Recap: Two bad guys have kidnapped an out-of-it looking guy named Roy, who's clad in a wet suit. They're holding him hostage inside the back of a moving van and are demanding info about "the stash" ... and Roy easily cracks under pressure and reveals that the stash can be found at Pacific Ocean Park. When the bad guys mull over whether or not they find that claim believable, Roy manages to unlatch the van's back door - then tumbles onto the street, where he's promptly killed by an oncoming car. RIP, Roy.
Nick and Cody are on a double date, riding bumper cars with two lovelies, when Murray interrupts to gabble excitedly about all the studying he's been doing on ultrasonic dolphin waves. He then gushes about Jody Kremer, the smart, beautiful dolphin trainer at Pacific Ocean Park he's become hopelessly smitten with, and adds that her colleague was recently killed in a fatal hit and run accident.
Over at Pacific Ocean Park, Jody - who, no surprise, is a stunning brunette - is putting on a public show with her dolphin performers, Buffy and Cupcake...and we get lots of fun, superfluous footage of her riding the dolphins like water skis and getting them to perform cute ball tricks. In the bleachers, a giddy Murray tells Nick and Cody he's sooooo excited for them to meet his future girlfriend...and a few seconds later, the camera pans to the right and we see that the two bad guys from the van are also seated in the bleachers, staring ominously at Jody and her dolphins.
After the show, Murray hugs Jody hello, then rushes off to say hey to Buffy and Cupcake. Jody gives Nick an appreciative once over ['cause well duh, she's a hot-blooded American woman] and takes him up on his suggestion of getting some lunch so they can get to know each other. Nick picks up on the non-subtle flirty vibe, and when Jody scampers to her office to change out of her wet suit, he and shoots Cody a grim sideways glance and groans about the unavoidable rift this is about to put between him and Murray.
Jody unwittingly walks in on the two bad guys ransacking her office, I'll assume in search of Roy's stash. When Jody demands to know what in blazes is going on, one of them grabs her, which causes her to screech for help...which, in turn, prompts Nick and Cody to race over to see whassup. They spend a few seconds wrestling with the bad guys, one of whom needlessly shoves Murray into the dolphin tank - and the fighting comes to an abrupt end when one of the bad guys fires his gun in the air so that he and his cohort can race off. An ashen-faced Jody bursts out of her office and presses herself against Nick for comfort [who could blame the girl?], and everyone stares bewilderedly into space as the screen fades out for a commercial break.
Jody informs the Riptide trio that the bad guys stole Roy's dolphin diary, which contained detailed reports on the dolphins' training progress. Nick wonders aloud why two guys who are so clearly up to no good would want to steal a dolphin diary, and Jody shrugs and says that Roy was very proprietary about his research and often used a cryptic shorthand to jot down his notes. Nick suggests they head over to the police station to see about getting her some police protection, then dissolves into uncontrollable giggles with Cody over the visual of a wet suit clad Roy stumbling on the street before getting mowed down by a car. An irked looking Jody somehow refrains from pointing out that it's probably in poor taste to be laughing about a guy who got fatally hit by a car, even if he happened to be out of context in his wet suit at the time.
In the next scene, Lieutenant Quinlan is laughing heartily at Roy's demise, then tells Nick and Cody that Roy had an arrest record for using/dealing drugs. When Nick inquires about getting Jody some police protection from the bad guys who just ransacked her office, Quinlan lets out a derisive snort and says there's no chance in hell he's even going to entertain the notion of acting like a law enforcement professional and take the armed robbery of Jody's office seriously, despite the suspicious death of her colleague. When he says he highly doubts "there's anything to this", Nick points out that Roy's body had burn marks everywhere, indicating that he may have been tortured before his death. Quinlan says that since the man was wearing a wet suit when the car hit him, he can only assume the dude was a kinky, rubber clad freak who clearly "had it coming" ... instead of a dolphin trainer who ran afoul of some bad guys and likely didn't have a chance to change out of his wet suit before being abducted. Quinlan then snarls at the Riptide trio to get lost so he can get back to not-policing King Harbor.
Nick and Cody return to the water park to tell Jody that since the police in this hamlet are next to useless, they're going to have to put their heads together and theorize about what the bad guys might have been looking for. Jody says she'd be happy to reveal everything she knows about Roy over dinner...and by over dinner, she means a one-on-one, romantic night out with Nick. After Cody wisely saunters off, Nick makes it clear to Jody that he has no intention of taking out Murray's girl...and Jody chuckles and says if she were Murray's girl, she wouldn't be coming on to him like gangbusters. Nick's like, "Ahhh.." and explains that Murray has deluded himself into thinking the two of them are a lot more than just friends, then scrunches his face disapprovingly and says he hopes she hasn't done anything to lead him on and give him that impression. Jody assures him she's never so much as flirted with the geek, and that she shouldn't be penalized just 'cause he came to the wrong conclusion about their friendship. She then tells Nick if he wants to learn everything she knows about Roy, he's going to have to meet her for dinner tonight. She gives him a time and place and rushes off, leaving Nick staring worriedly into space.
Cody urges Nick to accept Jody's dinner date, mostly 'cause he's worried that the bad guys will target her if she's left without protection. Nick says he's reluctant to go on anything resembling a date with a woman Murray is smitten with, refuses to sneak around behind his back, and is planning to come clean about it right now. As the two board the Riptide, they find Murray walking around with a dazed expression as he reports that Jody just called him to cancel their dinner plans for tonight...and that he's really really upset about it 'cause he thought he had been playing it sooooo cool when he asked her out. He idly wonders if there could be another guy in the picture, then sadly says he had the whole night planned: he was going to dress up in his best suit, borrow Nick's Corvette, and wine and dine the future mother of his children. As Nick stares sheepishly into space, Murray shrugs sadly and says he'll just stay in tonight and mopishly reread his ultrasonic dolphin wave notes.
Over dinner, Jody tells Nick everything she observed about Roy and his training methods, then says she noticed he taught Buffy some odd tricks she never performed in her shows, e.g. retrieving pieces of coral from the bottom of the tank. She then changes the subject to Nick's irresistible mmm hmm hotness and asks him why he agreed to go out with her if he's still so conflicted about Murray's crush on her. Nick says he's only here 'cause he feels a responsibility to keep her safe from the bad guys...and that he's going to resist any kind of mutual flirtation, 'cause the way he sees it: Murray thinking she's his girl is the same as if she were actually his girl. Jody's eyes sparkle with admiration as she calls him "quite a guy" and agrees to call it a night. As the two exit the restaurant, the bad guys suddenly descend upon them, knocking Nick down and dragging Jody over their van. Nick's all, "Nooooo!!" and leaps into his Corvette to pursue the van - but has to give up the chase when one of the bad guys smashes his windshield with an oxygen tank he just happened to be driving around with.
Nick races to the Riptide to alert Cody and Murray that Jody has just been abducted by the bad guys. An alarmed Murray says they should head over to her apartment pronto to see if the bad guys left behind any clues...and before Cody can blurt out that Nick and Jody were out on a date this evening, Nick sheepishly admits that he and Jody were out to dinner at the time of her abduction. Murray lets that betrayal sink in as he lowers himself into a chair and stares despondently into space. Nick assures him it's not what he's thinking - but Murray snidely says that what he's thinking is that Nick stole his girlfriend after listening to him natter on and on earlier about how desperately he wanted to go out to dinner with her. Cody interjects Murray's heartbreak meltdown to suggest running the serial number on the oxygen tank the bad guys hurled through Nick's windshield to see if that can move this storyline forward, and Murray agrees to do it despite how callously Nick has just wrenched his now broken heart from his chest. LOL.
Murray taps the serial number of the oxygen tank into his computer and tells Cody (not Nick) that it belongs to a scuba shop, then reads aloud the shop's name and address.
The next morning, the Riptide trio heads over to the scuba shop wearing fake badges so they can pretend to be employees of the non-existent Scuba Safety Commission. The clerk at the store, a buxom woman wearing a crop top and short shorts, says she's never heard of their bogus commission, but is taking seriously their nonsense about how all oxygen tanks with a particular serial number are faulty and should be taken out of circulation asap. She says she's just a lowly employee, and that they should probably get in touch with her bosses - bad guys Dennis and Alejandro - and jots down their home address.
The trio races over to the bad guys' house, and Nick and Cody tiptoe towards it with their guns drawn. A thug working for a drug kingpin named Villanova grabs an unsuspecting Murray, who's waiting by the car, and orders Nick and Cody to drop their weapons...then says they have only once chance to locate Dennis and Alejandro. Nick and Cody scrunch their faces in puzzlement and are all, "Wha-a-a-a?"
The thug shoves the Riptide trio onto a couch so that Villanova can loom over them and demand they reveal where his missing dope is. When Nick and Cody are like, "Dunno", Villanova says he heard from Dennis and Alejandro that two [attractive, muscular] beach bums were giving them some trouble...and Murray gets offended that he was clearly not included in the beach bum category and starts prattling about how insulting it is to always be typecast as a dork 'cause of how unspeakably dorky he is. As Villanova and his thug stare at him in bafflement, he changes the subject to Jody and commiserates to them about how Nick got so jealous of his new love that he decided to be a real dick and steal her away. Nick rolls his eyes and explains that Jody was the one who came onto him...and when Murray looks startled and is all, "Wuh? Really?", Nick says he only went to dinner with her so he could extract whatever intel she had on Roy. Cody, meanwhile, devises a plan to escape their current peril and tells Villanova he has an idea about how he might be able to get his missing dope back.
Dennis and Alejandro have brought Jody back to Pacific Ocean Park so she can test her theory about Roy having trained Buffy to make his drug runs underwater.
Villanova, his thug, and the Riptide trio arrive at Pacific Ocean Park and find Jody and Dennis and Alejandro on the deck of the dolphin tank. Cody tells Jody they're here to pick up the missing dope from Buffy's drug run and winks at her as if to say 'just follow my lead', and Jody gives him a covert nod - just as Buffy resurfaces with - wouldn't you know it - a bag of dope dangling from her snout. Villanova is thrilled by the recovery of his missing cocaine, but makes it clear how annoyed he is by the screwup and reminds Dennis and Alejandro that he doesn't give second chances. He orders his thug to get rid of them, along with everyone else present...and Jody gives Buffy a signal, which she responds to by leaping into the air and bellflopping into the water. The splashing causes enough of a distraction for Cody and Nick to overpower and disarm Dennis, Alejandro, and the thug - but Villanova is able to slip away and escape the park aboard a conveniently placed dinghy.
Jody releases Buffy into the ocean so she can pursue Villanova and take the lead in his capture. She races towards the dinghy with lightning speed, then butts her snout against the side of the dinghy, causing it to capsize. As Villanova falls into the water and loudly acknowledges being foiled by the crafty mammal, Nick, Cody, and Jody are watching from the pier, joyously laughing and cheering Buffy on. Hurray!
Jody walks along with beach with Murray, giving him the foreordained 'I'm just not that into you' talk. She tells him she too has been on the receiving end of a disinterested crush - and that he should take heart in what a special friend he has in Nick. With that said, she gives Murray a chaste cheek kiss and saunters off, leaving him to dejectedly amble over to where Nick and Cody are loitering. Nick tells him there will be no need for awkward apologies in this season finale, and a relieved looking Murray gets a sudden burst of gaiety and suggests they "hit the street and find some broads".
And that's a superfluously misogynistic wrap for Season 1!
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Recap: A goon named Ted Cardwell makes a photocopy of The WWII West Coast Connection, a research article written by Melba Bozinsky. In the next scene, he hands it over to his goon friend: John McMasters, aka an associate editor of a historical rag. John looks impressed by the article and says that this Melba Bozinsky has thorough intel they've never seen or heard of...and guesses she got help from her good friend, an Austrian historian named Heinrich Von Schlauser who has a seemingly endless of supply of first hand info about WWII. John tells Ted that if he were to publish the article, everyone and their dog would descend on the Pacific Ocean to search for the cache of lost gold...therefore, his plan is to hang onto Melba's article for as long as possible, then return it to her with a letter of regret that cites 'a lack of evidence' as the reason for declining publication. The two cackle with delight at their nefarious scheme to use Melba's research to unearth the gold treasure for themselves.
Aboard the Riptide, the trio is playing Scrabble and lamenting about how bored and broke they are during a current dry spell of zero clients and/or helicopter tours. When they hear someone step onto the boat, they head up to the deck and find a woman wearing funeral attire. She tells them she's in a lot of trouble, then natters about a hired assassin on a train before handing Cody a small falcon statue she wants delivered. When he opens it, a fake snake pops out...and both the woman and Murray dissolve into a fit of giggles. Murray applauds her "great entrance", and the woman - played by Geena Davis! - strips off her veil hat, wig, and shapeless black dress to reveal a smokin' bod. As Nick and Cody openly ogle her, Murray introduces his sister as Dr. Melba Bozinsky, a PhD Harvard graduate. Melba gives Nick and Cody an appreciative once over and declares them hunks, then shakes Nick's hand, which she zaps with a joy buzzer. As Murray ushers her below to get something to eat, Cody tells Nick he's shocked that a dork like Murray could have such a hot sister...and the two agree that to avoid any "stickiness" (pun??), they're going to have to treat her like she's their sister.
Melba tells the trio that her article, The WWII West Coast Connection, was rejected for a lack of evidence, which she thinks is total B.S...and while she's telling them this, she's playing footsies under the table with Cody while winking at him coquettishly. She summarizes the general thesis of her article: during the 1940s, gold bullion was being smuggled out of the U.S. by foreign agents in order to finance Hitler's war effort. Through her extensive research, she learned that a submarine filled with gold left the U.S. coast - but never made it to its destination: the Channel Islands. She pauses playing footsies with Cody to give Nick a sensual head and neck massage (!) and says she's determined to find the lost submarine. Murray's all, "This is sooooo boss!" and also perfect timing for them to get involved in this "case" on account of they have nothing better to do lately except play Scrabble. Melba says that before they do anything, she's going to need to get in touch with her good friend and WWII expert, Heinrich Von Schlauser.
