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Season 1 | Episode 16 | “The Mystery of the Exsanguinated Ex” | Aired on Feb 25, 2015

This week’s highly anticipated episode of The Mysteries of Laura reunited Debra Messing with her former Will & Grace costar Eric McCormack. Peppered with references and playful jabs at the lovable roommates, this episode stands out as one of the series’ most enjoyable.

Laura is brought together with her ex-fiancé, Dr. Andrew Devlin (Eric McCormack), when he discovers that his ex-wife, Emma Baker, has been murdered in her apartment. The medical examiner determines that not only did an intruder stab the victim in the neck, but that the apartment shows no sign of forced entry.

At the precinct, Laura catches up with the flirtatious Andrew, who claims that despite their bitter divorce, Emma invited him over to the apartment to discuss something. Emma was also involved in various charitable programs, including one for ex-cons. A cooperative Andrew agrees that they can search both his apartment and office, and his office cleaning woman confirms his alibi for the night of the murder. While Laura tries to remain professional with her old flame, office intern Max is in desperate need to conjure up a new one to accompany him to his aunt’s funeral.

When Meredith and Frankie visit a bakery, they run into ex-con Tank. Tank states that Emma broke her promise to purchase new baking equipment due to a lack of funds. They confirm his alibi by questioning the bridezilla, who demanded to make massive changes to her wedding cake at the last minute.

The team discovers that Emma regularly wrote out a series of checks to a company named Aura Therapy. After Max turns down everyone at the precinct’s offer to pose as his fiancée, Billy suggests that Max picks a candidate from an online dating profile. Meredith and Frankie visit Aura Therapy, where the owner, Brian Gill, admits that he had a key to Emma’s flat.

While snooping around Andrew’s office, Laura accidentally walks in on him in the shower. In between flirtations, Andrew tells Laura about his large alimony payments and mentions that Emma left her money to various charities.

Meredith and Frankie learn from Gill that someone was threatening Emma. Gill tells Max that a handsome man with a purple and green aura will solve his date problem. Andrew runs into Max, raising his hopes that Gil’s premonition has come true. There’s a cute moment between the two as Andrew asks where he can find Laura.

“Straight.” Max says.

“Yeah, I am.” Andrew answers.

“Straight ahead.” Max clarifies, pointing down the hall.

Against Jake’s orders, Laura agrees to go to dinner with Andrew. At the team’s usual hangout, they recount the events leading up to their separation. Laura inquires if Emma had fallen victim to a blackmail scheme. Andrew points out that she gave one of her apartment keys to a Pilates instructor, Richard Preston.

Back at the precinct, Emma’s sister Connie arrives from Las Vegas, claiming that Preston is their cousin and that her sister was afraid of Andrew’s bad temper. Connie mentions watching Iron Man 3 on the plane ride and compares Andrew to Tony Stark’s evil twin.

“She always said getting married in a thunderstorm was a bad omen,” Connie says.

A disbelieving Laura questions Olga, learning that Andrew offered to perform her father’s coronary operation for free. When Olga shows Laura a picture of her father, Laura realizes that Andrew bribed the young woman to provide him with an alibi. Laura gets Andrew to admit that he was receiving an illicit massage during the time of murder.

Back at the bar, Max goes on three unsuccessful speed dates. Their regular bartender flirts with Max to cheer him up. Noticing that the lights behind the bar are purple and green, Max realizes that Gill was right.

Meredith and Frankie visit the massage parlor, where an employee identifies Andrew from his picture. She mentions that she visited him at the office and on his private boat. On the way out, they have an awkward run-in with Reynaldo, the medical examiner.

At the pier, a dockworker describes a tall blond woman who recently visited the boat. On board, they discover crates of groceries, a map charted for Cuba, and the murder weapon.

Laura confronts Andrew, who insists that he is being framed. While protesting his innocence, Laura repeats Connie’s comment about being married during a thunderstorm. Andrew sets the record straight by telling Laura that he was married on a sunny day in South Beach. Trusting her instinct to believe Andrew, Laura figures out that Emma had recently remarried.

In order to draw out the killer, Laura stages a tax sale at Emma’s apartment. When Laura confronts her with the truth, a furious Connie claims that she was supposed to inherit everything. During Emma’s last trip to Las Vegas, she married a bartender. As the only witness to the ceremony, Connie blackmailed her sister, because she knew that a second marriage would cancel her alimony payments from Andrew. Laura mentions that Iron Man 3 only plays on the airline’s west-bound flights, indicating that Connie could only see the movie on her way home from committing the murder. Combined with the airport security footage, the witness at the pier, and the height of her heels, Laura has enough evidence to lock up Connie for murder.

It was fun to see stars Messing and McCormack together in a more serious, darker story. Another enjoyable feature was the use of clues and pop-culture references being more efficiently scattered through out the first half of the episode, so that viewers could put together the crime on their own. Yes, it was a bit easy to figure out who the murderer was, but the episode was more enjoyable due to the inside jokes and chemistry between the cast members. I hope other former costars of all of the cast members appear on a future episode in an unexpected role.

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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