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Awake

Episode 1.04 : Kate is Enough

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

March 22, 2012

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Drama

Show Period

2012 - 2012

Production Company

20th Century Fox Television

Cast and Crew


Director

Sarah Pia Anderson

Screenwriter

Kyle Killen

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Brianna Brown

Synopsis


Rex gets into a fistfight with his best friend Cole during tennis practice. Britten shows up after Tara has separated the boys and wants to know what happened. Rex explains that Cole borrowed his racquet without asking and broke it, so he beat him up. End of story. Britten says that's an excuse, not an explanation. Rex walks away, telling Tara not to bother kicking him off the team, he quits. In therapy, Dr. Evans explains to Britten that anger is a typical response for a child who's experienced something as tragic and unjust as losing a parent. Britten shares how Rex is also skipping homework and his grades are slipping, leaving Britten feeling helpless. Evans wonders how Britten can expect to help his son with his loss when Britten is in denial over that same loss.

Rex gets into a fistfight with his best friend Cole during tennis practice. Britten shows up after Tara has separated the boys and wants to know what happened. Rex explains that Cole borrowed his racquet without asking and broke it, so he beat him up. End of story. Britten says that's an excuse, not an explanation. Rex walks away, telling Tara not to bother kicking him off the team, he quits. In therapy, Dr. Evans explains to Britten that anger is a typical response for a child who's experienced something as tragic and unjust as losing a parent. Britten shares how Rex is also skipping homework and his grades are slipping, leaving Britten feeling helpless. Evans wonders how Britten can expect to help his son with his loss when Britten is in denial over that same loss.

As Britten and Vega leave the dock, Britten runs into Rex's former babysitter, Kate. When they last saw each other, Kate was in high school, but now she's a successful Manhattan investment banker who was onboard for the party. When Britten mentions the wine stain on her dress, Kate explains that Darin rushed past her saying someone had jumped overboard. He slammed into her and dumped his wine on her dress. When they depart, Vega asks Britten to introduce him to Kate. Britten smiles - not a chance in hell.

As Britten and Vega leave the dock, Britten runs into Rex's former babysitter, Kate. When they last saw each other, Kate was in high school, but now she's a successful Manhattan investment banker who was onboard for the party. When Britten mentions the wine stain on her dress, Kate explains that Darin rushed past her saying someone had jumped overboard. He slammed into her and dumped his wine on her dress. When they depart, Vega asks Britten to introduce him to Kate. Britten smiles - not a chance in hell.

Kate, whose stage name is Amber, didn't know Charlie was dead and is surprised his death wasn't an OD. Kate was living with Charlie up until a month ago, yet he dumped her when he started going to rehab. Even though Charlie quit treatment after a week, all he and Kate used to do was get high together, so she thought their separation was a good thing. Kate has discharge papers from the ER to show she has an alibi for the night of the murder. Before he leaves, Britten offers to get Kate into a good drug program. Rather than take him up on his offer, Kate says she was doing just fine until 20 minutes ago when he showed up at her door. Now she just wants Britten to leave.

During therapy, Dr. Lee posits that Britten creates different versions of events to prevent himself from seeing which version is real. Lee believes Kate's existence proves the world where Rex is alive is the dream. Dreaming about Kate after bumping into her seems far more likely than dreaming about her first - right? Dr. Evans sees things differently, suggesting Britten's glimpsed a picture of Kate in Charlie's house, and this called her to mind. Furthermore, Evans theorizes that Kate has less to do with Britten's murder cases and more to do with Rex. Kate was someone who used to care for Rex. Perhaps it's significant that her reappearance in both worlds comes at a time when Britten is having difficulty connecting with his son.

Britten tells Hannah about running into Kate. Hannah fondly remembers Kate as the "Rex Whisperer." She always had a way of making Rex feel better; he loved the special paper airplanes she used to make. Britten informs Hannah that investment banker Kate has done well for herself. Hannah is relieved. Last she heard, Kate was struggling after the death of her sister in a surfing accident. Something must've really turned her around. In Rex's world, Britten finds the paper airplane Hannah was talking about in Rex's scrapbook. He throws it at Rex while he's doing his homework to try and cheer him up. Rex doesn't recognize the plane and acts like he doesn't remember Kate was at all. Furthermore, he hasn't yet apologized to Cole and doesn't want to talk about it. Rex stalks out angrily, leaving Britten to stare at the plane, wondering what he's supposed to be getting from the two Kates to help him get through to Rex.

