MOTIVE – Season 1 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
In this episode we find out that Angie Flynn’s full first name is Angelika.
This is the only TV show I can remember which, after watching an episode, my immediate reaction is: “Is it over already?” It just seems like a full hour cannot possibly have gone by. I want to know what these people do after they solve the case. Perhaps a spinoff is in order. Something like “The Private Lives of Vancouver P.D.”
This was yet another MOTIVE episode without gunplay. Neither the victim nor any suspect was shot. This is commendable and highly unusual for a police drama.
Sarah Muller (Liane Balaban) is the killer trapped by Angie. Once Angie gets a suspicion about somebody, she finds it quite a bit easier to trick them into revealing their guilt than it is to actually look for evidence. Flynn tells grocery store clerk Muller that she knows a crowbar was used in the crime, and that the cops can trace a specific crowbar back to its owner just like they can trace a bullet back to the gun that fired it.
Now it is true that the Swiss have done research into the transfer of paint from painted wood to a crowbar, and vice versa, using infrared spectroscopy. By this method it is possible to determine the probability that a specific crowbar was used in a specific crime. Detective Flynn was most likely lying about the bullet trace comparison, though. The fact that Muller fell for that lie is an insult to the intelligence of grocery clerks everywhere. If Flynn had reason to suppose Sarah Muller owned a crowbar used in this crime, she would have gotten a warrant and searched for it.
Chelah Horsdal (who won a Leo Award this year for her appearance on ARCTIC AIR) plays Deana Mitchell, who has to be the most fortunate widow on the planet. I’m sure Ms. Mitchell was unhappy that her husband was killed, but discovering that he had taken out extra life insurance before he died, and then winning the lottery had to take a bit of the sting out of the tragedy.
On 4 July, ABC will air a MOTIVE rerun. Episode 5 will air on 11 July.
Chelah Horsdal is part of the cast of HUNTING SEASON, a 2013 film shot in Winnipeg about a woman who inherits a house in the country, and, once there, begins to discover clues about how her parents died. Also in the cast are Shawn Doyle and Kris Holden-Ried of LOST GIRL.
Liane Balaban‘s latest film, FINDING JOY, was released last month. It’s about a writer (Josh Cooke) who finds inspiration in a young woman (Balaban) who asks him to write her obituary. The story line reminds me a bit of the 2008 Wynona Ryder film THE LAST WORD, about a writer who makes a living writing suicide notes for others.
Below is a tweet from Kristin Lehman about this episode. One wonders what the line really was.
— Kristin Lehman (@kristinlehman1) June 28, 2013