The latest episode of the Tim Kilby / Shelley Eriksen co-created Private Eyes, ‘The Conroy Curse,’ landed on Global Wednesday, 10 July 2019. We are two-thirds of the way through the 12-episode third season and we have yet to hear from anyone of significance at Global whether the private investigator series will see a renewal. What do you think? Does Private Eyes deserve a fourth season? Feel free to comment and tell us how you think the season is going thus far.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet watched the episode, stop reading now. There are spoilers ahead.
The eighth episode opens with reports of a heatwave hitting Toronto. When Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) and Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) walk into the office, they find to their apprehension Don Shade (Barry Flatman) attempting to fix the AC condenser from the back of the building. Because Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan) being on vacation, she asked Don to check in on the offices. Consequently, when Don arrived to hear the AC chugging away, he immediately thought to himself he would take to fixing it. Angie whispers to her partner that they “should call the repair guy.” With ears like a hawk, Don observes that calling in someone to fix the condenser would cost them “an arm and a leg to tighten up a couple of screws.”
How Could it Possibly get any Worse?
“The good news is it’s the end of the day,” Matt said to Angie. “How could it possibly get any worse?” Whenever someone says, “how could it possibly get any worse,” something immediately happens to make it worse. The moment Matt said this to Angie, in walks Deputy Eddie Conroy (Kris Lemche).
When Eddie brings Everett & Shade Investigations a case, to Don’s surprise both Angie and Matt tell the visiting deputy they “are totally slammed.” Consequently, they cannot take on any new work. As Eddie begins to leave, with Don looking at the private investigators in disapproval, Angie tells the deputy to wait. “What is going on Conroy?” Angie asks with a positively audible sigh.
Eddie tells them about 80-year-old woman Estelle Dorset (Taborah Johnson). According to the deputy, she “has this cosy little cabin on the outside of [Willowton] in the woods.” When Eddie speaks of the woman in the past tense, as Angie quickly picks up on, the deputy tells her that he thinks she was murdered. Not only that, he feels it was his fault. Cue opening credits…
Estelle had a Vlog…
Estelle had a vlog. She talked about conspiracy theories. The old woman apparently made a connection between the sinking of the Titanic and the infamous Jack the Ripper. Don leaps conclusion Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack Dawson, in the James Cameron written-directed Titanic had the name Jack because of the serial killer.
Eddie wants Angie and Matt to help him investigate the murder. When the deputy said that he has the license plate number for the dark brown van, Angie immediately wants to know what it is he did not run the plate himself on the police computer system. There is a perfectly plausible reason why Eddie did not run the plate himself. Because Eddie refused to let the case go without proving Estelle was murdered, after ordering an autopsy without his superior’s approval, she suspended him before the results came through.
At the Police Station…
When Matt and Eddie arrive at the police station, they find Det Kurtis Mazhari (Ennis Esmer) is away on a training course and is therefore unavailable. What is the likelihood Det Danica Powers (Ruth Goodwin) will assist Matt and Eddie with the case? Because of Eddie’s reaction to the police station, Danica thinks it’s his first time in one. From how he behaves, one could immediately jump to the same conclusion, but he tells Danica he’s a cop.
The Inspector Inquires…
When Inspector Matilda Carlson (Linda Kash) walks in on the conversation, she wants to know what Matt and his friend are doing at the police station. Eddie immediately steps up and introduces himself to the inspector as a fellow law enforcement officer. He tells Carlson that Everett & Shade is helping him with a murder case. When the deputy says the word murder, it piques the inspector’s interest.
Matt frames it as a possible murder so that the inspector will not dig into the case herself. The private investigator tells Carlson that they are helping their “very special friend.” Because Eddie lost someone very special to him, he’s struggling with acceptance. Because the inspector does not care for private investigators, Carlson tells Matt that she’s “going around the corner to yell at someone, and when I come back, don’t be here.”
Danica finds it highly suspicious Eddie is looking to Everett & Shade Investigations to investigate this possible murder when he is apparently a cop and has the same resources at the tip of his fingertips that she does. In the background, as Danica assists Eddie, Carlson looks in through the window to see if Matt and his friend have gone. Her facial expression indicates she is not pleased to still see them there. The detective finds Eddie some information that might be of assistance to him in resolving the case. Matt and Eddie make their exit as the inspector returns.
Looking for Maude in all the Wrong Places…
Meanwhile, Angie is looking for Maude but finds Fiona (Novie Edwards). It’s not surprising Eddie would get Fiona’s name wrong. “He’s a funny little man,” Fiona tells Angie. She’s not half wrong. Estelle assisted Fiona financially with her catering company. If it were not for Estelle, Fiona would not have her business. When the private investigator asks about friends, Fiona points Angie in Betty Love’s direction.
Later, Angie visits with Betty to ask her questions pertaining to Estelle. Betty is training for a marathon. The private investigator tells Betty that the cops that found Estelle believe she committed suicide. Even though Estelle apparently said that she never wanted to be a burden, Betty’s reaction to the question indicates she does not believe her friend would kill herself.
At the Towing Company…
Elsewhere, Matt and Eddie arrive at the towing company Danica found in her search of license plates. When confronted, Eddie cannot stop himself from telling the towing company employee they are there in connection with a murder case and that’s why they are looking at the blue truck. The situation turns dangerous when the employee pulls a shotgun on Matt and Eddie. With his gun in hand, he orders them into a shipping container.
