We are four episodes Private Eyes third season. What do you think of the Tim Kilby / Shelley Eriksen co-created series? Do you think there is any chance of the drama being picked up for a fourth season?
SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the latest episode of Private Eyes, stop reading now. There are spoilers in this article.
The latest episode finds Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) and Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) being hired by Riley Larson (Sebastien Roberts). Considering Angie is known to have called Riley a “jackass” on more than one occasion, she does not hold him in high regard.
Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan) is late for work because of the software update on her cell phone did something seriously screwy with her alarm. Angie does not seem pleased Zoe was late for work. She is even less pleased she and Matt must work as a case for Riley.
Once upon a time, Riley was criminal lawyer Everett and her father worked with a few times. He has a reputation for representing “the scum of the earth.” Evidently, the only reason her father worked with Riley is that “his cheques never bounced.”
When they arrive in Unionville, Angie was surprised the Riley would set up shop in such a place when his reputation “is more a glass and concrete guy.” Matt was expecting something different as well, but he did not specify in words what those expectations were. “Why would he set up shop here?” Angie said. The former professional ice hockey player can see what someone like Riley would see in Unionville. Matt correctly observes the area is “nicely gentrified” and has “lots of new money.”
“Riley’s Flying Motorcycle Club,” Angie reads out loud. It looks like Riley is no longer practising law. Prior to the two private investigators arriving at the club, Riley got jumped. Cue opening titles…
At Riley’s Flying Motorcycle Club…
Riley was at the club to meet Angie and Matt. He got hit from behind by a helmet. Unfortunately, he did not catch a glimpse of the assailant’s face. Riley was court by surprise.
Riley left his suit and tie lawyering days behind last year when he quit law. Naturally, Angie wants to know why it is a successful lawyer would walk away from defending the scum of the earth.
The former lawyer thinks, because of the nature of his new business, someone wants both him and Riley’s Flying Motorcycle Club gone. The window being broken might relate to the assault, but it is more likely a disgruntled local not happy that there is a biker rally coming to town.
Riley is hosting a biker rally. Even though Riley says the rally “will be great for tourism,” not everyone is on board with the idea.
Certain locals are not enthusiastic about the possibility of there being a biker rally in their part of the greater Toronto area. Wendy Meisner (), the leader of the Unionville Preservation Society, is now particularly thrilled by the prospect of there being bikers roaming all over Unionville.
Aiden O’Connor (Matthew MacFadzean) and Lola Melloncamp (Michelle Alexander) have two completely different perspectives on the proposed rally. While Aiden, the manager of the Unionville Arms Pub, can see the benefits of having a biker rally will bring to the town, the same cannot be said for Lola. Lola owns a high-end boutique clothing store. Because of the biker rally, it looks like she will be closing her store for the day.
Because of the potential numbers of bikers showing up to the rally, Aiden has donated the pub parking lot as overflow space. Further, it turns out that Riley has promised all the proceeds from the rally will be donated to a charity. Consequently to the benefits to the community, Bryce Wormsely (Darrin Baker) allows the rally to go ahead. This does not please Wendy.
Even though Matt correctly observes Riley “did not mention a charity,” according to Angie, he “is not one to hide things that make him look good.” Is Angie biased against Riley because she knows what he was like when he practised law? As a lawyer, Riley may have represented the scum of the earth but that is apparently not the person he is anymore. He doesn’t practice law. Riley now owns a motorcycle club. His outlook on life might have completely changed.
At the Police Station…
I will not tell a lie. It’s always great seeing Detective Kurtis “Maz” Mazhari (Ennis Esmer) make an appearance in episodes of the Tim Kilby / Shelley Eriksen co-created series. What can I say? I have a bias for this actor and consequently, his character. Maz is afraid Inspector Carlson (Linda Kash) will catch him doing something for Angie and Matt. If you recall, when we first met the new inspector, she was reminding the detective of police station policies about there being unauthorised people in the offices.
Maz gets Danica Powers (Ruth Goodwin) to use her login to the police computer system to assist Angie and Matt with their case. He deliberately misleads the newbie so that he does have to use his own login to retrieve the information.
Wendy has ‘criminal form’ for “malicious destruction of property,” Danica informs Maz’s ‘confidential informants.’ Since Maz did not want Danica asking too many questions about Angie and Matt, he simply referred to them as being confidential informants. Danica knows the station policy about civilians being in the offices. It’s not allowed.
