May 7th, 2012
02:18 PM ET
[The following post contains spoilers for the May 6 episode of AMC's "The Killing."]
With last week’s underwhelming episode, it seemed as though AMC and I both took the week off. Thankfully, the “Killing” team turned up the action this week.
Between the possible death of arguably the show’s best character and the realization that Kalimish Chief and Wapi Casino manager, Nicole Jackson, might be our true villain (and overall badass), there’s much to discuss and debate.
Over at Holder’s casa, Linden was still freaking out over the drawing that was left on the refrigerator of her last place.
She told Holder that whomever left the picture “knows things about me.” And what are those things? Aside from quips from other characters about how Linden went crazy on her last case, we really don’t know.
Meanwhile, it looks like the person spying on Linden has been Roberta Drays. Quick reminder: Roberta is Nicole Jackson’s security chief, and we later learn that she throws a near-fatal right hook.
The next morning, Holder and Jack made breakfast as Linden sorted through a book, reading about monarch butterflies. She learned they have a migration site within the Wapi reservation, where Rosie might have shot her video.
Linden’s thought was put on hold when the tech from the station called to tell her that the sound on Rosie’s voicemail was a cooling fan from a diesel generator used at construction sites. Linden then instructed Holder to find any connections between Michael Ames’ company and the casino.
At the hospital, Gwen was in beast mode, telling Richmond he had to get Stan Larsen to speak on his behalf in order to win voters. Gwen claimed she could get the prosecutor to shorten Stan’s forthcoming jail time, which she knew was BS but figured Stan didn’t have to.
But Stan, being the smart former gangster that he is, told Gwen that he wouldn’t speak for Richmond unless she had it in writing that his sentence would be reduced. Again, much love and respect to Brent Sexton’s performance in both seasons.
Speaking of the Larsens, Denny ratted out Aunt Terry for talking to the police. She revealed that she was seeing Michael Ames and worked for Beau Soleil, and Stan (finally) kicked her out of the house.
Sterling dropped by to hand over the contents of Rosie’s locker ... and so did Richmond. He showed up at Stan’s garage, saying that he had nothing to do with Rosie’s murder, and that her family doesn’t have to do a thing for him or his campaign. When Stan told Richmond that nobody cares about Rosie, he replied, “Make them care about her.”
Except Stan went a little too far with Richmond’s “make them care” comment during a press conference, offering a $12,000 bounty for Rosie’s killer. The look on Richmond’s face was priceless.
Holder told Linden that Ames’ company had a $50 million project at the casino, but for some reason the construction has been put on hold. So Holder was to go undercover in the casino while Linden traveled to Point Yubec, where she thought Rosie went to shoot videos. Their back-and-forth about addiction reminded me of grade school - “I know you are but what am I?” Diss! - but is Linden onto something when she said that Rosie “felt trapped?”
In the casino, Holder talked a blackjack dealer into pointing him in the direction of a “good time.” I must say that undercover Holder is my favorite. He’s like a lost character from “The Wire.”
At Point Yubec, Linden did what she always does: ignore the “keep out” sign. While walking through a Native American burial ground that reminded me of “Pet Cemetery,” Linden was confronted by Jackson and her goon squad. When Linden said that she’s a cop, Jackson fired back with, “Anything can happen on this land, detective. You’ve been warned.”
On top of that, Jackson told a creepy story about Keylela, a young girl in the tribe who didn’t listen to her elders when they told her not to explore things she shouldn’t be sticking her nose in.
Long story short, Keylela was punished, and even though Jackson said the story was false, I couldn’t help but think she was talking about Rosie.
While at the bar, Holder found a male prostitute willing to take him to the construction site on the tenth floor. He tried taking the elevator to the ninth floor and working his way up, but of course, the door to the tenth floor is locked.
While on the elevator, Holder ran into Mary, a maid at the casino who handed him a book of matches. In one of the more revealing lines of the season, Mary told Holder, “I hope Rosie’s family got her backpack OK.”
The door closed before Holder could get another word in, and on the box of matches there was a message that said “Tomorrow 11 a.m.” But before Holder could collect his thoughts, he was greeted with handcuffs.
In her “I totally just screwed my partner over” move, Linden attempted to call Holder and warn him about Jackson. But when Linden got back to her hotel, Child Protective Services was there talking to Jack. “So, you really eat Funyuns for dinner?” OK, so maybe they didn’t ask that.
Jack escaped through the window, and Linden met him outside so they could both escape. But in the car, Jack reminded Linden that he hates her for everything they’re going through.
In the back of a car, the tribal police led Holder past their station, and when Holder remarked that they missed the turn, no one responded. It felt like “Goodfellas,” and Holder was Joe Pesci.
Panicked, Linden called Holder again to tell him she thought something was going on. No s*** Sherlock. (Sorry, I had to.)
Somewhere in the forest, Holder was greeted by Jackson, Roberta and even more goons. Jackson told Holder that he and Linden have a problem not minding their business and that, “Too bad for you, she already got the warning.” Yikes.
The goons proceeded to beat Holder senseless, and in her sadistic “I kill for fun” aura (I’ll take character traits of serial killers for $300, Alex) , Jackson called Linden and put the phone close to the action so that she could hear Holder being assaulted. We closed things out with Roberta giving what looked to have been the deadly blow to Holder’s head.
So is Nicole Jackson our killer? She has to know something, right? Will we ever find out what made Linden’s last case so crazy? Next week’s episode finds Linden meeting with Mary the maid and trying to find Holder, who might just be dead.
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