Recap: A frightened looking blonde enters a confessional and tells Father Bob that she and her baby are in grave danger. The priest assures her she's in the safety of God's house, but she natters nervously about the peril she's facing before bolting out of the confessional and fleeing the church. A startled Father Bob exits his side of the booth to see whassup - then stops when he sees that the woman has left her baby behind on one of the pews.
Aboard the Riptide, Murray is giggling with delight as he shows Nick and Cody the various animal-themed cell phones he'll be playing with this episode, and explains that they're part of a new product line from a tech firm that's paying him a huge consultation fee. A few seconds later, Father Bob arrives with the abandoned baby, introduces her as Katie, and explains that she was just abandoned in his church by her terrified mother. He further explains that the mom, Cheryl Watson, has somehow gotten herself tangled up with some very dangerous people, then asks the sleuths if they wouldn't mind locating her before the bad guys get to her. The trio says they'd be happy to take on the case pro bono, then peppers Father Bob with questions about exactly what sort of trouble Cheryl is in. Father Bob says he's not willing to repeat anything Cheryl told him inside the confessional, other than to reveal that her life is in grave danger and that she used to hang out at the local halfway house while she was preggers. He also decides that for Katie's safekeeping, it'd be best for him to leave the tot under their care. Cody looks thrilled at the prospect of caring for the infant and rhetorically asks, "How hard could it be?"
A grim-faced man named Phillip Everitt meets with two henchmen, who assure him that they're still on the hunt for Cheryl. Phillip barks at them to get the job done, then suggests they start their search at the local halfway house.
While en route to the halfway house, Murray is trying to soothe a sobbing Katie with a stuffed bear, but she just scrunches her face unhappily and mewls. Nick chides Murray for not bringing along the cuter stuffed bunny, but Murray ignores him and continues to unhelpfully coochie coo at the baby.
The Riptide trio (plus Katie) arrives at the halfway house and chats with Cheryl's former roommate, Patricia. They ask her if she's heard from Cheryl lately, and she says she hasn't - but recalls that Cheryl had lots of problems with her boyfriend Phillip, and that the two used to argue a lot. After that, she shows the three how to heat up a bottle of formula and feed it to the baby so that she's less likely to starve while in their custody.
As the Riptide trio (plus Katie) heads out, Murray holds up a bunch of papers and says he was able to get the phone records during the time that Cheryl was staying at the halfway house. A few seconds later, the two henchmen pull up to poke around the halfway house for any sign of the missing mom.
As Nick looks on in newfound fascination, Murray taps on his keyboard as he searches through all of the halfway house's outgoing calls. He pinpoints one phone number that Cheryl had repeatedly called, and quickly learns that it's an extension inside the police department.
The two henchmen storm inside the church and attack Father Bob, demanding to know where Cheryl is hiding out. The Riptide trio (plus Katie) just happen to enter the church at that very moment, and Nick and Cody immediately leap into action to prevent Father Bob from getting a bigger beatdown than he was getting.
At the hospital, Lieutenant Quinlan offers rare praise to the Riptide trio for coming to the aid of Father Bob, then says he's determined to find the mobsters who would dare rough up a priest. The trio heads over to Father Bob's room to inform him that Cheryl has been making a lot of calls to the police department and to ask if he's willing to shed any light on who she might have been calling. Father Bob says he still can't/won't reveal anything she told him in confidence, 'cause he's very determined to play "according to God's rules".
Back at the Riptide, the trio asks Dooley to babysit Katie while they investigate Cheryl's disappearance. Dooley assures them that, implausible as it may sound, he has lots of hands on experience caring for infants, and promises to not let them down.
Nick and Cody putter around the police department as faux repairmen while Murray lets himself into the computer room to extract phone records. He hits pay dirt when he learns that Cheryl repeatedly called a certain Commander Phillip Everitt, aka the man who's been angling to become the next police chief. They then mull over the name Phillip while recalling that Patricia told them it's the name of Cheryl's boyfriend. Hmm..
Nick and Cody drop by Phillip Everitt's office posing as investigators (from a radio station) who are working on a report about runaway women. When they come right out and tell Phillip that they're searching for Cheryl Watson, Phillip pretends he's never heard of anyone by that name...even when it's pointed out that she has called his direct telephone extension several times. Cody spots a framed photo of Phillip's wife and children and remarks on the family resemblance, then adds that Cheryl's baby looks an awful lot like him as well...and Phillip stares back at him with a stricken expression on his face.
Phillip immediately calls [mob boss] Jimmy Holland to report that two pretend researchers were just in his office, fishing for information on the whereabouts of Cheryl Watson. When Jimmy suggests he arrest them, Phillip explains that he can't just go around arresting people without cause, then assures him that once he's appointed Police Chief, he'll happily let the mob run roughshod over his town. Jimmy's like, "Sounds good to me!" and orders Phillip to get rid of Cheryl so he can eliminate the scandal that he has a mistress he knocked up, then suggests using the baby to lure Cheryl from wherever she's been hiding.
