Deadly Expose (2017) Script

[instrumental music]

[music continues]

[door opens]


[door closes]



Why are you doin' this? Oh, God!


[siren blaring]

Hey, what are you still doing here?

I thought you said you had your friend's thing tonight.

Oh, I do. And I lost track.

You know, gettin' out and connecting with other human beings is not such a bad thing.

I've heard that. 'Come on.'

I'll give you a ride. What time are you supposed to be there?

Twenty minutes ago. 'Perfect.'

You're fashionable.

Come on. Let's go.

'Step away from the desk.'

[engine revving]

'Thank you for the ride.' 'Oh, my pleasure.'

Have fun. Okay.

Hope you don't give into too much trouble.

[indistinct chatter]

Hey. Hey.

Sorry I-I'm late.

It's okay.

Come in with me?

Yeah, I kind of realized I could only fake my interest in fashion for so long.

We're in the same boat.


[indistinct chatter]

There she is.

Max! Oh, you made it. Welcome to Panache.

Hey, um..

Sorry I-I'm dressed like this.

I came in straight from work.

Oh, gosh, you look great.

So y-you guys remember Simon?

'Yeah.' Yeah, he's..

My um.. Boyfriend.

You can say it out loud.

Don't feel bad, honey. She is always been that way.

Uh, it's been a while, huh? Yeah.

High school I think, right?

'Yeah.' Wow, yeah.

H-how long have you guys been back in town?

Uh, a month I guess. Oh, wow.

Well, you put this place together quickly.

Oh, thank you. I had to find something to fill my days.

Being a captive woman is glamorous and all but I was really quite bored.

Yeah, I don't think I'd be very good at that either.

Thank God 'cause on my salary I could keep you for about two days.

Well, I teach.

Oh.. Oh, yeah.

I thought it was about time I put my fashion degree to good use.

Besides we missed Brixton, didn't we?

Well, one of us did.

You still catchin' bad guys, Max?

On a good day.

I had no idea how crazy things were until I started dating a detective.

Well, you can't put a tiger in a cage.

Yeah, she'd just gnaw her way out.

And it's my job. I come home every night.

Don't I? Yes, you do.

Speaking of, I gotta get out of here Train's in an hour. Goin' somewhere special?

No, just work.

Well, all he does is work. Work, work, work.

I don't know him, actually.

I gotta go. Bye, hon', goodbye. I love you.

Great to see you guys. 'Yeah.'

Have a good night. Okay, Bye.

I'm gonna see if that young lady can help me out with a new outfit.

I don't know if adjunct to professor chic is as sexy as it was in the nineties.

Go get 'em.

So.. It's so good to see you.

Yeah, you, too. I glad that you moved back.

Ah, me, too.

So, he travels a lot?

Ah, define a lot.

That much, huh? Yeah.

Nice job in the ring though.

Yeah, I'm not complaining about that. He did pretty good.

What about you guys? Are you guys serious?

We just moved in together.

I'm freaking out, a little bit.

Wow, Simon Jacobson scored Maxine Payton.

Star lacrosse player with the weird pizza face chess king.

Hell must be freezing over.

He's nice.

Well, he's blossomed into a very hot swan.

Very swan.

He's sweet.

Very different for me.

Yeah, he's much different than Ryan, which is a good thing.

Right? Is it?

I mean, I don't know. Are guys talking marriage?

No, the thought of marriage makes me wanna vomit.

And I'm sure you've made him aware of that.

[phone vibrating]


(man on phone) 'Ring, ring.'

Wake up, Brixton PD.

The deceptive will be brought into the light.

That's weird. Who is it?

It's from Nick.

(Maxine) 'What was that about?'

(Jennifer) 'Who's Nick?'

My partner.

Lemme guess. Work?

Yeah. Yeah, I, um, Jen, I am so sorry.

No, it's...

This is am-amazing, we should just catch up soon.

Okay? Yeah, I'm around.

Good to see you. It's nice to see you.

Okay, see you.

[dramatic music]

Miss me? No.

I was actually hoping that you'd have the night off.

Yes, I was with my boyfriend.

Was he upset?

He's understanding this week.

Okay, honestly as your work husband, I would really appreciate if you would not say nice things about your weird boyfriend.

Okay? It just makes me feel a little uncomfortable.

Shut up.

And besides, you don't mean it anyway.


Party's inside.

[dramatic music]

Did you get a weird video on your phone?

Weird video?

What do you mean, a weird video?

Never mind.

Who found him?

A couple of teenagers.

Is he reported missing?

Not that I know of.

But, uh, judging by the expensive watch on his wrist I think it's safe to say that uh, he wasn't robbed.

Given an hour, he would have been.

No one's crossed their fingers with that..

Oh, bingo.

(Nick) 'We got...Tom Bregson, MD.'


Clothes are off.

Sex thing?

Sex thing gone wrong.

I'll have Mohammed swab for body fluids.

What do you make of this heart shaped necklace?

What is it?

I don't know. It's a broken heart charm, silver.

It probably from his girlfriend, ex-girlfriend?

Or some whack job trying to be clever.

Well, everyone's trying to be the next Hillside Strangler.


Forensics is on their way. I think they can handle the rest.

Let's go notify next of kin.

You got it, boss.

(Maxine) 'Victim's wife is Sarah Bregman.'

'No children, no prior arrests.'

They've been married for 18 years.

(Nick) Okay? Well, anything unusual?

Nothing out of the ordinary.

At least, not yet.

(Sarah) 'Francis, we'll do the wake here from 3 to 5 on Friday.'

And, oh, call La Petite Chateau and have them prepare everything.

French was always Tom's favorite.

Alright listen, Mrs. Bregson, I--

Call me Sarah.

Look, we're sorry that we have to do this right now.

I just can't believe he's dead.

If I don't keep distracting myself with planning I'm gonna have a nervous breakdown.

When was the last time you saw your husband alive?

Three days ago.

