Dec 19, 201206:46 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 10 Of 'Vegas'
Sheriff Ralph (Dennis Quaid) isn't feeling very merry while arguing with his brother Jack (Jason O'Mara).
Sheriff Ralph Lamb finds it hard to get into the Christmas spirit while investigating the murder of a building contractor in “Estinto,” Episode 10 of Vegas. If you missed all the action Tuesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before tuning in after the holiday break. But be forewarned: This recap is loaded with spoilers.
CRIME SCENE: When Del Merrick, the biggest building contractor in Las Vegas, is found dead at one of his construction sites – after his corpse is dumped out of a cement truck – Sheriff Ralph Lamb and his deputies high-tail it to the crime scene. Initially, Ralph suspects Vincent Savino had something to do with the murder, since Vincent and several other casino managers with mob ties were seen having a heated discussion with the deceased the night before. But, no: Once again, Vincent must explain to the sheriff that, sometimes, murder is bad business. Especially in this particular isntance, since Merrick is – well, OK, make that was – the only contractor in the area capable of working on large-scale projects like casino expansions.
RED HERRINGS: Ralph and his deputies methodically identify, and then disqualify, four likely suspects: A Japanese janitor who had blamed Merrick for his daughter’s death in a WWII internment camp designed by the contractor; a mobster’s wife – no, not Mrs. Savino – who had been having an affair with Merrick; the cuckolded mobster; and a beautiful born-again sinner-turned-preacher who had convinced Merrick to seek redemption and, not incidentally, begin the process of selling off his business and turning the proceeds over to her church. As it turns out, the latter decision is what got him killed: Merrick’s long-time business partner (guest star D.B. Sweeney) and the unforgiving Mrs. Merrick (guest star Melinda Page Hamilton) ultimately are revealed as murderous co-conspirators.
SEASON’S GREETINGS: Deputy Dixon (Taylor Handley), Ralph’s son, goes to work undercover at the Savoy to find out who’s responsible for some inside-job thefts. To express his gratitude for the young man’s help, Vincent Savino gives Dixon free one-night-only use of a luxuriously appointed and booze-stocked suite – which Dixon promptly decides to use for the Christmas office party that can’t be held at his place of employment. (Blame it on those pesky rules prohibiting boozing at a police station.) During the revelry, Dixon finally tries to put some smooth moves on the ultra-efficient Miss Sanchez – who slaps him when he gets frisky under the mistletoe. He: “Why are you so bossy?” She: “Because you love it. Now go get me some ice.” And wouldn’t you know it? He does.
CHECKING OUT: Elsewhere at the Savoy, things aren’t quite so festive. Vincent learns from a reliable source – i.e., corrupt district attorney Rich Reynolds – that Diane Desmond, Vincent’s former mistress, is an FBI informant. This news comes at a terribly awkward time, since Johnny Rizzo, Vincent’s quick-tempered boss, has just announced his engagement to the duplicitous songbird. Mind you, her impending marriage has not stopped her from trying to rekindle her, ahem, romance with Vincent every time they’re alone together. But that’s even more reason for Vincent to tell her to get out of town – pronto – because he knows what he knows. Unfortunately, it appears Johnny knows the very same thing: He beckons Vincent to Diane’s room, to reveal her pretty dead body with a needle still stuck in her arm. “Once a junkie, always a junkie,” Johnny says. “It’s a shame about her. A real shame.” But, really, Johnny doesn’t appear too terribly broken up about his fiancée’s untimely demise.
COUPLING: Meanwhile, over in yet another part of the Savoy, Mia – Johnny’s beautiful daughter, Vincent’s efficient counting-room manager – invites Deputy Jack (Ralph’s brother) into her room to tell him that they can’t see each other anymore, that it’s “just too dangerous” for them to be together, that her father might express his disapproval nonverbally if he ever learned they were together, and blah, blah, blah. And then Jack kisses her, she kisses back – and the scene shifts back to the police station, where Ralph gets a Christmas Eve visit from assistant D.A. Katherine O’Connell. He’s politely but firmly unresponsive when she tries to get a shade too friendly while expressing the warmest greetings of the season. But Ralph does give her a Christmas present: A bottle of horse shampoo. Aw, he shouldn’t have.