In murder, as in so many things, it’s hard to top the original.
Meanwhile, there were more glimpses into Remy’s romantic past that made Greatest Hits a thriller to show how “old school” can often be hard to beat.
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In 1989, two men in Queens, New York, discussed how a man named “Jimmy” had been good to one, but his ally told him, “It’s just a deal.” boss had arranged.
As they walked to a driveway, the clerk suddenly opened fire with a machine gun to take them all out.
Remy was woken up after a wild night by friend Georgie (Jacob Harran) who had his suits. Remy received a call about a woman and her two children being killed at a drive-thru in Massapequa, New York, and sped to the scene.
The casualties were Brienna Morgan and her two sons, as employee Kevin Williams opened fire at point-blank range with an assault rifle. He was on the run with Remy shaken, examining the bodies. Fearing it was a gang attack, the cops called in the team.
Brienna’s husband Dave (Nick Reynolds) was of course shocked by all of this. He revealed that Brienna was supposed to be alone but was taking the kids for a snack before school because of a dentist appointment. He had no idea why anyone would aim at them as he broke down crying.
Kevin’s boss Ayala West (Latrisha Talley) revealed that the man they thought was Kevin Williams was actually someone else who used a stolen ID and only did it to get to the drive-thru window.
Elsewhere, Louie Moss (Mike Massimino) had convinced an employee (Mike Donovan) asking for off-the-books jobs that this was a mafia operation. An outraged Louie said this was a legitimate operation to fire him.
The man stormed off while removing a license plate from a collection of state-of-the-art license plates in his trunk to put on his car.
The real Kevin Williams had an alibi, and there was no indication as to why the Morgans were being attacked. It seemed they were accidental victims as Hana found a murder that fit that drive-through configuration perfectly.
This murder was committed by Jackie “The Fox” Bianchi, a famous mob killer responsible for numerous deaths. He was believed to have been killed in a boat explosion in 1992, but the body was never identified.
Coincidentally, someone claimed to be a still alive Jackie on a podcast broadcast from an unknown location on “My Greatest Hits.” Remy joked about how to download a podcast while the team investigated things.
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Terry Daniels (Glynn Truman), the retired FBI agent who hunted Jackie, listened to the podcast and was convinced it was really him. He hesitated to act on it until Remy got a call about three people getting shot at a funeral, just like one of Jackie’s previous hits.
The team noted that Jackie only shot one person, but the copycat shot three, hoping one would fall into the open grave like Jackie’s victim. They realized the killer was using civilians to reenact Jackie’s previous attacks.
The team theorized that the killer hoped to become a gangster himself by imitating Jackie’s work. Truman suggested Lucca Patino Jr, son of a former whistleblower who took over the family business, while Remy thought Jackie’s wife might have leads.
The podcast owners admitted they didn’t know where Jackie was broadcasting from, but refused to give up anymore on legal grounds unless they had a warrant. Truman and Scott met Lucca (Michael Romero Ruocco), who was interested in renewable energy. He said he heard about the killer and put her on the trail of Louie.
Remy met Judge April Brooks (Wendy Moniz) on a warrant to get the podcast’s information. Scott attempted to turn on the spell, but Brooks rejected it and the application.
The agents spoke to Louie, who identified the killer’s sketch as the guy he fired, Joey Messina, a wannabe gangster who everyone thought was a joke. They searched his home and found his “soon to be ex-girlfriend” and their child, the woman hoping “you’d do us all a favor and shoot him”.
Since Jackie had committed 14 murders (that the FBI knew about), that meant Joey had a dozen more to copy. However, he committed the murders out of order that Jackie had, making it difficult to figure out his next target.
Daniels suggested “Jesse Lamps” (John Palumbo), an elderly gangster who may have information. He was certain the guy on the podcast was Jackie but couldn’t provide any further information.
Across town, Joey strangled a man at a cigar club and shot two people who tried to interfere. The team were worried he would escalate as Daniels said all that attention was the last thing the mob wanted and would never hire Joey.
Hana found Jackie’s wife, Dolce (Marianne Ferrari), who didn’t believe the podcaster was Jackie. Ortiz’s knowledge of nutrition came in handy when he realized that Dolce was the woman in a few cooking videos that he liked to watch.
The same video showed her and a man with their faces covered, but Daniels realized the man had a scar just like Jackie got from the surgery. They realized that Jackie had been hiding out in Las Vegas the entire time.
Old school meets modern
Coincidentally, Remy had someone in Vegas who could help them: his ex-wife, Det. Carmen Schmidt (Lisa Datz). The couple was on good terms as the cops tracked Jackie down to an apartment to finally catch Jackie (Paul Ben-Victor).
Jackie feigned surprise when she heard from Joey, but they found emails from him congratulating Joey on his actions. He was unhelpful, openly threatening the entire team but managing to talk them into a plea deal in exchange for his help.
Carmen and Remy joked a bit about their new boyfriend and sending Remy’s stuff. She asked if he had met anyone and “would make room for someone. You deserve to be happy too.”
Remy and Hana went to Brooks’ apartment with coffee and a request for the deal with Jackie. She went in to read with Remy, impressed by her tenacity.
Jackie was taken to New York for a reunion with Daniels, who once taunted him, saying, “You would never be a rat.” Jackie tried to spell a message for Joey, but they suspected he was trying to text the boy to warn.
Jackie claimed Joey changed the meeting point using Jackie’s own words about his unpredictability. The new location was a waterfront park, making it difficult for agents to blend in.
Joey showed up but Jackie told him to run while he took off as well. It took the agents a moment to capture Jackie and corner Joey, who decided to follow Jackie’s escape route into the water.
Remy offered him life in prison, but Joey tried to take him away and forced Ortiz to shoot him.
The deal fell through, meaning Jackie went to prison for the rest of his life. Remy returned home to find the rest of his belongings had arrived from Vegas. It included a bottle of vodka.
Remy walked her to Brooks’ house, initially annoyed when Remy offered a drink. He wanted to get to know her better than “I do impulsive. It makes life more fun.” She laughed as she was mesmerized by Scott’s daring.
The murder hunt was exciting enough, but even more intriguing for a glimpse into Scott’s past and a possible new romance.
FBI: Most Wanted Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 10:9c on CBS.
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