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Danny Desai

Played by: Avan Jogia

  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambiguously Evil: The show questions whether or not Danny is a sociopath. Not only do we not know if he killed Regina, we don't even know why he killed his aunt. And then there's that whole thing with him having the victim's necklace.
  • The Atoner: He regrets messing up Lacey and Jo's lives and he wants to make things right with them.
  • The Charmer
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  • Consummate Liar
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly where his status as a murder suspect is concerned.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad fell off a company yacht while intoxicated and his body was never found.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Informed Ability: His soccer skills. What's shown on-screen isn't exactly brimming with a wow factor.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Socio".
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted with Vikram and Danny. They apparently got on like a house on fire when it came to toy rockets and sports. Played straight with his mother, who in a moment of carelessness, accidentally reveals a lot more than she intended in front of Tess and Danny when he was younger.
    Karen: I wish I had a daughter.
    Young Danny: You meant it.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Manipulative Bastard: It's very subtle, but he does charm and manipulate people to get them to do things they don't normally do. He also has a tendency to evade questions and not quite answer them directly. Jo, by the end of the first mid-season finale, has tired of this.
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  • Mixed Ancestry: His dad is Indian while his mother is white.
  • Mysterious Past: We don't know anything about his life in the past five years. Lampshaded by Chief Masterson.
    Masterson: You don't know a boy who murdered his own aunt. You don't know a boy who spent the last five years in prison. You don't know what he went through.
  • The Quiet One: He's rather mild mannered and soft spoken and while he's sarcastic, he's not bitingly so.
  • The Sociopath: People think Danny fits this trope, but it remains to be seen whether or not he actually does.
    • Danny is proving to be too adept at deflecting and lobbing his own curve balls when he gets uncomfortable questions. Sociopaths are known to show a glib facility for keeping other people off-balance when it suits them.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Murdering his aunt when he was eleven definitely qualifies.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Flashbacks show him to be this, though see Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.

Lacey Porter

Played by: Kylie Bunbury

Jo Marie Masterson

Played by: Madelaine Hasson


Played by: Ashton Moio

Karen Desai

Played by: Denise Richards

  • The Alcoholic: Hinted at when Danny finds her drinking late at night, even though Karen just says that it's her second glass.
  • Fallen Princess: She used to rule the town's social scene, but all that changed after Danny went to juvie. The pilot also reveals that her late husband made a series of bad investments so now all their family's money is tied up in the house.
  • Financial Abuse: Karen is pretty quick to start elastically interpreting Danny's distaste for being named the beneficiary of Vikram's insurance policy with her as custodian and enjoying the money. The look she gives him after he bids ten grand on a painting would've frozen him into ice if possible.
  • Glamorous Single Mother
  • Mama Bear/Knight Templar Parent: She's willing to do whatever it takes to protect Danny, though sometimes she employs occasionally suspicious methods. Throwing the mysterious necklace into the lake in the dark of night, for one.
  • Parents as People
  • Widow Woman

Tess Masterson

Played by: Kimberly Quinn

Kyle Masterson

Played by: Sam Robards

Recurring Characters


Played by: Jamila Velasquez


Played by: Grey Damon

Phoebe Daly

Played by: Brittany Curran

Regina Crane

Played by: Karynn Moore

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Danny's reputation as a killer didn't deter her from wanting to date him one bit.
  • Asshole Victim: To the point where her murder would be a case of Everyone Is a Suspect if the police hadn't latched onto Danny.
  • The Dragon: Regina was apparently acting on orders from someone, when Lacey discovers an envelope of hush money and a letter from Regina saying she did as she was instructed.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Played with. On the one hand, she was friendly enough to Jo despite the latter's low social status. On the other hand, the second episode reveals that even her own best friend thought very little of her, meaning she may not have been quite as lovable as she appeared.
  • She Knows Too Much: The police think that this is Danny's motive for murdering her: She claimed (probably falsely) to know the reason he killed his aunt when he was eleven. It turns out she also knew at least some things about Vikram's doings.
  • Posthumous Character: She shows up in Lacey's dreams occasionally.


Played by: Chris Zylka

  • Documentary: He makes one about Danny, but goes to the creepy zone when he enlists some friends of his to wear masks of Danny's face and do a mock re-enactment of the murder of Danny's aunt.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: He lays on the charm with a trowel when he meets Jo's parents. Her father is not amused.

Vikram Desai

Played by: TJ Ramini

Marilyn Rossi

Played by: Stacy Haiduk

  • Dirty Cop: A private investigator hired to help investigate Regina's murder, later made clear she is actually framing Danny, and heavily implied that she was the one who killed Regina.
  • The Dragon: To Vikram.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Smug Snake


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