June 6th, 2011
12:03 PM ET
[Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, June 5 episode of AMC’s “The Killing.”]
This week’s Linden-centric episode was light on Rosie and the antics of the Richmond campaign and focused primarily on the detective’s past and her relationships with her son Jack and partner Holder. I’d like to think of this episode as the (still compelling!) lull before the final two episodes of the season.
Before we explored the Strange and Troubled Past of Sarah Linden, we joined the detective as she pursued last week’s lead. She took the same ferry Rosie did on the night she died and arrived at a casino with a logo identical to the one on Rosie’s keychain.
The casino’s manager refused to cooperate with Linden’s request for assistance, so she skirted the casino altogether and instead secured a warrant for the property’s ATM machines in hopes those would yield a clue.
Linden later got word that her 13-year-old son Jack was missing. Her relationship with her son had become increasingly strained due to her long hours spent working on the Larsen investigation. Not only had Jack missed several days of school, Linden also learned that her son had earned a reputation as a troublemaker.
As the detectives searched for Jack, Holder did the best he could to allay Linden's fears and stuck with her as the day wore on with no sign of the boy. He even went so far as to cancel a personal commitment that clearly meant a lot to him.
Linden shot down Holder’s suggestion that Jack was with Regi. Now, there’s been a lot of chatter on the Internet about Linden’s relationship with Regi. Is she Linden’s mother? Her sister, perhaps? A family friend? As it turns out, Regi was actually Linden’s social worker when she was young. I didn’t see that one coming at all. This show is full of surprises, no?
Linden explained that she grew up in foster care and Regi took her under her wing. Holder said that Linden’s unstable childhood explained a lot about her parenting skills and made a lame analogy involving a cat and a litter box. As you’d imagine, that didn’t go over well.
Later, a call came across that a body matching Jack’s description had been found. This show is bringing it in the drama department, don’t you think? In the short period of time from when she arrived at the scene to when she discovered the deceased boy was not hers, Linden charged through an exhausting spectrum of emotions ranging from panic to despair and ultimately to relief. The scene was so powerful I teared up. (What? I’m not made of stone.)
When the detectives arrived back at the motel, Jack was there – perfectly safe and oblivious to the panic he’d caused (your typical teenager, in other words). He confessed to hanging out with his dad, who we have yet to learn much about. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Michael Ames was the father? It’s almost certainly not, but I’m not putting anything past this show. But if it is, you heard it here first.
More than anything, this episode served to move Linden and Holder’s “Odd Couple” storyline forward. There’s a certain comfort you enjoy with a friend after your deepest darkest secrets are laid bare. Since we know all about Holder’s troubled past, Linden’s revelation might have very well taken their professional relationship to another level.
Lest you thought we'd get out of last night’s episode without any developments in the investigation, we were treated to one very important Rosie-related clue. Surveillance video from one of the ATMs revealed that Rosie had been at the casino on the night she died. What do you think she was doing there and who was she with?
We've only got two episodes remaining and it’s time to start thinking about how the season will end. Do you think we’ll see an arrest, or will we be left with a cliffhanger that will have us losing sleep in anticipation of season 2? To the comments, readers!
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