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Fifty Shades of Grey Matter Recap

At a library, a young librarian--Grace LeGare-- asks a young man if she can help him. He says that he needs to use the computer, and a co-worker named Muriel Fletcher comes over and orders the man out. Once he leaves, Muriel tells Grace to complete shelving. Grace says that she's not feeling well and asks if she can leave, and Muriel reluctantly agrees. Later, Muriel is putting the books away and the boy starts to tip the shelves over on her. Grace comes back, sees him, and threatens to call the police. She goes over to Muriel, still coughing... and then collapses, vomiting.

Three days later, Ravi tells Clive that Grace died of water hemlock poisoning. She was in the hospital and the doctors couldn't figure out her problem, and they called in Ravi. Ravi finally tells Clive that hemlock could have been slipped into tea or salad. Clive is going to visit Grace's husband, Andy, and invites Liv to join him. She eats Grace's brain and then heads out.

A group of men arrive at Boss' HQ and Drake stops them. He refuses to let them go in again, and they explain that their stash house got raided. They figure that Boss will want to know, but Drake still refuses. When they point out that there's three of them, Drake attacks them. One of them smashes a bottle over Drake's head, and he zombies out. Once he knocks out the man, Drake goes to see Blaine and warns that Boss is going to figure out that he's the inside man. Blaine assures him that soon Boss will fall and he'll take over the crime lord's empire.

The next day, Liv and Clive go to the LeGare home. There's no sign of garden, and a doormat declaring love is in the house. A burly tattooed man answers the door, and introduces himself as Todd, Andy's home health aide. Todd invites them in and Andy wheels out in a wheelchair. Clive tells him that someone poisoned Grace, and Andy breaks into tears. Once he calms down, Andy says that he doesn't garden and Todd does everything. Liv sees a photo of Andy and Grace together and both standing. Andy explains that he was a firefighter and a support beam collapsed on him five years ago. The only person he can think of who disliked Grace was Muriel, a co-worker at the library.

Todd motions Liv out and then starts kissing her. After a moment, she kisses him back... and Liv realizes that she's been daydreaming. Meanwhile, Andy says that Grace sold her first novel and was going to quit her job when the money came in. He confirms that it was a romance novel.

Liv and Clive go to the library and talk to Muriel. She insists that she was friendly with Andy, but Grace used work time inappropriately to work on her book. Liv asks if Muriel was jealous of Grace was successful, and Muriel lets them listen to the pre-release copy of the audiobook. Read by Kristen Bell. It's an erotic novel, and Liv strokes Clive's back as she listens.

Later at the morgue, Liv starts flirting with Ravi. She slaps him on the butt and invites him to do the same, and then gets control of herself. Liv tells Ravi what she's going through, and he tells her to think about baseball. As she goes out, Drake comes in and Liv tries to control herself. Drake explains about how he lost control, just as Ravi comes in and asks for blood samples. Liv eagerly volunteers to do it, and warns him that he went into full-on zombie mode because there was acute stress. Drake says that Blaine has him doing odd jobs in return for brains, and asks if she could get brains from her. Liv says that she doesn't know drake... but she'd like to.

Clive is at his office when Dale comes over. He has a file on Blaine, under his assumed name John Doe and points out that Suzuki wrote "Blaine" on the wall of Meat Cute before the place died up. There are no records on Blaine, and they figure that someone in Seattle is protecting him. Dale offers to check the FBI database, and they figure that they can bust him. As she goes, Dale says that they will be turning the missing guy's dog's GPS tracker at midnight, and Clive volunteers to ride along with her. Hopefully they'll find the Chaos Killer.

Major takes Minor to the dog groomer and says that he'll be back at 7 to pick him up.

Liv and Peyton have lunch and Liv describes her date with Drake in explicit detail. She finally explains that she's in horny librarian mode, and offers to read some of the book to her friend. However, when she goes online to download a copy, Liv discovers that the author listed is Emmanuelle LeFevre and figures that it's a pen name. As she reads, Liv has a flash of Andy standing up and telling Grace to put on a less sexy dress even though it's pretty plain.

Later, Liv tells Clive what she saw and figures that Andy is jealous. Clive suggests that Andy isn't as cool with Grace's book as he let on and they go back to talk to him. Andy appears surprised that Grace used a pen name, and explains that she was thinking about it to protect their children if they ever had any. Liv wonders if Grace was writing about her own sexual fantasies, and Andy admits that it couldn't have been easy for her married to a cripple.

As they look around outside, Liv spots an attractive flight attendant getting out of a taxi. They introduce themselves and the attendant, Alyssa Tramall, says that she knew Grace. Grace's husband comes out and Alyssa tells him about Grace's murder. Clive gives Alyssa his card and says that they might drop by if they don't hear from her.

At the morgue, Major visits Ravi and Liv. She wonders if they've ever wrestled naked, and starts flirting with them. Clive comes in and says that Alyssa called for a meeting, and invites Liv along. However, Dale texts and tells Clive that she turned on the GPS. Once he goes, Clive explains that one of the missing rich guys had a dog with a GPS tracker. Major quickly excuses himself , goes to his car, drinks Max Rager, and then runs away.

Clive and Dale get stuck in traffic and Major runs past them before they can notice him. He gets to the dog groomer and yells at her to give him Minor. Major then apologizes and claims that he stole the dog from an abusive cop. He asks the woman to cover for him and says that he was never there.

