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)


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


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.”

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.”  


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!

Out with the In-Crowd… In with the Crimes (Recap + Broken Laws of Season 1, Episode 11 of Twisted)

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Finally back!  While we’re waiting for new episodes of Twisted during this hiatus, here is my recap of the finale of Season 1 and the laws that were broken in it!  I appreciate everyone’s patience.

Note: The second to last episode of Twisted did not have much criminal behavior, but there was one crime that cannot be ignored, so it will be discussed in this entry.

Before delving into the beginning of the Twisted finale, recall that in the episode before this, either Doug or Eloise released the video that Doug creepily took of Danny and Lacey hooking up.

Broken Law in the Previous Episode:

New York Penal – Article 250 – § 250.45 Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree (in relevant part):

“A person is guilty of unlawful surveillance in the second degree when: 
…3. (a) For no legitimate purpose, he or she  intentionally uses  or installs, or permits the utilization or  installation of an imaging device to surreptitiously view,  broadcast or record  a  person  in  a bedroom,  changing  room,  fitting  room,  restroom,  toilet,  bathroom, …without such person’s knowledge or consent.” 
Grading: “Unlawful surveillance in the second degree is a class E felony.”

Nice going, mathletes!  Go calculate the amount of time you could spend in prison, now!

Now, for the recap of the finale: 

When Lacey arrives at school at the beginning of the episode, everyone is gossiping about her.  One would think she was a celebrity on the cover of one of those trashy gossip magazines.  Jo is not among the people avidly discussing Lacey; she has decided to stay home from school today and ignore Danny’s apology text messages.  

While Lacey is getting teased, Jo makes snarky remarks to her father after he barges into her bedroom attempting to have a father-daughter chat about high school crushes.  No thanks, dad. 

At the Desai household, Danny cracks jokes about his probation officer, but his jokes don’t amuse Karen; Karen has no idea what will happen to her family now that Danny has been expelled.  Danny remains more concerned with how Lacey is holding up at school.

As Lacey watches her group of “best friends” gossip about her, she brings us to a flashback where Regina is still alive and Phoebe is the outcast of the group.  In the flashback, Regina claims that Phoebe violently scratched her arm.  The group — Lacey included — promises to never speak to Phoebe again.  Phoebe has a crestfallen look on her face in the flashback; it resembles the look on Lacey’s face here in real time.

Lacey approaches her locker to find that it has been redecorated. A bunch of her peers have covered it in all sorts of pleasantries such as “Socio Slut.”  This behavior brings us to:

Broken Law # 1 Alert! 

New York Penal – Article 145 – § 145.00 Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (in relevant part)

“A person is guilty  of criminal mischief in the fourth degree when, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he or she has such right, he or she:
1. Intentionally damages property of another person…”
Grading: “Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

The police in this town come flying at full speed when Danny is the one in trouble, but his peers aren’t so innocent either!

After admiring her newly graffitied locker, Lacey approaches Archie — who most likely contributed to her locker’s makeover — to apologize for the video scandal and for cheating on him. We learn that the soccer team has planned a private party at the diner later that night to celebrate making regionals.  The awkward silences obviate that Archie isn’t bringing Lacey as his date to this super-exclusive party. 

Next, Rico brings Jo a care package of homework assignments to cheer her up and get her mind of of Danny and Lacey.  Rico fills Jo in on what happened to Lacey’s locker, but Jo insists that she doesn’t care; she’s not interested in being friends with people who keep secrets from her.  Rico offers his fantastically awkward advice about how people “shouldn’t look back because they might trip over things that are ahead of him.”  It makes no sense, but at least it makes Jo laugh!

Danny shows up at school he just got expelled from to check on Lacey, his ex girlfriend who has become a social pariah after hooking up with him.  What could possibly go wrong?  It’s not like Danny can get expelled again.  He finds Lacey in a pissed off mood; she’s angry about how her friends are ignoring her with the exception of shooting dirty looks in her direction.  She informs Danny that Jo didn’t come to school today and Lacey doesn’t expect her to forgive either one of them.  Danny insists that Lacey accompany him to apologize to Jo.  After all, he has that potentially sociopathic charm going for him.

Jo is not the only one in her family having a difficult day.  Kyle has spent his work day listening to the new, creepy police officer in town, Marilyn, criticize his entire investigation.  She demands to search the lake again to figure out who killed Regina, condescendingly commenting that the search will be more productive than exploring dead people’s old, sketchy business records.  