Over at Heinrich's place, Melba tells her old Austrian friend she's pretty sure that a boatload of gold bullion is at the bottom of the ocean somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. He mumbles about how tough it is to find stuff in the ocean, so Murray says they're more than welcome to use his sonar equipment in order to pinpoint an exact location. Heinrich says he's skeptical of "zis pipe dream", but agrees to help in the recovery effort however he can.
After using Mimi to drop sonar buoys in the ocean, they take the Riptide out to sea to closely monitor the sonar readings. As Murray taps in the coordinates on his computer, they're startled to hear a loud pop above deck and soon realize that a helicopter is hovering over them as someone shoots at them with a machine gun. Nick grabs his gun and suggests they flee aboard the Ebb Tide (which seems far less safe than taking cover inside the Riptide, but OK) ... and as they motor across the open water [and somehow avoid getting hit by the constant spray of bullets], Nick returns fire on the helicopter and pierces the fuel tank, forcing the bad guys to retreat whence they came.
Back in King Harbor, Nick and Cody patch up all the bullet holes while Murray says he'll work on finding out who was piloting the attack helicopter. Melba gazes at Nick and Cody with a dreamy look of admiration and tells them how terrific they are to be such good friends to her dorky brother. She says that, unlike the friends he usually hangs with, they're handsome and virile...then gives them both a long smooch before going below to join Murray on the computer. Cody and Nick stare at each other in shocked wonderment at that PDA weirdness, then get into a scrap about the "special vibes" each of them believes Melba is sending specifically to him. As they argue about that, Melba makes a sudden announcement about a new location for where the sunken sub likely ended up.
As the trio + Melba and Heinrich heads out to sea again, Murray taps away at his computer and quickly learns that the helicopter that attacked them was rented out to a man named John McMasters. Melba suddenly squeals excitedly when she sees something interesting appear on the sonar monitor and says she'd like to dive down right now to see if it's the lost sub - but the trio warns her that it's too late in the day and therefore much too dangerous to go diving in the dark. She mulls that over and agrees, then suggests they return to King Harbor and put on their dancing shoes for a fun night of boogying!
Ted tells John that now that Melba and Heinrich are involved in the search for the lost sub, he wants to kill them and anyone else who might know about the gold - but John suggests it'd be easier to let Melba live long enough to find the gold, steal it from her, and then kill her and everyone around her. He recalls that the name of the boat they shot at is the Riptide, and that they should creep onto it while no one's there and see whassup aboard the floating detective agency.
Murray shows Nick and Cody photos of himself and Melba as children...and everyone gushes over their adorableness. Heinrich declines an evening out and says he's going home to rest...and Melba throws a fake rubber snake at Nick and then giggles devilishly, which freaks him and Cody out and makes them seriously rethink her appeal. As they glare in Melba's direction, she happily announces that she's ready to go out to dinner and get started on that boogying.
At Straightaways, Melba is coaxing Nick to boogie more enthusiastically than the awkward looking side shuffle he's currently doing. From the table, Murray remarks to a sour looking Cody how cute Melba and Nick look together and that it'd be great to have Nick as a brother-in-law. Max ambles over and informs Cody and Murray that she just saw someone skulking aboard the Riptide, and they're all, "Wuh?" and race off to find out who the intruder is.
Ted and John are poking around the Riptide when they see the trio + Melba coming and abscond on a speedboat. The group rushes aboard to see if anything is missing, and Melba finds what looks suspiciously like a bomb. Nick and Cody assume she's playing another of her infantile pranks on them, so Nick takes the bomb and half-heartedly throws it overboard...where it explodes a few seconds later. Oops.
Lieutenant Quinlan grumps over to the Riptide and rails at Nick for "throwing a bomb in the water for jollies" and accuses him of doing it for the pure joy of scaring the bejeezus out of everyone in the harbor. Melba stares at the buffoon in complete incredulity and tells Murray he's "hysterical" ... and Quinlan glares at her and asks Murray who "this bimbo" is. As Melba giggles and calls him "too cute", Murray haughtily informs Quinlan that this bimbo is Dr. Melba Bozinsky, then implores him to consider functioning like a cop and maybe look into who planted the bomb on their boat - the likeliest suspect being John McMasters, the guy who opened fire on them from his rented helicopter. Quinlan rolls his eyes and asks what they did to make the man shoot at them (!) and Murray clams up and says he's not at liberty to say. Quinlan - who, by this point, should probably give up the charade of policing altogether - says he really couldn't give a rat's ass that some crazed gunman (and alleged bomb maker) is out there trying to kill Melba and/or the Riptide trio and announces that he's going home and back to bed. Once he's out of hearing range, Cody suggests they do their own investigating into the historical magazine that Melba submitted her article to...so Murray punches something into his computer and discovers that John McMasters is the associate editor of the historical rag. From this, he and Cody quickly deduce that McMasters probably wants to loot the gold bullion from the sunken WWII submarine - and Melba shrieks at the collective genius of the Riptide Detective Agency for figuring out a motive she should have twigged onto when a gun toter on a helicopter appeared at the exact location she outlined in her article was the site of a sunken treasure. She rewards Cody with a long, hard smooch.
As Operation Provide a Decoy To Fool the Bad Guys gets into motion, Nick lands Mimi on a nearby remote island and waits for word from Cody.
Ted and John are flying around on their rented chopper, once again scanning the ocean for the Riptide. Cody is aboard the Ebb Tide by himself, floating around the previous sunken treasure site, 'cause apparently the plan is for Nick to blast over on Mimi to launch a chopper-on-chopper attack on the bad guys and put them out of commission for good. Sounds just crazy enough to work.
Murray tells Heinrich and Melba he's pretty sure he now has the correct coordinates for the lost sub, and Melba excitedly puts her wetsuit on so she can leap into the ocean and start searching through the wreckage.
When the bad guys' helicopter appears on the horizon, Cody radios Nick, who assures him that he and Mimi will be there, pronto. When he finally gets the decrepit old bird airborne, he flies over to Cody's location, opens fire on the bad guys' helicopter and punctures their fuel line. The bad guys are all, "Ack!" and are forced to make an emergency landing on the nearby remote island.
Nick and Cody land on the island and subdue the bad guys at gunpoint. Ted begs to allow them to work something out...but when they're accused of planting a bomb aboard the Riptide, Ted and John are all, "Wuh?" and insist they didn't have anything to do with any bomb, and that they can't begin to guess who else would want them all dead since they haven't told another soul about the sunken treasure. Nick and Cody decide they're convinced of Ted's/John's innocence about the bomb and mull over the possibility that Heinrich Von Schlauser is the bomb planter.
Melba is easily able to locate the sunken submarine...and we get a lot of superfluous underwater footage of the vessel's decomposing interior. Melba finds a large safe where the gold was likely stashed, then signals to Murray and Heinrich that they can begin reeling it in. When the safe is safely aboard the Riptide, Heinrich pulls a gun on Melba and Murray and says, "I vas hoping it vouldn't come to zis."
Nick and Cody scramble to get decrepit Mimi into the air to race over to the Riptide in the nick of time. They try radioing Murray, but get no reply.
Heinrich ties up Melba and Murray, back-to-back with cartoonishly thick rope, and explains to Melba that her landmark discovery of the WWII submarine has made "certain conclusions necessary". He says that while he's extremely fond of her, the only thing that's ever meant anything to him was the "glorious Third Reich and Mein Führer". Melba and Murray are all, "Seriously, dude? The war's been over for decades" - but Heinrich says that, as incomprehensible as it may sound in 1984, duty calls. And by duty, he means he's going to destroy the safe, the boat, them on the boat - and only then will the war finally be over for him. He caps off his nonsensical blather with a Heil Hitler! Nazi salute, then places a bomb atop the safe, nods a curt goodbye to Melba, and hops aboard a dinghy to flee the impending explosion.
When Murray hears Nick and Cody attempting to call them on the radio, he turns on Roboz with a voice command and instructs the orange bot to pick up the radio receiver so he can loudly inform Nick and Cody that they're tied up and about to be blown to smithereens. With only seconds to go before the bomb is set to detonate, Mimi arrives at the Riptide's location, and Cody leaps aboard, throws the bomb as far away as he can, and watches it explode in the ocean. Phew!
Nick, meanwhile, chases Heinrich down with Mimi and bellows on his speaker system, "It's over!"
Melba wraps up the episode by informing the Riptide trio that no gold was found inside the safe, just some boring paperwork revealing details about the impending Normandy invasion. Melba solemnly points out that since the Germans never received this intel, the outcome of WWII was forever changed. Nick mulls over this fictional retelling of the war, then pretends to drop the historical papers from the safe overboard...and when Melba dives into the water to retrieve them, he's all, "Haha...you fell for my lame prank", and everyone chuckles at the well deserved payback.
Recap: A hooker who's decked out in animal print and leather skimpwear is hovering over her naked john, telling him she's going to slow things down 'cause she has a special surprise for him. She orders him to close his eyes, then quietly walks over to the patio door to let in two thugs, one of whom fatally shoots the naked man.
The gunman shows his boss, Mr. Burtane (it's Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue!) the note that the hooker left with him before absconding to an unknown destination:
Dear Mr. Burtane,
Pay me $200,000 or I go to the cops.
Mr. Burtane snarks at the gunman for so stupidly letting Marcy just walk away after giving him the note. The gunman concurs that, yep, it's definitely a problem, and promises to track her down asap.
Aboard the Riptide, Murray tells Nick and Cody to dress up for their evening out, 'cause he's treating them to dinner/a surprise.
In the next scene, we see that the surprise is a Cupid Connection dinner, which a giggling Murray describes as "a supermarket of single ladies interested in meeting men". Nick and Cody groan at the prospect of spending the evening being picked over by a group of disconsolate women...and when Murray giggles joyously after a couple of ladies walk by and brazenly check them out, a visibly irked Nick advises him to suppress his innate geekiness and try to act more aloof.
A downbeat looking woman asks Nick if he would possibly consider dancing with her...and when he grimaces and goes, "Yeah, I guess so", she's like, "Really?!!" and quickly ushers him over to the dance floor, where she launches into a tirade about how little trust she has in men. A fuzzy haired brunette named Sheila Hayward hones in on Cody as he accidentally spills punch all over his suit...and after the two chuckle at his clumsiness, they stare hungrily at each other. When they hit the dance floor, she explains that the only reason she's here is 'cause her aunt bought her a ticket to the Cupid Connection dinner and forced her to go in the hope that she'll find herself a nice mate.
Later, the two sit at a table and enjoy some get-to-know-each-other chitchat. When he tells her he's a PI, she looks troubled and says she had a fight with her sister a month ago, has no idea how to reach her, and gets the strong sense she's in grave danger.
The following day, Nick is suntanning in all of his bare-chested glory - yum! - while snarking at Cody for offering Sheila the resources of the Riptide Detective Agency pro bono in order to locate her missing sister. He reminds Cody that they agreed on no more freebies for pretty women 'cause it always gets them into trouble, but Cody breezily argues that this is merely a small favor for his newest squeeze.
After suntanning, Cody tells Nick and Murray that Sheila told him Marcy's landlord refuses to respond to any calls about his missing tenant, then says he has a hare-brained scheme in mind to extract intel.
The Riptide trio heads over to Marcy's decrepit apartment complex, pretending to be a TV production team. Cody - who, for some reason, has decked himself out like a cheap street pimp - tells the landlord (Barney) that he's a producer who's very interested in leasing parts of the apartment complex to film a new TV show. He hands Barney his faux business card and says he'd be willing to pay around $1,000/day, and Barney looks intrigued by the prospect of earning such easy money. Cody wanders over to Marcy's apartment and says he'd really like to start filming in this particular unit, and Barney says the tenant hasn't been there in weeks, but that it's OK with him if he wants to go inside and check things out. The trio enters the stank apartment, notices that there's a lot of weird, S&M type stuff laying around, and spots Marcy's day planner. Murray leafs through it and quickly learns that Marcy was employed at The Leather Castle, and sees that she has helpfully documented the appointment times for her various johns. When Cody spots a cigarette still burning in an ashtray sitting on the windowsill, he's like, "Egads! Someone's been here!" - just as Burtane's two thugs emerge from out of nowhere, swing a few punches, and flee out the window. Nick and Cody leap through the window after them and pursue the two by car...but the chase ends when a slow moving truck suddenly pulls out in front of them and blocks the intersection.
Barney's wife, who was instantly suspicious of the faux TV production team, has called the police. Murray is promptly arrested...as are Nick and Cody when they return to the apartment complex to collect Murray.
As the Riptide trio sits in a holding cell at the police department, Murray waxes on about how utterly fascinating he finds this case, and needlessly recaps what has happened thus far in the episode. Nick rolls his eyes and says it's pretty obvious that Marcy is a hooker who specializes in S&M, but Cody says he's reserving judgement and calls it "an unproven theory".
Marcy calls Mr. Burtane to once again demand that he give her 200K. He assures her he has the cash, and agrees to meet her this afternoon at a nearby pier.
Lieutenant Quinlan cackles gleefully at the sight of the Riptide trio sitting in the holding cell, and mocks them by referring to them as The B Team...and cackles harder as he informs him that no one is coming to bail them out. Cody tells him they're working on a very important case, and that their client will be arriving any minute to spring them. Quinlan says that's unlikely 'cause they're being held for trespassing, burglary, and breaking and entering. Even though they didn't actually 'break and enter' considering that Barney freely gave them access to the apartment.
Sheila arrives and gets the charges dropped against the trio after explaining to police that her name is on the apartment lease, and that she has no problem with them entering her apartment. After exiting the police station, she offers to take them out for dinner to make it up to them, then rubs up against Cody and gives him a giant smooch. After she ambles to her car, the trio is confronted by Burtane's thugs, who dismissively call them "low life PIs" and warn them to stop nosing around Marcy's apartment.
Murray uses his portable computer to look up the deets on The Leather Castle, and sees that it's a fancy S&M whorehouse owned by Earl Burtane. He then logs into the King Harbor County Hall of Records [that was somehow completely digitized in 1984] and quickly learns that Mr. Burtane has a criminal record.
