Sex, lies and chewing gum on 'The Killing'
June 13th, 2011
12:21 PM ET

Sex, lies and chewing gum on 'The Killing'

[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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  1. Tom

    Follow the drawing and butterflies at Rosie's room...you shall see...

    June 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 26, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    I was sort of sorry to see the latest Richmond development since I guess I was hoping it wasn't going to be him. I guess I just thought that because he lost his wife, he is no stranger to grief, and wouldn't be able to take someone elses loved one away from them.

    I think it was Tom Drexler. They discovered Drexler had priors in beating up the Beau Soleil girls, so I think he picked up Rosie. Maybe Richmond recommended her, maybe Rosie and Richmond hooked up previously and Richmond recommended her to Drexler. Drexler takes her out and assaults her. They end up running through the park, and Drexler, being Richmond's biggest campaign donor, somehow gets access to the Richmond Campaign car and dumps Rosie in the lake in the trunk.

    Richmond figures out it was Drexler who did it. And bargains his campaign and gets $5 million from Drexler instead of turning him in. Maybe he figures once he's Mayor, he'll turn him in and disassociate himself from him. I think Richmond, in talking to Aleena about what it's like to drown, was grieving over his wife. Perhaps they did leave that tidbit out and that's how Lilly died. And that's why he was "sad but sweet". Creepy yes, but would a "sad but sweet" guy have an interest in killing you. I don't think so. I think he just wanted the company to ease his loneliness.

    Great show. Can't wait to see the finale!

    June 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Revolted

    The clothes are sooo bad. Carhart overalls?? And Black Haired Lady with the huge snoogly blanket-sized cardigans?! And Small Blonde Guy with his horrible, horrible pullover sweaters? Teacher Man with his clothes that look knit out of hay?! The only one with presentable clothes is Blonde Ice Lady. She always keeps it tight. Actually, this look of this show has sworn me off Seattle for life. Who knew it could be so cheerless, and the clothes so BAD?

    June 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Be Quiet

    Part of me has thought, all season long, that the killer will be Regi Darnell. I don't know what it is. We've only recently found out that she was Sarah's social worker...but what else do we know?

    She lives on a houseboat (easy access to the Casino and back)...and now she just recently disappeared to go on some mysterious trip? Why? I think she realizes Linden is slowly closing in and the big finale will take place on the houseboat.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chantaal

    Seattle is pretty close to one of our borders. It seems like there would be loys of hispanic peoples. Just saying.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. be quiet

    The gum chewing scene was DISGUSTING. I couldn't even pay attention to the dialogue because I was so grossed out by all the lip smacking and chomping going on.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pie thrower

    It is either Gwen or Drexler.

    Gwen's motive: She's sleeping with Richmond. So when she feels she is getting screwed over (since she is sleeping with Richmond) she hires a Beau Soliel girl and kills her and puts her in his campaign car to sabotage Richmond's campaign.

    Drexler's motive: Blackmail!!!! He gets violent with Beau Soliel girl Rosie and drowns her, buries her in the campaign car and then uses that as blackmail against Richmond but also buys Richmond's campaign.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. haha

    Like you, I'm thinking that Richmond's wife somehow drowned as a result of the accident (although it seems the media should have covered that angle when the link to the Rosie's drowning in his campaign car was first released), and that he was the "sweet but sad" guy.

    That said, how's this for a wacky stretch: Rosie found out that the expensive shoes her aunt bought were actually knock-offs sold for the real price and was planning to out the seller (the guy from the shoe store with the fake athletic shoes). Since he hosts the Beau Soleil website and read all about Orpheus, he decides to knock HER off in the manner that Celine complained about. Just kidding, I think. :)

    June 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pedro

    Why arent there any mexicans on this show ? Are the producers all prejudiced against us hard workers ?

    June 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mp

      Pedro, the show is set in Seattle...how may Mexicans do you expect to find?

      June 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adi

      Hi Sara,Wonderful to see your work and enthralling music. All of your Kolkata/Mumbai uncle's and aunts are very proud and suporpt you wholly.Cheers . and keep creating ..Sudipto

      April 24, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. ToniTwin

    Is Aleena the same person as Celine ? Kind fo confused on that .. I had hoped the killer would be ex-fiance Rick but I can't see how they could bring him back into the picture now or tie him in with the Richmond campaign. I think your theory about Jamie could be correct. I also wonder since Richmond was always "cleaning up" after Tom Drexler that this is maybe what he did – Drexler killed Rosie and the called Richmond to help him clean up his mess. Richmond seems to have sold his proverbial soul to the devil (in this case Tom Drexler) and is willing to look the other way to win at all costs !!

    June 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beautiful Vixen

    I stopped watching this show three episodes ago. Waiting for the Walking Dead to come back on.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cindy

    I love this Show~~ I hope it comes back another season~~ Go Linden~~ but she definitely needs to have some mattress action~~ She is a little too up tight!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jarred

    Yep. It is the mormons alright. They are always up to something.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tammy

    YEAH Captain Stubing ! Your comment is the most accurate on here. They are just a bunch of dirty fudjepaackers.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. The Mad R@p3r

    I'm surprised anyone was able to pry themselves away from beating each other up and calling for pogroms over on the tracy morgan blog.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jujubeans

    more dirty details on the escort service.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. kitty

    i had to laugh out loud about the gum chewing. it was so funny!

    June 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Gupta

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh WHAT

    June 14, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |

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