Secrets and Lies: What's Your Verdict on ABC's New Murder Mystery?

Secrets And Lies Series Premiere

Seemingly good-natured painter Ben Crawford (MacGruber‘s Ryan Phillippe) claims he’s innocent in the death of his 5-year-old neighbor — but is he merely hiding his true intentions? Perhaps those of a cruel nature?

That’s what a trench coat-clad Juliette Lewis (Wayward Pines), as no-nonsense detective Andrea Cornell, is trying to figure out in ABC’s Secrets and Lies, which kicked off Sunday with a two-hour premiere. Frankly, Ben’s just lucky the Fashion Police are preoccupied with their own drama, or else they’d probably be on his case, too. (I can hear those ghoulish co-hosts cackling now: “For a painter, his wardrobe sure does lack color.”)

Anyway… Because the audience, like Miz Cornell, is supposed to wonder whether or not Ben is somehow connected to Tom’s murder, let’s analyze all the evidence stacked against him after just the premiere — which, to be fair, is a lot of evidence. (Like, he definitely could have done it.)

Ready? OK, let’s do this:

* First of all, Tom was actually Ben’s son (surprise!) and their shared DNA was previously the only proof that he cheated on his wife (Private Practice‘s KaDee Strickland) with next-door neighbor Jess.

* Ben got into a fight with his wife the night before the murder, then went out drinking. Heavily.

* He lied about taking a cab home with his friend (slash live-in moocher) the night of the murder.

* He admitted he couldn’t sleep that night, so he went out for an unscheduled run through the woods, where he found Tom’s body.

* He’s missing a flashlight from his paint kit — the same make and model of the flashlight used to beat Tom to death.

* His voluntary polygraph test, in which he insisted upon his innocence, yielded “inconclusive” results.

* He only let his daughter buy “snack-sized” M&M’s, a blatant act of child abuse.

* He also refers to her as “monkey,” proving he doesn’t even value children as human beings.

While some of those points might not seem particularly damning — minus that M&M one, for which I say the guy should freakin’ fry — the fact remains: Ben isn’t just the main suspect in Tom’s murder; at the moment, he’s the only suspect as far as Detective Cornell is concerned.

So, do you think Ben did it? Or could it have been the work of Jess’ psychotic ex-husband, who literally tried to kill Ben twice in the premiere alone? Or was it Ben’s wife, who digested the news of his affair with Jess surprisingly smoothly? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your best theories.

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  1. Nathan says:

    My verdict is that Ryan Phillippe is one sexy man, and I think Ben’s friend is the killer.

    • Annie Sisk says:

      Yep, me too. Second favorite suspect: Ben’s wife.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with both comments, live-in moocher or his wife.

    • Kld says:

      Yes he is very sexy for sure! My first thought was the mentally disabled older child of the neighbor who sat behind him at the funeral. I don’t know why the heck I thought that but it seems like it is always someone who they briefly show at the beginning. But I like your guess of the moocher!

      • Winnie says:

        “Who is Tyler” — the mentally disabled child was connecting with him at the funeral and Ben asked — “is Tyler here” and the mother responded in somewhat of a guilty fashion. Maybe he’s the guilty party, if not, then I think it is the “moocher” — he was quick to “throw Ben under the bus” with the Detective

        • fan1am says:

          I think that the one track thinking of the police is common. the AWOL husband, the moocher who sent Ben home without any memory of the night and this mysterious Tyler all should be investigated.

          However the zipped up Red winter jacket over jammies shows a woman’s touch and the person I would start with is the Aunt who shows more sympathy to the husband.

          • Jillian says:

            you point about the zipped up winter jacket over the jammies is interesting and well taken

        • Shelley says:

          I am with you on Tyler. It was a seemingly needless comment yet mom sure did try to hush up her son saying he was mistaken.

          Then she was acting weird when they saw them again.

      • Jessica Holt says:

        I thought it might be “Tyler” who the mentally disabled older child mentioned at the funeral saying “I want Tyler” from his tablet, but his mom quickly shot down that “Tyler wasn’t back yet…maybe Tyler is back and the mentally disabled older child saw him… P.S. I wish this kid had a name because I hate calling him “mentally disabled older child”.

      • Pam says:

        I thought the same thing about Tyler. Either him or the moocher.

    • Mala says:

      Very attractive man – and young looking! The actress they cast as his wife looks like she could be his OLDER sister or maybe well-preserved mother. And the oldest daughter looks like SHE should be the wife. Just an observation….the casting of the family made it hard to see them as a unit being the Ryan looks amazing for his age.

