Alice Vaughan is the co-founder of Anderson/Vaughan Investigations.
In 2009, she was engaged to Ethan Ward. One day, he was arrested for the murder of Steven Mason. She gave him an alibi for the night of the murder, but when she learned he was having her followed to make sure she didn't talk to the cops, she told the truth, saying she wouldn't lie for a man who was keeping secrets from her. Despite this, the charges against Ethan were dropped.
Alice's team was hired by Singer Museum to protect Maria Kreyn's paintings. Alice posed as Natasha Kendall and went to the gallery opening. At the opening, Mario Visconti, an art thief, approached her at a painting and struck up a conversation with her. She tipped him off on the existence of another piece, which arrived too late for the show. She flirted with him and offered him the chance to see it. She used her badge to show him the painting. After they finished, they went back to the gallery opening. Mario swiped her badge and used it to steal the painting. Alice expected this and as he left, Danny stopped him. When he tried to go back inside, Alice subdued him so he could be arrested. Ben later stole the painting himself to give to Alice.
Alice met Benjamin Jones, as Christopher Hall, when he pretended he was a prospective client, referred to them by Seth Hamilton. He met with them and they pitched their services to him. He later said he was going with another company. Alice, not wanting to lose his business, found out where he was eating lunch and met with him there. He said he wasn't choosing them because he was interested in seeing one of the partners. The two started dating shortly after.
After Alice and Christopher became engaged after he tricked her into a proposal, they began to plan their wedding. Valerie, though going through her own divorce, eagerly jumped into planning mode and forced Alice to sit down and try cake samples.
Unbeknownst to Alice, Ben's partner, Margot Bishop, told him it was time to end the con and break up with Alice. Faced with having to leave the woman he'd come to love, Ben suggested to Alice that they run away together and elope. She initially refused, but changed her mind. However, when she went to tell him that, she discovered that Christopher Hall had been erased and realized she'd been conned.
AVI was being taunted by a con artist they called Mr. X, who was targeting their clients. Each time he was ready to pull a con, he sent them a letter asking if they were ready to play. They'd spent nine months trying to track him down and in that time, he'd stolen $5 million from two of their biggest clients. His MO was finding a discontent employee within the company and get that employee to copy confidential files, which were then traded for a briefcase full of cash. They believed the next target was Patrick Lewis, an account manager. On the day the exchange was expected to take place, the team staked out the place where Patrick ate his lunch every day. However, Mr. X sufficiently distracted them and was able to take the flash drive and disappear undetected. They were able to catch Patrick Lewis and arrest him, but Mr. X was long gone.
After their system was hacked, they re-encrypted their data and were surprised that Mr. X hadn't touched anything. Now knowing that Mr. X was the man she'd known as Christopher, Alice figured out he was going to use the list of guests vetted by AVI for Seth Hamilton's party, at which he would announce a new technology that would make billions. He impersonated a guest on the list who wasn't able to attend and went to the party himself. Because they'd discovered his plan, they were able to put a program on the flash drive that Ben took from Seth and use it to empty all of the con artists' accounts, recovering Alice's lost money and leaving Margot and Ben with nothing.
The morning after discovering the Maria Kreyn painting on her bedroom wall, Alice consulted with Sophie in her capacity as a lawyer and got advised on what to do about the situation. After finding out the the painting she had was real and the one in the museum was the forgery, Alice decided she wanted to find the forger and use the forger to get to Christopher. Sophie tracked down the forger, Elizabeth Workman, and blackmailed her into giving the name of her client, Julian Marsh. She used that name to figure out that Christopher Hall had been a real man who died the week Alice met Ben as Christopher Hall. The obit for him and for Julian Marsh both had tragic backstories, with no surviving family, published in the New York Tribune. She started looking for other obits that matched the same pattern.
AVI was hired by Jeffrey Bloom and his wife after he was acquitted of murdering his first wife. They were being hounded by people who believed he was guilty and thought that finding the real killer was the only way to get people off their backs. The team started a new investigation, looking for the real killer. After finding Edith's missing jewels at her son, Payton's, hangout, Alice believed he was the killer. However, after seeing sand from the beach on Jeffrey's shoes, she figured out he was the real killer after all. Shortly after that, Jeffrey's new wife killed him by pushing him down the stairs after she, too, figured out what he had done.
