Women's Murder Club

Season 1 Episode 2

Train In Vain

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Train In Vain
Lindsay and Jacobi hunt down a killer who committed a triple homicide on a subway car, and discover a disturbing twist in the killer's motive. Cindy tries to gain the respect of The Club. Jill prepares to move in with Luke. Claire helps Ed through his recovery. Lindsay meets Tom's fiancée.moreless

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    A step-down from the pilot, Train In Vain was still an entertaining hour, but lacked some of the comedy of the pilot, and featured a mystery that was solved a little too neatly.

    The mystery reminded me of that episode of The Simpsons where after a mystery is solved, Homer snarkily blurts out that "everything's been wrapped up in a neat little package!" The entire case this week seemed way too easily worked out, especially where Alberto Fuentes was concerned. His decision to quit the gang was handled a little too cleanly, and the entire "murder suspect set-up" ending seemed like the writers wrote themselves into a corner and produced a lame coda which would never happen in reality.

    Still, I liked the interaction between the four women, especially between Lindsay and Cindy. I loved how Lindsay was becoming increasingly irritated by her and the dialogue between them sparkled, especially her "how are you always around??" retort at the end of the episode.

    Linda Park was introduced to the show, and while I do appreciate some more color on the show, especially in a city like San Francisco, it's disappointing that she's being written as a huge b*tch. I know it's only her first episode, but it would be welcome if the writers elaborated on her a little, instead of making her such a caricature.

    The mystery blew, but the dialogue between the main cast was as great as it was in the pilot.

    Director: Michael Fields

    Writer: Barbara Hall

    Rating: C+moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Philip: (After Lindsay and Jacobi tells him his ex-wife was murdered) I did this to her. (Lindsay and Jacobi look shocked) I didn't mean that.

    • Lindsay: (After Tom hangs up the phone) Grumpy mayor?

      Tom: Turns out that man has a silver platter and he just handed it with my ass on.

      Lindsay: Sorry.

      Tom: Part of the job, can't take it personally. (Lindsay holds up a gun) Is that what I think it is?

      Lindsay: Do you think it's the murder weapon?

      Tom: I do.

      Lindsay: Then it is what you think it is.

      Tom: You know what this means?

      Lindsay: That you can call the mayor back?

      Tom: And give him what...

      Lindsay: Good news?

      Tom: Very good news. Come on, we are going to solve this case, the city is going to get back to normal, things are looking up. Come on, gimme a little shimmy. (Tom starts dancing)

      Lindsay: This is so not professional.

    • Jill: (On Luke) Yeah he's great.

      Lindsay: You say "he's great" the way people say green tea is great. Like we're supposed to drink it but we really want to drink coffee.

      Jill: You hear all of that in my voice?

      Lindsay: Is there someone else? Someone a little more coffee?

      Jill: No, this is not about green tea or coffee. I just haven't told him I sleep with a wave machine.

      Lindsay: You do know cops are like human lie detectors.

      Jill: It happened once, it's not an affair.

      Lindsay: Who?

      Jill: I'm not going to tell you...

      Lindsay: You're so telling me who.

      Jill: Hanson.

      Lindsay: Ewww...

    • Lindsay: I met Heather.
      Jill: You did? When?
      Lindsay: In Tom's office, she brought him a shirt, he was half undressed, and here's the weird thing: I walked in and he didn't even flinch.
      Jill: Why would he flinch? You've both moved on...
      Lindsay: I would still expect a flinch.

    • Jill: (Giving Claire a box). I want you to keep this for me.
      Claire: Is it somebody's ashes?
      Jill: It's a getaway box.
      Lindsay: Get away from what?
      Jill: If me living with Luke isn't going so hot... say I have to get out in a hurry... I'd have to stop and pack stuff. It ruins a whole dramatic exit.
      Claire: So if things don't work out with Luke, you're living with me?
      Jill: No, I'm just going to come pick up the box.
      Claire: Oh.
      Jill: Mabye I'll spend one night.
      Lindsay: Oh, so romantic.
      Jill: I've never lived with anybody before, it makes me nervous. You of all people should understand.
      Lindsay: Just because my relationship went down in flames doesn't mean that yours' is going to.
      Claire: And if it does, at least you know that there is no chance of Luke becoming your boss.
      Lindsay: Hey, I am totally okay with the 'my-ex-is-now-my-boss' thing. Tom is professional, I'm professional, it's all very professional.
      Claire: Hm.
      Lindsay: Seriously, we are both very okay with this. Since you brought up the subject of work...
      Jill: No, she didn't bring up work, she brought up Tom. We're taking a work break.
      Claire: Which means no discussion of the Kiss Me Not Killer.
      Lindsay: I never 100% agreed to that.
      Jill: What's left to discuss? We have nothing. No DNA, no fingerprints, no fibers. I don't even know who she is, the poor girl.
      Lindsay: We're missing something, no killer is that good. They always make a mistake.
      Claire: Not this one, not yet.
      Jill: Lindsay, I'm not saying that you shouldn't do all in your power to bring this son of a bitch down. You should. We all should and we will. But you need to be able to put it away sometimes. Like, for example, now. Let's just try to be in the moment.
      Lindsay: You're the one with the getaway box.

    • (Looking in the vending machine)
      Lindsay: Artie Lazar's on his way in.
      Jacobi: Chips, candy, cupcakes... is an apple too much to ask for?
      Lindsay: Aside from driving his truly obnoxious motorcycle 55 through a school zone, his record is clean.
      Jacobi: And here I was hoping he had a prior for solicitation of murder.
      Lindsay: Get the dark chocolate. It's healthy...er.
      Jacobi: You realize we've got jack on this guy.
      Lindsay: Well that's why God invented lying to suspects.

    • Jill: Never hire a meth-head to do a professional hitman's job.

    • Jill: Did you go to a biker bar?
      Cindy: I went to seven. They're a little scary. But the people are surprisingly helpful once they figure out that you're not a cop. Bikers are not fond of cops.

    • Hanson: I know you're still mad about the gun thing...
      Lindsay: The gun thing?! You mean where my partner and I were almost killed? That gun thing?

    • Lindsay: I don't like him as the shooter. He emptied a clip on us and didn't hit a thing.
      Jacobi: I like that in a shooter!

    • Lindsay: Thank God I've moved on. Cause if I hadn't moved on, that would have been awkward... seeing him... half naked... in front of his fiancée... Heather.

    • Cindy: You're gonna miss me when I stop coming around...
      Lindsay: Give me a chance to find out!

    • Jill: Mad Dog is in capable hands, believe me.
      Lindsay: Yeah, Luke is pretty amazing in action. It's kinda sexy, actually. Except for the part where he kept telling me to get lost... nah, that was kinda sexy too.

    • Cindy: Rodney Boyce, the temp at Lazar Software, had a police record.
      Lindsay: I didn't get a hit on him.
      Cindy: In Canada. He was arrested for assault on a police officer. Well, okay, technically... a mountie.
      Lindsay: What was he doing in Canada?
      Cindy: Fun place to go when you're in trouble with the law? Plus, the beer.

    • Cindy: Hey! Hey, uh, can I officially release Artie Lazar's name?
      Lindsay: How are you always around?
      Cindy: I'm good at what I do.
      Lindsay: Yeah, sure, we're on the record.
      Cindy: So, uh, am I in the club?
      Lindsay: There is no club!
      Cindy: Oh yeah, I am in!

  • NOTES (4)