“I would hardly call it art…”
The property Wendy apparently destroyed was her ex-husband’s “art.” Because it was “a hideous anima space girl with giant boobs,” Wendy said that she “would hardly call it art.”
When asked about her whereabouts on the morning a brick was tossed through a window at Riley’s Flying Motorcycle Club, Wendy tells Angie and Matt she was having breakfast with Lola at the Unionville Arms Pub.
Immediately after speaking with Wendy, the two private investigators are seen at Lola’s boutique confirming Wendy’s alibi. Even though Lola confirms she and Wendy were together at the specified time, there is something fishy about what the two women have said.
“Do you want to tell if Riley Larson is lying?” Lola asks Angie and Matt. “His lips are moving.”
Angie’s facial expression suggests she is in full agreement with the boutique owner. As they leave the store, Angie tells Matt this is “classic Riley.” The charity apparently “doesn’t jive with the Riley Larson” she knows.
From the way Angie is expressing her thoughts pertaining to Riley, it looks like the private investigator is basing her opinion on the Riley she used to know when he was a lawyer. That is not the Riley that owns the motorcycle club. While it is not common for people to change, it can happen.
Who Knows More about Motorbikes?
As the two private investigators enter the main bar area of the pub, Tiny / Zane Dunham (James Collins) signs Angie and Matt up for the coming biker event. Tiny confirms all the proceeds from the event are going to the Harbour Women’s Shelter.
Because Tiny suspects the private investigators of being cops, he immediately asks Matt what his ride is. Completely thrown off guard, Matt responds “a Honda.” Angie had to step into the conversation with the specifics of the motorbike because it was becoming increasingly clear Matt was out of his depth.
Matt, being a car guy, knows virtually nothing about motorbikes. There are individuals that know almost everything there is to know about both cars and motorbikes. Matt is not one of them. In real life, there is a good chance the actor that plays the former professional ice hockey player is significantly more knowledgeable than his character.
Later, we discover Angie is not as much into bikes as her father was. He used to take her on road trips. She has not ridden a motorcycle in years. Matt correctly tells Angie “just because [her dad] has gone, it does not mean [she] has to give up on what [she] loves.”
Matt can’t go anywhere without being Recognised…
The pub manager recognises Matt from his professional ice hockey days. Matt cannot go anywhere without running into someone knowing of him. Even though Matt’s ice hockey days are long behind him, there is always someone that will not allow the past to remain in the past. Aiden gets Matt to sign a collectable ice hockey card.
When Matt is signing the collectable card, he takes the opportunity to ask the pub manager about Lola and Wendy. While Lola is a regular patron, it turns out that Wendy only frequents the Unionville Arms Pub for breakfast occasionally. Since the pub does not open until late on Friday, breakfast is not served. Consequently, Lola and Wendy could not have been enjoying breakfast at the pub on the day the window at Riley’s Flying Motorcycle Club was smashed in with a brick. As a result, Wendy has no alibi for that morning.
Angie and Matt find bricks the same type as the one used to break the window at Riley’s club. When Wendy confronts the two private investigators about being in her backyard, Matt tells her they know about the fake alibi. They want to know why she got Lola to support a fake alibi. Before Wendy could adequately respond, Bryce answers the question for her. Because Wendy was with Bryce when Riley was assaulted, it could not have been her.
Working together closely, Wendy and Bryce found each other more reasonable than members of their own respective bases. Consequently, after being close in work, something else developed.
“Sometimes work can bring out chemistry in unexpected ways,” Bryce said to Angie and Matt. “You must know what that’s like?” At this, both private investigators seem a tad uncomfortable. They are clearly lying about their attraction to each other. Only Lola knows about the relationship.
While Wendy was not responsible for assaulting Riley, she did have a hand in tossing the brick throw the motorcycle club’s window. Bryce is not happy with Wendy. Wendy only did it because certain members of her group thought she was getting soft. She was planning on paying Riley back for the damage, anonymously, of course. On Matt’s insistence, Wendy writes a cheque for an undisclosed figure.
While Angie and Matt have resolved the brick issue, the same cannot be said for the assault. Because they are no closer to knowing who assaulted Riley, Angie suggests cancelling the rally would be wise. Riley refuses to cancel.
Angie’s bias against Riley returns. She firmly believes Riley is running a scam on the community. Angie, because of what she knows of the motorcycle club owner, cannot see past her prejudices. Riley is trying to reform himself, but Angie cannot see it.
Back at the Police Station…
Maz is looking through files looking for information on a current case. Danica speaks with him about the Wendy Meisner case. He says he does not need any further assistance, but she lets it slip that she spoke with the new inspector about it. Immediately, Maz becomes uncomfortable.