Nick and Cody "disguise" themselves as gas company employees, then enter the grounds of The Leather Castle, which looks to be really derivative of Hugh Hefner's Playboy estate. As they ogle the scantily clad women roaming around, Nick nods appreciatively and remarks on how much he'd enjoy being a member of this raunchy sex club. They run into a bikini clad woman, introduce themselves as gas company employees, tell her that someone named Marcy Hayward reported a gas leak, and ask her if she knows where Marcy is. Bikini girl, who looks completely unconcerned about a possible gas leak in her midst, says she hasn't seen Marcy for several days and suggests they inquire with her boss, Earl Burtane. After she sashays off to her impatient john, who can be heard calling out to her from whatever headboard he's chained up to, Nick and Cody notice Burtane and his two thugs climb into a car after loudly announcing that they're off to abduct Marcy. LOL. Nick and Cody rush back to their car to follow them, and this time they're able to keep up with the bad guys.
Mr. Burtane and his thugs arrive at the pier, find Marcy, and promptly surround her. Burtane orders Marcy to come with him - but she refuses and makes a run for it. The thugs fire their guns, which naturally freaks out the innocent bystanders...and as Nick and Cody draw their weapons and exchange fire (!) with Burtane and his thugs, Marcy races past them, avoids all the flying bullets, and manages to escape.
[Note: somehow no passersby were accidentally shot during the filming of this scene.]
In the aftermath of the botched abduction, Burtane admonishes his thugs for not being able to shake Nick and Cody...and/or for not realizing that they were being tailed in the first place. He orders them to kill the two cheeky PIs, then track down Marcy's sister and see if she knows anything about her whereabouts.
Later, Murray tells Nick he dug up everything he could find on Marcy Hayward...and Nick looks over the intel, furrows his brows, and murmurs, "How do you tell a woman her sister is a slutty hooker?" Cody and Sheila, meanwhile, are lip-locked on the Riptide. She tells him that locating Marcy is the most important thing to her, and he's like, "Oh...really?" and swiftly changes the subject. Smooth, Cody.
During dinner at Straightaways, Nick tells Murray he's bummed that Cody is so enamored of Sheila and worries that he'll get hurt. Murray looks intrigued by this admission and urges him to spill his guts further, so Nick says he has a weird feeling about Sheila and can't help but wonder how on earth she could have a sister like Marcy.
After searching King Harbor for Nick and Cody, Burtane's thugs manage to locate their car, which is parked near the marina.
During a cozy dinner-for-two aboard the Riptide, Sheila remarks to Cody that he seems very quiet tonight and asks if his quietness is somehow related to Marcy. He nods and tells her she's OK, but that it looks like she's gotten herself mixed up with something criminal. He tells her that earlier today he and Nick saw Marcy almost get grabbed by Burtane and his thugs, and Sheila gets angry at him for waiting until now to drop that bomb. When she demands that he share everything he knows, he reluctantly adds that it looks as though Marcy may be involved with a raunchy S&M prostitution ring.
During the course of his research, Murray quickly learns that Sheila hasn't told Cody everything about herself, e.g. she has a criminal record. They return to the Riptide, where they spot Sheila standing on the deck staring up at the sky, then go below where Nick breaks it to Cody that they managed to dig up some stuff about Sheila he should know 'bout...and by stuff, he means that she was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Cody's all, "Wha-a-a?!" and refuses to believe it, then chides them for digging up dirt on an innocent woman. Murray solemnly says there's more, then tells him that when he hacked into some bank records, he learned that Marcy closed her bank account the very same day that Sheila made a big deposit into hers. Nick tells Cody he's letting his judgement be affected by how desperately he wants to bone Sheila, and Cody accuses him of being jealous that Sheila fell in love with him without even giving him (Nick) a second glance. Nick sternly replies, "I thought we were better friends than that", and Cody snaps, "So did I." Sheila, who has been eavesdropping on the conversation from the deck, enters the room and explains that Marcy voluntarily gave her her money for safekeeping, and that the deadly weapon arrest occurred after Marcy lied to the police about being attacked by her. She tearfully asks Cody to take her home now, and the two beat a hasty retreat.
Burtane's thugs, who have been staking out the Riptide, watch Cody and Sheila leave and recognize Sheila as Marcy's sister. They follow the two in their car...and after a few minutes on the road, Cody notices that they're being tailed. The thugs smash into their car and run them off the highway, then pull Sheila out of the ensuing wreckage. They tell her they're looking for her sister, and she insists she has no idea where she is. One of the thugs checks Cody's pulse and declares him a goner, and a devastated Sheila screams, "Noooooo!!"
Nick tells Murray he blames himself for the car accident...and Murray nods absently as he scans the hospital's records on his computer. He's startled when he discovers that both Sheila and Marcy were admitted to the hospital on the exact same day and time, which somehow seems impossible...unless..
The nurse gives Nick permission to briefly visit Cody, who's all bandaged up and is in serious condition. Murray, meanwhile, hangs out with the nurse and helps her out with the video game she happens to be playing while on the job, and blushingly explains that he's an expert 'cause he's the person who designed it.
Cody regains consciousness when he senses Nick hovering over him, and weakly tells him that the thugs ran him off the road and abducted Sheila. Nick apologizes for upsetting him earlier and points out that it's not true that women are always attracted to him [though, let's be real, it's likely almost always], and insists that all he wants for him is happiness. Cody clutches his hand in response, then admits that the romance between himself and Sheila was probably moving way too fast. Duh - ya think?
Over at The Leather Castle, Burtane tells Sheila that Cody is dead, and that his thugs are out looking for Murray and Nick so they can off them too. He then orders a flunky to lock Sheila in Marcy's room and hopes something useful comes from that.
Murray bursts into Cody's room to share a startling finding: Sheila doesn't have a sister, but rather a split personality. He explains that he confirmed this from the hospital's records, and learned that Sheila has been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder...and that Marcy is "her dark side". Cody looks wigged out, while Nick mulls over the shocking revelation and points out that sooner or later, Burtane is going to realize he actually has Marcy [if, up until now, he's been too clueless to recognize her as one of the regular hookers in his creepy S&M stable]. Nick promises Cody he'll do his best to not let anything happen to Sheila/Marcy, and then he and Murray rush off.
Sheila looks over "Marcy's" wigs and S&M gear before slipping into a skimpy get-up. She then fake cries for help...and when one of Burtane's armed thugs enters her room to investigate, she knocks him out from behind and grabs his gun.
Burtane and his entourage enter the estate's bar/dining room...and a few seconds after that, Marcy struts in.
Nick and Murray arrive at the entrance of The Leather Castle, and Nick tells Murray he'll find a secret way in, and orders him to wait by the security gate for the cops.
Nick sets off the sprinkler system in the bar/dining room, which foils Marcy's plans to shoot Burtane. After some gunfire is exchanged and Marcy suffers a non-fatal gunshot wound, Nick kneels beside her, removes her wig, and assures her she'll be OK...then gives her the good news about Cody surviving the car accident.
On the hospital grounds, Cody limps to where Sheila is sitting, seats himself next to her, and tells her she looks great. Sheila tells him she was bewildered to learn that she has nine personalities (not sure if that's in addition to her "dark side" Marcy personality, which she was aware of), and Cody says he's keeping his fingers crossed for her full recovery. She tells him that the Sheila he got to know this episode may not exist anymore and that she now has to figure out who she really is, and Cody shrugs and says that since he's not terribly picky about the women he hooks up with, he'll probably like whatever personality she eventually morphs into. She thanks him for everything he's done for her this episode, and the two share a final canoodle.
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Recap: Two American gun smugglers are on a remote runway in Cambodia, loading up a plane with gun filled crates. A few minutes later, the pilot (Stu Pittman) takes off...and after he reaches a safe cruising altitude, he points his handgun at the other guy (Marty Valentine) and tells him he's outlived his usefulness in this illegal gun running scheme. Stu puts the plane on automatic pilot [I'll assume], so the two can wrestle around in the storage area of the plane. Eventually, Stu gets a clear shot at Marty and fatally shoots him, then tosses his body into the ocean below.
Over at Pier 56, Murray and Nick are doing their yearly scrubbing of the Riptide's exterior when Cody returns from an errand, clutching a newspaper. He informs Nick that Mean Mick Matthews, a scary mental case they helped get locked up after he burned down a colonel's garage, is being released from prison today...and assumes that his first order of business will be to exact revenge on the two of them. Nick's all, "Ack!" and suggests they take the Riptide out to sea and go deep sea fishing until further notice...and when a dismayed looking Murray asks if they're seriously going to hide from this felon like a coupla neutered fraidy cats, they're like, "Uh, yes..?"
Stu, meanwhile, lands his plane in Point Mugu, CA and tells his cohort on the ground he got rid of Marty...despite the stupidity of doing such a thing considering that Marty's father is Sam Valentine, a local mob boss. A few seconds later, two of Sam's thugs arrive at the hangar to pick up Marty, and Stu just shrugs and tells them that Marty got drunk last night and failed to show up at the airstrip. The thugs tell him this is definitely a problem, and that they'll be back in touch after Sam instructs them how much torture they should subject him to in exchange for answers. Once they're out of earshot, an oddly unconcerned Stu tells his cohort he doesn't think that offing Marty is that big of a deal, 'cause surely Sam Valentine must know what a complete moron his son was. As the cohort begins unloading the gun filled crates from the plane, he notices that one of the crates contains fresh food scraps and clothing. He picks up a red t-shirt and tells Stu it looks like he had a stowaway...and when he examines the crate more closely, he sees that the stowaway stupidly left behind a business card for The Riptide Detective Agency.
Murray is dismayed that Nick and Cody are fleeing the harbor 'cause of their fear of Mean Mick, but Nick insists that it'd be tantamount to suicide to sit around and wait for Mick to attack. Murray's like, "Whatever" and heads out...then sees something that appears to trouble him. He calls out to Nick and Cody and says, "I think we have some company" ... and since the two assume they're being visited upon by Mean Mick, they each grab a handgun and leap onto the deck shrieking, "OK, Mick. We're ready for you!" They're stunned when "Mick" turns out to be two Cambodian children. The boy, Chin Lee, grins at Nick and chirps, "Hello, Nicholas-san!", aka the man who signs his letters to them Long Distance Daddy, then points at his sister and introduces her as Mai. Nick's face breaks into a huge smile as he warmly greets the two, and explains to Cody and Murray that Chin and Mai are his Cambodian sponsor children he's never so much as made a passing reference to. Like ever. As Cody stares confusedly into space at the implausible notion of his [smokin' hot, but let's face it: vacuous, brain-wise] partner shelling out money for anything resembling a charitable cause, Nick asks the kids how they got here. Chin vaguely says they traveled by way of aeroplane, then explains that the purpose of their trip is to get Mai the heart valve operation she so desperately needs, 'cause the Cambodian orphanage they live in can't offer that level of health care. Nick scrunches his face in puzzlement and asks who's paying for the surgery, and if he's even found a doctor to perform it...but Chin just shrugs and says he figured that he (Nick) would be more than happy to sort all that out for them. Nick's like, "Seriously? I couldn't afford to get myself a heart operation" and Chin's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and gets visibly upset. [By reason of sanity, I'm going to avoid belaboring the hammy way Chin continually talks about himself in the third person and, in his quest to get Mai the surgery she needs, is obnoxiously obsessed with how much everything's worth: "Tell Chin how many American dollars this boat costs" or "Chin want to know how many American dollars he can get by selling this computer", fuckin' etc.]
Max wanders over and asks the Riptide trio if they just got a babysitting gig, then chuckles heartily when she learns that Chin and Mai are Nick's sponsor children and cheekily asks, "Is that like a love child?" Bwahaha! She tells them some guy just stopped in at Straightaways to pass along to them a film canister that needs to be delivered via helicopter to Catalina Island...and said he wants it there, pronto, and is willing to pay $1,000. Murray likes the sound of making such easy money and suggests 'why not also endanger two children by taking them along for a ride aboard the decrepit Screaming Mimi?'
As everyone piles aboard the derelict pink chopper, which Nick stubbornly refuses to get serviced, Chin and Mai look alarmed as the engine coughs, sputters, and excretes black smoke before the propellers finally kick in.
As Mimi flies over the ocean en route to Catalina Island, a black chopper appears from out of nowhere and speeds after them ominously. The pilot, Stu, tells his cohort that the bomb should go off in thirty minutes - eeeek! - and Nick gets suspicious and tells Cody to open the film canister to see what's inside. Cody discovers an explosive with a timer attached and promptly flings it out of the chopper and watches it explode in the water below - just as Stu's cohort opens fire on Mimi. Cody grabs his rifle and returns fire...and Stu quickly gives up on the attack and returns his bullet riddled chopper to Point Mugu.
Nick and Cody summon Max to the Riptide to ask her to give a description of the man who dropped off the film canister. She says he was tall, thin, and had dark curly hair (in other words, not Mean Mick) ... and Murray punches this info into his computer and generates a rendering of the culprit's face. Nick suggests they show it to the valet at Straightaways to see if he can help ID the guy.
The valet confirms that the rendering looks like the guy who parked there earlier to deliver his film canister, then hands the trio a garbage can and leaves it to them to fish out the relevant receipt that has the license plate number written on it. The Riptide trio then rushes back to the boat, where Murray punches in the license plate number and quickly learns that the man's name is Stu Pittman. He jots down his contact address so that Nick and Cody can follow up on this lead...then is challenged to a game of jacks (cash upfront!) by Chin.
Nick and Cody drive over to the Point Mugu hangar and see the black chopper riddled with bullet holes. They covertly break inside the cockpit and find a Russian assault rifle, which Nick says looks brand new...then wonders aloud if they've unwittingly stumbled upon a gun smuggling operation. They jog over to the nearest building and peek inside the window, and see that Stu is being restrained by thugs while Sam Valentine interrogates him about Marty's whereabouts. Stu repeats his lie about Marty not showing up at the airstrip, and Sam snarks that he's a liar and that he's been in touch with witnesses who were on the ground in Cambodia and who confirmed that Marty boarded the plane. Before Sam can greenlight his thugs to unleash unspeakable acts of torture on Stu, Nick and Cody kick their way inside and yell, "Freeze!" - LOL - and Sam's men pull out their guns and start firing indiscriminately. Amid the chaos, Stu manages to escape to a nearby car and race towards his chopper, while Nick and Cody's stunt doubles leap into Nick's Corvette and chase after him...but in vain, 'cause Stu is somehow able to dive into the cockpit and get the chopper off the ground within seconds.
