Ella breaks into Amanda’s files on Melrose Place.
The Life of Riley
April 6: Riley (Jessica Lucas) is the center of attention as she plans a fundraiser for her inner-city schools project with the encouragement and support of Drew, which draws the jealous attention of Jonah (Michael Rady). Casting for Jonah’s film hits a snag when he clashes with the director over the pivotal casting of the character based on Riley, whom Jonah describes in near angelic terms. It’s evident he’s missing what he had with her, but the director doesn’t have time for Jonah’s sentimentalism so he cans him. Riley’s fundraiser, meanwhile, starts off slowly and then livens up when Drew (Nick Zano) gets uptight rich guests to loosen up in kiddie-style street fair attractions and entertains them with some tunes. When he spontaneously auctions off a date with the seemingly irresistible Riley, Jonah shows up (of course) and joins the bidding, nearly winning the date until Ella outbids him using money from WPK’s charity fund. Might Amanda (Heather Locklear) use this in her embezzlement scheme against Ella? Jonah shares his movie troubles with Riley and she advises him to not compromise his vision. His pleas to the studio head to keep his movie intact as he wrote it fall on deaf ears until the star, Owen Anderson, fires the uncooperative director and replaces him with Jonah. When Jonah tries to share his latest triumph with Riley, he finds she’s too busy celebrating the success of her fundraiser with Drew.
Ella’s Mission Impossible
Ella (Katie Cassidy) may be getting jealous over Jonah’s lingering feelings for Riley, but she’s got bigger fish to fry, namely breaking into Amanda’s computer files at WPK to delete the fake billing statements incriminating her. Jonah frowns on her plot, but clues her in about the nerdy WPK accountant who holds the keys to the central computer files. Ella dons a hot minidress and meets the numbers-cruncher for a hilarious blind date at the local movie theater, all the while trying to swipe his keys. When the sci-fi geek gently tells her they aren’t a good match (since when is a tall, gorgeous blonde not someone’s type?) Ella pulls him close to plant one on him and deftly removes the WPK key from his key chain. Point for Team Ella! Miss Simms’ next move is to recruit the cat burglar skills of David (Shaun Sipos) for her WPK caper. David, however, has his hands full trying to keep Coal afloat after firing crazy head chef Marcello, who abuses his staff one too many times, and losing a few employees in the bargain. Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) shows up and calls on her old waitressing skills to help David as a hostess while Ella pitches in too, attending to an influential restaurant critic (played by Broadway legend Betty Buckley, of all people!) who can make or break Coal with one review. Ella’s inside knowledge about the critic helps David hit all the right notes on the meal and the restaurant gets a rave review. David is touched by Lauren’s support and seems ready to give her a second chance. Indebted to Ella, he helps her break into WPK only to discover the accountant’s key doesn’t grant access to Amanda’s secret computer files. Their next stop is Empress Woodward’s office, where David and Ella discover a file on Sydney with a picture of the $19 million painting that disappeared from an Upper East Side apartment back in New York City. Has Ella found leverage against Amanda? At the hospital, Lauren catches Drew drawing blood from the body of a young man who died despite Drew’s attempt to save him. Drew later reveals to Lauren that he’s been removing the heart valve Michael invented from several people who died due to poisoning from a toxin that leaks from it. Looks like next week’s season finale will find Melrose Place’s diabolical duo Amanda and Michael under fire from the new generation of Melrosers. Tune in April 13!
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