He set off for work and never came back.

You didn't file a missing persons report?


I mean, I know that sounds strange but I didn't.

So you knew where he was?

No, you never knew with Tom.

He would say one thing and then do another.

Was it unusual for your husband to be gone for long periods of time?

On occasion, like..


There's no reason for secrets.

Tom would go on benders.


Among other things.

Last fall, he said he was going to the gym.

He was gone for two weeks.

'Came back smelling like some alley in Saigon.'

He...we had this huge fight.

He went to rehab for 30 days.

Couples counselling, the works.

Actually thought he was getting better lately.

And then he disappears for three days.

Yeah, but I thought he would come back like he always tends to do.

He's a bit of a stray.

And judge me if you'd like but no matter how much you love someone you can't control what they do.

Is there anyone that wanted your husband dead?

Yeah, does he owe anyone money?

Does he have any outstanding debts?

Not that I can think of.

Look, if you don't mind I really need to go lay down.

Francis will show you out.

If you can think of anything else no matter how small, please call me.

'I'll leave my card with Francis.'

'Was their marriage good, Sarah and Tom's?'

You know, as good as any.

He step out on her a lot?

When he was younger, he was much better at hiding it.

Always back by dinner, never gone overnight.

Until nights became weekends.

And nothing here seemed to be enough.

I was furious.

But Sarah..

'...never seemed bothered.'

She said that he went to rehab. What was that for?

Was it for pharmaceuticals, or cocaine or what?

No, maybe recreational, but he didn't go to rehab for drugs.

He went for sex addiction.

If she's aware of this, why did she stay with him?

You saw his photographs didn't you?

His smile lit up a room.

His charm was enigmatic.

People were just...drawn to him.

Were you one of those people?

What are you insinuating?

Embarrassment in her social circle would have been lethal.

What was the real reason she stayed?

Charm only goes so far.

Sarah grew up wealthy.

But her dad had a gambling problem.

Lost every dime.

Tom was the smartest kid in his trailer park.

Became a gifted plastic surgeon.


You know what's worse than

'having a cheating husband?'

Being poor.

(Sarah) 'Francis.'

I'm afraid duty calls. Thank you.

Thank you for your time.

(Francis) 'You know your way out.'

Ms. Bregson wasn't the only one in love with him.

You think either of them have the capacity to kill him?

Maybe, I'd kill you under certain circumstances.

I'll sleep with one eye open.

So you think it's the wife.

Well, Lord knows she had the motive.

She's broke. She's married to a rich Lothario.

May be she didn't want to be the laughing stock of her community.

You know, I caught a domestic case when I was a beat cop.

Woman stabbed her husband for putting mayonnaise on her ham sandwich.

Wouldn't have been easier just to screw the tennis pro?

Or the golf pro, the yoga instructor

'you got the pool boy.'

And the heart shaped necklace.

That's a bit kitschy for lady Bregson.

(Nick) 'Maybe it was the butler.'

He was just as smitten.

You think they were lovers?

(Maxine) Who knows?

His primary issue was having sex outside the house.

It seems like that was the only thing he was engaging in.

Whatever you got to do, just wrap it up.

Get back on the board. We are short staffed, it's only Monday.

Who knows what fresh hell is gonna unleash by the end of the week?

Do our best, captain. Yep.

Uh-oh, what's the matter?

Murder case.

I honestly don't know how you do it.

Some days, I don't either.

Come here.

How was the rest of your day?

It was fine.

I gave my students a pop quiz.

Do you imagine they were thrilled about that?

Thank you for making dinner.

You're welcome.

You know, considering you can barely boil an egg I feel it's my obligation to cook for you.

I don't know how I'd survive without you.

Can you believe we've been together for two years now?

I think we should be making that next step.

You wanna get a cat?

[chuckles] No.

A dog.

Max, I'm serious.

Look, I love you, and we're not getting any younger.

Can we not do this right now?

When would be a good time for you?

I don't know.



Tomorrow. Okay .

You know, in your line of work, tomorrow, we may all be dead.

[owl hooting]

[dramatic music]




Rough night?

The usual.

Is, uh, Simon still trying to put a ring on it?

Not in the mood.

But he does know that he's the one that wears a dress in that equation, right?

Not listening.

Poor guy, poor guy.

What? No!

Do you see this? Yeah.

(man on TV) Pardon the interruption.

We've got moral corruption in our own backyard.

Revealing truths will leave some scarred.

Out, out into the sun.

'Judgment day has begun.'

Those who heavy secrets weigh the disloyal are soon to pay.

Everybody wears a mask.

But how long will all this last?

Bye for now.

What is going on? I don't know.

Looks like they hacked into our system and, and rerouted us to the paper.

"The cheaters revealed Adeline Lilly hacker reveals unfaithful spouses?"

A dating website?

Well, it's not a dating website, it's a cheating website.

But if you want to call it that, then you can.

You see any names?

No, it's just user profiles and pictures. That's it.

Well, there's a lot of body shots on here. I mean..

'I mean you could still identify someone'

'if you knew 'em well enough.'

Yeah, well, if there weren't a hundred pet names and tattoos those are a dead give away.

Did everybody's screen get hit with this?

Yeah. What's this about?

Is this familiar? I think it's Incognito.

It's just a small underground hacker group, hackers.

Incognito? They're hacktivists.

This is puritanical vigilante.

Yeah, or a pissed off housewife.

(Nick) 'Man, this is a great time to be a divorce lawyer.'

Yeah, well, if it is Incognito, they've expanded their message.

(Collins) 'So let's get Cyber on this right away.'

I don't know how much good it's gonna do.

This thing's probably gone viral already.



Mrs. Bregson. Can we talk?

Somewhere private?

Yeah, absolutely.

I'm here to claim Tom's body but they won't release him to me.

The medical examiner still needs to perform an autopsy which can take several days.

And we also need to eliminate you as a suspect.

You think I killed him?

