The Mysteries of Laura is an American police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Jeff Rake and executive-produced Greg Berlanti and McG. The series premiered on September 17, 2014, on NBC. The Mysteries of Laura stars Debra Messing in the lead role of Detective Laura Diamond, a New York City homicide detective who balances her day job with off-duty hours as a single mother of two unruly sons. On May 8, 2015, The Mysteries of Laura was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes, During the course of the series, 38 episodes of The Mysteries of Laura aired over two seasons, concluding on March 2, 2016.which premiered on September 23, 2015. On November 9, 2015, NBC ordered three additional episodes for the second season. On May 14, 2016, NBC canceled the series after two seasons.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 17, 2014||May 20, 2015|
|2||16||September 23, 2015||March 2, 2016|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Pilot"||McG||Teleplay by : Jeff Rake||September 17, 2014||276075||10.19|
|Laura Diamond must juggle her two mischievous twin boys with her job as an NYPD homicide detective, all while trying to persuade Jake, her former husband, to sign the divorce papers.|
|2||2||"The Mystery of the Dead Date"||McG||Jeff Rake||September 24, 2014||4X5852||10.01|
|Laura goes undercover, creating an online dating profile in an attempt to snare a killer. Meanwhile, Jake finally signs the divorce papers, which makes Laura reconsider her decision to join the dating world again.|
|3||3||"The Mystery of the Biker Bar"||Millicent Shelton||Amanda Green & Blair Singer||October 1, 2014||4X5853||8.98|
|A treasured friend of Laura's and Jake's is found dead, leading the ex couple to the place of their first date in order to catch the person who did it. Meanwhile, Laura sends Max to check out how the twins' new, ex-con babysitter is getting on.|
|4||4||"The Mystery of the Sex Scandal"||Bronwen Hughes||Margaret Easley & Laura Putney||October 8, 2014||4X5855||8.77|
A sex scandal rocks the campaign of an influential congressman, Laura is then tasked with finding out the truth. However, when a curve ball is thrown their way, the 2nd precinct must explore the online gaming world to stop the perp.Guest starring: Wallace Shawn as Kenneth Walters
|5||5||"The Mystery of the Terminal Tenant"||Vince Misiano||Jeff Rake & Amanda Green||October 15, 2014||4X5856||8.67|
|The hunt is on for the killer of a man, who at first glance appears to have been killed in his own bathroom, but what happens when said man shows up alive and well. Meanwhile, Laura and Jake decide to try 'nesting' as a solution to their struggles surrounding shared custody of the boys.|
|6||6||"The Mystery of the Red Runway"||Michael Lange||Jeffrey Lippman & Rick Marin||October 22, 2014||4X5854||8.25|
|The intern of a high end designer is murdered and Laura explores the high fashion world to find the killer. Max's position at the precinct is also reevaluated.|
|7||7||"The Mystery of the Art Ace"||Jace Alexander||Rick Marin & Jeffery Lippman||October 29, 2014||4X5857||7.49|
|Laura looks for clues as to who murdered the son of a gallery owner and the team must navigate the local karaoke scene to find who did it. Laura is also forced to reconnect with her estranged father so he can help prepare her for a high-stakes poker game.|
|8||8||"The Mystery of the Mobile Murder"||Michael Schultz||Bill Chais & Diarra Kilpatrick||November 5, 2014||4X5858||7.87|
|The team delve into the beauty empire when a woman is found murdered on a party bus. Meanwhile, there is competition between the detectives in the lead-up to the annual mud race.|
|9||9||"The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Dynasty"||Michael Fields||Bill Chais & Beth Armogida||November 19, 2014||4X5859||8.61|
Religion becomes a factor when Laura and the detectives investigate the murder of a couple. Meanwhile Laura and Jake's search for a replacement nanny brings them face to face with someone familiar.Guest starring: Peter Jacobson as Russell
|10||10||"The Mystery of the Fertility Fatality"||Mike Listo||Margaret Easley & Laura Putney||December 10, 2014||4X5860||8.09|
|Everyone is off to the horse races in this episode, as Laura and the team investigate the disappearance of a fertility doctor. Meanwhile, a group of nosy mothers pry into Laura's mothering skills when the boys are accused of bullying a girl at their Tae Kwon Do class.|
