Private Eyes: S03.E02. “Full Court Press”

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Screen Capture: Jason Priestley, and Cindy Sampson as Matt Shade and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley as Angie Everett and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’



What did you think of the latest episode of the Tim KilbyShelley Eriksen co-created television series “Private Eyes”? With a teleplay written by Katrina Saville, “Full Court Press” was directed by Shawn Piller.

Private Eyes Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com
Private Eyes Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

If you have yet to watch the episode, because there are spoilers, you should seriously consider not reading beyond this point. Watch the episode and then read this article.

Screen Capture: Jason Priestley, Michael Xavier and Cindy Sampson as Matt Shade, Cordell Squires and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Jason Priestley, Michael Xavier and Cindy Sampson as Matt Shade, Cordell Squires and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

Everett & Shade Investigations is hired by professional basketball player Cordell Squires (Michael Xavier). Sending free tickets to Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) certainly got his attention. When Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan) declines to take the tickets, Shade took his partner, Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson). Angie is amazed Matt and Cordell know each other.

Cordell has a healthy business interest in a sportswear company. Angie talks about how significant the Demolition brand has become. She’s a huge fan of the company’s clothing line. According to Angie, Gabrielle Squires (Mouna Traoré) took a tiny appeal company and turned it into a half-a-billion-dollar empire. Matt reminds his partner that he knows the couple, Consequently, he also knows what she did to achieve business success.

The business success Gabrielle achieved was not something that occurred overnight. It took the couple a decade to get where they are today. While it took a decade to build the business, like Rome burning in a single night when Nero fiddled, the business empire could fall just as quickly.

Daily Rumour

Unlike reputable online publications, none of the images posted to the Daily Rumour website credit the photographers for their work. Consequently, with no credited photographer, tracking down the person that snapped the image will take work. This should not bother either Angie or Matt because this is what they do. They’re private investigators.

The guy in the image with Gabrielle is Eric Martin. He’s a sneaker manufacturer. Gabrielle has been known to work with Eric from time to time. Whether their friendship is more than purely business remains to be seen.

Screen Capture: Samantha Wan as Zoe Chow in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Samantha Wan as Zoe Chow in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

Zoe, when it comes to investigative work, is no slouch. Even though she spends most of her time in the office, Zoe’s resourcefulness with online investigations is apparent. Cordell apparently went bananas over a month ago at a photographer that did something which displeased him. Even though Zoe correctly observes there is no photo credit, Angie notes the publication reported on the incident. “Cordell grabbed the photographers $25,000 lens,” Angie reads, “and bashed it against a wall.”

A Costly Lens

Screen Capture: Edie Inksetter and Jason Priestley as Elizabeth Moore and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Edie Inksetter and Jason Priestley as Elizabeth Moore and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

The owner of the lens is freelance paparazzi Elizabeth Moore (Edie Inksetter). Moore has been focusing much of her time on the boxer Seamus Conor (Aury Barnett). The boxer, Zoe informs Angie, is staying at the Queen Eleanor Hotel. Queen Eleanor, a boutique style hotel, in Yorkville. Both Angie and Matt are impressed with the way Zoe was able to anticipate what they needed and provide them with the answers to their questions. To reiterate a previously made comment, Zoe is no slouch.

The photo Cordell is up in arms about was taken from a vantage point outside the Jasper Arms Hotel. According to Moore, the wallpaper is a dead giveaway. It is in all the hotel’s suites.

Going to Kurtis Mazhari for Assistance

Detective Kurtis Mazhari (Ennis Esmer) is the investigation firm’s go-to person at the police department. If I were either Angie or Matt, Maz would be more than my go-to person for help with investigative work but that’s a completely different story. Unfortunately, because there is a new inspector at the station, Maz has been dodging Angie.

Screen Capture: Linda Kash and Jason Priestley as Inspector Carson and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Linda Kash and Jason Priestley as Inspector Carson and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

Inspector Carson (Linda Kash) is a by the book police officer. The new inspector runs a tight ship. She does not suffer fools gladly. When the new inspector finds the detective has company in his office, Carson references police department regulations.

“I had no idea so many people in your extended family were cops because we all know only members of the police force are allowed back here,” Carson said. “Isn’t that right Maz?”

Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer as Det. Kurtis Mazhari in the Shawn Piller directed episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer as Det. Kurtis Mazhari in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

Would Maz make a cute desk monkey? Angie seems to think so. Personally, so do I. I am guessing the monkey is Maz’s spirit animal.

Hopefully, some at Global TV will get off their butts and fix the glaring oversights in the Private Eyes IMDb page. I’m think the people responsible for updating IMDb pages are not doing their jobs because several characters that appear in Private Eyes episodes do not appear on the relevant pages. There is no reference to Kash or her character on the Private Eyes IMDb page. Do you know how annoying that is to a writer? Am I the only one that thinks this is ridiculous?

Could it be an Inside Job?

After speaking with Maz, the detective sent to Zoe the information. There is a parking structure immediately opposite Jasper Arms Hotels. It is the prefect vantage point for taking pictures. The parking metre shows that someone from Demolition was using the structure. Could someone within Demolition be responsible for the photo and its publication? No matter where it leads, Angie and Matt must follow the evidence.

Angie and Matt go undercover at Demolition as executive producer and television host, respectively, of a reality show. Angie almost completely loses her cool when Gabrielle walks up to her and Matt. Gabrielle immediately recognised Matt. The Demolition corporate credit card was used at the parking structure across from the Jasper Arms Hotel. This indicates the photo was an inside job. How many people have access to the corporate credit card? The evidence suggests the number is too many.

Who is the guy in the Picture?

Even though Gabrielle fired Matt and Angie, Gabrielle did not hire them. That was Cordell. It’s Cordell’s call to fire them not Gabrielles.

Being fired typically does not stop either Matt or Angie from doing their job. They continue with their work because that is the kind of people they are.

After further investigation, the man in the picture is not Eric Martin. Gabrielle had a daughter when she was only 17 years old. The man in the photo, Gary McHenry (Drew Zeran), adopted Gabrielle’s daughter. Ruby McHenry (Shanice Johnson) is now 13 years old and would like to meet her birth mother.

Screen Capture: Shanda Bezic as Jacqueline in the Shawn Piller directed episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Shanda Bezic as Jacqueline in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

The photo was taken by Jacqueline (Shanda Bezic). Jacqueline was thinking Gabrielle and Cordell were looking to replace her but what they were doing was restricting the company. They wanted to give Jacqueline a promotion but now that she pretty much stabbed them in the back, she is now looking for a new job in a cutthroat industry.

Final Thoughts

Zoe and Maz go back to being friends. If I were Zoe, I’d want to be more than just friendship with Maz. As for Matt executing a believable British accent, he shouldn’t give up his day job. His British accent needs some serious work.

Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson, Jason Priestley and Samantha Wan as Angie Everett, Matt Shade and Zoe Chow, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed episode ‘Full Court Press.’
Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson, Jason Priestley and Samantha Wan as Angie Everett, Matt Shade and Zoe Chow, respectively, in the Shawn Piller directed Private Eyes episode ‘Full Court Press.’

Does Cindy break the fourth wall? Breaking the fourth wall is a reference to the acting talent looking directly into the camera. Is Cindy looking into the camera? The evidence suggests she is. What do you think? Does it matter?