Dale and Clive arrive outside and Clive sees Major inside. Meanwhile, the woman brings Minor out and leaves. Outside, Clive spots the collar on a nearby bush. He points out that they're not far from the park where the tech guy was abducted, and figures that the abductor tossed it there.

Major catches a bus back home and tells Minor that he's going to give him away the next day. He admits that he's going to miss the dog. He leaves Minor on the bus, gets off at a stop, and watches it go.

The next day, Alyssa comes to the station and all of the men stare at her. She admits that Grace's book is about her, and she told Grace about her extra-marital flare because Andy wouldn't have sex with her ever since the accident. Alyssa figured that everyone would read the book and realize that it was about her. Grace showed her the manuscript and wanted Alyssa to sign a release, but Alyssa refused. A week later, Grace's editor Lerna Stern called Alyssa, said that they changed the character's name and hair color, and were confident enough they could publish without the release. Grace never suggested using a pen name because she was eager to be a published author.

Clive calls Lerna and explains that Grace was murdered. Lerna asks if the hemlock was sprinkled in Grace's poison, and explains that a few weeks back Grace sent a murder mystery manuscript that Muriel had written. Clive figures that they can get a search warrant on the woman.

Blaine meets with Peyton to provide her with more information on Boss' Utopium network. She points out that the mayor sent a congratulatory bottle of liquor to her, and says that she couldn't have done it without Blaine. After a moment, Peyton offers to pour Blaine a drink.

At home, Liv and Drake finish dinner and he talks about how he spent one night in a Colombian prison after he operated a cab without a license. She kisses him and Drake sets her on the table. they start to undress and then Liv admits that she slipped Drake some horny librarian brain. He doesn't mind and Liv says that they can pick up where they're leaving off once the brain wears off. Drake reluctantly agrees and kisses her on the forehead.

Peyton and Blaine get drunk and she talks about how she gets a southern accent when she drinks. She looks at Blaine and then asks about his hair, and he kisses her.

Clive and Liv take a squad to Muriel's house and show her the warrant. They check her property for hemlock, and Muriel insists that she wasn't jealous of Grace. The policemen call Clive over to the garden, and Muriel insists that she doesn't grow hemlock. Clive has a PDF of the manuscript, and it describes how Grace could have been murdered. Liv gets a flash of Grace reading Muriel's lines to Andy, and saying that she couldn't do it to her editor.

A policeman comes out with a burnt galley for Grace's book that they found in the Muriel's fireplace. Muriel wrote nasty comments in the margin and Clive figures that establishes motive. Liv points out that the book has Grace's real name and her photograph, and the photo of Grace shows water hemlock in the window box of her house. Once Muriel goes inside, Liv tells Clive about her vision and suggests that Andy sent the book to Lerna posing as Grace... and used the book as a blueprint to kill Grace.

Clive and Liv bring Andy to the station, and Clive tells him that the email from "Grace" requesting a pen name was from a new account sent from home while Grace was at work. Todd confirmed that Andy ordered him to take down the window box planter, but he gave it to another patient. Andy admits that he killed Grace, and he murdered her because his reputation as a hero would have been ruined once the book came out. Liv points out that Grace didn't cheat on him, but Andy figured that nobody would believe that and insists that his wife didn't care.

Dale knocks on the window, and Clive gives Andy paper to write out his confession. He then talks to Dale privately, and she says that she's found their John Doe under the name Blaine DeBeers. DeBeers is also an alias, and he sold pot and Julien sold weed. Clive recognizes Julien as the man that Major claimed attacked him, and Dale says that Blaine is the son of Angus McDonough... one of the Chaos Killer's victims. She wants to arrest Blaine right now, and says that he has an outstanding arrest warrant for possession.

Clive and Dale bring Blaine in, and he insists that his phone number was on the phones of two of the Chaos Killer victims because of coincidence. Blaine says that he didn't know Angus was abducted and they don’t talk a whole lot, and Clive shows him the sketch they have of Blaine from the Meat Cute massacre. He also notes that Suzuki wrote Blaine's name on the wall the night of the massacre, and Blaine tells Clive that they met at Meat Cute when a delivery kid went missing. He figures that Dale and Clive are together. Dale warns that the possession charge has a 10-year mx sentence. Peyton comes in and tells Clive and Dale to cut Blaine loose. She explains that Blaine has immunity in return for his cooperation in a case. Clive talks to her outside and insists that Blaine is more useful to her as a witness. Dale accuses Blaine of being the Chaos Killer, and Clive shows Peyton Evan's sketch of Blaine from Meat Cute. Peyton asks if they have enough evidence to book Blaine, and they have no choice but to release him. However, Clive warns Peyton that whatever happens next is on her.

Liv is at home when Peyton comes by She shows Liv a photo of Blaine and asks if she knows who it is. Liv invites her in and tells her that Blaine turned her into a zombie, murdered homeless teenagers, and almost got Major and Evan killed. Stunned, Peyton says that she slept with Blaine and had no idea who he was. Liv assures her that it's okay.

Ravi searches the field for the Utopium without success. He comes home and calls to Minor. Major is there and claims that he saw a missing dog flyer and called the owner. Now the dog is back with his owner.

Peyton says that she's okay and starts to go. She then says that even though you think with someone, they could be anyone. Liv then goes to her bedroom where Drake is in her bed.

Written by Gadfly on Feb 3, 2016

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