Multiple Sclerosis TrialEdit
Valerie's ex-husband, Gordon, came to AVI looking for help. His sister, Susan, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had entered a clinical trial. When the trial left her and other patients temporarily blind and paralyzed, she asked for help to get enough evidence together for a class action lawsuit against the company that made the medicine. Sophie and Danny attended a lecture the doctor who developed the drug was giving, where Sophie hacked into his computer to get the raw data. Unfortunately, the raw data was the same as the published data, leading them to believe someone had sabotaged the drug. Alice went undercover as a trial patient in order to get access to the drug. Alice was unable to find and steal the drug ahead of time, so Cathy Green started her IV. Alice pinched off the tubing and pulled out the IV. The bag came back clean on their tests, but Alice still experienced the symptoms. Because of that, they were able to figure out that it was the juice that was poisoning patients, not the medicine. Richard Watkins had tanked his own trial so he could start over, because the drug wasn't working for his wife. This gave Susan and the other patients the case they needed.
Once she figured out who Ben had become, Sophie tracked Michael Thorne's activity, so when he opened credit cards in that name, she knew about it. She alerted Alice to credit card activity at a restaurant. Alice went there, but because she was suffering the effects of belladonna, she struggled to get around and ultimately stumbled out the back of the restaurant after Ben warned her to leave because it wasn't safe. She continued to try tracking Ben, but collapsed in Dao's arms as they drove away. She later viewed the pictures she'd managed to take at the restaurant and identified the princess in them.
Alice used a picture she'd taken at the restaurant to identify Ben's companion as Zara Al-Salim. She then learned what she could about Zara. She talked to Dao about what she'd learned and told him of her plan to catch Ben in the act. She used what she knew to pose as Paige Baker, the head of a charity Zara had chosen to donate money to. Ben was shocked to see her. With Dao's coaching, Alice tried to get a confession, but didn't get enough information. They set up a meeting in Grand Park. Alice again wore a wire, but she revealed it to Ben so he wouldn't reveal anything incriminating.
Alice planned another meeting with Ben, without a wire or Dao's involvement. However, when she showed up, Ben called her and told her that Dao was there and he was leaving. Because of this, she asked Sophie to check if her phone had been hacked somehow. When the phone disappeared, Valerie revealed she'd taken it. She was upset that Alice had lied to her about continuing to pursue finding Ben. Ben later called and told Alice that Dao had bugged her home. She and Valerie used the knowledge to feed Dao false information to distracted him while Alice went to where Ben really was. She tracked him to the gala where he'd just stolen a bracelet. Seeing that he was being shot at, Alice yelled at him to get into her car. She took him back to her place and cleaned and dressed his wound. He then told her his real name and they had sex. While they were having sex, she took the bracelet from him. When he called her, she said that he'd have to play by her rules if he wanted the bracelet back.
When Rhys came to collect the bracelet, Ben called Alice again and she told him that if he wanted the bracelet, he'd need to come get it from her. Alice went to return the bracelet to the Larágan consulate, but she was confronted by the Shive crime syndicate. Ben interrupted, but they escaped with the bracelet. In order to get the bracelet back, saving Ben's life, Alice agreed to work with Dao, who had knowledge of the crime families. Dao located the Shive family and Alice let Ben in on their location as well. After Mickey Shive turned up death, Alice confronted Ben, who said it wasn't him, but someone he works with. She proposed using a copy of the bracelet to deceive Dao so that Rhys could have the bracelet and Dao could as well. Alice then posed as a flight attendant and dosed Emeric Shive to knock him out so the bracelet could be taken. She then handed off the bracelet to Ben and the other to Dao. She and Ben slept together again that night.
Search for Gwen EricssonEdit
When Phillip Thompson and Marie Sherwood came into AVI, they asked them to help in the search for Gwen Ericsson, a programmer who had disappeared along with a technology that had the potential to be used as a weapon. They were worried she'd been kidnapped by terrorists that wanted to use it maliciously. AVI started the search for Gwen. On a hiking trail, they found a dead body that matched Gwen's description. They then found the laptop. They retrieved it, but as they left, they were rammed by a car. The driver got out and attempted to take the laptop. Alice was shocked to find that it was Gwen, alive after all. Gwen pleaded with them not to give the laptop back to Phillip, saying he was selling it to terrorists. She'd found a listing for it on a website dedicated to illicit weapons sales. They discovered this to be true and set up a fake sale. Gwen was shocked to learn that Marie was also in on it. Marie and Phillip were arrested and Alice and Valerie set up a new identity for Gwen so she could build a new life.
