Now that Beth's memory of the events surrounding her kidnapping by
Coraline have returned, Beth is hopping mad. If Morgan is Coraline, Beth wants
to know. So, she enlists Mick's help. Mick agrees to keep Morgan busy, even
though he doesn't believe her to be Coraline, so that Beth can do some
snooping. Mick has also been hired by Richard Haggans, CEO of a Forbes 500
company, to follow his wife Tina, whom he suspects of cheating on him. To kill
two birds with one stone, Mick engages Morgan, after apologizing profusely for
his previous behavior, to help him follow Tina and to photograph her activities.
That very afternoon, Mick and Morgan follow Tina to a crowded shopping
plaza, where Tina meets with a man. Morgan gets a shot of them kissing and is
certain that she has made her money shot. Using a unidirectional microphone and
his vampire ears, however, Mick overhears snippets of conversation in which the
man says, "If he finds out..." and Tina replies, "...he'll kill us." Mick
decides not to take the photos to Haggans, on the chance that he's conspiring
to use this information to kill his wife rather than to divorce her. Since
there was a lot of interference on the mike and it's hard to be sure what was
really said, Morgan suggests that they have her soundman friend clean it up.
Mick goes to talk with Haggans again, but Haggans won't see him. On his
way out, Mick runs into Tina and her lover in the elevator. Mick overhears them
planning to meet at the Biltmore Hotel, Room 713, in one hour. He and Morgan
set up surveillance from a window across the street and photograph them in bed.
During the close surveillance,
Mick and Morgan also share a kiss. From the conversation between Tina and her
lover, Mick learns that the man is actually Haggans' son, Owen.
Going on what Mick told her about Coraline's beginnings -- that Coraline
was made a vampire in the early 1700s when she was a French courtesan -- Beth
has been searching the internet and learned that French courtesans were branded
with a fleur de lis on their shoulders. She then picks the lock on Morgan's
door and snoops through her apartment, eventually finding a photograph album.
As she is fingering through the photographs, she comes upon one of Mick, dated
1952. Now, more certain than ever that Morgan is Coraline, Beth stops by to see
Josef and asks him to tell her the truth about Mick and Coraline. Although
Josef still doesn't buy that Coraline is alive, he shows her a photo of
Coraline's "party house" in Hollywood, describes to Beth the nature of Mick and
Coraline's torrid relationship, how Coraline drove Mick crazy, and how Coraline
probably kidnapped Beth as a way of creating a family with Mick.
Mick gets a phone call from Richard Haggans' assistant, Tucker, requesting
a meeting at the Seville Restaurant in one hour in order to exchange payment
for surveillance tapes and pictures. Mick collects everything, along with
Morgan's memory card, and drops it off at his office prior to the meeting. He
waits at the restaurant, but Haggans never shows. When Mick returns to his
office, he finds that it's been broken into and that all the surveillance
materials are missing. The meeting was a ruse, he realizes, to give Haggans
time to break into his office and steal everything. Knowing that Haggans now
knows everything about his wife's relationship with his son, Mick's first
concern is to warn Owen, so Morgan looks up his address, then Mick heads to
Morgan has gotten back the cleaned up tape from the soundman. She listens
to the whole conversation and hears Owen say, "If he finds out that we're
trying to kill him..." and Tina replies, "he'll kill us." Morgan realizes that
the intended target is Richard Haggans, not his wife. Meanwhile, Mick is at
Owen's house, attempting to warn him, when Mick notices Morgan's photos spread
out on Owen's desk. He suddenly realizes that it was Owen, not Richard, who
stole the tapes and photos, but it is too late. Tina steps forward and shoots
Mick in the head.
Realizing that Mick may be in danger, Morgan goes looking for him. She
finds him lying in the garden, bleeding and stunned. Mick refuses hospital
attention. Instead, they go looking for Richard Haggans, discovering from his
assistant that he has just left the building in the company of his son. Mick
follows them, stops Owen, and tells Richard about the plan to kill him.
Suddenly, a car careens around the corner and heads for Morgan. Mick grabs
Morgan and leaps, saving her. Mick and Morgan explain everything to the police,
then go back to Mick's apartment.
Although Beth's every fiber screams not to do it, she finds Coraline's
"party house." It is still standing, although the furniture is covered in
sheets. She picks the lock and goes exploring. She is stunned when she finds
recent photos of Mick, some with him and Beth together. Morgan IS Coraline,
Beth concludes, and she's been stalking both Mick and her. Then she finds the
nursery room where Coraline held her captive, and Beth's blood begins to boil.
She breaks the rocking chair and takes a wooden stake from it.
Morgan is showering. Mick is drawn to her. He opens the shower door and
kisses her. He notices the fleur de lis on her shoulder and realizes that
Morgan IS Coraline. Coraline confesses that she has found a way to become human
again and that she did it for Mick. They kiss and embrace and kiss and embrace
some more. Suddenly, a knock on Mick's door draws him away. It is Beth. Beth
holds up the proof that Morgan is Coraline. Mick says, "I know." Coraline
comes down the stairs, freshly showered and wearing Mick's shirt. Beth stakes
her with the rocking chair pole. Mick leaps into Coraline's arms. She's not a
vampire, he cries. She's found a way to be human. She's found a cure!
[Full synopsis by BJ Kuehl]