Your husband was a philanderer.

I've seen a woman scalp a guy for not turning off Sports Center.

It was just sex. He didn't love any of them.

Is that where you draw the line? Love?

Look, if you want to know the truth I-I don't think Tom was even capable of love..

Unless he was looking in a mirror.

Have you heard of the website Adeline Lilly?

Not until this morning. Why?

Ms. Bregson, what have you been doing for the last three days?

[sighs] I've been at home with Francis. Waiting. Worried.

Yeah, I'm afraid, that's not a very good alibi.

I'm sorry, but we're gonna have to ask you not to leave town.

I assume I can still leave this room?

You may.

[intense music]

You think?

We need to talk to captain.

We need to find out if Tom is an Adeline Lilly user.

What, do you think that murders and the leak are somehow connected?

Don't know. Can't hurt to check.

(Collins) 'Could just be a coincidence.'

The wife's still suspect number one.

But the marks on the body indicate a struggle.

She'd have to be really strong in order to pull that off.

Or have a gun.

And the heart shaped charm.

I don't know, I get a bad feeling about it.

Like it's a warning.

Of what?

Another body to come.

What did the video say?

"The disloyal are soon to pay."

Pay? Pay how? Will pay with-with their lives?

Let's not jump to conclusions on this, alright?

Let me check with Cyber, see if they've made any head way on identifying any local members of Incognito.

And let's hope that you're wrong, Detective Payton.

You know when someone says don't jump to conclusions I feel like the conclusions they jump to is the one they're telling us not to jump to.

Hey, Maxine.

How's teach? Good.

Yeah? How good? None of your business.

Which basically means he ain't got nothing on what you and I had.

Yeah, that's about right.

No lying, no cheating, no crying myself to sleep at night, so basically no similarities.

Come on, Maxine.

It wasn't all that bad.

No. No, I think it was really good for you.

You were having a good ol' time.

In fact, it was kinda like you weren't in a relationship at all.

I still got a lot of love for you, Maxine.

Don't make me shoot you.

[telephone rings]

Hey, Curtis! 'What's up?'

You know, he's, he's charming.

I'm been having trouble understanding how it is you ever let him get away.

(Collins) 'Payton, Curtis, there's another body on Laurel.'

Oh, please, let it just be a home invasion.

You know what? I feel we're not gonna be so lucky.

[intense music]

Modern day flogging.

'The skin is shredded, blood loss'

'internal organ failure.'

This lash looks like it lacerated a kidney.

No pants. Sex whip?

Yeah, maybe he was into light thrashings.

Maybe the Dom didn't respect his safe word.


Someone came here looking for murder.

How long has be been here? Less than 24 hours.

(Nick) 'Whoever it is wanted us to find this body.'

With a charm.

Swirling circles.

What do you think it means?

No idea.

It's Frank McPherson.

The evangelist preacher from Public Access?

Yep, that's the one.

This guy wants to ban birth control and he promotes abstinence, but half the people at his church, their all teen parents.

Think we should check him against the leak?

I mean, it wouldn't hurt. He's obviously into unconventional practices.

You think there's a connection?

We should check with Adeline Lilly and see how they show up on credit card statements.

You think they have a pseudonym?

Makes sense. Wouldn't want the wives to find out.

Oh, by the way, yesterday's DB was into asphyxiation.


Wasn't the first time he'd been choked.

Had bruising consistent with habitual strangling.

Someone's using fetishes to murder people.

I think we might have a serial killer on our hands.

[intense music]

I just got home.

I went to feed the horses and I found him like that.

Came home from where, Mrs. McPherson?

Um, Red Deer Lake. My mother lives there.

I visit her every weekend.

Were you and your husband involved in any sort of unconventional sexual practices?

Say, BDSM or anything?

Nothing like that. It was..

[horse neighing]

He was into..


He said it helped to keep demons away.

But, at a point, it felt like his reasons were impure.

Like he was getting sexual pleasure as opposed to religious relief?

Afterward, he was often...aroused.

I didn't want any part of it.

He liked pain and you weren't hurting him.

'Then who was?' I don't know.

Was your husband ever secretive?

Giving you excuses that didn't make sense?

Long gaps of time unaccounted for?

Time that could maybe be filled by, like a mistress?

Or a dominatrix?

You think my husband was cheating on me?

Violating our vows?

Is that possible?

I can't imagine that he would do that to me.

'Please, find out who did this to my husband.'

He didn't deserve to die like this.

Skipping school, handsome?

Hey, Jen.

Uh, I need to pick out an "I'm sorry" gift for Max.

Oh, trouble in paradise?

Yeah, something like that.

Don't worry. I will find you something great.

Yeah, she's just so busy at work, you know.

Me pestering her about getting married probably isn't the best idea.

[laughs] Yeah, I had a friend once who thought his wife was working too hard.

Turns out she was diddling her boss.

You trying to make me paranoid?

What? No. No. I'm-I'm-I'm sorry.

Max would never do that.

I'm sure she loves you to pieces.

What about you and Greg?

Things seemed to have worked out pretty well for you guys.

It looks that way, huh?

So, quarter back became a lawyer.

What kind of law does he practice?

High profile divorce cases mostly.


Yeah, and he seems to love it.

But you don't love it so much?

Yeah, even with the large staff, he works long hours.

I'm sure you know something about that.


Pretty lonely?

I find other ways to occupy my time.

I think we found exactly what you came for.

I better get back.

Yeah, we wouldn't want you sticking around and getting in trouble, right?



(Mohammed) Older lacerations beneath the new.

The bruises you see here are consistent

'with what you're saying if he's had' an ongoing BDSM relationship.

So why would she stay?

BDSM isn't always about sex.

It's about power, submission giving up control.

He could've been getting spanked and still been faithful to his wife.

Well, that's impressive. Oh, and then there's this.

(Maxine) 'Yeah, what do the circles mean?'

A spiral, one of the the oldest symbols used in spiritual practice.

