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Comments and queries for the week of April 29

Five reasons we love, and will miss, Motive

I really loved watching Motive. What a great show!! The story, plot … Motive was fantastic. The cast and acting superb all-around and put together great! Why is it being cancelled? What a shame. —Angela

Debbie Travis finds the sweet life in OWN’s La Dolce Debbie

I viewed the six episodes of La Dolce Debbie on OWN Canada. I watched them over and over again! They were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I only wish that the number for each one was given to designate the sequence of the six episodes accurately. Such a brilliant idea: a villa for women to get recharged. I have been to Tuscany and it is a magical place. If I were younger, I would be applying for a week at Debbie’s villa. Congratulations Debbie for all your success and to a supportive, good husband! —Naomi

Jennifer Valentyne exits Breakfast Television Toronto

I was shocked to hear that Jennifer was fired from BT! We met her about three years ago and I had my little granddaughter with us. She was so nice, very friendly and Frankie Flowers was also there! We will miss you and your big smile and how you were so happy every morning, which was always good to see, especially when we always see bad things or hear about things that are not important! Never lose that Jennifer, it’s always better to be happy! We need more happy people in this world! Good luck on your next journey and thank you for your mornings! —The Wilson family

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Remedy’s Sara Canning guests on Motive

It’s hard to believe Motive‘s final ride is almost over. Yet Tuesday’s new instalment, “Interference,” represents Episode 6 out of 13. It’s been a pretty wild ride so far, with the stops pulled out on stories and great work done by the regular cast and guests appearing. Tonight’s episode is no different; read on for some non-spoiler teases.

Sara Canning alert!
Fans of the cancelled-way-too-soon Remedy get their fix of Sara Canning, who guest-stars as Tracy, a suburban mom who is dispatched in a most memorable—and gruesome—way. She’s not your typical victim either….


Walking Dead guest star alert!
I was wracking my brain trying to figure out where I’d seen Alicia Witt recently when it dawned on me: she played Paula on The Walking Dead. Anyway, she’s Cindy, tagged as the murderer in “Interference,” and her story takes a turn involving Tracy’s son, Owen. Witt brings a lot of humanity to Cindy and by the time you learn her backstory, you can’t help but feel badly for her.

Lucas goes over a line
Good guy Lucas is always by the book—he even ended a budding relationship because the woman was a murder witness—and he definitely crosses a line on Tuesday. His heart is in the right place, but it’s the wrong move nonetheless.

Mazur confides in Angie
Something has been going on with Paula Mazur for the past couple of weeks—whispered phone calls and rushing to change the subject—but all becomes clear … and complicates matters for everyone.

Shout out to Vij’s
There is a nice mention of Vikram Vij’s iconic Vancouver restaurant. Now I want to have dinner there. Or at the very least the bacon doughnut Angie was eating.

Motive airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

Motive’s massive Episode 5 twist

Motive is all about the complicated twists and turns on the road to discovering the link between victim and killer. And while there have been four season’s worth of stories, I honestly can’t remember one that was so unexpected. If you want to do a little bit of homework before “The Scorpion and the Frog”—written by Jennica Harper—airs Tuesday night, check out Aesop’s Fable, the inspiration for the storyline:

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “It’s my nature…”


A matter of trust
The power of those who work in the mental health industry is explored, as the killer—a psychiatrist—manipulates a situation for his benefit. The result is the plot biggest twist I’ve seen on Motive and one of the most disturbing crime scenes I’ve witnessed in network TV.

Mazur’s past haunts her
Three years ago Mazur had a similar case that send a killer to prison. But the details surrounding this murder causes not only Angie to question whether Mazur did the right thing but Mazur herself.

Vega looks amazing behind the Staff Sergeant desk
I didn’t think I’d like seeing him in the station so much, but he’s been great. That said, there is an excuse for him to hit the streets on Tuesday alongside Lucas.

Motive airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

Will Sasso’s killer Motive guest gig

My, how quickly Betty and Vega have bounced back from their lethal infection. We kid. Clearly the deadly disease that was the focus of last week’s episode is a distant memory; how else to explain Betty’s chipper demeanour and, well, lack of a fever, mottled skin and overall malaise? This week’s episode of Motive, “The Score,” catches up with the team in a main storyline boasting two major guest stars. Read on for more details.

Will Sasso is killer
Everyone knows Sasso can bring the funny, but he’s a real treat to watch in a dramatic role. Proud his daughter Sadie has gotten into college, Hank Novak is nonetheless feeling the economic pinch and seeking ways to make money quickly. How he and the victim intersect is creatively constructed by writer Damon Vignale and what appears to be the easy route to murder isn’t. But then, Motive never features an easy route.

Body by Battlestar Galactica
Dennis Heaton’s not-so secret plot to have every Battlestar Galactica star play a role in Motive checks a big box when Tahmoh Pennikett guests as a cliche-spouting smoothie (“How are your feet? I thought they might be sore after running through my dreams all night.”) named Vince Hutton who winds up dead in Squamish, B.C.


Look who’s back
Warren Christie’s name is in the opening credits (and he’s in that picture with Vega), so I’m not spoiling the fact Mark Cross returns. What I won’t ruin is why he’s shown up, and what it means for the investigation.

Partner problems
The oh-so-together Det. Paula Mazur—who made such an impression on Angie last week—shows some fractures in her façade and our fave blonde cop tries to help out.

Lucas in love?
Driven to a dating app in hopes of finding a lady, Lucas stumbles across a possible relationship with someone who really gets him. But is he wise to make a move or will it be a massive mistake? Betty’s comment to Lucas about the situation, paired with the murder, is the line of the night.

Motive airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

A new detective joins the Motive team

As the final season of Motive rolls, Tuesday’s newest instalment, “Index Case,” features one of the show’s most expansive storylines yet, and the city is in danger. The main storyline also marks the debut of a new cast member in Karen LeBlanc (Cracked), who checks in as Det. Paula Mazur. Here’s what we can tell you without giving any major plot points away.

Motive goes international … sort of
The episode begins in the rain forest of Chile, where the murder victim is mapping out the best route for an oil company’s pipeline. His return home—and regular spa appointment—sets in motion events that put citizens at risk.

Five-yards for unsportsmanlike conduct
I’ve personally loved Det. Mitch Kennecki’s brash assumptions and cockiness. He did push the boundaries of professionalism, however, when he asked BC Furies quarterback Russell Bowman for an autograph. That indiscretion gets Mitch called to the carpet in front of Vega.

New-ish kid on the block
Det. Paula Mazur makes her first appearance of the season. She’s accomplished, confident and catches Angie off guard. Matt MacLennan’s script leads to some great awkward moments between the two ladies … and an extra coffee for one lucky cop.

Lucas vs. the Librarian
Lucas goes in search of clues at the local library and runs afoul of a militant marm.

Betty’s in danger
Let’s just say certain details regarding the victim cause an uproar in the morgue and Betty’s not safe.

Awwww, Bega…
You’ll know what we mean when you see it.

Get out the Purell
You’re going to want it after watching this episode.

Motive airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.