May 30th, 2011
12:58 PM ET
With Bennet in intensive care and officially out of the mix as a suspect, the detectives were left with no choice but to start from scratch in their investigation into the murder of Rosie Larsen. They began by looking into Stan Larsen’s past.
Stan wasn’t hard to find as he’d confessed to attacking Bennet, and spent the duration of the episode in jail. Under questioning he told Linden that he was no longer involved with the Kovarsky mob, but didn’t answer when she asked about his gambling problem.
Later in the episode, Mitch received a call from the bank and was told that the family’s checking and savings accounts had been emptied, all but confirming that Stan’s gambling was still very much a problem.
The news about Bennet’s attack turned out to be a boon for the Richmond campaign. Gwen and Jamie were chomping at the bit to promote Richmond as a man of integrity for refusing to publicly condemn Bennet, but he had something else in mind.
Richmond told them of his decision to propose an across-the-board pay cut for the sitting members of the city council as payback for supporting Adams’ proposal to cut funding for his after-school program. Jamie warned that the move would burn bridges, but high on Bennet’s vindication and his $5 million in campaign funding from Drexler, Richmond wasn’t having it.
Later, while sifting through raw video from a campaign event, an eager staffer spotted Lewinsky-esque footage of Rosie shaking hands with Richmond. Jamie and Gwen – especially Gwen – fretted over what to do with the video considering that one thing that hasn’t changed in the investigation is that Rosie’s body was found in a Richmond campaign car.
Meanwhile, a cab driver came forward and said he picked up Rosie from Bennet’s on the night of the murder and drove her home. Video from the cab revealed that someone was at the Larsen home when she arrived.
Linden questioned Terry – who is absolutely hiding something – and she immediately cast Belko in a negative light. Belko, in turn, claimed he was home with his mother that evening.
A trip to the Royce home to confirm the alibi with Belko’s mother revealed that his life at home was fraught with issues – his mom swanning around the house in lingerie not the least of them. A search of his super-creepy, age-inappropriate room revealed a photo collage of Rosie and the Larsen family on the ceiling above his bed.
Belko cracked under questioning and told detectives he felt at home at the Larsen’s and despite not being allowed in the family’s living quarters, he was there when Rosie arrived home that night.
He said he heard Rosie in her room talking on the phone and she mentioned the name Adela. If you'll recall, "Adela" was scribbled on a note found in Rosie’s Koran from last week's episode.
It was a break Linden definitely needed as she was dealing with some personal strife throughout the episode. She and Jack moved into a motel after Jack was disrespectful to Regi.
When Linden returned to the motel later she found Rick in a heap on her doorstep. Ugh. This guy is just never going to go away, is he? He laid it out for her that he was tired of waiting for her and gave us another glimpse into Linden’s past.
Up until now we knew that Linden had the tendency to become hyper-involved with her cases, but one sent her over the edge and she wound up in the nut house. I feel the same way when I can’t get past a difficult level in Angry Birds. But I digress.
Rick gave Linden an ultimatum to leave with him that night and she refused. Rejected, he stomped off in a huff hopefully to never be seen or heard from again.
Later, in an attempt to burn off the stress of the day, Linden went on a run where she happened upon a ferry dock. The name of one of the boats? Adela. Gasp! Linden ran aboard and discovered it was headed for an Indian casino, the logo for which was identical to the one on Rosie’s keychain.
So what’s going on? Do Stan and Rosie somehow have the casino in common? What’s the craziest scenario you can think of? Help yourself to a maple bacon donut and let’s chew it over in the comments.
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