This week saw a second new episode of the Canadian crime dramedy Private Eyes land on Global. This is new. We typically must wait an entire week for a new episode to drop. The latest episode, “Hog Day Afternoon / She Slices, He Dices,” sees series co-star Jason Priestley in the directorial chair. Anyone with a modicum of familiarity with the series will know Priestley plays former professional ice hockey player-come private investigator Matthew “Matt” (“Shadow”) Shade. Shades private investigator partner is Angela “Angie” Everett.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the latest episode of Private Eyes, stop reading now. There are spoilers ahead.
Does anyone else find it interesting how its Matt that’s the health food nut? While he is a former professional ice hockey player, I’d kind of expect him to have the same diet as Angie. Angie is my kind of woman… Burgers and fries are her thing. There are times when she will partake of the finer things of life, but a good old-fashioned burgers and fries will typically hit the spot every time.
As Matt follows a potential fraudster into his place of employment, from the way the neck-braced employee is behaving, there is something seriously inky going down. Who, other than a germophobe, uses a handkerchief to open a door or call for an elevator? If you were someone not wanting to leave your fingerprints on everything you touch might consider doing such a thing. Funnily, even though this comment about being a germophobe was initially meant as a joke, we later discover Wallace (Jonathan Potts) is a germophobe.
Matt sneaks into the Great Life offices. On arriving outside the conference room, Matt finds nothing untoward happening. It seems the management are having a meeting of some description.
While Matt and Angie discuss food and where to get a decent burger, the former ice hockey player hears the elevator door open. From his vantage point, he sees heavily armed men with pig-masks enter the conference room and immediately take the employees hostage. Unbeknownst to the hostage takers, there is a private investigator in the building. On coms, listening from the rear of the building, Angie can hear everything that’s going down. Matt tells Angie she is going to have to take a rain check on the burger. Cue opening titles…
Is it Dog Day Afternoon or is it Die Hard?
When Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan) calls Angie to tell her that she’s closing up the office for the evening, the private investigator fills her in on what is happening at Great Life. Conferencing Zoe in on a call to Det. Kurtis Mazhari (Ennis Esmer), Angie tries to call the detective but he keeps sending her to voicemail because he has a basketball game he wants to get to pronto.
Danica Powers (Ruth Goodwin), being the enthusiastic new detective she is, wants to continue working on their current case. Consequently, she gets the senior detective in the bullpen coffee. Because Angie relentlessly calls Maz, Inspector Matilda Carlson (Linda Kash) insists he takes the call. When Angie tells Maz there is a hostage situation, the detective is lost for words.
Meanwhile, because one of the hostage-takers has the Great Life CEO Patricia (Raven Dauda) at gunpoint, Matt follows them down a stairwell. What is the hostage taker looking for? Matt observes the gunmen are looking for something stored in the twelfth-floor lab.
As one of the gunmen locks down the building, Matt and Angie are now both trapped inside the building without any means of egress.
Cops are on the Scene…
Carlson is not happy with Maz. While the new inspector does not know either Matt or Angie the same way as the detective, Carlson feels the situation is a disaster in the making. Meanwhile, while trying to locate Angie, Matt is taken hostage. It is only a matter of time before the gunmen realise who Matt is because everyone in Toronto seems to know of the famous Shadow.
The hostage-takers must not get out much or watch ice hockey because they do not seem to recognise Shadow. As Matt converses with the neck-brace guy about the situation getting better, the employee tells the private investigator he’s the head of customer relations. Consequently, he recognises a pile of crap when he hears it.
Time to go Shopping…
Angie looks through Great Life product samples for items she can potentially use as weapons. Funnily Angie finds a way to weaponize Great Life products to her advantage. After knocking out the first of the three gunmen, Angie discovers his name is Thomas Redfield (Brian Frank). After taking an image of Redfield’s ID, she immediately forwards it to Maz.
When Angie examines Redfield’s gun, she finds it empty. What’s going on? Why would gunmen be carrying unloaded weapons? Is there something else happening which neither the private investigators nor the police is aware of?
The new inspector has low regard for private investigators. Because of his relationship with Matt and Angie, Carlson is beginning to question Maz’s effectiveness as a police detective. Carlson doesn’t feel civilians have any business doing police work.
Carlson, never impressed with private investigators, orders Angie to stand down. Under no circumstances is Angie to engage the hostage takers. What is the likelihood of Angie taking orders from Maz’s new inspector? Further, Maz has been ordered to not take calls from Angie.
In Carlson’s personal employment history, she did hostage negotiation for ten years. Because of this experience, the new inspector feels she has what it takes to talk to the hostage-takers.
Zoe informs her bosses Maz called. The search on Redfield came back clean. Interestingly, Redfield does not have a criminal jacket. He has no priors, not even a parking ticket, which is surprising for someone resident of Toronto.
Redfield, according to Maz, works for a recycling company. This corresponds with what Angie saw earlier in the episode. She saw one of Apex Recycling’s dumpsters parked in the loading bay. Why would you need three gunmen to steal a supped-up-slow cooker? “Something is seriously inky,” Matt suggests.
After running a background check on the three Apex Recycling employees, Danica tells Carlson two of the three employees came back clean. The third gunman, Darryl Fenwick (Joris Jarsky), has a significant criminal history. Fenwick, convicted of multiple instances of violent assault, has in his criminal history unlawful possession of a firearm and armed robbery.
When Matt speaks with Patricia, the Great Life CEO indicates Best Times is their chief competitor. Would a competitor resort to sending in armed thugs to steal RND research on a coming product? Is such a business model that fierce? The CEO apparently finds it difficult to believe a competitor would go to such lengths to steal product information.
Later in the episode, when Matt speaks again with the CEO, the former ice hockey player reveals to her Bates is in on what’s happening. It’s his plan. What’s so valuable that could warrant such an operation? After significant thought, Patricia realises the only thing of any real value worth stealing is the smartwatches. Worth approximately $1,000 each, the company has purchased a smartwatch for every employee within the company. That’s roughly 2,200 smartwatches.
When Matt’s earbud falls out onto the table, one of the hostage-takers finds and realises he is responsible for the cops surrounding the building.
An Inside Man…
The hostage-takers are being given orders by an inside man. It’s all a scam to steal from Great Life. Mark Bates (Jim Annan), Great Life’s CFO, is the mastermind behind the entire situation. Could this be the reason the hostage takers do not seem to have any bullets? Even though Redfield having no bullets has been confirmed, while it might also be true for Steve MacGruder (Mickey Milan), Fenwick could be the only one with bullets. Later, Fenwick confirms he’s the only one with a loaded gun.
When one of the gunmen tells the hostages, they “are skating on thin ice,” Wallace suddenly realises where he knows Matt from. Because the customer relations manager comes close to busting Matt’s cover, Shadow punches Wallace in the gut.
On further investigation, Angie discovers the inside man filling the Apex Recycling dumpster with trash bags. There must be something in these trash bags worth going to all the trouble of taking hostages.
Breaching the Building…
The police have breached the building. When Maz arrives in the conference room, the detective tells MacGruder he knows the gun he’s carrying doesn’t have any bullets. Maz’s gun, on the other hand, is fully loaded. Meanwhile, in the basement, Matt and Angie take out the remaining Fenwick without too much trouble.
I am going to have to get me a peanut butter banana milkshake….