Pre-Celtic, represents growth and evolution life force energy and fertility.


Am I reaching or is that seem to be the common theme here?

[siren wailing]

[instrumental music]

(Collins) 'McPherson's also been identified'

'as an Adiline Lilly user.'

'Now, you combine the charms that we found with the bodies' it's safe to say we have a serial killer on our hands.

Now, of course, we can't say that officially

'until we get a third body.'

At which point, as you know, the FBI will take over.

Detective Payton, Detective Curtis are gonna be on their way over to Adeline Lilly to get an actual name list of these users since they could be targets for this killer.


So we've created a profile based off of the nature and the brutality of the murders.

Likely male, late 20s to mid 40s, athletic.

Athletic? Nick, could be you, bro.

Ha-ha, you're funny.

It could be a disgruntled spouse.

Or a jilted lover.

How about judgmental church lady?

Oh, look at you. You're on a roll, buddy, aren't you? Yeah.

Alright, enough.

'Enough. Fellas, kill it.'

Incognito's past motives have been infamy and public shame, never murder.

But there's a first time for everything.

We feel that anybody who's been on this site is potentially at risk.

So let's go get this guy before someone else gets murdered.

Oh, and if any of you guys are on that site now's the time to shut it down.

Nobody on this police force is on that site anymore.

You got me?

Let's get out there. Start moving.

Come on. Pound the pavement. Let's do it, man.


You know, you may have to delete your profile.

Funny. Max!

There is someone from Adeline Lilly asking for you.

On the phone? Uh, at reception.

Saved us a trip.

Dylan Berkis, CEO of Adeline Lilly.

You're a woman.

Last time I checked.

Please forgive my colleague. He was raised by wolves.


How can we help you?

The press is implying that there's some connection between the murders and our users.

Is there relevance to that or is it just rumor?

That's why we're here to try to figure out.

We were hoping you could help us with that.

In what sense?

We need the full names of everyone exposed in the leak.

[chuckles] That will be a breach of our users' privacy.

Their privacy is already been violated.

They've been publicly exposed.

Their usernames have been exposed.

Not their full identities.

Releasing that information would be a breach of trust.

My users expect discretion.

Well, your users also expect to cheat and return home safe and sound.

However, someone is targeting them for a dead pool.

You know, I can't give you that information without a warrant.

I'd get sued.

So you're saying that you wouldn't be interested in helping your users.

Feel free to find me when you have that little piece of paper signed by a judge and I'll happily oblige.

Now if you'll excuse me..


But I like her a lot.

She's-she's so helpful.

I need a drink. Wanna head to Pete's?

Can't. I've a date. But I can-I can cancel it for you.

Go on your date.

[instrumental music]

Hey, hey, hey, look who it is. Teacher-teacher.

Hey, I was wondering if we could have a little tutoring session.

You and me. Seriously, Ryan?

Oh, yeah, I'm very serious actually.

You know what? I'm having a little trouble with your class.

So I figured..

What do you want?

I want my wife back.

[dramatic music]

Well, I'm pretty sure that the feeling is not reciprocated.

You don't even know her, bro.

I was with her for 15 years.

People do outgrow each other. You know that, right?

Yeah, you don't think she's gonna outgrow you?

Look, let me tell you this, like, sweet little personality thing of yours, it ain't fooling me, man.

You are not as docile as you seem.

I'm also not hopped up on energy drinks and steroids standing here questioning my manhood.

But, if, if fighting me, Ryan, makes you feel somehow more adequate, I'm happy to oblige.

She doesn't even know it, does she?

She traded one predator for another.

What kind of predator are you?

What kind are you looking for?


(woman on TV) 'It appears that the Adeline Lilly Leaks'

'and the murders of two local business men' including Evangelist Frank McPherson may actually be connected.

A new video was released this morning from a group of hackers known in the deep web as "Incognito."

Viewer discretion is advised.

Two down, scores to go. Where to next, no one knows.

Come forth. Catch me if you can.


Hey, can you change this? Please? Thanks.

Unless, you wanna keep watchin'--

No I'm sorry.

It's two murders in two days.

Brixton hasn't seen this much action since that rapist in the 90s.


They never caught that guy.

You think it's a guy? The killer.

Statistically probable.

And last I checked, men don't like it very much when other men have sex with their wives.

These guys were pretty promiscuous.

Oh, no more than we were in our day.

Girl, you would have slept with a vacuum cleaner if that paid you a compliment.

That is actually..

...very accurate.


So, tell me.

How's sex with Simon?

I.. It's..

It's, uh, what?

Come on, just speak up.

Just give me a little bit of detail.

Greg barely lays a finger on me anymore so I've to live vicariously through someone else.

I've been a little stressed out.

Mm-hmm. A little pre-occupied.

But, I mean, it's...good.

I think.

Well, I'm sure I don't have to say this to you, obviously.

But, you know I'd stay away from the whole marriage thing.

Needless to say, I'm a little gun shy on that.

And Simon's as safe as a house cat.

And I really do love him.

He is sweet.

Yeah, I get that.

Ryan couldn't keep his pants on.

And yet, he worshipped the ground that you walked on.

I mean...trips, dates, roses.

Romantic murders, stake outs.

He was always there. Always.

So was the betrayal and the heartache.

Oh, it's a small price to pay.

What's going on with you?

Nothing. I mean, everything..

Do you ever just feel like your life chose you?

That if you could choose differently or if you knew where the life would lead you, that maybe you would just do..

...anything a little differently?

Greg loves you.

[chuckles] Greg loves me?

Really? And wha-what would you know about that? Huh, Max?

I mean, really.

You and Ryan were like lusty young lovers and had no clue about what love is.

I mean, aside from Ryan, loving Ryan, and Simon.

I'm not quite sure what that is.

You're shacking up with your rebound guy.

You're boring, bland..

Uh! Safe rebound.

You put in 20 years and then come back and tell me what you know love is all about.

