The young woman appears to have fallen down the stairs due to a loose handrail, which would make it a negligent homicide. But Bobby judges her fall down the stairwell a push.
The victim's credit card bills make it look as if she were over spending, and the silver memento in her apartment makes her appear a thief. Her need for money came from her mother's nursing home bills. The old woman had over two and a hal mil in bearer bonds, and the young victim had cashed a small one a few months earlier. Evidence consistently points to her culpability in the old lady's death.
It's either (A) guilt or (B) a class set-up, and of course, the detectives aren't long in the dark. They are led by the old lady's nephew to a government employee who is charged with overseeing the old lady's estate liquidation. No will is in evidence and Eames strongly feels 'a cat lover like her' would have had one, (if just to see her pets were cared for).
It's Roger the gov. employee, saddled with a nasty, cranky, demanding father who has been driving him nuts, who has been playing fast and loose with the estate, will, bonds...and apparently not the first time.
So Roger turns out to be a car nut, and the detectives find a storage unit that housed six vehicles. Bobby muses from the tred marks and singular oil spots on the floor that Roger just sat behind the wheels of his cars, "like a kid".
When they do locate the very expensive vehicles it puts the kibosh on Roger - we're looking at way more than any model-car-building civil servant will earn in a lifetime.
Yep, ole Roger has been plundering estate after estate after estate, but not until the old lady did he actually commit murder, as she had a will he needed to destroy. She really had to go because Rog was obsessively after car #7, a 2 1/2 million baby. His unquenchable auto lust did him in.
Yes, he set fire to the elderly woman's apartment, but it was his sick and repellant dad who framed and killed the girl who should have inherited. It'd be tough if sonny went to jail...no one to make miserable anymore.
Nothing special in plot development or guest acting in this one, but BG briefly talks FOOTBALL!! with the perp's grumpy dad (whose yucky relationship with his son Goren exploits in the inevitable breakdown scene), and a primo piece de resistance exists in the "Cherry Red' car scene, (that VD'O photo all over the net)in which Bobby grooves behind the wheel of a 1962 Ferrari GTO, "only 32 ever made". "That little wet dream", BG calls it. "The intoxicating smell of Italian leather."I wish I could tell you how this feels, but I can't tell you in mixed company"
LOL! Boys and their toys.
Which brings us to the best Goren line EVER (uttered twice): "I think I need to get inside".