The death of a school teacher pulls Beaumont Rosewood and Annalise Villa into the world of human trafficking in Rosewood season 2 episode 21. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 20.
Rosewood season 2 episode 21 opens with Villa having a stress dream. She imagines being at a shooting range and shooting her brother Marcos Villa.
Later, Ira Hornstock brings Rosewood and Villa footage that shows Ryan Slade was with Tanny, a dead school teacher and former sex worker hours before she was murdered. So, Rosewood recalls that Slade showed up at the crime scene and handled the body without gloves, which could’ve been a cover up so they wouldn’t flag his fingerprints.
Later, Hornstock and Villa speculate about whether Slade was picking up Tanny. But, Hornstock says they have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Then, Rosewood and Villa question a sex worker named Kitty. They show her a picture of Slade and asks if she knows him. And, she says that about ten years ago he was her best customer and that he’s a dangerous man.
Kitty says that everyone was terrified of Slade. She adds that he was especially scary to Tanny.
Rosewood poses as someone looking for an escort and meets Jaclyn. He and Villa sneak Rosewood away from where her pimp is holding her.
They bring Jaclyn back to Villa’s house. She points to a picture of Slade on the wall and says that she’s seen him before.
Villa talks to Captain Marino, Slade’s former captain. She tells him they believe Slade might be connected to a human trafficking ring. She asks Marino if he’s willing to work with them. He says, “I’m willing to do anything you need, including taking down one of our own.”
Hornstock visits Slade’s boat to give him a chance to explain himself. Then, he walks into Magic City. When Villa asks him what happened with Slade, Hornstock says, “It’s time.”
Slade meets with Marino. Slade says that Marino put him in undercover as a john. Villa, Rosewood and Hornstock come out of hiding and say that they know the truth.
But, Slade says that Marino put him in undercover, then took over the human trafficking ring after they shut it down. Rosewood, Villa and Hornstock explain that Slade told them everything and that this sting wasn’t for Slade, it was for Marino.
At the end of the episode, Marcos comes to the precinct and confronts Rosewood about sending a doctor to check on him. They end up in a fight, which Villa walks in on.