Recap by @Andrea_Briz
Pics courtesy of @neropatti and bookemdanno.net
There’s been such a lot of hype surrounding this episode and the ‘choose your own adventure’ ending so I was interested to see how it all came out in the wash. Of course, being an Australian viewer, I had no opportunity to vote for the ending so I didn’t get the full experience. Still, it is an interesting concept and I went into it hoping for the best. (Note: this recap contains the East Coast ending as that is the version to which I had access.)
The episode opens with a scared-looking college kid, a bright light shining in his face and a voice that sounds like Darth Vader. I was so waiting for “Luke, I am your father.” We knew from the promos that the COTW centred on the murder of a college professor so this little opening scene had to be about discovering the body. It turns out to be a fraternity initiation stunt. The whole fraternity thing is kind of fascinating to me because Australian universities don’t work like that at all. Anyway, the kid has to sing a Backstreet Boys’ song, which he does very badly, and then drink 100 shots of beer in under 100 minutes. Just so you know, for most Australian students that would be a cinch!
Anyway, during the beer initiation stunt, Backstreet Boy discovers a body in a bath of acid (well, it is a chemistry lab!). Oh, gross. As we cut to the opening credits, I imagine Max will be having a field day with this week’s victim.
But, alas, when we return from the credits we deviate from the COTW to find out that Kono has to watch over Sang Min, who has been returned to Hawaii to testify at a federal trial in return for a sentence reduction. I know Sang Min has done some very, very bad things, but I kinda like him!
When we do get back to the crime there is no Max being all excited over a squidgy corpse. We get a fleeting glimpse of him extracting squidgy bits from the acid bath but that is it. Instead we are introduced to Eric (aka E train), Danny’s nephew, who has been sent for some one-on-one time with his uncle to help clean up his act. So it’s Bring your Nephew to Work Day! (Really, Show, really?)
OK, so we already know who the victim is, Professor Cutler. And we know there are three possible perpetrators: boss Patrick Roth, Cutler’s teaching assistant, and a male student. Now it’s a matter of determining who the killer was – interesting idea but it does put a whole different spin on the episode when you actually sit down to watch it.
Anyway, McG and Danny initially think the murder was a robbery gone wrong as Cutler was hit on the head then put in the acid bath and there is some lab equipment missing. But then Chin puts the kybosh on that idea as he discovers that the stolen equipment was recovered (so it’s a murder staged to look like a robbery) and the lab door was broken from the inside. Chin also tells the boys that over 300 students and faculty have access to the lab. Hey, that’s a long list of suspects! But we’ve only got three to choose from – so it’s not really 300 after all, is it?
The first person McG and Danny interview is Patrick Roth, Cutler’s boss AKA Door Number 1. Meanwhile, Chin talks to Cutler’s teaching assistant, Door Number 2, who has a beef with the professor over having to do more than his fair share of teaching while Cutler focuses on his research. Roth offers up another potential suspect in a female student he observed leaving Cutler’s office in tears. Now we know she has to be a true red herring as Door Number 3 is a male student.