answered an age-old question: How many politicians does it take to kill a stripper? The answer is, more than you'd think!

[These spoilers hold up in court.]

The victim: Amber Jones, a "dancer" — okay, stripper — who moonlighted as Congressman Edward Griffin's mistress.

The evidence: We actually begin at trial eight weeks after the murder. Jones' body was found in the trunk of her car at the Orpheus casino, and evidence (primarily, a shared strain of chlamydia) tied her to the congressman. Unfortunately, the best evidence — the murder weapon — couldn't be found. Don't worry, it's being delivered. Griffin's chief of staff, Dominic Humphreys, gets as far as the courtroom door before blowing his brains out with the congressman's Beretta.

We return post-panic, with Nick, Ray and Dave processing the scene. Allow me to say the, well, chunkiness of Humphreys' brain matter made me put down a piece of cheese that had been previously heading contentedly toward my mouth. Nick finds both the bullet and a blood-soaked suicide note.
Sure enough, the gun is Griffin's, and the bullet matches those in Amber's corpse. The suicide note, though, implicates Humphreys. Whodunnit? Hey, there's a piece of fabric in the Beretta's slide! Too bad it matches nothing in either Griffin's or Humphreys' closet. It does, though, give Griffin's wife time to act all creepy and draw attention to herself.

Meanwhile, Ray notices Amber's daughter is sick; turns out she's being poisoned with boric acid. A bit of Amber's tissue shows she was being poisoned, too, but at a much lower dose. No surprise, a package of energy drink in the house had been tampered with, and though Amber didn't have time to drink much, her daughter did. The juice was from a local pharmacy; Amber had prescriptions from same pharmacy dated to the day before her death.

And hey, go figure, Humphreys picked up not only Amber's prescriptions — wow, does being a congressman's pet dancer have its perks — but also energy drink and roach poison. May as well exhume Amber!

Good thing, too, because the embalming process has made a shoeprint appear on Amber's chest. A woman's shoeprint. Dum-dum-DUMMM!

So, yeah, Griffin was having the affair, but wanted Amber out of the picture, so he had Humphreys try to poison her. That plan was cut short by the real killer, though Humphreys did have to clean up after. A jury has already found Griffin guilty at this point, but Brass promises they'll present the new evidence that clears him. Sort of. He did want Amber dead, but his cunning plan was interrupted with a rather more immediate one.

The (eventual) killer: The congressman's wife. She didn't take kindly to Amber's chlamydia causing her to miscarry.

Trivia: Miguel Ferrer is totally slimy as a defense lawyer. Ray drinks a martini with a lemon twist. Also, his saying "Orpheus" makes me know kung fu. And what's with Riley's hints toward a violent childhood?

Posted by:Andy Grieser