Nick and Cody return to the building to search the office for any clues that could help move this idiotic plot forward. Cody finds a red t-shirt that looks like something Nick owns...and Nick stares at it confusedly and says he mailed it to Chin months ago. He suggests they head back to the Riptide and ask Chin how in blazes his t-shirt got into the bad guys' possession.
Sam Valentine quickly learns that the red Corvette which pursued Stu belongs to a Nick Ryder...and Sam assumes that Nick must have been involved with his son's disappearance. He tells his flunky he's well aware of what a dumbfuck Marty was - but still wants to find out what happened to him and is determined to interrogate "this Nick".
Back on the Riptide, jacks has graduated to poker - and in order to stay in the game, Murray has bet all of his computer equipment and lost it to Chin. Nick and Cody are all, "The fuck?" ... and after a quick examination of the cards, Nick notices they're marked. When he calls out Chin on his brazen cheating, the lad hangs his head shamefully and says, "Chin do anything to pay for operation." As the Riptide trio stares sadly at the chastened orphans, Sam Valentine and his thugs announce their arrival at Pier 56 by firing their guns in the air for no intelligent reason, then storm aboard the Riptide. When Sam demands to know where his son is, Nick and Cody stare back at him blankly and tell him they have no idea...and while that's happening, a giant man dressed in monk's robes - Mean Mick Matthews! - leaps aboard, grabs Sam and his goons, and tosses them overboard. When there's no explanation of Mick's unexpected change of heart in not wanting to do harm to Nick and Cody (e.g. also throwing them overboard), the Riptide trio + Chin and Mai leap onto the Ebb Tide and flee to safety.
The five escape to a tiny deserted island, where a visibly irked Nick asks Chin to give him an honest explanation about how he and Mai got to the U.S. His pissed off tone prompts Mai to tear up, so Nick dials his anger back and gently assures the mute moppet that everything's fine...then turns his attention back to Chin and orders him to do some 'splaining. Chin confesses to sneaking aboard the Americans' plane and hiding himself and Mai amid the gun filled crates...and says he was afraid to say anything 'bout that 'cause he knows they entered the U.S. illegally. He says he witnessed Stu shoot Marty Valentine and throw his body off the plane, then snappishly asks Nick if he's seriously going to stay mad at two hapless, third world orphans. As Nick looks shame-faced, Murray suggests they track down the smuggled guns...and Mai perks up at that and squeaks out the word hangar. Chin translates this to mean that Stu and his cohort had unloaded the gun filled crates in Port Mugu, and that he overheard them saying they were going to make a big exchange today. Nick and Cody decide it's the perfect opportunity to lure Sam Valentine to the hangar and gather all the bad guys in one place...and Murray excitedly says he could lead in the cavalry, meaning Lieutenant Quinlan and a small team of his police officers. When Nick and Cody ask how on earth he thinks he can pull that off, Murray cockily says he's just going to lay out all the facts for Quinlan...and that he'll have the bitchy dickwad eating out of his hand in no time.
Over at police headquarters, Quinlan snarks at Murray to get lost and says he doesn't believe a word he's saying about any Cambodian gun smuggling ring...then laughs heartily [and understandably] when Murray tells him the part about Nick being a sponsor father to two Cambodian orphans. As Quinlan continues to mock and guffaw, Murray implores him to gather a squad of armed men so he can lead in the cavalry and help facilitate their biggest gun bust of the year. Quinlan snidely says he's not going to be leading anything, and a frustrated Murray responds by punching him in the face and then running out of the precinct. He hops into Nick's Corvette, with Roboz seated in the passenger seat interestingly, and squeals off while Quinlan races out after him and orders his officers to help him chase the dork down.
Nick and Cody hide behind a stack of crates as they watch Stu and his cohort load up the black chopper with the smuggled guns...and when there's no sign of Murray/the cavalry, Nick and Cody decide they can't wait any longer to take action. They run over to the black chopper and open fire, then quickly wrestle Stu and his cohort to the ground. A few seconds later, Sam Valentine's chopper appears overhead...and Cody opens fire on that and forces Sam's pilot to land - just as Murray, Quinlan, and several police officers arrive on the scene. As Sam exits the chopper with his arms up in surrender, Quinlan bellows, "Busted!" ... then glares over at Murray and tells him how shocked he is that he was telling the truth, and Murray looks insulted and informs him that geeks are almost always truth tellers.
Mai is in a wheelchair, post heart valve operation, waiting in the airport with Chin to catch a flight back to Cambodia. Nick applauds Chin for his heroic actions in getting Mai to the U.S. and convincing an unnamed charity to pay for the operation - but Chin just stares despondently into space and says he's sad to leave his American friends. Nick half-heartedly says they're welcome to visit any time - just as a pretty flight attendant ambles over to inform them that the flight is ready to board. After a round of good-byes, Chin wheels his sister toward the gate...then turns back to look at Nick one more time and races into his arms for a final, barf-inducing hug.
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Recap: A rock band named Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), whose music seems highly derivative of the Beach Boys, is performing in a recording studio when their manager, a rude douchewad named Dell Turner, interrupts to snappishly tell them that their performing sucks and to take it from the top. A record company president, Alan Singer, drops by the studio for a one-on-one with Dell...and the two end up in an argument, after which Dell storms out and loudly declares that he has no intention of signing PCH with Alan's "chicken sandwich" label. One of the band members, Chip, races out of the building after Dell and asks him whassup with him walking out on Alan, and Dell snarks that he's sick of Alan's abuse...and if the rest of the band doesn't like it, they can find someone else to manage them. He climbs into his car and asks Chip if he's coming along or not, and Chip makes the fateful decision to jump into the passenger seat. Dell puts a PCH cassette into the tape player so the two can bop to their music during the drive...but a few minutes later, Dell realizes his brakes aren't working and crashes into a guardrail. Both men get thrown from the car...and while Dell looks relatively unharmed, Chip's lifeless body is laying face-down next to the crashed car. RIP Chip.
Two earnest looking dorks - Candy Lane and Gerald Smith - arrive at the Riptide Detective Agency carrying a large bouquet of flowers and a stack of get well letters. They tell Murray they're here on "a very grave matter", then explain that they're the executives of the PCH Fan Club and want to deliver these flowers and letters to Dell Turner...if only they had any idea where he was being hospitalized. There's been nothing revealed about his current whereabouts in the press, and the record company is being dickishly uncooperative, so they've decided they have no choice but to hire PIs to deliver the stuff...and also take a photo so they have hard proof that the delivery was made. Murray decides 'yep, this is definitely a case worth taking' not least 'cause the Riptide trio isn't in any position to be picky about whatever work happens to come their way...and he readily agrees to accept the job at the reduced rate of $200/day.
Nick is annoyed at Murray for putting them in "the flower delivery business", and at a reduced rate no less. As Cody grumbles about what a boooooring case this is going to be, Murray hits the ground running by punching Dell Turner into his computer. He quickly learns that Dell is in Room 309 at the Steinholtz Hospital, 'cause yeah...in 1984, hospital employees were diligently entering this type of information on computers so it could be accessed over the Internet in real time.
The Riptide trio is dismayed to learn that the Steinholtz Hospital has a scary amount of security. While parked across the street, they spot a pretty blonde nurse (Elizabeth Parker) making her way towards the security booth...so they quickly open up a briefcase filled with quasi disguises. Nick selects a blue bandana, Cody puts on a thick pair of bifocals and stuffs his breast pocket with pens so his aura screams nerd, while Murray decides he needs nothing to further emphasize his nerdy aura and chooses to adopt a 'come as I am' persona. The three rush over to Elizabeth...and Cody introduces himself as Wendell Wicks, while Murray calls himself Darly Smith and introduces Nick as Billy Buckwheat. Nick's like, "Billy Buckwheat..?", then decides it'd be extra realistic for a bandana clad man whose last name is Buckwheat to lapse into dumb sounding Valley boy lingo. They tell Elizabeth they're in charge of the PCH Fan Club and offer her a small payment to deliver a bouquet of flowers and a stack of get well letters to Dell Turner's hospital room...and then take a photo for proof she actually delivered the stuff. Elizabeth perks up and says she had no idea that Dell Turner was being treated at this hospital, then says she'll happily do the favor for free. They're like, "Great!", load her down with the flowers, letters, and camera, and tell her they'll wait for her here.
Elizabeth tiptoes into Room 309 and is putting the fan club loot on the night stand when a semi-conscious Dell starts mumbling, "They're trying to kill me.." She's all, "Wuh? Who's trying to kill you?" and hovers over him to attempt to hear his reply - just as a mean looking nurse bursts in and demands to know what she's doing here. Elizabeth relays what she thought she just heard Dell mumble, and the mean nurse snaps, "He's delirious!" and adds that he's scheduled for brain surgery in the morning. She grabs Elizabeth by the arm, but Elizabeth is able to break free and flee the room. The mean nurse promptly calls Dr. Baronson to report that Dell Turner may have talked to nurse Elizabeth Baker, and Dr. Baronson says he'll take care of this unexpected [but yet totally preventable] security breach.
As Elizabeth rushes toward the outdoor security booth, the guard receives a phone call, instructing him to detain her. He dutifully says, "I'm on it!" and grabs her - just as the Riptide trio races over in their vehicle, wrestles Elizabeth away from him, and squeals off. After a car chase involving two Hospital Security vehicles, a bewildered Elizabeth asks what's in blazes is going on, and they're like, "Uh...we have absolutely no idea."
Alan Singer demands to know how Elizabeth Baker was able to get into Dell Turner's hospital room so easily, and Dr. Baronson's like, "Dunno" and says he's pretty pissed off about it too...even though he's the one in charge of the hospital part of this criminal operation. Alan orders him to take care of Dell asap, and Dr. Baronson's like, "Can do" and says he's planning to perform Dell's life-ending brain surgery first thing in the morning.
Aboard the Riptide, Cody apologizes to Elizabeth for getting her tangled up in their mess, and that they had no idea delivering flowers to an injured rock star could become dangerous. Elizabeth's like, "Don't worry about it!" and says that something is clearly amiss at the hospital...but that she's not at all sorry this happened 'cause of how happy she is to have met them. Cody flirtily replies, "Me too" and promises to get her out of trouble asap, then waxes on for several minutes about how much he looooves being a PI and living life on his terms. Elizabeth looks intrigued by his self-absorbed nattering, and the two press up against each other and start smooching.
Murray has enlisted Roboz to start comparing the voice patterns from PCH's music on their older albums with that of the post-Chip memorial album. After that, he hacks into the hospital's records while Elizabeth informs them that there's a rumor about a team of researchers who have had their medical licenses revoked and are performing unauthorized genetic experiments on the second floor. Yeech. When Murray is able to access Dell Turner's medical chart on his computer, Elizabeth studies it and notes with alarm that there's no CAT scan on record, and says it's highly unusual for anyone getting a brain operation to not have a CAT scan. Murray says that, according to Dell's chart, the operation is scheduled for 6am (two hours from now), which means they're going to need to break into the hospital and save him from certain death by posing as garbage men making a 6am pickup. Yep, sounds like a plan that's just crazy enough to work.
Murray, who seems overly excited about driving a garbage truck for the impending rescue, is sitting behind the wheel, while Cody and Elizabeth are snuggled together in the passenger seat. When they arrive at Steinholtz Hospital, the truck gets waved past the security booth...and Nick and Cody leap out and dash inside the hospital, run up to the second floor operating room, and hold the surgical staff at gunpoint while they snatch Dell Turner from atop the operating table. Nick straps Dell onto his back (LOL) and manages to flee the building with Cody close behind. They leap into the dumped garbage part of the truck (yuck), seconds before Murray hits the gas and crashes through the security gate.
Nick and Cody call in a doctor friend to look over "their cousin" Dell, and he gives Dell a clean bill of health and says it's puzzling that he was about to have a brain operation when there's absolutely nothing wrong with him. After he leaves, Murray remarks on how grateful Dell is likely to be to them for saving his life, and Nick says he's mostly hoping for a cash reward. A few seconds later, a scowling Dell enters the room and snarkishly asks whose "chicken sandwich" shirt he's wearing, and why he was brought aboard this floating turd of a boat. [Incidentally, I wonder if Dell's repeated use of the phrase "chicken sandwich" is the writers' way of coming as close to saying "chicken shit" as was possible on an '80s network TV show.] A crestfallen Nick says that the t-shirt they so graciously lent him is one of his favorites, and Cody wryly says they're aboard the boat he spent his life savings purchasing - as Elizabeth watches this from across the room and shakes her head in dismay at Dell's rudeness. Dell rolls his eyes and is all, "Whatever" and asks them if they could please supply him with some grass and other illegal mood enhancements...and when Cody piously tells him they don't do that stuff, Dell gets on the phone with one of his flunkies and barks an order to score some weed and cocaine. He pauses to ask what the address of this godforsaken boat slip is, and Nick offers up the address of local police headquarters, much to the amusement of Cody and Murray. Haha! After that, Dell studies the memorial album for PCH that Alan Singer's record company must have released five minutes after Chip's death, then remarks that he has absolutely no memory of whatever horrendous things might have been done to him at Steinholtz Hospital.
Nick, Cody, and Murray go up to the deck to theorize that whoever tampered with the brakes of the Dell's car is most likely a part of the plot to finish him off on the operating table. They decide they have no choice but to report all this to Lieutenant Quinlan.
Dell calls Alan and smugly says, "Nice try, but I slipped the punch", and tells Alan he owes him for Chip's murder and his attempted murder...and by owes, he wants 100% of the sales of the memorial album, and wants it in writing asap.
Outside police headquarters, the Riptide trio draws straws to see who will have to go inside and deal with Lieutenant Quinlan...and Cody draws the short straw.
Dell meets up with Alan and a female notary in Ocean Park. Alan hands Dell a pen and invites him to sign the contract that entitles him to 100% of memorial album sales, then makes it a point to urge him to keep the pen. Dell ignores that red flag and unsuspectingly puts the pen in his shirt pocket...and a few seconds after he drives off, Alan hits the blow up button on a remote detonation device. Dell's car promptly explodes, killing him instantly.
