The Catch s1 ep 8

A little bit of unfinished business from before our break. And, once again, The Catch falls down slightly on its Case of the Week. This time, it’s would-be pop star Kelsey – a friend of, and former musical collaborator with, Slightly Geeky But Attractive Female Associate – whose record company won’t release the album she made with mega-producer Nathan. When the reasons for this are revealed it feels as if the show is trying to make some pertinent points about the cynicism of modern celeb culture and the treatment of female musicians, but I don’t think the storyline can bear that weight. And Smooth Male Associate needs to man up stat and, perhaps, ask SGBAFA out, rather than gazing lovingly at her old music videos.

Meantime, in the Con of the Week, Rhys has roped Ben and Reggie into “stealing” a “package”: i.e. abducting a master counterfeiter named Leah Wells (Nia Vardelos) from under the eyes of US Marshals, who are guarding her because she’s about to testify against some LA crime kingpin or other. There are some nice touches – Paul McCartney for one; and, like Ben, I was expecting Leah to be pathetically grateful rather than high-maintenance – but by the standards of previous weeks it, too, feels undernourished.

I suspect this is because, with only two episodes to go, the personalities are being moved centre stage: Margot, posing as a therapist, is systematically interrogating Alice about her relationship with Ben; he, meantime, is trying to form an alliance with Rhys, in the hope that Margot will be sent to New York and Rhys will return to London, leaving him to play happy families in LA with Alice. But Margot has plans of her own. This part of the episode worked best – the scenes in which John Simm, Sonya Walger, and Peter Krause are struggling for supremacy have a real spark and energy to them, and Mireille Enos continues to be affecting as a woman in conflict about the grifter who might, or might not, be the love of her life. One also has to wonder about the final scene, in which Ben apparently makes his choice: is he, this time, to be trusted?

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