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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