– 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.
Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) tempts the dieting Lucas with a plate of pastries. In episode 8, Detective Vega did not warn Flynn that her methods could cause her to lose her job. (He has done that a lot.)
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.
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.
Raoul and The Big Time
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.
Dr. Betty (Lauren Holly) takes notes at the scene of the crime.
On LOST GIRL (Season 3 Episode 10), Bo and Kenzi are investigating events at a camp for wayward youth, and have the following exchange:
BO:I need these kids to respect me. KENZI:Au contraire mon frère, you need them to trust me. And by taking down The Man [gestures to indicate Bo] I am like a folk hero to these delinks. I am like their Che Guevara! BO:Do you even know who that is? KENZI:Dude in the beret. Designs t-shirts for angry youth.
Then on MOTIVE, Angie Flynn discovers her son in a Che shirt and asks him the same question.
MANNY:He’s famous ANGIE:For what? MANNY:I don’t know. For having his face on a shirt. ANGIE:Oh MANNY:Look, it’s a t-shirt, not a manifesto.
The husband and son of the killer (Adrian Hough and Seth Isaac Johnson)
That LOST GIRL episode, Delinquents, first aired on SHOWCASE in Canada on 24 March 2013. The MOTIVE episode, Out of the Past, first aired on CTV in Canada on 21 March 2013. Che t-shirts got referenced on prime time Canadian TV twice in the same week, and near as I can tell there is no connection at all between the two episodes. They were filmed in different cities, for different networks, with different writers and directors. Product placement? Jungian synchronicity?
Again there were no guns used on MOTIVE. The killer uses succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant, to temporarily paralyze her victim. Then she slits his throat.
Manny (Cameron Bright) and the Che shirt.
The murder took place in a bookstore and during the investigation, Flynn notices Lucas (Brendan Penny) thumbing through a copy of Penthouse, and kids him about it. In the ensuing exchange we find out that Lucas has been married for only six months, and, though he does not say it directly, the implication is that he and his wife have not yet had sex. I assume this storyline will be developed further.
Celeste (Kaaren de Zilva) offers Flynn some help with the case
Detectives Vega and Flynn use Rock/Paper/Scissors to determine who gets to be the good cop. Angie tries unsuccessfully to cheat by inventing “dynamite” (a closed fist with extended thumb representing a fuse). Observation:Kristin Lehman has a very long thumb.
Brendan Penny and Vicki Pratt in THE VIRGINIAN
Brendan Penny will play Owen Walton in THE VIRGINIAN, which also stars Victoria Pratt (Cyane III in two episodes of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS). The film seems to be based on the 1902 novel by Owen Wister. Production is currently underway.
Seth Isaac Johnson (Philip Harper) will be Drew Kell in the Hallmark Channel movie THE COLOR OF RAIN, a film about how two families came together to deal with tragedy, based on the 2012 book by Michael Spehn. It stars Lacey Chabert (who was briefly Bianca Montgomery on the soap ALL MY CHILDREN in 1992), and is scheduled for release on Father’s Day 2014.
Lacey Chabert and Seth Isaac Johnson in THE COLOR OF RAIN
Lauren Holly will be Mrs. Clinedinst, a visiting mother who ends up nursing wounded cadets at the Virginia Military Academy after the school is attacked by Union forces in the Civil War drama FIELD OF LOST SHOES, due out later this year. Also in the cast are Gale Harold (Brian Kinney in QUEER AS FOLK) and Mary Mouser (Dana Delany’s daughter in BODY OF PROOF). Filming was completed on 2 July.
In a spooky ending to the episode, Claudia Powell (Tammy Gillis) and her son Chad (Gabriel LaBelle) appear at the door of Chad’s newly widowed stepmom.
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.
Dr. Betty Rogers (Lauren Holly) inexplicably wears two pair of glasses to a crime scene.
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.
Jessica (Josette Jorge) discusses her dead boss with a shadowy Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira)
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.
Barry Ketchum (Aidan Devine) meets Melinda (Janet Kidder) at an AA meeting in Toronto
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.
Manny (Cameron Bright) hugs his mother as he finally learns his father’s name.
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.)
Kyra Zagorsky as the newly widowed Ronnie Chase.
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 (10 episodes).
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.