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Season 1 | Episode 7 | “The Mystery of the Art Ace” | Aired Oct 29, 2014

This week’s episode of The Mysteries of Laura delves into the darker side of high art and illegal gambling in Midtown Manhattan.

Laura and Jake investigate the murder of an art gallery assistant, David Sarkissian, after his dead body is found in a dumpster surrounded by empty beer bottles in Koreatown. They determine that David was not the victim of a mugging when they discover $20,000 stuffed down his pants. At his family’s art gallery, they learn about David’s criminal past from his sister Angela (Sarah Utterback) and father Julius (Ned Eisenberg).

At the Korean karaoke bar frequented by David, Laura takes the stage and sings a favorite song to distract the owners while Jake uncovers a gambling den in the back rooms. Jake learns that the owner gets $10,000 every month to arrange an anonymous, illegal poker game. Meredith and Billy visit trouble-making pro football player T.J. Cantrell (Quincy Chad) at a gentleman’s club. Cantrell agrees to allow Laura to take his place at the table during the next poker game. In order to infiltrate the gambling den by posing as another anonymous player, Laura visits her estranged father Leo (Robert Klein) to help her brush up on her card skills.

Using the code name Red Velvet, Laura tries to narrow down the possible murder suspects while the rest of the team run background checks on the other players from a van parked outside of the bar. Inside, Laura gets along with a young bartender named Bridget (Parisa Fitz-Henley), who runs the poker game. When a suspicious and slightly offbeat poker player lashes out at Laura, the detectives bust up the game by staging a raid. Meredith chases down Bridget, who confesses that David helped her launder money through his family’s art gallery.

Meredith and Max track down one of the Sarkissian’s former associates, Titus Bosch (Peter Francis James) to an art auction on Long Island. Max surprises everyone by beating out Bosh for the one painting he needs to complete his collection. When Bosh refuses to cooperate, Max offers to sell him the painting in exchange for his alibi the evening of the murder and more information about David’s illegal business practice. The forensics department determines that a sticky substance found on David’s wound is a glue used in high-end custom art frames. After looking in the gallery sales ledger, Julius realizes that Angela was the one entering David’s sales in the book. Julius confesses that his confrontation with his son had turned violent and he takes the blame for the murder.

As the case plays out, Laura and Leo continue to disagree over her decision to separate from Jake.

Realizing that Julius is covering for his children, Laura distracts Angela at the gallery while Jake discovers David’s blood on a mirror-bedazzled bowling pin in Angela’s office. Angela admits to everything, claiming that she and her fiancé, Will (Evan Hall), begged the stubborn David to stop. Laura notices one of Will’s art pieces—”99 Bottles of Beer Not on the Wall,” made from bottles he collected from bars all over the city. She determines that Will murdered David over an art deal that went sour. When confronted, Will holds a broken beer bottle to Angela’s throat. Laura throws something into the wall of bottles, distracting Will long enough for Jake to arrest him.

Later that night, Leo comes over to patch things up with his daughter. Despite their different approaches to love and parenthood, they begin to takes steps to mend their relationship.

Over the past few weeks, the show has managed to interweave the detectives’ personal lives with their cases. From the writing to the editing, the series has finally become comfortable in its own shoes. Hopefully it will avoid more awkward moments of Laura’s inappropriate food binging at the scene of the crime and during interrogations.

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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