MOTIVE – Season 1 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Out of the blue, Detective Flynn’s son Manny (Cameron Bright) wants to know who his father is. Apparently he’s never been curious about this before. His mom must have some reason for keeping that a secret. Maybe the guy’s a crook, or a Tory cabinet minister. All we (and Manny) find out for sure this week is that his name is Mark Danson and Manny has his eyes.
Tammy Gillis plays Claudia Powell, daughter of killer Barry Ketchum (Aidan Devine). Claudia is not hostile to the detectives, who are investigating her as a possible suspect, but she is uncooperative. She knows she has done nothing wrong and sees no reason to make Flynn’s job easier. Involved in a custody battle with her now dead former husband and his new wife, Claudia isn’t looking for complications. MOTIVE commendably makes no effort to suggest that people who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear from the police.
Claudia (probably unintentionally) precipitated the somewhat inadvertent killing of her ex-husband when she refused to humour her alcoholic father in his attempt at reconciliation.
LUCAS AND THE BLONDE
Detective Lucas (Brendan Penny) has a couple of interesting reactions in this episode. First, when Flynn jokes about Vega going through Claudia’s underwear drawer, Lucas takes it seriously and asks Vega if he really did that. Later he goes with Flynn to interview Powell and becomes a bit flustered when the suspect mock-flirts with him, and shows her his wedding ring. Lucas may be married, but he doesn’t seem to be enjoying it much.
Once Flynn (Kristin Lehman) finds out that the suspect is an undercover cop being protected by Internal Affairs, her determination seems to intensify, so much so that her boss orders her to go on vacation. Her choice of holiday is to follow Ketchum to Toronto (where he lives) and hound him until he pulls a gun on her in a police station and, realizing the hopelessness of his situation, kills himself.
SIGH OF RELIEF
Flynn appears to have no sympathy at all for the alcoholic Ketchum, and her reaction to his surprise suicide is to back away slightly, apparently to avoid getting any blood on her. Once she is sure he’s dead she breathes a noticeable sigh of relief. Flynn’s reaction to Ketchum, and her reticence about the identity of Manny’s dad, suggest that maybe Mr. Danson was an undercover cop who was given a new identity and left Angie and Manny behind.
For only the second time in six episodes, a gun was fired. Hank Ketchum killed himself with his own gun rather than surrender. Angie Flynn has not yet drawn her gun on MOTIVE. Neither has Vega.
Kyra Zagorsky (Ronnie Chase) has been cast as one of the leads in a new SyFy series called HELIX, which will air in 2014. It seems to be about some sort of plague. Zagorsky’s first film (2004) was a strange bit of military science fiction originally called POWER CORPS. (If you’re looking for it, it has been re-named RECON 2020:THE CAPRINI MASSACRE.)
Two actors in this episode have appeared in CONTINUUM. Josette Jorge was a receptionist in one CONTINUUM episode (Second Truths) though her scenes were cut by SyFy in the US to make room for commercials. Here she plays an office worker named Jessica who, prompted by Detective Vega, remembers the suspect’s name. Janet Kidder, the niece of Margot Kidder, plays Ketchum’s love interest Melinda. She has a recurring role as Adam Sadler’s mother Ann on CONTINUUM
Any meaningful connection to this episode is doubtful, but in 2009 there was an episode of and a character in NIP/TUCK with the name “Ronnie Chase”. The character was a rock musician with distended earlobes.