May 9th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
The big news out of last night's episode was the emergence of the true Larsen Family Badass and hint: it’s not Stan.
There was also more strife within the Richmond campaign, and Linden missed another opportunity to flee the Evergreen state for the sunny vineyards of Sonoma – business as usual, in other words.
We opened with Stan and Bennet continuing on their Ride of No Return. Bennet swore that he didn’t hurt Rosie and attempted to connect with Stan by telling him that he would soon be a father himself. Stan appeared to have a change of heart and left Bennet standing alone in the rain unharmed.
Later, Stan reflected on his shady past and the person he was before Rosie was born. He tearfully confessed to Mitch that he didn’t want to be that man anymore, and for the remainder of the episode he took the lead in caring for the kids while Mitch assumed the role of family protector.
She confronted Belko over how he knew that Bennet's the focus of the investigation, and he told her about his connection at the high school. We later saw Mitch staked out outside the Ahmed home, and I’m willing to bet that she and Belko go into the business of busting Bennet. (Although, Belko has really been pinging my sketch-o-meter as of late. Anyone else feel that he’s got something to hide?)
Over at Richmond campaign headquarters it was more of the same – fretting and fighting over how to handle Richmond’s connection to Bennet. Jamie and Gwen continued to press Richmond to distance himself from the teacher. He refused and said that publicly shunning Bennet could ruin the man’s life.
Richmond and Gwen attempted to decompress from the situation by having sex on his desk, but were interrupted by a new Adams campaign ad lambasting Richmond for his association with Bennet. Adams is a lot of things but you can’t knock his impeccable timing.
The mayor later called an emergency city council meeting to vote on freezing funds for Richmond's Seattle All-Stars program because of its association with Bennet, figuring that if Richmond wouldn’t appear tough on crime, he would. Jamie and Gwen made one last attempt to get Richmond to publicly ask Bennet to resign. He again refused and instead used his time in front of the council to lobby for the children who benefited from the program. The council voted to repeal funding and deep down Jamie reconsidered his stance on drinking.
We also found out more about Richmond’s late wife Lilly, who was apparently killed by a drunk driver. Richmond received a letter notifying him that the driver who was convicted for the crime was up for parole, and unless this storyline yields some dark and disturbing detail about Richmond’s past I’m really going to have a hard time mustering up the strength to care about it. Not hatin’, just sayin’.
Meanwhile, Amber Ahmed was ruled out as an accomplice after she volunteered that a pregnancy-related medical condition kept her from lifting heavy objects and could therefore not be the person Crazy Neighbor saw on the night of the murder. She also told Linden that a man named Mohammed who studied the Koran with Bennet had a key to the home and might have been at the house the night Rosie returned the copy of the book Bennet lent her. A stamp inside the book led the detectives to a local mosque where they hoped to find Mohammed.
The mosque’s imam brushed off their request for help in finding Mohammed, citing his involvement in the under-publicized search for a missing African-American girl. While Holder and Linden talked to the imam, a woman slipped a piece of paper into Linden’s shoe. The note revealed an address and the tipster got away unnoticed.
At first, the address seemed to be hidden, though upon further investigation the destination was discovered tucked away in a dark alley. Judging from the copious amount of meat hooks and deli slicers at the location, the detectives found themselves in a butcher shop… and in the middle of an FBI raid. Before we could see what, if anything, was in the padlocked meat freezer, the shop was swarmed by federal agents. Were they led there in a ripped-from-the-headlines raid on an Islamic charity, or is something far more sinister afoot?
So what do you think – is Bennet still your No. 1 suspect? What’s Mitch going to do? Did the mosque tipster knowingly send the detectives into the FBI sting? Let’s chew on it in the comments!
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