Did you see the latest episode of Private Eyes? It was only a matter of time before Matt Shade’s (Jason Priestley) ex-wife, Becca D’Orsay (Nicole de Boer), hired Everett & Shade Investigations to investigate an issue associated with her television career. It only took two and a half seasons to get there.
The latest episode, televised on Global Wednesday, 3 July 2019, saw Becca call in the investigative duo when a series of apparent supernatural accidents begin to threaten a TV special she is producing. Consequently, the episode requires the private investigators to put on their tap shoes and navigate the seriously hazardous world of reality television. What could possibly go wrong?
SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the Eleanore Lindo directed Private Eyes episode “Dance, Dance Retribution / She Slices, He Dices,” stop reading now. There are spoilers ahead.
Who knew so much preparation went into putting on a show? Becca is clearly stressed by the sheer amount of work that goes into putting on a competition show. While this is not “So You Think You Can Dance,” it takes a great deal of effort to choreograph everything perfectly.
When Matt and Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) arrive in the studio, Becca appears as if she is in the middle of a work-related meltdown.
When Becca finally calms down, she tells Matt and Angie that she needs them “to investigate some incidents.” When Angie pushes Matt’s ex-wife for specifics, Becca tells them “a key wardrobe went missing, one of the dressing room’s flooded and yesterday, a light set a curtain on fire.” Consequently, not without Matt visibly smirking, Angie suggests what Becca needs is “a closet, a plumber and an electrician.”
Even though Matt correctly observes when his ex-wife gets stressed, she “tends to over-dramatize things,” Angie wrongly assumes its all in Becca’s head. As Becca tries to tell the private investigators about the issues she is facing, there is an electrical issue on the stage that requires the stage manager to promptly clear it. With sparks flying everywhere, it’s clear Becca is not imagining anything. Cue opening credits…
Immediately after the opening credits, Becca tells Matt and Angie the building is cursed. Apparently, according to Becca, an actor died in the theatre and the ghost has been haunting the building ever since.
After doing a Little research on the theatre where Becca is producing her television event, Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan) discovered over a century ago, an actor was driven to suicide. During the “To Be or Not To Be” soliloquy of Hamlet, the actor froze up so badly that he hung himself in the theatre.
In a less supernatural twist to the issues, while the likelihood Jeffrey Sanders (Darryl Hinds) is behind everything that has been happening is plausible. Sanders, the meteorologist at the television station Becca works at, was the network’s first choice.
After management decided to switch gears, the show went to Becca. Could Zoe be onto something? Is the meteorologist trying to sabotage Becca’s show so that it will make her look bad in front of station management? Considering how cutthroat reality television is, trusting one’s one grandmother would probably be a mistake.
Is Sanders behind Becca’s Problems?
After Sanders finishes a live weather broadcast, Matt and Angie get the opportunity to speak with the meteorologist. Sanders seems pleased Becca is the host of Ballroom Smash. “A live dance competition,” as Angie observes, “is a step up from weatherman.” While it’s true the meteorologist had an interest in hosting the dance competition, Sanders now has his sights set on a more lucrative prize.
If Ballroom Smash is a smashing success, it might catapult Becca’s career into the stratosphere. Consequently, because of the amount of work involved in putting on the dance competition, Becca will not have time to host her morning show. As a result, the station will have to hire a new host for Breakfast with Becca. The meteorologist suggests “Sunrise with Sanders” as a possible replacement for Becca’s current morning production.
Because Sanders wants Ballroom Smash to succeed, even though his reasons are not selfless, it is unlikely the meteorologist has any involvement in what has been occurring at the theatre. Despite the meteorologist’s motives for seeing Becca achieve success, one should not entirely rule out vengeance as a driving force. When used to inflict harm on others, anger is a powerful tool.
There’s a New Network Head…
Sanders lets it slip the new network head is not too happy about the Ballroom Smash cost overruns. “Between the contestant demands, the production setbacks and Becca’s nonstop tweaking,” Sanders said, “it is the perfect storm and Beckster is sitting right in the path of the hurricane.”
The new network head Sanders was referring to is Steve Sato (Scott Ryan Yamamura). Because he has a different vision for the network’s future, all the shows his predecessor was responsible for creating are being axed. Is Ballroom Smash one of Sato’s productions or did his predecessor develop it? If the dance competition is something Sato’s predecessor envisioned, there is a good chance the new network head would want to see Ballroom Smash go down in flames.
Could a Contestant be Responsible?
Jordan Pallister (A.J. Simmons), a contestant on Becca’s Ballroom Smash, has a potential endorsement deal with a German company. If he continues with the dance competition, it might jeopardise any chances the tennis player has of that deal becoming a reality. Consequently, Jordan’s tennis manager is looking to pull him from the competition.