      • Carolyn Castic says:

        Haha was thinking the same. Looked it up right before seeing this comments. The husband Is older, born 1974 and wife was born 1975

      • Erin says:

        Exactly. Ryan Phillipe hasn’t seemed to age, only get better looking. His wife looks too old for him, and his older daughter seems too old to be his. But the youngest daughter is perfect Bc she looks like she could actually the daughter of ryan and reece!

    • Terri Snider says:

      I’ve always had a problem liking the actress playing the detective. She was the 13 year old daughter in”Cape Fear” and Robert DeNero was the murderous villain. Even tho it was a movie role, she had a very provocative scene with DeNero where she ” lets” him kiss her. Knowing she was really about 13 and was capable of such a scene with an older man, completely made me dislike her! HOWEVER!!! She is perfect for this part and is totally believable! This is an award winning role and I now forgive her for kissing DeNero in “Cape Fear” back in the ’80s! :-] BTW, THE LITTLE BOY’S KILLER HASN’T SHOWN UP YET…REMEMBER “MYSTIC RIVER”???

      • Osofine says:

        Juliette Lewis is really, really terrible in this show… I can’t think of a worse, stiff, weird performance by any actor on TV. I will grant that part of the problem is the writing; the character barely one dimensional! Still, plenty of people have played cops with no back story and no life outside the case and still appeared to be real people.

        I don’t know if a writer or director has indicated to Lewis that this detective is supposed to have social difficulties (mild Aspergers, for instance) like Temperance Brennan on Bones or (more so)the female detective on The Bridge (I’m blanking on her name), both of which are excellently acted characters, or if the odd affect of Lewis’ character is her own creation.

        I’ve never been a fan of Juliette Lewis (though I did like her in Cape Fear… however, I was pretty young when I saw it and was terrified through the whole movie so my critical faculties may not have been at peak form), but this is far worse than anything else I’ve disliked her in. Yikes!

        • gilmett says:

          Juliette Lewis is enough to gag a maget in this TVshow! She walks around looking like she has a bad case of constipation.I find her so annoying to watch, I just fast-forward through any scenes with her in them. Since when does the law have the right to zero in on one suspect and harass the heck out of him when they have no physical evidence to start with? I can’t stand the wife. I think she did it or is covering up for the oldest daughter. I could understand the wife framing her husband. But hard to beleive a daughter would frame her father? If it keeps dragging on being so one sided, with one suspect I doubt I will continue to watch it much longer.

      • Osofine says:

        If you were so upset about seeing a teenage Lewis and a middle age DiNiro kissing, shouldn’t you have been disgusted with DiNiro, not Lewis? I think she was older than 13 at the time she made Cape Fear, but yes, she was a teenage girl. DiNiro was playing a serial killer that was going after her family and seduced the daughter (played by Lewis). If that were real, would you blame the teenage victim, or the killer? I hope you would blame the adult! Or is it just a young actress doing a kiss scene with a highly respectable (in real life) older actor that bothers you? I’m sure DiNiro made sure she was professional and mature enough to do the (fake!) scene without causing her distress or taking advantage of her. I’m not a fan of hers (as you can see above), but condemning her for doing a scene with DiNiro where she kisses him seems highly misguided.

  2. Scott says:

    I’ll always remember Ryan Phillippe as Billy Douglas on One Life to Live

    • David says:

      I know! Can you believe how long ago that was? like 1994?

    • sjf says:

      I loved him in “Cruel Intentions” when that came out! I don’t remember him on OLTL, but I went through long stretches where I stopped watching soaps and then picked them up again. I miss OLTL! I refused to watch ABC for a year after they cancelled that and AMC… And DSM, Pushing Daisies, and Eli Stone (all in one day!). I’m still wary about watching new shows on ABC.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Damn if the actress playing Detective Cornell was going for bitch she nailed it. Sheesh. Why she had to be so nasty is beyond me, lol. Love Ryan Phillippe he is sexy as hell, yummy. No I don’t think Ben did it but his wife seems a little odd.

    • Bwhit says:

      She is not only nasty but creepy. Ryan Phillippe does not age! I don’t think he did but Tom’s mother also was acting a bit strange as well. Either way, I am hooked.

    • HAP says:

      Huh? The actress playing Cornell happens to be an academy award nominee!

