The Simons' backstory revealed that Brian had cheated on Elise with Becky Hopkins, who worked as the family's nanny before the film's events. Despite Brian's affair, Elise stayed with Brian and portrayed the role of a forgiving wife, but in actuality, Elise turned heel and murdered Becky in her apartment, committing the murder in the beginning of the film. The scorned villainess poisoned and drugged Becky and scattered a bottle of pills to make it appear that she committed suicide.
Elise and Brian hired a new au pair, Amber Deschanel, with Elise signing off on the hiring after Brian scored a huge account at his workplace. However, Brian's friend and co-worker, Vance Lipton, was given the sole credit and the go-ahead to take the lead on the account, and later on, Elise set up Vance to meet her at a nearby motel in a plan to kill him. She donned a pink wig, a scantilly clad dress, and high heels as she appeared to Vance at the door, where she stabbed him to death. Elise later went after George Dutros, who had been approaching her at her art gallery; continously attempting to buy the gallery for his own land developments. She trashed the gallery and set him up as the culprit, and later stabbed Dutros to death at an isolated area.
Brian was suspected in both murders by the detectives on the case; all the while, Elise attempted to set up Amber as the killer, with the tattoo on her person during Vance's murder being part of her evil plan. After informing Brian that she had a feeling about Amber, Elise followed Amber to the home of her friend Jax, and returned there the next day. She learned that Amber lied about her family background to get hired; after which Elise left through the front door. However, the evil Elise returned through the back door of the house and killed Jax, and later on, she engaged in a confrontation with Amber, where she accused Amber of killing Vance and Dutros. The confrontation became physical, but ended with Brian entering and Amber escaping.
RevealEditSix months later, Brian found Amber's charm bracelet while gardening, and it was at that moment that Elise appeared and flashed a sinister smirk, revealing herself as the true villainess. She boldly confessed to the murders, stating that she took Brian back to keep their family together, while seeing Vance as a threat. Elise also stated that Dutros got what he deserved, and that while she did take Brian back, she killed Becky because she couldn't let his affair go. She claimed that she did feel sorry for killing Jax, but even so, Elise gave Brian a choice: go to the police and break up their family, or cover for her. Brian took the latter, giving the bracelet to police but not giving up Elise.
However, the couple received a flash drive in the mail, which revealed a video from Amber where she stated that she had suspected Elise's murderous actions. She switched the nanny cam with a recorder, and also stated that neighbors had spotted Elise in her hooded disguise leaving Jax's home. Amber had sent the file to police, and the film ended with the police heading to the Simon house, under the assumption that Elise was arrested (off-screen) for the murders.
- Becky Hopkins (poisoned and drugged; staged suicide)
- Vance Lipton (stabbed)
- George Dutros (stabbed)
- Jax (stabbed)
- Michelle Borth also played psychotic villainess Avery Hemmings on Law & Order: SVU.
- "So now you know." (Elise Simon's brief statement after Brian found Amber's bracelet, revealing her villainous persona)
- "(Brian: "But why?") Because the first time I decided to take you back, it was because nothing was more important to me than preserving our family. And the ones that stood in the way? Well...they needed to be dealt with." (Elise revealing her murderous motive)
- "Becky Hopkins. Did you really think I was going to let it go? That I was just going to get over it; the fact that you cheated on me with her and slept with her? Really? Well, just in case you were curious, the official drug report said that it was an accidental drug overdose. Although the painkillers worked fairly well, I must admit, it was quite empowering snuffing the life out of that woman." (Elise callously boasting about killing Brian's ex-mistress)