While Cody is telling Quinlan that he knows the whereabouts of Dell Turner, a cop rushes into the room to report to Quinlan that Dell Turner and his car were just blown to smithereens near Ocean Park. Cody pales and mutters, "Oh shit.." as Quinlan glares at him and orders the cop to hold him for complicity in the murder of Dell - with, naturally, zero proof or evidence. Cody says he was joking just now about knowing the whereabouts of Dell, and that if he's detained at headquarters without cause, he's going to hire a shark of a lawyer and sue the fuck out of this police department. Quinlan rails to no one in particular about having to put up with the three Riptide stooges, then reluctantly tells the cop to release Cody back into society.
Cody rushes back to the parking lot to inform Nick and Murray that Dell just got blown up. Nick breathes a sigh of relief (LOL) and says they can finally drop this pesky case - but Murray argues that he's not ready to do that 'cause there's something very fishy about the memorial album Alan Singer's record company released so quickly after Chip's death.
Back aboard the Riptide, Murray uses Roboz to analyze the voice pattern differences between PCH's old albums and the memorial album and determines that neither Chip's nor Dell's voice is on the memorial album. He asks Roboz to compare the memorial album's voices with that of each band member, and Roboz quickly deduces that the singer on the memorial album is the band's third backup singer: Pete Frank, aka Hot Dog Pete.
Nick and Cody reprise their PCH Fan Club identities from earlier in the episode and pay Alan Singer a visit. They tell him that Hot Dog Pete called them to confess some wrongdoing related to the memorial album, and Alan says they really shouldn't rely on anything Pete tells them, given his drug abuse problems. He then urges them to quit fan clubbing and get a real life - but Cody solemnly retorts, "It'll never be over as long as their music remains." Alan's like, "That's nice. Off you two go now" ... and once they're out of earshot, he summons his flunky Bob and informs him that Hot Dog Pete has been blabbing to a couple of fan club nerds about his singing role on the memorial album. Bob shrugs and says they were going to kill him anyway, and Alan nods approvingly while muttering, "The hot dog's about to be roasted."
Alan and Bob arrive at Dell's memorial ceremony in the park, and Bob rushes off to locate Pete. The Riptide trio arrives a few seconds later, and Nick and Cody grab their guns and race into the park. Bob easily finds Pete in the crowd and tells him that Alan wants to talk to him, then lifts his jacket to show him he's armed. When Pete refuses to leave and tells Bob he knows that Alan killed Dell, Bob pulls out his gun and fires into the air. He then drags Pete over to Alan's car, forces him inside, and squeals off...and seconds later, Nick and Cody rush back to their vehicle and squeal off after them. A shootout breaks out in mid-chase, which causes Alan to lose control of the car and crash. Nick and Cody swiftly rescue Pete, then smugly tell Alan and Bob they're in a whole lot of trouble. Along with the evil Dr. Baronson, no doubt.
The Riptide trio + Elizabeth celebrate the resolution of this case with dinner at Straightaways. Max saunters over and hands them a bill, then says she'll give them a break on the amount they owe if they'd be willing to deal with a drunken Lieutenant Quinlan, whose drink was spiked by the bartender (for no explained reason). Sounds like the bartender should be forced to clean up his own mess. Nick and Cody head over to Quinlan's table, where he's drunkenly railing about how some joker delivered three ounces of cocaine to police headquarters, which somehow exploded and got everyone inside the precinct high. The higher ups suspended him for three days without pay (not sure why they figured this was his fault), and in mid-babble, he passes out and hits the floor.
Recap: Nick is piloting a helicopter tour aboard the decrepit Mimi for a terrified looking couple whose terror mounts when the chopper starts making choking sounds while smoke billows out the back. The husband begs Nick to land his hunk of junk, and Nick's like, "We don't have much choice" and somehow manages to return the chopper to its regular landing spot. He apologizes for the "wind current" they must have caught - but the husband snarks that he'll be hearing from his lawyer, then storms off with his ashen-faced wife.
Cody and Murray rush over to excitedly inform Nick that they have a case - and that it was referred to them by their newest frenemy, Myron Bell. Nick rails about how much he hates Myron and all the shitty clients he's been throwing their way...but when pieces of Mimi start falling off and clattering to the ground, Nick concedes that they could definitely use a payday. Get that dilapidated thing serviced already!
The Riptide trio meets up with Myron, who tells them that their prospective client is a creep named Roger Ramsdale who wants them to get hard proof that his estranged wife is a money grubbing whore.
The Riptide trio + Myron head over to Roger's house and find Roger lounging by the pool, barking at someone named Craig Walters over the phone. Myron introduces him to Nick, Cody, and Murray...and Roger scowlingly says, "I want you to prove that my wife is a slut", then orders the willowy blonde who's hanging around nearby to fetch him a beer. He glares disdainfully at Nick, Cody, and Murray and growls at Myron for bringing him three such obvious lightweights...and when a fed up Nick says he's ready to walk, Myron stops him and tells him that Roger, while an undeniable douchewad, is an important client who throws a lot of lucrative business his way...then adds that he's prepared to pay the Riptide Detective Agency $5,000 to dig up proof of his wife's sluttiness. Murray asks Myron if he's absolutely sure that the woman is a slut, and Myron's like, yep, she's the supreme queen of all slutbags, then points out that any woman who would debase herself by marrying Roger has to have at least a few screws loose. Fair point. Nick says he hates the way this job is starting to shape up, but agrees to work the case, given their dire financial situation. Myron's like, "Yay!" and gives them the name of their target: Joan Ramsdale.
The Riptide trio heads over to Joan's suburban house and stares confusedly at her lovely flower garden and white picket fence.
Inside, Joan is meeting with her own PI, an attractive brunette named Tracy who will soon demonstrate her annoying habit of saying 'get outa town!' whenever she hears something that displeases her. The trio appears on Joan's doorstep just as Tracy is on her way out, and they decide it'd be plausible to pretend to be vacuum cleaner salesmen and pretend that Roboz is a convincing vacuum cleaner prototype. Joan smiles warmly and graciously invites them inside while Tracy climbs into her car and gets a call on her car phone from her PI partner Jane, aka the willowy blonde woman who was just hanging out undercover at Roger's house. Sneaky! Jane tells Tracy that Roger just hired three detectives - two hot guys and a bespectacled dork - to dig up dirt on Joan. Tracy shrieks, "Get outa town!" and tells Jane she's pretty sure she just encountered them on Joan's doorstep.
A stern looking man pastes a photo of Roger on his calendar, then glares stonily at it before drawing his gun and aiming at it.
Joan allows the Riptide trio to dump dirt on her carpet so they can demonstrate Roboz's vacuum cleaning abilities - even as Roboz is roaming around the house, snapping photos that might provide evidence of Joan's slutty lifestyle. Cody apologizes for their non-functioning vacuum cleaner and says they'll bring it back to the lab to make the necessary tweaks...and Joan's like, "No problem!" She says she sees Roboz's potential and would like to put down a deposit on the contraption, then smilingly says she's confident they'll get it working. The trio stares at her in stunned disbelief, agrees to put her name on a nonexistent waiting list, then beats a hasty retreat. When they climb into their car, they notice that Joan is on her way out and decide to follow her. Tracy, who's watching them surveille her client, calls Jane and tells her to get over here pronto so they can launch a tag-team tailing operation.
The Riptide trio follows Joan on her wholesome errands, which conclude at the Children's Hospital...and the photos Roboz snapped at her house prove to be just as fruitless in revealing her to be a shameless harlot. They decide their next move will be to head back to Roger's house to tell him they're no longer going to spy on his squeaky clean wife - but only after they corner Tracy and Jane and call them out for tailing them...then invite the two ladies to join them for lunch.
Tracy and Jane advise the Riptide trio to dump Roger as a client on account of what a ginormous asshole he is, and Tracy expresses her exasperation with anyone who'd ever agree to work for Roger with another 'get outa town!' Jane explains that around the time Joan left Roger, she noticed some oddities in his finances...so she hired her and Tracy to look into it. Nick and Cody says they're A-OK with throwing in the towel on this dead end spy job and invite Jane and Tracy to come along to Roger's house so that all five of them can participate in the [spoiler] impending car chase.
As Tracy waits in her car, Nick, Cody, Murray, and Jane enter Roger's house - but when they call out his name a few times, he doesn't respond. Nick quickly discovers Roger's bullet riddled body in the bathroom - just as Jane spots an armed man, who's clutching a silver briefcase, race out of the house and into his car. The four run out after him and pile into Tracy's car so they can pursue the likely killer...and Nick and Cody unleash a string of misogynistic insults at Tracy to loudly express their disdain for her sub par driving abilities, then groan in incredulity when she dutifully stops at a red light. As Nick and Cody rail about her deficiencies as a female PI, she and Jane snap at them to shut it, and smugly tell them that they both managed to get the killer's license plate number.
The Riptide trio + Jane and Tracy arrive at the Children's Hospital to inform Joan about her husband's death, and are stunned to see that Lieutenant Quinlan and his team have already arrived and are in the middle of arresting Joan. Jane and Tracy run over to ask whassup with him arresting an innocent woman...and when they identify themselves as private investigators, Quinlan laughs condescendingly and says, "Lady investigators, that's all I need." When he asks them if they're on The Case of the Stolen Recipes or Knitting Needles, Jane gets all in his face and calls him out for his ridiculous-even-for-'80s-TV-standards misogyny while Tracy wearily mutters another of her 'get outa towns!'. When Nick and Cody rush over to break up the altercation, Quinlan derisively asks them if siccing a couple of lady PIs on him is their idea of a joke, then informs all of them that Joan Ramsdale has just been arrested for conspiracy in her husband's death. And that if they have a problem with his impetuous-to-the-point-of-unlawful style of policing, they can suck on it.
Over dinner at Straightaways, the Riptide trio + Jane and Tracy discuss the latest development in the case: the authorities are suspicious about a $5,000 check that Joan refuses to explain, so they're leaping to the assumption [with absolutely zero proof] that she used the money to hire a hitman to kill Roger. Jane proposes they all work together to solve this case before the end credits roll, and Nick says he's willing to try - but only if they refrain from hitting them over the head with their "women's lib stuff". Tracy wryly tells him that women in the U.S. have been liberated for quite some time...then says, similarly, that she and Jane won't put up with any idiotic, testosterone-fueled competitions that men of their ilk like to engage in. Murray laughs aloud at the many pissing contests he's seen between Nick and Cody over the past eight episodes, then contorts his face into a serious expression when he informs everyone that he just recalled a critical piece of information that could crack the case wide open.
Aboard the Riptide, Jane and Tracy gush to Murray about how impressed they are with all of his fancy computer equipment. Murray says he suddenly remembered that when they first arrived at Roger's house, he was having an argument over the phone with someone named Craig Walters...so he figures that maybe that guy could be the murderer. He then punches Craig Walters into his computer and finds a profile on the man, which somehow indicates that he's the owner of a 7mm gun. [Interesting that a person's gun purchasing history would be available online in 1984.] Jane remarks that 7mm is a very unusual size for a gun...and when Cody snidely asks her if she's a gun expert, she shrugs and says she can hold her own at a gun range. Tracy proposes they drop by Craig's house first thing in the morning to follow up on this lead.
The Riptide trio + Jane and Tracy head over to Craig's place, and we learn that Craig was the stern looking man from earlier who had pointed his gun at Roger's photo...which, jackpot! After rifling through his stuff, they find photos of a pregnant woman named Ellie Thompkins...and a few seconds later, Murray spots Craig running towards his car, then leaps inside it and squeals off. Nick smugly tells Tracy, "Now you'll see a proper car chase!" before he and Cody race out of the house and jump into his red Corvette. When Nick runs a red light, he's promptly stopped by a traffic cop, and he and Cody sheepishly agree to not mention a word of this humiliation to Jane or Tracy.
The next stop for Operation Solve Roger's Murder is the restaurant where Ellie Thompkins, who's visibly pregnant, works. The Riptide trio + Jane and Tracy ask her if she knows Craig Walters, and she's overly forthcoming about how he quickly became her more-than-just-platonic friend and Lamaze coach, and that he's been a UGE help to her ever since getting knocked up by Roger Ramsdale, her douchebag ex-lover who was recently killed. She adds that when she told Roger about the baby, he became enraged and ordered her to get an abortion - but she refused. When she ambles off to wait on other tables, Cody wonders aloud if the $5,000 check Joan refuses to account for was her way of helping out the woman her moron of a husband so carelessly knocked up.
Jane and Tracy visit Joan in jail to ask her about the $5,000...and she admits that, yep, since Roger refused to take responsibility for the sweet, naive woman he impregnated, she decided to help her out with a little spare cash. She then checks the time and says she needs to go now 'cause she promised her cellblock-mates she'd teach them how to knit.
The Riptide trio mulls over everything they've learned this episode, then theorize about the series of events that likely led to Roger's murder: Roger refused to pay for the baby he knocked Ellie up with and ordered her to get an abortion...and when she refused, he hired a hitman named Craig Walters to kill her - but Craig promptly fell in love with Ellie and decided 'why not just kill Roger instead?' Seems like a reasonable change of plans. Nick and Cody decide that their next step will be to ambush Craig at Ellie's next Lamaze class, and enlist Jane and Tracy to give them cover by posing as their pregnant wives.
Ellie squeals happily when Craig makes an appearance at her Lamaze class. She gabbles about the people who dropped by the restaurant where she works at the other day to ask questions about him...and when Nick, Cody, Jane, and Tracy enter the room, she's like, "Hey, there they are!" Craig's all, "Ack!" and makes a break for the exit and manages to climb inside of his car...and after Cody misfires at the car a few times, Jane grabs the gun out of his hand and shoots out one of Craig's tires, then smugly tells Cody that she's an expert marksman...er, markswoman. A few seconds later, they get the news that Ellie has just gone into labor, and they all start scrambling around to get her to a hospital, stat!
