MOTIVE – Season 1 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
What a way to end the season. Guest star Amanda Tapping (Dr. Kate Robbins) kills off the killer (Cam Radcliffe, played by Chris Mason) and in turn gets shot dead by Angie Flynn. Prior to this episode, Detective Flynn has never fired her weapon on screen, and had only drawn it once.
The shooting is, or will be, complicated by the fact that Flynn once relied (as a juror) on the testimony of Dr. Robbins to acquit the very killer that Dr. Robbins killed. Vancouver is a small city.
There is a lot of auto wrecking yard imagery that I doubt I understand. And I am just going to assume that the subplot involving Flynn’s son Manny (Cameron Bright) going on a trip with his newly discovered Dad (whom we have not yet met) is totally unrelated to the rest of the episode and was shoe-horned in to pave the way for Season 2.
Killer Cam’s motive seems to have been jealous rage. The Doc’s motive was to hide the sexual relationship she had with Cam, who was her patient.
This was written by James Thorpe (who also wrote MOTIVE Episode 9) and I think he got a bit whimsical with character names. Kate Robbins means “virgin well-known”. Just in case you are not familiar with the definition of “cam”, it refers to “a projection designed to make sliding connection with another part, and to impart reciprocal motion”.
A MINOR CRITICISM OF THE DOCTOR’S METHODS – It might have made more sense for a doctor, who has access to many drugs, to induce her patient to kill himself with pills instead of carbon monoxide. Also, since the patient was known to be violent, and the Doctor had a gun, she could have shot hm and claimed self-defense. I mean, running that hose from the tailpipe into the SUV took some planning. Was that the best plan she could think of?
Josette Jorge, (Vanessa in MOTIVE Episode 6) has multiple roles, including that of Helen Lau “Canada’s newest conservative media sensation” in the world premiere of Sam Devine’s political satire EXCEPT IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF WAR at the Horsehoes and Hand Grenades Theatre in Vancouver. The play will run from 15-30 November.
Madison Smith, who appeared in Episode 3 of MOTIVE, will guest star in an as yet unnamed episode of PSYCH. His character will be named Maximillian. Smith will be Mitch in Karen Lam‘s second feature film, EVANGELINE, which will have its first showing at the Monsters of Film Festival in Sweden on 28 September.
Carly Pope (Episode 12’s killer) has been cast as the recurring character Morgan Burke in the CW series THE TOMORROW PEOPLE.
MOTIVE began shooting its second season on 3 September in Vancouver.