The Nine: Outsiders
This episode gets into a flashback that isn't just in the bank, but also the interviews the police did with Kathryn's mom and other relatives as the siege started (hours 4 through 8, actually). They are trying to figure out not only what the bank robbers are like, but also what the hostages are like, so they know how to handle everyone, and we get to learn some more about the hostages this way. We even see that the family members of the hostages interacted. Kathryn's mom is very observant. Almost annoyingly so.
As if there wasn't already a big obstacle in the way of Nick and Kathryn getting together (she said yes to her Ed's proposal), Nick's ex-wife Juliana is now in the picture. She's a cop too, and she thinks her cover has been blown. She needs his help. Looks like they're starting a new plot thread here. The whole thing seems to come out of nowhere. Before you know it, Nick has a gun in his hand and running down an alley fighting with a guy. Eh. This story is in the way right now (and they have to have them have sex too?), though I do like the flashback to Juliana being interviewed by the cops during the crisis. She leaves him a note at the end and leaves (though I doubt we've seen the last of her). Nick asks Ed for some help with the case.
Franny finds out that Eva has a safe deposit box, and she decides to go into the bank to see what's inside, with Malcolm's help. She finds grandma's heirlooms, a birth certificate, and more. And by "more" I mean evidence that her and Eva's mom is still around and living just 20 minutes away, and Eva knew about it. Malcolm takes her to see her and confronts her about her life.
But the big story this week, even though it doesn't get much screen time til the end (though more than Egan, who seems pushed aside lately), is that secret kept by Jeremy and Lizzie. The secret comes to light when they go to his parents' home, in what must be a most uncomfortable dinner. He confesses to his mom and dad what he did, and he's sorry. His parents are shocked by this, but happy about the pregnancy.
More than any episode before, this one made me realize that this probably won't see a second season. Not because of bad ratings or the show is bad. It's a good show. But as we get further and further away from the core of the story - the bank robbery and how it affects the hostages - the less effect it will have. How can we do a second season of this? Sure, the characters and writing are strong, but that first episode was so strong and regular viewers are so hooked into the bank robbery scenario that another season of this, where we just follow these characters in their regular lives, might seem like a bit of a letdown, even if it is well done. I'm sticking with this though. I'm really into the characters and want to see what exactly is going to happen.