Carlson tells Danica she wants to be kept in the loop. Because there is no real Wendy Meisner case, there is nothing on the police system for Danica to find. After Danica goes back to her desk, Maz calls Angie. “Angie … help” is the only thing Maz utters into his cell phone.
At the Rally…
Even though Maz correctly notes it was Angie that made him research Wendy Meisner, the private investigator seems to not want to take responsibility for her actions. Consequently, Carlson is now all over the issue like maple syrup on hot pancakes.
Danica, being extremely enthusiastic to please both Carlson and Maz, seems like the Energizer Bunny on steroids. “Does she have an off switch?” Matt asks. “You have no idea,” Maz responds. Danica is the first person to arrive at work and the last one to leave. Every break, she shows Maz “videos of her and her girlfriend bottle feeding their baby pugs Cameron and Diaz.” Angie finds this hilarious.
Danica and Maz bring beers back for Angie and Matt. Danica being a stickler for the rules, evidently reminded Maz he is on duty. Consequently, the two police officers get to enjoy sodas. Maz does not seem happy about this prospect.
The newbie notices a shifty individual in the distance. While Maz brushes it off as “bringing back the Bogart look,” Danica sees the man has a gun concealed in his trench coat. Danica allows her eagerness to please get away from her. She jumps on the trench-coated man, consequently pushing him to the ground. This could be seriously embarrassing for the police department. It’s not as much a firearm as it is a starter’s pistol.
The motorcycle club owner kicks off “the first annual Riley’s Rally to raise money in support of Harbour Women’s Shelter.” In the distance, Angie is still not completely convinced Riley is not trying to pull off a scam.
Was the Rally a Scam?
While the rally seems to have ended without incident, a police car shows up at Lola’s boutique. It seems one of the biker’s used the rally as a distraction to rob Lola’s shop. When Matt suggests going to tell Riley the bad news, Maz informs the private investigator there is no need for that because he already knows. In the background, Riley is being escorted out of the boutique in handcuffs. Angie has this “I told you so luck on her face” as she looks at her partner.
In the Interview Room…
Considering the police station rules pertaining to civilians being where they should not be, it is surprising to find both Angie and Matt in the interview room with Riley without either a police officer or legal representation. Riley, being a qualified defence attorney, probably does not need representation.
Lola and Riley were apparently briefly in a romantic relationship. Angie is annoyed the motorcycle club owner did not choose to divulge this information earlier. The relationship ended amicably. Angie, knowing what Riley is like, does not believe him. Her perception of the former defence attorney is coloured by a negative bias.
Riley explains the only reason he was in the store was that he was concerned for Lola. When he went over to the display case, that is when Riley saw his satchel. The dots are lining up too perfectly against Riley for it to be a coincidence. Riley is being set up for something that he didn’t do. What is it about Riley that has someone gunning for his blood? He picked up the satchel but at that very moment, the cops bust into the store. He was court red-handed with the satchel in his hands.
At the Red Bird Diner…
Shona Clement (Sharon Lewis) is pleased with how Don Shade (Barry Flatman) managed the business in her absence. Shona was away from Toronto visiting with her son in Trinidad. Her son wants her to spend more time in Trinidad, but Shona is apprehensive about it. She suggests Don go with her to Trinidad. It is not as if he would not love it there. Don is seriously considering living between Toronto and Trinidad.
Angie and Matt aren’t Reading the same Textbook…
“Boy meets girl. Girl plots revenge. The boy goes to prison,” Matt said. “It’s textbook.” Because of Angie’s negative bias, she is not buying into what Matt is selling. “Riley is anything but textbook,” Angie responds. “He’s always working an angle.”
Matt doesn’t know Riley the same way as Angie does. Consequently, Matt doesn’t have a negative view of their client. Despite this, even though Matt doesn’t like the guy either, the private investigator does raise a significant question. “Why hire us if he was planning a robbery?” Matt asks. Angie always has a response for every question.
Angie is forced to look at the case from a completely different perspective. There are two suspects and one of them is lying. Which one is the liar?
Returning to the Scene of the Crime…
Angie and Matt return to Lola’s store to discuss the robbery. Why should the private investigators believe a word Lola is saying when she already lied to them about being with Wendy at the Unionville Arms Pub for breakfast?
Nothing is ever what it seems. “If you want to know the truth about why Riley quit law, ask him about his last client,” Lola tells Angie and Matt.
