You’re A Good Man, Charlie McBride.. Or At Least That’s What You Claim (tv+broken law recap of Twisted episode 1×17)

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NOTE: Broken laws from episode 1×16 will be addressed in this post

This episode begins with an intense scene between Charlie and Danny. Danny confronts Charlie about telling Jo about Danny talking about wanting to kill his dad when they were in juvie. Danny insists, angrily, that Charlie not talk to Jo about him ever again. I think I was even intimidated by Danny in this scene!

Next, Jack wakes up next to Karen; he spent the night! He gets dressed with the intent of going home to Whitney, but quickly discovers that Whitney is one step ahead of him, she’s at Karen’s place and she’s just in time for breakfast! Whitney mentions that she’s met some cool people including “Lacey, Danny’s ex.” This is the first Karen has heard about the breakup, so it’s a bit awkward.

Karen and Danny talk privately, and Danny reveals that he told Lacey everything about what happened with Vikram. He also tells Karen that Jo and Lacey are both mad at him. He expresses concern about becoming similar to his father, but Karen says that’s ridiculous. Whitney and Danny head to school next.



At school, Jo approaches Lacey, attempting to be a good friend about Lacey’s recent breakup with Danny. Lacey is cold towards her, likely because she thinks Danny has feelings for Jo. Whitney notices this exchange and asks Lacey what’s going on. Lacey walks away from her pretty quickly, too.

Andie talks to Rico about the student government and he invites her on a date to “food truck night” and then a movie at his house that night. She agrees, but she’s behaving in an odd manner.

Danny tells his coach that he wants the grade he deserves for the test instead of the bribery agreement between them.

Broken Law # 1 Alert! (From Episode 1×16)


Although it’s highly unlikely that Danny would get in trouble at this point, since he’s redeemed himself so quickly, I wouldn’t be being accurate if I failed to mention that his bribe to donate soccer equipment in exchange for an “A” on his exam IS illegal. 

New York Penal – Article 200 – § 200.00 Bribery in the Third Degree

“A person is guilty of bribery in the third degree when he confers, or offers or agrees to confer, any benefit upon a public servant upon an agreement or understanding that such public servant’s vote, opinion, judgment, action, decision or exercise of discretion as a public servant will thereby be influenced.
Bribery in the third degree is a class D felony.”

And it was illegal for Danny’s coach to accept the bribe, which brings us to:

Broken Law # 2 Alert! (From Episode 1×16)


New York Penal – Article 200 – § 200.10 Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree

“A public servant is guilty of bribe receiving in the third degree when he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon an agreement or understanding that his vote, opinion, judgment, action, decision or exercise of discretion as a public servant will thereby be influenced.
Bribe receiving in the third degree is a class D felony.”

Great teamwork! At least Danny changed his mind about this. 

Charlie tells Jo that Danny threatened him since he told Jo about what happened in juvie. Jo feels bad, and Charlie asks her to go out that night. This makes Jo extremely angry and she confronts Danny to yell at him. She demands if Danny talked about killing his dad in juvie, which he admits to doing. He says it’s not like what Charlie’s saying, though. He denies knowing about the money in Vikram’s life insurance before Vikram died.

Kyle and Tess are on a hunt for the baby that we recently found out Tess had and put up for adoption with Vikram’s help. Eddie tells Kyle about Jack spending the night at Karen’s; they’ve been watching her for clues about what really happened to Vikram.

At school, Whitney and Lacey make plans to go to a club in New York City later. Whitney discloses that she’s “besties with the bouncer,” when Lacey asks how she gets into the club when she’s underage. Whitney lies to her dad about what she and Lacey will really be doing that night, claiming they’re going on some tour of the town. Jack reminds Whitney to be careful because she tends to make close friends very easily.

Kyle shows up at Jack’s boat shop while Whitney’s still there, so she meets Jo’s dad. Whitney tells Kyle that she loves Jo, and “she rocks.” Kyle claims he’s there because he’s interested in buying an “affordable boat,” but he’s really there waiting for Jack to throw something in the garbage, then for the garbage to be taken out so he could do a DNA test on his garbage. He winds up bringing a can from the garbage that was outside in the street and therefore “legit” according to Kyle. He tells Eddie to run tests on it.

Legal Note In case anyone was wondering, Kyle is correct about this.

At Johnny Cakes, Tess approaches Karen to talk. At first Karen wants nothing to do with this, but Tess finally tells Karen the truth about her other baby and her reasoning behind keeping Vikram’s secret. Karen tells Tess that Vikram had already told her about Tess’s baby. She’s known this whole time! Tess is shocked that Karen knew her secret. Karen asks if Vikram had threatened to tell Kyle, but Tess insists that he didn’t, and that he “wasn’t always bad.” Karen tells Tess that she knows where Vikram kept the adoption papers. Tess says that she wants to find her child.

Danny shows up at Jo’s house to get yelled at by her more. She accuses him of planning Vikram’s death. While they’re arguing and Danny is insisting that it was self defense, Charlie shows up and eavesdrops on their conversation. After Danny is done talking, Charlie startles them by asking “You killed your dad?”

Jo and Danny explain what happened to Charlie. Charlie asks about the car and Jo explains that someone moved the body and made it look like an accident. Charlie asks why they never went to the police and told them it was self defense. Danny gives a huge, informative answer, “Because we didn’t!” Jo demands for Danny to leave.

Broken Law # 3 Alert! 


By not telling the police the truth about what happened when there’s an ongoing investigation going on, all three of them are breaking the law. 

EDIT: It was pointed out to me by a reader, who is probably right, that resisting arrest may not be the appropriate crime here because Danny was not actually in the process of being arrested. It IS still against the law that while the police are actively investigating this case, the three characters aren’t coming forward with the truth. However, this charge might be more appropriate:

New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.50 Hindering Prosecution; Definition of Term

"...a person "renders
criminal assistance" when, with intent to prevent, hinder or delay the
discovery or apprehension of, or the lodging of a criminal charge
against, a person who he knows or believes has committed a crime or is
being sought by law enforcement officials for the commission of a crime,
or with intent to assist a person in profiting or benefiting from the
commission of a crime, he:
1. Harbors or conceals such person; or 
 2. Warns such person of impending discovery or apprehension;..."


New York Penal - Article 205 - § 205.65 Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree






A  person  is guilty of hindering prosecution in the first degree when
he renders criminal assistance to a person who has committed a class A
felony, knowing or believing that such person has engaged in conduct
constituting a class A felony.
Hindering prosecution in the first degree is a class D felony.


At their date, Charlie admits that he’s a little freaked out by what he just learned. He asks how Jo’s handling all of this. It’s obvious that she’s still having some trouble with this. Charlie says a cheesy line about “finding a way to survive the past.” They run into Andie and Rico; they all picked the same idea for a date, the food trucks! Rico brags about being Andie’s Michelle Obama/ the first man of Green Grove high. Andie runs off because she has to tend to her texts from student council people.

Danny approaches Lacey and tells her that he’s suspicious about Charlie. At first Lacey’s listening to him until he mentions Jo. She then gets jealous. Before he leaves, Danny warns Lacey that Charlie might be dangerous and that he’s going to prove it. Danny then goes to the stables where Charlie works. He asks the woman there about Charlie’s reasons for coming to Green Grove. The woman said that he was desperate; he came asking for a job AND a place to live. This is the first we’re hearing about Charlie LIVING at the stables. The woman gives Danny permission to go up to Charlie’s room, and he does.

In Charlie’s room, Danny finds an old picture of him, Jo and Lacey; it’s the picture he had in juvie. We see a flashback from Danny’s juvie days and we learn that he “lost” the picture and asked Charlie where it was. Charlie claimed in the flashback that he didn’t know where the picture was, but offered to send it to him if it turned up. It’s really creepy that he’s really had it this entire time! Why would he want a photo from DANNY’S childhood with HIS friends? It’s seeming more and more like Charlie has ulterior motives for being in Green Grove.

Karen and Tess go into Vikram’s office to find the adoption papers. Karen is considering turning Vikram’s old office into a Pilates studio. Typical Karen. Karen asks Tess if Vikram ever explained why he faked his own death. Tess says all Vikram would say is that his life was in danger, and when Karen asks, Tess says that she never knew WHO Vikram was afraid of but that she always suspected that it was someone who worked with Vikram. This visibly freaks Karen out.

Whitney and Lacey are now at the club in New York City. Lacey asks Whitney about her “master plan” to buy alcohol with an ID, but it turns out Whitney’s plan is to have some guy buy them alcohol. She finds a guy named Kevin who’s perfect for the job. He offers to buy the girls drinks. As Whitney puts it, “Kevin to the rescue!”

This rescue, however, is not legal.

Broken Law # 4 Alert!


ABC Law § 65(1) Prohibited sales (in relevant part).

No person shall sell, deliver or give away or cause or permit or procure to be  sold, delivered or given away any alcoholic beverages to
1.  Any  person,  actually  or apparently, under the age of twenty-one
  years…”
(note- ABC stands for alcohol beverage control)

Kevin could get in trouble for this, and the bartender possibly could as well, since it’s likely the bartender noticed that all of the drinks weren’t for Kevin, and saw Lacey and Whitney drinking.

Speaking of Lacey and Whitney drinking, they’re not allowed to do that!

Broken Law # 5 Alert!


