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
(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!

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!

Twisted Pilot: Trying to Twist the Law in Your Favor Only Gets You Locked Up (Twisted Season 1 Episode 1 Recap + Broken Laws)

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Opening note: “twisted” takes place in New York, and accordingly I will be basing the legal aspects of my blog posts about this show on New York law.

The series premiere of “Twisted,” a new show on ABC Family, begins with two eleven-year-old girls playing on the swings. The scene seems innocent enough for approximately three seconds.  Then suddenly the swing set looks as if it belongs in a horror film, and the mood has gone from innocent to ominous.  The creaking noise coming from the swings does not sound fitting for the soundtrack of a play date among eleven-year-olds.

The blonde girl’s name is Jo, and her friend’s name is Lacey.  They’re at their friend Danny’s house, but we haven’t seen him yet.  Jo is worried about him because he has been acting different and strange lately, but Lacey reassures her that there’s nothing wrong — another sentiment that lasts all of two seconds.  The third musketeer of this group, Danny Desai, comes outside and approaches the girls.  He is armed with a red jump rope, but it’s obvious that he’s not in the mood to play any games.  With a pale and terrifying expression on his face, he says, “I had to.  I didn’t have a choice.  Please don’t hate me.” Who else is already reeled in and terrified by the intense beginning of this show?

It turns out, now 16-year-old Jo Masterson (Madelaine Hasson) is terrified as well.  The opening scene that we just watched was a nightmare she was having, but we quickly find out that it is based on an event that really happened when she was 11 years old.  Jo wakes up shaking, and her mother, Tess Masterson (Kimberly Quinn) calls her into the kitchen to eat breakfast before school.  This is going to be more than your average day at school, though.  Jo and her parents have the news turned on, and the anchor is talking about this upcoming school day; Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) is returning to school after spending five years in juvenile detention for strangling and killing his aunt.

Legal Comment/ Broken Law # 1!

I’m confident that I do not need to alert you that Danny has (allegedly) broken a law, I will explain the reasoning behind his conviction.  First of all, in New York, to be convicted of murder in the first degree, one has to not only intend to kill somebody and actually kill them, but additionally meet one of the enumerated conditions, such as killing a police officer, murdering for hire, terrorism, etc.  Since there is no indication that Danny met any of the enumerated conditions for first degree murder, he was more than likely found guilty of second degree murder:

New York Penal – Article 125 – § 125.25 Murder in the Second Degree
 § 125.25 Murder in the second degree.
    “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 or of a third person; except  that in any prosecution under this subdivision, it is an affirmative defense that:
    (a) The defendant acted under the influence of extreme disturbance for which there was a reasonable explanation or excuse, the reasonableness of which is to be determined from the viewpoint of a person in the defendant’s situation under the circumstances as the defendant believed them to be.  Nothing contained in this paragraph shall constitute a defense to a prosecution for, or preclude a conviction of manslaughter in the first degree or any other crime”

I included the above affirmative defense, because Danny insists that he had a reason for what he did and that he had no other choice, yet he will not tell anybody what that reason actually was.  It’s possible that if he DID tell somebody, his conviction could have been lowered from 2nd degree murder to manslaughter in the 1st degree.  

Additionally, Danny’s sentencing was different because he allegedly killed his aunt when he was eleven years old, as opposed to committing the same crime as an adult.  Therefore, he was subjected to New York’s laws for sentencing juvenile offenders :

New York Penal – Article 70 – § 70.05 Sentence of Imprisonment for Juvenile Offender (in relevant part)
 ” 2. Maximum term of sentence. The maximum term of an indeterminate

sentence for a juvenile offender shall be at least three years and the

term shall be fixed as follows:

  (a) For the class A felony of murder in the second degree, the term

shall be life imprisonment;

3. Minimum period of imprisonment. The minimum period of imprisonment
under an indeterminate sentence for a juvenile offender shall be
specified in the sentence as follows:
  (a) For the class A felony of murder in the second degree, the minimum
period of imprisonment shall be fixed by the court and shall be not less
than five years but shall not exceed nine years…”

Therefore, it appears that Danny was sentenced for 2nd degree murder and given the minimum period of imprisonment for a juvenile offender.  I’m sure his upcoming return to school is INCREDIBLY comforting for his peers.  At least he’s not one of those REALLY bad murderers given the maximum sentence.  Now THAT would be crazy. 

