Plot SummaryEdit

Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers—both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm—are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn't leave Eve a lot of time left over to put together a baby shower for her best friend Mavis, but that's supposedly what friends are for. Now Mavis needs another favour. Tandy Willowby, one of the mothers-to-be in Mavis's birthing class, didn't show up for the shower. Having only recently arrived from London, Tandy has few friends in New York and no family—and she was really looking forward to the party. When Eve enters Tandy's apartment and finds a gift for Mavis wrapped and ready on the table—and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it—she realizes something is wrong. Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons, but Mavis asks for Eve's help and she can't say no. She'll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously investigating the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city's richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer.


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Approximate Story Start Date: January, 2060

Day -1 (Monday)Edit

Day 0 (Tuesday)Edit

(before murders) (night)

Day 1 (day of murders)Edit

(early morning)

  • Winfield Chase goes to Randall Sloan's parking garage and takes his car to Natalie Copperfield's apartment
  • Winfield Chase kills Natalie Copperfield
  • Winfield Chase drives to Bick Byson's residence
  • Winfield Chase kills Bick Byson
  • Winfield Chase returns Randall Sloan's car to its parking spot, turned the wrong way around
  • Palma Copperfield finds Natalie Copperfield's body, calls emergency
  • Eve is dispatched to Natalie Copperfield's apartment
  • Eve arrives
  • Peabody arrives
  • Eve processes and records scene


  • Eve arrives at Cop Central
  • Baxter reports having dated Palma Copperfield
  • Baxter helps calm Palma as Eve interviews her
  • Contact with Sloan, Myers, and Kraus accounting firm, determine Byson has not come in for work
  • Eve and Peabody go to Byson's loft
  • Eve and Peabody discover Bick Byson's body
  • Eve and Peabody process the Byson murder scene
  • Eve and Peabody go to Sloan, Myers, and Kraus
  • Eve and Peabody have an informal interview with Cara Greene (Natalie's supervisor)
  • Eve and Peabody have an informal interview with Myra Lovitz (Bick's supervisor)
  • Eve requests a warrant for Sloan, Myers, and Kraus
  • Eve and Peabody go to the White Stork for a shower present


  • Eve visits the morgue for more information about Byson and Copperfield deaths
  • Sloan, Myers, and Kraus lawyers fight the warrant
  • Eve reviews scene reports
  • Eve starts running firm members
  • Peabody starts running neighbors
  • Eve takes a trip to EDD, listens to recovered 'link transmissions
  • Eve visits lab, confirms that the duct tape from each murder came from the same roll


  • Eve contacts APA Reo, raises hell about warrant being delayed
  • Eve goes home
  • Eve has dinner with Roarke in the conservatory, vents a while
  • Eve sets up her office board
  • Sleep

Day 2 (Thursday)Edit


  • Roarke has some information abut Sloan, Myers, and Kraus for Eve
  • Warrant for Sloan, Myers, and Kraus comes through
  • Eve, Peabody, and McNab go to Sloan, Myers, and Kraus with uniforms to collect evidence
  • Peabody and McNab pack up Copperfield's office
  • Eve meets Robert Kraus
  • Eve meets Carl Myers and Jacob Sloan, gets their alibis for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning
  • Peabody, McNab, and uniforms pack up Byson's office
  • Eve informally interviews Jake Sloan (grandson)
  • Eve meets Randall Sloan
  • Eve informally interviews SaraJane Bloomdale
  • Peabody informally interviews Lilah Grove


  • Eve Re-interviews Cara Greene (Natalie's supervisor)
  • Eve re-interviews Lilah Grove (Bick's flirty co-worker)
  • Eve interviews Rochelle Delay at the Palace
  • Eve and Peabody return to Central
  • Peabody starts working through evidence collected that day
  • Eve has a very insulting meeting with Commander Jack Whitney
  • McNab gives status to Peabody
  • Eve comes back from meeting, bites off heads
  • Eve goes to EDD, bites off McNab's head
  • Eve talks to Feeney, calms down
  • Eve returns to working on files and evidence


  • 6pm ish – Tandy kidnapped by Madeline Bullock
  • Eve attempts to contact Cara Greene again
  • Eve faces off with Roarke about the Commander's concerns
  • Roarke bites Eve's head off, tells Eve to hand off the case
  • Eve and Roarke argue
  • Eve and Roarke cool off
  • Co-ed shower
  • Roarke comes up with the idea of a contract
  • Roarke looks at client list
  • Eve reviews her reports and notes
  • Peabody calls with her idea about using the rocker as a throne at the shower and sleeping over Friday night.
  • sleep

