The Alzheimer’s afflicted widow of a slain church organist begins having flashbacks about her husband’s murder, leading Lilly to reopen the case.
The victim, Mitchell Bayes, was found stabbed, left in an alley in a rough part of town, surrounded by pornography and crack vials. Mitchell’s widow, Charlotte Bayes, remembers that she was suspicious that he was cheating on her with a fellow church member. Charlotte’s son, Ryan, who is also her keeper, asks Lilly to close the investigation, and Charlotte’s daughter, Tina, who hasn’t seen Ryan in years, also wishes to keep the case closed. ”Good families don’t talk about these things.”
We learn that the night of the murder, Tina was with Mitchell in their green van, begging Mitchell to stop cheating on Charlotte. That night he breaks off their affair. Lilly visits Ryan again, noting the door is unlocked. She grills Ryan, asking about the night in question. She mentions the door was unlocked. Ryan eventually tells her what happened that night.
Charlotte was teaching him to dance for that night, a school dance. Charlotte, it seems, would be abusive when she drank. She controlled Ryan then, and since Ryan had to care for her now, he would leave the door unlocked, since Charlotte would often walk off on her own, and if the door happened to be unlocked, and something happened to Charlotte, then Ryan would be free. He remembers that Charlotte was drinking, and that she was angry at Mitchell for cheating on her. Mitchell told Ryan he would take him to the dance, but Charlotte, ever controlling, wouldn’t allow him. Charlotte went after Mitchell with a metal spike, and stabbed him in the bathroom. She ordered Ryan to help dispose of the body. They drove to the alley, and Charlotte made Ryan spread dirty magazines and crack vials around Mitchell’s body. The whole murder was a setup by Charlotte. Charlotte is arrested, and Ryan and Tina reunite.
- Kathryn Morris as Lilly Rush
- Justin Chambers as Chris Lassing
- John Finn as John Stillman
- Jeremy Ratchford as Nick Vera
- Thom Barry as Will Jeffries
- Isabella Hofmann as Charlotte Bayes
- John Walcutt as Mitchell Bayes
- Jimmi Simpson as Ryan Bayes (2003)
- Kerrie Keane as Judy Enright
- Douglas Smith as Ryan Bayes (1990)
- Daisy McCrackin as Tina Bayes (2003)
- Kevin McCorkle as Gil Sherman
- Aimee Teegarden as Tina Bayes (1990)
- Todd Berry as Tom Walsh
- Liz Davies as Delores
- Tisha Frazier as Dani
- Kelli Dawn Hancock as Ashley
- Danny Oberbeck as Jeff
- David Forseth as Officer Silvan
- Justin Chambers' final appearance as Chris Lassing because Chambers' character had bad reviews before the show aired.
- This was the first episode to have a male victim and the first to have a female character be the killer.
- The first appearance of Kevin McCorkle as Detective Gil Sherman.
- Debut of Aimee Teegarden.