AVI took the case of William Etheridge, who believed his wife, Renée Etheridge, was cheating on him. They'd previously worked with Renée, so they set up a meeting with her, where she said things were better than ever. They followed her to her next meeting and took pictures of her with the man she was allegedly having an affair with. Once they identified him as Tony Ellis, they hacked him in order to get him to think he needed a new security company. He met with them, but revealed he knew what had happened. He threatened them. They used a microdot planted on him to track his movement, which gave them something to hold over him to keep him from revealing that William had once slept with a student his first year as a teacher.
Shawn came to AVI for help for his friend, Nia Brooks, one of the first female Army Rangers. She'd been receiving death threats since becoming a Ranger. Alice and Valerie assured her they'd figure out who was behind the threats. Danny investigated and found that Nia's own brother had been the source of the threats, claiming he wanted to protect her, saying that the other Rangers didn't have her back, which would spell death in a combat situation.
Working to Take Down the FirmEdit
The morning after retrieving the bracelet, Alice woke up with Ben still in her home. She told him he could turn state's evidence against his partners, but he said he couldn't do that, because they were like his family. He said they could run away together, but she said she couldn't do that. She ordered him to stop calling, texting, and showing up at her place, saying it wasn't good for her. Despite this, they had sex again. When he went to take a shower, she called Dao and set up a meeting. At the meeting, she said that she believed Ben was working for a crime syndicate and they should go after the king to take down the whole organization. When Ben tried calling despite her instructions, she dropped the phone he's given her into water. However, she later retrieved it and had Sophie fix it so she could use it to get Ben's help finding Joey Singh's new identity. With Dao's help, she found out about the Kensington Firm. She went to Ben with her findings, telling him she wanted to help him get out, but he needed to pick a side.
Ben tried to convince Alice not to try taking down the Firm, showing her the aftermath of their work. She refused to back down and found information on Rhys, which she shared with Valerie and Dao, including that Rhys was in Paris when Nathalie Duchamp was murdered. Dao did some digging and found that Rhys was staying at the Weatherby. He also found that Leah Wells, a counterfeiter, was staying at the hotel while awaiting trial. He sent agents to the hotel to watch as she was transferred to another hotel, thinking that's when Ben and Rhys would try to grab her. They went to the hotel to catch them, but as they were about to enter the hotel room where Ben and Rhys were hiding, Reggie came up and distracted them, leading them away. They realized they'd been tricked, but by the time they got back to the room, the US Marshals were dead and Rhys and Ben were gone. After this failure, Alice went to her team and said she was done and it was Dao's case now. However, she later came home to find Ben and Dao in her home, saying Ben was going to help Dao take down the firm.
Therapy and Catching MargotEdit
At Valerie's recommendation, Alice called her therapist for a recommendation. She got the name of Jessica Philips and made an appointment. Unbeknownst to her, Margot found out about this appointment and replaced her therapist in order to get information. In therapy, she told Margot everything about her relationship with Ben. During a session, she told Margot that Ben was making a plan to go straight. When Margot asked how, Alice was about to answer when she noticed Margot was wearing the same necklace she'd seen Zara Al-Salim wear in a picture. She figured out Margot was somehow involved with Ben and started feeding her false information instead, saying degrading things that Ben had said about Margot. She also placed a tracker in Margot's purse so they could monitor her movement. They found where she was, but by the time they came in to catch them, they'd cleared out, leaving behind the counterfeiting equipment. They then decided to watch currency exchanges to try to locate the fake money. They found the money, which had been spread around. They went to the bank where it was supposed to be. Sophie and Danny posed as bank employees. However, shortly before making the bust, Reggie noticed Shawn outside the bank and called it off, telling Margot to get out. As Margot left, she confronted Alice with a gun, but Valerie pulled a gun on Margot and she was arrested. They held her and sent Ben in to make a deal with her. However, she was broken out of custody by Sybil. That night, Alice found Rhys in her apartment after her shower.
