Time to check in on Private Eyes, now just over halfway through its first season. And this episode, ‘Partners in Crime’ is a good one to pick, because it’s perhaps the strongest one so far. Two cases of identity theft are connected by Angie and Shade to a speed dating organisation. So the two of them – of course – go undercover at a speed dating evening, hoping to find out which of the lonely hearts has been using his or her two minutes with strangers to get enough personal information to guess at passwords and the like.
There’s just a hint of edge in the air as well, with Angie – who got laid a couple of weeks ago, although personally I thought she could do a little better (i.e. Shade) – teasing Shade that he’s in a romantic slump. He’s also having to watch while his father (Barry Flatman) and daughter (the excellent Jordyn Negri) develop love lives of their own. But Shade responds by bringing his A-game when he and Angie, still undercover, inevitably find themselves sitting across a table from each other, giving us perhaps the most squee-worthy moment on the show so far, when Shade looks soulfully into Angie’s eyes and unspools his best lines, and in response Angie visibly has to restrain herself from doing that thing where you pull your collar to one side to let a little heat out.
This week, in fairness, the perp wasn’t who I thought it was – I can’t quite believe that I’m avoiding spoilers in a Private Eyes review, but anyway: I was pretty sure it was REDACTED, and somewhat surprised that it was, in fact, REDACTED. But the great thing about Private Eyes is that it doesn’t matter all that much. The plot rattles along, the charm comes off the screen in waves; it’s an hour of TV that doesn’t demand too much of the viewer, and makes no promises other than that you’ll be entertained. I love this show.