Murray giddily tells Nick and Cody that he surreptitiously bugged Phillip's phone, and that based on the phone call that just occurred, he now has proof that 1) the police commander is working for Jimmy Holland, and 2) he had a fling with Cheryl, who got pregnant and had the baby against his will. A few seconds later, Murray is alerted to an incoming call from Cheryl to Phillip, begging him to not hurt her baby. He snarkishly reminds her that he warned her about the risks of having his spawn, then offers to buy her off if she keeps quiet about the baby. He asks her where she's staying - and Murray's bugging device goes dead just as Cheryl is revealing her current location. Murray says he's going to have to do some fancy computing stat! in order to find out where her call originated so that they can get to her before the bad guys do.
The Riptide trio drops by Lieutenant Quinlan's office to chastise him for releasing the two henchmen after they were arrested for beating Father Bob. Quinlan explains that since they prolly wouldn't have admitted any wrongdoing, he was A-OK with releasing two mob-connected, violent men back into society 'cause he was too fucking lazy to properly interrogate them. A dismayed Murray says he has intel that's going to rock the police station, namely that Commander Phillip Everitt is in the pocket of Jimmy Holland. Quinlan sneers at that revelation and insists that Phillip is far too awesome a police commander to ever get involved with organized crime, then orders the three to get the hell out of his office.
Dooley returns to the Riptide after taking a walk with Katie, and discovering that a man holding a baby is a veritable magnet for buxomly bikini-clad women. Murray pokes his head from below deck and summons Nick and Cody over to tell them he's pinpointed Cheryl's location, based on the construction noises he picked up on in the background during her call to Phillip. Cody tells Murray that while they're off rescuing her, he should figure out a way to find some of scientific proof that Phillip is Katie's bio dad.
Murray dons a white lab coat and heads over to Phillip's office, posing as a blood drive coordinator. The surly secretary snarls that he needs to get lost 'cause he doesn't have an appointment - but Murray holds up a piece of paper and says she clearly missed the memo about the Commissioner's ill mother, who's in desperate need of donated blood. When Phillip emerges from his office to see what all the commotion is about, he scrunches his face concernedly about the fake hospitalization of his boss's mother and agrees to donate blood.
The henchmen arrive at the motel where Cheryl has been hiding - seconds before Nick and Cody pull up. They spot the henchmen attempting to abduct Cheryl in broad daylight and open fire...and while that's happening, Cheryl manages to break loose and flee without getting shot. Cody races after her and convinces her that they're friends with Father Bob...and in the next scene, she's en route to the Riptide with Nick and Cody. She tears up about almost getting killed just now, then gets upset when she hears about Father Bob's beating. When the three arrive at the Riptide, Dooley informs them that two police officers stopped by to take Katie to the authorities and he just stupidly assumed that they knew all about it. Nick and Cody glare at him angrily as Cheryl wails, "My babyyyyy!"
Murray studies a sample of Phillip's blood under his microscope and explains that if he's able to detect the same anomalies in his blood that Katie has (but which Cheryl doesn't), it'll serve as irrefutable proof that he is Katie's bio dad. Sort of. After studying the blood sample for a few seconds, he's like, "Jackpot!" and says it does contain the telltale anomalies - but Cheryl just scrunches her face worriedly as she explains that she and Katie stand in the way of Phillip and his life's dream of becoming the next police chief. Murray assures her that his plan to nail Phillip is just crazy enough to work, then hands her one of his animal-themed cell phones and tells her it's time to call Phillip. When he answers, she tells him, "You win. I can't fight it anymore."
Murray loiters by the police station and checks in with Nick via a cell phone hidden in a large sandwich as he (Nick) prepares to fly Mimi overhead with several police officers on board...who were somehow willing to join a civilian operation that implicates a commander in their department who's about to be appointed the next police chief.
Cheryl is waiting at the Griffith Observatory, while an armed Cody hides atop a nearby roof. Two henchmen appear with Katie in tow and smirkingly tell her that Phillip couldn't make it - just as Cody leaps off of the roof, brandishes his gun, and orders them to put the baby down. As that's happening, a backup team of armed bad guys rush over with guns drawn - just as Mimi appears overhead and the men aboard spray the Observatory with bullets. Amid the gunfire, the henchman carefully sets Katie down...then grabs Cheryl, flees the Observatory, and forces her into his car.
Phillip Everitt is about to be formally appointed Police Chief when Murray interrupts the ceremony shrieking, "Fraud!" LOL. He informs the spectators that Phillip 1) has an illegitimate child he just ordered to be kidnapped, and 2) has connections with the mob. He then offers proof by pressing play on his tape recorder so that everyone can listen to the audio recording of the damning conversation between Phillip and Jimmy Holland. As an enraged Jimmy Holland watches the implausible drama unfold on live television, Phillip is restrained by the officers flanking him...and the car that's being driven by the henchman who abducted Cheryl is brought to a peaceful halt by police. As Cheryl scrambles out of the passenger seat, she looks up at Mimi and gives Nick a happy wave...while Cody cuddles Katie and offers Nick a relieved thumbs up.
Cheryl bids the Riptide trio farewell before heading off to Michigan to get a fresh start with her baby daughter. As Cheryl's cab drives off, Nick remarks on how nice it would be to raise a child...and Cody gets a faraway look in his eyes and stares wistfully into space.
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