We left Murphy frowning in OOG’s room, wondering what good ‘ol Carl was doing with a gun in his suitcase. Presumably he will rush to tell Laura of his find and they’ll investigate further, right?
Guess not. Seems our Murphy has been making time with another girl – the blonde from earlier, who appears slightly damp. Oh, fickle Murphy.
Just like a man.
“So how are you doin’, Murphy?” OOB asks.
“Fair to middlin’,” he admits. (Not exactly bursting with joy about his life, is he?) “And you?”
“Okay. I’m married, kids … you know”
“Yeah,” he says. “Did I ever meet the guy you finally married?”
So Murphy knows what this chick has been up to, but had no idea that Alan was super-rich? “Finally married” suggests that our girl OOB was a playah back in the day.
“Yeah. You were working at the agency … I don’t know …maybe a year?” she explains. “You pulled a divorce case. A Mrs. Robin Maxwell. Convinced her husband was doing the dirty deed outside of marriage. He WAS guilty; you did catch him.”
I hate to stereotype, but this gal doesn’t strike me as the detective type. Was the she receptionist?
“Anyway, the next day, he came to the office,” OOB continues. “Pleaded with us not to give our information to his wife. You were working on something else, so I took the meeting. I told this guy my hands were tied. He tried to buy me with dinner that night.”
Murphy wonders so what. So do I.
“It worked,” she tells him.
“Ah, Sandy.” Turns out Sandy was not the receptionist, but rather the Obligatory Office Gold-digger. Sorry, Sandy. We already have an OOG. Maybe the OOH? (Obligatory Office ‘Ho?).
“Love is strange,” Sandy says.
So is this scene. What’s the point?
back at the ranch on the veranda …
… Laura has changed into a high-necked blouse and pinned her hair up. It’s 19th century chic!
And here she is in casual wear, for hanging around the pool. (Is that Fred?)
She observes Murphy and OOH. Is she jealous?
Doesn’t seem like it. Maybe she’s happy that her good pal Murph is likely to get some this weekend.
Wait, what’s this? It’s OOG – sneaking up on our Laura?
“What do you think they’re talking about?” OOG inquires. Laura is only a little startled.
Turns out she doesn’t have to. Carl has all the answers already.
“They’re talking about missed opportunities. That’s what reunions are about, right? What if I had worked harder, what if I had been a little nicer – what if I, what if I, what if I. Right about now they’re saying, ‘What if I had noticed you when we were working together at Havenhurst?'”
Well, actually they’re not saying any of these things. But good try, Carl.
Laura is fascinated by his insight.
Carl doesn’t take the hint. “Fools like that never remember.”
Wait. Is he calling Murphy a fool? Guess that makes Mr. Michaels the OOF.
OOG continues: “He never looked at her because he was always looking at you. And she never gave him the time of day. The only guy she wanted to know about was Alan.”
Laura’s still looking toward her colleague and his new squeeze. She doesn’t seem to react to Carl’s revelation that Murphy was interested in her all the way back to Havenhurst. Is it because she already knows? Is Carl trying to subtly suggest that Laura wasn’t very observant while back at Havenhurst, either?
Anyway, Carl’s tired of carrying this conversation by himself.
“Say something, Holt.”
“Huh?” She seems to be thinking about something else. I wonder what? Murphy … Alan …
… or someone else?
Pretty sure she’s not, really.
Laura seems skeptical. Or about to suck out Carl’s liver. She reminds me of one of my favorite X File creatures here:
And what is that, Carl?
BA BA BUM!
Oooh, Carl is starting to look suspicious, isn’t he. But perhaps he’s a red herring. Of course, there hasn’t actually been a crime. The contrast between Sandy and Laura is interesting: Sandy is almost bare (and reveals much about herself to Murphy), while Laura is covered up, both physically and emotionally. Something tells me Laura is uncomfortable being among these colleagues again. Perhaps the energetic, confident Laura we know finds herself slipping back into an old, mousey, subordinate role she played at Havenhurst?