Sunday 18 April, 7:00pm on Five USA
The hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues.
This week, a diamond heist at an up-market jewellery store uncovers an elaborate plot involving murder and extortion. Evidence points towards a known criminal, but Jane thinks the wealthy family who own the store may be involved.
Elsewhere, Rigsby and Van Pelt consider their relationship. The agents are called in when a robbery at a highend jewellery store results in the shooting of Carl Ward, husband of business owner Esther Doverton. Ward is taken to hospital in a critical condition. With his customary disregard for the rules, Jane questions Doverton’s nephews George and Tom, who run the firm with their aunt. “Does your resentment of him create any tension?” he asks, referring to Ward, who married into the family business four years earlier. “What I do resent is the tone of your questioning,” says George, as Lisbon leads Jane away.
Back at HQ, Van Pelt catches a break in the investigation. With the help of CCTV footage from cameras surrounding the store, she identifies Doyle Murphy, a known criminal with a history of safecracking. “Nice work Van Pelt!” says Lisbon. But Jane suspects there might be more to the case than meets the eye. “It’s all very neat and easy,” he says. He points out that a heist of this nature is normally carried out by more than one person, while the fact that the stolen diamonds were due to be collected the following morning suggests an inside job. “My provisional bet – Carl Ward,” he says.
Ignoring Jane’s hypothesis, Rigsby and Van Pelt go to pick up Murphy at an out-of-town motel, only to find the suspect has been shot dead from close range. “I guess that lets Carl Ward off the hook, huh?” says Rigsby. Forensic tests prove that a gun recovered at the scene was used to kill Murphy and injure Ward. The motel desk clerk reports seeing a man visiting Murphy earlier in the day, but is somewhat sketchy on the details. However, with the help of a little persuasion from Jane, the clerk identifies professional criminal Donny Culpepper, who is promptly arrested. When it emerges that Murphy owed Culpepper $200,000, it seems the agents have the case sewn up. However, CCTV footage from the jewellery store throws up an anomaly. One video taken a week prior to the robbery shows Tom Doverton with Doyle Murphy. Could the pair have been planning the crime together?
Tom is brought in for questioning, but claims Murphy was just a customer. When the rest of the family arrives with a lawyer, the agents are forced to let Tom go. At the same time, Jane releases Culpepper from custody, ensuring that he and the Dovertons meet at the lift. “What the hell was that?” barks Lisbon. “You have no right whatsoever to make those decisions!” The case takes a dramatic twist when Esther Doverton is kidnapped and George and Tom are sent a note demanding the diamonds in exchange for their aunt’s safe release. The crime seems to bear Culpepper’s stamp. “Murphy owed him a lot of money,” says Jane. “He might think that debt transfers with the diamonds.” “But we don’t have the diamonds!” insists George. “He doesn’t know that,” replies Jane. Have Jane’s games put a woman in real danger, or is all this just part of an elaborate plot to draw the real robber out of hiding?
Elsewhere this week, Van Pelt and Rigsby consider their future. “Jane knows about us – I’m sure he does,” says Rigsby. “Why would it be so bad if people figured out we’re together?” asks a hurt Van Pelt. “It’s just the bureau rules,” replies Rigsby.