Claire's friend Riley runs a soup kitchen. She's had a three-week whirlwind courtship with Kevin and is ready to accompany him on a trip to Africa until she learns he's married, thanks to P.I. Nick Kazarian (IMDB says "Mick"), who's been working for Kevin's wife. Riley tries to get incriminating photos back from Nick, because she doesn't want to be publicly humiliated. She and Nick both have trust issues and hit it off, so Cupid nudges them together. Nick then finds evidence that Riley is using an assumed identity and has a Sugar Daddy. Riley's Sugar Daddy is just her actual Daddy, though. And while she's okay with Nick spying on her, she's not down with him knowing she's rich, so she breaks things off, even though he loved her before he knew her Daddy had money. They work that out, but then Daddy sets up Nick on video so that it looks like he accepts a bribe to stay out of Riley's life. Riley is heartbroken and humiliated yet again. She's decides to come back to Boston with Daddy, until Nick suggests she watch the entire video. D'oh. She can and does, because dumb Daddy didn't edit out the ending. There's love, rejoicing, and a(n accepted) marriage proposal. The romance is an exercise in tropes, but engaging, nonetheless.
In the B plot, Felix and his sister Lita throw a 40th anniversary party for their parents Bibi and Gus, but they can't fool me. That's not Gus; it's Luis from Sesame Street, but Bibi? She's no Maria. Felix hooks up with recent divorcée Mira (Mary Stuart Masterson), who is Corey's mother. Corey is Lita's boyfriend, and he's freaked about his mom getting a life, or so says Lita. Maybe he just doesn't want to become his own grandpa. I don't know. My agita is acting up from learning the sordid truth about Maria and Luis, never mind watching Mary Stuart Masterson playing the mother of the boyfriend of a character played by a 30 year old actress. I've got to go buy some Tums and Oil of Olay. I'll catch you on the flipside with the full weecap.
In "Live And Let Spy," when Trevor's matches Claire's friend Riley with a cad, he starts to think the gods were right to boot him from Mount Olympus. He tries again to help Riley find true love, and in the process, Claire has to stop playing doctor in order to fill the role of friend. Veronica Mars watch: Fans may notice the episode bears the fingerprints of writer Diane Ruggerio and director John Kretchmer.
Previously, on Cupid: Bobby Cannavale plays Trevor Pierce, a psychiatric patient of Sarah Paulson's Dr. Claire McRae. Trevor claims to be Cupid, the Greco-Roman god of love (a.k.a. Eros), who has recently been exiled from Mount Olympus to re-learn his craft. He says he must make 100 true love matches, without the help of his trusty bow and arrows, before he can return home. So you get why he's under psychiatric care, yeah? The twist is: maybe he's telling the truth. If you need more of a previously, read last week's not-so-weecap. Now, onto this week's... How's that -- you don't... get it? Well, there was a whole other series with a different cast, but the same premise and many of the same stories, created by the same Rob Thomas who created this one. You're not still floundering, are you? Okay, then perhaps it's time to learn your mythology. Don't tell me you're completely lost. Sean Crespo already has that gig. I mean for crying out loud, people, there's only been one measly episode before this one, which means this is only the second, and which I'm going to recap right now, whether you're ready or not. I'm sorry I sound so cranky. Pat pat. It's just a rom-com/dramedy (don't you hate show business lingo). You can jump right in. I promise. Ready? Let's go!
At a soup kitchen, an attractive young woman tries to serve quinoa to a guest who is unfamiliar with it. And I realize that although I've read about quinoa plenty of times, I've never heard it pronounced aloud until this very moment. KEEN-wah. Huh. It turns out the server's name is Riley Hanes, and she's a friend of Dr. Claire McRae's. Claire has finished seeing her clients at the center which houses the kitchen (she volunteers as counselor) so she offers to help with the meal, because Diane Ruggerio wants to show rather than tell us that Dr. Love has no love life. Trevor comes in and asks Riley why she's not off on her romantic evening with Kevin, who's getting on a plane for Africa in three hours. Claire wants to know who Kevin is, so Trevor explains that the international humanitarian is Riley's new squeeze. Another volunteer, Celia, adds helpfully, "You know, statue-of-David-ass Kevin?!" Claire is predictably (I know it's a new show, but still...) miffed that Trevor zoomed in on Riley (as a...client? a mark? whatever) the one and only time she came to Claire's singles group. Trevor ignores that and continues to play Cupid (which I guess he'd just think of as being himself) and hustles Riley out the door and to the museum fund-raiser to meet up with her beau.