Friday 10th April 10.00pm
Continuing this week is the fifth season of the Los Angeles-based crime drama series. When a pair of valuable sneakers is stolen from a diplomat in this week’s instalment, recovering the luxury footwear proves far more complex than the team expected. Elsewhere, Liz is offered a promotion – but is she ready to move on?
Don, David and Nikki are called to a break-in at the residence of Brazilian diplomat Consul Nespola. With Nespola out of town, the team needs to hack into his voice-activated vault to free his security guard. Back at the base, Charlie hunts down the right combination of sounds using clips of Nespola taken from YouTube. “It’s like walking into a junkyard,” he says. “You start collecting parts until you find a combination that runs.” Thanks to Charlie the team is able to rescue the guard. They also realise a unique pair of final edition ‘Primer’ sneakers has been stolen from his vast collection.
When Don and Liz interview Nespola, he admits he paid $250,000 for the one-off shoes in an auction. “The other collectors can kiss my Converse because nobody was supposed to know I had those Primers,” he rants. Nikki and David visit the Primers store and speak to La-La (guest star Eve), the assistant who organised the auction. She admits there was tension between Nespola and Vic Moritz (aka DJ Bit O’ Nutz), the only ‘sneakerhead’ with a collection bigger than Nespola’s. The pair visit the DJ, who insists he had nothing to do with the crime. “I don’t need to steal from a re-seller like Nespola,” he says, dismissively.
David and Nikki are then called to a murder scene in skid row. Bizarrely, the unidentified victim is wearing one Primer. “Who gets jacked for one shoe?” asks Sinclair. Eye witnesses confirm the victim was chased and shot by a white man in his 20s, but the gun is nowhere to be found. Charlie deduces that whoever pulled the heist must have had experience of operating voice- activated safes. Nikki re-visits La-La, who remembers receiving a call about the bids. A trace on the call reveals a man matching the description of the skid row shooter – Lee Diddums. Further investigation reveals Diddums also served time for internet theft using audio files.
David discovers the skid row victim is an illegal immigrant from Albania called Zetroc. Meanwhile, Nikki tells Don they found the skid row gun, which confirms Diddums killed Zetroc. David traces a call from Zetroc’s phone records to a warehouse on skid row. David and Nikki find Diddums in the warehouse but he takes a huge jump and escapes. “Gotta be the shoes,” sighs Nikki. “Yeah, but which ones?” asks David, as he discovers a mountain of Primers in the corner.
The team discovers the warehouse is a sweatshop staffed by illegal Albanian workers. Liz and Don interrogate Nadroj Ria, the ringleader of the gang. Ria admits Diddums stole the Primers from Nespola, and he and Zetroc paid him $20,000 to borrow the shoes. “We can knock out a hundred counterfeits in a day,” he gloats, before admitting they then switched the shoes on Diddums.
Desperate to retrieve the genuine Primers, it seems Diddums murdered Zetroc. But who paid him to steal the shoes in the first place? And with hundreds of sneakers to search, can Charlie find a way to identify the true Primers?
Elsewhere, Liz has a tough decision to make when she is offered a big promotion in Denver. Her colleagues are reluctant to let her go, but she feels she has no choice. “It could be three years before I get this chance again,” she tells Larry sadly. But a pair of old shoes could be just the thing to change her mind…