ABC Law § 65-c -Unlawful  possession of an alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume by persons under the age of twenty-one years.  (in relevant part)

1. “…no person under the age of twenty-one years shall possess any alcoholic beverage… with  the intent to consume such beverage…”

Meanwhile, at her date with Rico, Andie keeps getting calls and texts from people in the student government. At the same venue, Jo asks Charlie about the “messed up things” from his past, including the car that he stole that landed him in juvie. Charlie explains that his mother passed away and his father left, so he started hanging out with a crowd of people that weren’t the best influence on him. Jo feels bad when she learns Charlie had been in foster care with people who pretty much ignored him. Charlie gets up to get them drinks, and Jo notices Rico sitting alone. She goes up to him.

Jo asks Rico where Andie is, and he explains that she’s doing government business on the phone. He admits that he doesn’t really like the fish he got from the food truck. Rico tries to crack a joke about all Andie’s phone calls. “This must be how Michelle Obama feels.” It’s obvious that Rico is worried about something else, and Jo can tell. She tells him Andie’s crazy about him and he shouldn’t worry. ABC Family puts a hashtag up that says the opposite, “#IsAndieCheating?”  Meanwhile, Charlie receives a text that scares him; it’s from Danny, and it’s a picture of him in Charlie’s room holding the photo of Danny, Jo and Lacey.

Back at the club in the city, Kevin shamelessly flirts with Lacey, even after she admits to being in high school. He invites her to stay with him at a hotel. Whitney sees Lacey getting freaked out and gets her out of the situation. She brings Lacey into the bathroom and points out that Kevin had a tan line on his ring finger; he’s married! That’s not all though, Whitney also managed to steal Kevin’s phone, and she isn’t going to let this creepy stranger get away with trying to cheat on his wife!

Legal Note: I’d go into detail about Whitney stealing the phone, but it doesn’t appear as though she actually kept the phone and/or left the bar with it, and those are the actions that would get her into trouble. 

Whitney calls “home” on the phone, despite the concerned look on Lacey’s face. When Kevin’s wife answers, Whitney tells her that she just met her husband at a club and that he invited her friend to spend the night with him at a hotel.

Jo asks Charlie what they’re doing after dinner, but Charlie says that he can’t stay out for that late. He’s dating the chief of police’s daughter and needs to be a gentleman and get her home on time! There’s also the whole, he’s completely freaked out about Danny’s text message, thing.

Tess shows Kyle the papers that she got from Karen, and they learn that the family is somewhere in New Jersey. Tess insists on driving there NOW, despite Kyle insisting that they wait until tomorrow. Kyle’s phone rings, and it’s Eddie on the other line.

Karen shows up at Jack’s house and demands if he saw Vikram after he quit working for Vikram. She won’t stop until he answers, so finally he admits that he saw Vikram once after quitting working for him. Jack says that Vikram was cheating on Karen and Jack found out and confronted him. It got “heated,” and Jack told Vikram about his affair with Karen. Jack claims that this was years after their affair but he was still in love with Karen. When Karen asks when this happened, Jack says it was around 6 months ago. Karen accuses Jack of being the person who tried to kill Vikram on his boat. When he asks how she could think he’s capable of something like that, she also accuses Jack of moving Vikram’s body to protect her and Danny. When Karen says she needs to know if Jack tried to kill Vikram on the boat 6 months ago, Jack kicks her out of the house.

At Rico’s house, Andie claims she’s tired and has an early student council meeting and wants to skip the movie. Rico blurts out his question, “are you going to break up with me?” Andie discloses the real reason she’s been acting weird. She’s a virgin and she thought their food truck date was leading up to Rico wanting sex that night. Rico is confused; “food trucks mean sex?” he asks. Then he eloquently says “I don’t want to have sex with you!” which is exactly what every girlfriend wants to hear. He didn’t mean it that way though; he tells Andie that he’s a virgin also, a BIG one. It’s a very cute, nerdy moment.

Jack gets a loud knock on his door and when he says “come in,” Kyle walks in. Jack asks if something’s wrong, to which Kyle says “you could say that.” It looks like whatever Eddie called Kyle about is bad news for Jack. When Charlie gets home, Danny is there to greet him. Danny demands to know why Charlie is REALLY in town. Charlie provokes Danny by saying he thinks Jo really likes him. Danny reminds Charlie that he should be careful; stealing his how Charlie wound up in juvie and now Charlie stole Danny’s old picture too! Charlie threatens Danny; he says that if Danny messes with him and Jo, he will go to the police and tell them everything he knows about Danny and the “murder” of his father. Danny remarks that Charlie is the one who’s threatening now!

Broken Law # 6 Alert!


New York Penal – Article 135 – § 135.60 Coercion in the Second Degree (in relevant part)

“A  person  is  guilty  of coercion in the second degree when he or she compels or induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a 
legal  right to abstain from engaging in, or to abstain from engaging in  conduct in which he or she has a legal right to engage… by  means  of  instilling  in him or her a fear that, if the demand is not complied  with, the actor or another will:…  

 4. Accuse some person of a crime  or  cause  criminal  charges  to  be  
instituted against him or her…” 

Grading: “Coercion in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

Charlie, you just got out of juvie. Unless you want to go back, you might want to refrain from this type of conduct!

Lacey and Whitney talk about what Whitney did to Kevin and his wife. Lacey thinks it was harsh, but Whitney’s point of view is that “divorce is hard but it’s not always bad,” and she saved Kevin’s wife years of being lied to and cheated on. Whitney talks about her parents and says she barely remembers them being married. She then learns that Lacey’s parents are divorced too. The girls talk about how awful guys are, and Whitney kisses Lacey! Right after, Whitney gets a phone call from his father; he’s calling from the police station! Whitney freaks out.

Whitney and Lacey go to the police station and speak to Kyle. Whitney insists that whatever Jack was arrested for, he didn’t do it. She demands to know why her dad was arrested. When Kyle says that the public defender is on his way, Whitney makes it clear that that’s not satisfactory. Kyle says that it’s because her dad doesn’t have a lawyer, to which Whitney says “Of course not. He’s never done anything wrong!”

We see Tess sitting outside of a house looking in the window at a blonde girl. Is this her daughter? Tess looks distraught. Meanwhile, Charlie shows up at Jo’s door. He confesses that he’s not really staying with family friends and he lives at the stables. He told Jo that he came to Green Grove after juvie because of how great Danny made it sound. He says that he cut their date short because he wanted to invite her back but not before Jo knew where he really was living and why. Jo says that she doesn’t care where he lives or why he’s in town, she’s just really glad to have him there. They kiss. Something still seems off about Charlie if you ask me, and I think the look on his face at the end of the episode was creepy!

Sins of Father… And Son…And Daughter..And Everyone (Recap + Broken Laws of Twisted 1×13 with comments on 1×14)

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NOTE: in episode 1×14, “Home Is Where The Hurt Is,” it doesn’t appear that there are any broken laws that haven’t been addressed in this entry. Kyle learns that Tess has been in communication with Vikram, but we discuss that in this entry. Since most of 1×14 took place at Homecoming and for once people weren’t committing crimes, I plan to do a rhyming recap. I’ll let you know when that’s ready! I will edit this if any crimes in 1×14 come to my attention

At the beginning of the episode, Danny and Jo are stunned at what Danny just did to Vikram in the previous episode. As Danny says, “[he] killed [his] own father.” Jo mentions that he did this in self defense. Danny has definitely pushed us into a discussion about manslaughter and self defense now that we know that Vikram is dead… really dead this time.

Legal Note 1:


If Danny WERE charged with anything, in my opinion it would be second degree manslaughter. Since the word “recklessly” is used in the definition, it applies when a killing is triggered by an extreme emotional disturbance, like all of the drama with Vikram in this situation. 

“N.Y. PEN. LAW § 125.15 : NY Code – Section 125.15: Manslaughter in the second degree 
A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when: 1. He recklessly causes the death of another person…
Manslaughter in the second degree is a class C felony.”


BUT, Miss Masterson has a point; perhaps she does learn something from being the daughter of the chief of police. Danny likely would be justified in his actions and therefore not convicted of anything, because he had a reasonable belief that Vikram was going to use deadly physical force against him, Jo, or both of them, and he had no safe way to get out of the situation without using equal force on Vikram. Here’s the explanation:

New York Penal – Article 35 – § 35.15 Justification; Use of Physical Force in Defense of a Person
(in relevant part)

” 1.  A  person  may,  subject to the provisions of subdivision two, use physical force upon another person when and to  the  extent  he or she reasonably believes such to be necessary to defend himself, herself or a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by such other person,….
    2.  A  person  may  not  use deadly physical force upon another person under circumstances specified in subdivision one unless:
    (a) The actor reasonably believes that such other person is  using  or about  to  use  deadly  physical  force. Even in such case, however, the actor may not use deadly physical force if he or she knows that with complete personal safety, to oneself and others he or she may avoid the
  necessity of so doing by retreating; …”

I made this a legal note and not a broken law, because according to my research, I believe that Jo is correct.

Danny wants to leave Green Grove for good, but Jo wants him to come clean. She tells Danny that she can’t keep this a secret from her parents. Apparently witnessing Vikram’s death is where Jo draws her line on keeping secrets. She’s conflicted when Danny says that he can’t go back to jail; Jo says that she’ll “give him a head start” and pack him a bag of necessities for people who are wanted for murder. She says she’ll be back in the morning and makes Danny promise that he will still be there.

