If Looks Could Kill (2016 Lifetime)

If Looks Could Kill (2016 Lifetime)

Cast:  Summer SpiroAndrew AppleyardTomek Kosalka 

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Based on true events, Faith is proud to finally be a cop in her hometown where she joins old flame Paul on the force. She is soon troubled, and a bit disappointed when he becomes romantically involved with Jessica, a dangerous beauty with a criminal past. So when Jessica starts an affair with an impressionable young man, Faith must build a case against her before Jessica puts her deadly plans in place.

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A photographer is taking pictures of a self-obsessed woman named Jessica. 

Cut to a rookie cop, Faith, is starting on the job on the police force. Paul, Stillwater’s most eligible bachelor, is tasked with training her. They are friends from childhood and have a fun rapport. While out for drinks, they see Jessica and the Photographer arguing. (They aren’t really fighting, Jessica just creates a scene to get Paul’s attention.) It works. They have a drink together and hit it off. She thanks him for saving her and they kiss. Faith questions the guy and realizes that something is off with Jessica and her story. (Later, she questions the bartender who confirms her suspicions with survivance footage, proving Jessica was trying to steal a wallet.)

Jessica looks up Paul in THE PHONE BOOK?!?!? She calls in in sexy lingerie. They start dating. Paul is so into the relationship that he cooks Jessica dinner and laughs it off when Jessica almost hits Faith with her car. 

Faith goes home and puts makeup on in the mirror to be more like Jessica then she cries. She must have feelings for Paul and musters up the courage to tell him. Paul beats her to the punch and tells her that Jessica is pregnant. Paul and Jessica have a shotgun wedding. 

Jessica and Paul’s relationship isn’t as stable as he thinks. While at an audition, Jessica meets a young hunk in a tanktop named Lucas. She gets the part in a commercial, and a weird housewife sequence happens. (Jessica tells Paul the good news and makes him breakfast like June Cleaver.) The tone here is WAY off. 

While shooting the commercial, Jessica sees Lucas again. He flirts with her before the shoot, and then they have sex. She tells him that Paul hits her and will be very angry if he ever catches them.

Faith isn’t letting her suspicions about Jessica go, she talks to the photographer and finds out that Jessica uses a fake name. When Faith breaks into the police database, she finds a criminal background. Faith brings evidence to Paul, and he gets angry. He calls Faith a “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.” and tells her that she is acting like a “Crazy Ex.” (Which is super rude.)

Jessica loses the baby to a miscarriage. Faith loses her job as a cop.

Jessica hits herself in the face with a rock and claims that Paul hit her. Lucas promises to help her take care. They cry and kiss. Then Jessica picks up a drunk Paul from the bar, and the murder plan is in motion. Lucas shows up at the house and shoots Paul on his doorstep. Faith arrives a little too late and finds Paul and Lucas on the ground dying. Jessica pulls a gun on Faith as she tries to call for back up.

Jessica gives her villain monologue, and there really is no reason for her behavior. Lucky for Faith, she has kept her cellphone on, and police are on the way. Faith and Jessica scruffle, and it is broken up by the police who apprehend Jessica. A deranged “By the Night of the Silvery Moon.” plays as Jessica is dragged to the police car and reporters flash pictures. (Or is it all in her mind.)

Paul survives, and Faith is by his side. The end. 

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