Co-created by Tim Kilby and Shelley Eriksen, Private Eyes revolves around private investigators Angela Susan “Angie” Everett (Cindy Sampson) and Matthew Kevin “Matt” (“Shadow”) Shade (Jason Priestley). Shadow is the nickname Matt went by when he was a professional ice hockey player.
The series creators drew their inspiration for the show from the G.B. Joyce written novel The Code. What do you think of the third season thus far? Is the series maintaining your attention?
SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the latest episode of Private Eyes, please reconsider reading beyond this point in the article as there are spoilers.
In the opening sequence of “Cut and Run” we find Angie and Matt conducting surveillance on a potentially cheating girlfriend. Is this Rick’s soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend? Angie corrects Matt by telling him that this looks like a “nooner.”
In a completely unrelated issue to the case, it looks like Angie’s mother is looking to reconnect. Consequently, Angie is not entirely all that thrilled about the prospect. Angie thinks her mother “is up to something.” Considering what we know of Nora Everett (Mimi Kuzyk), there is a good chance the private investigator is correct. Angie’s suspicions of Nora are not typically far from the mark.
Matt, completely out of context, says, “pomegranate.” This is an odd word to utter in the middle of a conversation pertaining to someone’s mother.
Matt explains, during his professional ice hockey playing days, “I and the boys would often meet new, let’s call them acquaintances … And if and when relations with said acquaintances would go south, we would call in a code word, a signal for ‘I need help.’ Not surprisingly, Angie was not on board with Matt’s code word suggestion.
Meeting Mother Dearest
Initial appearances suggest Angie was right. Nora is up to something. Instead of going to see the latest Liam Neeson film, promising she is not trying to fix Angie, Nora takes her daughter to a cosmetic surgery clinic. Dr Rohit Haldar (Vijay Mehta) has a case for the investigative agency.
It does not pass Angie’s notice her mother calls Rohit “sweetie.” It just happens to have slipped Nora’s mind to tell Angie that Rohit is her boyfriend.
When Angie calls Matt, Matt informs his partner it turns out Rick’s soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend will soon be his wife. She was only at the house seeking help with a proposal. Before Matt can finish telling his partner about the marriage proposal, Angie blurts out “pomegranate.” Cue opening titles…
Why Call in Everett & Shade Investigations?
The surgery’s computer system has been hacked. Consequently, the company’s client list could be exposed if Rohit does not pay the hacker $50,000. The clients are “wealthy socialites, actors and star attorneys,” Corey Rollins (Sam Earle) said. “They find out their privacy has been compromised; we’ll be out of business faster than you can say ‘Nip/Tuck.’” “Nip/Tuck,” not that you need any reminder, is an apt reference to the Ryan Murphy created medical drama series of that title.
Corey is not happy his boss is only allowing him to do procedures on synthetic skin. Even though Rohit tells Corey “Practice makes perfect,” the surgical intern’s facial expression shows a degree of frustration.
Matt notes hackers are more inclined to request funds in Bitcoin or some other form of untraceable payment. “Whoever did this, they seem like amateurs,” Matt said. At this comment, Corey’s straight-faced expression suggests he knows more about the hack than he’s letting on.
Nora refers to her daughter’s investigation company as “Shade & Everett.” This is the second time in as many episodes someone has inverted the investigator’s names on the company’s branding. Angie was quick to correct her mother’s mistake.
Does Rohit have any Enemies?
Even though Rohit said he does not have any enemies, Nora tells Matt and her daughter there is one enemy she can think of, Vada Vasquez (Why couldn’t IMDb be bothered to reference this character on the episode page?). Vada, a performing artist, was a client of Rohit’s until they had a disagreement.
As per usual, even though Vada is mentioned by Nora as being a potential suspect in the hacking, there is no reference to the character on the IMDb page for the episode. What is wrong with this picture? How many times does one have to remind Global and or IMDb to update episode pages? They should probably employ someone to update their pages. I know of a few people that could use the work. It is not as if they could not hire someone to do the work remotely.