Broken Law # 1 & # 2 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.30 Resisting Arrest

“A person is guilty of resisting arrest when he intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer or peace officer from effecting an authorized arrest of himself or another person.
Grading:  Resisting arrest is a class A misdemeanor.”

Danny and Jo would both be guilty, since Danny is attempting to prevent himself from being arrested with his terrible plan to leave town. Jo, although she plans to tell her parents the truth, has still agreed to help Danny escape with a head start and a felon’s care package. 

Lacey and Rico talk at Johnny Cakes about Danny’s whereabouts. Rico assures Lacey that Danny will be fine; his long hair will keep him warm. Lacey wants to help Danny, and she thinks that Gloria Crane knows something about the case. She plans to speak to her about this. Rico asks the million dollar question: if Gloria Crane knew something, why wouldn’t she go to the cops? Because if she did, I’d have less material for my blog?

At the police station, Kyle’s top priority is finding Marilyn Rossi. Karen and Jack show up and give Kyle a box of Vikram’s old things. Kyle tells Karen that Marilyn fled from her hotel. He also informs her that he has proof that Marilyn falsified evidence, altered it, and forged the report. There’s also the small detail that the pipe that she “found” was not even a real murder weapon, and Danny’s fingerprints were never on it. Kyle suspects that Marilyn is covering for Vikram. This series of lies from Marilyn brings us to:

Broken Law # 3 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 195 – § 195.00 Official Misconduct (in relevant part)
“A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit:
 1.  He  commits  an  act  relating  to  his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that  such  act is unauthorized;…
  Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.”

And, as we suspected in my entry on episode 1×12, Marilyn is behind the falsified evidence that implicated Danny, making her guilty of:

Broken Law # 4 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part)
“A person is guilty of tampering with physical evidence when:… 2. Believing that certain physical evidence is about to be produced or used in an official proceeding or a prospective official proceeding, and intending to prevent such production or use, he suppresses it by any act 
of concealment, alteration or destruction, or by employing force,  intimidation or deception against any person…”
Grading: “Tampering with physical evidence is a class E felony.”

If you think Marilyn is guilty of more than this, not to worry; there’s more where that came from! Detectives aren’t allowed to just prance into the police station distributing forged reports on murder cases. 

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 175 – § 175.25 Tampering With Public Records in the First Degree

“A  person  is  guilty  of  tampering  with public records in the first degree when, knowing that he does  not  have  the  authority  of  anyone entitled  to grant it, and with intent to defraud, he knowingly removes, mutilates, destroys, conceals, makes a false entry in or falsely alters any  record or other written instrument filed with, deposited in, or otherwise constituting a record of a public office or public servant.
Tampering with public records in the first degree is a class D felony.”

If anyone is looking to hire a detective, you probably should NOT look Marilyn Rossi up; she’ll likely be in prison for awhile. 

Rico checks on Jo after their “fugitive harboring shenanigans.” That’s a fun way to describe it! Jo lies when Rico asks if she knows where Danny is, but she assures him that he’ll be fine. Rico wonders if he should have just called the police right when Danny came to his place. He can barely handle all of this PLUS their upcoming chem quiz, which is “half as scary” as everything happening with Danny.

Jo meets Danny at Church the next day. They both realize that Danny can’t run away. Jo points this out; “fleeing, not the best plan.” Danny wants to tell Kyle the truth about everything. He’s still overcome with emotion. Jo reminds him that what he did was in self defense, but Danny thinks that in the moment, part of him wanted Vikram to die. Jo wonders if Vikram is the one who is a #socio. Jo doesn’t want Danny to let what happened with Vikram to ruin his life, because he’s not worth that.

Legal Note 2: 

If the self defense factor wasn’t there and Danny admitted to feeling that way in a court room, THEN he might be convicted of manslaughter. 

Jack shows up at Karen’s house. Karen blames herself for overlooking Vikram’s flaws. Jack assures Karen that she’s a great mother and that Vikram never deserved her.

At the police station, Kyle shows Eddie a document from Marna, Inc. It’s signed by Mayor Rollins and Vikram Desai, which interests Kyle, because he thinks the Mayor is lying about having never met Marilyn. Kyle and Eddie think Vikram must have known Marilyn worked for Vikram when he hired her.

Lacey goes to talk to Gloria Crane at the horse stables. She claims that she’s there to help. Charlie is also there and he asks Lacey if she’s stalking him. She says “I’m not sure if this qualifies as official stalking.” In case anyone was wondering, it doesn’t. Also, it seems like Charlie is the one who keeps showing up in Lacey’s life.

Charlie pries about why Lacey is there, and he asks if it’s about Danny being accused of killing Mrs. Crane’s daughter. When Lacey says Danny didn’t kill anyone, Charlie brings up Danny’s aunt. He says that he did some online research and now knows that Green Grove isn’t as innocent of a town as it appears.

Jo and Danny go to Jo’s house where Tess greets them. They need to talk to Kyle; it’s important. Tess tells them that Kyle’s searching for Marilyn and he has prove that Danny didn’t kill Regina and that Marilyn faked the evidence. She assures them that “this ordeal is almost over.” Little does she know that they’ve already moved on to the next murderous ordeal. Karen comes over and is thrilled and relieved to see Danny. Tess is proud of Jo for convincing Danny to come back.

Kyle confronts Mayor Rollins about his partnership with Vikram at Marna Inc. When the mayor claims that it’s not what it looks like, Kyle expresses what everyone is thinking: “it looks illegal!” It turns out, a “silent partner” from Marna Inc recommended Marilyn to the mayor. He claims that he didn’t know that she was connected to Vikram. It turns out this “silent partner” is Gloria Crane. Right now, we can’t be sure if the mayor is telling the truth about his knowledge of Marilyn and Vikram, but we do know that Kyle was correct about something looking illegal. Gloria definitely knew that Marilyn worked with Vikram, and later in the episode when Kyle confronts her, we learn more about her illegal behavior.

Meanwhile, Gloria reminisces with Lacey about her horseback riding days with Regina. When Lacey brings up Danny, Gloria calls him a psychopathic killer. Lacey suggests that someone else might be responsible for Regina’s murder, then she mentions the possibility of Vikram’s involvement. Gloria flips out about this allegation and accidentally lets out a bit too much information; she reveals that she knew about Regina’s necklace being found in Danny’s locker. Lacey wonders how Mrs. Crane knew about this, and she relays this information to Kyle.

Kyle confronts Gloria; they need to talk… NOW. Meanwhile, Karen continues her attempts to comfort Danny. He tells her that he did something while he was on the run that he can’t take back. Karen guesses that it has to do with Vikram, and she says to forget about whatever he did. She doesn’t want to lose him again after having him in juvie for 5 years. Danny doesn’t want another family secret.

Kyle demands the truth from Gloria. He accuses her of setting up an innocent 16 year old boy. Gloria claims that Vikram told her that he saw Danny kill Regina. She continues to say that the night Regina died, she called Gloria and said that she was inviting Danny over and planned to tell him the truth about everything. She intended to tell Danny that Vikram was alive and having an affair with Gloria. She didn’t want Vikram’s blackmail money anymore.

This confirms our suspicion that Vikram had been blackmailing Regina, and that up until Regina died, she had been cooperating. Gloria’s confessions lead us to:

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

With all of the infidelity in this town, this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone:

New York Penal- Article 255- § 255.17 Adultery.
  “A person is guilty of adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living spouse.”
“Grading: “Adultery is a class B misdemeanor.” 

Gloria should have known better than to have an affair with a pretend dead man! Additionally, if Vikram and Regina were still alive, they could be found guilty of: 

Broken Law # 7 & # 8 Alert!

 New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.05 Bribe Receiving by a Witness: 
“A witness or a person about to be called as a witness in any action or proceeding is guilty of bribe receiving by a witness when he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon an agreement or understanding that (a) his testimony will thereby be influenced, or (b) he will absent himself from, or otherwise avoid or seek to avoid appearing or testifying at, such action or proceeding.”
“Bribe Receiving by a Witness is a class D felony.” 

Regina would be guilty of accepting the bribe and Vikram would be guilty for soliciting it. 

Gloria still has more to contribute. Kyle tells her that Vikram lied to her about Danny killing Regina. Gloria says that Vikram was helping her and that he was the one who sent Marilyn to “help.” Marilyn got Regina’s necklace, gave it to Gloria, and Gloria put the necklace in Danny’s locker. Marilyn promised Gloria that the police would find the necklace there. This brings us to:

Broken Law # 9 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part)
SEE BROKEN LAW # 4 ABOVE.

And

Broken Law # 10 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 105 – § 105.05 Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (in relevant part)

   ” A person is guilty of conspiracy in the fifth degree when, with intent
  that conduct constituting:
    1. a felony be performed, he agrees with one or more persons to engage  in or cause the performance of such conduct;…”
    “Conspiracy in the fifth degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

When Kyle asks, Gloria says that she has no idea how to contact Vikram, since he always contacted her from blocked phone numbers. However, she does know how to get in touch with Marilyn. Gloria and Kyle set Marilyn up; Gloria asks Marilyn to come “meet her” at the horse stables, but Kyle is the one who will be meeting Marilyn. The plan works, and Kyle arrests Marilyn and reads her Miranda rights. Good job following the 5th amendment, chief! Marilyn doesn’t say anything except that Kyle will never find Vikram; he’s long gone. Based on this arrest, it appears that Kyle is correct about Vikram paying Marilyn to kill Regina. Obviously this is not ok.