Wow! Tell me how you really feel.

I'm just saying that the..

We're done here.

Good talk.

Max, I was just..

[intense music]

[clears throat]

[engine cranking]




[dramatic music]

[phone buzzing]

Hey. Hey.

Where have you been? At the gym.

What's all this?

Just working the case.

Any progress?

Oh, it's just too early to know.

Well, I may have stumbled on to this little number.

For me? Mm-hmm.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

I'm sorry about the other night.

No, I'm sorry. I..

I've been awful.

No, I shouldn't have pushed you.

You know that I love you, right?

Yes. Of course, I do.

I mean, I think you do.

It's just, it's the timing.

But that's the thing, babe.

There's never gonna be a right time.

And I feel like if I don't push you a little bit you're just gonna be content to keep things the way that they are.

What happened to your head?

Oh, I got hit in the head with a racquetball by an angry history professor.

Hmm. Are you okay?

Yeah, I'm fine. He just gets a little intense, that's all.


So this is from Jen's.

Yeah, I stopped over there yesterday.

I saw her today.

She was strange, kind of aggressive with me.

Honestly, babe, it makes no sense to me that you're friends with her.

Why would you say that?

I just don't think that she's as trustworthy as she seems.

Anyway, I'm gonna go to bed.

I'm tired.

Oh, wait, you didn't finish what you were saying.

No, I.. It's.. I'm sorry.

I, I don't want to be negative.

I'm just really tired.

[music continues]


Don't stay up all night.

Get some sleep.

There she is.

'Had a big night?'

I was attacked.

What do you mean you were attacked? By who?

Guy was waiting in my car.

Alright, first of all, are you okay?

Yeah, no, I'm-I'm fine.

What do you think, that maybe it has something to do with the case?

[sighing] Maybe.

I haven't pissed anybody else off lately.

Was Simon with you?


Does he know?

Not a chance. Look, why?

What are you afraid you're gonna have to have that

"Quit the force and have my babies" conversation or something?

What is this?

(Nick) '"Murder victims connected to leak."'

Does captain know about it?

(Collins) 'Detective Payton!'

Yup. 'My office, now.'

(Collins) 'Well, thanks to our lovable, local journalist friends'

'the feds are steppin' in.'

'I'm gonna assign you and Nick'

'to the Task Force.'

And as you know, no matter how we may feel about it they have the lead from here, you got that?

Yes, sir.

Oh, and, Max, I'm only gonna say this one time.

Do not go rogue on this.

You get something, you turn it over to the Task Force, okay?

They have the lead from here.

Got it?


Just focus on the board, we're still short-handed.

So I will rest assure that we are all on the same page.

Why do I get the feeling that you and I are headed

'to the board to get another assignment?'

He's a user or at least posing as one.

Who? What do you mean? The killer.

He's using the website to find his victims.

We need his user ID.

Seriously, this is it? Where'd everybody go?

You're looking at it.

What Brixton's entire cyber department is you now?

You could thank our mayor for his dutiful budget cuts.

We need to pull the profiles of the victims.

We think that the killer's posing as a user on Adeline Lilly.

Yup. Lola 95.

Only match they have in common.

'New user, probably a dummy account.'

It's safe to say that Lola's a dude.

And why do you think that?

When girls look like that, they tend to have ten or twelve pictures of themselves as opposed to one.

Google images has Lola linked to a Stacey Penski from Trenton, New Jersey.

Probably never been to California.

Anything else? Inconclusive..

We have a few leads but nothing confirmed.

Can you get me a name?


Once I know who it is, you'll know.

Not you though. You I don't like.

What, you hit on a guy's girlfriend at a Christmas party and what, we can't be friends anymore?

We gotta go. Uh-huh! Fuck!


(Maxine) 'So, if Sanchez is right about our perp posing as a female.'

'Does he already know the victims'

'or did he come upon them randomly?'

(Nick) 'Well, both victims arrived on their own accord.'

'I mean, they weren't forced.'

Yup, both were married. Both were successful.

Both had an atypical sexual fascination.

Choking and flagellation, is that normal?

And what about the charms?

You know, dude, were they specific for the victims or are they some sort of overall message?

Hey, how's it lookin'?

You don't want to go over there.

I think it's best that we stay right here.

Why? What's goin' on? It's, uh, it's Ryan.

Ryan who? Your ex.

I don't understand what you're trying to say.

The victim. The body on the beach.

It's Ryan.

He was murdered.

[dramatic music]

(Mohammed) This is not the work of a shark.

His Achilles were sliced. They were clean cut.

Definitely not your typical surfing accident.

No. This was intentional.

'Any witnesses? ' 'Nothing useful.'

Or you got to be pretty determined if your gonna follow someone out on the surf with an X-acto blade.

Is there a charm?

An om.

A what?

An om.

Sacred spiritual icon representing what Indian mystic cultures believe was the connection

'between the universe and the ego.'

It states that the three..

[dramatic music]

You okay?

You know how badly I wanted to get out of that marriage.

'We were just so young when we met.'

'I didn't know anything else.'

I know. I know.

Well, it's not that I..

I didn't want to. It's just..

He was on Adeline Lilly, wasn't he?

The app was on his phone.

You mean, before you broke up?

It had been going on for years.


Secretaries, prostitutes.

'I finally had enough.'

'So I filed for divorce.' Ahem.

Look, I'm sorry, Max.

[phone buzzing]


[clears throat]



Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to serve justice.

Isn't that right, Detective Payton?

Wait, did he just say your name?

This one a little too close to home? My bad.

Until next time.

Is he communicating with you?

He wants me to find him.

And when I do, I'm gonna kill him.

[intense music]

The Charm Killer, as we're calling him assuming it's a he, has been consistent enough to warrant our presence.

First and foremost, I'd like to urge you to move cautiously.

Killing one of your own.

Uh, he's getting more bold

'and though he's not breaking from the pattern'

'this one seems personal.'