|11||11||"The Mystery of the Frozen Foodie"||Cherie Nowlan||Jeffrey Lippman & Beth Armogida||January 7, 2015||4X5861||6.81|
A chef at a restaurant is murdered and dumped into a garbage chute. Meanwhile, Laura meets someone new.Guest starring: Bronson Pinchot as Head Chef J.T. Thompson, Rocco DiSpirito as himself
|12||12||"The Mystery of the Fateful Fire"||Randy Zisk||Amanda Green & Diarra Kilpatrick||January 14, 2015||4X5862||6.13|
|A building is engulfed in flames when the scene opens. After the crisis a body of a teenager is found. Jake's old flame returns.|
|13||13||"The Mystery of the Deemed Dealer"||Bethany Rooney||Jeff Rake & Blair Singer||February 4, 2015||4X5863||6.37|
|The team investigates the murder of a star athlete, also, Laura and Jake reconnect.|
|14||14||"The Mystery of the Popped Pugilist"||Norman Buckley||Bill Chais & Rick Marin||February 11, 2015||4X5864||5.82|
|Laura go to downtown to investigate a murder of a Drag Queen. Also, Laura has a wild night with an old friend.|
|15||15||"The Mystery of the Alluring Au Pair"||Cherie Nowlan||Laura Putney & Margaret Easley||February 18, 2015||4X5865||5.86|
|A Detective comes to town and put Laura and the Precinct in a frenzy when Laura and Jake are investigated about their relationship.|
|16||16||"The Mystery of the Exsanguinated Ex"||Randy Zisk||Amanda Green & Jason Ning||February 25, 2015||4X5866||7.63|
Laura is forced to reunite with her ex-boyfriend Dr. Andrew Devlin as she investigates a murder in which he is involved.Guest starring: Eric McCormack as Dr. Andrew Devlin
|17||17||"The Mystery of the Intoxicated Intern"||Vince Misiano||Jeffrey Lippman & Diarra Kilpatrick||March 25, 2015||4X5867||6.42|
| The team investigates a murder of a sorority pledge who is also an intern at a high rise business. Laura struggles to find time to be with her new boyfriend.|
Guest starring: Joy Osmanski as Linda Singer
|18||18||"The Mystery of the Sunken Sailor"||Michael Schultz||Rick Marin & Beth Armogida||April 1, 2015||4X5868||6.19|
|Laura and Billy investigate the murder of a sailor on a military ship. Also, Laura tries to avoid her upcoming birthday.|
|19||19||"The Mystery of the Dodgy Draft"||Vince Misiano||Story by : Bill Chais & Blair Singer|
Teleplay by : Bill Chais
|April 22, 2015||4X5869||6.41|
Laura has to deal with a personal crisis as she investigates the murder of a teacher's aide.Guest starring: Emily Rutherfurd as Dawn Grant
|20||20||"The Mystery of the Crooked Clubber"||Tricia Brock||Amanda Green & Jacob Copithorne||May 6, 2015||4X5870||6.04|
A club patron's death is linked to jewelry heists in the Diamond District so the detectives must halt a thievery ring in order to solve a murder. Meanwhile, Jake breaks divorced-parent protocols, leading Laura to reexamine her involvement with Tony.Guest starring: Frankie Muniz as himself, Janel Parrish as Jillian Havenmeyer
|21||21||"The Mystery of the Deceased Documentarian"||Mel Damski||Laura Putney & Margaret Easley||May 13, 2015||4X5871||6.17|
A young filmmaker is murdered, and an inexperienced detective causes problems with the investigation as Laura and the team search for the killer. At the end of the episode, Jake tries to thwart a bodega robbery and gets shot.Guest starring: Steve Guttenberg as himself, Melissa Joan Hart as KC Moss
|22||22||"The Mystery of the Corner Store Crossfire"||Bethany Rooney||Jeff Rake||May 20, 2015||4X5872||7.05|
Jake is in critical condition as Laura and the team attempt to find the person who shot him.Guest starring: Remy Auberjonois as Dr. Evanston
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|23||1||"The Mystery of the Taken Boy"||Michael Smith||Jeff Rake & Amanda Green||September 23, 2015||4X6551||7.11|
A recovered Jake returns to work, but finds his office has been overtaken by the obnoxious Captain Santiani (Callie Thorne), who now refuses to leave. Laura and the team investigate the kidnapping of a young boy, whom they find was adopted illegally by his parents. Jake decides to take a demotion to Senior Detective in order to remain at the precinct.Guest starring: Cara Buono as Julia Davis
|24||2||"The Mystery of the Cure to Loneliness"||Michael Schultz||Marc Dube & Dean Lopata||September 30, 2015||4X6552||7.35|
|An apparent suicide by a young cancer-stricken woman is determined to be a homicide. Complicating the case, M.E. West determines that the woman did not have cancer at all, causing Laura and the team to look into the cancer support groups the woman had aligned with. Meanwhile, Laura starts seeing Tony again after determining enough time has passed since Jake's death scare. Jake is outwardly okay with it, but Laura isn't so sure.|