      • Isobel says:

        She can act a good bitch then, the policewomen is nasty, and not that competent, Ben can’t be the single suspect and ignore the wife’s proof that her husband had a history of violence

        • donholley77 says:

          Cornell knows something we don’t, which is why she isn’t pursuing Tom’s father hard as a suspect.

        • Jayne says:

          Juliette Lewis is a one trick pony, the character she plays is just a variation of the same thing she has always played, whiny or self-righteous, brooding white trash. She has ruined the show to for me.

      • Bwhit says:

        I don’t she meant the actress, just the part. Her acting is that superb because she is hated on already!

    • Dani says:

      The wife IS odd… She immediately pointed out the flashlight when questioned by Cornell AND she let the police in without a warrant.

    • gilmett says:

      That roaming harassing female detective looks like she has a bad case of constipation.

  4. Aubrey says:

    I think the youngest daughter took her fathers flashlight and she murdered Tom. She’s obviously a daddy’s girl and they keep doing close ups of her reactions. I think after her parents’ fight she was upset and went across the street to confront the neighbor, and Tom saw her in the house and she freaked out, not to mention that her father gave Tom a lot attention, and she craves her dads attention.

    • Raph says:

      got the same feeling about the youngest like she knows her dad is guilty because she is.

    • Amber says:

      Wow, I had actually thought of this but you gave it much more depth. You could be right!

    • Katrina says:

      I think it is the youngest daughter as well. More and more young kids are in the news for killing siblings and other kids than usual too.

      • Lambsilencer says:

        My thoughts exactly. Especially after Ben told her that he is Tom’s father, there was not a hint of confusion, nothing. She knew that already. I guess she somehow found out, and killed Tom to have daddy all for herself.

        • osofine says:

          She couldn’t have known that Tom was her brother since nobody knew that until the DNA test after the murder. However, her parents had a huge blowout fight that night and her dad left. It seems like they were fighting (at least in part) about Tessa (Tom’s mother) as the wife knew Ben had slept her “once”. I think the little girl freaked out, thinking her dad was going to leave, and killed the other kid, somehow thinking that it would keep her father from abandoning her. They have played up her snooping, her attachment to her dad, her obsession with making Christmas perfect. It would be the second remake of an English-language series in 6 months to have a kid kill another kid, but most network TV isn’t the most original entertainment.

    • Lauren says:

      She could always want the mother to move

    • Sandi says:

      I do also the youngest daughter

    • Linda says:

      I agree that the youngest daughter killed Tommy. She’s daddy’s girl and may have felt threatened by the attention Tommy was receiving from her dad.

  5. Tran says:

    I give it a C. It’s going to be tough going up against Good Wife in the 9 p.m. Sunday night time slot.

  6. Tammie says:

    Gut feeling Ben is innocent, but for some reason I am leaning towards Ben’s wife!!!

    • Lynn says:

      I’m getting the same feeling that the wife is involved.

    • Julie says:

      Me too! She “innocently” points out that he has the same flashlight, let’s the police I ther house without a warrant, knows he cheated, and probably somehow suspected Tom was his son. My question is this: how f’ing stupid is Ben? Love Ryan Phillipe but come on! Stop voluntarily showing up at the police station without an attorney. A criminal defense attorney, not a family law one. Having an attorney doesn’t mean you’re guilty, it means you are at least somewhat intelligent.

    • Melora says:

      I’m thinking the wive too, because she could have gotten the key and the flashlight. She may have known Tom was Ben’s son, figured out there was an affair and noticed a resemblance..

    • leagil says:

      I think the wife is not involved, but did not seem to care since she already knew about the affair. Obviously, she had not really worked through all of her anger issues. Flashback scenes prove that Ben spent a little too much time with the neighbor and her son. However, another big clue was the fact that the neighbor said she did not know that Tom’s father was Ben, yet she seems to call him all of the time and wants him to comfort her. She or someone told her estranged husband the news and now he is out to kill Ben (telling Ben he ruined their family). I wondered if the neighbor accidently killed her own son or purposefully to break all ties with her soon-to-be-ex. Is the neighbor leaking secrets so the ex will show up to push her around, which gives her leverage as the damsel in distress so Ben will leave his family for her?

      • Shannon says:

        To be fair, the mother didn’t contact Ben or speak to him at all during his attempts until it came out that he was Tom’s father.

    • Katrina says:

      I agree. I think that the wife is involved because she knows their youngest had something to do with Tom’s death.

