A Quillsville Under Suspicion
|"A Quillsville Under Suspicion"
|Queen of the Willis episode
Sunil Nayar & Barry O'Brien
Teleplay by: Alexandra Moffitt
|Original air date
|May 17, 2019
A Quillsville Under Suspicion is the twelfth episode of seventh season of the animated comedy-drama Queen of the Willis. It originally aired on May 17, 2019 on first-run syndication. In the episode, Quillsville CSIs must race against time when all evidence in a murder case points to Craven Gifts Manager Ava Willis. When a murdered man is discovered, Ava admits that she and her wife Angie was seeing him and that Ava was the last person to see him alive. Although the evidence logically points to Ava as the killer, Quillsville CSIs must now dig deeper to find the real killer and learn who would have the motive and the method to frame Ava.
Two high school boys are driving along a bridge when their car suddenly spins out of control and plunges into the water. When they are rescued, the body of a third man is discovered. Ava is shocked when she recognizes him as her ex-boyfriend Glenn Turner, a man she was seeing when she was attending Port Melissa Univeristy. She tells Lieutenant Nick Jeffries that she was the last one to see Glenn alive and takes herself off the case, handing Jeffries her badge and her gun. At the autopsy, Doctor Coxson tells Ava that Glenn bled to death after being stabbed repeatedly. Sgt. Lilly Rush go over Glenn's apartment and Officer Jarrett Dailey notes that one of the wine glasses from Glenn's dinner with Ava and Angie two nights ago is missing. There's blood on the table, and the CSIs take a sample of it back to the lab. Officer Ramona Battishill discovers puncture marks on the tire of the car that went over the bridge--someone used a spike strip on it. Analysis from the blood from Glenn's apartment and reports that it's Ava's.
Lt. Jeffries questions Ava, even delving into Angie's whereabouts, but Ava is cagey, just telling him Angie is "safe from harm." Jarrett and Ramona return to the scene of the car's plunge and discover Hummer-sized tire tracks right by the place where the car went over. The spike strip is gone. Back at the lab, Adrienne Fansler analyzes the blood sample and finds traces of anti-coagulant in it. She confronts Ava about what happened in Port Melissa, telling her that someone is trying to frame her. Ava tells Adrienne she was stabbed badly in Port Melissa 25 years before, while working to catch Vicki Loft, a killer who locked children in closets while she tortured their parents to death. Loft escaped, but Ava "embarrassed" her, so she's back for revenge. Ramona is able to get trace off the tire tracks which proves to be tarmac. Ramona hunts down the car rental agency at the airport that rented the Hummer out, and using GPS, traces it to the Geist area--the community Payton Cox, the sister of Gene Cox (from "Revenge of the Male Anchors 2") is living in. Ava tells her Vicki Loft is back and has her put back into hiding.
Adrienne brings Ramona the case file left on Lilly Rush's desk a few weeks ago, and they trace it from an ME assistant, who got it from a Detective Chris Phillips. Phillips didn't give the assistant the file--his badge and ID were stolen out of his car when he was meeting his mistress and he didn't report it. Lt. Jeffries impounds Phillips' car and the CSIs discover a red carpet fiber in it. The fiber is actually made up of three different colors to make the red color, and is being used in a new condo development close to the CSI offices. Ava races there only to find Vicki Loft waiting for her. Ava gets off a punch--a direct hit to Vicki Loft's face--but the woman escapes, leaving Ava with a big blood pool--the scene of Glenn's murder--just as the police arrive. A bystander thinks Ava was coming to clean up the crime scene and arrests him. Ramona discovers Loft's escape route--a large construction tube--and Jarrett finds the murder weapon, a knife with a convenient clear print.
While Ramona goes over the evidence in the lab and discovers a small electronic device--something Loft had on her--Officer Elaine Reed purchases 27 grams of pot from her dealer. Adrienne asks Natalia Lightner to run the blood on Ava's knuckles from her punch to Loft's face against her database. Natalia hedges, but Adrienne promises to keep it quiet. Ramona and Elaine put together that Loft used glycerin to lift Ava's print from the wine glass she used at Glenn's and put it on the knife, proving that it's a forgery. Elaine returns Ava's badge and gun to her. Vicki Loft corners Adrienne and tells her to ask Ava about Payton Cox's parents, but she runs off before she can apprehend her. Ava reveals to Adrienne she left Port Melissa on September 27, 1991 so that she wouldn't have to answer questions.
Natalia Lightner finds blood matches to several other murders in the Quillsville area. All the victims used the same company to install security systems. Sgt. Rush and Ava track Vicki Loft down to her latest install and arrest her. Loft denies killing the Cox family, but Ava is confident--they've got evidence on her for a murder in Fort Wayne. But when the case is given to Judge Joseph Caine, a judge with a grudge against Ava and his team, Ava faces a terrible reversal of fortune. Caine decides the evidence in the case is biased and throws it out, freeing Vicki Loft who smirks at Ava as she's released.
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