'Now, chances are he and Detective Curio'

'knew one another on some level.'

Which means, it's very likely he may know some of you as well.

Keep your wits about you.

The reality is, things are gonna get worse before they get better.

Go home.

I'm on the Task Force.

Not tonight you're not. But..

You're not working tonight.

Go home.

Despite what law enforcement and the media would have you believe, there's no direct connection between the Charm Killer and the Adeline Lilly leak.

Our users are not targets of this depraved mad man.

'We are doing the utmost to regain the trust and anonymity' and security of out valued users and will continue to provide a much needed service for our community. Thank you.

Is she completely insane?

She's just trying to save her company.

She's taunting the killer!

Well, she has to say something.

(Jennifer) 'I actually feel sympathy for Ryan.'

I, I think I'm in shock.

I don't want you on this case.

I can't believe he's actually dead.

What actually happened? I mean, can you talk about it?

He was surfing--

You don't have to talk about this.

Why not? Everyone's talking about it.

It's all over the news.

Do you think he knew the killer?

It's probable.

Which means that he probably knows you too.

I think Simon's right, Max.

I think you need to recuse yourself.

And that's the thing, right?

I'm not doing that.

Well, if the killer knows you doesn't make any difference anyway, right?

That's helpful. Thanks.

Well, I'm just saying what if she's the only one that can catch this guy?

Really, Greg? Can we not do this, please?

[intense music]

Hey, are you okay?

Max must be a mess.

Yeah, it's frustrating.

You know, she just has this wall up and..

I don't know.

So do you think you're getting close to catching this guy?

I have no idea. I mean, he's smart.

Probably has a successful job.

Why do you think he's smart?

Because...these are not thoughtless actions.

It's calculated.

How? What do you mean?

These murders..

...they're-they're not just judgments on the people he's condemning they're-they're statements.

It's-it's a conversation.

How are you holding up?

I'm worried.

You know, I don't..

I-I-I don't know what to do.


She's so lucky to have you.

(Greg) 'So, what will you do?'

I don't know.

It sounds strange, but it's like he's talking to me.

Jen, what're you doing?



But whatever this nothing is, please don't do it.

Sorry, guys, I think it's time that we call it a night.

Yeah, we should probably get going, hon.


Night, Max.

Get some sleep.

(Simon) 'I'll walk you guys out.'

[instrumental music]

[breathing heavily]



[alarm beeping]

(man on TV) 'The third in a string of murders came yesterday'

'to a local off duty detective.'

'The victim, Ryan Curio, was brutally attacked and killed'

'while surfing, and not by a shark'

'but by what sources are describing'

'as a Charm Killer.'

'In sports, the national--' Morning.

You sleep okay?

I had a bad dream.

(Simon) 'Stay home today, babe.'

Rest, grieve. Let Nick catch the bad guys.

Can you stay with me?

I would, but I got mid-terms today.

I don't have to go all day, but I, I do have to go.

It's okay. I'm fine.

Max, I-- Thank you for doing this.

It looks so good.


Max, I need to talk to you about somethin'.

It's been buggin' me and I-I can't..

Did you and Jen make up?

Make up?

Yeah, from the other night.

I mean, we don't really need to make up.

We've been friends forever.

That's funny because the way that I see it she's not your friend.

Why would you say that?

She makes me uncomfortable.

Okay? The last times that I've seen her she's cornered me, and she's made it very apparent that she wants to..

She wants to what? Steal you away from me?

Kinda. Huh..

I'm serious, Max.

That's just Jen. She needs to feel wanted.

Well, she's not wanted.

And from this point, she's no longer welcome.

Excuse me?

She's trying to get between us, Max.

So you're telling me who I can and cannot be friends with?

No, I'm not saying that.

Then what are you saying?


Look, just stay home.


We can talk about it when I get back.

[instrumental music]

[footsteps approaching]

Max. There's a good morning surprise. How are you, babe?

Need to talk to you.

Oh, is everything okay?

Did you..

Is something weird going on between you and Simon?

No. Why, did he say something?

Yeah. He said something.

Okay, well, he probably misread something.

You know I'm friendly and I just wanted to make him feel comfortable.

Really? Nothing beyond that?

Yeah. I sexually assaulted Simon.

Because of all the guys in the world I want your boyfriend.

Don't lie to me.

Uh, no. I'm not.

I'm serious.

It's great to see you, Max.

Thanks for stopping by.

Good talk.

Catch! Fruity charms?

I figured you needed a little inspiration.

How're you holdin' up?

By a thread. And Simon?

Come on, it can't be easy to see your girl crying over her ex.

He doesn't have anything to be jealous of.

Like he's the one man who somehow got you to marry him.

He turned out to be a total douche.

I know he's dead but still, it doesn't..

(Collins) 'Are you guys seein' this? It's happening again.'

'There aren't usernames. These are real names.'

(Nick) 'Oh, wow! Well, so much for discretion.'

Isn't that your friend? Yes.

'This is not good.'

(Greg) 'I knew this was gonna happen.'

Dad even told me it would.

And I didn't listen to him.

I ice it up for you.

This is what happens.

[breathing heavily]

You are insane.

I'm insane? You'd made me think that I was crazy while I was paying for you to sleep with every pool boy from here to San Jose.

You are crazy.

I'm done. We're done.

I'm leaving.

Just.. Please, I love you, Greg.

I'm sorry. I just..

You were always gone.

Oh, no, no, no, no, no.

You cannot blame your cheating on me.

What was I supposed to do?

You're supposed to be a faithful wife.

You're supposed to be a decent human being.

I am. I am. 'Are you?'

You know what you are? You're dead to me.

That's what you are.

I hate you!

Don't know..


Jen! Stop. Stop.

Oh, get off me. Get off of me. Come on. Come on. Come on.

Come here. Get him out of here please.

Alright, listen, you should sleep some place else tonight I'm gonna take him, go pack her bag.

