OK, on to the main event. I was really excited to see this show, because it seemed like Clue meets And Then There Were None. And that's exactly what the show gave me! I expected it to be really cheesy, but they really kept the cheese to a minimum, although it wasn't entirely left out. I'll talk about my suspicions later, but for now, I'll just walk you through the show a bit. I will caution you with a *SPOILER ALERT* because I'm about to talk about the first death.
The contestants all meet each other and mingle a bit. They all know that they are going to compete in some sort of mystery competition, but have no details. Giles, the butler, introduces himself, and tells them that when the bell rings at half past the hour, they will all re-convene and the contestants will learn what the game is. For now, they are shown to their rooms and are allowed to explore a bit. Suddenly, they all hear a crash, and run into the living room to find the large fish tank broken, and Sheri lying beside it in a pool of water, being electrocuted from frayed lamp cords. (Quick note, in case you're unaware, this is NOT real. The people do not actually die, and the crimes are just staged to appear that they have). Giles runs in and shuffles them into another room and explains that a killer is among the contestants, pretending to be one of them, and that one by one they will die, and the remaining contestants will have to solve the mystery. The contestants will then get the opportunity to investigate either the scene of the crime, the morgue, or the person's last known whereabouts.
They break up into fairly even groups for each place. The 3 who go to the morgue discover an old-fashioned bullet in the back of Sheri's neck. The 5 at the scene of the crime discover that the fish tank's front side was the one that shattered first, and see a large round bloodstain on the rug. The 4 at the last known whereabouts, Sheri's bedroom and bathroom, discover a message written on the mirror in the bathroom (written so that it can be seen with steam, but disappears when the mirror clears). The message tells Sheri to go to the fish tank because the person had vital information for her. This is the part I found the cheesiest, since it's an old trick and no one would ever really fall for it.
The contestants all regroup to share information, and tensions begin to surface. After their lunch, they have another challenge to discover more information. They're each given a key. They notice the 13:17 on it, and start looking at clocks. Lindsey goes for the bible. They think they find the correct verse, and go searching, but Ronnie then notices the 2 crowns on the other side of the key, and looks for 2nd Kings 13:17, which gives them a clue about the east window. Ronnie looks out the window and sees that a panel is missing and that there's a plastic chest outside. When they run and unlock it, they find a crowbar and a slingshot inside. However, not everyone is there to see this, and the contestants who see it keep it to themselves.
It's now time for the contestants to go and make their predictions as to what happened, and who the killer is. They go into a room by themselves and talk to a camera, explaining how they think the murder happened, and who did it. Afterward, they all sit down to dinner, and Jiles comes in to deliver their fate. Sasha is told that she came closest to discovering the correct answer, which is this: The murderer snuck into Sheri's room while she was showering and wrote the message on the mirror. Upon getting out of the shower, Sheri saw the message, put on a robe, and ran downstairs. The murderer was outside, having taken out the window panel already. The murderer shoots the bullet into Sheri's neck with the slingshot, and it hits her spinal cord, killing her instantly. As she falls, her head hits the fish tank, cracking it. As the pressure builds up, the murderer stashes the slingshot and the crow bar used to break into her room, and then returns to his or her room, or whatever location they were "exploring". The pressure inside the fish tank finally causes the glass to shatter, making everyone run to see what has happened.
Many contestants are now worried that they will be the next to be killed, because being the most incorrect and being eliminated from the competition means being the next person to "die". The contestants are now all told their fate by opening envelopes. The card inside says either spared or scared. Only Don and Dontae receive scared cards, meaning that they are the bottom two and did the worst at solving the mystery. The guests all go to bed. They are awakened at around 4:30 AM to the sound of the mansion's alarms blaring. They all run outside and Jiles does a head count. *SPOILER ALERT* They discover that Dontae is the one who is missing. Suddenly, Dontae runs out of the house, his pajamas on fire! He jumps into the pool, but it is too late, as his body is seen floating 'lifeless' in the pool, and the promo for next week confirms that he is, in fact, 'dead'.
Okay, time for me to get into the contestants and what I think about them!
First off, a general note about the contestants in general: I'm definitely more suspicious of the ones whose jobs are not related at all to crime/ police/ investigating/etc. It makes sense to me that Adrianna, Don, Dana, Dontae, Kam, Ronnie, Sasha, and Ulysses are there. The others, I'm not so sure about. I feel like since some contestants are telling us that they're hiding the fact that they work in crime (like Don, Dontae, and Ronnie), that those who DON'T claim to work in that field may be hiding something too.
Adrianna: Like many of the contestants, I don't like her. And I want her to be the killer. But my gut tells me she's not. I think that if she was the killer, she wouldn't have tried running things from the get-go, or shoved herself into conversations. The killer would be more subtle. Unless she knew someone would think that. However, the fact that she was convinced that the corner of that chest was involved, and convinced that Dontae was the killer, and that both were wrong... that's kinda suspicious.
Cris: I'm not sure what to think of her. I'm automatically more suspicious of her because her because she's an ex-beauty queen. Ex? What does she do now? I guess she gains a bit more credibility since her dad was a cop.
Dana: The fact that she's a cardiac nurse gives her a bit more credibility for me, but I'm just not sure yet whether I trust her.
Don: For me, the fact that he's hiding that he's an ex-cop makes him seem more credible and causes me to trust him more. I think he's definitely not the killer, but who knows, I may be totally wrong!
Geno: I don't know why, but I just don't trust him. It seems a bit suspicious to me that he would push away the alliance that Kam and Ulysses offer. It seems like he's trying to do it all on his own, and so far, that seems like a stupid thing to do... unless you're the killer.
Ronnie: IMO, one of the most trustworthy in the competition. I'm almost 100% sure he's not the killer. But he has good analytical skills and I definitely think he's going to go far.
Sasha: I'm not sure what to think of Sasha. At first, she didn't believe Dana about the bullet, but then later, she includes it and gets closest to what actually happened? I'm not so sure about that. But if she's not the killer, she's definitely a good ally to have.
Ulysses: I'm not sure what to think of him. I think I trust him, but is there really any way of being sure? As of right now, he's high on the list of people I like, and low on suspicion. But I really don't know. And seriously, who names their child Ulysses?
The other suspicions: I've seen Clue way too many times and read And Then There Were None way too many times to just believe that everything is as it seems. I still think that it's very possible that we have an And Then There Were None situation, where a death is a red herring, and someone who dies is actually the murderer, and the last two alive each think the other is the murderer. I also think it's very possible that we have a Clue/ every other mystery ending, where the butler did it. I'm not sure how much I trust Giles!