Despite Vada being a prime candidate, the performance artist points Matt and Angie towards Rohit’s ex-partner Dr Lillian Lee (Allison Brennan). Lillian might be more inclined to bear Rohit a grudge.
Matt and Angie go undercover to Lillian’s clinic as potential clients so that they can assess the doctor’s mindset. Does she bear her former partner a grudge? They used to be business partners but that does not mean they parted ways in an unamicable fashion. It is not like there are potential suspects closer to home which the investigators could be digging into.
Meanwhile, in Italy…
As Angie finishes telling Matt the difference between her mother and his daughter is that “one of them makes good choices and the other doesn’t,” the former ice hockey player receives a call from a representative of the International Exchange Program.
Even though Jules Shade (Jordyn Negri) having a wonderful time with her boyfriend, Liam Benson (Jonny Gray), she somehow missed her curfew. This was apparently the first offence since she began the exchange program. Matt is certain she will mention the incident to him when they speak later in the evening.
Later in the episode, during a video call with his daughter, Matt learns Jules had a glass of wine with a meal. Consequently, because it is illegal in Canada for a 16-year-old to drink alcohol, Matt is not happy. He wants to know “What kind of restaurant allows a 16-year-old to drink alcohol?”
Jules correctly tells him “the Italian kind.” Does Jules really have to tell her father she is not in Canada? People tend to forget that, when visiting a foreign country, one should be cognizant of the local laws and customs because they may not reflect the laws and customs of your home country. The minimum age for alcohol consumption in Italy is 16. She is not breaking any Italian laws by drinking a glass of wine. If Jules is not breaking the law of the country she is in, she should be fine.
Further, at a later point in the episode, Matt visits Logan (David Bronfman) and Camille Benson (Caroline Palmer) to discuss their son’s influence on his daughter. He is surprised to come away from the Benson home with the knowledge that his daughter does not tell him everything. Even though Jules is blind, she is a highly independent young woman with a mind of her own. She does not take kindly to being controlled.
What is this Relationship we see Before our Private Eyes?
When Angie and Matt arrive back at the clinic, Rohit is exiting the building. He is speaking with someone on his cell phone about money. “Maybe it’s his sister?” Matt said. “In What world?” Angie responds. “Game of Thrones!” Angie’s reference to “Game of Thrones” is a reference to the incestuous relationships that have appeared in the George R.R. Martin novels and the HBO series.
The lady Rohit met with is Uma Haldar (Gurbir Bal Gogo). Uma has apparently been married to Rohit for the past 36 years. What does this say about the relationship Rohit has with Nora?
Matt correctly observes “people that commit crimes do not typically hire investigators to investigate said crimes.” This is not the norm. Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan) confirms “our research turned up a motherload. It seems Rohit put up bail three times and he had a criminal lawyer practically on retainer … He paid for a drug rehab program twice.”
Sit Down Mom…
We should have seen this coming. Angie thinks she is breaking some seriously bad news to her mother, but Nora finds it amusing. When Angie tells Nora “Rohit is married,” Nora struggles to contain her laughter. It was an arranged marriage. Rohit and Uma have not been together for at least ten years.
There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for everything Zoe uncovered during her research of Rohit and his activities. Consequently, this does not completely please Angie because she has never really approved of her mother’s choices.
Later, we find the pending marriage between Priya Joshi (Soma Chhaya) and Devan Pandey (Hamed Dar) is the traditional arranged type common among Indian families. Arranged marriages are problematic. In some cultures, this type of marriage is the norm, but young people are increasingly resentful of their parents forcing them to marry. Priya has no romantic interest in Devan. The reverse is also true. Devan had no real romantic interest in Priya because he is in love with someone else.