Rhys allowed Alice to get dressed and ready to go out. When Valerie called her, Rhys told her to answer and say she wouldn't be coming in that day. He then took her out of the apartment. They went to a park and he told her about Ben needing to do one last job for Sybil. Rhys said he hoped the job would get Ben back in Sybil's favor and they'd start working together again. He said if she helped him by staying away from the job, he'd make sure she and Ben got to be together. He threatened her with his gun, but she revealed she had one of her own, pointed at him under the table. He chose to leave instead of being shot. Alice then went back to AVI and told them about Rhys's conditions. They decided to go ahead with trying to take down the Firm at the wedding. Ben got them invitations, but when they showed up at the address, they found a construction site. Valerie believed Ben had played them, but Alice believed Ben wanted to keep them away for their safety. She had Sophie look for Virginia Foster's other properties and they found one with many cars out front, meaning it was where the wedding was being held. At the wedding, she confronted Ben and they laid out the plan to bust Sybil. The plan went well and Sybil was arrested, but Margot left with the cash. Alice then planned to leave the country with Ben, who needed to get away to avoid being arrested. When she went home to get her bag, she was surprised to find the FBI there. They'd received a tip about the stolen painting and believed she'd stolen it. When they went to AVI, they found enough evidence to arrest her for the theft. As the led her away, Ben came in and confessed to the crime, telling them to arrest him instead.
Alice and Valerie began meeting with all their clients in order to try to retain their business after the FBI seized their computers and their server. All their clients dropped them, leaving them with no clients. Their computers were later returned when Ben made a new deal with the FBI.
Alice's brother, Tommy, came to town in order to get Alice's help. He received a letter from the IRS saying he had $3 million in an account in his name and he had to pay taxes on it. He knew he didn't have that kind of money himself, so he had Alice look into where it was and where it came from. He wanted to keep it, but Alice insisted that they had to figure out if it really belonged to someone else first. She asked him about all his previous jobs. With that information, Sophie and Danny found the money in an overseas account and had Tommy answer security questions to access it. They then figured out the money was put into an account by his former employers, the Kincaids, whose dogs he walked. Their phones were disconnected and their credit cards hadn't been used, so Danny and Alice went to their house, where the mail was piled up. The dogs were tracking blood around the house and they found the Kincaids' dead bodies in the house. Tommy asked if he could keep the money because the Kincards were dead. When Alice told him he couldn't, he tried to leave, but Alice told him she'd call the FBI if he tried to take it. She also changed the password so he couldn't access it.
Danny learned that the Kincaids were using aliases that only went back five years. Tommy had the idea to use the dogs' registrations to figure out their real names. They found the name Patrick Murphy and the pile of mail from their house had a letter to Patrick Murphy from The Optican Group. Danny then had a friend from the FBI run the name through NCIC and found that The Optican Group was tied to The Southland Drug Cartel. The money in the account was drug money.
Alice feared for Tommy's life, knowing that once they knew he had the money, they'd come to kill him or the FBI would come to arrest him. She wanted to put him in protective custody, but instead, he fled and got Rhys to get him a new identity. They also learned that he'd planted a keylogger on their system in order to get access to the money, which he moved out of the account. Theo Tasker from the cartel found Alice and threatened her and her friends if he couldn't find Tommy and the money. When Tommy sent Sophie some apology earrings, Alice used them to figure out that Rhys had been involved in Tommy's disappearance and went to Rhys to get the name Tommy was using. She also learned from Nick that Tommy had been working for the Southland Cartel. She was able to find Tommy just as he was being threatened by Theo Tasker in a parking garage. Tommy discovered that Rhys had stolen the $3 million, which he needed to give Theo in order to save his life. Alice said she'd get Theo the money to spare Tommy. She turned Tommy over to the police and then went to get the money from Rhys's car. However, she got into a standoff with Ben, who needed the money to save Rhys's life.
After Alice had gotten the money, Nick and Valerie told her that they had to charge Tommy with the murder of the Kincaids. When she went home, it had been ransacked. Tommy held a gun on her and and asked her where the money was. She wouldn't tell him and he admitted that he'd called Ethan Ward to bail him out. She was upset because that meant she owed him.
