Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Carmen Sandiego - The Duke of Vermeer Caper

Both Carmen (Gina Rodriguez) and A.C.M.E. begin investigating the theft of Vermeer paintings. For Carmen that means heading to Amsterdam to the Rijk Museum to steal the only remaining painting while disguised as The Duchess hoping to use the stolen painting to draw out V.I.L.E. and retrieve the other stolen artwork. Through a bit of bad timing and misfortune, however, it's up to Zack (Michael Hawley) to step in as the Duke of Vermeer forcing Carmen to give her assistant the crash course version of My Fair Lady so he can complete the sale and provide a distraction long enough for Carmen to recover the rest of the paintings. The episode relies quite a bit on Zack, a little too much as there seem to be more than enough clues to give him away to V.I.L.E. Still, the stolen artwork and Carmen's quick work and stealing them back before Zack blows his cover provides a fair amount of tension.

Working his first assignment for A.C.M.E., Inspector Devineaux (Rafael Petardi) unintentionally bluners into the art auction giving Carmen and Ivy (Abby Trott) the final precious few moments they need to complete the heist. Ivy also proves useful as a red herring, the only kind of fish her brother can appreciate, in allowing Carmen and Zack a clean getaway. As seen in previous episodes, Devineaux is completely unaware of what his happening right in front of his face, making one wonder if there is any hope for the officer at all. Carmen successfully returns the paintings bewildering the blundering Devineaux and bolstering Julia's (Charlet Chung) belief that there is far more to the flamboyant thief than meets the eye.

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