Rosewood: Hydrocephalus and Hard Knocks sees Joo Joo implicated in a celebrity murder while Rosie and Villa take their partnership up to a new level with their first slumber party and snuggle bug. It is after Rosie takes Villa to a party to celebrate the nine and a half month anniversary of their partnership that the two partake in the “grown up slumber party.”
Villa takes Rosie to her new home and he is not overly impressed. Villa is not bothered as she is a happy drunk and she insists on watching a movie. Rosie stays and when he and Villa wake the next morning Rosewood gets a call from Joo Joo.
Rosie’s friend wakes up in a room with local celebrity Holly Keaton in a bed near him. Holly is dead and Joo Joo calls Rosie who brings along Villa. They have to take Joo Joo in and Rosie does the autopsy on Holly to see what killed her.
Joo Joo (Kamal Angelo Bolden) becomes a suspect when he cannot remember anything about the night in question. Later it is revealed that the man suffers from hydrocephalus and it affects his memory.
As the case continues they learn that the celebrity was the fiancee of the very well off Zachary Wilford III (Eric Nenninger) and they bring him and his controlling mother in for questioning. In a parallel to Wilford, Tara (Anna Konkle) is shocked when her own controlling mother shows up at the lab.
Tara’s mother tries to bribe her gay daughter into leaving Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis). Joo Joo is cleared and Villa accompanies him to the hospital where he is scheduled to have a MRI done. Annalise meets Rosie’s cardiologist Dr. Kincaid (Joy Bryant). The doctor tells Villa that Rosie is avoiding her calls and that he needs his bloodwork done.
Evidence is revealed that implicates a local paparazzi who tried to shake Holly down with threats of releasing a sex tape. This leads Villa and Rosie to the dead woman’s ex Wyatt (Jeff Ward) who tried to get money from Holly’s fiancé Zach.
The show ends with Holly’s murderer being caught after Rosie goes back to the autopsy and searches for more evidence. The killer suffocated the celebrity bare-handed and the pathologist searches for trace evidence. He finds a rose diamond in her body and this points to Zach’s mother.
Rosewood is not just about solving crime it is also about the human condition and the little relationship dance between him and Villa. The two are moving closer to admitting that they should be together, properly. Annalise is working hard to move on after “Eddie” and her new apartment is the first real step in that direction.
Rosie does not like the apartment, which was a crime scene, but buys Villa some supplies to redecorate the place and a painting of the sunrise they shared when Mike left. Pippy reminds Tara of just how much she means to her and earlier the Rosewood sibling revealed to Rosie she was afraid of Mrs. Izikoff.
Villa bonds with Joo Joo and he become her friend as well. Rosie gets collared by Dr. Kincaid and he gets his blood work done. By the end of the episode, Rosie is closer than ever to Villa and Tara has survived her interaction with mom.
Interestingly, the paparazzi sounds a lot like a young Joe Pesci which ties into the gag of Joo Joo being Leo Getz to Rosie’s Murtaugh and Villa’s Riggs. (Pesci played Leo in the Lethal Weapon franchise). When Villa reacts sharply and reminds Joo Joo that Getz is shot in the film, he responds that she is mad that she has to be Riggs.
Kudos to Jaina Lee Ortiz who totally sold it that Villa was inebriated. Annalise was funny, cute and slightly adorable after too many Baltic Murder Mystery cocktails.
It appears that Villa’s relationship to Rosie is about to get complicated. The hug, that started as a friend thing, changed as Rosewood suddenly became “aware” of Annalise. The almost kiss was cut short…This time.
Rosewood airs Wednesdays on FOX.