Moving on.  As the anchor discusses Danny’s return on TV, Jo’s parents suggest that she should start seeing her psychologist again.  However, Jo has a different idea on how to approach the situation; she wants to yell at her “lunatic freak” of an ex-best friend and tell him how much she hates his guts.  Her father, Kyle Masterson (Sam Robards), the town sheriff, quickly informs Jo that this might not be the greatest idea.  It must be all of the experience in his line of work that gives him the insight that screaming at a confessed murderer could be a poor choice.    

Next, Jo’s former best friend Lacey Porter (Kylie Bunbury) comes onto the screen and expresses her feelings on Danny’s return.  “If it were my choice, I wouldn’t let that socio anywhere near my school,” she proclaims.  At least Danny has a shiny new nickname for his first day back!  As the anchor elaborates on Danny’s family life, we learn that his father recently fell off of a company yacht while he was intoxicated, and his body was never recovered.  So we already have a deadly jump rope and a fatal cruise in one family.  We also see Danny’s mother, Karen Desai (Denise Richards), who clearly spent hours in hair and makeup for her brief cameo on the news.  I would like to take this moment to formally apologize for any of my complaints about the negativity on my local news channel.

Jo’s father drives her to school, and Jo finally admits that she is upset about Danny’s return to school and that she feels like suddenly she is eleven years old again.  When she gets out of the car, she sees that the school is surrounded by reporters.  She is greeted by her best friend, Rico (Ashton Moio), who is also concerned about the difficult day that awaits.  The only difference here is that Jo is worried about a murderer’s return to school and Rico is worried about a pre-calc quiz.  Jo puts Rico in his place by reminding him that a child murderer roaming the school hallways trumps a math quiz.  

Meanwhile, Lacey is walking towards the school with her two current best friends, Regina (Karynn Moore) and Sarita (Jamila Velasquez).  Regina informs Lacey that her “socio” line is trending on Twitter.  Fun fact: it was also trending on Twitter in real life. #Socio.  Lacey’s two best friends assure her that they have her back against Danny.  Inside the school, Lacey’s boyfriend, Archie (Grey Damon) tells her that he saw her on the news and that he thinks she’s sexy when she’s traumatized.  Wow, what a compliment!  He’s definitely a charmer.  Archie and Lacey’s other friends make fun of Jo’s appearance.  

Lacey approaches Jo to discuss Danny.  Then, she “invites” Jo to Regina’s party, by saying, “If you want, you can come.  I don’t care.”  Is Jo supposed to RSVP to that polite invitation?  This awkward conversation is abruptly interrupted when Danny arrives at school.  Regina thinks that he’s hot.  He walks up to Lacey and Jo and creepily says “boo!”  He claims that he is just kidding, but neither of the girls seem entertained.  Fortunately for the girls, this encounter is cut short by the principal (Rob Yang) who tells Danny to come to his office.  Danny wears an unfazed, “whatever, the principal’s office is nothing compared to juvie” look on his face.  He’s your regular dark, brooding, high school bad boy.  He just also happens to be a killer.   

The next scene is a meeting between the principal, Danny, and Danny’s mother.  Danny’s mother is clearly more excited about Danny’s return to Green Grove High School than Danny is.  The principal explains that he thinks Danny will be fine academically, but he might have a difficult time socially.  His mother insists that there won’t be any problems, and this conversation is met by Danny’s sarcastic banter.  “Yes, mother, I’m sure you’ll be running the PTA again by spring,” he promises.  Danny’s sarcasm is interrupted by the principal awkwardly hitting on Danny’s mother.  Did he really just say “am I right?” after calling Karen Desai beautiful?  Right, and Danny is the socially awkward one.  That sounds about right!  

After his lovely meeting in the principal’s office, Danny approaches Jo at her locker.  He tells her that he is nervous to be back at school and he begs her to chat.  Jo angrily blames him for her lost childhood and her “journey to post traumatic stress disorder.”  She demands to know Danny’s reason for killing his aunt, but Danny refuses to disclose that information.  He can never tell that to anybody, which makes everybody want to know what the reason is RIGHT NOW. 

Much to Jo’s dismay, when Danny asks her to direct him to his next class, she learns that he is in her psychology class.  The teacher, Mrs. Fisk (Kathy Najimi), uses Danny as her lesson plan for the day.  She informs him that his nickname on “The Twitter” is “Socio.”  Danny replies, “I guess I should get into this whole Twitter thing.”  “You should, it’s a delightful waste of time,” Mrs. Fisk tells him.  Is the username @Socio taken?  Lacey’s idiot of a boyfriend attempts to humiliate Danny in front of the class by telling Mrs. Fisk that the class is distracted because they’ve never seen a “real psycho” before.  In this class session, the students learn that sociopaths are good at mimicking human emotion.  This clearly makes Jo wonder if that’s exactly what Danny has been doing all day.  