Danny’s charm works on Lacey; she agrees to come with him to Jo’s house.  When they show up, Rico answers the door and warns them that Jo doesn’t want to talk to them.  Jo screams that she’s tired of Danny’s lies and that Lacey is a hypocrite.  When Lacey explains that she did everything in her power to prevent Jo from seeing the video, she lets it slip that Rico knew about the video the entire time.  Jo explodes that she wants all 3 of her friends to leave.

Outside, Rico realizes that he left his backpack at Jo’s house.  He panics; obviously Jo is already burning all of his textbooks and he should start saving up for a new backpack.  Lacey apologizes to Rico for calling him out, and Danny attempts to assure Rico that 90% of Jo’s anger was directed towards him and Lacey.  Unfortunately, 10% of Jo’s anger is horrifying to Rico, and he sprints away from them, probably planning to flee the country to avoid Jo yelling at him.  Lacey laments about how her friends will be partying without her later.  After all of this, she still wants her social status back and she wants an invitation to that party.

Meanwhile, Kyle has learned about the Danny/Lacey video and its effect on Jo.  This leads to what Tess suggesting an event that she calls “Masterson Family Fun Night.”  “Some Like it Hot” is playing at the movie theater.  Jo agrees to go with her parents, but she insists that this is a night at the movies; they’re not calling it “Masterson Family Fun Night,” or she’s not going.  At the theater, they run into Tyler, who invites Jo to his house to discuss “Some Like it Hot” with him and his film buddies.  Jo ditches her parents; she’s already seen this movie several times and she wants to try out the whole “having a social life” idea. 

While Jo’s parents are out having a nice, leisurely night at the movies, Karen is at work begging her sleazy, flirtatious boss for extra hours for overtime pay.  Her boss is relieved that Karen’s confrontation has nothing to do with him hitting on her, and he allows her to stay late at work to prepare a presentation that she’s completely unqualified to do.  She’ll just figure out how to do it by googling it. 

Lacey is sitting in her bed depressed, when Danny decides to creepily sneak into her bedroom through the window — exemplary behavior for a murder suspect who just got expelled from school.  He blames himself for Lacey losing all of her friends and he has a plan to fix it.  

Meanwhile, Rico is at the REAL party of this episode; he’s hanging out with Jo’s parents eating spaghetti.  Kyle and Rico share a distaste for Tyler. Kyle’s contends that Jo’s taste in men leaves a lot to be desired, and Rico, a little too quickly, responds, “Amen to that!”  

Next, Lacey crashes the soccer team’s party, and Sarita — the charming girl that she is — immediately intervenes and demands for Lacey to leave.  Clearly people don’t want Lacey there, but she refuses to leave.  The camera zooms in on Lacey’s phone and we see a text from Danny reminding her to go along with the plan that they rehearsed. 

At Tyler’s film club shindig, Jo is not exactly impressed by the group’s intellect, but she attempts to be polite.  When Jo calls Tyler’s friends “cool,” even he insists that they’re not.  He is however happy to hear Jo’s claim that she doesn’t have a thing for Danny.  

Apparently everybody wants to go to this crazy party at the diner tonight; Danny is the next person to crash it.  He walks in and immediately instigates Archie — clearly a part of his plan to mend Lacey’s broken social life.  Cole begs Danny not to make a scene; Archie is angry enough because of Danny’s presence.  Danny mentions the video of him and Lacey in a joking tone; according to him, Lacey doesn’t go for the “beefy meathead” type.  Archie sternly warns Danny that he needs to leave the party now.  He reminds Danny to “look what happened” the last time Danny pissed him off. 

Lacey interrupts Archie and Danny’s altercation — she takes care of kicking Danny out of the party.  She announces that hooking up with him was the biggest mistake of her life, that she wishes Danny never came back to town, and even that she wishes she never met Danny.  Her speech is incredibly harsh, and Danny acts hurt when she’s finished.  Even the peanut gallery in the background is impressed; there was definitely an “ouch!” in the background during Lacey’s performance. 

Archie approaches Lacey to find out if she really meant everything that she just said in her outburst.  Lacey demands to know what Archie meant by his menacing comment to Danny that bad things happened when Danny pissed him off.  Archie admits that he and Scott were the ones who poisoned Cole.  He’s sure to justify this stunt by including that they didn’t MEAN to send Cole to the hospital, because obviously that makes everything better.  Actually, it doesn’t make anything better at all, which brings us to:

Broken Law # 2 Alert!

