to Dahlia’s Tea Room, a posh downtown bondage club. Laura uses her whip-snapping skills to get Stohr to share two voice messages on his phone from Caitlin. In the first, Caitlin claims to have an affair with the congressman. In the second, she insinuates that she has evidence of another scandal. When they learn that the hotel wasn’t open during the time of the alleged affair, Jake and Laura realize that Caitlin was a pawn in a dirty political trick.

Laura and Jake pay a visit to Maguire, Jameson’s competition. Laura visits Maguire’s former manager, Calvin Gold, (Dan Butler) at the Serenity Spa. Gold not only admits to knowing about the classified Times Square blind spot, but suggests that the amateurish scheme was set up by someone who wants Maguire to win the election.

Using a cardboard mock-up of Times Square and surveillance footage, the team discovers a new blind spot. They proceed to confront an employee at Game Pipe, who claims to have been blackmailed by a master hacker into shutting off the store’s outdoor camera.

Billy and Meredith (Janina Gavankar) put their gamer skills to the test to draw out and track “The Overlord.”

“If you have some secret ninja gamer skills, let your freak flag fly,” Billy teases Meredith.

At Heather’s apartment, Laura and Jake discover that Heather posed as Caitlin in order to cheat her way through law school. When Heather is found murdered on the sidewalk, it becomes clear that the two friends were being blackmailed.

They arrest “The Overlord,” an infamous hacker named Paul Scott. In the interrogation room, Scott has a violent argument on the phone with his lawyer. Laura redials the phone and reaches the Justice Defense Fund Clinic.

Jake asks Jameson about his plans to appoint Walter as a judge, which the congressman dismisses. Jameson tells Jake he has never met Walters before. Laura confronts Walters, the master blackmailer and Maguire’s old school friend. His alibi falls apart when Laura reveals that the immigration court was closed that day. Caitlin’s phone records indicate that he arranged to meet her in Times Square.

Scott admits that Walters blackmailed him into forcing the Game Pipe employee to shut down the security camera. The usual standoff ensues when Walters pulls a gun on Laura. In a swift move, they unarm the “lefty lawyer turned ruthless killer.”

Compared to earlier episodes, this week’s mystery seemed to be yet another in a long line of overplayed political sex scandal plot lines. The one standout quality was that the crime brought the supporting characters into the forefront, humorously revealing their interests and making them feel accessible to viewers. Considering that the pacing of the show and the character development have improved, one is left to hope that future episodes will feature more original crimes and perpetrators.

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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