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'The Mysteries of Laura' recap: Designs to kill for

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  “The Mystery of the Red Runway”  |  Aired Oct  22 , 2014

When designer clad would-be fashion designer Tyler Cole is found dead on the sidewalk from a single gunshot to the back, Laura and her team are plunged into investigating the corrupt side of the high-end fashion industry.

Their only reliable witness is Greta, the dog Tyler was walking and the beloved pet of Tyler’s mentor, designer Tom Burke (Gilles Marini). Tyler’s roommate, a Fordham law student, confirms that Tyler worked as Burke’s design assistant.

At Tom Burke’s office, the fashion designer informs the detectives that due to his hectic Fashion Week schedule, he allowed Tyler to walk his dog. Due to the fact that Tyler was wearing an identical Black Label pea coat that Burke also wears, Laura and Billy come to the conclusion that Burke was the shooter’s intended target. Placing Burke under protective custody, they bring him back to the precinct to discuss any possible hostile contacts with Jake.

The detectives visit Natalie Marquez (Wakeema Hollis), a temperamental super model Burke recently dropped from his new ad campaign. Natalie reveals that Burke had a massive fight with celebrity stylist  Alison Torres (Rona Figureoa), after he bailed out of his plans to provide her clients with Oscar gowns.

Back at the precinct, Jake recruits Max to help convince the department’s deputy comptroller to allow them to keep their swanky coffee machine. Jake runs into a new problem, when he realizes that Max is an unpaid intern hired by Laura.

Billy and Jake visit Allison during a photo shoot. Billy gets her to admit to conducting a personal relationship with Burke just before they tackle her suspicious-looking, gun-packing bodyguard.

“Look who understands women.” Jake teases.

“I watch Bravo.” Says Billy.

Refusing to cancel his fashion charity fundraiser, Burke agrees to give Laura a makeover and escort her to the gala.

At the party, Laura meets Gabriella Luca (Nicole Ansari), the head of Burke’s anti-counterfeiting campaign. Gabriella teaches Laura about the craftsmanship of Burke’s new expensive handbag. Over a plate of hors d’oeuvres they laugh about their mutual nervous eating habit.

“For $12,000, it better pick up the kids, wash the dishes and let me finish first,” Laura jokes with Gabriella.

Later that evening, an unknown assailant shoots Burke in the arm. Allison is cleared when forensics show that the bodyguard’s gun wasn’t used to murder Tyler or shoot Burke.

When Laura notices that Tyler was in the possession of a Tom Burke knockoff handbag identical to the one she used the previous evening, the team heads to Canal Street.

Billy and Meredith question a street vendor who claims that the new handbag hit the fake market six months prior to Fashion Week. They follow their lead to a city sweatshop where mass copies of Burke’s handbag are being made. Billy notices a suspicious bald man bossing around the factory employees.

After discovering that Tyler also kept a collection of handbag sketches, Laura informs Burke that the culprit is someone within the company. Unfortunately when they raid the sweatshop, both the merchandise and employees have cleared out.

Laura and Billy visit Gabriella at her shipping warehouse. As Laura observes Gabriella nervously eating a bag of pistachios, Billy spots the bald sweat shop boss loading merchandise into Gabriella’s warehouse. Moving fast, they arrest both suspects and bring them in for further questioning.

Back at Tyler’s apartment, Laura realizes that he wasn’t using his roommate’s textbooks as weights, but that he was reading up on trademark law. Believing that Tyler was thinking of going straight, Laura shifts the focus of her investigation. They soon discover that large amounts of money are being regularly deposited into a Swiss bank account under Burke’s name.

During Burke’s Fashion Week runway show, Laura gets the designer to admit his guilt; along with the fact he ripped off Tyler’s original design of the new bag and pretended it was his own. When he goes to make a break for it, Laura trips him and handcuffs him on the runway. The show ends on an uplifting note, when Jake trades the expensive coffee machine to the deputy comptroller to keep Max as an official member of the team.

The show is starting to successfully balance pace, plot, and character. One of the most enjoyable features of the show is the increasing incorporation of the usual tourist spots and favorite local hangouts with the actual investigation. New York City is truly a unique and beautiful character on its own, which is reflected in every episode. However, there is still one aspect of this enjoyable show that leaves room for improvement. Despite its clever banter and regular plot twists, deducing the identity of the real perpetrator often at times feels too easy. Is this the result of watching too many mystery programs? Maybe. But if there’s one thing to keep both fingers crossed for over the next few weeks, it is the introduction of more clever, unexpected criminals with a more unpredictable agenda. Here’s looking forward and thinking positively as to what next week’s show will bring.


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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