Angie, in trying to check in with Matt’s progress, leaves a voicemail in which she tells her partner that she’s “calling it a night” and that she will see him the next day. With Matt’s cell phone smashed, the private investigator is not going to receive the call. Matt and Eddie will most likely be spending the night in the shipping container.
Toronto continues to feel the Heat…
The next morning, at Everett & Shade Investigations, Don finds Angie cooling her head in the freezer compartment of her refrigerator. Like that heard at the beginning of the episode, the weather report indicates another hot day ahead for Toronto residents.
Somewhere, in a shipping container, Matt and Eddie remain trapped. It’s 08:10 in the morning and they are no closer to getting out of the container as they were hours earlier. Who keeps a crowbar in a shipping container? This is what Matt is using to open the container doors.
Angie, even though it does not look like she has many choices, teams up Danica to investigate the tow truck company she directed Matt and Eddie to the previous day.
Thinking the guy that locked them in the container is coming back because they hear a vehicle drive up, they prepare themselves to ambush him. Instead of entering the shipping container, the towing company employee attaches a cable to the back of the container and begins to place it on a flatbed truck. As Angie and Danica arrive at the tow truck company, the flatbed truck with the shipping container containing Matt and Eddie leaves the property.
Danica receives the police report from Willowton n her cell phone. When the detective questions the accompanying autopsy report, Angie tells Danica that was ordered by Eddie behind his sergeant’s back. While Estelle had a clean bill of health, the autopsy report shows she had a high dosage of benzodiazepine in her system. Benzodiazepine and carbon dioxide, as the detective correctly observes, will put an individual to sleep. There is no need to use both. Consequently, Angie suggests to Danica that they take a trip to Willowton to see the medical examiner. Danica concurs.
At Willowton Police Station…
At the Willowton Police Station, Angie and Danica meet Sergeant Lydia Sullivan (Nancy Palk). Sullivan is adamant Estelle committed suicide. The medical examiner, Dr Edie Conroy (Jennifer Gibson) for the Willowton Police Station is Eddie’s sister. She is also the town’s veterinarian and doctor. Even though Conroy did not write Estelle a prescription for benzodiazepine, the sergeant observes it does not mean that she could not have acquired it from the local drug dealer (Connor Smith). The sergeant is looking directly into the cell immediately behind Angie and Danica as she spoke of illegal drug acquirement. The drug dealer tells them that he doesn’t push pills. That’s old man Pitfield. The sergeant gives Angie and Danica the keys to Estelle’s place.
Searching Estelle’s Cabin…
At Estelle’s place, Angie and Danica divide the workload by searching different areas of the cabin. Hidden under a grate in the bedroom is a folder containing letters. Angie correctly observes Estelle went to a lot of trouble to hide the information. What is Mineral Ore Deposit Ventures?
It looks like Mineral Ore Deposit Ventures is a real estate holdings company that pays out dividends to its investors. There were only four investors: Estelle Dorset, Betty Love, Rosemary Dupont and Alice Van Horn (Arlene Meadows). Rosemary, according to Betty, died of the flu six weeks ago. Consequently, there was no autopsy performed. Danica notes the monthly dividend payments went up shortly after Rosemary’s death. Angie subsequently suggests to Danica that they speak with the fourth woman. With two women now dead, she might be the next one on the list to die.
After speaking with Janet Van Horn (Shauna Black) and her mother, Alice, Angie gives Janet her business card. Danica asks Betty if she murdered Betty and Rosemary. Moments after taking her medications, Betty has difficulty breathing.
Angie and Danica work with Carlson…
Carlson tells Angie Betty is stable and in the hospital. Forensics found a coating of arsenic on Betty’s medications. Danica notes that, on death, all shares revert to the company. The consequently explains why the payments increased to the remaining investors. As each woman dies, the payouts to the remaining investors increase. The last person standing gets everything.
When the inspector asks about the truck Matt and Eddie were interested in, Danica tells her that it is registered to Jackson Van Horn (Aaron Poole). Jackson must be Janet’s brother. Jackson is the guy that locked Matt and Eddie in the shipping container. We do not learn his name until late in the episode.
In Too Deep…
When the shipping container arrives at a site in the middle of nowhere, the tow truck company employee begins drilling holes in the side of the container. The employee, having said that “she would kill him, accidentally tells Matt and Eddie his boss is a woman. We soon discover the holes in the side of the container are not there to allow air inside as much as they are water. The guy unloaded the container into a lake.
As the water continues to enter the container, Matt tries again to open the doors with the crowbar he found earlier. With the container completely submerged, Matt has an idea. The impact of the container on the lake floor broke the lock holding the doors shut. Matt and Eddie finally escape from the container.
Because Jackson does not seem to have an ounce of intelligence, it looks like Janet is pulling all the strings. She is the one that killed both Estelle and Rosemary. If it weren’t for Angie and Danica, Betty would also be dead.
The Willowton Police Station sergeant arrives at the lake in the nick of time. Because he was right about the murder, Eddie asks his sergeant if he can have a promotion. From her reaction, that promotion is not coming any time soon. He did, however, receive an apology and his suspension lifted.