Day 3 (Friday)Edit


  • Eve and Roarke go to Central
  • Roarke goes to Whitney with his expert consultant contract
  • Whitney arranges to have Legal to review it, then Chief Tibble
  • Eve has a consult with Dr. Mira
  • Eve and Peabody informally interview Sasha Zinka and Lola Warfield to confirm alibis
  • Eve and Peabody travel to Stuben, Robbins, Cavendish, and Mull
  • Eve and Peabody meet Ellyn Bruberry
  • Eve and Peabody informally interview Walter Cavendish
  • Eve and Peabody informally interview Ellyn Bruberry
  • Eve and Peabody first suspect Cavendish is part of the murders
  • Informal interview with Lordes C. McDermott


  • The rocker from White Stork arrives – banter with Summerset
  • Back to Central
  • Copperfield/Byson memorial service


  • Eve chats with Roarke in her office
  • Eve and Roarke pick up a tiara and scepter for Mavis' shower
  • Eve and Roarke have dinner at an Italian restaurant
  • Peabody and McNab arrive at Roarke's house, start decorating for the shower
  • Winfield Chase drugs and kills Randall Sloan at Sloan's home
  • Winfield Chase removes discs from Randall Sloan's security system, creates a suicide note, and removes hidden cache of discs
  • Eve runs Cavendish and Bruberry background checks
  • Eve checks out decorations (Peabody forces her to)
  • sleep

Day 4 (Saturday)Edit


  • workout
  • Summerset leaves for the day
  • Eve starts running scenarios
  • Peabody insists that Eve stops working and prepares for the shower
  • Mavis and Leonardo arrive


  • Boys leave
  • Shower guests arrive
  • Nadine Furst asks Eve to help her out with a monthly interview segment on her upcoming show, Now
  • Eve puts Nadine on the scent of Cavendish and the Bullock Foundation
  • Eve avoids playing baby shower games, but has to run them instead
  • Mavis first mentions that Tandy is not there
  • Mavis opens her gifts
  • Mavis gets the rocker
  • Party disperses


  • Boys return and start loading gifts into a car to take back to Mavis and Leonardo's
  • Eve takes Mavis to Tandy's apartment
  • Mavis and Eve enter Tandy's apartment with Eve's master
  • Eve starts informally interviewing Tandy's neighbors, determines no one has seen her since Thursday morning
  • Eve puts Peabody on searching for like crimes and talking to Mavis about baby's father
  • Eve and Roarke go to Central
  • Eve talks to Jaye Smith, Missing Persons Unit
  • Jaye and Eve come to an agreement on how to handle the Tandy Willowby case
  • Eve and Roarke interview the bus driver about Tandy


  • Eve walks the route Tandy would probably have taken
  • Eve locates the parking lot closest to the route
  • Eve runs background check on Tandy
  • Eve calls lot security, gets owner's contact information
  • Eve threatens the owner to provide Security discs for when Tandy disappeared
  • Eve speaks to Tandy's boss and midwife about people who would want the baby, about the father

Day 5 (Sunday)Edit

(early morning)

  • Eve studies like crimes
  • Sex
  • Eve contact's Tandy's half-sister, Briar Rose Marrow, in England
  • Eve gets the name of Tandy's baby-daddy, Aaron Appleby
  • Eve runs background on Aaron Appleby, tries to make contact
  • Eve leaves message for Inspector Triveti in Italy about like crimes (Sophia Belego)
  • Eve speaks to Triveti about Belego case
  • Eve leaves another message for Appleby
  • sleep
  • dream


  • breakfast
  • Roarke and Eve discuss numbers on one of the accounts and like cases
  • Eve brings in Peabody and McNab
  • Eve learns security discs from garage are wiped
  • Leonardo and Mavis arrive to help
  • Mavis flips out a little
  • Mavis works on timeline, Leonardo gets coffee
  • Eve makes contact with Aaron Appleby
  • Eve learns about Tandy originally going to an adoption agency
  • Peabody and McNab arrive
  • McNab goes to work with Roarke
  • Mavis and Leonardo go to work on an adoption agency list in London
  • Peabody starts looking into Sophia Belego possibly pursuing adoption
  • Eve finds another like crime: Emily Jones
  • Eve confirms Emily Jones looked into adoption
  • Peabody gets confirmation about Sophia Belego talking with adoption agencies
  • Roarke and McNab present their financial findings
  • Eve notes that the Stubens, Robbins, Cavendish, and Mull file has been edited
  • Team detects money laundering in a file that has been labeled differently (Bullock Foundation)
  • Eve and Roarke go to Robert Kraus' home, informally interview wife about Tuesday night.


