The Angels chase Jerry to the nearby docks and Eve tackles him into the water when she mistakes his phone for a gun. "That girl certainly knows how to make a splash," quips Abby. Christ.
It turns out that Jerry has an alibi, but aspiring model Gabriella is still missing. "Chasing a dream shouldn't turn into a nightmare," notes Abby - why do the characters insist on talking like this?! Bosley examines photographs taken from stalker Jerry's camera - they're from the day before Gabriella went missing and show her having a blistering argument with her roommate Devon Ross.
Suddenly, the cop investigating Gabriella's case arrives at the Townsend agency - it's Isaiah 'Old Spice Guy' Mustafa, playing Kate's former fiance Detective Ray Goodson. Ray's annoyed that the Angels almost drowned the chief suspect in his case.
"Usually the best private detectives work within the law," he tells them. "Actually the best private detectives solve the case," Kate snaps back. Apparently the two are mutually exclusive.
Ray leaves, and the Angels dig deeper into Devon's life. After using Twitter to solve the case last week, this time they're employing Facebook in their investigation - those Angels are all over that social media! Google+ for ep 3?
It turns out that, following Gabriella's disappearance, Devon is looking for a new roommate. She lives in a luxury mansion - not bad for a struggling model...
The Angels stage a photoshoot and invite Devon to take part, with Kate as the photographer and Abby posing as a beginner model. Eve pretends to be Abby's frustrated roommate, kicking her out for failing to pay rent. It seems like Minka Kelly almost blurts out an obscenity as she shouts, "You got that, you broke ass…. model?!"
Devon offers Abby the spare room in her mansion, then makes a call - "I found another candidate - she's perfect." While Kate and Eve keep a close watch from a surveillance van, Abby is shown around Devon's luxury mansion. Bosley is also undercover - posing as a self-defence trainer for Devon and her model pals.
Gabriella's old room is sealed by the police team, so while Bosley distracts the models with his martial-arts moves, Abby climbs out of her window and scales the mansion, sneaking into the missing girl's abode.
Shoe-fanatic Abby notices that Gabriella has 15 pairs of footwear but only 14 boxes. She soon finds the missing box hidden in an air vent - it's stuffed full of $100,000 in cash and a deed to a condo that Gabriella bought before her disappearance.
Ray is still unhappy with the Angels' investigation and Kate is frustrated that he doesn't trust her - in his defence, she was a corrupt cop who presumably lied to him extensively. But there's a shock in store for everyone - inside the condo, Kate finds Gabriella, dead and wrapped in plastic in the bath-tub.
That night, Kate and Eve wait at a restaurant ahead of Abby's date with Mitch, and the pair gossip about Ray. Kate admits that she thought her ex-fiance would give her a second chance once she got her life together - but no such luck. Abby arrives and meets with Mitch, but there's a third party at their table - a Mr. Obregon.
Mitch tells Abby that she can earn $200,000 a year - all she needs to do is marry the wealthy Obregon as part of a green-card scam. Obregon even has a flashy diamond engagement ring prepared for his phony marriage - either he's just being needlessly flashy or he's a method actor.
Abby enters the bathroom to update her fellow Angels via ear-piece. Bosley's research reveals that Obregon is part of a drug cartel - could Gabriella's fake husband have been another dangerous criminal?
As Abby emerges from the bathroom. she's held at gunpoint by Mitch - he's overheard the whole conversation. But Abby is a master of kung-fu and Mitch is soon disarmed, with his head being forced into a flushing toilet - the technique traditionally known as a "swirley" - by Kate. Next episode, the Angels give the villain-of-the-week a wedgie.
Mitch refuses to talk, and when Ray and his cop partner arrive to arrest him, he quickly lawyers up. Ray is again frustrated - he tells the Angels that their illegal interrogation means that Mitch could walk and Gabriella's killer could go free. He's the only one talking any sense.
The Angels break into Simon's home to take fingerprints - they obviously didn't pay much attention to Ray's sound advice. Eve soon discovers a hidden suitcase, containing a military-grade sniper rifle. But the Angels are soon pinned down in a hail of gunfire and Jenks bursts into the room, snatching up his case.
Later, Bosley updates the girls - Simon is really Nikolai Denko, a Czechian war vet turned assassin. ("Explains the sniper rifle," notes whip-smart Eve). Denko's wife died in the Czechian war and he once tried to kill the Russian president as payback.
It also turns out that the Russian First Lady is in town for fashion week - she must be Nikolai's next target. Fashion week? Really? Is this how Russian dignitaries spend their time on trips abroad?
Kate contacts Ray and he reveals that the Russian First Lady is attending a Haitian cultural dance, where she's being guarded by a private security firm - the same firm that Nikolai works for! The Angels arrive at the dance and Kate spots Denko on a hotel balcony, preparing to take his shot.
While Kate and Ray head off to stop Nikolai, Abby, Eve and Bosley try to get to the First Lady, but are stopped by security goons. Eve proceeds to knee a number of the guards in the crotch and Abby is able to reach the Russian president and his wife - that's national security for you!
The First Lady is knocked to the floor - a bullet missing her by inches. Kate and Ray intercept Nikolai, but he has an accomplice - there's a second shooter on the ground. Luckily, Eve recognises the assassin from a photograph in Nikolai's apartment and Bosley uses his well-honed martial-arts moves to take the villain down.
Denko is charged with Gabriella's murder, while Devon gets probation for her part in the scam. To celebrate, Abby, Eve and Bosley head out for a drink, but Kate has a non-date (honest) with Ray.
Once they're alone, Ray tells Kate that he misses her and she admits that she misses him too, but really she only misses his approval. Approval doesn't equal love, so Kate finally returns her engagement ring to Ray, letting go of the past.
• For all of the faults that Charlie's Angels has, at least with episode two they've reinstated the classic theme tune.
• As a whole, 'Runway Angels' is an improvement on the abysmal pilot episode. This show is fluffy nonsense and last week's attempts at 'serious drama' was a major misstep.
• The script for this week's episode is still hardly Oscar-worthy, though. If the Angels and Bosley stopped communicating exclusively in quips and cringeworthy moral statements, that would help.
• Once again though, the actors are pretty much blameless and are doing their best with shoddy material. The final break-up scene between Kate and Ray is actually pretty good, and that's mainly down to Annie Ilonzeh and Isaiah Mustafa.
• Speaking of which, bring Ray back - he was the best thing about this episode. Put him on a horse next time and we're sold.