Backstrom Recap: I’m a Bird Now

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Backstrom Recap: I’m a Bird Now

Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 4 “I’m a Bird Now” aired on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. The SCU investigates the murder of Jenna Rose, a drag queen, and blogger. Backstrom calls her murder a hate crime. Meanwhile, the Civilian Oversight Committee begins its hearing on Backstrom’s case. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.

Following the events of the last episode, with Backstrom being investigated for shooting Visser, the detective (Rainn Wilson) sits in front the Civilian Oversight Committee. He was called to testify and defend himself when he suddenly experiences a cardiac event. His doctor immediately arrives on the scene and declares that he has to rest, thereby delaying the hearing for at least a day. However, when Backstrom learns that there’s a new crime scene, he seems fit and good at work.


After looking at the crime scene and learning that the murdered victim was a transgender who was quite prominent in the LGBT community, Backstrom quickly states that this is a hate crime. It’s apparently for his own benefit, as hate crimes take precedence over his case’s hearing. Amy Gazanian (guest star Sarah Chalke), the head of the committee and Backstrom’s ex-fiancé, has to wait for him to finish the investigation and close the case before they can reset.

However, Neidermayer (Kristoffer Polaha) confirms that Jenna Rhodes’ death is not a result of a hate crime but of a robbery gone wrong. The SCU finds a silver plated bottle in her possession. It’s apparently an expensive holy grail among the gay community. The SCU also combs through her blog entries, as she was quite the popular blogger. One of these entries alluded to the bottle, which Jenna was bidding goodbye to. Could one of her followers be the killer?

Backstrom and his team decide to go to Jenna’s wake in the hopes of eyeing the perpetrator. During an altercation with one of her followers, the detective declares that Jenna’s death is not a hate crime, but a robbery that foiled. This statement is caught on video, which the oversight committee is sure to see. Amy is looking into sanctioning Backstrom for contempt, but instead, she advises him to straighten himself out. He cannot be delaying his hearing any longer.

One of the witnesses that will be testifying at Backstrom’s hearing is Officer Moto. He was the one who seeks advise from Backstrom, Neidermayer, and even Det. Sgt. Almond (Dennis Haysbert) on what to do. He gets more confused as the other detectives provide varying opinions, all of which made sense.

Meanwhile, there’s new evidence about the bottle. Backstrom’s roommate, Valentine (Thomas Drekker), a known thief, apparently gave this to Jenna before. He did it as a favor to a client who wants to get it on the black market. Valentine becomes the likely suspect until the team learns of Jenna’s ex, Marcus. His investigation leads to an altercation between Backstrom, so Marcus is arrested for assaulting an officer of the law.

During questioning, Marcus reveals that he and Jenna were actually in the process of adopting a baby with the help of a lawyer couple. Only, Marcus finds out that Jenna and one of their lawyers, the wife, were having an affair. Could this be the reason why Jenna was murdered?

As the team later discovers, the real perpetrator turns out to be a stalker of Jenna’s blog. Wayne has been sending Jenna homophobic messages, thus confirming Backstrom’s assumption that this case is indeed a hate crime. But further digging into Wayne’s motives and action leads the team to the lawyer couple. The husband, apparently paid Wayne to murder Jenna, for having an affair with this wife.

With the case closed, Backstrom is once again back to face Amy in his hearing with the oversight committee. Prepared to tell the truth of what happened when he accidentally shot the perpetrator Visser in a previous case, Backstrom is surprised to learn that Moto apparently supported his earlier testimony. The case is deemed closed and Amy declares they no longer need any answers.

Backstrom gets off another hitch. Amy knows that her ex-fiancé hasn’t been upfront this whole time during his hearing. For now, Amy and the committee seem to be out of the picture, but will she return in future episodes?


That’s the recap for “Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 4 “I’m a Bird Now” which aired on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. For more about this series, keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG).

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