Let’s Make the Drop…
After Rohit reveals he has withdrawn the $50,000 from his account, Matt suggests making the drop. While Nora is not on board with the idea, Rohit goes along with the plan to out the hacker. A bike courier (Chris Mark) was sent to the park to collect the bag and deliver it to a local coffee shop. Even though the plan did not exactly payoff how Matt was thinking, the hacker did not get the money.
When reviewing the text message sent to Rohit’s cell phone, Zoe found the message was sent before 9:00 am. The hacker must have known it was a set up before the courier arrived in the park. “How is that possible?” Nora asks.
There are two possible ways the hacker could have known the drop was a “setup” in advance of the bag being placed in the park. One is that the clinic is electronically bugged. This is what Angie and Matt suggest. Another way, equally as plausible, the hacker is someone that works at the clinic.
The Guys Go Bug Hunting…
Angie and Matt call in their friend, Suzanne (Savannah Basley), to assist with a potential electronic bug infestation. While Angie, Nora and Suzanne did not find bugs in the areas which they individually swept, Matt was not so fortunate. He located the device in the server unit.
Matt’s earlier assumption, based on the hacker wanting money rather than Bitcoin, seems correct. From the way the tech was installed, Suzanne confirms it looks like complete amateur-hour. Anyone could have purchased the device off the internet and installed it at will.
The day before the hack, Rohit was at his son’s fundraiser. The hacker would have had ample opportunity to plant the device when Rohit was not in the building. The only person that was in the clinic that day, according to Zoe’s observation of employee records, was the laser technician (Eric Woolfe).
The Laser Technician Talks Tech to Angie…
The technician walks Angie through what he did with the clinic’s systems. Even though it does not look like Angie knew what he was talking about, it is clear everything seems standard and above board. Chip is the name the technician associated with the system because “VT-1030 sounds so impersonal.”
“Every time Chip is activated, it records the date, time and user number. That information is saved to a database,” the technician informs Angie. It looks like Corey is the prime suspect.
Is Corey Ready for the Big Time?
Is Corey ready to work on real patents? “Come on,” Angie says to Corey. “You’re ready for the big time and [Rohit] is still ‘wax on wax off.’” The “wax on wax off” comment Angie says to Corey is a reference to the 1984 martial arts film The Karate Kid. It is completely unmissable.
Corey performed minor surgery on Priya’s lifeline. If you are wondering what a lifeline is, look at the palm of either of your hands. This explains the deletion of a record from the surgery’s database.
Palmistry pertains to the claim of characterisation and foretelling derived from the reading of one’s palm. There are people that still believe in such things. It is evident Priya’s family believe in palmistry. Consequently, Priya had Corey perform a surgery on her hand.
The Engagement Announcement…
With both families eagerly awaiting a positive engagement announcement, either of the families suspected the bride and groom were not romantically interested in each other. Devan does not believe in his family’s “superstitious stuff.” From his perspective, it has gone too far. Devan has no interest in marrying Priya because there is someone else in his life.
If the people involved are not in love with each other, it does not matter how much the “planets were aligned,” it will never be a happy marriage.
It All Comes Together…
After speaking with Priya, both Angie and Matt realise the only person the hacker could be is Sunny Joshi (Shainu Bala). Sunny believed it was Rohit that performed the surgery when it was Corey.
Sunny’s entire life, his parents told him he was a disappointment. Eventually, as anyone might, he started to believe it. Despite this, Sunny met someone that believed in him for him. Sunny is in love with Anika Pandey (Rachna Solan) and she loves him. There is no ambiguity to their relationship just like there is none with the one between Corey and Priya.
When Sunny and Anika discovered Priya was sabotaging her wedding to Devan, they felt there was no possibility for their wedding. Anika’s parents would have probably not allowed it. Since Sunny and Anika would have needed money to make their escape from their respective parents, Sunny thought of blackmailing Rohit. If it had not been for Nora, Angie and Matt, there is a good chance they would have succeeded with the plan.