Alice worked with Tommy to learn more about Theo Tasker. Theo then called Alice and told him he'd learned about Tommy's arrest and release. He wanted the money and Tommy. He claimed he just wanted to talk. Alice instead went to Ethan Ward to ask him to use his contacts at the SEC to help her. She met with Theo and he received a call saying the assets of all his shell corporations' assets had been frozen pending review. She then goaded him into confessing to murdering the Kincaids. He was arrested and agreed to make a deal with the police to take down the cartel. When she went to get the money to turn it over to the police as evidence, she found it missing and a note from Tommy. She used the tracker she'd placed in the bag to trace him to the airport. She gave him a chance to come work for her and make things right, but he decided to leave. She told him not to come back, that she was done with him.
Ben's New DealEdit
Alice told Ben that Dao was trying to get a deal for Ben that would have him out in three-to-five years. However, when Ben met with Dao and Justine Diaz, she instead offered him a deal that would get him out immediately, but would involve Ben working for the FBI, looping them in to help catch criminals. Alice was opposed to the deal, but Ben took it before consulting her, so they could be together sooner. When she found out Ben had been stabbed in prison and that was used to break him out, she believed rightly that it had happened against his will. Ben called her to say that he was alive and okay, but Alice lied to Justine about who it was. Justine told her to tell Ben the deal was off, but Alice used information from the prisoner who had stabbed Ben to figure out where he was and took Justine there. They were able to get access to the Mangels to get evidence. Justine said the deal was back on if they could get enough to take the Mangels down.
Tommy and Ben planned a dinner party with Alice and Rhys. At the dinner, Tommy became fascinated with Rhys's criminal history.
Margot offered Valerie and Alice $500,000 in order to find the person who was trying to kill her, with the same amount when the found the person. After talking it over, they decided to take her on, because they needed the money to keep AVI running and Alice wanted to keep an eye on Margot. They investigated the bullet that had been used to kill Jamison and found that there were no markings. Margot told them it was The Hammer, an assassin who is paid and hired anonymously, so no one knew who he was. In order to draw him out so they could catch him, Alice, Valerie, Sophie, and Margot all went out dressed alike and holding identical umbrellas. They walked around the plaza, confusing The Hammer. He eventually took shots at Sophie and Valerie, trying to figure out which was Margot. But Danny had figured out where The Hammer was stationed and Alice went to him. She physical fought with him and finally restrained him. They took him to Margot's hotel room, where she wanted to kill him. Since their job was done, the AVI associates left Margot alone with the Hammer. Once they were gone, she said she wasn't going to kill him. She wanted to hire him.
When Margot said she had a new lead and offered them another $500,000, Valerie sent Danny and Sophie to check it out. They were shocked to learn that Margot was paying The Hammer, who agreed to cooperate with them to figure out who hired him. Sophie used the information he provided to track the payment to a bank. Margot and Danny went into the bank together with the idea that Danny would hack into the CCTV to allow them to see who made the deposit for the second half of the money once The Hammer provided proof of death. However, Margot instead gave Danny a briefcase with a smoke bomb, creating a distraction while she hacked the camera feed herself. Danny then reviewed the footage and found a picture of the woman who had hired The Hammer, whom Margot said she didn't recognize.
They looked at the photo of the woman from the bank and Valerie saw that the outfit she was wearing and bag she was carrying was stolen. Sophie and The Hammer took the photo around and found the hotel where the woman was staying. They got into her room and found that she had a wall dedicated to tracking Margot's life and all her associates. When she came back to her room, she fled. Valerie chased her, but she got away on a motorcycle. They re-created her wall at AVI and found a picture of a church. Danny remembered overhearing Margot and Ben talk about a church and Margot admitted it was their safe house. They stored weapons and money there, all the assets they'd acquired in Los Angeles. They set a trap to catch the woman breaking in. They waiting in the vault and when she arrived, Margot asked who she was. The woman surprised them by calling Margot "mummy."
