LOGLINE: It's Fashion Week in Santa Barbara, and all around town it's models, parties, andů death by electrocution? Shawn and Gus go undercover as male models to investigate the murder of a prominent designer.
SYNOPSIS: It's Gus' birthday and Shawn gets him the ultimate present. They are both on the VIP list for the fall launch party for Ciao clothing as the modeling team "Black and Tan." Once in, Gus is excited to see his favorite unknown model, Berlinda Desidovicz, and as he goes over to talk to her, Shawn notices one of Ciao's owners, Ciaobella, berate her assistant and throw a green shake onto the ground. Just then, the other owner, Ciaobella's husband Gregor Uwe-Steeb, gets up to give a speech. He starts by saying he did all the designs for the new line, then as he reaches down to adjust the mic stand, he's electrocuted to death.
On their way home from the party, Shawn and Gus stop by Henry's to return some boots only to find Chief Vick there with her friend Susan, who she is trying to set up with Henry. Vick gets a call from Juliet and Shawn overhears that the electrical cable to the mic stand was tampered with. Gregor's death was definitely murder. The cops are having trouble getting any information out of the witnesses, but since everyone that was at the party thinks Shawn and Gus are models, they are already embedded in that world. So Vick hires them on the case.
Shawn moves he and Gus into the loft where all the models live that are under contract with Ciao. Ciaobella is there with her assistant Emily, who seems to be doing all the work for the funeral. Gus says theirs seemed like a weird marriage but Shawn tells him regardless it did last eight years. Shawn tries to question Sigrid, one of the models, who tells them to drop dead, and as she leaves, he notices a note in her back pocket. They don't get much farther with the other models, who insist on taking them out to an oxygen bar. The group ends up leaving Shawn behind, who spots Emily going into Ciao headquarters. He follows her inside and sees a bunch of sketches with her initials on them. She says she's a designer herself but she leaves everything up to Ciaobella and Gregor, or just Ciaobella now, since she's the company's sole owner.