You can take the car, by the way and get out. And get out.

Don't, he's crazy! Get out.

[instrumental music]

What were you thinking?

I don't know.

I thought we would go to counseling that we would just, figure it out somehow.

Really? That was your plan?

I never should've married him.

And why would you say that?

Because he's always been distant.

And I was just, I was too young to even notice.

You never made him seem bad.

'Cause I always thought it was changing.

And then, all of a sudden, I was old.

Yeah, you're crazy.


Yeah, a little.

Simon was telling the truth. You were hitting on him.


Why would you do that?

I don't know. I don't know. It just happens. And..

What, you can't control yourself?

No. I mean, yes. Yes, I can.

I just, I just want something more.

Like, I want to be wanted.

And he was...sweet.

And alone, like me.

What do you mean like you?

Like me, like a little kid just..

Just waiting to be noticed.

Jen you're talking about me.

So what is it that you're trying to say?

You're not there, Max.

You're the first to admit it.

Why didn't you tell me you weren't happy?

I guess it's just easier to pretend.

So that's okay just to ruin a relationship.

No, no. It doesn't make it okay. I didn't say it was okay.

It's just, it's familiar. I..

[cell phone buzzing]

What is it?

Oh, yeah, I got to go.


Go pack a bag and get to my house.

I'll swing by later and take you to the hotel.


[intense music]

Sanchez, what are you doing here?

I can't have this conversation with anybody else.

What's this about?

Incognito. The hack.

What about it?

It was just a stupid bet. Bragging rights.

Then things got out of control.

You're Incognito?

One of many. And lower your voice.

Is there somebody listening that I need to be worried about?

That's always in question.

Why am I here?

Seems some members of Incognito are on Adeline Lilly.

And you sicced a serial killer on them.

You unleashed a psycho and people are dying because of this.

Four weeks ago, spyware was installed on your phone.

Someone's been tracking you.

You're watching me?

If the murderer wanted you dead, you would be.

He's playing with you.

It's someone who's close to you or someone who's fixated on you.

What about the videos? Not us.

Just the hack and leak to the papers.

Everything else is your guy.

Be safe.

I've increased the security on your devices and as I get more information, it'll come to you.

[music continues]

[door shuts]

Simon? Jen?

[intense music]




Jeez, Max.

[sighs deeply]

What the hell are you doing?

I'm sorry, I thought you were..

You thought I was a murderer? Hiding in a laundry room?

Are you kidding me? Where's Jen? Is she here?

I just got home.

What would Jen be doing in our house?

She and Greg got into a fight. Big surprise.

Honey, can you put the gun down, please?

[instrumental music]



Well, what happened with you? You're..

I fell.

I went running after work.

It's been a long week.

'And if you're about to tell me that Jen' is gonna be staying with us, you can just pick your gun right back up and put me out of my misery because I, I can't..

'Sorry. I'm tired.'

Look, I'm, I'm gonna take a shower and go to bed. Okay?

[music continues]

[alarm ringing]

(woman on TV) 'The body of missing Adeline Lilly'

CEO, Dylan Berkis, was found this morning by a jogger.

'Her body was bound and left on the Shenandoah trail' sometime late last night.

Cause of death, unknown.

[intense music]

Nice of you to join us.

Sorry, I'm late, Your Honor.


So we're all here. I guess we can begin.

What are you talking about?

You are kind of slow. Aren't you, Max?

Aw, he's kind of right.

Tell me right now. Who is the Charm Killer?

Is it me?

Or me?

(Jen) Or.. it me?

[cell phone buzzing]

[dramatic music]

(woman on TV) 'The body of missing Adeline Lilly'

CEO, Dylan Berkis, was found this morning by a jogger.

Her body was bound and left on the Shenandoah trail

'sometime late last night.'

Morning. Hey.

I'm late. I gotta go.


...I'm sorry about last night.

About the gun.

It happens, right?

I mean, not to anyone that I've ever known but that's not the point.

Can we, can we have dinner tonight?

As opposed to not eating? Sure.

Simon, come on. I said I was sorry.

I know, I know you did. It's fine. I gotta go.

[instrumental music]

(Nick) 'Yeah, I wouldn't bother. Even if you were here' they're not letting people within the 50 feet.

Except for Mohammed and the coroners.

Collins is about to do a press conference.

That should be intriguing.

Maybe I should send 'em to your place, huh?

I'm sure the FBI would love that.

'How're you feeling? How's Jen?'

Jen's in a hotel. She's, you know..

'She'll be fine.'

How are you holding up?

[instrumental music]

Well, let's see.

I'm being tracked by a killer.

I pulled a gun on my boyfriend who my best friend is trying to seduce.

'Plus, I'm paranoid, everyone I know wants to murder me'

' I holding up? Yeah.'

So, uh, Berkis? Is there a charm?

Yeah, there is. I'm not sure what it is yet.

Um, but, uh, listen, Collins is going up right now.

Let's, uh, let's talk in a bit, okay?


The events that took place in Brixton this week have shocked us.

'And we'd like to assure you' that we're doing everything in our power to solve this case and to keep Brixton safe.

'At this point, I'd like to introduce Agent Doyle' of the FBI, who will be taking the lead on the case from this point forward.

[indistinct chatter]

Please direct your questions to Agent Doyle. Thank you.


Apparently, she liked really young men.

Killer hobbled her, left her for dead.

Around dawn, the cougars got to her.

Kinda poetic actually..

...if you're into a sick sort of justice.

Oh, and then there's this.

I'm not sure what the significance is exactly.



What does it mean?

Justice, balance..

Truth, sexual betrayal.

Some sort of statement surrounding infidelity?

I can't.

This doesn't..

Something's not making sense. I'm..

What am I not seeing? Or where you're not looking?

I don't know.

It's like I'm too far inside of it.

Maybe you should sit this one out and let the Feds take over.

If the Feds wanna beat me to him, they better hurry.