|25||3||"The Mystery of the Locked Box"||Bethany Rooney||Laura Putney & Margaret Easley||October 7, 2015||4X6553||7.11|
A reclusive technology genius is murdered in his apartment, despite the building being armed with a highly sophisticated security system. Laura and the team must weed out a number of suspects -- including the man's business partner, a female stalker, and his childhood friend -- to determine the real killer. Meanwhile, Laura worries about Jake when he shows signs of short-term memory loss.Guest starring: Gabriel Mann as Shane Allan
|26||4||"The Mystery of the Convict Mentor"||Cherie Nowlan||Jeff Rake & Niceole R. Levy||October 14, 2015||4X6554||6.92|
Laura gets a veiled tip from Dan Hauser, her former captain who is now in prison, regarding the whereabouts of two corpses related to a cold case. The tip seems to be on the up-and-up when the bodies are located, but soon after, Hauser and the suspected killer escape prison.Guest starring: Enrico Colantoni as Dan Hauser
|27||5||"The Mystery of the Watery Grave"||Guy Norman Bee||Amanda Green & Nikhil S. Jayaram||October 21, 2015||4X6555||6.81|
Isabella Van Doren, wife of wealthy media mogul David Van Doren who owns the New York Ledger, is apparently killed when her vehicle is run off the road and into the river, but her body is not found. The husband advises the NYPD to look into enemies he has made through his newspaper, but Laura takes a different approach after learning Van Doren's first wife, Claire, died ten years ago in a kayaking accident and her body was also never found. Laura gets surprising support in following up on her hunch from Captain Santiani.Guest starring: Betty Gilpin as Isabella Van Doren, Jeffrey Pierce as David Van Doren
|28||6||"The Mystery of the Dead Heat"||Norman Buckley||Marc Dube & Kyle Warren||October 28, 2015||4X6556||6.35|
A gym owner appears to have died from being locked in a sauna, but it is revealed that he was dead before that. The man's MS-stricken wife, who works for the city planners office, is initially a suspect, but she instead leads Laura and the team to a couple that is planning a bank robbery. Meanwhile, Billy's mother wants to meet his new girlfriend, so Billy tries to find a way to introduce her to Meredith without the rest of their colleagues knowing. Little does he know, their romance is the worst-kept secret in the precinct.Guest starring: Sherri Saum as Cecelia Burke, Isaac Caldiero as Connor McKenna
|29||7||"The Mystery of the Maternal Instinct"||Michael Schultz||Dean Lopata & Niceole R. Levy||November 4, 2015||4X6557||7.00|
|The dead body of a pregnant African woman is found dumped in a seedy area of the city. This leads Laura and the team to both a Nigerian smuggling syndicate and a clandestine service that helps expectant mothers from other countries deliver their babies in the USA.|
|30||8||"The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine"||Norman Buckley||Jeff Rake & Nikhil S. Jayaram||November 18, 2015||4X6558||7.41|
|After an undercover cop working with a luxury car theft ring is murdered, Laura and the team discover his police photo was circulated. Knowing that the photo could only have been accessed through a highly secure computer that is not even on the internet, the team learns they are dealing with a brilliant young hacker.|
|31||9||"The Mystery of the Triple Threat"||Bethany Rooney||Laura Putney & Margaret Easley||January 6, 2016||4X6559||6.84|
|When two men playing a high stakes/high tech scavenger hunt game find a man's dead body in a cathedral, Laura and the team must investigate both the game's players and the victim's personal life to discover the truth. Elsewhere, Laura's relationship with Tony comes to a crossroads, while she also learns that Jake has been lying to her about his medical condition.|
|32||10||"The Mystery of the Downward Spiral"||Cherie Nowlan||Amanda Green & Kyle Warren||January 13, 2016||4X6560||7.53|
When the founder and owner of the Belle Reve perfume company named Michael Dunham is murdered, numerous suspects emerge, including a former employee, the owner's high-powered attorney, and the owner's troubled son John. When John's blood-spattered lab coat and a pair of latex gloves are found in an air vent in the company's lab, he becomes the prime suspect. Soon after, however, John is spotted while under surveillance walking into the office just before it explodes.