  • Eve and Roarke go to the golf course, informal interview with Kraus
  • Eve learns that Randall Sloan handles the Bullock Foundation account
  • Eve tries to contact Madeline Bullock
  • Eve taps Feeney to get Madeline Bullock's private number
  • Eve and Roarke go to Randall Sloan's house
  • Eve and Roarke meet Jake and Rochelle
  • Eve and Jake discover Randall's body
  • Eve discovers Randall's suicide note
  • Eve discusses Randall's habits and actions with Jake
  • Feeney gets Bullock's phone number for Eve
  • Eve believes Randall may have hidden an extra copy of discs as "insurance"
  • Eve and Roarke head home
  • sleep
  • Eve arrives at home
  • Eve assigns Peabody and McNab to looking over Randall Sloan's place, fills them in on current events
  • Everyone eats
  • Eve tags Baxter to investigate Randall Sloan's vehicles
  • Mavis and Leonardo look over a list of adoption agencies
  • Eve gets Madeline Bullock's New York house


  • Leonardo asks that he and Mavis can stay the night
  • Eve and Roarke make a trip to see Madeline Bullock
  • Eve tells Madeline Bullock about Sloan's death (some fine acting here)
  • Eve requests a warrant for DNA sample on Chase
  • Eve and Roarke arrive back at home
  • Peabody and McNab find an additional stash of discs at Randall Sloan's
  • Baxter and Trueheart come in and report on Randall's vehicle; it was moved Tuesday night or Wednesday morning
  • Peabody and McNab arrive with Sloan’s private discs
  • Booster drinks all around
  • Eve and Roarke look through Sloan's private discs, find the Sunday's Child account details
  • Eve and Peabody make the connection from Sunday's Child to Tandy's disappearance
  • Eve has Roarke look for patterns in Sloan's private discs involving Sunday's child
  • Eve gets the connection to Emily Jones and Sophia Belego
  • Trueheart gets the doctor connection
  • Eve calls Reo asking for a search & seizure warrant for Madeline Bullock's house
  • Eve starts putting together the operation

Day 6 (Monday)Edit

(early morning)

  • Eve and team go to the Bullock house
  • McNab scans the house for people, discovers a cold room
  • Reo comes through with the warrant
  • Eve has Reo contact Jaye Smith
  • Roarke kills the security
  • Roarke breaks in the house, team goes in
  • Eve and Baxter arrest Chase and Bullock
  • Peabody and Trueheart disable the medical droid
  • Roarke opens the cold room
  • Eve rescues Tandy
  • Eve orders Cavendish in, requests a warrant to bring in Bruberry
  • Eve and Roarke take Tandy to their house
  • sleep


  • Eve talks to Whitney
  • Eve goes into formal interview with Walter Cavendish
  • Eve makes a deal with Cavendish
  • Eve goes into formal interview with Ellen Bruberry
  • Letitia Brownburn (Sunday's Child partner) gets arrested in London
  • Sunday's Child officially shut down
  • Bruberry breaks in interview
  • Eve starts to work on Winfield Chase in interview with Baxter
  • Chase's lawyer presents the statement about Tandy's kidnapping
  • Eve and Baxter taunt Chase into talking
  • Chase speaks about Sunday's Child contracts
  • Chase admits to 3 murders, dismisses all lawyers, and comes clean
  • Eve talks to Jacob Sloan
  • Eve begins her interview with Madeline Bullock
  • Bullock threatens to call in favors from high-ranking officials
  • Eve ends interview
  • Eve finishes up reports


  • Eve goes home
  • Tandy goes into labor
  • Mavis admits she's in labor
  • Tandy contacts Aaron Appleby
  • Summerset contacts midwife
  • Eve, Summerset, and Roarke travel with Mavis, Leonardo, and Tandy to the birthing center
  • Peabody and McNab go to Mavis' and Tandy's to pick up baby bags
  • Eve, Roarke, Summerset, Leonardo, Mavis, and Tandy arrive at the birthing center
  • Aaron Appleby arrives at birthing center
  • Mavis decides to get married RIGHT NOW!
  • Eve calls the mayor to arrange a marriage license
  • Roarke finds a priest
  • Peabody and McNab arrive with the baby bags
  • Peabody and McNab start alerting everyone about the wedding
  • Trina arrives to do Mavis' hair
  • Everyone arrives for the wedding
  • Summerset donates his ring for Mavis as a wedding ring
  • Tandy's baby arrives
  • Eve meets Tandy's son, Quentin Dallas Appleby
  • Whitney calls with news that Winfield Chase killed Madeline Bullock
  • Mavis and Dallas talk
  • Mavis' baby, Bella Eve, arrives

Day 7 (Tuesday)Edit


  • Eve and Roarke go home.

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Trivia Edit

Mavis gives birth to "Bella Eve".

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