The Best Episodes of Motive

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

A cat-and-mouse series with a twist on the everyday whodunit, "Motive" centers on Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman, "The Killing"), a detective on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. The series, filmed in Vancouver, is an unconventional way to watch a crime unfold. Each episode begins by revealing to the audience, not only the victim, but the killer as well. The homicide detective then begins to piece together clues. How did they do it? How are the victim and killer connected? What’'s the motive? As the mystery unfolds, the audience navigates the twisted and complicated maze of each murder and solves the puzzle alongside Det. Flynn and her team.

We'll Always Have Homicide

#1 - We'll Always Have Homicide

Season 4 - Episode 13

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

star 8.06
211 votes
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The Dead Hand

#2 - The Dead Hand

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 7.97
236 votes
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Ruthless

#3 - Ruthless

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.95
160 votes
Writers: Katherine Collins
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The One Who Got Away

#4 - The One Who Got Away

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 7.93
167 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: James Thorpe
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Natural Selection

#5 - Natural Selection

Season 4 - Episode 11

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

star 7.91
214 votes
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Chronology of Pain

#6 - Chronology of Pain

Season 4 - Episode 12

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

star 7.87
220 votes
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The Scorpion and the Frog

#7 - The Scorpion and the Frog

Season 4 - Episode 5

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

star 7.87
219 votes
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Angels With Dirty Faces

#8 - Angels With Dirty Faces

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.85
168 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Daegan Frykland
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For You I Die

#9 - For You I Die

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 7.85
166 votes
Writers: James Thorpe
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A Problem Like Maria

#10 - A Problem Like Maria

Season 3 - Episode 13

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

star 7.82
173 votes
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Dead End

#11 - Dead End

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.81
171 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Derek Schreyer
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Bad Blonde

#12 - Bad Blonde

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.78
168 votes
Writers: Dennis Heaton
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In Plain Sight

#13 - In Plain Sight

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 7.78
206 votes
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Public Enemy

#14 - Public Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 7.78
210 votes
Writers: Katherine Collins
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Detour

#15 - Detour

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 7.77
207 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Dennis Heaton
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Kiss of Death

#16 - Kiss of Death

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

star 7.75
154 votes
Writers: Dennis Heaton, Thomas Pound
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Interference

#17 - Interference

Season 4 - Episode 6

The murder investigation of a suburban mom takes a turn when her child is abducted.

star 7.74
239 votes
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Foreign Relations

#18 - Foreign Relations

Season 4 - Episode 8

The murder of a politician’s son draws the attention of Interpol. Vega faces the fallout from decisions he made during the hostage crisis.

star 7.73
230 votes
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Remains To Be Seen

#19 - Remains To Be Seen

Season 4 - Episode 9

The team goes on a hunt through the past to find the killer of a video game designer.

star 7.72
211 votes
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The Vanishing Policeman

#20 - The Vanishing Policeman

Season 4 - Episode 1

Angie and Vega must adjust their work dynamic while trying to bring a cop killer to justice.

star 7.72
240 votes
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The Glass House

#21 - The Glass House

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.71
185 votes
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Deception

#22 - Deception

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.71
177 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: James Thorpe
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Index Case

#23 - Index Case

Season 4 - Episode 3

The team goes after a killer who is spreading a lethal pathogen across the city.

star 7.71
211 votes
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They Made Me a Criminal

#24 - They Made Me a Criminal

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.70
179 votes
Writers: Sarah Dodd
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Pitfall

#25 - Pitfall

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.68
167 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Katherine Collins
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