Wow. This episode, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for parts of it, and by the time the familiar tension-building, end-coming theme music came on, I was cursing how very wired and awake I was! So great! Some spoilers below, so don’t read if you haven’t seen it yet and want to watch it fresh.
For starters, I need to say that Brent Sexton continues to break my heart with his genuine portrayal of the very broken Stan Larsen. It was awesome to see Bennett Ahmed back on his feet (more or less), even though he rightfully had nothing to say to Stan in the face of his apology. I remember vaguely wondering if I’d seen Stan carrying a ladder back to his truck just before the confrontation with Bennett and his wife, but that one sweet moment with the outside light confirmed it wonderfully for me. It was, however, the voice message Stan left on Rosie’s cell phone that destroyed me emotionally. “It should never have been a secret from you that I chose to be your father.” Good Lord – I can barely type about it without welling up again. From Stan and Terry’s heartfelt talk to the moment he walked in with the most ridiculously cute dog ever and got a rare smile out of Tommy at last – this episode felt like a real turning point for Stan, and I for one was very happy to see it.
Darren Richmond had a busy day, but I’m not sure he felt how busy it actually was. Between basketball and his discussion with Gwen – he really seems to be back to his old self again now. Or rather, not back to the way he was, but he seems to have grown. Somehow, the whole situation with Rosie’s murder and getting shot by Belko has given him a peace and strength and sense of purpose that he didn’t have after his wife died. As soon as he sensed where Gwen was going with her reason for asking the Mayor to meet her at the office, he tried to back off. And to her credit, she didn’t. She shared her pain and anger with him, anyway, and neither of them had to say anything after that. A touch to the arm was all the unspoken communication they needed between them, at that point. I thought it was a lovely scene, actually.
Okay – I need to talk about Holder and Linden now – probably for the rest of this post. Because holy hell – HUGE stuff going on this week! Linden wakes up in the psychiatric ward, on 72 hour suicide watch. Whoever clocked her at the casino had told authorities that they’d stopped her from trying to kill herself and that she’d been knocked unconscious in the struggle. The fact that she’d been suspended and had no right to be at the casino in the first place just made their story all the stronger. And as we all know, as soon as you’re branded a little crazy, it’s very difficult to talk your way out of it. Especially when you’ve lost your job, sent your son off to live with his father (after dodging Family Services), and have a history of getting too involved with certain cases. Linden didn’t have a leg to stand on, really. but she did have Stephen Holder.
Holder was a man on a mission this episode – he had a fire under him that I don’t think we’ve really seen before. His loyalty to Sarah is admirable to say the least – even in the face of Regi’s seeming logic and lack of help, Holder refused to leave things be, even for a few days. He believed Linden had found evidence at the casino that linked someone at city hall to Rosie’s murder, and he found Janek’s dude who’d been arrested that same night, planting bones on the waterfront property that was the cornerstone of Mayor Adams’ campaign (further linking Adams to Michael Ames). He even went the extra mile to get Linden out of the hospital early by calling in her former shrink.
Which – HOW could Rick have been marrying her if he was her SHRINK?! How unscrupulous is THAT?! He launched himself back to the top of my suspect list with that little tidbit of info! If anyone would know how to break Sarah Linden, it would be the guy who was her psychiatrist on the first case where she lost her mind. If this whole crime was meant to be personal to her, it’s totally that guy who’s behind it. I’m not convinced that Rosie was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m not convinced that she wasn’t, either.
This whole time, I’ve been trying to make sense of that night in my head, and so far it hasn’t clicked together for me. There’s lots of suspects, and many of them have very decent motives for wanting Rosie dead. Or, if she just saw or heard something she shouldn’t have, many of them have decent motives for wanting to keep secrets. But Sarah Linden nailed what I’ve been thinking all along – the way Rosie was killed just doesn’t make sense.
I mean – she was beaten at the casino, because there is blood all over everything. She was still with it enough to jump from the car and run through the woods at night, taking off her sweater and dropping her dad’s bank car in the field along the way. Then she got caught again, tied up, and put into the trunk of Richmond’s campaign car, which was then dumped in the lake. Why kill her like that? You’ve already done ALL this (some of which could have killed her before then), but in the end, you decide to drown her alive in the trunk of a car? Who does that? If she just saw something she wasn’t meant to see and she had to be killed to protect that secret, why not just kill her and dump the body? Why the torture of a slower, scarier death?
Plus, Rick got there kinda fast, didn’t he? I’d have to guess at the timing after watching the episode again, but there didn’t seem to be much time between Holder asking his boss to locate Sarah’s former psychiatrist (that scene was brilliantly done, too, by the way), and Rick showing up to sign some forms and make a speech about not getting involved again. Regi handled Sarah’s case when she was a kiddo, and became a mother figure for her. Then Rick becomes her therapist and they end up getting engaged. It even looked kind of like Rick helping Regi with the boat when Holder went to ask her for help. Could they both be in on something? I want him to be the killer so bad now! lol
I *loved* the scenes between Linden and the hospital therapist, though. How horrible for her to have spent a night alone in a dark empty apartment after being abandonned by her mother when she was only 5 years old? We learned so much about Sarah’s childhood, and the former case that broke her with the child, Adrian (?), who drew that picture and ended up in the foster system just like she had. That same pic ended up on her fridge suddenly a couple of days ago, too, let’s not forget! AND Linden doesn’t believe that the boy’s father was the killer in that case, which would mean that the real killer is possibly still on the loose. Anyway, I loved all of that time spent with the therapist lady – I was soaking up each moment like a sponge. So intimate. Even just seeing Linden in a t-shirt and jeans was new – it was a different sort of Sarah Linden that we were exposed to this week, and I’m glad we got to see some of the chinks in her armour at last.
I’m glad that Holder got to see her a little differently, too. Because he stayed right by her side, and I think that strength and loyalty and genuine caring is what’s going to see both of them through the next few days.
Rosie Larsen’s killer is soon to be revealed – what do YOU all think? Who killed Rosie???
The Killing airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC