June 11th, 2012
01:22 PM ET
As Linden told Mayor Adams at the top of Sunday’s episode, “Donnie or Marie,” “We’re running out of time here.”
I couldn’t help but think of how relieved I am that this marathon is almost over. Like every great long distance race the end can be the most exciting, and that much is true as we wind down "The Killing's" second season.
Linden and Holder made a deal with Mayor Adams when they confronted him about everything they know. Adams wasn’t involved in Rosie’s death but just dirty political games with the Richmond campaign, including the fake bridge photo in response to the enemy burying bones at the waterfront.
Mayor Adams agreed to get the police off Linden and Holder, and the investigative ball started rolling.
At the Larsen house, Mitch was back and apologizing, although Stan was just happy to have her there. Everyone was ready to embrace her but Tommy, go figure. I’m with you, Tommy – Mitch has a lot of nerve.
In Holder’s car, the team went over the Gwen-or-Jamie killer scenario with Linden going back to the idea that Rosie’s killer didn’t want to see Rosie’s face while killing her.
Jamie didn’t have his key card when he checked into the city hall gym the night Rosie was killed, and when Holder contacted Jamie’s grandfather he’s told that Jamie was home all night.
Linden hit the Richmond campaign to talk with the staffer in charge of keeping the key cards. He said Gwen asked for a new card after his hard drive was deleted with all the card data.
And when Linden headed to the casino for the surveillance tapes, she saw a picture of Gwen and her father with Chief Jackson from a while back. Later, Linden and Holder met with a councilwoman who was supposed to have dinner with Gwen the night Rosie died, but she said Gwen canceled.
When Richmond put in his vote for mayor, Gwen felt bad about ratting Richmond out. She told him, “I tried so hard for you.” I wonder if trying hard meant killing for his campaign?
In a city hall permit office, Linden and Holder (who, by the way, did some of their best detective work ever this episode) discovered that Jamie put in a request for an Ames-backed property construction permit to be expedited. We also learned that Chief Jackson and Ames were not present on the 10th floor where Rosie was first beaten. So who was? Or are the tapes botched?
From there, Linden and Holder confronted Jamie at the campaign office about doing favors for Ames, who is a supporter of Mayor Adams. Jamie claimed he was wooing Ames to get him as an ally, and what followed was Holder and Jamie out-bro’ing each other with “dudes." (And it was awesome.)
Back in Holder’s car the detectives discussed the possibility of male-female co-killers. I'm on board with the theory that Jamie chased and hunted Rosie while Gwen dropped her in the trunk and more or less finished the job.
When the detectives visited the ferry, they found out Gwen drove a car there - and it was the car that Rosie’s body was found in. When the detectives later confronted Gwen with the information, she seemed visibly shaken and threatened them.
Over at Holder’s, the detectives studied the picture of Gwen, Chief Jackson and Gwen’s father. Of course, being in a groove of discovery finding, Linden noticed that the woman next to Chief Jackson had a broken hand like Roberta Drays.
They asked Roberta about the old head of security, who apparently was sent to prison for a murder she didn’t commit. Sounds like Chief Jackson has a history with this, and Linden and Holder warned Roberta that Jackson would sell her out just like she did the old assistant, so she might as well give them the real surveillance tapes from the casino on the night of Rosie’s death.
In our last couples of minutes, Richmond was dropped off at a house and told the driver he was going to be there a while. Once inside, Richmond met with an older man who claimed to have information he must know.
Meanwhile, looking over the security tapes, Linden and Holder watched Rosie get on the elevator to the 10th floor, followed by Chief Jackson, Ames and Jamie decked out in athletic gear - all black.
In the last shot, Jamie walked into the mystery house, and the mystery man turned out to be Jamie’s grandfather. Jamie chided his grandfather for calling him home but was cut off by Richmond who asked, “Why did you lie to me?”
The last hour of this two-part finale finds Linden and Holder tracking Jamie down and closing the case. Are you sold on the idea of who the killer(s) might be?
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