Synopsis: Goren and Eames are called in to investigate when the daughter-in-law of a prominent member of the Jewish community is murdered in her garage. Did the woman murder her or was it the husband’s lover Shandeh?
What I liked about this episode: If nothing else, the episode does give you a brief overview of the Jewish community and traditions; including an interesting one about how the victim was seeking a divorce and had to do it the right way to guarantee her kids wouldn’t be taken from her by religious authorities. That’s something I would never have expected in today’s society.
I also kind of liked the murderers in this one (the guys who were hired) because they weren’t what you would expect to see in a show like this. They made a lot of mistakes and were anything but professional hit men. I think that gave the episode a bit of realism.
What I didn’t like about the episode: From the very beginning, it’s pretty obvious who is behind the murder. The episode makes an effort to show us Shandeh in the hopes we might buy a weak motive for killing the wife but it’s pretty clear the mom is the only one with both the motive and means. It was only a matter of time before she confessed (they always do).
Final Opinion: It was an OK episode but I wish the killer was a little harder to figure out so they could have put a bit more effort into the investigation rather than trying to throw us an obvious red herring.