After what seems like a pretty short labor, Craig enters the waiting room to announce to the Riptide trio + Jane and Tracy that Ellie just had a baby girl. He says to pass along to Ellie that he loves her, then allows the police officer, who's been waiting politely inside the hospital this entire time to arrest him (LOL), to handcuff him and lead him away. Everyone looks bummed at the arrest and hopes that the judge will go easy on Craig, given that he only killed Roger to protect Ellie. With that said, they all decide to celebrate the successful wrap-up of this dreary case by heading over to Straightaways for some sustenance.
Jane and Tracy tell the Riptide trio that St. Joan is now interested in doing whatever she can to help Craig and Ellie...and also that she's eagerly awaiting her robot-style vacuum cleaner from the three charming salesmen who dropped by her house earlier in the episode. As the trio chortles at the impossible naivete of the woman, Myron pops up from out of nowhere and tells Nick and Cody that he has a new client for them: a man who wants to get hard proof that his daughter's punk boyfriend is a transvestite. I'm sure that the daughter will discover that for herself in due time - but that's all I'm going to say 'bout that.
Recap: Three beefy men, who are clearly up to no good, pull up to what looks like a rich person's house...and the most psychotic looking of the three, Carter, clutches his gun, tells the other two he'll only need five minutes to commit his nefarious deed, then exits the car. As that's happening, a pretty blonde woman named Sherry climbs out of a cab, tells the driver to wait for her, then dashes toward the front door of the house. Eeeeek!
Sherry rings the doorbell and comes face-to-face with Dr. Robert Atkins, her until recently lover. Robert irritably tells Sherry to dry her tears, accept the fact that he gave her the dumperoo, and go home. A tearful Sherry wails, "You're not worth crying over!" and storms out of the house, climbs back into her cab, and gives the driver her home address.
Carter, meanwhile, sneaks into the house, shoots Robert in the chest, then puts on a pair of latex gloves before rifling through the dead man's drawers. He finds a set of keys to a boat called The Endeavor and cackles to himself about how awesome it'll be to sail on to Mexico.
In the next scene, Carter and his pals - Lou and Dennis - have docked The Endeavor at King Harbor and are partying hearty while harassing the scantily clad Contessa babes.
Aboard the Riptide, Nick and Cody are wearing nose bandages after a night of brawling with military men whose girlfriends they decided it was a wise idea to flirt with. Cody says he's sick and tired of getting his nose broken for what most men would consider easily avoidable behavior and declares that, starting now, he's going to adapt his communications approach to the more non-violent recommendations he's been reading about in his favorite new book, The Conversation Game. Nick rolls his eyes derisively and scoffs at the notion of not letting every hostile confrontation degenerate into a fist fight.
Tammy gets so fed up by the noisy harassment that she storms aboard The Endeavor to ask the men to please lower the volume of their partying...and Carter responds by looming over her and dickishly asking her to repeat her complaint. When she firmly reiterates, "Keep. It. Down", he grabs her by the arm, cackles about how he's now going to make her stick around, and forces her to dance with him...and Lou and Dennis cackle about how Carter "finally got one". Ew. Tammy yells at the creepy psycho to let her go, then smacks him hard across the face...and he responds by tossing her overboard.
A few seconds later, the Riptide trio hear Tammy's screams and are all, "Wha-a-a-t was that?"
As Tammy swims back to the dock, unhurt, the Contessa babes tell Nick and Cody about the annoying loudmouths who have parked themselves in the slip next door and suggest they call the police. Cody decides this is the perfect opportunity to test out the advice he read about in The Conversation Game and greets Carter, Lou, and Dennis all friendly-like and assures them he's not looking for any trouble. Carter snaps back that he and his beefy pals are looking for plenty of trouble...but then quickly backs off when Nick pulls out his gun and orders them to get the hell out of King Harbor.
While out at sea, Carter brandishes his gun and tells Lou and Dennis he wants to turn the boat around and punish the beach bums for publicly threatening him...and by punish, he means completely overreact by pumping lead into both of them. Dennis reminds the psycho that they're about to pick up their pal Davey, who's getting released from prison soon...and if they can avoid committing any superfluous murders, they could be in Mexico within a day or two.
The Riptide trio are out for dinner at Straightaways with a couple of Contessa babes, listening to the comedy performance of the new Straightaways/Contessa manager, Max. Interesting...I guess Mama Jo decided to abruptly leave the nubile Contessa babes in her charge for greener pastures elsewhere. After wrapping up her schtick, Max ambles over and reminds the babes they should get to bed at a decent hour 'cause they have an early morning charter...and then, apropos of nothing, Murray starts bragging about all the cash the Riptide Detective Agency made last year, and that he's heading back to the boat to pore over their tax records. Er, OK..?
Carter sneaks aboard the Riptide a few seconds before Murray returns. He sneaks behind Murray and puts a bag over his head before kicking him unconscious...then knocks poor Roboz over when the cheeky robot makes a grabbing motion at him with his little hook hand.
Nick and Cody are on their way back to the Riptide when they see Carter sneaking off the deck and stupidly yell, "Hey you!", which prompts Carter to shoot at them before racing off on a small motor boat. Nick and Cody leap into a dinghy that just happens to be stationed nearby...but the chase quickly ends when Carter's bullets deflate the dinghy and force the two back to shore.
Murray tells Nick and Cody that their tax records got pooched during the break-in, then quickly gets to work looking up who the registered owner of The Endeavor is.
Murray's computer search leads the Riptide trio to the home of Dr. Robert Atkins, whose lifeless body is being wheeled by first responders. The trio mulls over the best disguise with which to sneak past police in order to independently investigate the murder and decide on pool cleaners. Nick and Cody put an Al's Pool Service sign across the side of their vehicle and change into matching beige jackets and caps...then hide Murray in the back seat before pulling up to the Atkins driveway. In cartoonishly bad southern accents, they tell the gullible police officer guarding the perimeter that they're here to turn off the faulty pool pump in order to avoid a massive flood on the property...and once they're inside the gates, Murray and Cody disguise themselves as medical researchers so they can sneak inside the house and poke around for helpful clues.
The cab driver who was chauffeuring Sherry around on the night of the murder has been summoned to the Atkins house, and is now talking to a detective. Murray and Cody slip into white lab coats and tell the officer on duty that they're here to collect the petri dishes they were working with Robert on...and alarm him about the contagion-related perils if the bacteria laden experiments are allowed to remain in the house. The officer's all, "Oh no!" and allows them roam about freely in this ridiculously unsecured [even by Riptide standards] crime scene.
Cody and Murray see a police detective questioning Sherry - just as Lieutenant Quinlan bursts into the room, asks the detective why he's wasting time questioning a suspect, then barks, "Book the broad!" One has to wonder how in blazes this Neanderthal became [and continues to be employed as] a police lieutenant. Cody and Murray exit the house before Quinlan can spot them, then fetches Nick so the three can safely squeal away in their car. As they muse about a blonde woman being the primary murder suspect, they suddenly see her pop up from the cargo area of their vehicle with a gun clutched in her hands.
After the commercial break, Cody makes use of the skills he learned from The Conversation Game and tells a highly distressed Sherry that they're willing to listen to whatever she wants to say about her fears and anxieties...preferably after she puts the gun down. As she mulls that over, Nick grabs the gun from her, prompting her to wail, "Wah! I just wanna kill myself!"
The four stop off at a fast food restaurant, where Sherry insists to the trio that she had nothing to do with killing her ex-lover. Murray says he believes her, not least 'cause the mood ring they made her wear just prior to this conversation is glowing orange - which confirms that, yep, she's telling the truth. They reveal to her that they're PIs who recently had a nasty run-in with the three thugs who stole Robert's boat and likely killed him...and Sherry tells them everything she knows about the boat, along with Robert's shady business manager, Sidney Gorman. When Sherry wonders aloud what she should do now, Nick advises her to steer clear of turning herself in to Quinlan, who's just going to treat her like an insect stuck to the bottom of his shoe while she's in his custody, and suggests she instead hide out aboard the Riptide.
Carter, Lou, and Dennis pick up their friend Davey after he's dropped off via a local sheriff's ferry. Carter gives him a rugged man-hug, then tells him he stole a fancy boat so they can all sail to Mexico in style...but before they do that, he has a score to settle with two beach bums who sassed him earlier. He hands Davey a gun and asks him if he's into committing a double homicide, and Davey's like 'Let's see...I just got out of prison ten minutes ago, but why the hell not murder two random guys I've never heard of for no coherent reason?'
The Riptide trio heads to Sidney Gorman's office, pretending to be officials from the U.S. Coast Guard. After flashing their phony badges, they demand whatever info he has on The Endeavor, and tell him they suspect it's being used for drug running. Sidney looks visibly edgy and unconvincingly says he doesn't know nuthin' from nuthin'...and after the trio exits his office and hide in the hallway, they spot Sidney rushing out of his office and down the nearest stairwell. The follow him to an apartment complex and watch as he bangs on one of the apartment doors yelling, "Carter! Open up!" ... and when no one answers, he races back to his car, roughly shoving Nick out of the way in the process, and starts driving so excessively fast that Cody is forced to abandon the chase.
Murray theorizes that perhaps Robert was planning to fire Sidney, who responded by hiring Carter to kill him. Nick and Cody decide that that sounds like as good a theory as any the writers are likely to come up with...and that they need to find Carter asap so they can force him to confess and thereby clear Sherry of any wrongdoing.
The trio returns to King Harbor and notices that - ack! - Sherry and the Riptide are both gone. Murray pulls out his ginormous "portable" computer and suggests they use Roboz's signal to track the boat, and Nick says he'll go start up the decrepit Mimi's engines so they can launch a dramatic, by air rescue.
Aboard the Riptide, Carter puts a bag over Sherry's head and snarls, "You're coming with us." Eeeek!
While aboard Mimi, Murray easily tracks Roboz's signal and gives Nick the coordinates.
The bad guys mull over the idea of pawning Murray's fancy computer gear, then joke about using Sherry as their personal maid. Sexist jerkwads. Dennis stares at a nervous looking Roboz, who makes a popping noise when Dennis amuses himself by pouring beer over the orange bot's head.
While hovering over the stolen Riptide, Nick gets on the blowhorn and orders the bad guys to surrender...to which they respond by firing on Mimi. Murray and Cody fire back, then lower a dinghy and leap into the water after it. Cody gets close enough to throw a grenade at the bad guys, which causes them to flee to a nearby island...then tackles two of them at once, while Nick quickly lands Mimi and attacks Carter before punching him into submission. Hurray!
Over dinner at Straightaways, we learn that Sidney Gorman was stealing money from Dr. Atkins, who then threatened to fire him, who was then killed by Carter. Good guesswork, Murray! The two Contessa babes amble over to smugly inform Nick and Cody that they're having dinner with Todd and Mitchell, two volleyball coaches they all met off-screen. Cody grumbles that the men seemed like good talkers and probably read The Conversation Game...and this prompts him, Nick, and Murray to chuckle heartily.
Recap: An attractive flight attendant named Connie Moreci arrives at the house of her friend, Arty Truman, just as he's telling someone on the phone how paranoid he's getting that someone is following him, and that he doesn't think it's safe to have it anymore. After the call, he lets Connie in and gives her the package he wants her to deliver to his brother, Walter. She remarks on how "edgy" he's acting, but then just kind of shrugs amiably and gives him a cheek kiss goodbye before heading back out. A few seconds later, an armed man breaks into Arty's house and advances on him - just as the camera pans over to Connie, who looks as if she's forgotten to tell Arty something. When she hears a gunshot, she rushes up to the house and peers through the living room window and sees the armed man standing over Arty with his gun. When he glares over at her, she's all, "Ack!" and swiftly totters down the street in her high heels. With the killer in pursuit, she races to the nearest busy city street and spots an excellent hiding place: a movie theater.
Aboard the Riptide, Nick and Cody are preparing for a double date with two buxom hotties, Tammy and Bambi from the Contessa, whose curfew has been temporarily suspended while Mama Jo is out of town to care for her sick Aunt Nellie. Murray returns to the boat with a pizza and cheerfully tells the two that dinner is served, and a pained looking Nick explains that when he and Cody sent him out for pizza, they expected him to stay gone for the entire evening so they could work on nailing the Contessa babes...in weirdly close proximity to each other, apparently, given the limited square footage of the boat. Murray looks hurt for a few seconds, then points out that dating anyone who opts to live under the thumb of a woman who refers to herself as Mama Jo constitutes a lack of ethics, but Nick and Cody assure him that any bonings that occur are entirely consensual...and that they're horny, shallow men whose penises have basic human needs. They then urge Murray to get out there and find a girl of his own, then give him whatever cash is in their wallets, along with the keys to Nick's red Corvette. Murray seems adequately placated with that and ambles off, just as Tammy and Bambi arrive.
Murray is aimlessly wandering the streets when he comes upon the same movie theater that Connie found refuge in earlier. He loads up on popcorn and candy bars, tiptoes inside the theater, and finds himself seated next to a sobbing Connie. He tries to comfort her by reminding her it's just a movie...and when he offers her some popcorn, she declines and rushes out. Murray follows her to ask her if she's OK, and she's like, "Not really, there's a gunman waiting for me outside" and explains that she witnessed him shoot her friend Arty. Murray perks up and tells her that this sounds like a case for the Riptide Detective Agency and convinces her to bring her case to his two associates. When the two exit the theater, Connie spots the gunman across the street and points at him and squeals, "There he is!", and he reacts by scurrying to his car and driving off. Seems like a weird thing for a murderous gunman to do after going through the trouble of stalking her all those hours. Murray then decides 'why not pursue an armed murderer in a car that I'm, in no way, adept at driving?' and engages in an erratic car chase that entails him running red lights, swerving onto sidewalks, and crashing into piles of garbage. When a policeman finally pulls him over, he implores the officer to cut him some slack so he can continue pursuing the bad man who's been stalking Connie all day after murdering her friend. The officer responds by glaring at him in stony silence, then shakes his head in dismayed incredulity.
The Riptide phone starts ringing just as Nick and Cody are rounding third base with the Contessa babes. When they finally get around to answering the phone, Murray tells them he's in jail and implores them to bail him out...and before he's able to prattle nonsensically for more than a few seconds, Cody gruffly replies that he and Nick will be there, pronto, and abruptly hangs up.
