A letter from Grandma Pownall to Ruth’s mother convinces Ruth (Rena Owen) that the hybrids were not responsible for her mother’s death.
Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) has gone mad. He has his people digging up cemeteries, kidnapping ex-fishermen, and spying on civilians. Nicole (Natalee Linez), who has in the past disagreed with his approach to the investigation of mermaids, has disappeared, and Kyle may be responsible for that as well. (His predecessor, Decker, also went mad, but that was due to the effects of mermaid song. There is no indication that Kyle has been exposed to that.) Continue reading →
Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers, Vancouver Medical Examiner
Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) discusses the case with Staff Sgt. Bloom (Roger R. Cross)
A classic Oldsmobile pulls up at a taped-off crime scene. A tall blonde emerges slowly from the car and draws herself to full height with a slight toss of the head. She moves through the crowd that has gathered, watched by everyone, with the air of a casually dressed film star returning home and discovering the crime. Then a uniformed cop greets her and identifies her as Detective Flynn. It was a nice introduction of the character.
There are three important characters (so far) in MOTIVE. The aforementioned Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), her partner, Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira), and Dr. Betty Rogers (the Medical Examiner, played by Lauren Holly). These characters make you want to look at them and listen to them. They’re not the sort of pretty people usually found in TV shows. Their faces and voices are beautiful, complex, distinctive, and engaging.
Louis Ferreira as Detective Vega on MOTIVE
The important stuff (for me) wasn’t so much the revelation of the killer’s motive, although that was done in a rather interesting way, by alternating scenes from the investigation and the crime itself so that the audience gained information at much the same rate as did the detectives. The important stuff was learning about Detective Flynn and Dr. Betty. Not much has been revealed thus far about Vega, but I am assuming there will be more about him in later episodes.
Crystal (Allie Bertram) prompts a discussion of her boobs on MOTIVE
Two scenes were quite illustrative about Flynn. In the first, she comes home after a hard night’s crime fighting to find her teenaged son Manny (Cameron Bright) lying on a couch with his arms around his similarly reclining girlfriend Crystal (Allie Bertram) who is not quite topless. Flynn asks her if her boobs are real, and finds out they aren’t. When Crystal asks if she wants to see them, Flynn is a bit flummoxed, and says “no“, “maybe” and “what did they cost” in quick succession. When her son asks if Crystal can stay for breakfast, she asks: “Can her boobs make coffee?”
Later in the episode, Flynn lets her son use that wonderful Oldsmobile of hers in a sanctioned drag race. (The boy has had two speeding tickets. The drag race is to get speeding “out of his system”.) While watching the race (which the Olds wins handily) Flynn has a Gregory House-style epiphany and solves the case.
Dr. Betty (Lauren Holly) at the crime scene.
Dr. Betty explains her character effectively in two lines. Flashing her ID at a handsome cop and looking him over suggestively, she says: “Medical Examiner. They told me you had a body, and I see they were right.” Later, as she is doing the autopsy, a detective tells her it’s his first time watching such a procedure. “Always glad to be someone’s first,” she quips.