Broken Law # 11 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 125 – § 125.27 Murder in the First Degree (in relevant part)
“A person is guilty of murder in the first degree when:
    1.  With  intent  to  cause the death of another person, he causes the death of such person or of a third person; and (a) Either:

 (v) the intended victim was a witness to a crime committed on a  prior occasion  and  the  death  was  caused for the purpose of preventing the intended victim’s testimony in any criminal action or proceeding whether or not such action or proceeding had been  commenced…or…  
  (vi) the defendant committed the killing or procured commission of the killing pursuant to an agreement with a person other than the intended victim to commit the same for the receipt, or in expectation of the receipt, of anything of pecuniary value from a party to the agreement…”
“Murder in the first degree is a class A-I felony.”

Lacey shows up at Jo’s house. Lacey, Jo and Tess see a report on TV about Marilyn Rossi’s arrest. Lacey is absolutely thrilled. Jo picks up the phone to call Danny.

Kyle tells reporters that Marilyn confessed, but they’re still investigating the motive. Danny watches Kyle and the reporters and Kyle spots him. Kyle apologizes to Danny on behalf of the Green Grove Police Department. Danny feels more guilty about his new secret, but manages to answer the reporters’ questions about how he feels to be proven innocent. He claims that he feels great. Karen says that she feels amazing.

Lacey runs into Charlie who says he’s glad that everything worked out for Danny. Kyle and Tess talk, and Tess looks uncomfortable when Kyle mentions that they’re still looking for Vikram. Kyle informs Tess that Vikram paid Marilyn to kill Regina.

Jo encourages Danny to take advantage of the second chance that he’s been given. She says that “no one has to know” about what he did to Vikram. Sound familiar?

Broken Law # 12 & 13 Alert! 

If Jo and Danny keep this a secret, they will be breaking the same law as they were at the beginning of the episode. 

New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.30 Resisting Arrest

SEE ABOVE: BROKEN LAWS 1& 2

Rico and Jo talk about Danny, Vikram, and their dreaded chemistry quiz. Jo tells Rico how much she appreciates their nights at the diner; they’re some of the best nights of her life. Maybe this is because those nights never involved any murders. Lacey arrives and talks to Jo about it all being over. “It’s all so weird, isn’t it?” Lacey has no idea how weird everything is right now. She doesn’t know about the massive plot twist involving Vikram.

Karen ignores a phone call from Jack, but she looks conflicted about it. Danny guiltily looks at an old picture of him and Vikram. Karen tells Danny that he grew up to be a better man than Vikram, and that she always tried to protect Danny from Vikram when Danny was growing up. Danny screams that he may as well be back in prison; clearly he isn’t so keen on this second chance idea. He doesn’t think he deserves it. He smashes a mirror in his bedroom in rage.

Tess leaves Vikram a voicemail warning him that Kyle is determined to find him. We see Vikram’s cell phone by his dead body as Tess is leaving this message insisting that Vikram turn himself in. She says in the message that she can’t keep doing this, and she’s right about that; what she’s doing is illegal.

Broken Law # 14 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.50 Hindering Prosecution; Definition of Term (in relevant part)
 “a person “renders criminal assistance” when, with intent to prevent, hinder or  delay  the
  discovery  or  apprehension of, or the lodging of a criminal charge against, a person who he knows or believes has committed a crime or is being sought by law enforcement officials for the commission of a crime,… he:….
   … 2. Warns such person of impending discovery or apprehension;…”
New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.65 Hindering prosecution in the first degree.
    “A  person  is guilty of hindering prosecution in the first degree when he renders criminal assistance to a person who has committed a class A felony, knowing or believing that such person has engaged in conduct constituting a class A felony.
 Hindering prosecution in the first degree is a class D felony.”

At the very end of the episode, we see a mysterious figure approaching Vikram’s body, which should make for some interesting content for my next entry on “Twisted!” Thanks for reading! 🙂

Dead Men Tell Big Tales… And Most Of Them Involve Crime (Recap + broken laws of Twisted, Season 1 Episode 12)

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Twisted definitely came back with a bang and a vengeance. This entry is lengthy, mostly because it involves a man coming back from the “dead,” and contains 16 broken laws.

The “Twisted” premiere begins minutes after the finale; Danny is on the run and Kyle has his officers searching everywhere. There’s one catch; when Danny is found, he wants it reported to HIM and not Marilyn Rossi, the new detective that the mayor assigned to assist with the case. Even though this began in the finale, we must address the fact that Danny is the prime suspect in a murder investigation and is hiding from the police. If you guessed that he’s not allowed to do that, congratulations, you’re correct!


Broken Law # 1 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.30 Resisting Arrest

“A person is guilty of resisting arrest when he intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer or peace officer from effecting an authorized arrest of himself or another person.
Grading:  Resisting arrest is a class A misdemeanor.”

Karen looks terrified about what could happen to her son. She brings up the new detective, and Kyle comments that it’s obvious that Karen recognized her from somewhere. Karen admits that when she thought that Vikram was cheating on her, she hired a PI to have him followed. It turns out, according to Karen, that it wasn’t an affair, but that Marilyn used to work for Vikram. Kyle nonchalantly reveals to Karen that he suspects that her “dead” husband, Vikram is still alive. During this conversation, the camera zooms in on a vent, strongly suggesting that somebody is eavesdropping on them.

Next, Lacey shows up at the Mastersons’ house to tell Kyle what she learned about Regina. Tess informs Lacey that Kyle’s busy locating Danny, which shocks Lacey; this is the first she’s hearing about a murder weapon with Danny’s fingerprints on it and about Danny running from the cops. Danny and Lacey definitely have some communication issues to work on if they ever want a successful relationship! Most people want to know important information about their significant other… especially if that important information is that the significant other is currently hiding from the police. Obviously, this type of issue is very common in high school relationships. 

Lacey tries to talk to Jo about the murder weapon and her newfound knowledge about Regina’s fight with a mysterious person, but Jo cuts her off. She tells Lacey to take it up with her father. Defeated, Lacey asks Jo to tell Kyle that she needs to talk to him. 

Tess attempts to comfort Jo about Danny, but Jo interrupts; she no longer cares about Danny and his whereabouts. Jo ignores a phone call from “a mistake” also known as Tyler. Jo goes up to her room, leaving her concerned mother wondering about Danny and about Jo’s “mistake.” 
Unfortunately, Jo doesn’t find comfort in her bedroom, instead she finds our favorite fugitive, who has taken the liberty of climbing through her bedroom window. Jo wants nothing to do with this and refuses to help him despite his begging. It seems Danny’s charm has finally worn off for Jo. She ignores his pleas that the murder weapon must be fake. She doesn’t care when Danny tells her that he overheard his mom and Kyle talking about Vikram being alive. She screams for her mother that Danny is in her room, so Danny quickly escapes through the window. 

Lacey sees someone who she thinks is Danny. She pulls over and jumps out of her car calling after him. When she catches up, she realizes that the person isn’t Danny at all; she’s just accosted a guy named Charlie McBride (Jack Falahee) who is new to Green Grove. Charlie’s attempts at flirting with Lacey are interrupted by a welcome wagon of cops, flashing lights in his face and screaming at him to freeze. These cops also have mistaken Charlie for Danny, and Lacey insists that Charlie take down his hood so he won’t look like a murder suspect. The cops order them to go inside so they can find their actual suspect. Before leaving, Lacey apologizes, and Charlie officially introduces himself. It turns out, he’s joining the Green Grove High student body! When Charlie asks about Danny, Lacey says that it’s a long story that she doesn’t have time to tell. That’s an understatement! 

Kyle comes home and Tess and Jo fill him in on what just happened with Danny. Kyle says that Jo did the right thing by yelling for Tess; Karen disagrees and screams at Jo for not breaking the law and harboring a fugitive. Karen eventually apologizes; she’s clearly stressed out that her dead husband might be alive and her son is wanted for murder. I suppose that’s reasonable.  

At Johnny Cakes Cafe, we see Lacey getting interviewed by a female cop. When the cop leaves, Lacey sees Rico, a few booths away. Rico tells her that he got interviewed also; the cops are even questioning the “little people.” Lacey mentions that the “Danny Thing” has gotten out of control and that Jo is still angry with her. Rico quickly responds that he doesn’t want to talk about Jo, Danny, or the situation. When Lacey protests, saying that Rico and Jo are such close friends, Rico sarcastically agrees. They’re just like “two peas in two pods in two different corners of the universe.” Rico’s always good for some comic relief!

After Rico finishes telling Lacey that he doesn’t want to talk about Jo or Danny, he follows up by telling Lacey that Jo might forgive her; she just doesn’t know what she wants. Then Rico says that it’s obvious that Lacey wants Danny back. So, they pretty much talk about everything Rico said he doesn’t want to discuss. Lacey wants to help Danny, and Rico points out that this would be easier if Danny would stop hiding. When Lacey leaves, a waitress mentions Jo to Rico, and he cuts her off — “…is amazing, and complicated, and out of my life. So if you could please never mention her again.” Tell us how you really feel, Rico!