Murray commiserates with his cellmates about the appalling conditions of their holding cell, and insists that he's an innocent man. A pimp, who's dressed in unmistakable pimp-wear, concurs and says that he got picked up by the cops 'cause of what he was wearing while trying to market his goods...and when Murray asks him what type of goods he markets, Pimp deadpans, "Encyclopedias." A few seconds later, Murray is sprung from the holding cell...and after complaining to Nick and Cody about his arrest and lamenting the plight of falsely imprisoned encyclopedia salesmen - LOL - Connie appears from out of nowhere, gets introduced to Nick and Cody, and grimly reports that someone has sneaked into Arty's house and made off with his dead body. Ew.
Walter Truman is at the Lima, Peru airport, waiting for Connie to arrive and deliver his brother's package. When she doesn't make her usual appearance, he asks a flight attendant whassup with Connie not being on the flight, and she shrugs and informs him that Connie didn't show up for work today.
Connie takes the Riptide guys over to Arty's house, shows them where she saw the gunman shoot Arty, and deduces that he must have returned to the scene of the crime and stolen his body. When Nick and Cody look visibly skeptical, she explains that she regularly delivered packages from Arty to Walter (in Peru), which contained insulin for his diabetes and various other harmless toiletries. Nick asks her if it's possible Arty was slipping something illegal inside the packages, and Connie's like, "Dunno" and pulls out the package Arty gave her earlier. Nick rifles through it and finds nothing out of the ordinary - diabetic chocolate and insulin - and then the camera pans over to the gunman, who's parked in a black van across the street and eavesdropping on their conversation via a bug he must have installed inside Arty's house. Murray suggests they all head back to the Riptide so he can punch Walter's name into his computer and see if anything useful comes of it. The gunman watches the four exit Arty's house and drive off...then covertly follows them.
Murray doesn't have any luck finding info on Walter or his current whereabouts and is about to throw in the towel on the whole thing when the gunman calls the Riptide from a nearby pay phone and reports that he has information on Arty Truman's dead body, and to meet him on Fisherman's Island in thirty minutes if they want to know more. Nick and Cody decide 'hey, let's leave Murray and Connie unattended to run this fool's errand!' and opt to travel separately (in case it's an ambush) to Fisherman's Island via the decrepit Mimi and the Ebb Tide and keep in touch via radio.
Murray remarks to Connie how bizarre it is that an anonymous tipster would know to call the Riptide, and Connie concurs that it's definitely weird, but not any kind of red flag that should be alarming her right now. She stands up and nearly stumbles from diabetes induced dizziness, then tells Murray that since she's in desperate need of some insulin she's just going to take a shot of Walter's.
Nick and Cody have arrived on different ends of Fisherman's Island, but there's no sign of the anonymous tipster.
Connie takes a shot of insulin and says she's feeling better, but warns Murray that she's going to need to eat something in about half an hour. She then studies Walter's insulin bottle more closely and notices something sparkly inside...and upon further scrutiny, she realizes it's filled with diamonds.
When it finally dawns on Nick and Cody that they were lured away from the Riptide so that the gunman could harm/kill/kidnap Murray and Connie, they're all, "Hey! We've been had!" and race back to the pier. When they arrive at the Riptide, the boat is in total disarray...and Murray and Connie are nowhere to be found.
One of the Contessa babes, Tammy, pops by to warn Nick and Cody that Mama Jo will be returning home tomorrow, along with her sick aunt...and if they're still interested in coupling up, it's going to have to be tonight. Nick looks pained as he declines and explains that Murray and their latest client were just kidnapped - and Tammy says a few minutes ago she saw Murray, Roboz, and Connie leave with a man who was driving a black van. Nick and Cody somehow deduce that the gunman must have been eavesdropping on their earlier conversation via a bug in Arty's house, and race over there in the hopes that the bug can be traced to the gunman and his current location...which doesn't seem remotely plausible, even within the context of Riptide's general state of suspended reality - but then I'm a recapper, not a bug/surveillance expert.
The gunman orders Murray to use all of his power as a dorky computer whiz to to track down Walter Truman, and Murray agrees to do it if he gives Connie something to eat so she doesn't go into diabetic shock. The gunman impatiently tosses Murray some kind of processed snack, then points his gun back at him and orders him to get busy computing.
Nick and Cody rush over to Arty's house, wave a detector around, and find the bug under the living room table. To their surprise, the detector goes off again when Cody waves it near the diabetic chocolate bar, which they soon realize has a safety deposit box key embedded in it. On their way out, they encounter Arty's brother, Walter, at the front door. When he asks them if they know whassup with his brother, they tell him that something nefarious has happened to him, then urge him to tag along with them to the police station.
Murray surreptitiously types a 'help' message to his besties - SOS, Nick and Cody: I'm in Warehouse 3 at the docks' - which superfluously gets sent to everyone within a ten mile radius who's currently sitting in front of a networked computer, and results in a lot of confusion for employees in a nearby cube farm...as well as a local weatherman, who reads the message on the air.
While en route to the police station, Cody spots the SOS message on the electronic sign adjacent to a bank...and immediately makes a u-turn to rescue Murray.
Murray tells the gunman that the satellite service he needs to perform a Google search on Walter Truman doesn't work so well during business hours, but the gunman continues to point his gun at him and barks at him to keep trying.
Nick and Cody arrive at Warehouse 3 and tiptoe inside while Walter waits by the car. Murray, meanwhile, pretends that one of the keys on his keyboard is stuck and tells the gunman he needs something thin and plastic to unstick it. The gunman stupidly hands over the thinnest plastic thing in his wallet, his driver's license, and Murray notes his name (George Bobbitt) and taps it into his computer to get the man's deets. A few seconds later, Nick and Cody storm into the room...followed by Walter, who aims his gun at the group and [not fatally] shoots George Bobbitt.
Murray tells everyone that, according to his computer, George Bobbitt is an ex-CIA operative who's devoted his life to chasing an assassin known as The Lynx, aka Walter Truman. As Nick and Cody are all, "Wha-a-a?", Walter demands the stuff that was in the latest package that Arty had passed along to Connie, so Nick hands him the safety deposit box key that was embedded in the diabetic chocolate, along with the insulin. Walter contemplates his gun for a few seconds, then informs the Riptide gang that since he only has two bullets left, he's going to have to dispose of the four of them more efficiently, aka lock them inside the storage room and set the warehouse on fire. As smoke starts seeping into the room, a quick thinking Murray orders Roboz to use his extra strong computer hook-hand to break open the doorknob on the flimsy door that I'm sure Nick or Cody could probably have easily kicked down - and the three (plus comatose Connie and wounded George Bobbitt) safely make their way out of the warehouse.
Walter grabs a cab and speeds over to the bank to empty his safety deposit box, while Murray examines the imprint the key made in the diabetic chocolate so he can identify which bank it belongs to.
Walter accesses his safety deposit box, which is filled with diamonds. He carefully packs them up and quickly exits the bank - just as Nick and Cody pull up, leap out of the Corvette, and tackle him to the ground. When the diamonds scatter across the sidewalk, Walter looks at his lost fortune in disbelief and moans, "My diamonds!"
On a restaurant patio, the Riptide gang and Connie chuckle heartily about how George Bobbitt's lifetime quest to capture Walter Truman took them a mere day and a half. Connie lifts her wine glass and toasts "three helpful men" - just as Mama Jo lumbers over with her sickly Aunt Nellie. Mama Jo smugly tells Nick and Cody that she and Nellie - meaning, not Tammy and Bambi - will be joining them for dinner...and the two men look none too pleased about being so unexpectedly cockblocked.
Recap: Two scary looking hooligans enter a Cabo San Lucas cantina, harass (American gringo) Lane Preston for not yet giving them their final payment, and proceed to rough him up. They drag him out of the bar so he can watch his trophy wife Dee Dee fake plead from the back of the hooligans' car to pleeeeeease do everything he can to free her from these savages. An emotionally wrought Lane reminds the men he's given them every last cent he has and begs them to hand over whatever evidence they have against his wife and release her - but the hooligans just cackle about Dee Dee's possible fate of serving ten years in a Mexican prison for her crimes. After that, they climb into the car and squeal off with Dee Dee, leaving Lane standing helplessly in front of the cantina moaning, "Nooooo!!"
Brandy Preston (Lane's daughter) arrives at the Riptide, warmly greets Nick and Cody (since apparently she once dated them both), and tells them she's worried that something terrible may have happened to her father. She explains that he recently sold his retirement house in Cabo and spends his days drinking in a local cantina...plus, she can't seem to get a hold of Dee Dee (who we learn used to work for Mama Jo before she sunk her hooks into Lane). Brandy says she's contacted a bunch of other PI agencies, but couldn't get any of them interested in her plight 'cause of the Mexico factor. Murray solemnly retorts, "Risk is our business" and asks her to provide him with any background info she has on Lane so he can punch it into his computer and hope that something helpful pops onto the screen.
Nick and Cody head over to the Contessa to ask Mama Jo about Dee Dee's employment history, and Mama Jo dismissively says she fired the tart 'cause she was a gold digger who constantly hit on the wealthy men who chartered her boat.
That evening, Nick scratches his head about why a hottie like Dee Dee would settle for a milquetoasty dud like Lane Preston, and Cody shrugs and suggests it was an unlikely love match. Murray somehow manages to pull up Lane's tax return on his computer (interesting that personal tax returns were digitized and available online in 1984), which shows that during the previous year Lane earned 400K. The three nod at each other knowingly and decide that a gross salary of 400K is probably enough of a score to attract a gold digger like Dee Dee.
The next morning, Murray, Nick, Cody, and Brandy board Mimi and fly to Cabo, then arrive at the cantina where Lane has been drinking away his troubles...and somehow Murray took time out of the mission to stop by a tourist shop and buy himself a sombrero. Brandy sees her father slumped at a table and cries, "Dad!" - but he snaps at her to leave him alone, then runs out the back exit. Nick and Cody make a half-hearted effort to chase him down, but quickly lose track of him and return to the cantina to ask the bartender to spill the beans on whatever he knows about Lane. When the bartender feigns confusion and mumbles, "No hablo ingles", Nick waves $40 in front of him in humorously smug fashion as if it's an impressive amount of bribery cash and demands he talk, damn it! The bartender decides a little extra pocket money couldn't hurt, so he tells Nick and Cody that Lane is in big trouble with some scary people and that for the last little while he's been living like a homeless person on the beach. A few seconds later, he makes a break for the back exit and races through the nearest alley...which seemed wholly unnecessary at this point, but OK.
The head bad guy (Mr. Brown) is informed that a group of Americans are in Cabo asking a lot of nosy questions about Lane Preston...and Mr. Brown stares worriedly into space for a few seconds before ordering his flunkies to track them down and "take care of the problem".
The Riptide trio (plus Brandy) heads over to the beach where Lane has been living in a crude looking shack. Brandy rushes over and cries, "Dad!", and he hugs her and says she shouldn't have come. He asks Nick and Cody to take her home - just as Mr. Brown's flunkies appear, punch Cody, and ask Lane whassup with his American visitors. Lane fibs and says he has absolutely no idea who these people are, and the perplexed flunkies grab him and drag him off while warning the trio not to make any trouble. Seems like an inadequate way to "take care of the problem" as Mr. Brown had ordered. As they drive off, Murray assures a despondent Brandy that they'll get to the bottom of what's going, and the four head back to their hotel to determine the next steps for Operation Rescue Lane and Uncover Whassup With His MIA Trophy Wife.
Nick and Cody take stock of their gun supply while Murray presses them to remember some unique tidbit about Dee Dee that could help move this storyline forward. Cody recalls that when he dated Dee Dee, she loved to drink a complicated cocktail - something along the lines of the Empellón Cocina's fat-washed mezcal - and was always irritating the shit out of bartenders by making them whip it up for her. Nick pauses his gun prep to stare at Cody in utter incredulity and snap, "You dated Dee Dee?!" and rambles on for what seems like a really looooong time about how completely bamboozled he feels to have discovered that juicy nugget. Cody does his best to ignore Nick's weird dramatics and gets on the phone with the local cantinas to see if a gringa has ever come in and requested her special, pain-in-the-ass drink.
Cody's sleuthing quickly pays off...and in the next scene, he and Nick are in a bar, "incognito" in silly hats and sunglasses as they spy on Dee Dee while she flirts with an unsuspecting, hapless man at the bar. Afterwards, they follow her car and find themselves at Bad Guy Headquarters, peek into a window, and see Lane in one of the rooms, tied up. Cody punches one of the guards and bursts into a room where Dee Dee is arguing with Mr. Brown, while Nick sneaks in through a side entrance and unties Lane. Nick steers him out of the house, shoves him into the nearest vehicle that looks like it can be hotwired, and waits for Cody to emerge. As the three squeal off to safety, Lane shrieks, "Nooooo!! We have to go back for Dee Dee!" Poor dumb sap.
Back at the hotel, Lane explains the genesis of his Mexican nightmare: he and Dee Dee were at a party hosted by Mr. Brown when heroin was found in Dee Dee's purse...and Mr. Brown took Dee Dee hostage and told Lane he'd only release her if he handed over an exorbitant ransom. Nick gently suggests that it's pretty obvious Dee Dee set him up, then proposes they launch a sting operation, aka send in a guy to pose as a rich, hapless barfly so they can figure out just willing a co-conspirator Dee Dee has been in her own hostage taking. Murray volunteers for the task...and after Nick and Cody do their best to not laugh out loud at the absurdity of using their dork friend as bait, Murray haughtily accuses them of treating him like he's only good for the computer nerd type stuff so he can stay firmly relegated to the background whenever the 'sexy action scene' portions of the show get filmed. They admit that, yep, he's definitely on the nose about that, but decide that since Murray is the only one of them Dee Dee has never met, they have no choice but to wire him up, let him loose in the cantina where she likes to order her complicated cocktail, and hope that something useful comes of it. Lane remains skeptical of the operation 'cause, despite the mounting evidence that she's a gold digging schemer, he can't bring himself to believe that his trophy wife would betray him this way.
Murray dons a suit, slicks back his hair, and seats himself at the bar. When Dee Dee shows up looking for her date from the other night, she barely gives Murray a second glance...so (with Nick coaching him from the other end of the wire) he lays it on thick about how coldly he just got dumped, is in possession of a giant diamond ring he has no idea what to do with, and would she happen to be free for dinner? Subtle, Murray. Dee Dee perks up at the mention of an available diamond ring and coos about how delighted she'd be to dine with him.
