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'The Mysteries of Laura' recap: A murder most mobile

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “The Mystery of the Mobile Murder” | Aired Nov 5, 2014

The Nov. 5 episode of The Mysteries of Laura featured a refreshing twist involving cosmetics, glitter-clad male strippers, and mobile murder.

On his usual morning rounds, a cleaner is shocked to discover the body of a young woman in the bathroom of a party bus. Laura and Billy arrive on the scene to question the driver, who admits that after he dropped off his Wall Street clients, he picked up and drove around a few additional passengers to make some extra cash on side. He suggests that they visit a strip club where he picked up a group of tourists, including their Jane Doe.

The detectives check out the Hunk-a-Riffic male strip club, where a passing waiter confirms that Jane Doe visited the club the previous evening.

“She was more into green drinks than green eyes,” the waiter informs them.

Believing that the glitter on Jane Doe’s body was from pressing up against a stripper, they continue to scope out the premises. While some female patrons hit on Billy, Laura manages to get a lap dance from a dancer matching the waiter’s description. When Laura starts questioning the dancer, she notices that he is signaling a busboy behind her back. Following their intuition, Billy and Laura take the pair down for ripping off their customer’s wallets. A clue in Jane Doe’s wallet leads them to the Marine Hotel downtown.

Back at the precinct, the team prepares to enter the Gladiator Rock ‘n’ Run Fitness Challenge in order to qualify to appear on American Ninja Warrior. When DEA Agent Alejandro Padilla (Bronson Picket) stops by the precinct to visit Laura, a territorial Jake announces that he’s joining the fitness challenge.

“Why didn’t anyone tell me this Rock ‘n’ Run is for sadists on steroids?” Jake remarks during one of his intense training sessions with Billy.

A protective Max suggests romantic tactics with Alejandro once he gets the DEA agent to confess his intentions toward Laura.

At the Marine Hotel, Laura figures out that the remaining glitter on the Jane Doe’s cheek is the leaf logo featured on the Garden of Glow Cosmetics Company Annual Convention billboard. All of the saleswomen attending the convention are also wearing matching silver rings to the one found on the victim.

“I kick ass on kindergarten homework. It’s all about shape recognition,” Laura tells an impressed Billy.

At the convention, they learn that the victim was a saleswoman from Alaska named Julie Campbell, who was also nominated for a prestigious company award. After being politely blown off by the company founder Margot Preston (Brenda Strong), Laura and Billy meet an ambitious saleswoman named Heidi Feld (Kira Sternbach). Laura invites Heidi to do a demonstration back at the precinct in order to persuade the eager saleswoman into admitting that the award nominees went out together the previous evening. They also discover a new suspect, Danielle Bailey (Geneva Carr), who was seen arguing with Julie in public on that same afternoon.

Laura gets Danielle’s alibi when they visit a tanning salon. According to Danielle, Julie had a rich buyer in Hoboken who spent $25,000 on company products over the past six months.

They trace the money to a storage facility in New Jersey. While investigating the facility, Billy and Meredith discover and break up an illegal cock-fighting ring. In Julie’s storage locker, they discover a conspiracy board, learning that their victim’s real name was Julie Peters. According to Julie’s best friend, Ethan, she maxed out her credit card purchasing the products in order to get close to Margot and confront the businesswoman for ripping off her recently deceased mother.

Using Julie’s hotel bill, Laura and Billy discover that Julie confronted Margot. Margot admits that at the time of the murder she was busy transferring a large amount of funds to attempt to buy Julie’s silence.

After checking Margot’s hotel room safe, Laura figures out that the killer must have overheard the argument from a nearby room. While snooping through Margot’s belongings, they come across a bottle of Xanax pills, proving that Margot has been lying about her age. Tracking Heidi’s phone, they discover that the devoted saleswoman murdered Julie.

The precinct team places last in the Rock ‘n’ Run, but they all go out to celebrate anyway.

Over the past few weeks, it has become enjoyable to see that all of the detectives are different but share an equally important sense of intuition and drive. No matter how they are paired up to investigate a case, they complement each other and work well together. Each character brings a different element to the team that helps them to succeed at a job, which they are all passionate about. The different elements of the show are finally coming together.

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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