Tess attempts to comfort Jo about Danny, but Jo surprises her by telling her that she slept with Tyler. They have a mother-daughter birds and the bee chat, despite all of this murder drama that’s consuming their lives. Tess insists that the right guy will come along one day. Maybe he won’t even be a criminal! 
The next day, Lacey approaches Kyle outside of the school. She fills him in on what she knows about Regina and the fight she had in the infamous black car with Connecticut license plates. Kyle appears to shoot Lacey down, and Lacey leaves, confused. We quickly learn the reason for Kyle’s behavior when he explains it to his partner, Eddie. He points out that a car matching Lacey’s description is parked in the street right near them, and its driver is watching them. That driver is none other than the creepy new detective, Marilyn Rossi. Kyle discreetly tells Eddie to investigate everything about this alleged murder weapon. 

 In the hallway, Charlie finds Lacey and uses cheesy pick-up lines on her. She makes fun of him. Then Rico bursts into the hall and “politely” requests that the new guy leave. “Hi new guy, bye new guy!” Rico claims that he needs Lacey’s help on a sponge painting project at home; it’s a “two person job.” Rico clearly isn’t being honest about why he wants Lacey to come over, and Lacey knows that, but agrees to go to his place after school anyway. She wants him to tell her the real reason on the way to his house. Rico looks incredibly nervous (as usual) during this whole exchange. When Jo arrives, Rico quickly excuses himself. 

Jo fills Lacey in on Danny coming to her room the night before. Lacey looks jealous that Danny went to Jo first, then gets angry when Jo tells her that she called for her mother instead of helping him. Lacey is stunned as she takes all of this in, especially when Jo mentions Danny’s suspicion that his father is alive. 

Tess shows up at Karen’s house and they have an awkward conversation. Tess acts like she’s shocked about the possibility of Vikram being alive, even though we know that she spoke to Vikram in the season finale. She’s lying to Karen and perhaps trying to find out how much Karen knows about Vikram. When Tess mentions the possibility of Vikram framing Danny, Karen says that she never suspected that Vikram was alive and does not believe that he’d frame Danny. It’s nice that Karen has so much faith in her fake dead husband.

When Lacey and Rico walk into his loft for the “sponge painting project,” Lacey quickly sees the real reason Rico invited her there. Danny is inside! Our favorite nerd is helping Danny hide from the police. What happened to the Mathletes’ code of ethics?! That is not the only problem with Rico’s behavior… and now Lacey’s, since it’s abundantly clear that she’s keeping Danny’s location a secret as well. This sponge painting project brings us to:

Broken Law # 2 & 3 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.50 Hindering Prosecution; Definition of Term (in relevant part)
 “a person “renders criminal assistance” when, with intent to prevent, hinder or  delay  the
  discovery  or  apprehension of, or the lodging of a criminal charge against, a person who he knows or believes has committed a crime or is being sought by law enforcement officials for the commission of a crime,… he:
    1. Harbors or conceals such person; or
    2. Warns such person of impending discovery or apprehension;…”
New York Penal – Article 205 – § 205.65 Hindering prosecution in the first degree.
    “A  person  is guilty of hindering prosecution in the first degree when he renders criminal assistance to a person who has committed a class A felony,  knowing  or  believing  that such person has engaged in conduct constituting a class A felony.
 Hindering prosecution in the first degree is a class D felony.”

Look at our little mathlete growing up and becoming a felon! Maybe this will make him more of Jo’s type.

This is labeled as broken law 2 and 3 because both Rico and Lacey could be found guilty. But that’s not all… These people break so many laws that I’m beginning to sound like a broken law informercial. The fact that Rico and Lacey are working together to hide Danny brings us to:

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 105 – § 105.05 Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (in relevant part)
“A person is guilty of conspiracy in the fifth degree when, with intent that conduct constituting:
    1. a felony be performed, he agrees with one or more persons to engage
  in or cause the performance of such conduct…”
“Conspiracy in the fifth degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

Lacey fills Danny in on the police questioning everyone who knows Danny. Rico has a mental stop-watch and reminds them exactly how much time they have left in his loft. At least we know he’s still a nerd! Lacey and Danny briefly catch up; they discuss Lacey’s desire to help him and the possibility of Vikram being alive. Danny wants Lacey to help him find Vikram. 

 Next, we see Karen at a boat shop, which doesn’t seem to be the type of place she’d frequent. A man who we’ve never seen before greets her. It turns out, his name is Jack (Ivan Sergei), and he’s a former employee of Vikram’s. Karen needs his help, and Jack knows the issue must be important if she came to him. When she reveals that she thinks Vikram is alive, Jack doesn’t seem surprised. When Karen calls him out on this, he elaborates that nothing Vikram ever did surprised him. Apparently faking his own death is not the only weird stunt that Vikam has pulled in his day. Jack attempts to turn down Karen’s request for help, but he quickly caves and agrees to see what he can do.

At the police station, Kyle continues to suspect Marilyn, especially after learning that she worked with Vikram. Needing to distract her so that he can look into this more, he requests that Eddie lie to her about a “possible Desai sighting,” hoping that she will believe it and drive out of her way to investigate this “lead.” Eddie understands Kyle’s plan and agrees to it, then gives Marilyn the fake information. She believes it! Since police officers are not allowed to lie to a detective on a case to deliberately steer her in the wrong direction, this false lead leads us to:

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 105 – § 105.00 Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree
  “A person is guilty of conspiracy in the sixth degree when, with intent that  conduct  constituting  a crime be performed, he agrees with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct.”
 “Conspiracy in the sixth degree is a class B misdemeanor.”
and

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 195 – § 195.00 Official Misconduct (in relevant part)
“A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit:
    1.  He  commits  an  act  relating  to  his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that  such  act is unauthorized;…
    Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.”


Back at Rico’s garage, Danny and Rico have an awkward bromance moment. Danny asks Rico how he’s doing with all of his dramatic criminal behavior. We learn that at least Rico is completely aware that he’s shattering the law into pieces. He explains that at first he felt adventurous. “Wow.. I’m doing this. I’m actually harboring a fugitive…’accused fugitive.'” If he ever wants more information, he’s welcome to come read this blog! Rico admits that harboring a fugitive is getting a bit scary. Then the two of them have a heart-to-heart about Jo. Rico can’t believe that Danny isn’t interested in Jo, Danny doesn’t think Jo can ever trust him again, and Rico is sad that his love for Jo is unrequited. 

Kyle has obtained a warrant to search Marilyn’s hotel room. I confess that I’m relieved he has done this, so I don’t have to once again scold him for not complying with the 4th amendment. In one of Marilyn’s suitcases, Kyle finds a bundle of a LOT of cash, which makes Marilyn look even more shady.

Lacey runs into Jo at Johnny Cakes. Jo is looking for Rico, because he goes there every day after school. When Lacey reacts to this, she is the exact opposite of slick. Her behavior and comments about Rico make Jo incredibly suspicious. Lacey is such a bad liar in this scene that I’m surprised she hasn’t given the police a map to Rico’s loft by now. 

Lacey describes this differently to Danny when she gets back to Rico’s loft; she’s under the impression that her lie worked and that Jo doesn’t suspect a thing. Jo shows up at Rico’s, immediately proving Lacey wrong. When he begs for Jo’s help again, he blurts something out that surprises both, Lacey and Jo. He says that his father is framing him, and that he knows this because “he’s done it before!” Remember that time Danny told Jo, “I may have killed someone before, but I’ve never lied to you”? Well, it appears it’s actually the other way around! Danny explains to the girl that HE didn’t kill his aunt; Vikram did. 

When Danny tells the girls the story, we go into a flashback of the infamous day that Tara died. It’s in Danny’s point of view. This time, we see Danny go inside his house and find Vikram standing over Tara’s dead body. In present day, Danny explains to the girls that Vikram insisted that Danny take the blame. He said that he’d be taken away forever if the police found out what he had done, and if Danny took the blame, he’d be away for a few months, at most. Sound pretty bad for you? It should. I’ll start with the obvious one, which we discussed in my entry on the very first episode of “Twisted,” but we were talking about the wrong perpetrator! 

Assuming Danny’s story is true, Vikram Desai would be guilty of:

Broken Law # 7 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 125 – § 125.25 Murder in the Second Degree (in relevant part)
“A person is guilty of murder in the second degree when:
    1.  With  intent  to  cause the death of another person, he causes the death of  such  person….”

Next, this one is coming up a lot, but what Vikram convinced Danny to agree to brings us to: 

Broken Law # 8 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 105 – § 105.17 Conspiracy in the First Degree
    “A person is guilty of conspiracy in the first degree when, with intent that conduct constituting a class A felony be performed, he, being over eighteen years of age, agrees with one or more  persons under sixteen years of age to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct.
    Conspiracy in the first degree is a class A-I felony.”

The felony that Vikram convinced Danny to agree to commit :

Broken Law # 9 Alert!

We have heard about Danny’s trial for killing his Aunt Tara numerous times, and we know that he confessed to killing her. Now that we know this is not true: 

New York Penal – Article 210 – § 210.15 Perjury in the First Degree

    “A  person  is  guilty  of  perjury  in the first degree when he swears falsely and when his false statement (a) consists of testimony, and  (b) is material to the action, proceeding or matter in which it is made.
    Perjury in the first degree is a class D felony.”

Danny explains that by the time he got out of juvie, the only witness as to what really happened with Tara, was his “dead” father. Suddenly, they realize that the police are outside Rico’s house. Rico continues to lie for Danny. Jo insists that Danny turn himself in; she’s sure that Kyle will believe his story. However, Danny counters that the rest of the police force will not believe his story without proof… and he needs Jo’s help to get that proof. 

At the police station, Kyle reveals to Eddie that he found around $100,000 in Marilyn’s suitcase. They speculate about who was blackmailing whom, and NOTE when we find out for sure, it will be discussed in this blog. 

Tess leaves Vikram a message urging him to come forward and saying that she doesn’t know how much longer she can keep quiet. NOTE When we know exactly how much information Tess knows, her possible culpability will be discussed. 

Next, fulfilling Danny’s plan, Jo approaches Marilyn and tells her that Danny wants to turn himself in, but he needs to speak to his father first. Marilyn claims that Vikram is dead, but quickly realizes that Jo and Danny know that’s not true. She says that she could easily just arrest Danny, but Jo slips her a piece of paper with a phone number on it and says that Danny’s willing to take that chance. Since Marilyn ends up taking Danny and Jo up on this offer, ANOTHER legal issue comes up! 

Broken Law # 10 & 11 Alert!

New York Penal- Article 215- § 215.00  Bribing a witness.
  “A person is guilty of bribing a witness when he confers, or offers or agrees to confer, any benefit upon a witness or a person about to be called as a witness in any action or proceeding upon an agreement or understanding that (a) the testimony of such witness will thereby be influenced, or (b) such witness will absent himself from, or otherwise avoid or seek to avoid appearing or testifying at, such action or proceeding.”

I listed this as two broken laws because Danny would be guilty, and Jo would likely be guilty as an accomplice, for offering the bribe, and Marilyn would be guilty for accepting the bribe.  

Next, Karen asks Jack if he found any sign of Vikram being alive. Jack said he searched for every possible clue of Vikram being alive and found nothing. Then, as Rico did earlier in the episode, Jack literally tells us the next broken law out loud. Let’s hear it: 

When Karen answers affirmatively to Jack asking if she cares about Vikram, by saying “Of course I care; he’s my husband,” Jack’s response is interesting and incriminating. “He was your husband when we were together…” Bad girl, Karen! Now we know you’re guilty of:

Broken Law # 12 Alert!

New York Penal- Article 255- § 255.17 Adultery.
  “A person is guilty of adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living spouse.”
“Grading: “Adultery is a class B misdemeanor.” 

Vikram’s status as a living spouse is admittedly confusing, but from this conversation, it’s obvious that this affair took place a long time ago, back when Vikram was publicly alive. For a reminder on the illegality of adultery in New York, we discussed it in my entry on episode 1×09 of “Twisted,” “The Truth Will Out.” See Legal Note 1, where we discussed the possibility of Vikram cheating on Karen. 

At the Masterson household, shockingly, Kyle is home and not out getting warrants, searching hotels, looking for fugitives, or at the police station. This lasts for all of one minute, before the house phone rings. His partner, Eddie is on the phone and informs him that the murder weapon that Marilyn found has been tampered with and Danny’s prints are NOT, in fact on the weapon. Kyle rushes out of the house, in a hurry to bring us to: 

(Potential) Broken Law # 13 Alert!

NOTE I usually do not write in detail about broken laws until we know who exactly is behind the broken law. However, here, it is strongly implied that Marilyn is the one behind tampering with the murder weapon, because she is the one who found it and presented it. If it wasn’t her, we will revisit this when we find out who was actually responsible for doing this. That’s why  labeled this as a potential broken law; SOMEBODY definitely broke the law, but we don’t know for 100% sure who it was.

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part)

“A person is guilty of tampering with physical evidence when:… 2. Believing that certain physical evidence is about to be produced or used in an official proceeding or a prospective official proceeding, and intending to prevent such production or use, he suppresses it by any act 
of concealment, alteration or destruction, or by employing force,  intimidation or deception against any person…”
Grading: “Tampering with physical evidence is a class E felony.”
Next, Lacey is at the horse stables when she runs into New Guy, as Rico has named Charlie. He seems to be popping up everywhere in Lacey’s life. Charlie explains that he works there, and we learn that Lacey has a horse there that is “half hers” because the horse belonged to her and Regina. When Lacey mentions Regina, Charlie immediately brings up the fact that Danny was accused of killing her. Lacey sharply says that Danny didn’t do it, but Charlie seems skeptical… or a little too interested for somebody who just moved to town. Lacey tells Charlie to tell Regina’s mother, Gloria, that she was there; that’s who she came to see. Before she leaves, she and Charlie look at a wall with ribbons, trophies and pictures. When Lacey sees a picture of Vikram and Gloria, Charlie says that he always assumed that they were a married couple. 
NOTE If this is true, we’ll explore yet another instance of adultery on ABC family. 

Next, we see Danny in an abandoned Church. Jo arrives, surprising him. Danny begs Jo to go home; he’s done running, and “one way or another this ends tonight.” Jo refuses to leave because she’s afraid of what might happen to Danny. Before the two can resolve this, the door opens and in walks Vikram, creepily saying “Hello, son,” as if he hasn’t been pretending to be dead for the past few months. 

Vikram continues his creepy banter by telling Danny that it was smart for him to go to Marilyn and that she’s been “helping [Vikram] find [Danny]. Danny is furious and still believes Vikram is framing him for Regina’s murder. Vikram screams that he needs to stay dead because people are trying to kill him. He sounds like an older, male version of Alison DiLaurentis from Pretty Little Liars. Danny is furious and doesn’t care about Vikram’s excuses. He once again begs Jo to go home, but she stays. 

Danny gives Vikram an emotionally charged speech about the damage Vikram has caused in his life. He also tells Vikram that Jo knows that Vikram killed Tara and forced Danny to take the blame. Vikram thinks he can win Danny over by inviting Danny to run away with him. Is Danny supposed to pretend to die, too? Vikram attempts to get Jo to support this idea, and Danny is enraged that Vikram would even try to speak to Jo. Danny wants Vikram to pay for all that he’s done, but Vikram denies this as a possibility. He claims it would destroy the lives of anyone close to him, and that Danny is “ruining everything.” Then Vikram sees Jo with her phone, seemingly recording this encounter. He screams at her to stop, then starts chasing after her. 
When Danny attempts to get in the middle of Vikram and Jo, Vikram knocks Danny out and he falls down in pain. This fight is incredibly violent, and, you guessed it, not legal!

We discussed behavior like this in my entry on “The Fest and the Furious,” and Danny was the one who got hurt back then too! 

Broken Law # 14 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 120 – § 120.00 Assault in the Third Degree (in relevant part):
 “A person is guilty of assault in the third degree when: With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person…” 
“Ranking:  Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor.”
Nice, Vikram. I’m sure Danny will want to go off in the sunset with you now into your fantasy father-son world. 
Kyle and Eddie have planned to find Marilyn at her hotel upon learning about the tampered murder weapon. They knock on the door and Marilyn invites them in to have tea. No, just kidding. When do the cops ever find the person that they’re looking for easily in this show? Marilyn’s hotel room is completely empty, which makes her look even more suspicious. I have a feeling I’ll have a lot to write about regarding her behavior in the future.

Meanwhile, Vikram is still chasing Jo demanding that she surrender her cell phone. Danny has gotten up from Vikram’s violent shove. Vikram catches up to Jo and grabs her. Defending Jo, Danny slams into Vikram and pulls him off of Jo. 

NOTE  Throughout this fight, Vikram would likely be guilty of assault again, but since it’s continuous, it would probably be included in the assault I mentioned above. 

However, his chasing Jo through the dark woods, screaming at her, grabbing her and calling her a bitch does present some problems. Vikram is clearly stronger than Jo and all of this behavior likely put Jo in fear of physical injury. “Dead” people really do enjoy breaking the law!

Broken Law # 15 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 120 – § 120.15 Menacing in the Third Degree: 

“A person is guilty of menacing in the third degree when, by physical menace, he or she intentionally places or attempts to place another person in fear of death, imminent serious physical injury, or physical injury.

Menacing in the third degree is a class B misdemeanor.”  

And FINALLY:

Broken Law # 16 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 120 – § 120.20 Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree:
 “A person is guilty of reckless endangerment in the second degree when he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.  
Reckless endangerment in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

For a person who’s supposed to be dead and who has people trying to kill him, Vikram sure is creating a lot of trouble for himself. Getting violent with a young girl? Really? Maybe the idea of him killing Regina isn’t as crazy as it originally sounded. 

LEGAL NOTE I’m aware that it takes two people to have a fight like this, and I’m also aware that Danny hasn’t just been sitting there baking cupcakes while Vikram hits people. However, Danny’s behavior would likely be considered justified by self defense: 
“New York Penal – Article 35 – § 35.10 Justification; Use of Physical Force Generally (in relevant part)

 6. A person may, pursuant to the ensuing provisions of  this  article, use  physical  force upon another person in self-defense or defense of a third person…Whenever a person is authorized  by  any such  provision  to use deadly physical force in any given circumstance,nothing contained in any other such provision may be deemed to negate or qualify such authorization.”

At this point, the fight is taking place by the edge of a cliff, which is always a safe and excellent idea! Vikram continues to come towards Danny violently, while screaming that the whole thing is his fault. To avoid getting injured again by Vikram, when Vikram goes to attack Danny, Danny hits him with a piece of wood. Vikram falls off of the cliff and it looks like he’s dead! After all of this speculation about whether or not Danny is guilty of murder, did he just inadvertently kill his dad? 

