When you’re chasing a serial killer, it’s best to not let that serial killer know who you are. But unfortunately for Raimy (Peyton List) on Frequency, the Nightingale Killer that she and her father Frank (Riley Smith) have devoted themselves to chasing has a new vendetta against the Sullivan family. The killer left a photo of the Sullivans with the body of one of his recent victims, so now all of the NYPD knows that this case is more personal than ever for Raimy.
“He definitely meant something by leaving it,” List tells Nerdist on set in Vancouver. “It was kind of a blatant act, so I think that, for Raimy, is a bit unnerving. She likes to be in control and she likes to have a plan and that pulls the rug out from under her.”
Nerdist has your exclusive first look at tonight’s episode, “Break, Break, Break,” when Raimy gets even worse news than the photo from dirty cop Stan (Anthony Ruivivar) about the Nightingale task force. Turns out her boss Satch (Mekhi Phifer) is quitting, leaving Raimy to deal with the man that she knows set up her father back in 1996 during a sting operation.
“Because she has the information that Stan set up Frank in ‘96, she is forevermore going to see Stan in a different light,” List says. “She didn’t have that information in the original timeline. She looked at Stan the way everybody else looked at Stan, given the information that she had. What’s interesting is that, since the timeline has shifted, where Frank lives, Stan has no recollection of the original timeline. So it’s an interesting thing to navigate in 2016 now because she has memories of Stan from when she was 21, but he doesn’t. So how does that affect the dynamic of being wary of him, but also how can she manipulate him to get information based on knowing him better than he knows her?”
Although Stan and Raimy got along before she found out he tried to get her father killed, her inside knowledge of the sting will cause her to not trust her new boss.
“Raimy’s found out a lot about who Stan is and knows who Stan is and some evidence is brought against him, which Stan in present day is like, ‘How the hell did you figure that out?'” Ruivivar tells Nerdist on set in Vancouver. “And so Raimy and Stan start butting heads in the present.”
But is Stan truly a bad person and a dirty cop, or is there more to him than meets the eye? According to Ruivivar, that question is exactly what you should be asking right now.
“To be honest, that’s purposeful—Stan is a pendulum,” Ruivivar says. “I think that’s what makes him really fun to play, because he’s not your moustache-twirling villain, let’s just say. There’s a lot more that we’ll find out about Stan and what his motivations are. So he does vacillate and hopefully he’s one of those guys that you love to hate. And he definitely represents the catalyst for a lot of that stuff that happens in 1996. And in the present. It’s correct, you should be slightly confused, but leaning forward a little bit about what his motivations are and what he is or isn’t trying to do.”
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Frequency airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
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