April 25th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
This week’s episode focused primarily on the investigation of Bennet Ahmed, and if the evidence is to be believed, it’s not looking good for the young teacher. (Though you and I both know he didn’t kill Rosie, no matter how bad it looks.)
We also found out who was behind the Richmond campaign leak – was it who you thought it would be? Let’s discuss!
The detectives confronted Bennet about his relationship with Rosie, specifically about the letters he’d written that Linden found hidden in Rosie’s bedroom. He told them that Rosie was special – a smart girl who was wise beyond her years, and that the letters were their special way of communicating. Unable to produce the letters that Rosie had written to him, he instead gave the detectives a film Rosie had made.
It was typical of something a high school girl would’ve shot with its butterflies and dreamy imagery. As they watched the movie, Linden wondered if Rosie might have seen something she shouldn’t have and ordered several frames to be printed for further inspection.
Principal Meyers was also pressed for what she knew about Bennet’s relationship with Rosie. She insisted that it was strictly teacher-student, but confessed that there had been allegations of an improper relationship with a student that followed Bennet from his previous school. Principal Meyers also revealed that Bennet’s wife Amber was also one of his former students.
When questioned later at the Ahmed home, Amber told Linden about the letters Bennet would write her when she was his student, the content of which sounded eerily similar to the letters he wrote to Rosie. Holder, always one to tread lightly when it comes to delicate subject matter, asked Amber how she felt about Ahmed’s late hours and relationships with other female students. Amber didn’t fall for it and offered up little else in the way of information about her husband.
Linden’s quick search of the Ahmed home uncovered a bottle of ammonium hydroxide – a chemical commonly used as a cleaning agent. Rosie’s toxicology results revealed that while no drugs were found in her system, a considerable amount of ammonium hydroxide was found on her body, which would explain why nothing was found under her nails and there was no evidence of sexual activity. This finding led detectives to believe that Bennet knew exactly what he was doing and that Rosie likely wasn’t his first kill, yet they still needed more evidence to tie him to the murder.
Meanwhile, Mitch and Stan continued to struggle with Rosie’s death, much to the detriment of their young sons who were all but left to fend for themselves. Under mounting financial strain, Stan was also dealt the blow of losing business from several clients who didn’t know how to respond to him in the wake of the murder.
Belko attempted to help Stan gain some sort of solace when he offered up a connection of his at the high school who could give them insight into the continued police investigation at Fort Washington. Stan initially refused the help but later gave Belko the go-ahead to contact the man, whose information will undoubtedly lead to Bennet.
With Rosie’s death still negatively affecting the campaign, Gwen pushed Richmond to reach out to the Larsens for their assistance in boosting his flagging poll numbers. He was opposed to the idea, but later just happened to run into Mitch in a supermarket as part of a staged appearance masterminded by Gwen. Richmond attempted to bond with Mitch over their shared loss of a loved one but she wasn’t having it and walked away, leaving Richmond alone in an aisle of $5 cereals.
There was also a lot of secret rendezvousing between Jamie and Richmond in this week’s episode as the two continued their efforts to out the mole. Jamie, the hardest working man in Seattle politics, also continued to pursue a position within the Adams campaign and accepted an invitation from the mayor to meet at a swanky private club. A self-professed teetotaler, Jamie got sloppy drunk during their talk of leaks and loyalty and campaign shenanigans, and later, as he sat hunched over a toilet bowl, Adams mentioned in passing that Councilwoman Yitanes once tried to plant a mole within his campaign. The source of the Richmond campaign leak, ladies and gents!
Jamie hastily relayed this information to Richmond, who surmised that Yitanes played him in order to line up work for her plumbing contractor husband. Jamie also revealed that Gwen used to work for Yitanes, but a search of employee records revealed she wasn’t Yitanes’ mole. That honor went to a Richmond campaign staffer named Nathan who was escorted from the building by security, likely never to be heard from again. Farewell Nathan, we hardly knew ye.
When Richmond confronted Yitanes, a game of political hardball ensued. Yitanes got the last word, however, when she informed Gwen that Richmond suspected her of being the leak and that her records were searched along with the other staff members. Awkward!
Now that we’re a third of the way through the season, is the show still holding your interest? What clues will Linden find within Rosie’s film? And what do you think is going on with Holder’s mysterious behavior? Let’s continue our game of armchair detective and retire to the comments!
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