A Daughter’s Deceit (2021 Lifetime)

A Daughter’s Deceit (2021 Lifetime)

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Cast: Michael DeVorzon, Jennifer Field, Emma Nasfell, Nicholas Heard, Ashley Doris

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Suzanne Cruz’s perfect life as a mother, wife, and lawyer is shattered by Cassie, who’s vowed revenge on the lawyers that destroyed her family when she was a little girl. It’s up to Suzanne to figure out who is tearing her life apart before Cassie comes in for the kill. Jennifer Field, Scout Taylor-Compton, Emma Nasfell, Michael DeVorzon, Nicholas Heard, Ashley Doris star. (2021)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

A woman is going through a nasty divorce from her wealthy husband. The mother starts spiraling while driving and blames the lawyer, Suzanne, for all their bad luck. She crashes the car off the road with her young daughter in the back seat.

Flash to 15 years later, Suzanne is on a radio show and gets a threatening call from someone seeking revenge. On her way home with Chinese food, Suzanne is robbed at gunpoint. Cassie, a housekeeper for the neighbors, pretends a Swiffer is a gun and scares off the attacker. Suzanne asks Cassie not to tell her daughter Whitney or her husband Clay. Suzanne invites Cassie to stay for dinner, but she declines and asks to use the bathroom so she can drug the current housekeeper’s water bottle.

Vera drives home from work, and a car fatally hits her. In need of a new housekeeper, Suzanne calls Cassie because Clay doesn’t want to use the same service since Vera is suspected of having been using drugs.

Cassie accepts the job and pays off the woman, Mary, who she paid to attack Suzanne. Because “Karma is a bitch, and so am I.” When she works for the party at Suzanne’s house, Cassie is questioned by a detective who has an excellent sketch of Mary. A neighbor named Trish is also at the party and is VERY drunk. She threatens Cassie and tells her that she thinks she is lying. 

Cassie makes friends with the daughter, Whitney. She sneaks her booze and encourages her to talk to cute boys. Adam takes an interest in her, even if he is too old for Whitney. 

Trish leaves the party and drinks wine in the bathtub. Cassie follows her and drowns her. Then she goes back to the party and accepts a full-time live-in position at Suzanne’s home.

Now in the home, Cassie installs spyware on everyone’s cell phones and watches them on a Livestream. She also makes it appear that Clay is cheating on his wife by putting lipstick on his collar. She also breaks into the family gun safe. It is quite a busy first day.  

When Detective Frank tracks down Mary and plans to question her, Cassie kills Mary in an alley before she can talk to the police.

A local news reporter, Katie Curry meets with Suzanne for legal advice about a leaked sex tape that could ruin her career if it got out. Cassie plans to do exactly that to ruin Suzanne’s reliability as a lawyer. 

Clay and Suzanne have a night home alone and then enjoy some wine poured by Cassie. They have some sexy time until Clay passes out suddenly. Suzzane also drinks the wine and starts to feel strange as well. She tries to film a youtube video but falls asleep. (I can relate.) Cassie posts the Kate Curry video instead. The video goes viral and costs Suzzanne her job.

While Clay is passed out, Cassie puts on sexy lingerie and takes photos with him. The photos leak and Clay denies everything. Suzanne is sure that he is cheating on her. 

Suzanne and Clay both try to recover from the fallout at their jobs and relationship. Cassie isn’t done yes, she turns Whitney against her mom too and stages an affair between Suzanne and Adam. Whitney is betrayed and screams at her mother.

Cassie loves it all.

Detective Frank calls Suzanne to tell her that he thinks her stalker is Cat Quinn, the little girl from the car accident. Suzanne realizes that Cassie is the little girl when she sees her scar. Cassie admits to plotting revenge and enjoys taking it all away from her. The final thing to do is to stage Suzanne’s suicide. Suzanne tries to reason with Cassie and tell her that she wasn’t responsible for her mom’s death. 

Whitney sees a new story and recognizes some footage from Cassie watching it in the living room with popcorn. She rushes to save her mother and loads the family gun, and shoots Cassie sending her over the balcony and into the pool. 

Clay is home and hugs his daughter and wife. He looks in the pool and sees no one is there. Cassie has gotten away. The police claim that they chased her car and she ran off the road, They assure them that Cassie is dead.

Only she isn’t; Cassie is now a blonde housekeeper working for Cassie’s boss from back in the day. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Suzanne, Vera, Frank, Adam, Katie, 

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

🔪🔪 (2 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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