LEGAL NOTE Do not take anything in this article to mean that it’s ok to push people off of cliffs. That is definitely not ok. However, for now, this is where I’m stopping. It LOOKS like Vikram died, yes, but he’s fooled us before. I will explore what Danny did to Vikram when we find out if Vikram is really dead. Legal Spoiler Alert: if Vikram IS dead, we will likely be looking at a discussion about manslaughter and self defense. Also, we will likely discuss the fact that Danny using a piece of wood could make his case worse because he had a “weapon.” 
Thank you all so much for reading!

The Fest and the Furious — People Would Be More Than Furious If They Knew About The Crimes in Green Grove (Twisted Episode 1×05 Recap + Broken Laws)

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This entry contains comments regarding episodes 1×02 and 1×04.  Episode 1×03 did not have much criminal activity.

This episode begins with Lacey having a terrifying nightmare about Regina.  In this nightmare, Regina starts off behaving calmly (for a dead person) – and randomly eating peanut butter- but becomes increasingly angry when the infamous gold necklace is brought up in conversation. Lacey wakes up horrified by her dream.

Next, we see Jo in the kitchen with her parents.  They’re watching the news on TV, and the anchor is discussing Regina’s unsolved murder and the failed attempt at finding evidence by raiding the Desai house in episode 1×04, “Sleeping with The Frenemy.”



Legal Comment:

It’s a good thing that Kyle decided to approach the raid the professional way this time instead of attempting to find evidence in Danny’s bedroom while eating dinner in his house, the way he did in episode 1×02 of Twisted, “Grief is a 5 Letter Word.”  If he had found any evidence during the latter search, it would have been inadmissible against Danny because the search would have been a violation of the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Had Kyle found evidence in the raid for which he had a search warrant, it would have been admissible. 

Next, Tess turns off the TV and the conversation shifts to Green Grove’s annual Fall Fest.  Jo doesn’t want to go because she thinks the tradition is dated; Kyle remarks that he hopes Danny shares that viewpoint, because he does not want Danny attending the festival.  Jo fires back with a comment about Kyle’s unsuccessful raid, and she points out that they didn’t even find the mysterious necklace.  Jo then explains to her mother that Regina’s missing necklace once belonged to Tara Desai.  When Jo leaves for school, Kyle acts like walking to school is the most rebellious behavior in the world.    

In the next scene, Danny has the necklace in his hands.  In the previous episode, “Sleeping with the Frenemy,” we learned that Danny hid the necklace in his father’s old chair in his living room, and that Karen discovered this secret hiding spot at the end of the episode.  This family secret leads us to:

Broken Law # 1 Alert!

Danny and Karen are both intentionally concealing missing evidence from a crime scene; both of them are aware that the police are searching for the necklace as part of their ongoing investigation of Regina’s murder. 

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part): 

“A person is guilty of tampering with physical evidence when: Believing that certain physical evidence is about to be produced or used in an official proceeding or a prospective official proceeding, and  intending to prevent such production or use, he suppresses it by any act  of concealment, alteration or  destruction, or by employing force, intimidation or deception against any person.”

Grading: Tampering with physical evidence is a class E felony.

Danny and Karen are sure going through an extraordinary amount of trouble to accessorize old furniture!

The expression on Karen’s face is indicating that she’s starting to wonder if she should really trust her son.  As the two of them watch the news, an angry man named Tim appears on the screen, screaming that a murderer should not be welcome at a family event like Fall Fest.  When Karen suggests that Danny should skip the upcoming event, he informs her that he’d be violating his doctor’s orders if he missed the opportunity to “connect with meaningful events of his past.”  When Karen watches Danny slice a banana, she appears to become more afraid of her son.  Suddenly the knife looks sharper and more dangerous.  To test her suspicions about Danny, Karen informs him that she’s arranged to give some of his father’s old belongings to Goodwill, including the old chair.  Note to Karen: it is probably not a good idea to donate evidence of a murder to charity.  Danny reacts to Karen by claiming that he has a problem with getting rid of his dad’s belongings, because it makes him feel like his father is still there with him.  That approach goes over a lot better than if he would have told his mother that he wants to keep the chair so that he can continue secretly using it as a jewelry box.

At school, Rico and Lacey are talking about the exciting booth that the mathletes are setting up for Fall Fest; Rico needs Jo’s help to sell “Pi Pies.”  The mathletes have made an attempt at creativity by deciding to sell pies decorated with the “pi” symbol.  The following scene takes place in Lacey’s bedroom, where she and Phoebe are discussing Fall Fest and Phoebe’s upcoming trip to Manhattan.  Lacey mentions her dream about Regina and Phoebe suggests that Lacey should ask Regina’s mother about the necklace.  With all of the attention this necklace is getting, you’d think that it was a Horcrux straight out of “Harry Potter.”  Plot twist: everyone on this show is secretly a witch or a wizard and Tara Desai was Voldemort. 

Meanwhile, Kyle is busy attempting to keep a town meeting under control.  Tim, the same furious man from earlier, is flipping out at Kyle about Danny attending Fall Fest.  When Kyle promises to make sure Fall Fest is safe, Tim remains unsatisfied.  He bellows more complaints towards Kyle regarding the amount of time that Jo has been spending with Danny, and Kyle yells that Tim should leave Jo out of this argument.   

Legal Note: 

It is possible that Kyle’s involvement in this case could be viewed as a conflict of interest under New York law, and he could potentially get tossed off of the case because of how close his family is to the Desai family. 

New York Public Officers – Article 4 – § 74 Code of Ethics (in relevant part): 
“An officer or employee of a state agency… should not by his conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him… or that he is affected by the kinship, rank, position, or influence of any party or person… An officer or employee of a state agency should endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he is likely to be engaged in acts that are in violation of his trust.”

Penalties: “Any such officer… who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of this section may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment in the manner provided by law…” 

Next, we meet the town Mayor, John Rollins (Christopher Cousins).  It is excellent to see Ted Beneke from “Breaking Bad” with a full head of hair again.  Mayor Rollins assures Tim and the rest of the people at the town meeting that Chief Masterson will keep Fall Fest safe. 

At the diner, Jo and Danny reminisce on old times, including a crazy dance that they used to do when they were younger.  Jo offers to accompany Danny to Fall Fest.  Lacey enters the diner and makes it abundantly clear that she does not want Danny attending the festival, especially after the recent police raid of the Desai household.  Jo, once again, points out that no evidence came about from that raid.  Then the Horcrux/ murder evidence/ necklace gets brought up in conversation, and Danny confesses to Lacey that Regina’s missing necklace belonged to his aunt Tara.  Lacey goes ballistic and shouts that if Danny attending the festival would be selfish.  

Finally, we get to this festival that has been built up for the entire episode.  When Danny arrives at Fall Fest, he approaches Tess’s pottery booth and expresses interest in learning about the craft.  When Tess suggests that he sign up for the class, Danny complies; it’s time for him to delve into the world of ceramics.  He is certainly well-rounded; he’s just barely out of juvie, and he has already written a script for a school assembly, joined the soccer team, and now he’ll be taking a pottery class.  Jo thinks it’s awesome that Danny is going to take Tess’s class, and she informs him that he’s also going to come with her to help Rico and the mathletes sell Pi Pies.  Jo and Danny also decide to go to the formal later that night, and Tess jumps at the chance to get Jo to wear a fancy dress. 

Lacey approaches Regina’s mother in the hopes of getting answers about the necklace.  She brings old pictures of Regina as an excuse for showing up at the house, but she quickly starts questioning Regina’s mother about the necklace.  Lacey is overwhelmed with guilt when she realizes that Regina’s mom knows about her ulterior motives, so she offers to help sort condolence cards to make up for her behavior.  

Later, at the police station, Mayor Rollins screams at Kyle because Danny spent the entire day at the festival and was seen spending time with Jo and Tess.  Mayor Rollins is furious that Kyle’s entire family is embracing Danny’s presence; he feels that Kyle is making a mockery of the town.  He’s also angry about the lack of progress in solving Regina’s murder.  He’s had enough of Kyle’s obsession with the necklace; he wants some real evidence.  He warns Kyle that he will hold him personally responsible for anything that goes wrong at the festival.  

At the festival, Jo and Danny are at the mathletes’ booth selling Pi Pies with Rico.  Although the mathletes have zero charisma, Danny is doing a good job.  Danny may not love math, but he sure can solve Pi problems.  Rico is bitter when Jo calls Danny a “selling machine.”  He wanted Jo’s help, not Danny’s.  The Selling Machine’s success is abruptly interrupted when the lovely, pleasant, Tim shows up at the Pi Pie booth.  He immediately screams at Danny and winds up violently shoving him into the booth, destroying a bunch of Pi Pies in the process.  Tim’s altercation with Danny pushes into: 

Broken Law # 2 Alert!         


New York Penal – Article 120 – § 120.00 Assault in the Third Degree (in relevant part):
 “A person is guilty of assault in the third degree when: With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person…” 
Ranking:  Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor.


Tim might want to take note that assaulting a murderer is not exactly an intelligent decision.

When Jo assures Rico that Danny is going to replace the pies, Rico angrily responds that “Danny has done enough.”  Rico is concerned with how much time Jo is spending with Danny, a sentiment that he shares with Kyle.  Kyle runs into Danny, armed with pies, and they briefly talk.  Danny thanks Kyle for kicking ass when he got Tim away from Danny, and Kyle responds that he was doing his job.  He then proceeds to take the pies from Danny and requests for Danny to refrain from returning to Fall Fest or attending the formal dance that night. 

