“Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 2 “Bella” aired on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. Backstrom takes on thieves and arsonists in this latest from the crime drama. Find out what happened in the recap below.
The Special Cases Unit is called in by firefighters to a crime scene. There has been an arson in one of the city’s nicer neighborhoods, and Gravely (Genevieve Angelson) tells Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) that the case has been elevated to attempted murder, which is why the team is needed. Apparently, the arsonist torched the house while people were inside.
The arson investigator Samantha Orland (guest star Angelique Cabral) informs them that there’s been cases like this before, but this time, people are being threatened. Backstom’s assessment is that this is done by a firefighter. Inside the house, he discovers that aside from the fire, some stuff were looted.
Outside, Backstrom comes across firefighter brothers (guest star Eddie McClintock and Matt Battaglia) he has known for a long time. The D’Agostino brothers and Backstrom grew up together, and they made his young life miserable. In fact, they stole something from him. This bolsters his claim that the firefighters have been setting fires and then stealing items in the house for their gain.
The SCU team then gets to work and splits their tasks. While Backstrom is still on the assumption that the firefighters are responsible, Gravely and Niedermayer (Krisfoffer Polaha) insist this is the work of an arson. So, the two visit Green Flame, an arson artist, to question her. She could also be the person behind the arson in Seattle. Their investigation, however, did not have any potential results. But they were able to determine that whoever is behind the crimes has switched to a more sophisticated and elaborate method, as stated in the Orland’s report. It’s like this work was the arson’s pride and joy.
Meanwhile at Backstrom’s apartment, he tells his roommate Valentine (Thomas Dekker) that he needs his help in locating stolen items that were in the insurance forms from the fire. Valentine is his snitch, and he’s also a capable thief. Backstrom suggests that he works together with Niedermayer, so as not to blow his cover as the informant, with Niedermayer pretending to be an art collector. They visit an antiques dealer and Niedermayer takes a watch for evidence.
Next, Backstrom asks Nadia (Beatrice Rosen) for a forged warrant in order to inspect the firehouse, and together with Det. Sgt. Almond (Dennis Haysbert), they search the premises. One of them finds a dead canary in the locker, which basically means only one thing: dead canaries cannot sing. There is someone in this firehouse who knows the whole story, and so they bring in Dabkey, who confirms Backstrom’s assumptions.
The detective brings the watch to the firehouse, and Backstrom is cornered by the brothers. They tease him about the time they threw Backstrom in the river, or that time they took Bella from him. Who is Bella? The SCU team wonders. Backstrom plants the watch among one of the brother’s things, so that the police has cause to arrest the D’ Agostinos.
During their investigation, Backstrom uses the brothers’ rivalry over a girl to ruffle their feathers. And for short while, it works as the brothers turn on each other. Some people in the SCU, however, does not agree with Backstrom’s methods.
The next day, Backstrom finds himself on the back of an ambulance, with the firefighters and the EMT’s, and they defibrillate a very conscious Backstrom. They also dump him on the road. The poor detective is once again bullied by his childhood bullies.
The SCU return to the fire station, where the brothers change their tune for some reason and admit, if only to clarify that they did not set any fires, that they did resort to stealing. They also inform Backstrom of Belle’s actual location, some thirty years after they took her from him.
So, if the firefighters did not torch the house, then who’s the likely culprit? Backstrom reviews the report and realizes that it’s actually the arson investigator Samantha Orland. Her reports don’t add up; she’s been falsifying these. They find her casing another suburban house, perhaps as her next victim, and they make their arrest.
The episode ends with Backstrom returning to his hometown to look for Bella in an old shed that the D’ Agostinos said they hid her. Bella, it turns out, is a beautiful kite, and Backstrom flies her again in the park, with a happy and satisfied look on his face.
— BACKSTROM (@BackstromFOX) January 30, 2015
And that’s what happened on “Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 2 “Bella,” which aired on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX.
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