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'The Mysteries of Laura' recap: A very dysfunctional dynasty

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Dynasty” | Aired Nov 19, 2014

This week’s episode of The Mysteries of Laura tackles issues of dysfunctional families and greed. When a little girl named April chases her dog into the apartment downstairs, the last thing she expects to find are the brutally murdered body of her neighbor Mr. McCorsky beside his dying wife. With her last breath, Evelyn McCorsky whispers, “Daniel.”

Jake arrives at Laura’s house, announcing that he has hired a new nanny to watch the boys during the day. When the nanny, Alicia, arrives, Jake and Laura are surprised to realize that she is the woman from Central Park who yelled at their boys in the pilot episode.

Laura and Billy meet the medical examiner, Royland, at the McCorsky’s Lower East Side apartment. Royland points out that the murderer weapon was a long, metallic object and that a few of their expensive personal items have been stolen. They notice missing jewelry and a picture of the older couple with a gentleman in clerical clothing.

They bring in their first suspect, Matthew Sanchez, a house painter hired by the McCorskys earlier that week. Sanchez comes clean about stealing from the couple and claims that the night of the murder, he was having dinner with his mother at Hooters.

By questioning the activity director at the senior center frequented by the McCorskys, Laura and Billy track down Russell Fine (Peter Jacobson), a sleazy lawyer who was handling their will. Laura uses her mom skills to help the closemouthed Russell alleviate his outbreak of mosquito bites and coax more information from him. During the interview, a familiar-looking thug, Russell’s client Darius, interrupts them. According to Russell, the couple disagreed over whether to leave their fortune to their disowned son, Daniel (Colin Donnell).

At Daniel’s abandoned apartment, they find a pamphlet with the same priest, Pastor Bob (John Rothman), on the cover. After they interrupt his religion class, Pastor Bob explains the strained relationship between Daniel and his strict, religious parents. Pastor Bob mentions that Daniel stopped by the parish with his boyfriend, Tariq, whom the family disapproved of. Jake and Meredith go to Tariq’s apartment to question the couple. When Daniel and Tariq spot the detectives waiting for them, they try to make a run for it through Central Park.

During their interrogation, Daniel claims that his boyfriend’s disapproving brother, Kasib (Pej Vahdat), is trying to enforce Tariq’s prearranged engagement to a woman overseas.

Between conducting interrogations and tracking down suspects, Jake checks in on their new nanny.

In front of his hotel, Kasib snubs Billy and Meredith, claiming that his mother Sahar was shopping and that he was playing golf at Sands Point. Meredith remembers that the McCorskys were killed by a blunt metal object and spots Khasib’s bodyguard carrying a bag of golf clubs into the hotel. Using Sahar’s Instagram account, Max helps Laura track her down to a designer store. Laura poses as the store manager to engage in a private conversation with Sahar (Jacqueline Antaramian) and convince her to help in their investigation.

At the hotel, Meredith pretends to be a drunken tourist to distract Kasib’s bodyguards. Billy sneaks into their hotel suite and finds blood samples matching the victims on Kasib’s pitching wedge.

Kasib claims that he left the pitching wedge at the country club overnight and complains that the golf course was covered in mosquitoes. Laura brings Russell in under false pretenses to defend Daniel, when the truth comes out about their conspiracy. In order to rip off his parents, Daniel hired Russell to fix a bogus clause in his parent’s will to keep the money from going to the church. Unbeknownst to Daniel, Russell murdered his parents in order to get his hands on his share of the money to pay off his debt to Darius. Video surveillance at a quickie mart and a caddy place Russell at the Sands Point golf course right before the murder.

Laura and Jake return home, shocked to find the twins coloring in the kitchen and on their best behavior. Perhaps Alicia really is the perfect nanny—if they can convince her to keep the job.

Over the course of the past few weeks, there have been several interesting developments between the supporting characters’ personal and professional lives. Do the writers intend for Billy and Meredith to get involved romantically? Will Max be putting his ingenuity and tech savvy to more use out in the field working alongside Laura on more cases? These are just a few of the aspects to look forward to watching unfold over the rest of the season.

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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