MOTIVE – Season 1 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
The victim Jack Bergen (Cameron Bancroft) made a living selling the notion of a raw food diet. That wasn’t what got him killed. Turns out he was a serial rapist and one of his victims identified him by a prominent tattoo of a lion on his chest. The ethical conflict facing Detective Flynn is right in the episode’s title. Who is the public enemy? Is it the killer or the victim?
The murder weapon was a stun gun. (This does not count as gun violence.) After the murder, the killer goes home and works out on her treadmill.
To demonstrate that the victim is still an active rapist, there is a scene in which he gets the address of a woman named Shelly (Paula Giroday) who is attending one of his lectures.
In the most interesting scene of the episode, Flynn interviews Chloe Mighten (Molly Parker) at the clothing store where she works, as Chloe is preparing to dress mannequins. Flynn asks the woman if she ever names the dummies, and gets a negative answer. The attempt to spook Mighten into betraying herself ultimately works, but the inquiry is so convincingly nonchalant it brings up the question, is Flynn ever genuine with anyone? Are all her interactions with people designed to ferret out the hidden?
At the end of the episode Flynn, clearly sympathetic to the woman she just arrested, is preparing to take a box of files out of the office. Vega suggests dinner, but Flynn really needs to get that box somewhere. It seems quite possible that some of the evidence in this case might disappear or become unusable.
Question: If Jack Bergen eats only raw food, why does he have a barbeque grill in his garage? The thing had partially burned briquettes in it.
Paula Giroday (Shelly) is one of THE TRUE HEROINES, a webseries that follows the escapades of three 1950’s housewives who have acquired superpowers due to a series of secret World War II genetic experiments. They try to elude a mysterious corporation that hunts them. Six Episodes have been produced thus far. There was a cabaret show (in Vancouver) and there is an upcoming print comic and a “collectable card game”. The other two Heroines are played by Jovanna Huguet and Fiona Vroom. The webseries also features MOTIVE’s Brendan Penny.
Molly Parker stars as Aunt Ellen in the recently released film HOLD FAST, about a 14 year old boy who has trouble coping with his parent’s deaths in a car crash and takes off on a quest into the Newfoundland wilderness with his cousin. The screenplay is adapted from the novel by Kevin Major. In 2014, Parker will direct her first feature film, The Ballad of Maura MacKenzie.