Afterwards, in the school cafeteria, Lacey sits with her friends and they discuss Regina’s desire to have sex with Danny.  Regina beckons Danny to their table by screaming “Socio!” across the room.  She invites Danny to her party, and Danny is enjoying the conversation.  When Regina tells him that everyone will get over the whole murderer thing, he likens the school to “Glee” and says that he expects the students to break out into song any minute.  When Regina expresses surprise that Danny’s familiar with “Glee,” he tells her that watching the show was part of his punishment when he was in juvie.  His tone quickly turns creepy when he notices Regina’s necklace.  His reaction to it is incredibly strange, and he wants to know where she got the necklace.  He looks incredibly suspicious when he asks her, as if the necklace has frightened him somehow or brought up a bad memory for him.  He seems skeptical when Regina responds that she got the necklace as a gift. 

The next scene takes place at a diner where Jo and Rico are studying.  In reality, Rico is studying, and Jo is just a “lady who’s apparently ok with an A-minus on this problem set.”  Rico is definitely a nerd, but he’s hilarious.  When Danny walks into the diner, Rico warns Jo, “whatever you do, don’t turn around and then look up.”  Guess what Jo does next?  If you guessed that she turns around and looks up, you’re correct!  Danny approaches the table where Jo and Rico are sitting, and he echoes the words that Jo said to her father earlier, “It’s like suddenly I’m eleven again.”  Then, he introduces himself to Rico, who quickly and candidly responds, “Hi, I’m Rico.  I’m extraordinarily uncomfortable right now.”  When Danny leaves, Rico exclaims, “Oh, my god that was tense.  I feel like I just lived through a Hitchcock movie!”  His one-liners are already becoming an essential part of this show.  

Jo goes after Danny outside.  She wants him to stop trying to talk to her, which is all well and good, except that when he agrees to leave her alone, she continues talking to him.  She offers her condolences about Danny’s father, and Danny makes sociopath jokes and then invites Jo to accompany him to Regina’s party.  In two seconds they have gone from not speaking to partying together.

The next thing we know, Danny and Jo are walking into Regina’s party.  Jo explains that she doesn’t drink alcohol or mingle, but she came to the party so that she can tell her grandkids that she did something stupid in high school.  Regina is ecstatic to see that Danny accepted her invitation.  “Socio!  You came!” she shouts.  Then she drags Jo away to ask her “what’s up with [her] and Danny.”  Regina informs Jo that she wants Danny, but that she’s willing to “pass him to her after” because “sharing is caring.”  Regina then goes on to half-insult, half-compliment Jo by remarking, “You’re so cool- everyone is so wrong about you!”  Then she grabs drinks for the two of them and instructs Jo to “twirl it, swirl it, knock it down.”  And now we get to twirl and swirl and knock into:

Broken Law # 2 Alert! 

New York Alcoholic Beverage Control – Article 5 – § 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): “No person under the age of twenty-one years shall possess any alcoholic beverage… with the intent to consume such beverage.”  There is an exception which allows people under the age of 21 to possess an alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume it if the alcoholic beverage was given to them by their parent or guardian.  (paraphrased).  However, since Regina had this party while her parents were out of town, and it does not appear that the alcohol was provided to her by her housekeeper, she would not likely fall into this exception, and neither would any of her underage guests.  

Grading: (in relevant part) “Any person who unlawfully possesses an alcoholic beverage with intent to consume may be summoned before and examined by a court having jurisdiction of that charge… If a determination is made sustaining such a charge the court may impose a fine not exceeding fifty dollars and/or completion of an alcohol awareness program… and/or an appropriate amount of community service not to exceed thirty hours…”

Although it’s rather tame compared to the murder premise in this show, anyone who is drinking underage at that party is not within New York law.  

Next, Danny approaches Lacey, who is with her friend, Sarita at the party.  Sarita calls Danny a stalker, and Danny calls Sarita out on her 5th grade facial hair issues.  He makes fun of some lazer surgery that Sarita supposedly got when she was younger.  Lacey comments that Jo is already following Danny like a puppy.  When he observes that she’s being harsh, she justifies her behavior.  “Didn’t you hear?  I’m a bitch now.”  Regina walks up to them and suggests that Lacey invite her boyfriend to the party so that there can be a “stud-off” between Socio and the Soccer captain.  Danny claims that his new nickname is catchy. 

