Station. The Kops are sorting through the recovered goods. Abernathy, it turns out, was not just a history teacher, but a computer science teacher, as well, and took six months to figure out the security system. "All to impress a girl," Marcus says. Leigh apologizes to him for misjudging Teresa. As soon as Marcus is out of the room, Leigh picks up a truly fugly box encrusted with fugly green gems. She opens it, hears a heartbeat, and sighs with relief.
Andie visits Charlie at his house to tell him she broke up with Brett. Charlie consoles her while trying not to smile. She tells Charlie she feels for him what she didn't feel for Brett. They decide to give things a go. Smooching ensues.
Lukas and the teen wolves are riding their bikes. Brett shows up and lies to Lukas that he broke up with Andie. "You did the right thing," Lukas says, trying not to be too conspicuous. He invites Brett to go running with the pack again. Brett accepts without hesitation this time. Forget humans! They're boring, and they usually get mad if you sniff their butts!
Meanwhile, Abernathy has made bail and returns home to find Leigh waiting for him. "Did you open it?" she asks. He immediately knows what she's talking about. He muses on how weird The Gates really is, but promises to take all their secrets to the grave as long as the charges are dropped. More than willing to speed him on his way, Leigh pulls out a gun and silencer. She apologizes and then shoots him, twice.
Claire is in bed when she receives a text message from Christian. "Will I C U?" he asks. Ugh. Hotness rating falling. Glancing over to make sure Dylan is still asleep, she texts back a "yes."
Leigh returns home with her fugly box of secrets and places it on its rightful shelf. Near it, there's a picture of Leigh in the embrace of an unknown man. Ominous music plays. The gates of The Gates close. The end.
So, why isn't this show finding an audience? It's barely pulling in CW numbers on a major network. A repeat of Cold Case got two million more viewers on Sunday night in the same time slot. The Gates has a weak lead-in from Scoundrels, and summer viewership is sort of blah, anyway. But this show should benefit somewhat from the popularity of vampires, a good-looking and fairly talented cast, and potentially intriguing stories. One of the show's problems is that it can't seem to decide what it is or what stories it wants to focus on. The police procedural element is the weakest aspect of the show and it's used as the main thread to hold the stories together. As if it knows it doesn't have long to live, the show throws everything at the wall and hopes something will stick quickly enough to grab the audience. There are vampires, werewolves, succubi, witches and whatever Leigh is. Then add in all the relationship drama and school bake sales and the show doesn't give any one element enough time to flourish. I find the werewolf and vampire stories most interesting partly because of my bias toward these critters in fiction, but also because the actors in those stories are the best of the lot. Concentrating on them and letting the other supernaturals fall by the wayside might have helped. Look, for example, at The Vampire Diaries, which, partly by virtue of being on the CW, took a whole season to let the supernatural residents of Mystic Falls develop. The show dropped hints along the way, but it never felt spread thin, as The Gates does. Here's hoping some of the actors find more permanent homes elsewhere.