Britten and Bird find Mark, Charlie's stepbrother, at a boxing gym. Mark explains that Charlie's dad Ben was funding Mark's training to become a MMA fighter. After Ben died, the checks stopped coming while Charlie blew his inheritance on hookers and drugs. Struggling to stay afloat, Mark asked Charlie for help, but was refused. Pissed off, he sued Charlie, but when he couldn't afford to continue paying the lawyer, he dropped the suit for good two months ago. He was working out at the gym on the night of Charlie's murder - alone - so no confirmed alibi. After learning that in the event of Charlie's death, his inheritance would revert to Mark, Britten and Bird comb Charlie's neighborhood, hoping to verify Mark's car was there on the night of the murder. One resident refuses to leave his house, asking the detectives to hold their photos up to his security camera. Realizing the camera is pointed at the street in front of Charlie's house, Britten secures a warrant for the surveillance video.

Vega calls Britten from what appears to be Mark's boxing gym to inform the toxicology reports on Annie Yang are ready. Later, the detectives learn Annie swallowed a large quantity of prescribed drugs mixed with alcohol. This supports Vega's suicide theory; however, something doesn't feel right to Britten. He can't find any evidence to suggest Annie was having an affair with her boss. So why would Cameron and Darin concoct such a story? The partners proceed to Annie's apartment to tear the place up again. Vega's ready to go when Britten flashes on Charlie's bathroom safe, hidden under the sink. On a hunch, he looks under Annie's sink to find a can of shaving cream - just like the can in Charlie's safe. Shaking the can, Britten discovers there's a safe deposit box key rattling inside... time to get another warrant!

Inside the safety deposit box, Britten and Vega find a document showing Cameron and Darin's products weren't working, which prompts Britten and Vega to interrogate Darin. When Britten asks if he recognizes a photo of Kate, Darin identifies her as one of their bankers. Britten recounts Kate's story of Darin spilling his drink on Kate's dress after Annie's death. They tested the dress and found traces of Annie's prescribed medication mixed with the red wine. Darin's lawyer claims this doesn't prove anything, but Britten tells Darin it's time to trade the truth for leniency. Afterwards, Britten offers Cameron the same opportunity. Cameron breaks down. He always liked Annie. She only wanted them to tell the truth after the defective product report. Although Annie wasn't threatening them, Darin cooked up the murder scheme to protect the company. It was all Darin's idea.

Britten and Bird check the security camera footage before and after Charlie's murder. While Mark's car isn't on the tape, it does show another suspicious vehicle present at the exact time of the murder. The license plate on the car belongs to a Katherine Porter... Kate. Britten and Bird bring Kate in for questioning. Kate claims to never have been at Charlie's house that night and even calls on "Mr. Britten" for support - he knows she couldn't have done this! Once Bird shows Kate the photo of her car in front of Charlie's house, Kate confesses it was never supposed to go down like this. She and her dealer Liam were just trying to get money from Charlie's safe. The dealer was just going to scare him, not kill him.

Dr. Lee notices how Britten has imagined Kate's life going in two differing directions after the heartbreaking death of her sister. Britten can only explain that both stories are different, but equally plausible. Dr. Evans remarks that tragedy can strengthen a person or destroy them. So what does Britten think leads a person in one direction - or the other? Britten winds up asking both Kates how they ended up where they are. Their stories are similar when it comes to the guilt and anger they felt for not doing more to prevent their sister's death. It turns out that drug-addicted Kate's mom eventually stopped trying to help, which led her to find her own ways to try to feel better. Banker Kate's mom never gave up on her. "She must've tried a thousand times to get me back into my life, and I just kept saying no. I guess I'm lucky that she was willing to try a thousand and one.

Britten pokes his head into Rex's room to find him sitting on the floor holding his broken racquet. Britten insists they have to talk about it. Why would Rex go after his best friend? When Rex claims it doesn't matter, Britten persists; it matters a lot. He gets down on the floor and levels with Rex. "You have to talk to me because I'm all you've got. And I'm not going anywhere." Rex explains the reason he was so upset about the racquet was because it was his mom's. He never used it; he just liked to carry it around, and now it's gone. Rex laments that every time he thinks about his mom, it makes him angry all over again. Britten comforts Rex by saying it's okay to be angry... he gets angry too sometimes. After their talk, Rex apologizes to Cole the next day at school. It seems the Kates had a message for Britten after all.

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