They took her back to AVI, where they learned she was named Tessa Riley and was just fifteen years old. She'd been bought by the Riley family shortly after birth. Unbelieving, Margot pulled out a few of her hairs to have them tested and went to Sybil after talking to Tessa in order to confirm details of what happened with Margot's baby and all the details matched up with Tessa's story. Sybil also told Margot she was being extradited to stand trial in England for her crimes.
The Rileys said they didn't want Tessa back. She'd been expelled from school after threatening to blow it up and then ran away. When the phone they took off Tessa chimed with a text message about phase two, they realized Tessa was working with someone. They used the phone to figure out it was Felix McCall, an explosives expert. They found his apartment door rigged with explosives. When they found Felix had been near Sybil's law firm, they realized she was in danger as well. Danny and Margot went to where she was being moved and confronted Felix. While Danny subdued him, Margot drove the prison van away with Sybil in it. She then set Sybil up to leave the country, but at the last minute, asked her to stick around for a bit. 
Nick came to Valerie asking to hire AVI to figure out what dirt was out there on him, because he was being vetted for Chief of Police. He was particularly worried about Ethan Ward, because some people believed Ethan bought off the police and he wanted to know why the case was really closed, so people would know he had nothing to do with it. After talking to Alice, they agreed to take the case.
Alice warned the others that they would learn things about her that she wasn't proud of. They looked into the case to find out if Ethan had paid off the cops to beat the murder charge. Sophie learned that the cop who died, Steven Mason, had been in rehab for drug addiction. Valerie insisted that he was a good cop. He had demons, but he beat them. They kept looking into things and Valerie found that Mason's widow was making the same monthly payment of $10,000 to a fake charity. It was registered to Martin Dixon. They learned he had something in a safe deposit box that he'd put there a week after Mason's death and hadn't touched since. They called him and said the bank branch was closing and he needed to retrieve his items and confronted him outside. He had an envelope with a copy of Mason's suicide note. He'd killed himself because he was struggling to make ends meet and knew his family would collect if he were killed in the line of duty. Dixon then blackmailed Mason's widow to keep it quiet.
She is engaged to Benjamin Jones, whom she knew as Christopher Hall, a venture capitalist. She was shocked to learned that Christopher wasn't real. After years of evading capture, Ben turned himself into the police when he learned Alice was being arrested. He then made a deal with the police that would allow the two of them to be together.
Looking forward to being together after he was done with his FBI deal, Ben found a villa in Belize for them to buy.
She was previously going to marry a man named Ethan. Alice said she hadn't heard from him in years and implied that he was abusive toward her.
Even after Gordon and Valerie's divorce, Alice and Gordon remained on good terms.
Notes and TriviaEdit
- She was known as Alice Martin in development.
- ABC Bio: ALICE VAUGHAN is a wildly successful high-end, corporate, private investigator who owns and runs Anderson/Vaughan Investigations with her best friend and business partner, Valerie Anderson. Alice is brilliant, intuitive and analytical, and absolutely fearless. She's open, honest, brash, and devoted to her work and to her work family. When she's not taking down criminals – sometimes physically – she's warm, generous, nurturing, but doesn't suffer fools. Alice is madly in love with – and about to marry – CHRISTOPHER HALL, a wealthy venture capitalist – whom she'll discover is not quite the man he seems to be.
- She hates weddings.
- She slept with the bartender at Valerie's wedding.
- As a child, she and her brother had a pit bull named Gracie, whom Alice named.
- She was head cheerleader in high school until she got suspended.
- She doesn't like owing people favors.
A more complete gallery with pictures of Alice Vaughan can be found here.
|The Catch, Season 1|
|#01||"The Pilot"||#06||"The Benefactor"|
|#02||"The Real Killer"||#07||"The Ringer"|
|#03||"The Trial"||#08||"The Package"|
|#04||"The Princess and the I.P."||#09||"The Happy Couple"|
|#05||"The Larágan Gambit"||#10||"The Wedding"|
|The Catch, Season 2|
|#01||"The New Deal"||#06||"The Hard Drive"|
|#02||"The Hammer"||#07||"The Birthday Party"|
|#03||"The Dining Hall"||#08||"The Knock-Off"|
|#04||"The Family Way"||#09||"The Cleaner"|
|#05||"The Bad Girl"||#10||"The Mockingbird"|