The previouslies this week are mainly just that one repeated shot of Vivian's dead body, intercut with people saying Ben Preswick's name over and over. Dead girl, Ben Preswick, dead girl, Ben Preswick. Mia's Vivian's daughter, Will is a tantrum-throwing manchild, everybody says "babydaddy" over and over like it's the medical term for that, and Lyritrol is deadly for cancer patients. Joanna thought Julian might have killed his sister, for valid reasons, but because he too is a tantrum-throwing manchild, it went poorly. Tonight is Mia's society debut; the last thing Joanna did was say "Ben Preswick" a bunch of times and then tell him she's an undercover cop working for the FBI. Because when you're working undercover for the FBI, you should constantly be telling people about it.
SIX HRS LATER
Will: "Ben Preswick! Why did you clobber Edward Bowers, Ben Preswick?"
Ben Preswick: "I don't want to talk about it."
Joanna, apropos of nothing: "Ben Preswick, I am a San Francisco narcotics detective here on special detail to the FBI. I want to find out who killed my best friend, Ben Preswick, so I'm working undercover within the family."
Will: "Ben Preswick, my partner here is just a woman. She should not have told you all these things, Ben Preswick, but I guess she does not understand how this works."
Ben Preswick: "But in another way, she does. Intuitively she grasped that telling me she was Vivian's best friend twenty years ago and hasn't talked to her since then would be the one thing that would crack this case wide open."
Joanna: "Ben Preswick!"
Will: "Ben Preswick!"
Ben Preswick: "Ben Preswick!"
EIC Darcy: "[Tabloid chatter.]"
Horrible Nichole Frishette: "I found this old lady wandering around."
Old Lady: "You know, I'm very close with Dominick Dunne."
EIC Darcy: "What's happening here?"
What's happening here is that the old lady, name of Buffy, was friends with Robert's first wife Catherine that Sofia probably murdered. After Catherine died, Buffy was kicked out of the Bowers circle, because Sofia only wants soldiers and not old-lady friends. But guess what?
Nichole: "Buffy didn't see Robert and Sofia for years, until she ran into them at a dude ranch."
EIC Darcy: "Naturally."
Buffy took a picture of them at the dude ranch, a week before Sofia supposedly gave birth to Mia Bowers, and Sofia was cutting a trim figure atop a majestic Montana dude equine. So if Sofia was running around all unpregnant and horse whispering that week, then who was the babymama? Darcy can't wait to find out.