Guest starring: Jerry O'Connell as John DunhamSpecial guest star: Stockard Channing as Brenda Phillips
|33||11||"The Mystery of the Unwelcome Houseguest"||Michael Smith||Marc Dube & Niceole R. Levy||January 20, 2016||4X6561||7.00|
In the conclusion of the previous episode, John Dunham, amazingly alive, abducts Laura in her bedroom. He sets a pipe bomb timer for 100 minutes, during which he says Laura must confess in a phone video recording that she planted evidence to frame him. Jake deduces that Laura is in trouble and defies Santiani to work toward rescuing her. Meanwhile, Laura begins to gain John's trust and gets him to reveal a secret from his past that points her toward a surprising new suspect.
Guest starring: Jerry O'Connell as John DunhamSpecial guest star: Stockard Channing as Brenda Phillips
|34||12||"The Mystery of the Morning Jog"||Peter Werner||Dean Lopata & Nikhil S. Jayaram||February 3, 2016||4X6562||6.85|
Laura investigates a men's rights organization entitled the Men's Renaissance Association after a jogger is pushed in front of a bus. The department sends some male officers to infiltrate the MRA meeting. Over the course of the investigation, Laura comes to realize she still loves Jake, and breaks the news to Tony.Guest starring: Greg Grunberg as Kurt Baronson, Harold Perrineau as Charles Baptiste
|35||13||"The Mystery of the Dark Heart"||David Warren||Amanda Green & Niceole R. Levy||February 10, 2016||4X6563||6.93|
Captain Hauser is again temporarily released from prison to help the team when a young woman is murdered and another has gone missing, as the murder bears a resemblance to those committed by a serial killer he investigated many years ago. Meanwhile, Jake starts seeing prosecutor Jennifer Lambert, unaware that Laura has broken up with Tony.
Guest starring: Enrico Colantoni as Dan HauserSpecial guest star: Jenna Fischer as Jennifer Lambert
|36||14||"The Mystery of the Political Operation"||Jim Nickas||Laura Putney & Margaret Easley||February 17, 2016||4X6564||6.33|
Carlos Hernandez, a Cuban working for the liberation of his country and normalizing relations with the USA, arrives in town to give a speech at the UN amid heavy protests and threats of an assassination. The threat appears real when Hernandez' trusted bodyguard is murdered. Laura and the team eventually uncover plans to kill Hernandez, but not for the reasons they originally thought. Elsewhere, Laura wants to tell Jake about breaking up with Tony, but backs off after realizing she really likes Jennifer.
Guest starring: James Martinez as Carlos HernandezSpecial guest star: Jenna Fischer as Jennifer Lambert
|37||15||"The Mystery of the Unknown Caller"||Norman Buckley||Jeff Rake & Dean Lopata||February 24, 2016||4X6565||6.52|
Upon tracing an unknown call to a closed store in the 82nd Precinct area, Laura and Meredith find the caller dead. Investigating his hotel room, they learn that he has a connection with Laura's half-sister Lucy. Laura now must protect Lucy from becoming both a murder suspect in the eyes of Detective Malcolm Harris of the 82nd Precinct and a target of the actual murderer who is thought to be a dangerous drug dealer named Jimmy Chun. Laura goes undercover to collar Chun, who threatens her life while being hauled away. At a press conference announcing Chun's arrest, a bullet rips through a window, killing Captain Santiani while Laura stands right next to her.Guest starring: Tate Donovan as Detective Malcolm Harris, Debby Ryan as Lucy Diamond, Louis Ozawa Changchien as Jimmy Chun
|38||16||"The Mystery of the End of Watch"||Michael Smith||Jeff Rake & Kyle Warren||March 2, 2016||4X6566||7.43|
Laura and the team are convinced that Jimmy Chun ordered Santiani's murder and that the bullet was intended for Laura. It was thought that a recently recaptured Jimmy Chun orchestrated the hit – that is, until Santiani's troubled ex-husband Vince (Scott Cohen) kidnaps their son from his grandmother's house. Further investigation reveals Vince was simply trying to protect his son from Eddie and Richie Enzo with whom he'd crossed paths. Thanks to a tactic by Laura at the waterfront, her fellow police officers managed to arrest Eddie and Richie. Meanwhile, the aftermath of Santiani's death causes Jake to take a "life is short" approach, and he makes plans to ask Jennifer to marry him. At the same time, Laura realizes how much she wants Jake back in her life.Jenna Fischer as Jennifer Lambert
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