Ever since the first episode’s jaw-dropping end, it’s felt like Notorious has been trying to recapture that OMG moment, but coming up a little short. After the post-Grey’s promo referred to Daniel Sunjata as “David Sunjata,” I feared the worst. Could ABC’s little slip-up be an omen of the episode to come? Fortunately, that was not the case.
First off, let me start by saying, this was the first episode where the Oscar/Sarah drama took a backseat to one of Jake’s cases, and it felt like a much-needed breather. Sure, we got to see Oscar in full prison garb giving an interview to Louise (Can we talk about how he still managed to look SO put-together despite being in prison? Like, is there a prison stylist?), and we got the first glimpse at an off-the-rails-and-spiraling Levi. But for the most part, this episode was about the murder of Jason Moore, a California college football player whose body was found in the San Fernando Valley.
Because teens will be teens, rumors begin to fly very quickly among the hipster Cali crowd, and soon, people are accusing Jason’s friend Dax of his murder on a popular app called Tell Me a Secret that lets users anonymously post anything they want and broadcast it to people nearby (think Yik-Yak — if you don’t know what that is, consult your nearest middle schooler). Despite the fact that Dax is totally the guy who locked his door after school so he could be left alone to listen to My Chemical Romance and flat iron his hair in high school, he maintains his innocence, as does his sister Chloe and their friend Finn, all of whom were also tight with Jason. Because Dax also just so happens to be a drug dealer, there’s already a warrant out for his arrest, and he is eventually arrested for Jason’s murder. He’s just so misunderstood.
Of course, Jake and Julia’s paths have to cross at some point, so Julia invites Chloe on LHL…only to ambush her by ALSO inviting Jason’s asshole frat boy football coach, who has been slamming Dax in the press and accusing him of murdering Jason. This guy is The Worst. Chloe attempts to defend her brother, saying that he writes songs and reads books and only sometimes wears guyliner, so he’s definitely not a murderer. But the coach is not having it, and the two go back and forth like a Trump-Hillary debate before Chloe eventually storms out.
Now, with a murder mystery to be solved, it’s no surprise that Fred and Daphne are hot on the trail! Because last week’s Chinese-food-on-the-hood-of-a-car date wasn’t romantic enough, this week, Ella and Ryan take their romance to a college football stadium and chow down on french fries. Ella makes her best attempt at being a #Relatable teen, and downloads Tell Me a Secret to try to get someone to…well, tell her a secret. In an anonymous post, she writes that the police have figured out who killed Jason and are on their way to make an arrest, hoping that whoever reads it will think the police are coming for them and attempt to make a quick getaway. Like clockwork, Ella and Ryan see two of Jason’s football buddies fleeing in a convertible, and after a quick confrontation, the two admit to a hazing incident gone wrong, and that the entire thing was a total accident.
NEXT: Pshh, as if this thing is over