Riptide - Season 1, Episode 7
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.
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