  7. Dude says:

    I don’t think there’s an actor I’d believe more as a child murdering douchebag than Ryan Phillipe.

  8. J johnson says:

    I think it’s the intellectually challenged Boy who murdered Tom and his mother is covering it up

    • Ginger says:

      YES. Me too.

    • Tina C says:

      Agree! Something related to mentally challenged boy.

    • Susanne says:

      Yes! I thought there was something “off” when he was pointing to a picture of someone during the funeral scene. Ben turned around and asked the mother (actress Melissa Gilbert) something about is so-and-so back, and she said the son is confused. There’s something to that little exchange.

    • Shannon says:

      I don’t think it’s that boy, possibly it’s whoever he was pointing to on his laptop. Perhaps a troubled older brother? Laura from Little House on the Prairie was sure quick to change the subject.

      Also, Juliette Lewis and her resting b*tch face is a terrible detective so far. Let’s see, basically the only evidence she has against Ben is that he got drunk and doesn’t remember getting home that night. Then he went for a jog and found the boy. The flashlight – and I don’t even recall them confirming it was THE flashlight, only that they COULD determine what flashlight killed him- was in the back of his car and easily accessible to anyone that can pop a camper cover lock (not hard) which leads me to….

      Evidence against Jess’s ex: Knows the kid isn’t his BEFORE Ben even has a clue, is secretly meeting with Ben’s daughter, domestically abuses his wife, shows up at their house at all hours of the night.

      And Ben? If you aren’t under arrest, and even then, you have no obligation to answer police questions or allow them to show up unannounced. Stop talking to the nasty detective.

    • leagil says:

      I also noticed that the intellectually disabled boy stated something on his assistive communication board about “someone was back” which Ben stated, “oh is he back?” Then the mom stated quickly that the boy was mistaken! This puts a twist in this tv drama.

      • Dennis says:

        I agree but when he was briefly panned he played the phono “tyler” Ben asked have you seen tyler the mom immediately said no he is confused?

    • denise says:

      I agree, Laura ingles son. My thoughts.

    • Priscilla M says:

      I am guessing the youngest daughter. I also think that the intellectually challenged Boy saw something.

  9. Lynn says:

    Good story line and interesting characters. Enjoying Juliet Lewis & Ryan Phillippe playing their roles so convincingly. Clearly Ryan did not kill Tom…what would have been his motive? Think there is more to his friend who is squatting on his property. Younger daughter doesn’t appear to be upset that Tom died or when she learned Tom was her brother. There is also more going on with his wife. Figure out the motive for killing the little boy and we’ll know who killed him.

    • Shannon says:

      The younger daughter didn’t seem upset? Did you miss the part where Ben came up to tell her Tom was his son and it suddenly hit her and she starts tearing up saying, “So Tom was my brother?’ I felt it was one of the more heartbreaking scenes.

      • Kld says:

        Yes but then you could say she wasn’t upset initially as she was more upset about not putting christmas decorations up. But then she found out it was her brother and maybe got upset that she killed her brother vs. a neighbor.

      • Mary Crosby says:

        I think she is a psychopath and pretended all along. Even at the end of the story she showed no guilt or remorse. The tears came only after she was officially arrested.

  10. Tina C says:

    I think the mentally challenge neighbor kid witnessed his older brother Tyler kill Tom. Clue at funeral.

  11. anonymous says:

    I think anyone who’s seen the Australian version shouldn’t be guessing because it wouldn’t be a guess.

  12. David4 says:

    The ONLY look Detective Cornell gave for both episodes was so over the top it was laughable. The fact cops aren’t in the area at night, the fact he doesn’t lock his doors after his son is murdered is lame.

    The show is a horrible mess. I’ll be skipping it in the weeks ahead.

  13. Alan Richards says:

    It went TOO LONG for such little story development…..could have been probably told in an hour…..only got somewhat interesting towards the end when it was revealed that Tom was the son and the question on how Scott knew this if it was a secret. Too long winded….Gone Girl was more interesting!

  14. ntianu moon says:

    He is innocent!!!! Just because all the evidence points to him. His shiftless friend brought up the fact that Scott knew the child was his before even he knew. So, how did Scott know? Is it possible that Ben’s wife told him? I wouldn’t put anything past his wife. She had access to the flashlight and it wouldn’t be difficult for her to either intentionally or unintentionally, implicate him. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” A woman always knows. Then there’s his daughter. She’s a viable suspect. Anyone who has a daughter knows that from age 12 or 13, girls all of the sudden become posessed-and this girl, is no exception. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jack Finney had daughters. How else do you explain “invasion of the body snatchers”?
    Oopsy-i think I strayed.

