MOTIVE – Season 1 Episode 8 – SPOILERS – This week’s motive was played by Neelam Khabra. No guns were used in this episode.
This episode, Undertow, borrows the basic idea of the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. While there have been no prominent staircases and no birds involved in the first eight episodes of MOTIVE, some aspects of the show are almost Hitchcockian.
- The killers are portrayed in a way that evokes sympathy from the audience (and occasionally from Detective Flynn). Hitchcock often made his killers charming.
- The audience is regularly shown things and given information that the characters do not know.
- There is a Death/Food connection. So far on MOTIVE, one conspiracy developed in a diner, one murder occurred in a kitchen, and this conspiracy hatched in a restaurant. Hitchcock, however, tended to use actual food.
- The leading lady (Kristin Lehman) is a blonde (though not a platinum one).
In the ongoing saga of Detective Lucas (Brendan Penny), his recently acquired wife now has him on a no-wheat, no-dairy diet, making him a cop who cannot eat donuts. This wife of his begins to be a caricature we never get to see, much like David Hyde Pierce’s wife Maris was on FRASIER.
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Nancy Stanwyck, the wife of the killer) was Babette in the 1999 short film BABETTE’S FEET, the theme of which could be considered an extension of the 1987 Gabriel Axel feature BABETTE’S FEAST although there is no actual commection between the two films.
Raoul Bhaneja (Vijay Rand) is front man for Raoul and The Big Time, a blues band made up of Bhaneja, Darren Gallen on guitar, Terry Wilkins on upright bass and Tom Bona on drums. Since 2000, the group has produced four CD’s, the latest being Blue Midnight, a live tribute to harmonica and Chicago blues legend ‘Little Walter’ Jacobs. All 4 CD’s are available on Amazon.