Secrets and Lies Recap: Damage Control

Andy Swift

You know you’re in for a memorable meeting at work when your boss begins by saying, “Some of you overheard that I killed someone…”

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Eric attempted to assuage his co-worker’s fears on Sunday’s Secrets and Lies, taking full responsibility for “accidentally” killing one of his high school classmates before leading into this A+ argument: “But my wife’s a different story. Someone murdered her.” (Yeah, OK, whatever you say.) And another thing: For a guy who really wants us to think he didn’t push his wife off a roof, Eric sure does love challenging Detective Cornell to prove his guilt. I swear that’s how every single one of their interactions end.

And because it would be too much for this show to let Kate rest in peace, Sunday’s episode once again put Jordana Brewster’s character on blast: We learned that she gave up a baby boy (from an undisclosed father) for adoption when she was 16, that she’d been seeing her ex behind Eric’s back, and that she withdrew $100,000 from his checking account without… well, checking with him.

An attempted mugging put Neil on Cornell’s hit list — but only briefly, and still below Eric, naturally — prompting him to share his alibi from the night of Kate’s murder: He was off getting stoned, courtesy of a joint from Liam, one of the firm’s assistants. (Speaking of Liam, Eric visited him at the end of the hour, only to find… the man who attacked Neil!)

Then it was immediately back to Eric, who was apparently being blackmailed at the time of Kate’s fatal swan dive. Someone was threatening to expose his juvenile record, and it turns out Kate already did most of the leg work in finding out who it was. He nearly turned the letters over to Cornell — until he noticed that one of his ex-girlfriends, a particularly frightened-looking woman named Tina Sawyer, was being questioned, and she’ll say “exactly what [Cornell] wants to hear.”

I’m not really sure what that means, but just like Eric’s ability to appear innocent, it probably isn’t very good.

Stray Observations:

* I’m all for Cornell getting knocked down a peg, so I appreciated Amanda reminding her about Ben: “You already sent one innocent man to prison. Don’t be a repeat offender.”

* Speaking of Cornell, is she a spectre or something? It’s almost comical how she keeps showing up wherever Eric goes.

Your thoughts on this week’s episode? Any new additions to your list of suspects? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.

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