The prime suspect suddenly disappears out of the metaphorical window when part of the competition set falls on Jordan. Matt is able to save one of the dancers, but Jordan is not so lucky. It looks like one of his legs is broken. The rope holding the set up is cut intentionally. The person responsible for everything happening at the theatre looks like he or she is stepping up their game.
A New Competitor is Drafted…
Did you see the expression on Matt’s face? He is not remotely happy. Becca has put Matt into the competition without asking him. Even though the former ice hockey player does not like it, Matt goes ahead with Becca’s request. What choice does he have? She already told the network executives Matt was on board with the idea.
Does Matt look ridiculous in his dance costume? You should see it. If Angie was trying not to laugh, she didn’t show it because the private investigator was literally laughing. There is no ambiguity in what she was doing. She was laughing at Matt’s ridiculous garb.
The Other Contestants…
Country singer Brody Diamond (Alex Woods) has a bit of a spending problem and has not had a hit song in a while. The country singer has a new single coming out the same day as the competition. He seems to think the new song will be a hit. Diamond is partnered with soap opera actress Veronica Valor (Jennifer Dale).
The soap opera actress will shortly not be part of Rugged Landscapes. For someone that apparently does not watch the television series, Matt seems a tad overly invested in what happens to Valor’s Rugged Landscapes character. Valor had been part of the daytime soap opera for 22-years. The plot revolving around her character’s death is ridiculous. Even for soap opera land, not that every genre has a version of the Happy Days episode, there is such a thing as jumping the shark and this is it for Rugged Landscapes.
Matt is partnered up with Raven (Jordan Clark). Because she is in it to win it, Raven is putting the former ice hockey player through his paces. When the practice session ended, Raven invited herself over to Matt’s house for later that evening.
Comedian Selena Louise (Renee Percy), the least most famous of the three remaining contestants, has the most to gain by winning the prize. The comedian seems to think the incidents have a supernatural ring to them. She believes the ghost is real. The comedian is partnered with Gustavo (Jone Liam). We do not know much about this contestant.
The Curse of You Know Who…
When Angie talks Sami Chapman (Kelsey Flower) into showing her video footage, the private investigator discovers the new network manager was on stage prior to the apparent accident.
Later, when Angie converses with an ill Zoe, the private investigator recognises there is something increasingly more personal about the the attacks. The attacks seem to gravitate towards the ghost myth associated with the theatre. How does anyone know the comedian has a fear of ghosts? Ever the tech investigator, Zoe immediately sends Angie a link. Consequently, Angie has a new lead. This new lead could take the private investigator in the right direction.
Dancing with the Stars…
Raven has too much invested in the competition to allow having Matt get in the way of her winning. While Jordan had six months to learn the dance routine, the former ice hockey player has less than 24-hours. Matt told his ex-wife he doesn’t dance.
The more we dig into what’s happening behind the scenes of the competition, the more Sato looks guilty of sabotaging Becca’s Ballroom Smash. Sato is not sabotaging the show. He’s having an affair with Becca.
After the new network head points to the comedian as a possible saboteur, the private investigators think they have the case in the bag. When Matt, Angie and Louise walk into the dressing room, we discover a dagger stabbed through the comedian’s makeup chair. Consequently, it suggests Louise is the target, not the perpetrator.
Louise is a comedian. She makes fun of people for a living. Someone out there may not have taken too kindly at being a joke punchline.
Later, Angie sees video footage of a comedy skit Louise did about fearing ghosts. There are a lot of male ghosts. Why is that? In the skit, Louise suggests men are not good at asking for directions. If men aren’t willing to ask directions in real life, they are certainly not going to ask for directions to the afterlife. “I know where I’m going,” Louise jokes.
Zoe Solves the Case…
After finding an uncensored version of Louise’s stand-up routine, Zoe sends Angie a picture. Angie immediately recognises the individual. It’s Chapman. He’s the video editor on Ballroom Smash. When Angie arrives at the theatre, it’s too late for her to connect with Matt because he’s already on stage with Raven. Vengeance played a huge part of what the editor had planned for the comedian because he blames her for destroying his life. Chapman destroyed his own life. He was the one that made a fool of himself.
While I liked this episode, the lack of Det. Kurtis “Maz” Mazhari (Ennis Esmer) is readily apparent. I am sure, even if it was from an off-duty perspective, there would have been ample opportunity to involve the detective in the story. Maz is a great character. There is something about the character that adds weight to each episode. What do you think? Should the detective play a bigger role in each season?