Private Eyes s2 ep 5

Episode five finds Shade and Angie in pensive mood. Their client is a heartbroken classical musician who can’t accept his missing violinist fiancée “died” a year ago; the case brings them back up against an embittered Nolan who declares that “not every love story has a happy ending” but, much to Angie’s discomfort, is talking about a different “love story” entirely; and Shade feels for everyone, while having his own worries about what exactly his dad is hiding and whether Don Shade might be much longer for this earth.

The answer to the riddle of the missing muso and the fact that Nolan is handling it all wrong is obvious almost as soon as the detective opens his mouth – the more evidence there is the missing Laura is still alive, the more adamant he is that Shade and Angie should accept she’s dead, really? – but there’s a bit of Chopin, a bit of heartache and a recurring joke about Shade trying to bust down doors, so the episode manages to combine the sublime, the tragic and the amiably self-deprecating in the usual entertaining, if slightly more musically high-brow than usual, fashion. And just in case anyone was worried Private Eyes was going to get all serious on us, it culminates in a fun chase round a lovely Concert Hall where everybody gets to be a hero and the notion of Nolangie is dispatched fondly but firmly and (hopefully) finally – bring back Maz, you guys, Nolan is no fun – before a bunch of folk I really like sit down and share some frankly delicious-looking chicken. Good times.

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5 thoughts on “Private Eyes s2 ep 5

  1. Jed Bartlet October 8, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    This was my favourite episode of the season by a mile. I liked the plot and the overtly Toronto-esque setting. It even gave Nolan an excuse to be an asshat.

    • CJ Cregg October 8, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Did you see how Nolan’s face fell when Shade came in to the office after Angie? Yeah, dude. SHANGIE FOREVER.

      I really like that they never pretend it’s anywhere but Toronto – none of that *cough* Orphan Black *cough* business where they try and fudge it and pretend Vancouver or somewhere is actually Nameless Generic US city. Private Eyes is Canadian and proud, and I love that. I was quite keen to find out which concert hall it was as well – it looked great. Any Toronto residents out there who can help?

      • Jed Bartlet October 9, 2017 / 6:24 pm

        I’m reasonably sure it was the Four Seasons Centre, but will happily stand corrected (as I’ve never been to Toronto).

  2. SPN February 7, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    The concert hall was The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (a suburb just outside of Toronto).

    • CJ Cregg February 7, 2018 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks SPN 😃 – I was really taken with it!

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