UNFORGETTABLE “Check Out Time” Review

UNFORGETTABLE “Check Out Time” Season 1 Episode 3 – The case in this week’s episode of Unforgettable, “Check Out Time,” was so forgettable that I actually had to watch it twice in order to follow the plot.

A wealthy man is murdered and a battered hotel maid comes forward (via her Gloria Allred-esque attorney) to claim that she killed him in self-defense after he tried to rape her. But thanks to Carrie’s incredible memory, it’s revealed that the murder was far more complicated. The maid was paid to cry rape by the family who adopted the victim’s child; they wanted to smear the man’s name so he couldn’t get joint custody of his biological son.

But the plot turned deadly when the maid enlisted the help of the hotel’s chief of security, who decided to pump even more money out of the victim via blackmail and wound up killing him when he wouldn’t comply.

Twists and turns…it should have been interesting, but the story failed to hold my attention. Plus, I’m getting a little tired of the slow-motion camera pans as Carrie remembers specific moments from the investigation, searching for clue as her fabulously dyed hair bounces with every step. I have a feeling this will be a regular thing, like CSI’s “into-the-body” camera shots, but if I find myself annoyed now, how am I going to feel about them by the end of the season? Perhaps it would help if Carrie could come up with another look besides slack-jawed confusion.

During the course of the investigation, Carrie comes to the realization that she could possibly use a sketch artist to piece together her limited memories of the man who killed her sister. Really? She just thought of that now? Regardless, Al gives her full reign over the department’s facial art computer software in order to find the killer.

Maybe I’m just tired of cop dramas. I feel like they’re all starting to run together, and Unforgettable isn’t doing anything to stand out from the crowd, even with Carrie’s gifts. Or maybe the show is just taking awhile to get going. Here’s hoping its the latter.

What did you think of the episode? Does Carrie need to touch up her roots? Will she take the uber-lawyer up on her offer of help? Let me know below!