June 21st, 2011
09:56 AM ET
Remember the days of season one, when Rosie Larsen’s murder appeared to be nothing more than a student-teacher relationship gone awry? Well, forget all that because Sunday's finale left us ensnared in a tangle of plot twists that will likely send even the most seasoned armchair detectives back to the drawing board.
We began with Linden confronting Richmond over his use of the screen name “Orpheus.” He, in turn, gave her a lesson in Greek mythology before she escaped the apartment unscathed and went to work trying to tie him to Rosie’s murder.
The detectives took another look at the campaign car and discovered gas tank and odometer discrepancies that conflicted with the councilman's alibi for the night of the killing.
Meanwhile, Richmond publicly denounced allegations that he was responsible for a string of affairs – all with fair-skinned brunettes – and told Gwen he’d made mistakes after Lilly died. Who leaked the surveillance photos to the press remained a mystery.
At Richmond's request, Jamie later attempted to comfort Gwen, who was feeling doubly burned after a run-in with one of Richmond’s former lovers. Jamie asked Richmond if he had any skeletons he needed to know about. Richmond creepily sipped his scotch and told him not to worry.
The fuel and mileage discrepancies continued to gnaw at Holder. After a bunch of math and considerable brow-furrowing over a map of the area, the detectives ended up at a remote gas station straight out of the Hollywood Creepy Old Service Station set factory. The curmudgeonly attendant told the detectives he remembered a black sedan and a screaming girl on the night of the murder. (Way to report that, boss.)
The gas station was only a few miles from the crime scene and a canvas of the area turned up Rosie's other shoe. Linden struggled with the what-ifs of the situation – whether Rosie would still be alive if she’d simply done this or that.
Linden later returned to Richmond’s apartment and accused him of killing Rosie. Though enraged, he maintained his innocence. Cut to Gwen, hiding out in a broom closet looking panic stricken as she listened on. Remember my theory from last week? Bag it. Swap Gwen for Jamie and add a dash of scorned woman with the desire to win the election at any cost. Gwen’s panic wasn’t over her relationship with a potential killer, but the sound of law enforcement circling the wagons.
Gwen went into Cover Your Ass mode and caught Linden outside of Richmond's place where she proceeded to throw him under the bus. She told Linden that on the night of the murder, Richmond left her in the middle of the night and returned soaking wet hours later. She also gave Linden the disc containing the video of Rosie shaking hands with Richmond at the campaign event. And with that, the set-up began.
Holder later surfaced with photos of Richmond behind the wheel of a dark sedan on the night of the murder and the lieutenant gave the detectives the go ahead to arrest him. And arrest him they did, right in the middle of a campaign rally.
But what about the Larsens? Television’s saddest family continued their pitiful trek through the stages of grief. Terry bailed Stan out of jail, but he elected not to return home in light of the tense jailhouse conversation he had with Mitch in last week’s episode.
Although they later reconciled, Mitch chose to leave home anyway, citing her response to Rosie’s death and the negative effect it had on the family. I’m holding out hope they eventually relocate to the little house Stan bought before Rosie died.
Terry attempted to console Belko after Mitch fired him and apologized for telling him that he wasn’t a part of their family. He responded by saying that it didn’t matter as Rosie’s death had torn the family apart.
Later, during Royce Family Bath Night, Belko went about cleaning his gun to the soundtrack of Richmond’s arrest on the evening news while his mother luxuriated in a bathtub full of Jean Nate and bellowed for him to bring her a towel. Boundaries, this family lacks them.
So! Cliffhanger time! Belko was in the crowd as Richmond was presumably released on bail and raised his gun to fire on the man he saw as responsible for destroying the closest thing to a family he’d ever had. We’ll have to wait until next season to find out whether Richmond is hit or the assassination attempt is thwarted.
Finally, under the impression that the Larsen case was well on its way to being closed, Linden and Jack finally boarded that plane to California. Right before takeoff, Linden received a call from highway patrol informing her that the tollbooth cameras – you know, the ones Holder claimed had taken the pictures of Richmond – hadn’t been working for months.
Holder, meanwhile, got into a car driven by an unknown person and told them “the photos worked” and that Richmond was going down. SQUEAL! Who is Holder in cahoots with – Adams? Drexler? Gwen? How deeply involved is he in the set-up? What does he stand to gain?
So that's it! We’ve got lots of exciting details to obsess over until season 2 begins. What did you think of the finale?
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