  15. Kelli Velez says:

    I think Juliette Lewis is a bit much as the over zealous cop. In real life her a** would’ve already been chewed out and then some! She’s more like a creepy stalker then a cop. And the wife letting the cops in to search without a warrant? Come on! I’m only watching it because Ryan Phillipe is so hot!

  16. Uncanny resemblance with British series Broadchurch….and there is already a Similar series with the same name is running in Australia, UK, France etc.

    • Stacy says:

      This is a remake of the Australian show of the same name. :)

    • MiaB says:

      That’s what I was thinking, too. They tried that with Gracepoint, but this version may actually hold viewers because it doesn’t have the baggage of being a remake.

  17. Sheila says:

    I always think of Ryan Philippe as a teenager, so it’s tough for me to take him seriously. I mean, would it kill him to age a little?

  18. Jss0058 says:

    I liked the premier a lot. I too think Lewis might have been a tad too much but I’m def gonna continue to watch

  19. Melora says:

    My 2nd suspect (after the wife) is the oldest daughter. She had the key, a possible affair with his father, could get the flashlight. Of course I suspect Scott too.

  20. Tom Murphy and the older neighborhood Special Needs kid, took the flash light out of Ben Crawford’s car and went into the woods to explore. When Tom wanted to go home, the special needs kid wanted to keep exploring with Tom. He used the flash light and hit Tom in the head in an effort to keep him there. Toms death was an accident. The boy ran home. We saw him upset when he had to go to school, and we saw how he acted at Tom’s funeral.

  21. Helooks18 says:

    Ryan Phillips still looks like he is 18 years old. I cannot buy him in a role where he has teenage daughters that look older an he does!!

    • ninamags says:

      I agree completely. He does not look old enough to have a daughter that age. It kind of throws you off from the story, to be honest. He’s too pretty and doesn’t really look like an older, weary painter who is having marriage difficulties and, and is a cheater and adulterer.

      • GG says:

        Well, he has a 15 years old daughter in real life. And, let’s be honest, he cheated on his ex-wife… But, he is a very good looking man.

  22. Brian says:

    I wanted to like this show…I wanted to really like this show. I give props to ABC for trying to come up with a serious, thought-provoking series. The actors are capable enough, but the writing is overly dramatic and far from subtle. Juliette Lewis’ Det Cornell seems a bit unhinged and much of her detective work seems too much like ‘CSI’ instead of a serious investigation. If anyone wants to watch a truly subtle, well-written and absorbing crime drama limited series centered around a missing/murdered child and the subsequent effect on family and friends, I suggest you watch “The Missing” that aired last year on Starz.

    • Julie says:

      I watched it and it was fine – could have been more development for two hours. I am interested to see where it goes. Someone else mentioned as well about the fact that Scott knew Ben was the father before anyone else did – that was an interesting development towards the end. But you’re so right about The Missing. Such a great show. I discovered it in January and binge watched it in less than a week. If I didn’t have a job or two kids, I probably would’ve watched all 8 at once. Not totally satisfied with the ending though.

    • ANGIE says:

      Even better the Killing on Netflix

  23. DarkDefender says:

    The concept of this show is kinda over done (Broadchurch, Fortitude, Gracepoint etc..)
    Not to mention, this taking over Castle’s time slot for this week (& next?) makes me think it is another test run to replace Castle. Add in the new found harmony between SK & NF (short timers euphoria) and I am starting to get the impression this is (sadly) Castle’s last season.
    I kinda hope this show doesn’t do well.

  24. Katie says:

    Eh, my sis and I watched about 30 minutes or so, but quit after that. Figured early on that the younger daughter did it (her bizarre choice of words “do you know what happened” being one of the key indicators. Not “do you know who did it” or flat out asking “what happened”, but being specific in her question “do you know what happened” Like, “do you know that I totally killed that little boy, are you gonna arrest me”), and though there’s obviously a good chance I could be wrong, it stopped being interesting to me at that point. It’s just not How to Get Away With Murder.

