‘Motive’ Episode Guide (Aug. 20): Best-Selling Author Poisoned

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‘Motive’ Episode Guide (Aug. 20): Best-Selling Author Poisoned

“Kiss of Death” (08/20/14) – After a best-selling murder mystery author is poisoned with a rare toxin, Detectives Flynn and Vega must determine fan from foe. Meanwhile, Detective Lucas’ personal life takes a hit, while Angie receives a pleasant surprise, courtesy of Vega, on “Motive,” WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Motive” stars Kristin Lehman as Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira as Detective Oscar Vega, Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas, Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers and Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross.

Guest starring are Valeria Tian as Wendy Sung, Laura Mennell as Samantha Turner, Ben Cotton as Dustin Hess, Jesse Moss as Doug Butcher, Enuka Okuma as Lori Oliver, Lochlyn Munro as Gary Oliver, Robert Moloney as Craig Davis, Andrea Brooks as Parker Wexler, Cameron Bright as Manny Flynn, Bruce Harwood as Mitch Pudbury and Fanta Sesay as frightened woman.

The story for “Kiss of Death” was by Dennis Heaton, and the teleplay by Dennis Heaton & Thomas Pound. Sturla Gunnarsson directed.

“Motive” returns for an exciting second season with gripping new cases featuring more complicated killers and intricate crime scenes. Turning the tried-and-true crime drama formula on its head, both the killer and the victim are introduced at the start of each episode. As the mystery unfolds, winding between revealing flashbacks and present time, viewers will navigate the twisted and complicated maze of each murder, solving the puzzle alongside Homicide Detective Angie Flynn and her team, piecing together more of the mysterious connections that drove the Killer to commit murder.

Angie is as determined as ever, and her pursuit for justice never falters. Her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, continues to be her rock with his no-nonsense attitude and methodical approach. Detective Brian Lucas is no longer the rookie at the station, a role he’s happy to hand over to the very keen and ambitious Officer Wendy Sung (Valerie Tian). While Lucas maintains his sincere and earnest attitude, he finds himself challenged as his personal and professional lives start to collide. Sung becomes an enthusiastic new colleague for Lucas, yet this new working relationship causes him to question his own values.

Confident and charismatic Sergeant Mark Cross (Warren Christie, “Apollo 18”), the bullpen’s new hands-on sergeant, shakes up the station when he joins the team. He and Angie share a mysterious and strained connection, one she would prefer to leave in the past. The tension leads to a breakdown in trust between Angie and Vega, and Angie realizes she must find a way to work with Cross, even if it means confronting the truth and the secret that drove them apart years ago.

“Motive” was created by Daniel Cerone (“Dexter,” “The Mentalist”), who executive-produces the show along with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam, James Thorpe and Dennis Heaton. Developed by CTV, the series is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media, and distributed by NBCUniversal International.

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