Because no horror show is complete without at least one instance of teens around a campfire, this week’s episode opens with that very trope. Only instead of the expected monster, storytime is interrupted by a dying young pregnant woman named Emily Sparrow. After the cold open, we learn that she didn’t make it, but her baby did.
We come to learn that Emily Sparrow has been missing for months and presumed dead. The cops and the media both liked her boyfriend, Dylan Munsen, for her murder, but could never actually prove anything.
Liv is on the case, but Emily’s brains make her super-maternal and very attached to Baby Sparrow. Fortunately for the little one, Emily’s own parents are still on the scene. Unfortunately, their presence causes Liv to flash on the heated argument that happened when Emily revealed her pregnancy, making them very plausible suspects in her death. In fact, Dad coldcocked Dylan and threatened to lock her in her room.
Clive and Lieutenant Suzuki bring Dylan back into the precinct and question him in regards to Emily’s death. Dylan says that they fought often. On the night she disappeared, they’d been having it out at a friend’s party when she got sick of it all and hitchhiked away. Of course, he’d told the cops all of this months ago, but the important detail that he left out was the sound of barking dogs. (Okay, so it doesn’t sound important now either, but we’ll get there.) It doesn’t help anything that Dylan’s pretty obviously a hardcore jerk and intends to keep the baby for publicity’s sake.
This high-profile murder investigation has temporarily sidelined Clive’s other project: finding out what’s been happening to Major’s kids. Major plays a bit of a dirty trick on our favorite detective. He calls for a case update, not telling Clive that he’s on speakerphone with a reporter. Ms. Hinson walks away with a rather damaging quote for her efforts, which gets Clive into a whole lot of hot water around the office.
Said hot water means that Clive is stuck on the crappy paperwork side of the job, checking into property listings within a 10-mile radius of where Emily was found. Thankfully, it’s that grunt work that leads to one of the big breaks in the case. The Sparrows have a company that owns a cottage within the radius, and it’s the house that Liv saw in her vision. When Liv and Clive check the place out, they find a “hand-carved” crib in the basement. Emily’s parents walk in on their investigation and explain further. Emily was an amazing kid, but Dylan was a horrifically bad influence on her (yeah, there’s a shocker). Dad was working on the crib in hopes that Emily would be found someday soon.
Liv’s next flash gives her insight on the vehicle that took Emily away the night she disappeared. Liv sees an Animal Control truck with a super sketchy-looking guy keeping watch. Clive and Liv interview Margo Sheppard, the head of Animal Control, to see if any of their current employees match the man in Liv’s vision. They don’t, and the only name Margo is able to give them leads to a man who’s already been in jail for four months. Nothing doing there.
Liv’s final vision shows her that Emily wasn’t the only girl kidnapped by their mysterious stranger. She flashes on Emily’s escape and the two young women who were being held with her. Clive figures out that Emily could have floated downriver from the place where she was imprisoned, which brings him to a property owned by Mark Sheppard (not that one!), the creepy husband of our Animal Control liaison.
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