TV Recap: Life - Mirrored Ball
Author: Erin Dougherty
published: 2009-02-12 07:03:25
Have you ever heard of Heavy Calliber? No? Maybe thatís because itís a fictitious 80ís hair band thatís so large even itís cover band, Hot Lead, has problems on this weekís episode of Life. The KISS ringersí lead singer ends up dead at a club they just played. Who better to step in than Crews and Doc Reese.
Doc Reese, you say? Crews thinks he should give a nickname. Dani Reese is DR. DR is doctor. Doctor is doc. Get it? Sheís not too thrilled but the dead guy in make-up is kind of preoccupying her. They figure out he was suffocated with a piece of plastic but everyone loved this guy. The band had sold out the venue for the past four nights and when Mitch (the real name) stepped on stage, he really became Jude Hays (the lead singer of Heavy Calliber). So, yeah, if everyone loved him, who would kill him?
The guys in the band have no idea. They all went off to party together and didnít even know Mitch went back to the club. They also said that after the show, they get out of their make-up and gear. Why, then, was Mitch found in full Jude Hays mode? The band does give them another suspect, though. Mitch was the second Jude Hays for Hot Lead. The first one, Tyler, tried to sing one of his own songs one night, the crowd revolted and he was kicked out. A little while after Mitch joined the band, Tyler attacked him. He was locked up for four months, released six months ago and is now nowhere to be found.
How do you find a missing Jude Hays impersonator? You hire out every single one in the city and they come straight to you. Tyler doesnít show up but some one else the Hot Lead guys do know knocks on the door. Turns out when they were auditioning new Judes, a girl showed up. Instead of being a little open minded, the stupid boys laughed at her. Could be a motive, no? Plus, she works at the club where Mitch was found dead. Since Crews and Reese are still trying to track down Tyler, they pay her a visit at work. Emma seems harmless. Sheís simply obsessed with Heavy Calliber. In fact, thatís why she started working at the club, itís the club they always played when they came to LA. Still, she does have an obsession with covering things in plastic, too. No go, though. A test proves her plastic doesnít match the plastic used to kill Mitch. And she does point Crews and Reese to some one who might have seen something.
Al is a homeless guy who hangs around the club. He says he saw another band member come back to the club with Mitch that night. This is the bassist who is really a dentist. This dentist is really effed up, too. He keeps a tally on the wall in his office of how many women heís slept with. He even asks Doc Reese if she wants him to ďuncap his sharpieĒ for her. Seriously? Gross. I guess heís trying to top Heavy Calliberís bassistís number. Anyways, he swears he didnít kill Mitch. He was off with lucky number whatever. However, the prescription drugs Crews and Reese discovered could be a powerful motive. Seems he was trading them for sex in order to beat the ever important number.
If heís already going to jail for that, then why wouldnít he just confess to killing Mitch? They finally find Tyler and rule him out, too. Seems all the Jude Hays impersonators are willing to share Jude with everyone else. What about the original Jude Hays? He either died in a car crash, overdosed, was killed in a plane, stabbed, etc. Guess heís out, too. Tyler does give our favorite detectives a good tip. He was once sent a piece of plastic in his fan mail. Crews and Reese ask Emma for any pictures she might have of Hot Lead concerts. That gives them their first real lead in the case. There was one guy at every concert. One guy so obsessed he followed the band to New York, Seattle, San Diego, everywhere. Al. Uh-huh, the homeless guy. How does this guy travel all over if heís homeless? And why, when he was stealing all the money and jewelry left at the make-shift grave for Mitch did he also take the cards addressed to Jude?
Ding, ding, ding. Al is actuallyÖ.Jude Hays. He never died and he wasnít homeless. Wow. Knew there was something up with that guy because he was acting all crazy. Now we know, you canít just take some oneís word that theyíre dead. Rock stars are so unreliable.
You know who turns out not to be unreliable? Tidwell. He even poured out all of his liquor so Reese wouldnít be tempted at his place. Theyíre so cute (thank god they cut his hair). On the Charlie front, he didnít really get anywhere with his case but he did get his original car back. I agree, Charlie, time to get back to your roots.
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