Feb 6, 201304:50 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 14 Of 'Vegas'
Jack (Jason O’Mara) has some bad news for Mia (Sarah Jones). But he doesn't want to tell her the whole story.
After shooting Johnny Rizzo in self-defense, Jack has to deal with the aftermath of that righetous kill in “The Third Man,” Episode 14 of Vegas, the CBS series set in Sin City during the 1960s. If you missed all the action Tuesday evening, here are the top five things you need to know before tuning in for the next original episode. But be forewarned: This recap is loaded with spoilers.
AFTERMATH: Deputy Jack Lamb is in bad shape after being tortured by — and then fatally shooting — Johnny Rizzo. Evidently, however, there’s only one thing on his mind: Hiding from Mia the fact that he’s the person who killed her father. So he tampers with the crime scene, removing his gun and placing Johnny’s weapon — which he used to blast the mobster — back near Johnny. After that, he speeds over to Mia’s house to break the bad news, which he claims he just heard about. When she asks who could have popped her pop, he claims he has no idea who pulled the trigger. But Jack isn’t quite so circumspect when he zips over the Savoy to confront Vincent Savino. He accuses the mobster of setting him up — which, of course, he did. But, given the circumstances, Vincent isn’t worried that Jack will involve him in the incident. “Jack,” he tells the frazzled deputy, “I’d say we both have an interest in keeping our mouths shut.” Jack doesn’t argue.
INVESTIGATION: Sheriff Ralph Lamb and assistant D.A. Katherine O’Connell arrive at the scene of the crime, where they find Johnny Rizzo dead, the woman who stabbed him with a shard of glass just as dead — and tell-tale signs that “a third man” was tortured on the premises, and likely shot Johnny. Jack shows up to offer assistance and promptly trips over his own tongue by contradicting himself while recounting his recent activities. First he says he set out for the crime scene as soon as he heard the news on his police radio. Then he says that, oh, wait, he actually stopped by Mia’s house to break the bad news while on his way. But Ralph and Katherine are too busy looking for clues to notice any indication that the guilty party is standing right in front of them.
SUSPICION: Mia can’t help suspecting that Vincent had something to do with her dad’s murder. So when Vincent offers to re-hire her as counting-room manager at the Savoy, she insists on being given a more prestigious job as head of casino operations because, as she explains to a nervous Jack, that will enable her to learn more about Vincent’s operations, and maybe ferret out some connection between Vincent and her father’s untimely demise. Vincent agrees to give her the job — partly out of guilt about his role in having her father whacked, but largely because he genuinely trusts her. Jack (who really, really doesn’t want Mia to go back to the Savoy) warns her: “Don’t trust anybody.” Mia replies: “You’re the only man I trust.”
NEGOTIATION: Katherine also suspects Vincent had something to do with Johnny’s death. But when she calls Vincent in for questioning, she possibly overplays her hand when she threatens to reveal that Laura, Vincent’s wife, had been her inside informant (until Vincent hustled her out of town) if Vincent doesn’t co-operate. (Even if the mobster didn’t kill Johnny, Katherine figures, she can squeeze him for info about other mob activities.) But Vincent dismisses the threat as a bluff, claiming Katherine knows such a revelation would get Laura killed. Back at the Savoy, Vincent continues to play hardball while dealing with Tommy Stone (Enver Gjokaj), a smooth operator who’s been hiring entertainers away from the Savoy to work at another Las Vegas casino. At the end of the negotiation, Tommy is the Savoy’s newly hired entertainment director. And he actually seems happy about it.
CRIME STORY: This episode’s “crime of the week” is handled in an even more perfunctory fashion than usual. Deputy Dixon Lamb’s old buddy, a part-time race-car driver, gets involved with auto thieves in order to raise money he desperately needs to win a custody battle with his ex-wife over their young daughter. When the buddy’s car cracks up during a race, Dixon rightly suspects sabotage. The culprit turns out to be the ex-wife’s new boyfriend — a character not even introduced until the final minutes of the episode – who wanted the buddy out of the way so the ex-wife could retain custody of the daughter. Meanwhile, Ralph and Katherine locate a likely suspect in the Johnny Rizzo killing — the boyfriend of the woman also found dead at the scene. But the suspect (who, like the dead woman, is a serious drug addict) claims he is innocent, and saw a man leaving the scene “in a white truck” before he entered the house, saw the bodies, and fled. All of which leads to a scene in which Jack surreptitiously opens a package being sent to an FBI crime lab, and replaces his own fingerprint sheet with that of a deceased suspect. Nothing good likely will come of this.
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