Over dinner, Murray natters on and on about computers, while a visibly bored Dee Dee pretends it's super refreshing to spend time with a man who's not obsessed with sex. Murray blushes and says he feels the same way, then decides 'why not turn this sting operation into an actual date?' and discreetly turns off his wire. Nick and Cody immediately get alarmed when their feed is abruptly cut off and correctly assume that Murray is falling for Dee Dee's charm.
When Murray and Dee Dee go outside for an evening stroll, Murray confesses that he's been lying to her all evening, then asks her all judgey-like why she's picking up strange men in bars when she's married to Lane Preston. Dee Dee tells him she's being forced to do it for Mr. Brown, who's blackmailing her for $10,000 after finding heroin in her purse. Murray mulls that over and decides 'why not blow the last scrap of lid off my cover?' and informs Dee Dee that he came to Mexico with Nick Ryder and Cody Allen at the behest of Lane's daughter, and she looks weirded out and is like, "Ack! I know those guys."
Nick and Cody desperately search in and around the cantina for fear that Murray will compromise the mission, even though - sorry, guys - the horse is long out of the barn on that one.
Dee Dee makes a phone call and mournfully tells Murray that Mr. Brown keeps her on a tight leash...and a few seconds later, the bad guys pull up in front of them. Dee Dee shoots them the stink-eye and snarks, "What took you so long?" as they grab Murray, stuff him into the back seat of their car, and squeal off with Dee Dee in tow.
At Bad Guy Headquarters, Murray gets slapped around and interrogated about what Nick and Cody are planning - but Murray refuses to reveal anything and chides Dee Dee for using her looks to extort money from unsuspecting men in cantinas. The interrogaters get impatient with Murray's lack of cooperation and drag him to the weight room for a more stringent torture session.
Nick and Cody are aboard Mimi, using Murray's computer gadgetry to locate their friend. It's unclear why they don't just assume he's in Bad Guy Headquarters, a location they already know about from rescuing Lane.
The bad guys tie Murray to a weight machine upside down and use the apparatus to stretch his arms and legs. Murray refuses to talk, except to say he has zero problem with being stretched to death if it means protecting his besties.
Nick and Cody manage to capture audio on the bad guys talking about their torture of Murray in the weight room. As Mimi sputters from overheating [why does Nick never arrange for this contraption to get a tune-up??], they land near Bad Guy Headquarters and leap off the chopper clutching high-powered rifles. They spot Dee Dee attempting to drive away with Mr. Brown and his briefcase o' cash - but Cody puts an immediate stop to their getaway by shooting at their tires. He then races to the weight room, turns Murray right-side-up and unties his arms and legs. Nick forces Dee Dee and Mr. Brown into the chopper - and the two glumly sit, passively resigned to their fates as convicted fraudsters, as they all wait for Cody and Murray to emerge from the house and climb aboard the chopper. As Nick takes off, Cody opens the briefcase, finds it filled with stacks of cash, and gleefully screeches, "We scored!" That you did, Cody. That you did.
Lane is thrilled to have gotten his money back and dejectedly says he feels like a fool for falling for Dee Dee's scam. As well he should, the dumbfuck. Brandy refers to Nick and Cody as her brothers and thanks them for getting her father back in one piece. The two ignore the brother remark and each give her a lingering smooch (which was weird) ... and as she climbs off the Riptide and ambles down the pier with her father, Nick stares longingly after her shapely form and tells Cody how much he'd loooove to tap that again.
Recap: Nick, Cody, and Murray are aboard the Riptide, monitoring their discreetly placed surveillance cameras as they await the appearance of the masked burglar who's been robbing local merchants. Murray rails about how he's been relegated "the computer geek" of the trio, then chides himself for always shying away from physically taking on the bad guys. Cody points out that his geekiness is a credit to the diversity of their fledgling PI firm, and that leaping into silly Riptide action sequences isn't always as easy as it looks. Murray isn't appeased by that and insists he be trained on how to act more tough, so Nick and Cody half-heartedly promise to school him in the ways of faux punches and superfluous street brawls. When the surveillance footage on the computer suddenly goes on the fritz, Murray's all, "Ack! Something's going on!" and catches a snippet of the masked burglar stealing their hidden cameras. The three race out to nab him, passing Mama Jo and her buxom lady crew, who are watching the action from the deck of the Contessa. Cody tackles the burglar, and the two roll around and punch each other...but the burglar manages to overpower Cody and run off, then shoves Nick into the water and easily flattens Murray. The Contessa babes and a group of local businessmen run over, groan in dismay as the burglar escapes by speedboat, and admonish the Riptide trio for once again failing to catch the slippery criminal. Cody holds up a black leather glove and says he managed to pull it off of the burglar's hand, then pompously calls it "a road map" that will lead them straight to the thieving scoundrel. One of the businessmen warns the trio that if they don't catch him by end of day tomorrow, they're officially off the case.
Back on the Riptide, Murray studies the black glove, while Nick strips off his shirt, stands around shirtless for a gratuitously long time...yum...then slowly changes into some dry clothes.
The next morning, Murray decides to start getting in shape...and makes himself a raw egg blender drink before jogging to the Chariots of Fire theme music. A few seconds later, he gets a stomach cramp and staggers across the pier, where a young woman looks as if she just spent the night. She tells him she's been waiting for someone aboard the Riptide to wake up, and Murray perks up at that and tells her he's one of three detectives who lives there. When she remarks that he doesn't look like a detective, he explains, "I'm wiry, very quick reflexes. And I live for danger." The woman, who somehow refrains from laughing aloud at that, introduces herself as Alison London and says she's looking to hire the Riptide detective agency. Murray's like, "Yay! A case!" and offers to introduce her to his partners.
Alison tells Nick, Cody, and Murray that she'd like them to confirm whether or not she committed a grisly murder by stabbing her boyfriend (Jack Wingate) to death...and says this while clutching an extraordinarily large butcher knife as she prepares their breakfast omelets. As the three stare at her with ashen WTF? expressions, she further explains that the murder happened three years ago, and that she just finished serving a three year sentence in a mental hospital. When Nick asks her what evidence the prosecution had against her, she admits that a bunch of people saw her standing over Jack's dismembered body with a bloody knife in her hand. She says she has no memory of that night, then begs them to take the case 'cause she'd really like to know whether or not she's a deranged killer. A wigged out Nick says he's going to have to put a pin in making a decision 'bout that until after he, Murray, and Cody can discuss this in private.
Murray says he likes the sound of this case - but Nick thinks it's too dangerous to keep a potential ax murderer around, and is particularly uneasy about letting her near their large butcher knives. Murray says he has a strong hunch that Alison is not a killer, and Cody says he couldn't give a rat's ass either way - as long as she's willing to pay them to take her case. Nick reluctantly agrees...'cause, really, how much private detective work can they possibly expect to fall into their laps like this?
As the Riptide trio heads over to the King Harbor police precinct, Murray says he'd like to take the lead on questioning the cops. He greets Lieutenant Quinlan, compliments him on something or other, then tells him they're looking into the Jack Wingate murder. Quinlan gruffly tells him to take a flying fuck, then admonishes the three for interfering with an active investigation. When they're all, "Wuh? Active?", Quinlan explains that Alison London escaped from a mental hospital last night...and that since Jack used to smack her around a lot, he's pretty sure she snapped and then retaliated by cutting him into pieces.
The three climb into Cody's ugly milk wagon car to head back to the Riptide, and they wring their hands about not wanting to get into trouble for harboring a convict. When Murray decides to check in with Roboz, he hears Alison screaming in the background...and when the camera pans over to the Riptide, we see that the masked burglar is dragging Alison around the main living area...though it's unsure what exactly he's trying to accomplish with that. When the Pier 56 neighbors race over to see whassup with all the screaming, the burglar runs out and once again escapes via speedboat...and Alison dashes off in the direction of the parking lot, jumps into Nick's red Corvette, and squeals off. Nick, Cody, and Murray spot her on their way back to the pier and race after her...and for some reason she drives to wherever The Screaming Mimi is parked and crashes into the front part of the helicopter. When Nick, Cody, and Murray rush over to ask her what in blazes she's fleeing from, she screeches, "He tried to kill me!"
Alison admits that she omitted the part about escaping from the mental hospital 'cause she assumed they'd refuse to take her case. Murray suggests they move forward with this inane storyline by looking into any possible enemies Jack may have had, so Alison tells them to start with Carol Davis, her bodybuilder gal pal who testified at her trial.
Nick, Cody, and Murray head over to a nearby gym, where a leotard clad Carol Davis is lifting weights. She tells the three she's really not sure if Alison killed her boyfriend and that Jack was a skirt-chaser who made enemies of jealous boyfriends all over town. Murray, who's feeling extra sassy this episode, smirkingly asks if she and Jack ever hit the sheets...and Carol shoots him the stink-eye before throwing a heavy exercise ball at him, which knocks him to the ground. Haha! She advises Nick and Cody to head over to a rival gym and talk to Heather Johnson, who she describes as "a sexual predator" and a person of interest who probably knows something about Jack's demise 'cause of all the sleeping around she does.
Heather Johnson soaks her lithe, bikini clad body in the gym's hot tub as she breathily tells Nick that, yep, she hooked up with Jack plenty of times and needlessly adds, "He was dynamite in the sack." She chuckles about how naive Alison was, and that Jack's friend and junkyard partner, Sharky, would get really angry about the shitty way Jack treated Alison. Heather climbs out of the hot tub, gives Nick an appreciative once-over, and suggests they start going at it - but he's like, "Gross" and dismissively says he's definitely not her type. A few seconds later, Heather's beefy husband Vic appears out of nowhere and punches Nick for ogling his wife in a bikini...and the rumble quickly spills into the weight room, where a roomful of exercisers passively watch them roll around on the floor. Nick manages to fight Vic off, flee the gym, and escape into the milk wagon...and Vic glares over at Heather and grumbles, "I'm tired of cleaning up your messes."
The Riptide trio (plus Alison) head over to Sharky's junkyard. Murray once again offers to take the lead in doing the questioning and tells Sharky that he and his friends are investigating a murder from a few years ago. Sharky tells him to get lost and starts shoving him around, so Alison intervenes by shrieking, "Sharky! No!" and running over. Sharky's all, "Wuh? Alison..?" and looks happy to see her...but then a minute later gets angry at her for never calling him back while she was confined to the mental hospital. When he starts shoving her around, which seems weirdly out of character based on what Heather just told Nick at the gym, Nick and Cody pull Sharky off of Alison, wrestle him to the ground, and leave him laying in the dirt.
While en route to the Riptide, Cody points out to Alison that Sharky had good reason to kill Jack - just as a pickup truck slams into the milk wagon from behind, then collides with it from the side and causes it to roll over a cliff. Despite the car wreck looking fairly unsurvivable, somehow the four are able to easily climb out the overturned car without injury and be all, "Phew! That was close!"
In the next scene, Quinlan is berating Nick and Cody for harboring a known criminal, then orders them into a holding cell.
Mama Jo and her Contessa babes put up the bail for Nick and Cody, who are informed that Alison was just shipped back to the mental hospital. As Quinlan cackles about how much he looooves seeing Nick and Cody (and Murray, I assume) behind bars, Mama Jo tells him to give his fat mouth a rest and open the cell door now that their bail's been put up. Hee!
As the Riptide trio discusses their next move, Cody points out that no one yet knows that Alison has been sent back to the mental hospital, and that they should use this brief window of opportunity to smoke out Jack's killer. He suggests they call up their three suspects - Carol Davis, Sharky, and Vic Johnson - and "leak" that Alison is staying in a hotel room at Straightaways, and then casually mention that she just regained her memory of the night Jack was killed and now knows who the real killer is. Cody says that if everything goes according to his calculations, the killer will show up at Straightaways and try to off Alison. Nick and Murray decide that this idea is just crazy enough to work...and after basking in the glow of his brilliance for a few seconds, Cody tells Murray they'll need him to act as a decoy and pretend to be Alison. Murray looks delighted to be included in the more heart-stopping part of the operation and asks if he's being asked to do this 'cause of how wiry and limber he is...and Cody's like, "Um, sure..?"
Cody calls Sharky and tells him that Alison, who's currently staying at Straightaways, now knows who killed Jack...and Sharky snarls, "I don't give a shit. Fuck off" and hangs up on him.
In the Straightaways hotel room, Murray dons a brown wig and crawls under the covers, while Cody hides in the bathroom. Nick, meanwhile, heads back to the Riptide to initiate radio contact with Cody and Murray...and runs into Heather Johnson, who insists on coming aboard for a glass of wine. When the camera pans over to the Riptide, we see that the masked burglar is aboard...and he quickly hides in the closet when he hears the two come in. Heather opens the wine bottle in the kitchen, while Nick heads over to the living area and fiddles with the surveillance and radio gear. He wryly tells Cody that the horny broad he almost got beaten up over is on the boat with him and that she's refusing to take the hint and leave.
A knife-wielding man enters the Straightaways hotel room - just as a knife-wielding Heather tiptoes towards Nick with a demonic look on her weirdly chiseled face. Cody flies out of the bathroom and leaps atop the knife-wielder, while Heather raises her arm and prepares to strike. Roboz suddenly detects what's happening around him, is all, "Hell no, lady", and releases a warning beep. The beep prompts Nick to whirl around and be all, "Ack!" at the sight of the giant knife in Heather's hand - just as the masked burglar decides it's the perfect time for him to burst out of the closet, the dumbfuck. Heather accidentally (?? not sure) stabs the burglar, then is quickly overpowered by Nick - just as Cody urgently yells over the radio that Vic Johnson is the real killer. Nick glares down at a now subdued Heather and mutters, "I'm not so sure."
Nick, Cody, and Murray stroll down the pier and recap all that was uncovered in this inane episode:
Alison drops by the Riptide to inform the trio that she was released from the mental hospital this morning, then tells them she's sooooo grateful to learn that she didn't butcher her abusive boyfriend. She tearfully thanks them for believing in her when no one else would, then declares herself a new person.