Jo is completely wasted; this may or may not be her first time ever drinking.  Sarita convinces Jo to do a body shot off of Scott.  Then, Scott and Sarita physically try to make Jo take off her shirt.  Sarita claims that she has to do it and that it’s “Green Grove High School law.”  Sarita and Scott have a thing or two to learn about New York State’s REAL laws.  

Broken Law # 3 Alert!

While some might believe that Sarita and Scott’s behavior seems typical in the party scene, you’re actually not allowed to physically abuse people, EVEN at parties. Their behavior definitely places Jo in fear of being physically injured. 

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.”  

What’s the main lesson here?  Don’t grab a girl and try to force her, violently, to remove her shirt when she clearly doesn’t want to.  It’s rather simple.  Oh, and another important lesson: “Green Grove High School Law” is a bunch of BS.  It’s becoming comical that the same people doing this to Jo are so concerned that a criminal attends their school.  If this is how they behave regularly, it’s surprising that they haven’t been to juvie as well.  

Additionally, Scott and Sarita could get nailed for:

Broken Law # 4 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.”

While all of this is happening, Regina attempts to bring Danny to her room.  She uses the upfront approach of telling him that she has something to show him, then giving him a hint that, that “something” is her bed.  Fortunately for Jo, Danny does not take Regina up on this offer, and he notices what Scott and Sarita are doing to Jo and intervenes. 

When Danny gets Scott off of Jo, Scott tells him to mind his own business, then he calls Danny a freak.  This leads to a dramatic moment.  The party music immediately stops playing as Danny informs Scott that “freak” is a little too generic of an insult.  Scott then calls him “rope boy” and violently shoves Danny across the room.  Pretty soon everyone at school is going to be gossiping about Scott and giving him new nicknames if he keeps up this type of behavior.  

Broken Law # 5 Alert!

When Scott shoves Danny across the room, he is not obeying New York law.  

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…”
“Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

So far, Scott seems more violent than the school’s resident Socio/Murderer.  

When Scott tries to get violent with Danny again, Danny grabs him and whispers something in his ear. We don’t get to hear what he said, but we see that it immediately gets Scott to back off.  Danny and Jo leave the party, and Jo asks Danny what he said to Scott.  Danny claims that he said “something about suing him for assault and winning.”  

Legal Comment/Broken Law # 6!

If Danny really wants to successfully sue Scott for something, it would be the tort of BATTERY rather than the tort of assault.  In New York, if someone is criminally guilty of assault, they can be found liable in tort for battery.  New York follows the 2nd restatement of torts in its definition for the tort of battery:

Tort of Battery (in relevant part): Sections 13 and 18 of the Restatement state that “an actor commits a battery if he acts intentionally… to cause a harmful or offensive contact…”  An offensive contact, under the restatement, is considered any contact with someone that was not permitted and would offend a reasonable person.  Conversely, in New York, the tort of assault would impose liability on someone for placing another in reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive conduct.  Essentially, in New York, the tort of assault places someone in fear of an imminent tort of battery. (paraphrased).  

After this night of wild partying, Lacey offers to give Jo and Danny a ride home.  When Jo gets home, she has not sobered up at all, and she drunkenly engages in conversation with her parents.  When she knocks on the door to her house and her parents open it for her, she greets them by crying out “Mom, dad!  You came!  Welcome!”  Jo is most definitely a light-weight.  Since Danny is so intimidating, he tries to boss Jo’s father around by telling him to try not to go too hard on her.  Jo’s version of what happened between Danny and Scott is entertaining to say the least.  She slurs to her parents that Scott tried to get her to take off her shirt and Danny said “get away from her, you suck!”  Drunk Jo is definitely funny even if her parents don’t appreciate it.  

After dropping Jo off at home, Danny bribes Lacy into his house with the promise of blue ranch potato chips.  He thanks her for saving him from an hour of tedious drunk walking.  Lacey describes how difficult Danny made her life, but Danny believes that deep down, Lacey misses her friendship with Jo and Danny.  He tells Lacey that he regrets not growing up with her and Jo.  Lacey proceeds to pass out in Danny’s room, cuddling the bag of blue ranch potato chips.  Her boyfriend would definitely not be happy about this!  

Then, we see that in his two days out of juvie, Danny has already gotten himself an iPhone.  He receives text messages from Regina, who invites him to come back to her house for “an after party of two.”  She’s incredibly persistent; she really wants to get him into that bed!  When Danny rejects this invitation, he receives another text from Regina, but this one is a lot more disturbing.  It reads: “Come over.  We have to talk.  I know why you killed your aunt.”  

