June 13th, 2011
12:21 PM ET
[Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, June 12 episode of AMC’s “The Killing.”]
This season’s penultimate episode left us with a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started!
Things continued to look up for the Richmond campaign when the mayor’s waterfront project – and cornerstone of his re-election bid – screeched to a halt when the land was discovered to be an Indian burial ground. I’m torn between making a Poltergeist joke and a Nelsonesque guffaw, but bottom line: Adams appeared to be all but finished.
The humbled mayor later met with a gleeful Gwen and handed over what all television politicians dread: an ominous Envelope O’ Secrets™ that could spell trouble for Richmond. More on that in a bit.
Eager to capitalize on the doomed Adams campaign, Richmond met with the editorial board of the local paper in an effort to win their endorsement. When asked what his late wife Lilly would think of some of the questionable campaign decisions he’d made, Richmond responded in kind by playing the dead wife card and ultimately received the paper’s coveted nod of approval.
Here’s where it started getting good. The detectives discovered that Rosie made multiple deposits at the Indian casino to an account in her aunt’s name. When questioned, Terry said she once gave Rosie her ID to get into a club and that she must have opened the account on the sly. She then hustled Holder and Linden out of the house, presumably to fret.
Later, at the World Gum Chewing Championship, Holder's former undercover partner told the detectives that a pretty girl like Rosie might have been working for the exclusive Beau Soleil escort service. She also told them about a former Beau Soleil girl who had been roughed up and it was later discovered the assailant was likely none other than loathsome bon vivant Tom Drexler.
To celebrate Adams' downfall, Drexler threw an impromptu bash in Richmond’s honor. When Jamie showed in Richmond’s absence, Drexler informed him that he fully intended to cash in on his $5 million contribution to the campaign and then invited Jamie to stay for the party, cheerfully citing his freshly stocked pool full of barely legal Beau Soleil bikini beauties.
It wasn’t long before Terry was outed as a Beau Soleil girl herself. She was given away by a photo on the service’s website wearing her trademark jacket and the expensive shoes found in Rosie’s locker. Someone logged on to the Beau Soleil site from Rosie’s room the week she died, and Terry said it could have only been her niece as she was at her second job that night.
Does this mean Rosie saw an opportunity for easy money and was masquerading as her aunt at the casino? Unless I’m missing something, I felt like Rosie’s entry into the seedy underworld of prostitution wasn’t really addressed.
When Holder pressed her for a call girl horror story, Terry told them about a girl who’d once been threatened by a client who took her to the water and asked her if she ever thought about drowning. She said the man went by the name “Orpheus.”
After busting the storefront that housed the Beau Soleil “offices,” the detectives got the real name of the frightened escort (Aleena) and also discovered that Orpheus closed his account the night Rosie was killed.
Linden later sent an email to Orpheus in an attempt to bait him into responding. She also connected Drexler to Richmond. Holder set up a date with Aleena, who told him that Orpheus was “sweet but kind of sad” and came just short of naming Drexler before storming out. Shortly afterward she called Holder and warned him of the danger he faced in pursuing the man. She then gave him an address where she said he could find the mysterious john.
Meanwhile, Linden went to Richmond’s apartment to find out more about his relationship with Drexler. When Richmond stepped away to take a call, the police department’s IT guy called to tell Linden that Orpheus read her email. When she instructed him to send the email again, Richmond’s email pinged. (See also: OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS.)
And it just spiraled from there. The address Aleena gave Holder led him to a building papered with Richmond campaign posters, and the Envelope O’ Secrets™ Adams gave to Gwen was full of suggestive photographs featuring Richmond and a brunette. Whether it was Aleena, Rosie or someone else entirely remains to be seen.
Did Richmond, desperately clinging to the memory of his late wife, hire lookalike escorts for the companionship he so craved? When he scared Aleena by asking her if she thought about drowning, was he really just agonizing over how Lilly died?
Help me here, readers. We know Lilly was hit by a drunk driver, but did we ever get an official cause of death? Was she killed on impact or did her car plunge into a body of water causing her to drown?
Did Richmond kill Rosie? Probably not, but darn it if I didn’t clutch my pearls during those last few minutes. I bet you a maple bacon donut that after discovering that Richmond was involved with a prostitute, Jamie killed Rosie – perhaps in a case of mistaken identity – to prevent her from becoming a liability to the campaign. Remember her appearance at the Richmond campaign event? Jamie saw her, thought she was the call girl in the photographs and felt she’d gotten too close.
What do you think? Debunk my theory and state your own in the comments!
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