It’s the end of the work day and Judge Hanson is saying good bye to a law clerk and heading to his car – until another car runs him over. Then reverses and makes sure he’s not only dead but laminated to the floor. Nasty.
Catherine, meanwhile, is working on JT’s ulcer by showing up at his work to ask about Vincent. JT tries, again, to try and explain the concept of “in hiding” and they both engage in the most convoluted recap I’ve ever seen (c’mon we had a voice over at the beginning of the show, this is beyond unnecessary). She’s worried she hasn’t heard from him and she has an important note to pass on “how are you?” yes. Really. JT is surprisingly unimpressed.
At her home we see that Catherine’s little sister Heather has brought a half naked guy home. I hope this scene exists to provide eye candy rather than to remind us Heather exists until the character becomes relevant. Heather also wants to point out that Catherine needs to RSVP for her father’s wedding and warns her that she needs a +1 or her father will think she’ll die alone with 10,000 cats
To the crime scene! Where we find the victim, Judge Hanson, is an immigration judge and a good friend of Joe. Tessa and Catherine do the detective thing and find the car that splattered him across the floor belonged to a woman called Iris, from Bosnia, and that the judge recently had her brother deported. And, unfortunately, the detective in charge will be Wolanski and his partner since it’s their turn – Tessa and Catherine only provide support and strike sparks because Wolanski is a sexist who doesn’t take them seriously. Having to trail behind them is falling, even as they charge in without looking around – meaning they miss what Catherine spots, that Iris has apparently run over the judge in her own car and hasn’t bothered to wipe it down afterwards. They also miss the chance to chase down Iris when she tries to run – but at least dramatic, shaky camera man who spent far too long at art’s school, got to join in the chase. When they catch her, she protests that she has a green card – and is shocked that the judge is dead.
Back at the police station Catherine and Tessa discuss the case with Catherine concerned that she said “I have a green card” and not “I’m not a murderer!” and her genuine shock. She also makes a dramatic lemming-like plummet of logic and decides the reversing over the judge wasn’t to make sure he was dead, but to make sure the plates were seen so Iris would be framed. Uh-huh, don’t you just love these psychic-like leaps of logic. Tessa reminds Catherine its’ not their case. Despite that, Catherine goes to speak to Iris – but she refuses to talk.
When Catherine returns home she gets a note from Vincent – “She didn’t do it.”
At the abandoned factory Vincent tells JT he and Catherine are staying in touch, carefully while JT’s ulcer develops a little further. Especially when Catherine shows up – so much for carefully. Vincent knows Iris didn’t do it because he saw her when she was supposed to be committing the crime – she was going home. Catherine wants to know if Vincent is following her – yes, yes he is, ah romantic stalking! JT is convinced they’re all going to die horribly and Catherine is frustrated that while she now has a witness to Iris’s innocence, Vincent can’t come forward to prove it.
At the station she starts the task of proving Iris’s innocence – so it’s to Evan, who is busy cleaning since he is being audited or examined, or whatever medical examiners get because his last assistant did several no-nos with the paperwork. Because they have a suspect in custody, the forensic is a low priority – but Catherine can look through the Judge’s personal effects (though Evan does point out it’s not her case). Catherine finds a receipt for a valet parking service addressed to the same block where Iris works (holy tenuous connections batman!) and decides to go check it out.
To the club with its exclusive valet service where Iris worked where we meet Sam, the barman and Dane the owner. Sam confirms they use that valet. He also refers to the judge as “Iris’s guy” and that they had an argument 2 nights ago – when her brother was deported and that she was upset and confused that she got a green card and her brother didn’t.