The following morning, Lacey bolts out of Danny’s house while he is still asleep.  Danny’s mother sees her leaving, and is abnormally happy that his son had a girl spend the night.  Meanwhile, we see Jo in her room looking at an old picture of herself and Lacey and Danny.  Then, Regina’s housekeeper finds Regina on the floor… DEAD!  Jo goes to Danny’s house to thank him for rescuing her from the “wannabe rapist jock douche” formerly known as Scott.  Danny’s mother is happy to see Jo, and exclaims that she’s “So big.  Not in a fat way but in a grown up way.”  Um, thanks?  Then, a story about Regina’s death comes on the news at Danny’s house.  As Danny watches this with his mother and Jo, we can tell that Jo is wondering if Danny could be the one who killed Regina.  

At school, Lacey mourns the loss of Regina with her other friends.  Archie and Scott insist to Lacey that Danny is definitely the person who killed Regina.  Scott claims that Danny threatened to kill him and “enjoy it like he did last time” if he didn’t get away from Jo at the party.  Then, there’s an assembly in Regina’s honor at the school.  The students begin chanting “Socio!”  They clearly suspect that Danny is guilty of murdering Regina.  Jo’s father and two other police officers interrupt the assembly to take Danny in for questioning.  Jo stands up and gives a speech to her fellow students about how they shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about Danny.  Jo and Lacey argue in the hallway afterwards.  Jo is upset that Lacey doesn’t want to help her stand up for Danny.  Jo believes that Lacey cares way too much about her high school social status.  

Jo’s father questions Danny about the text messages he received from Regina.  He also shows Danny a picture of Regina’s necklace and asks him if it looks familiar.  Danny says that it doesn’t.  Jo’s father informs Danny that he asked about the necklace because Regina’s housekeeper said that Regina never took that necklace off, yet it was the only item missing from the house after Regina’s death.  Danny comments that this sounds like a burglary gone wrong.  

Legal Comment/ Broken Law # 7!

Actually, if the person responsible for Regina’s murder and the theft of her necklace was NOT Danny, this sounds more like a burglary gone RIGHT, in New York.  

New York Penal – Article 140 – § 140.30 Burglary in the First Degree (in relevant part): 
 “A person is guilty of burglary in the first degree when he knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein, and when, in effecting entry or while in the dwelling or in immediate flight therefrom, he… causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime.”  
“Burglary in the first degree is a class B felony.” 

If Danny IS responsible for this, then his comment about a “burglary gone wrong” would be more accurate, because he wouldn’t have been in Regina’s dwelling unlawfully, because she invited him over.  However, assuming somebody else, who Regina did not give permission to enter, did this, that person would be guilty of burglary, because that person would have unlawfully entered Regina’s dwelling with the intent to commit a crime therein (kill Regina, steal the necklace).  Then, the person would have met the next requirement, because Regina was physically injured (ore more accurately, Regina was KILLED).  

Jo’s father’s questioning of Danny is cut short when Danny’s mother and her lawyers arrive at the police station.  Afterwards, Danny talks to Jo about the speech she gave in his defense during the assembly.  He also tells her about the text messages he got from Regina, and he still refuses to tell Jo his reason for killing his aunt.  He says that he is protecting Jo by not telling her this information.  He swears that he is not the one who killed Regina, and he needs Jo to trust him.  He gives her the perfect reason to trust him, too.  “I may have killed someone before, but I never lied to you,” he insists.  How comforting and convincing!  

At the end of the episode, Danny’s mother comes into his room as he is looking at an old picture of himself and his father.  Danny’s mother says that she believes that he is innocent.  She tells him that if he doesn’t feel comfortable in this town and at this school, they can find somewhere else to live and start over.  Danny doesn’t think this is a good idea.  He explains, “I haven’t brushed up on my criminal law lately, but I think fleeing town might make me look guilty.”  Maybe Danny should be the one writing this blog!  

At the very end of the episode, we see Danny looking at an old picture from when he was 4 years old.  It’s a picture of him and his aunt Tara, who he allegedly killed.  In the picture, his aunt is wearing the exact same necklace that Regina had — the necklace which is now missing.  Then, we see that the necklace is now in Danny’s bedroom.  We are left in a state of complete suspense, wondering if Danny killed Regina and then took the necklace from her house, or if there is some other explanation for all of this.  Maybe we will find out more information in the second episode of “Twisted,” which airs tonight on ABC Family, right after “Pretty Little Liars.”  Stay tuned!