A Deadly Affair (2017 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Suspecting her husband of having an affair, a woman trails him to the house he’s been renovating only to discover he’s dead. As the investigation unfolds, things are not always as they seem.
The movie begins with a young suburban couple getting it on. The man, Trevor, says he has wanted this for so long, and the woman, Mary, pumps the breaks. It turns out she is married. She tells him that she was lonely and had too much to drink. They agree not to mention it to their significant others. (Who are probably also having affairs, deadly affairs?)
Charlie, Mary’s husband, comes home late and promptly takes off his shirt, revealing back scratches. (Okay, gurl.) He is hot, but in a bad boy way, think long lost member of 98 degrees. (Lion chest tattoo included.) Charlie promises Mary to make it up to her with a romantic/fancy dinner date. (That she has to cook herself.) Mary’s cooking skills are questionable when she uses two knives to stir the marinara sauce.
The anniversary dinner gets crashed by Trevor and Susan. It is awkward because the couples don’t seek to like each other. They each drink a bottle of wine, and Charlie catches Mary in a lie. She said she was with Susan the night before, but Susan says she was working late. When Charlie brings it up after the party, Mary apologizes profusely. He accepts her apology, and they make out.
Mary spends time with Charlie’s sister Crystal, who is way too invested in Mary’s marriage. Crystal accuses Mary of having an affair and gives unsolicited relationship advice. Crystal kind of sucks.
After Crystal leaves, Mary gets a call from Charlie. He is breathing heavily and not responding. Concerned, Mary visits the house he is renovating and receives a text that he is sorry. Now she is getting annoyed and calls him. Hearing the phone ringing in the house, Mary follows the sound and finds his dead body. He has been stabbed (or shot in the back,)
Hot detective alert! Detective Malone is on the scene and questions Mary. He is sympathetic but suspicious.
The funeral happens, and Mary talks about a ceramic Owl and then weaves the story to get to the punch line of “who killed Charle.” (You know because Owls hoot.) The Crystal accuses Mary of murdering her brother. Mary also notices Cassandra at the funeral and thinks she is the woman he was having an affair with.
Mary searches for information Cassandra and finds workplace, Hardware, Screws, and Bolts. Then she goes to Cassandra’s house and accuses her of having an affair, but Mary is wrong.
Trevor has been attempting to contact Mary and is relentless. Mary asks him to give her space because her husband is gone and explains that it doesn’t provide Trevor space to come into her life. He agrees to give her space, but he wants her to know that he will always be there for her when she needs him. ( I can’t tell if I like that he is in love with her, or creeped out.)
An intruder breaks into Mary’s house, so she temporarily moves in with Susan and Trevor. Trevor wastes no time watching Mary while she showers. Okay, he is creepy.
The hot detective starts to consider Mary officially for the murder of Charlie. The knife used as the murder weapon is the same knives that Mary was using to stir the marinara sauce. With no lawyer, Mary hires Susan to help her. They talk strategy with the case.
Mary gets placed on leave from work. In a big scene, it is revealed that Mary and Trevor had an affair in front of the whole town. Charlie’s mom and sister are disappointed to hear of the infidelity. Trevor is happy that it is out in the open, and he breaks it off with Susan to be with Mary. Mary turns him down, and he gets possessive and angry. Trevor begs her to give him a chance. Mary attempts to stab him with a knife instead because she thinks he killed Charlie. Trevor grabs Mary and pins her up against the wall. Susan stops the attack and hits Trevor with a fire extinguisher and then shoots him while Mary is in the other room, getting a glass of water. Susan claims that Trevor admitted to killing Charlie before he died.
Susan was having an affair with Charlie and got jealous when he wanted to stay with his wife. Susan pulls a gun on Mary and gives her villain monologue and calls Mary a bookworm. (So cruel.) Mary makes a run for it but doesn’t get far. Crystal and the detective show up to find Mary and Susan wrestling over a gun. The hot detective sees that Susan is the aggressor and puts her in his cop car. He apologizes to Mary, and so does Crystal. Mary thanks them for saving her life.
Mary moves in with Charlie’s family, which is really weird.
Minority Report: Detective Malone, Lizzie,
🔪🔪🔪 (3 Knives)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2017 Lifetime