The BEST Episodes of Motive

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Network: CTV

A cat-and-mouse series with a twist on the everyday whodunit, "Motive" centers on Angie Flynn, a detective on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers.

Bad Blonde

#1 - Bad Blonde

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 10, 2014

When the Homicide team investigates a blood-soaked crime scene, the pressure is on to find a missing and badly injured bartender. Sergeant Cross joins Detective Flynn on the case, which gives her a twinge of guilt for leaving her trusted partner Vega out of the action.

star 8.08
251 votes
Writers: Dennis Heaton
We'll Always Have Homicide

#2 - We'll Always Have Homicide

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 30, 2016

Three years after a killer gets away, the team reunites to close the case.

star 8.07
219 votes
Angels With Dirty Faces

#3 - Angels With Dirty Faces

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 24, 2014

Angie and Oscar search for an attacker and call in a professional favour; Lucas has trouble at home.

star 8.01
306 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Daegan Frykland
For You I Die

#4 - For You I Die

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired May 29, 2014

A major case from the past resurfaces; Angie thinks she and Cross should come clean.

star 7.99
305 votes
Writers: James Thorpe
The Dead Hand

#5 - The Dead Hand

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 5, 2016

A woman with a bomb takes the bullpen hostage, demanding justice for her son; the team works against the clock to re-investigate his case.

star 7.98
244 votes
Ruthless

#6 - Ruthless

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 9, 2013

Flynn and Vega investigate the murder of an executive assistant and discover an unexpected link between the killer and the victim that threatens to expose a deadly secret.

star 7.98
325 votes
Writers: Katherine Collins
A Problem Like Maria

#7 - A Problem Like Maria

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 7, 2015

Angie tries to take down a criminal who is determined to end her career.

star 7.97
232 votes
Pitfall

#8 - Pitfall

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 17, 2014

Flynn and Vega are pulled away from Vega’s fathers wedding to investigate a skydiving jump gone wrong. While working the case, Angie makes an effort to regain Vega’s trust by sharing a sensitive file that contains information on Sgt. Cross.

star 7.92
304 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Katherine Collins
Natural Selection

#9 - Natural Selection

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 2, 2016

A woman is murdered with what appears to be a medieval weapon.

star 7.90
222 votes
The One Who Got Away

#10 - The One Who Got Away

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 16, 2013

The first season ends with Angie's son Manny preparing to leave for college. Meanwhile, an investigation into the murder of a teenage boy is linked to a past homicide that sparked Angie's interest in police work.

star 7.88
332 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: James Thorpe
Kiss of Death

#11 - Kiss of Death

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 22, 2014

A murder mystery author is poisoned; Lucas' personal life takes a hit; Angie gets a nice surprise.

star 7.87
292 votes
Writers: Dennis Heaton, Thomas Pound
Chronology of Pain

#12 - Chronology of Pain

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 23, 2016

Angie races to catch a killer who is an expert at covering their tracks.

star 7.87
228 votes
The Scorpion and the Frog

#13 - The Scorpion and the Frog

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 19, 2016

A murder with a familiar signature could mean a woman was wrongly convicted of a crime.

star 7.87
255 votes
Nobody Lives Forever

#14 - Nobody Lives Forever

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 8, 2014

An investigation into the death of a man trampled by his horse; Vega explains his concerns.

star 7.84
292 votes
Writers: James Thorpe
Dead End

#15 - Dead End

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 3, 2014

Flynn and Vega must solve a case involving the death of a promising high school senior. Angie takes an aggressive approach to the case that Vega doesn't agree with. Meanwhile, Detective Lucas and Officer Sung's relationship starts to get personal.

star 7.83
283 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Derek Schreyer
Overboard

#16 - Overboard

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 20, 2014

A stunning socialite drowns after a celebration aboard her wealthy husband’s new yacht. Detectives Angie Flynn and Oscar Vega learn about the victim and her secret lover, but things soon become more complex, leading to an unlikely killer with an unexpected motive. Throughout the investigation, Angie must deal with increasing tension surrounding her relationship with Sergeant Cross, as rumours about their past spread throughout the team.

star 7.81
301 votes
Directors: Mairzee Almas
Writers: Katherine Collins
The Glass House

#17 - The Glass House

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 29, 2015

A homicide investigation develops into a kidnapping case after the murder victim's 16 year-old daughter is abducted. Later, Angie's interest in the Neville Montgomery file continues in secret.

star 7.80
271 votes
Public Enemy

#18 - Public Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 10, 2013

Flynn and Vega investigate the murder of a health food guru, while Manny tries to get better grades.

star 7.79
379 votes
Writers: Katherine Collins
Oblivion

#19 - Oblivion

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 22, 2015

An investigation into two seemingly unrelated murders is complicated by Vega needing to pass his weapons recertification in order to continue working in the field.

star 7.78
282 votes
Detour

#20 - Detour

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 14, 2013

Detectives Flynn and Vega investigate the death of a mortgage broker who was found strangled in his office parking lot.

star 7.78
427 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Dennis Heaton
Undertow

#21 - Undertow

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 28, 2013

Flynn and Vega investigate the murder of a young man who was found beaten and suffocated. Clues indicate that the victim was involved with an engaged woman, and suspicion initially falls on the woman's father.

star 7.78
330 votes
Writers: Daegan Fryklind
In Plain Sight

#22 - In Plain Sight

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 26, 2016

A woman is found nail-gunned to death; Angie embraces her relationship with Jack; Vega's frustrations force him to look for other options.

star 7.77
213 votes
They Made Me a Criminal

#23 - They Made Me a Criminal

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 13, 2014

Detectives Angie Flynn and Oscar Vega discover that what initially looks like a case of self-defense during a home invasion is actually something much more calculated. A surprising connection between the victim and the killer demonstrates just how far a mother will go to protect her family. While they work to determine the motive, Sergeant Cross asserts his position, much to the disdain of Angie, and the tension doesn't go unnoticed by Vega. Rookie Officer Wendy Sung joins the team and is warmly welcomed by Detective Lucas.

star 7.75
318 votes
Writers: Sarah Dodd
Abandoned

#24 - Abandoned

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 1, 2014

Angie and Flynn investigate a kitchen explosion; Angie shares the truth about her past and that of Sgt. Cross.

star 7.75
302 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: Wil Zmak
Deception

#25 - Deception

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 27, 2014

A case hits close to home for the Homicide team when the victim is one of their own, coroner Dr. Matthews. Detectives Angie Flynn and Oscar Vega lead the investigation with dogged determination, and Dr. Rogers honours the memory of her friend by taking his place in a high-profile trial, only to discover that Dr. Matthews may not be the person she thought he was. Meanwhile, Sergeant Cross blurs the line between professional and personal, which doesn't sit well with Angie.

star 7.74
288 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: James Thorpe