There's been torrid love triangle murder plots before (like cheating husbands and wives) on NASH BRIDGES, but in "Cat Fight" the murderous trio are like guests straight from THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW. The father Tom Brooks has a taste for teenagers, in this case 17 year Angie Stark. But Angie dumps Brooks for his daughter Leia. We get a hint of the salaciousness of this when a neighbor is caught robbing Angie and Leia's apartment. He's a voyeur, peering into their apartment with binoculars. He sees them after the caper, covering their bed with money and hugging each other.
The dark side of this is fathers and their uncontrollable daughters. By extension, when Nash kills Angie (he is forced to, when Angie pulls a second gun on Nash) it is terribly close to Nash's feelings about Cassidy. Nash knows Brooks because his daughter and Cassidy were on the same soccer team in high school.
Cassidy has inexplicably returned to duty - she has not quit the SIU. In the previous episode, she wouldn't take back her badge and gun, but Nash accepted her badge and gun for her. But the wind has gone out of her sails, as she shows up late to the crime scene at the start of "Cat Fight." Her status is still unsure, but she's still a cop.
Women let Nash down left and right - there's daughter Cassidy and now Rachel. Of course Nash has to get all kissy face with Rachel, the mole planted inside the SIU by the NASH BRIDGES' version of Internal Affairs - the MCD or Management Control Division. The nemesis is revealed to be Lt. Ray Urbanski. This shouldn't really be a surprise, as Caitlin Cross was also planted inside the SIU to get the goods on Nash. Nash fell for her too. He's got a bad pattern going, falling
for women out to do him in.
But the one woman that doesn't fail Nash, wacky Betty-Anne, the one who discovers the plot against Nash, is the one that Nash rejects. Nash turns down her offer of a date. Previously, Nash fires her as his housekeeper (for no apparent reason other than he feels uneasy about her craziness with the Serrabithians), and then tries to get her fired at the SIU. Somehow Joe still can't fire her, as she is given a transfer instead. But suddenly, Betty-Anne is of use to Nash, probably saving his bacon by discovering the doctored files.
For more, see synopsis for Episode 121