A world of secrets on 'The Killing'
April 18th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

A world of secrets on 'The Killing'

[Editor's Note: If you haven't seen the latest episode of "The Killing," beware -- there are plenty of spoilers below!]

Gold stars, high fives and double rainbows for you amateur sleuths out there who speculated that Rosie wasn't the girl in the cell phone video that closed last week’s episode.

Despite their bad boy exteriors – I laughed just typing that – Jasper and Kris cracked during questioning and confessed that it was actually Sterling in the video, dressed in Rosie’s Halloween costume.

When confronted, Sterling blamed the copious amount of blood at the scene on savage nosebleeds and said sex with the boys was consensual. She also told Linden that Rosie left the dance early and had changed since her breakup with Jasper – she’d been lying to her parents, cutting class and occasionally disappearing on a city bus to an unknown destination. Sterling’s theory was that Rosie had met someone she couldn’t tell anyone about.

After the interrogation, the detectives had a not-at-all rushed conversation in the middle of a rainstorm, during which Holder was dispatched to investigate the bus route. (Why don’t those two carry umbrellas? Seattleites, help me out here: Is not carrying an umbrella in Seattle akin to the guy in Green Bay who gallivants around in shorts in the middle of January? Those of us in sunnier climes beg you to clue us in.)

At the police station, the Larsens, raw from the excruciating process of planning Rosie’s funeral, met with Linden for further questioning. She asked about the possibility of a mystery man, citing the expensive shoes found in Rosie’s locker. The Larsens rejected the idea and said their daughter would never do such a thing. Parents: In the dark about their children’s lives since the dawn of time. The meeting came to an abrupt end after Mitch and Stan spotted a whiteboard full of crime scene photos detailing every brutal aspect of their daughter’s death.

Stan and his assistant Belko Royce later stopped at a home that was meant to be a surprise for the Larsen family but would presumably have to be sold to pay for the funeral. We haven’t seen much of Belko until now, and he provided the first of two glimpses into Stan’s past when he cryptically offered to "take care" of Richmond, who the Larsens likely believe had something to do with Rosie’s death. Stan refused the offer and said he wasn’t in that line of work anymore. Hmmm. Looks like someone has a history of skull crackin’ and leg breakin’ we haven’t been told about yet.

Under mounting financial strain, Stan paid a visit to Yannick, a former business associate holding court Tony Soprano-style at a local restaurant. Stan’s aforementioned shady past was alluded to once more as Yannick peeled off a stack of bills to help with the family’s expenses.

In other news, the taint of the stolen campaign car continued to linger over the Richmond campaign, resulting in the councilman scrambling for donors to fund a much-needed media blitz. Gwen approached her father, a state senator, about scoring a meeting with Tom Drexler, a local rich guy with an axe to grind against Adams.

Although her father expressed his disappointment over her intimate relationship with Richmond, he must have worked some sort of magic, because Richmond made an appearance at Drexler’s place later in the episode. Mayor Adams was also in attendance, and Drexler used the occasion to publicly shame both candidates. (Something many of us would like to do during election season, amirite?)

We found out that Drexler’s resentment toward Adams stemmed from a lost parcel of land that was awarded to the mayor’s waterfront development project instead of Drexler’s proposed stadium. His intense dislike for Adams manifested itself in the form of a $50,000 donation to the Richmond campaign.

Mayor Adams conducted some side business of his own when he met with a dejected Jamie, who was still smarting from being fingered as the leak in the Richmond campaign. The men bonded over their humble beginnings and Adams offered Jamie a job. But! Jamie’s firing was all a ruse, and Richmond never believed he was the mole. Do you think Jamie is still firmly on Team Richmond or is he going to play both sides?

Meanwhile, just when Holder’s bus trip appeared to be a bust, one of the drivers recognized a photo of Rosie and said she always got off at the end of the line. At the last stop, Holder spotted a young man in a Fort Washington letterman's jacket and followed him not into something sinister, but into a branch of Richmond’s after-school program. A staff member also recognized Rosie, and pointed Holder to a trophy case where we saw none other than a photo of teacher Bennet Ahmed posing with a group of young people.

Later, after Linden discovered a hiding place her son created in a hollowed-out pillow, she returned to the Larsen home to once again scour Rosie’s room and struck gold when she discovered a number of deeply personal letters hidden inside a globe. The letters are all signed, “Bennet.” GASP.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Channel your inner Nancy Drew and let’s continue our investigation in the comments.

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  6. Tom Newton

    The show pretty much had me until the end. Now it's just disappointment. The creative team appears to have gotten intoxicated on all the opportunities to create twists and turns in the story line about who might have done it. The problem? .... there is rule of deminishing returns. At some point the number of possibilities introduced begins to wear on the audience and the credibility of the story line is lost. That's where I ended up. Too many clues that go nowhere and too many inconsistencies in the plot to make it worth watching for another season. Dear writers: you got a bit too full of yourselves on this one and violated the "too cute" rule which is a close cousin of "Jumping the Shark" !!! Too bad. This show really had possibilities to be great if you could have controlled yourselves.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Seeing all the rain is driving me crazy.......we have rain almost everyday, lately. and watching it on tv, too, actually turns me off to the show. However, I didn't get the cell phone switch but Sterling is totally messed up and the bloody nose thing......oh I don't think so, not unless she lacks vitamin k or has a deviated septum from too much coke. As for the umbrella, nah, only the tourists have those. The rest of us just run and duck.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sea-Girl

    I love this show, but from episode one my biggest pet peeve is the way the weather is portrayed. It almost never rains that hard. Perpetual misting is much more accurate.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dodie

    I think this show reminds me of the BBC show, Prime Suspect, which was great and had Helen Mirren. It concentrated more on the relationship of the officers having a female boss, but did a lot of the same character development and dropping of clues. Don't forget what Gwen said to Richmond the first episode: "I know where you were this morning." an I bet you'll find that his dead wife looks like the dead girl.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dreams

    Bennet's a red herring. Both because it's too early for them to find the killer and because it doesn't make sense. Why would he kill her; what's the motive? And why would he steal a Richmond campaign car to stuff her in? The only secret about Bennet is that Rosie was having an affair or something with him. It's a dead end. Rosie met up with someone else that night besides Bennet. But who?

    April 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sarah

    what about what the kid said to the detective about being a fellow user? Or is it something in the fathers past? I am so loving this show!

    April 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. claudia

    I do not live in seattle but on californias rainy north coast. Locals never carry umbrellas. I also do not own a coat with a hood. Lol.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RogueSushi

    I love this show! Does anyone else feel like (for now at least) this is a modern day version of Twin Peaks? Maybe that's why I like The Killing so much...

    April 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drifter

    I lived in the Seattle/Tacoma area for four years. Only tourists carry umbrellas, the locals are used to the (near constant) precipitation.

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    • SeattleWash

      You're absolutely right. Lived in Seattle area all my life and won't carry an umbrella. And, it doesn't rain in Seattle like its being portrayed in the show. The show is being filmed in Vancouver.

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  15. pie thrower

    Bennet (who I thought was always someone key to the story since episode 1) is a pimp for Rosie who working as an escort who hooked with someone in Richmond's campaign staff.

    I'm lovin' this show.

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  16. be quiet

    I have thought it was Bennet from the beginning – looks like I'm wrong. There's no way they're giving it away this early.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |

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