  25. there is still more investigating that has to be done before judging Ben

  26. BM says:

    I can’t believe I’m the first to say it on this page, R.P.’s acting was ATROCIOUS. A lot of the acting was simply way off. This show tried way too hard and is just so cliche. This show along with many others out there are the reason I’ve slashed my t.v. watching more than half. ABC: ?????

    • Ella says:

      Amen! All the acting was atrocious. It was laughable. Juliette Lewis was worse than Ryan, so I guess he has that? His wife looked like his mother in some scenes. I couldn’t believe how bad the acting was. It was laughable.

  27. Julie says:

    Someone probably already pointed this out but isn’t it Ben Crawford? 1st paragraph refers to him as Ben Garner.

  28. Karen Roup says:

    Ryan was great but Juliette Was terrible. Her facial expressions it was very annoying to look at. You don’t see women in that line of work look or act like that. All she wants to do is ruin Ryan life before ever getting any facts.

  29. grace says:

    I recently watched the original Australian version of Secrets and Lies and I’m sorry to say, the US version can’t touch it. The original detective Cornell was so very good. Plus it took place in a regular looking neighborhood with regular everyday people. They didn’t live in three hundred thousand dollar homes. It was just more believable. The Aussies win this one! Just my opinion.

    • Isobel says:

      True the slap show happened in a normal suburban area in the original as well, I don’t see the need to change them into wealthy areas

  30. Stand Left says:

    One of the neighbours has a mentally-challenged son, he had a tablet at the funeral and was clicking on (I think the name was ) “Tyler”. Someone said – “Oh is Tyler back” and the woman said no, that her son was confused. This small exchange would not be included for nothing, I believe they’ll reference this again when considering suspects.

    • Stand Left says:

      Apologies, I see that others have also offered the above clue…

      On the show in general: Juliette Lewis is a fine actress, but she seems to have no room in her character here. The houseguest/buddy character is a waste, one can only assume he is there to advance the plot in some future episode. Have seen both UK and US Broadchurch, Gracepoint and The Missing. These early episodes were not strong at all. I’ll tune in for the 3rd episode in the hope that it improves. If not, I’ll give up.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        If you’re looking for Juliette Lewis to crack a smile, wait for WAYWARD PINES (premiering May 14, Fox).

        • ANGIE says:

          Juliette Lewis had same expression on her face through the entire 2 hours, yes she is a good actress but, that sourpuss face was horrible!!

  31. Clearly he didn’t do it. (If only because they are so focused on him.)
    Also if the Detective is supposed to be someone we root for, they clearly failed. She is so obnoxious that it’s impossible to like her, let alone root for her.

    • Shannon says:

      She reminds me of those arresting detectives being interviewed on Dateline Innocence Project episodes where a person has been cleared by DNA evidence, an alibi caught on video, and a confession from the real killer who still steadfastly claim it was the original guy all along and it was just a conspiracy that evidence exonerated him.

      Any detective that doesn’t take seriously the fact that a man that recently learned a child isn’t his (and before the bio dad and mother knew) is beating up his wife and the neighbor who intervened is a really, really terrible and biased detective. At minimum she should be wanting to protect the mother of the child who was just murdered.

      • Isobel says:

        Agree she is incompetent, hopefully they do have her bosses turn up and some point and berate her for only harassing Ben and having no other suspects especially the violent husband

  32. Ivy says:

    Watched the 2 hour premiere last night and I am hooked!!!

  33. Lisa says:

    I think a guy named Tyler did it. He may be a brother to the mentally handicapped man. They have shown the handicapped man a few times. The last time at the funeral, he had some type of a tablet to communicate with and he kept hitting Tyler’s name and Ben asked if Tyler was back and Melissa Gilbert said no, he’s confused. That’s my opinion anyway

  34. LoloCurray says:

    I’m just happy KaDee is back on my TV :)

  35. Carol says:

    Great to have a good ‘ol who done it mystery that isn’t full of goul, car cases and impossible stunt action. a detective determined to prove his guilt and the suspect trying to prove his innocence but keeps making matters worse. This is a good one to try to figure out, I have two suspects in mind at this time! Wait g for next week show.

  36. Fred says:

    So simple. The retarded kid did it, has to be him. He is the son of Melissa Gilbert. Showed him once at the bus stop and once in church. No doubt he did it.

  37. Minah says:

    Great start to this “who could have done it” mystery. The flow of having the viewers focused on Ben, when I feel a twist is brewing with an unexpected murderer watching old Ben being blamed for this murder.

