Change of Course
Taking a shower sends Cassie into another vision. She’s in the victim’s house this time, goes into her room and is grabbed by the ankle from someone under the bed. He’s in scrubs of some sort, Cassie describes them as the type an exterminator or the CDC would wear. This changes the case a bit, as Hackett believed she was taken in the morning, but in the vision, it was definitely night time.
Shaken, Cassie heads to work where she is soon visited by Detective Asante. He tries to get her to admit she’s a fake, to which she gives a pretty awesome speech reading him. This is particularly amusing since he’s a former profiler. At the end of their conversation, there does not seem to be mutual ground, but he does have one question for her. Why can’t they find any video footage of Shannon the morning she was taken?
To Cassie, it’s simple: she was already gone.
“You were doing sex!”
Asante leaves, and Cassie heads home with one of her bartending buddies… or friends with benefits? They hook up and we cut to the middle of the night. Abigail is on her bed, telling her she knew what she was doing. Sex is gross, she explains—her grandfather told her so. Cassie tells her she can’t spy on her, and if she does it again, she’ll kick her out. Abigail says that she’s just like her mom and that she went home that night and saw the baby in the bathtub. She pushed her over while her mother was grabbing something, watched her struggle. Her mother came back into the room just in time, but she told Cassie it would be a shame if something happened in the middle of the night.
Creeeeeepy. Little ghost girl went from kind of cute to super evil in like five seconds flat. Cassie looks disturbed and unsure how to deal with it, not that I blame her. The girl looks like she wants to hurt her baby sister. That is just plain freaky.
Asante finds Hackett and CSU at Bell’s house, where Hackett is slowly unraveling the original timeline and piecing it back together. Our bad guy knew enough to take clothes with him, make a fake phone call to triple-A and wear the hazmat suit, all to cover his tracks. They believe it was the ex-boyfriend and he purposely set it up, so it looked like he had an alibi. Dang. Why are criminals so grossly smart sometimes? Not smart enough, at least.
The ex-boyfriend admits that he was sleeping with his boss’s wife and was with her that night, proving his innocence once again.
Cassie tries to talk to Abigail’s mother but comes up short. She gets mad at Cassie, but when Cassie tells her how she died, her anger switches to her grandfather, who was dosing her some sort of homemade sleeping drink in the form of hot cocoa. Abigail asks if Cassie can go tell her grandfather what he did was wrong.
American vs. British
At the precinct, Hackett and Asante confirm that Steven, the ex-boyfriend’s new alibi is legit. Back at square one, it would seem. However, it gives us a scene that literally made me laugh out loud. I won’t spoil it for anyone else, but you should know the coffee vs. tea debate between Americans and the English lives on.
Trying to get some sort of lead, Asante sits down with the video footage sent to him from VICAP, showing the man who murdered six women in the 90s with the same MO as their current killer. He doesn’t believe there is a connection, but at this point, they are grasping at straws.
Killer in Training
In a creepy turn of events, the crime described to the killer on the video matches the crime Cassie saw in her first vision nearly exact. The officer in the video leaves and the man accused starts to sing… the Peter Rabbit nursery rhyme. Um. No thanks. I’m out. WHAT DID THAT RABBIT EVER DO TO YOU?!
I would definitely say these are connected somehow.
And then we learn how. The little boy who witnessed his mother killed as a child? Our killer today. He started to have fantasies growing up, then joined the Air Force where he acquired medical training and finally joined the EMTs in Houston. But it gets better… the EMT who was first on the scene of Shannon Bell’s body being found? An EMT named Stark… who looks just like Mark, the little boy. He changed his name and moved up to Seattle.
Now with enough evidence to arrest him, they head to his apartment, finding it ransacked. He’s gone.
Cartwheels and Revenge
Before we get to our exciting grand finale of the pilot, Cassie stops to visit Abigail’s grandfather in prison and delivers a message on her behalf. From the way Cassie describes it, it seems possible that her grandfather was drugging her to molest her while she slept. As he sits there dumbfounded, Cassie gets up and looks out the window at the area in which the prisoners spend outside. Her grandfather walks outside, where Abigail pushes and shoves him, her own little version of revenge. Cassie looks on and the two share a smile and wave. I can’t help but feel as if justice is served just a little here. (Go, Cassie!)
What Happens at the Beach…
Asante and Hackett head to the beach hotel where they believe that Stark will be. The missing robe, tons of blood, and other incriminating evidence prove this is where he killed her. At first, it seems like it’s clear, but then Asante gets separated from Hackett in a freezer and we see a little hand to hand between our detective and our killer. Thankfully, Asante breaks the window in the freezer and is able to wound Stark so that Hackett can escape. They arrest him and go to celebrate the case at the bar where Cassie works.
Alls Well that Doesn’t End Well…
Later that night, Asante goes to the hospital where he asks to see a woman named Sally. She is a young woman, in a coma, but he doesn’t say he’s family when the nurse asks. Instead, when he enters the room he tells her that he’s here now and kisses her forehead. Hmm… girlfriend? Or is she family? Why is she in Seattle if he was in LA? I’m sure this is part of why he transferred.
And because it wouldn’t be a top-notch finale without a cliffhanger… at Cassie’s house, she is asleep, and all seems well. Then, she wakes up to hear someone singing that dreaded nursery rhyme downstairs. And what do you know? We have a ghost. The ghost of a murderous monster who died via execution over 10 years ago. The episode ends with him saying they need to talk.
Overall, I thought it was a solid pilot. I love the chemistry between Detective Hackett and Asante. They both are able to stand alone, but scenes are definitely better when they work together. I think it also set up for questions down the line, and unlike it’s similarities to Ghost Whisperer, I get the feeling this is not going to be your episodic save a ghost, help a person show. I suspect our murderous ghost is just the start of a storyline that is going to unravel.
I’m not completely sold on Cassie yet. I don’t hate her, but I feel as if she’s missing something. It could just be because she’s a new character, but the charm isn’t enough for me. Maybe as the episodes go on and we learn more of her background I will warm up to her. I am deeply interested in how she and Hackett met.
Also, am I the only one who sensed some flirting going on between Asante and Cassie? Maybe I’m over-reading it but I think that is a serious possibility here, too. Should be particularly interesting since he went to visit that woman in the coma at the end of the episode, though.
So, overall the show seems like a fun, spooky summer watch. Paul Blackthorne shines especially in his role, with Justin Cornwell also bringing curiosity to his character as well. Before next week’s episode, check out our exclusive interview with Detective Asante himself, Justin Cornwell below! And don’t forget, The InBetween airs Wednesday nights at 10/9 central. Don’t miss it.
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