Whatever happened to holding a guy upside down outside a seventh-story window? Or shoving his face in a toilet bowl? Or at least tying him up and smacking him around a little bit? I appreciate the fact that Stan's a changed man, but damn! — it's called "The Killing". (Less this, and more this please!)
The show's working hard to build suspense but consistently under-delivering with many of the reveals: the leads are too transparent, obvious dead ends that don't seem to be getting us any closer to the killer. At this point, "The Killing" seems kind of to be going in circles — and not in a good way — concerning itself more with political soapboxes than whodunnit.
After Rosie's funeral, Linden gets caught up at the Ahmeds with Amber, who reveals she's unable to do any heavy lifting while pregnant, ie no lugging dead bodies around the backyard. Plus she wasn't even home — she was being creepy jealous wife lurking outside the high school and cursing all the 16-year-old girls for being thin 16-year-olds. She gets a pass, though — you get to act crazy when you're pregnant. Linden presses her for info about anyone else who might have access to the home and Amber mentions that Bennet's prayer buddy, Muhammad, from the mosque has keys. A soggy-locked and freaked-out Bennet creeps creepily into the dining room from the back hall and promptly kicks Linden out, but not before she snatches the copy of the Koran from the table.
She calls Holder from the car with the new lead, to which he responds, "Don't you have a flight to catch?" Gah! OF COURSE she does. What would an episode of "The Killing" be without a booked flight to Sonoma? So Linden hauls it to the airport with Jack, but they miss their red-eye to Sonoma because of course they do. There will be no barbecues, rehearsal dinners, sunny days for Linden until she solves this crime, so let's stop pretending. Plus, Rick's not returning her calls so whatevs. He seemed kinda needy. To the mosque.
The mosque. The next day — actual day 7 — Holder and Linden hit up the Green Street Mosque to track down "Muhammad." C'mon guys, that's like walking into a strip club and asking for "Candy." So, the pair meets with the Imam who refuses to help unless the cops look into the disappearance of a local black girl, whose case hasn't received a smidge of the attention from the SPD that Rosie's has. Holder and Linden shrug off the oversight, "I didn't know," says Linden. "You're welcome to wait around for the prayers to start," says the Imam, "There you should find about 40 Muhammads." Oh snap! Served by the Imam.
As Linden reaches down to put her shoes back on, she notices a slip of paper in her boot. It reads "106 R - Renton Ave S."
Chez Larsen, Stan returns home and has another good cry, this time in bed with Mitch. The next (miraculously clear) day, he takes the boys to the park, while Mitch tries to keep it together around her crotchety, racist immigrant mother and sourpuss sister. At the park, Tom and Denny, sick of hearing about all this "heaven stuff" ask Stan what really happened to Rosie. "A man took her — a bad man — and killed her." "Is he gonna kill us too?" asks Tom. Yikes! Should've stuck with the heaven and chocolate pancakes stuff.
In local politics, Darren Richmond's hold on the mayoral seat is slipping away faster than he's able — or willing — to react. But rather than get into all the he-said/he-said back and forth, let me just sum it up for you here: Darren's all "Innocent until proven guilty" and Jamie's all "Darren, please, and the mayor's all "I'm tough on crime and basketball" and Gwen's all "Damn, could that commercial have played at a worse time?"
It was also revealed that Darren's wife was killed in a drunk driving accident and the woman who killed her is about to be released from prison. Not only can't Richmond forgive the second-degree murderer, but he can't forgive — wait for it — himself. And the rains of Seattle fell in torrents and we all cried and cried.
To 106 R - Renton Ave S. Holder and Linden arrive at 106 Renton, but don't immediately see 106 R. Holder's ready to hit it but Linden insists on being all detective-y and, you know, look for clues and stuff. So she walks around the back of the building where, no kidding, there's a door that says "R." (This is where I start to question Holder, again. Is he really just the worst detective ever, or is he trying to run this case into the ground?) Holder kicks open the door and the pair ascends the staircase into a blindingly white industrial kitchen lined with meat hooks. Spotting a padlocked freezer, Holder tries to bust it open with his foot before succeeding with the help of a meat hook. The two enter the dark, looming walk-in, the shadow of a gun barrel appears on the floor and then — Boom! a swarm of FBI agents takes the pair down.
Will Rosie's murder turn out to be a mystery of "24" proportions? Or will Linden and Holder simply clear this whole silly mess up with the FBI and head to lunch. Your move "The Killing."
PRIMARY SUSPECT: Viewers are pointing to ol' Lurky McLurkyson himself, Belko Royce, which isn't surprising given how shifty he was when Mitch confronted him about Bennet. In the words of my co-worker Gwynedd Stuart, "I don't trust him and his pee pee sheets stuff." She has a point.
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