New York Penal – Article 120 – § 120.05 Assault in the Second Degree (in relevant part) 

 “A person is guilty of assault in the second degree when:

… 5.  For  a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, 
he intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness or other physical 
impairment or injury to another person by administering to him, without 
his consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing  the

Excellent teamwork, captain!  

While Archie discusses his phenomenal sportsmanship with Lacey, we see Cole receive a text message from Danny; Danny wants Cole to meet up with him.  The camera focuses on Cole leaving the party and Lacey noticing.  

Back at Tyler’s, Jo and Tyler have moved upstairs to a private area away from the film buddies.  They kiss, and it’s cute and passionate for a few seconds until Jo stops him because she’s still obsessed with Danny.  Maybe alleged sociopath/murderer is Jo’s type.  

Even though Jo isn’t home, Rico is still at her house.  He declines a second helping of spaghetti in case Jo is hungry when she gets home.  Uh oh… That’s how you know it’s really love!  Tess assures Rico that Jo considers him an important person in her life.  Kyle gets called into the office once again.

Next, we see Cole and Danny talking on the sidewalk.  Cole finally believes Danny that he didn’t poison him and that Archie is the real culprit.  After the two of them talk, Danny gets a text message from Jo.  She wants to talk to him in person.  

Back at the diner, Lacey’s friends have already welcomed her back to their table.  Apparently all it takes is a pretend speech to get your friends back.  Unfortunately, Cole shows up and interrupts the reunion.  He loudly accuses Archie of poisoning him, and when Archie attempts to deny it, Lacey backs Cole up and reveals that Archie admitted to poisoning Cole.  Cole willingly leaves the soccer team and Lacey willingly leaves the party.  

Meanwhile, during her overtime hours, Karen discovers some suspicious “errors” in her boss’s paperwork.  Her boss has been committing tax fraud by not declaring commission for all of his clients. When he admits that the IRS doesn’t know about his behavior, Karen blackmails him.  If none of this sounds good to you, you’re on the right track.  Karen’s boss’s “creativity” on his tax forms brings us to: 

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

N.Y. TAX. LAW § 1801 : NY Code – Section 1801: Tax fraud acts (in relevant part)

“As used in this article, “tax fraud act” means willfully engaging in an act or acts or willfully causing another to engage in an act or acts pursuant to which a person: 
(2) knowing that a return, report, statement or other document under this chapter contains any materially false or fraudulent information, or omits any material information, files or submits that return, report, statement or document with the state or any political subdivision of the state, or with any public office or public officer of the state or any political subdivision of the state…”

Between defrauding the IRS and flirting with his employee’s, Karen’s boss sounds like a standup guy!  Karen’s reaction to learning about the tax fraud doesn’t exactly sit well with the law either.

Broken Law # 4 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.”

It looks like Karen’s boss has set a very bad example and that she’s a quick learner! 

While Karen is busy blackmailing her boss, Danny is out breaking hearts.  He goes to meet with Jo at the park and Jo insists on telling him to his face that she’s in love with him.  She has to tell him in person, otherwise she’ll never get over her feelings.  She explains that she can’t move on unless she knows that Danny could never feel the same way about her.  When Danny starts rambling about how unique and special their friendship is, Jo clearly has gotten her answer.  Danny looks like he feels terrible for hurting Jo, but when she demands the truth, he admits to still having feelings for Lacey.  Jo whispers “goodbye Danny” as she leaves the park.

Jo’s father still is not having an easy time either; apparently this is not a good day for the Masterson family.  At the police station, Kyle has learned that the murder weapon from Regina Crane’s murder — the weapon that he’s been unsuccessfully seeking for weeks now — was found in the pond that Marilyn insisted on searching again.  The weapon is covered with Danny’s fingerprints, and Marilyn already has a patrol car waiting outside of Danny’s house for when he gets home.  Marilyn “strongly suggests” (it sounds more like a command) arresting Danny immediately.  A bewildered Tess discusses this new information on the phone with Kyle.  She looks unusually upset.  

After her heartbreaking conversation with Danny, Jo goes on a man rampage.  Danny may not have feelings for her, but somebody does.  She knocks on Tyler’s door and when he opens it, Jo barges in and starts kissing him immediately.  This escalates really quickly, and Jo and Tyler sleep together.  Afterwards, Jo admits that this was her first time she’s “done anything.”  Tyler is honored by this, but Jo doesn’t look like she feels very honorable right now.  She requests that Tyler close his eyes while she puts her clothes back on, and when she’s fully dressed again, she’s also wearing a look of regret and confusion on her face. 

Danny gets home, and a frazzled Karen barks at him to pack a bag immediately.  Upon Danny’s hesitation, Karen fills him in on the news about the murder weapon with his fingerprints and insists that nothing is keeping them in this town anymore.  Danny agrees to pack a bag and leave, but we soon find out that when he goes upstairs, he escapes from the house.

At the beginning of the season, Danny made a comment that fleeing town when he’s a suspect for a crime would not be a good idea.  His comment was accurate, but with a little encouragement from his mother, Danny unfortunately did not take his own advice.  Now, regardless of whether Danny is guilty of the crime for which he’s a suspect, he and his mother are both guilty of another crime.

Broken Law # 5 & # 6 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.

Both Karen AND Danny are guilty, since the crime applies for resisting arrest of oneself OR another person. 

When Jo gets home, she is greeted by her best friend, which in my book is a lot better than a mother screaming at you that you have to leave town immediately.  There’s your one-up on Danny, Jo!  Rico waited all night for her to get home.  He apologizes profusely for lying to Jo about the video and she forgives him.  She describes him as an “amazing constant in [her] complicated life.”  She reminds him that she wants him to always be upfront with her.  To her surprise, that leads to Rico blurting out that he’s in love with Jo and that she’s his “dream girl.”  He goes to kiss her and Jo looks stunned.  When Rico asks if Jo is going to respond, she doesn’t know what to say.  Rico bolts out of her house faster than he did earlier in the episode, if achieving such a speed is possible.

This episode is filled with confusing friendship scenarios.  At Lacey’s house, she’s looking at photos of herself and her old group of friends.  Phoebe knocks on her door, explaining that the party didn’t last much longer after Lacey accused the host of poisoning someone.  Phoebe believes Lacey that Archie poisoned Cole.  This is likely because of how Phoebe was ostracized in the flashback that we saw earlier in the episode. 

Phoebe picks up one of Lacey’s photos and coincidently, Regina is in the picture wearing a bandage on the arm that she claimed Phoebe scratched.  Phoebe asks Lacey what happened to Regina’s arm, which surprises Lacey because Regina led her to believe that Phoebe was to blame for that.  Lacey reminds Phoebe that “[she] happened” to Regina’s arm.  Phoebe admits that during her fight with Regina, she may have pulled out some of Regina’s hair, but Phoebe insists that she doesn’t scratch.  It’s not her M.O.  She’s very firm about this and it appears that she’s telling the truth.  Lacey believes her and wonders who really was behind Regina’s injury.

Lacey’s question triggers Phoebe to have a flashback of herself and Regina.  In the flashback, Regina gets out of a car with Connecticut license plates.  Phoebe notices an enormous gash on Regina’s arm.  Regina never tells Phoebe who scratched her; she only refers to the person as “that bitch.”  Unfortunately, judging by the behavior of many of the people in Green Grove, this doesn’t narrow down the suspect list very much.  

In the next scene, Marilyn and Kyle show up at the Desai household in a police car.  Marilyn informs Karen that they have a warrant to arrest Danny for Regina’s murder, and she demands to know where Danny is.  Karen concedes that Danny is upstairs.  Kyle is in disbelief that Karen had bags packed and had planned on leaving town.  He also has no idea how Karen knew that they were coming… and neither do we.  

When Marilyn goes upstairs to find Danny, she’s too late.  He has already escaped.  Marilyn immediately begins a search for Danny.

Next, we see a clearly distraught Tess dial a phone number that she had hidden in the house.  It turns out, Vikram Desai is on the other end of the phone, and unless Tess has discovered some crazy scientific information, this means that Vikram is alive and has been faking his own death, and that Tess knew about it.  Vikram asks Tess what’s wrong and Tess responds that “it’s bad,” and that it’s time for Vikram to come home.  That should be interesting.  I wonder how many people will feel like they have seen a ghost when Vikram returns, and how many people will react more like Tess — not shocked at all.  We’ll find out when Twisted comes back with more episodes!

One Last Legal Note

I anticipated questions about the legality of Vikram faking his death, and I questioned the issue myself. In New York, the ACT of faking ones own death is not against the law; the legal problems tend to develop when there are illegal motives for doing such a thing.

That’s one more thing that we will have to wait to find out in the new episodes.  With an ending like that, I cannot wait for the new shows to air and, of course I’m excited to write about them when they do.

Thanks for all of your patience and for reading!