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The team re-opens the 1989 case of an unidentified Jane Doe when she dies in the hospital, after being comatose since the day she was shot 18 years ago. Meanwhile, Scotty learns who's been talking to Internal Affairs about him, which leads to a surprising development.


When a shooting victim from 1989 finally dies after living for years as an invalid, her death is called a murder. The woman, a Jane Doe, received mysterious gifts of champagne and caviar each month at her hospital room. And when the coroner retrieves expensive breast implants from the body, it’s evident the woman wasn’t a transient.

Scotty discovers ADA Thomas has been talking with Internal Affairs officer Gordon, who is investigating him for breaking protocol during the hostage situation with Ed Marteson.

Medical records identify the woman as Margot Chambers, one half of a team of grifters who took wealthy women for all the money they could get. Spencer Mason, the other half, has been underground for years, but the team draws him out with an obituary in the paper. He swears he’d never have harmed Margot–he only wanted out of the life. He leads them to another man whose brother has been taken by Margot and Spencer.

Scotty confronts Alex in her office and two argue. Their anger soon gives way to passion and they kiss passionately on the desk. Scotty quickly forgot that Alex's indiscretion put his job at risk.

Spencer reveals that the pair took out a life insurance policy on Margot and intended to kill someone in her place, reaping a $3 million dollar reward. Also, Spencer was Margot’s son, not her lover. When Spencer hooked up with a maid at a local motel, they set up a sting to kill Margot and claim the insurance money. But Spencer couldn’t do it; the maid, Kylie, was the one who pulled the trigger. They never thought Margot would survive. After the shooting, Spencer refused to leave town with Kylie, remaining nearby to take care of his mother.

Spencer and Kylie both end up behind bars, and the team closes the case. Later, Scotty goes into Alex's office and closes the door behind him. As Lilly places the box containing the files about Margot's case in the archive, she "sees" Margot staring at her; after she disappears, Lilly walks away.


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  • This episode uses some elements from the 1990 film The Grifters.
  • Maurice Hall's and Wilder Dautry's case boxes are visible when Lilly puts away Margot's case box.
  • This episode could be based on the real-life case of the mother and son criminal duo Sante and Kenny Kimes.
  • Monet Mazur and Darby Stanchfield both guest-starred on the 2009 series Castle as ex-wives of the main character, Richard Castle.


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