Zoe, having researched Riley’s last client as a defence attorney, finds the now motorcycle club owner worked for Kirby Dunham (not seen in the episode). There is a rumour floating around Riley found some old assault charges against his client and slipped them to the judge. Matt correctly observes such behaviour would “sour attorney-client-relations.”
It’s hard to do a frame job from jail. “The trail was interrupted by Mr Dunham’s brother Zane, so incensed by the verdict that he threatened Mr Dunham’s lawyer,” Angie reads.
When the private investigators arrive at Zane’s residence, Angie immediately realises she and her partner have already met the man. He was the one that registered Angie and Matt for the rally.
Tiny was rightfully furious when his brother was convicted. Angie tells Tiny there is a rumour Riley tanked his brother’s case on purpose.
There is no need for Tiny to reveal his identity to Riley because he already told the club owner. While Tiny believed his brother that Emma Dunham’s (not seen in the episode) death was an accident, but when Riley presented the evidence to him, there was no doubt in Tiny’s mind his brother was lying. Riley showed Tiny the pictures. There were bruises all over Emma’s body. Tiny knew Kirby really did push Emma off the balcony. This case is the inspiration for Riley vigorously supporting the Harbour Women’s Shelter.
At the Shade Residence…
When Matt arrives home, his father was fixing dinner. He is making borscht. If you have not enjoyed well-made borscht, you are missing out on one of the best soups ever. Even though the soup is commonly found in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, there are restaurants throughout the world that have the dish on their menus. Don used to make borscht for his wife when she was pregnant with Matt.
Don tells his son that there is a possibility he might be selling the diner and relocating to Trinidad. Shona needs her family. It is not as if Trinidad is a million miles away. Don can fly in for visits.
Later in the episode, in stead of relocating to Trinidad, Don reveals to Matt he has bought the diner out-right. Shona returned to Trinidad and Don takes over the diner as owner.
The Next Morning…
When Matt tells Angie about his father’s plans to relocate to Trinidad, her mind drifts back to Riley and the case. “Don’t you think it odd he should reinvent himself just over one case?” Angie asks Matt.
After posting Riley’s bail, Angie asks him about Kirby. Riley blames himself for Emma’s death. If he had not got Kirby acquitted the first time, he would not have been around to kill his wife. The women’s shelter is not about ticking the right boxes, Angie recognises, it’s about redemption.
In Maz’s Office…
Riley’s satchel is on Maz’s desk. Matt finds green paint on the satchel strap matching the paint on the wall and door to the motorcycle club’s back office.
When Matt presents Riley with this newly found evidence, they realise the assault was an improvisation. The person that attacked Riley was only there to steal the satchel. After knowing Riley out, the attacker used the bad blood between him and the community to cover their tracks. “This was never about the rally,” Riley said. Consequently, the vandal and the jewel thief are one and the same.
Does someone have a Vendetta against both Riley and Lola?
Unionville is a tightknit community. People in Unionville look out for each other’s best interests. Matt notes the drywall dust on the seat where Lola’s cat rests. Could the vandal be the pub manager?
Lola and Aiden are friends, there is no denying that, but is it more than just friendship? Aiden could have quite easily swiped Lola’s phone while she was not looking. She did have six drinks while in the pub on the day of the rally.
Before Aiden can do anything to prevent them, Angie and Matt head to the back office. Aiden immediately follows them. He is not happy. This is his office. It’s private.
When Matt taps on the wall immediately above the Maui poster, Maz breaks through the poster. “Here’s Johnny,” Maz said. “That would have been a lot cooler if he had had the axe.” We can’t have everything.
With all the evidence stacking against Aiden, the pub manager tries to make a run for the exit. The bikers and Danica are there to prevent him from making a successful escape.
Maz attempts to pass by Carlson’s office undetected by the new inspector. Carlson comes out of the office to speak with the detective about case number 8675309. The inspector references the fact Danica was the first person to log into the case. “Did she bring this case to you or did you find it?” Carlson asks her lead detective. “It was a team effort,” Maz responds apprehensively.
Because of their apparent chemistry, the inspector sees between Maz and Danica, Carlson has pulled strings to get the detective internship extended for a further three months. The expression on Maz’s face is priceless.
The Tail End of the Episode…
There is a touching moment at the end of the episode where Angie and Riley converse over her father. Angie’s opinion of Riley, because of the way he presents himself, might be changing for the better. She is beginning to see him in a different light. The closing scene of the episode sees Angie on her motorcycle for the first time in years.