  38. Tracy says:

    Ryan Philippe is one sexy man, I watched it just to see him bug really enjoyed it. I have never been able to stand Juliette Lewis, but she made an awesome bitchy detective. I think if is bens wife who killed Tom. But I am probably way off. :)

  39. Meghan says:

    Just like Broadchurch this is literally the exact same as the Australian version. Even names are basically the same. Why can’t people be original!

    • CindyB says:

      I agree. Saw both Australian shows. USA drags the stories out by tacking on a few more episodes but they’re still just the same dang stories.

  40. Lisa says:

    Actually, I’m hoping that Ben is not the person who did it. Mainly because his world has been turned so completely upside down. Between the media and the police, everyone has already judged him as guilty and responded accordingly. He’s lost jobs, friends, trust, etc. People he knows as well as people he doesn’t know, have all decided that he’s a child killer before there was even a shred of evidence.

    Sadly, nowadays this happens more often than not. The rush to judgement is something that is prevalent in today’s society. Already, this guy’s life is ruined and he may well be innocent and if he is innocent, will anything ever be normal for him? Probably not. That mark will stay with him, and will stain his future. So, I really hope he’s innocent. If he’s guilty, it will make it seem as though it’s right to rush to judgement, and ruin someone’s life before the facts are in.

    Yes! I’d like to see guilty until proven innocent backfire in a huge way. Because sadly, in a country where you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, we all know it’s really not that way. You’re tried in the court of public opinion as guilty until proven innocent.

  41. Richard says:

    BORING, Snail slow, actionless, Stopped. watching after 45 min. My wife said she was going to watch it all. She was asleep after the first hour.

  42. Linda OShea says:

    awesome got me hooked already

  43. Denis Logan says:

    The script is so bad, things that are so unbeliveable, situations so unbleaveable it’s hard to believe people would lkie this show. I know my wife and I don’t want to see it again.

  44. jr says:

    I think it was Melissa Gilberts son who did it unfortunately. I think it was an accident and he got scared and left the scene. I think Tom and the other kid figured Ben would have a flashlight in the car.

  45. Oslyn says:

    This show was just too matter of fact in accusing Ben. I don’t know of any police department that would be so so so single minded about a person being a suspect. I just think they were trying to solve the entire murder in one show…which they could have with all of the “evidence” that they have against Ben. I feel like I wasted two hours!!! It was just too much!

    • Isobel says:

      Agree when police say they have multiple lines of inquiry they do have multiple suspects not one guy they constantly badger

  46. Amber says:

    Already completely drawn in on this one! I think it was the wife….or the back yard friend…..probably the wife!

  47. Kimmie says:

    So, what am I not getting – this storyline has to be finished by a handful of episodes – then what? Is this meant to be a one season – like 8-10 episodes – show and that’s that? If not…will there be another murder, another mystery? Ditto for the Felicity Huffman show coming on – there seems to be a trend towards tv shows w/a single plot that do not appear to lend themselves to multiple years on tv.

    • Television says:

      I really don’t like one season shows either. TV is meant for multiple years of enjoyment. Not a long running movie or miniseries.

      • Lisa says:

        It’s not really a 1 season show. It’s actually a limited run series and it does make sense. A lot of times the networks pull shows before the end of the first season. A limited run series gives the opportunity for a start and end for the season. If it gets picked up, then they can continue. Such as Murder in the First, How to Get Away with Murder and now Secrets & Lies. However, if it’s not picked up, they still have the opportunity to finish their season’s story because it’s a limited run for it’s initial season. I actually think it makes a lot of sense with the present television environment.

    • Lillette says:

      Similar to Murder in the First

    • doubleh says:

      At the end of this story line all the actors go away except Lewis new actors come in and its a new case every season

  48. I have 0 idea who commited this horrible act and I really think it is way to soon to have solved the whole thing, end of series. By the way, I really enjoyed my ABCevening.

  49. Stephanie says:

    While all valid points, you must have missed when Ben and his daughter went up to pay for their stuff, she actually grabbed a GIANT bag of mom’s and Ben rolled his eyes and paid for them. So, I think he’s innocent. :)

  50. Jorge says:

    Why hasn’t anyone brought up the taxi cab company, wouldn’t Det. Cornell talk to the driver, if he exist, about the passenger he picked up that night, supposedly Ben? Wouldn’t that be a smoking gun that Ben and his friend are telling the truth, or lying, about what happened that night. And yes, stop talking to the cops without your attorney!!!