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Nightingale is the second episode of the new Melrose Place series. The epsidoe premiered on September 15, 2009 on The CW.

Plot

Still freaked out by the recent murder, the Melrose Place tenants try to resume some sense of a normal life. Ella learns from her new boss, Caleb, that her job could be in jeopardy due to a recent merger unless she brings in a huge client. Ella then forces David to take her to a Brentwood party, where she hopes to land a big actor client, Jasper. Still in desperate need of tuition money, Lauren agrees to go out on another date in exchange for money, but inadvertently winds up at the same party as David and Ella. Detective Rodriguez questions Auggie, who flashes back to when he first met Sydney in AA. Riley and Jonah view surveillance video of Violet acting oddly and begin to think she’s hiding something.

Synopsis

Ella has a new boss at work, following the merger of her PR company. His name is Caleb Brewer and he's all business, firing people left and right - including Ella, until she promises she can sign a big actor named Jasper over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Lauren gets call from Toby, who tells her he has another friend will to pay for her sexual services. She's quite hesitant at first, but eventually gives in when her medical school threatens to kick her out unless tuition is paid. Her path is about to cross with Ella's and with David's, who  goes to a party hosted by his former girlfriend in order to steal her watch. He accomplishes his goal at the big shindig, as does Ella. After being propositioned by Jasper, she takes him aside, has him drop his pants and then snaps a picture of his genitals. Gotcha! She then explains how any public outing is a chance for an actor to get into trouble, which later causes Jasper to sign with her and tell Caleb she's the most "ballsy" publicist he's ever met.

Lauren shows up at the party with her paying date, which is quite awkward, but she manages to make excuses about how they are actually a couple. Later in the night, after she sleeps with him, it's clear that this new gig is getting to Lauren.

Riley and Jonah are jealous of one another's friendships. Riley thinks Ella is trying to get in their way, while Jonah thinks Riley and Auggie are too close. Jonah also sets up a surveillance camera that captures the pool area of the apartment complex.

Auggie met Sydney at AA. They quickly became lovers and he admitted his dark past to her: in a bar fight years ago, caused by his temper, Auggie's girlfriend was killed.

As police question Auggie, we learn that he did see Sydney on the night of her death. She as doing drugs and drinking. They fought. She cut him int he back with a knife, which explains why he was seen burning his clothes.

Then, there's Violet: she gets a job at Auggie's restaurant when she dresses nice and slutty for the boss. In a flashback, Violet confronts Sydney. She tells her that she's her daughter! She even stole a piece of hair while signing a lease and a DNA test proves it. Sydney denies this is possible and it pisses Violet off, big time.

Cast

Starring

Recurring


Guest Starring

  • Taylor Cole as Trudy Chandler
  • Jason Olive as Detective Drake
  • Ben Milliken as Jasper Barnes
  • Victor Webster as Caleb Brewer
  • Brayden Pierce as Amir
  • Floriana Lima as Carla
  • Annie Ilonzeh as Waitress
  • Adam Kaufman as Toby
  • Niall Matter as Rick Paxton
  • Ethan Erickson as Marcello

Quotes

  • David: If I show you something, you promise to keep it between us?
  • Ella: You're not going to flash me, are you? Because I think I've seen enough flappage for tonight, thank you.

Music

  • 1901" by Phoenix
  • "LA" by Sofi Bonde
  • "This Is A Raid" by Livvi Franc
  • "Second Skin" by Saturn Missiles
  • "Accept" by Clear Voyage
  • "Can't You Understand" by Julie Bellamy
  • "Hysteric" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "Want It Need It" by Sarah Leichtenberg
  • "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
  • "Imaginary Friends" by Intercept
  • "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha
  • "Keep It Goin' Louder" by Major Lazer
  • "Superstar" by D.A. Dame / True Music
  • "Flowers In June" by Matt Shapiro
  • "Walking On A Dream" by Empire Of The Sun

Allusions

  • Jonah: (to Riley) Riles, Ella isn't the wicked witch of West Hollywood.
  • This is a reference to the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West was an enemy of the movie's main character, Dorothy.
  • Ella: Give me the weekend, and I promise I will bring a client into this firm that is bigger than Zach Quinto's eyebrows.
  • Caleb: Does that even exist?
  • Zach Quinto is an actor who is best known for starring in the TV series Heroes and for his role as Spock in the 2009 Star Trek movie.

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