Karen has skipped Fall Fest, and instead is meeting with Danny’s therapist.  Karen pretends that she’s completely supportive of Danny, but when she asks the therapist about the signs that someone is a sociopath, it is clear that she’s beginning to agree with Danny’s peers about the possibility of Danny being a sociopath.  Let’s hope she doesn’t create another twitter trend.  

Danny and Jo discuss Tess’s desire to get Jo into a trendy dress at the formal, but Danny has clearly been influenced by his encounter with Jo’s father.  He suggests that they stay at home and watch a movie instead.  Jo tries to act indifferent, but the look on her face displays her disappointment.  Jo advises Danny that behaving like a pariah murderer will not help his already fantastic reputation in Green Grove. 

Back at Lacey’s house, she and Phoebe are talking in Lacey’s room again; this time they’re discussing Lacey’s condolence letter project that she’s taken on, and Phoebe’s concern about looking like a whore in Manhattan.  While she sorts through the condolence letters, Lacey discovers a letter that was addressed to Regina, postmarked two days before her death.  The envelope contains a heap of money, and a note that reads, “This is your final payment. Deal holds, keep your mouth shut.  If you tell anyone, you know what’ll happen.”  Regina clearly knew a secret about whoever sent that letter, and if that secret involves any criminal activity, then Regina’s acceptance of payment is against the law. 

Broken Law # 3 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.05 Bribe Receiving by a Witness: 
“A witness or a person about to be called as a witness in any action or proceeding is guilty of bribe receiving by a witness when he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon an agreement or understanding that (a) his testimony will thereby be influenced, or (b) he will absent himself from, or otherwise avoid or seek to avoid appearing or testifying at, such action or proceeding.”
Grading:  “Bribe receiving by a witness is a class D felony.”

Jo, all dressed up in a fancy dress that Tess picked out, shows up at Danny’s door.  Her hair is styled impeccably  and she looks great, just like her mother has wanted for the past 16 years.  Jo wants Danny to come to the formal with her; she explains that Fall Fest meant a lot to her, and a lot of that was because Danny was there.  Danny is convinced; he gets dressed up in one of his dad’s old suits.  His mother admits that she’s glad she held on to Danny’s father’s belongings after all.  Even the chair with the incriminating necklace inside?  Danny asks for Karen’s help in tying his tie, and he quips that he’s a bit rusty because “there are not a lot of occasions for formal-wear in juvie.”

Legal Comment:

Even if there was some sort of fancy shindig in juvie, Danny would not have gotten any practice perfecting his tie skills or lack thereof.  In New York juvenile detention facilities, the only ties allowed are clip-on.  
Here is a link to a pamphlet regarding juvenile detention centers in New York which discusses this: www.doccs.ny.gov/FamilyGuide/FamilyHandbook.pdf 
(For anyone who’s interested, see Appendix C which explains allowable items). 

The next scene takes place at the formal, where we see Lacey wearing a pretty dress and carrying a horrifying letter.  She is clearly debating showing the letter to Chief Masterson, but after she speaks to Regina’s mother for a few minutes, she decides against it.  She wants to preserve the happy memories that people in town have of Regina.  That’s very noble of Lacey, but a judge in a courtroom would not likely approve of her behavior.  

Broken Law # 4 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part):
SEE BROKEN LAW # 1 where this was discussed regarding Karen and Danny’s concealing the necklace.

When Jo and Danny arrive at the formal, Mayor Rollins is less than pleased, to say the least, to see them there.  He requests for them to leave, but Danny points out that they’re in front of a bunch of reporters who would be all over the story of the town mayor kicking a resident out of the formal.  Next, Mayor Rollins announces that it’s time for another tradition, the apple toss.  He explains that the contestants are chosen at random, but as luck would have it, Danny and his biggest fan, Tim, are both chosen.  Danny is awful at throwing apples; apparently his talent for creepily slicing bananas hasn’t left him much time to brush up his apple tossing game.  Tim wins by a landslide and ignores Danny’s attempts to be witty.  

Rico approaches Jo; he thinks that she looks amazing, and Jo comments that he cleans up nice, too.  Rico remarks that he wears that suit every year, clearly jealous that while Jo came to the formal with Danny tonight, she has never attended this event with him.  Maybe Rico should try going to juvie to become Jo’s type.  Kyle graciously thanks the mayor for keeping Danny’s participation in the apple toss under control, to which Mayor Rollins remarks that he wouldn’t have had to do anything if Kyle had been doing his job.  Once again, it’s likely that Kyle would be removed from this case for being too close to the subject matter. 

Danny and Jo greet Jo’s parents, and Tess is ecstatic to see Jo wearing a dress for the first time in her life.  She frantically fixes Jo’s hair, wanting her to look gorgeous for the dance.  Kyle does not approve of Jo’s choice in dates for this formal.  Lacey approaches Danny and Jo, and while treats them better than she did earlier, she still declines their offer to do the funny dance together.  She still has a reputation to maintain; after all, she’s a bitch now.  Jo and Danny do the crazy dance, and it turns out the name suits the dance perfectly.  Rico sees Danny and Jo’s next dance, which, to Rico’s dismay, is a slow dance.  Rico and Chief Masterson both look furious.  Jo appears to have romantic feelings for Danny, Rico obviously wants more than friendship from Jo, and Danny seems to only like Jo as a friend.

After the slow dance, Danny receives a mysterious text message.  Last time one of those plagued his iPhone, it did not end well.  Upon Jo’s inquiry, he claims that he has to run home really quickly, but his demeanor suggests that he’s not telling Jo the whole story.  It turns out, in Danny’s vocabulary, “running home” really means “meeting Lacey in a dark, secluded area.”  Danny comments on the secrecy; he wants to know why Lacey wanted to meet up like this.  Lacey proceeds to show Danny the money and threat was mailed to Regina.  Danny insists that needs to show this to Chief Masterson immediately because it could be evidence of Regina’s murder, but Lacey refuses.  She contends that she doesn’t want to ruin everybody’s memories of Regina.  Danny refuses to keep this a secret from Jo, but he reluctantly agrees not to tell Chief Masterson about the potential evidence.  We already know that Lacey’s choice to conceal this evidence is against the law, and Danny deciding to help her brings us to:  

Broken Law # 5 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 105 – § 105.05 Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (in relevant part):
“A person is guilty of conspiracy in the fifth degree, when, with intent that conduct constituting: a felony to be performed, he agrees with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct.” 

Grading: “Conspiracy in the fifth degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

The reason that this is Conspiracy in the fifth degree, rather than a more serious level, like first or second degree conspiracy, is because conspiracy in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree involve an agreement regarding a class A or B felony, and as stated above, tampering with physical evidence is a class E felony.     

Additionally, Danny’s participation in the crime he and Lacey are conspiring to commit takes us to, you guessed it: 

Broken Law # 6 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part)
SEE BROKEN LAW # 1.  This would constitute Danny’s second offense for tampering with physical evidence; his first one was the one discussed above, involving the necklace.

For somebody who just got out of juvie, Danny sure takes a lot of risks involving the law!

Before the scene with Danny and Lacey ends, Danny confronts Lacey again about her decision to meet him alone in the dark, and the two of them wind up kissing.  So, just to keep track, Rico likes Jo, Jo likes Danny, Danny likes Lacey, Lacey likes Danny, BUT she has a boyfriend, Archie.  Forget about love triangles; this shape is definitely more complex! 

Speaking of Jo and Rico, when Jo asks Rico to come with her to meet Danny at the diner, Rico declines, and he cites fake bunions as his excuse.  He assures Jo that despite his brand new bunions, he can still walk home.  At the Masterson house, Kyle and Tess are arguing; Kyle expresses his rage that Tess has allowed Danny to sign up for her pottery class, and Tess admonishes him for lashing out on her because he can’t solve Regina’s murder.  Kyle reminds Tess that Danny murdered his aunt Tara, and he makes sure to include the gory details about Tara getting strangled with a jump rope.

Next, we’re back in another pitch black scene; this one features Karen Desai.  She’s walking on a bridge towards a pond, but she’s not just out there for the fresh air and exercise.  She has the necklace with her, and she throws it in the river.  The necklace lands in the water, splashing us into:

Broken Law # 7 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part)
SEE BROKEN LAW # 1.  This would constitute Karen’s second offense for this crime.

The viewers in the audience are not alone in witnessing Karen dispose of the necklace; another person appears out of nowhere, and we learn that Rico saw the whole thing. 

In the final scene, Jo waits for Danny to meet her at the diner, but when he arrives, he brings a surprise guest with him.  Lacey joins them at the table, and she and Danny show Jo the letter to Regina.  Assuming that Jo does not tell her father about this — and judging by body language, she appears to be working cooperatively with her old best friends– our favorite police officer’s daughter is now involved in:

Broken Law # 7 & # 8 Alert!

# 7: New York Penal – Article 105 – § 105.05 Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (in relevant part)
# 8: New York Penal – Article 215 – § 215.40 Tampering With Physical Evidence (in relevant part)

SEE BROKEN LAWS 5 AND 6.  The only difference is that this would be Jo’s FIRST offense for tampering with physical evidence.** 

Next week we’ll see what the 3 musketeers find out about their newly discovered evidence, and whether or not Rico keeps Karen’s secret.  Suspense is the real killer in this show!