This week's Number is a sexy woman about JC's age named Zoe. She's also in a similar occupation, as it turns out. She doesn't reveal her methods or sources, but she gets things done. For a fee. First, JC -- posing as her driver -- watches her give a misplaced gun back to a cop (which somehow saves another cop's career). Then she recovers some audio about an affair the CFO of a pharmaceutical company had a couple years back. But when she returns the audio to the pharmaceutical guys, they try to kill her instead of paying her. Lucky for her, JC's on it and he helps her escape. She hides out for a few days while Bench works to figure out the audio recording. They eventually find, it's not an affair at all but information about a migraine drug they're about to put on the market, which happens to kill three percent of people. When Zoe turns back up, she and JC decided to work together to take down the pharmaceutical company. They end up caught when they break in to get information, and she throws JC under the bus to get herself out. Really, though, she slips him a paperclip, which he uses to make his own escape. Then she leads him right to where she's taking the philandering pharmaceutical rep. JC gets there just in time, as Bench meets with the other head of the company and tells him they've been had. They all end up arrested. JC drives Zoe one last time, and then they bid their flirty farewells. I'm thinking this may not be the last we see of Zoe.
Meanwhile, a Fusco-less Carter works a homicide case that just happens to be the lead suspect in the 1973 murder of Marlene Elias. He also happened to have been killed with the old knife that killed Marlene (and that was stolen from lockup by JC and his gang. Since this could lead Carter to JC, she's obviously quite interested. She calls in the old cop who worked the case, but when he gets the information she needs (about Marlene's child, who ended up in the foster care system and only has one person in the world he cares about), he ends up murdered before he can share it. Lucky for Carter, she's at his apartment right after the murder, and manages to shoot at the guy who killed him. He gets away, but not before she gets him with at least one bullet, leaving some blood for her to run DNA testing on in a future episode.
"You are being watched." And, judging by the ratings, you're kind of into that. This week, our Number is in the opening, though, right at the end where Bench says, "... if your number's up, we'll find you." Is that always the case, and I just don't pay enough attention to the opening each week? Or has Paige Turco been in the opening from the get-go? I hope someone on the forums will be able to answer my question. (Actually, I just watched the opening of last week's episode online and see that it showed the judge at the end. So, okay. I'm just not very observant.)
It's another surveillancey voiceover opening. This one is a woman who says, "You know why I'm here. You know how I feel. I can't hide it anymore. What we're doing is wrong." Then Paige Turco's coming out of a New York townhouse to her car. JC's waiting to be her driver, which doesn't make her happy. She calls her car company, and Bench answers and explains her regular driver's laryngitis. He says they sent their best driver in his place, but she's going to be the judge of that. And she's also not going to pay him until the job's over, judging by the fact that she gives him a bill -- only after tearing it in half. JC drives her away, and Bench comes out of hiding. He breaks into the place, narrating for JC the whole time about her nondescript apartment with nothing she cares about in it. He asks where JC keeps the things he cares about, but JC says he doesn't have any. Bench also fills us in that she dropped out of law school, then bought a $2 million place in the city with cash.
JC stops the car and watches as Paige Turco gets out, and exchanges a package with a guy named Slip (who calls her "Zoe") for a lot of cash. He tells Bench, then tells him that if he wants to know where to hide things, it's "underneath." She changes in the car while JC drives, then gets out looking much more sexy. JC has discovered the package she bought was a gun, but Bench says that's what he found under her couch, too. JC realizes she bought an untraceable gun because she plans to kill someone, and follows her inside her next destination. He follows her into a dark hall where she pulls the gun on a cop. Then she addresses him by name -- "Lieutenant Gilmore" -- and hands him the gun. Apparently this cop's nephew, also a cop, left his sidearm in a public bathroom and she's returning it and saving the cop's career. She tells him to stop some investigation into Councilman Rush, and he asks if that makes them square. She says it doesn't, but it's a start.