Last we left off, Auggie was burning bloody clothes. He continues to give off way-too-obvious clues that he is Sydney's murderer. Let's see. There's a deep, bloody gash on his shoulder from a struggle. Oh yeah, and a flashback where he does everything but kill Sydney right in front of us. Can you guys at least let us realistically suspect Auggie is the real killer for a whole episode, please?
Lauren returns from her night of prostitutin' just in time to find out she needs even more money and faster or she'll be kicked out of med school. Sounds like a good enough reason to keep selling your body and your integrity so down the line people can put "Dr." in front of "Whore" when they address you. Just so happens that before her first John leaves town, he calls Lauren up and asks her if she'll visit a buddy of his. Shitty. But Lauren needs to make that money so she caves. Her sex for money get-rich-quick scheme starts to invade her personal life when she runs into David and Ella at a party while with her new John, Rick, and the gang begins asking her about her new boyfriend but all talking about different guys who are never going to be around again. At least that's what we think.
Riley and Jonah have a bit of a wedge driven between them when Ella interrupts their newly-engaged attempt at lovemaking and insists on Jonah installing a surveillance camera for The Complex to put everyone at ease after Sydney's murder. All it really does is give Jonah the opportunity to see footage out of context of Riley consoling Auggie who is "grieving" over Sydney and begin to suspect she's cheating on him. They finally come to their senses and agree that if this whole marriage thing is going to work out, they need to be able to trust each other with their neighbors. That's always the foundation of a good marriage.
There are flashbacks galore. Even more than in the pilot, if you thought that wasn't possible. Auggie flashes back to first meeting Sydney at the infamous AA meeting on St. Patrick's Day. Predictably, they end up ducking out and passionately mauling each other. He finds himself being questioned by detectives who have dug into his past. Revealed in another flashback (we should keep a tally of how many flashbacks this show employs. It might be worthwhile) Auggie tells Sydney his sob story about his last girlfriend being murdered as a result of a bar fight he started. Sucks to be Auggie.
David reveals himself to be quite the ungrateful bastard grifter. He tries to sell off the painting he stole from his father last episode and is told that if he wants quick cash, old and crusty French paintings which can't be moved quickly aren't going to cut it. He decides to try and steal a rare watch from a glam Hollywood party his ex-girlfriend is throwing while her parents are gone. Mission successful.
Ella tags along to the party to try and snag a prized client to keep her publicist career on the up and up. When he tries to get fresh with her, she whisks him out of the party with the promise of sexual favors only to trick him into getting a mobile phone pic of his little Palm Pre snapped. Turns out this bit of brazen trickery lands her the gig with this guy who actually happens to be gay. He was just acting straight. Keep this client on lock, Ella. He's good.
Meanwhile, Violet is looking for a job and is encouraged by Auggie to apply for a recently vacated hostess position at his restaurant. She gets rejected right off the bat for her lack of style. Ella comes to the rescue and gives her a makeover, which instantly wins her the job. Forget about whether she's qualified. Girl looks good in black.
Everyone ends up at a pool party back at The Complex where Violet flashes back to meeting Sydney and reveals that... Sydney is her mom! They both have red hair! How didn't we see this coming? But seriously that's stupid, guys. Even more so, Sydney refuses to admit maternity, implying motive for Potentially Violent Violet. I think I hear the gears in Maury Povich's brain all the way from here. "You are the mother! Now die."
Auggie stands naked in the shower. Wow, MP, you're already pulling out that card, huh? That washboard-ab'd, taut-muscled, glistening-skinned, clear-eyed... wait a minute. I'm not gay. What the hell was that all about? Anyway, Auggie isn't just washing away the dirt of a long day. Blood washes down the drain as we see a deep, bloody gash on the back of his shoulder. *SIGH* Laying it on a little thick with the clues, are we? Please let us believe for more than the first five minutes that Auggie isn't just a distraction from the real killer.
Outside Lauren is on her way home from a long night of prostitution when she bumps into David. He teases her about catching her on a walk of shame. I've read way too many Texts From Last Night to be amused by this exchange.
Riley wakes up Jonah with breakfast in bed. She's all riled up (sorry) and acting like a cat in heat as she pounces on Jonah. Knock, knock, knock on the door. Riley gets up and answers to find a surprised Ella. "What are you still doing here?" That's not suspicious at all, El. She walks in uninvited before jumping into a spiel about the tenants of The Complex being uncomfortable after Sydney's murder, wanting some sort of surveillance system put into place. Ella dubs Jonah the resident AV geek and asks him to rig something up for them so they can save time and money. Jonah, being the nerd he is, obliges, saying he can use a camera he uses for Skype. Hey, Jonah, what do you use for Twitter and Facebook? You're so cool. I want to be just like you. Riley is still in in-out-in-out mode and lies to Ella about her and Jonah planning to go to the beach so she can get Jonah out of the obligation. She tries telepathy with Ella, but either Ella isn't operating on the same telepathic frequency or she knew exactly what she walked in on and is a badass bitch who knows how to screw with people on the fly. I like to think it's the latter. Will you marry me, Ella?
Violet is lounging outside by the pool with a newspaper as Auggie walks out with parts of a newspaper himself. She tells him she borrowed his classifieds. Violet mentions a modeling job she found that pays $300 and requires no past experience. I bet Lauren posted that. Auggie advises her to steer clear of that ad, but there's a hostess job that just opened up at his restaurant, which I've finally found out is called Coal. Isn't it nice when coincidences bring two characters who have nothing in common together? Detective Rodriguez pops up behind Auggie, like, "where did he come from" pops up behind Auggie. He starts asking Auggie questions and... FLASHBACK. We're at the famous AA meeting on St. Patrick's Day. Auggie walks in the door and stands there without joining the group. Sydney comes over to him and deadpans, "You know, I don't think it counts with the courts if you don't actually come in." After some more charming on the part of Sydney, she suggests they could have some fun if they get out of there. We cut to them violently making out, rolling around on the ground. Auggie ends up on top of Sydney as she tears open his shirt and her eyes go wide at the sight of his abs. Clean-up on aisle vag. END FLASHBACK. Auggie tells Detective Rodriguez they were just friends. Don't ever talk to a guy who kills a girl and says he just has a friend.