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.
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