[dramatic music]

(Nick) 'I think we should listen to Mohammed.'

But don't risk another attack, Max. It's not worth it.

I even think maybe you should leave town.

It does not matter where I am or where I go.

If he wants to find me, he'll find me.

Well, then I'll go with you. Where?

It doesn't matter. Anywhere. I just..

I don't want you getting hurt. I don't want you getting killed.

I won't. I don't wanna lose you, okay?

[instrumental music]

You won't.

He doesn't want me dead. Not now, but he might.

But this has gotta end, somehow.

Another apology from your boyfriend?

Hmph. That's strange. What?

Because I've been texting him all afternoon and he hasn't gotten back to me.

Well, open it. See what it is.


What is it? What's..

Oh.. Oh, hang on. Whoa. Whoa.

That's Jen's wedding ring. Oh, my God.

[cell phone buzzing]

[muffled screaming]

Friend or enemy? Hard to tell.

But it does look like she's lost a lot of blood now.

Doesn't it?

And, really, Max, the added security was not necessary.

'I mean, come on.'

What are we doing here?

If you want the truth, come alone or no one lives.

'Red Rover, Red Rover, bring Maxine on over.'

Did you not.. No, you're not going. You're not gonna go..

If I don't go alone, he's gonna kill her.

Track my phone, leave in 10 minutes.

Listen.. I don't, I don't..

I don't feel good about this.

I don't care!

[intense music]

[music continues]

[music continues]



[glass shattering]

'Go on!'

[indistinct yelling]

[man grunting]

'Go on!'

[indistinct chatter]

Don't move! Max.

No, what's going on? Where the hell are we?

How could you do this? How could you do this?

I trusted you. How could I do what?

I trusted you. Just hold on.

Stop pointing that at me. Where is Jen?

J-j-j-just calm down. Just stop pointing that thing at me.

I don't know.. Where is she?



[dramatic music]

Don't move! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

Relax. It's Nick. It's Nick. Don't, don't, don't shoot.

Did you just shoot the gun? What?

Just now, did you just shoot Simon?

No, no, no, no. Just tell me what's going on? Tell me..


Nick! Oh. Aah!

Simon? Simon, what's happening? Did you do this?

You really think Simon did this?

Ah! Ow.

Now, don't fight.

Get inside and we'll go for a ride.

Get in. Ah!


Hi, Max. Surprise.

Let's go for that drive.

[dramatic music]

[engine revving]

You didn't grow up around here, did you?

My grandparents lived up the road.

That's where I learned about love and betrayal.

And loyalty.

'You've always been loyal. You have integrity.'

'And I respect that.'

You make a plan, a choice, you stick with it no matter what.

Which brings us to the question you've anxiously been awaiting.

Ah. Make a left.

[music continues]

'Let's start with Ryan, shall we?'

That lowlife vampire was spreading chlamydia from here to Ventura County.

He was a walking CDC patient zero.

I did humanity a favor.

'Moving onward, we have the money grubbing preacher' who promoted chastity with thoughts so impure self-flagellation aroused him.

I know that's a thing, but I can't quite wrap my head around it.

'Then we have the CEO, who made a fortune' facilitating heartbreak and didn't wanna take any responsibility for it.

Oh, I almost forgot. And there is the, uh, the surgeon with a God complex who couldn't get it off unless his own mortality was on the brink.

'Pull up right here.'

Watch your step.

Uneven ground, right turn.

You knew about my parents, right?

A bit.

I'm gonna show you the trailer my mother grew up in.

Dad, well, he came from more money.

Wasn't the nicest guy in the world though.

Keep going. He was, um..

He was murdered.

Yeah, I assume you know how.

No. No? Oh.

Down! Down!

Well, it's an interesting story.

So, my mother, she was a saint.

She was a danky little thing, a nice woman.

She was kind, she was sweet, she was polite.

My father on the other hand, well, he was not a good guy.

He was rude, he was loud, he was crass.

He took pleasure in humiliating my mother.

He would sleep with anyone close to her, didn't matter who.

Neighbors, friends, coworkers, her sister.

In fact, if she was too nice to the check-out girl at the grocery store, he would hit on her.

And then he'd come home later and boast about his escapades.

To you?

To my mother.

And if she made one sound during his little story time what's called, he'd hit her, not the back of the hand or open palm, that kind of a thing with a fist. Like you hit a guy in a bar fight.

And then the very next day without fail he would give her a piece of apology jewelry and soon as he's off to work, she would chuck it in the closet never to be seen again.

Except for the charm bracelet.

Except for the charm bracelet.

She loved that thing.

She wore it everyday. So, I asked her

"Why do you wear that thing? Why do you like it so much?"

She said.. I will never forget it 'cause it was beautiful.

She said "In another world

"maybe even right on top of this one

"I'm a different me.

'I'm a happy me."'

That bracelet is my link to that world.

And then one day she had enough.

'So, she made me a big breakfast, blueberry pancakes.'

It was delicious, then she sent me off to school and she walked into her bedroom and shot my dad's head off with a shotgun while he was asleep.

Your mother is in a mental institution.

Sunny Oaks.

She's unfit to stand trial.

Get up. Up!

Open that door.

Is that your plan? An insanity plea.

Nope. My plan is to go out with a bang.



Jen! Jen!

I'm honestly torn to let you go and tell my tale or take you with me.

How could you do this?

I always thought you were the good one.

Sorry, Max.


[both grunting]


[siren wailing]

Hey. Uh, I'm not talking to you.

Do you know how long I've waited to hear those words come out of your mouth?

You're insane. Mmm.

Yeah, well, we make a good team.

I'll see you at the hospital.

Seriously Payton?


What am I supposed to do about you?

You know how many people you piss off?

A lot.

And that's why, you will never leave my precinct.


Now take a damn vacation, will you ?

Yes, sir.

[instrumental music]

Come here.

[instrumental music]

[music continues]

[music continues]

[music continues]