'The Killing': Shaking hands with the No. 1 suspect
May 2nd, 2011
11:47 AM ET

'The Killing': Shaking hands with the No. 1 suspect

[Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, May 1 episode of AMC’s “The Killing.”]

If you’re anything like me, you're beat from a late night of watching history-making breaking news (on CNN, of course). So let’s hit the highlights of last night’s episode, shall we?

Bennet Ahmed is still very much a suspect in Rosie’s death, only now he has a possible accomplice in his wife, Amber. Between witness accounts putting Rosie at the Ahmed home on the night of the dance and Amber’s sister telling Holder that Amber felt Bennet was keeping secrets from her, the detectives concluded that some combination of Bennet and Amber murdered Rosie and disposed of the body.

When confronted, Bennet claimed Rosie had in fact come to his house to return a book and confessed that he’d forgotten about the incident until just then. He refused to elaborate and told the detectives they’d need to come back with a warrant if they wanted to get their hands on the book she’d allegedly returned to him.

Later in the episode, Holder and Linden returned to the Ahmed home following a tip from the neighborhood recluse/telescope enthusiast who claimed to see Bennet and a woman – presumably Amber – carrying a body wrapped in a blanket late that evening. As the detectives pounded on the door, we cut to Amber cowering in the corner of the darkened nursery clutching a hammer, so yeah; she’s got something to hide.

Meanwhile, Team Richmond was in the thick of preparing for a televised debate with Mayor Adams and launching their latest media blitz aimed at boosting Richmond’s poll numbers. Their efforts were in vain, however, after a visit from Principal Meyers. She dropped by to tell Richmond that Bennet – who was very prominently featured in the new campaign ad – was suspect No. 1 in Rosie's murder. The news left the campaign scrambling to figure out how to present their candidate to the public – would Richmond stand by a loyal community volunteer or distance himself from a suspected killer?

Richmond remained firmly entrenched in the innocent-until-proven guilty camp despite pressure from Jamie and Senator Eaton. At the debate, Richmond brought up his youth program as an example of his dedication to his community. Adams, in turn, floated Bennet’s connection to the program, and to Richmond. Way to open that door, Richmond.

The Larsens attended Rosie's funeral and it was predictably heartbreaking. At the reception afterward, Belko received the call he’d been waiting for from his connection at the high school, who informed him that Bennet’s the focus of the investigation. Belko in turn told Stan, who hovered over Bennet like an angry honey badger before volunteering demanding to give him a ride home.

We learned earlier in the episode that Stan does indeed have a shady past thanks to his involvement with the local Polish mob outfit, so it’s safe to say that he’s seen some things and done some stuff, and Bennet is likely going to bear the brunt of his aggression in next week’s episode.

In perhaps the most startling development of the night, we discovered that there’s something going on between Aunt Terry and Michael Ames, Jasper’s father. After she was all but ignored by Ames in the receiving line, Terry retreated to Rosie’s room to pout with a bottle of wine and a joint. So what gives?

Several of you have suggested that Rosie might have been involved with Mr. Ames - was her aunt competing for the attention of the same man? Let’s hash it out in the comments!

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  1. brenda

    belko is the killer. there is more going on at stan's house than you think. where did stan get the money to buy the house with before rosie died. rosie stumbled on something that was going on there and was killed for it.it isn't terrorist, political etc. belko was doing something he shouldn't be doing. was the shoes and the hints planted by him? he told stan that bennet di d it. hoping stan would kill him and it would all be over with.he was definately into something he should not have been. the shirt was a red herring to take the blame off of him.did he bring back rosie's bike. she left on it as stan said when he was on the phone. it was there when linda came to interview her parents. the bike was pink. had to be rosie's.we shall see. i just hope they don't leaveus still guessing on final episode.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. jjlamon

    Be Quiet – another "Oh COME ON!" moment, is why the heck hasn't the blood found in the cage been tested??? Shouldn't that have been like step 1 for the police once they discovered it? I think DNA matching takes a few days ( but it's been what? 5? 6?) but blood TYPING takes minutes. It might not tell them whose blood it is, but at a minimum, blood typing could possibly rule out that it's Rosie's or Sterling's. If it's O and Rosie was B, it's NOT Rosie's blood! If Sterling is A and.... you get the idea . When 3 ppl (Jasper, Kris and Sterling) independently all recite the same story – it was Sterling, not Rosie in the cage that night – the police sort of have to take it at face value, especially when there's no other evidence to the contrary. But there may indeed be evidence to the contrary!! TONS of UNidentified blood! Why not test it before they talked to them? And who, let alone a police detective, would believe ALL that blood came from a nose bleed? And yet, they seem to. I know we'll eventually find out what really went on in the cage that night, whose blood it is and who was really there, but Holder and Linden's utter lack of interest in finding out whose blood that is and why there was so much seems like bad writing to me. Could it be because although Rosie has tons of bruises, none of them look like they would have bled, so it doesn't matter? Yes, I have become a full-on " The Killing" nerd.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sarah

    It is the best thing going on a Sunday night!!!!!.What else are you going to watch? "brothers and Sisters"? I think we need to take a closer look at the right hand man of Richmand.He had,after all acess to the car and Rosie

    May 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peace

    B lo me, Your just not having a good day are ya? Maybe tomorrow will be better!

    May 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. glenda

    I watch this show every week, and think it's great. It has more than one story line, which makes you think, instead of jumping to conclusions about the characters. As for leaving the phone behind, I thought it was because he wants the police to know where he was, and who he left with in the event something happens to him. Until last night, I thought Aunt Terry was just being a good sister.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl D.

    Sure Belko has something to hide, but just about everyone in this show. You have to have a ton of suspects and red herrings to stretch a story like this over 13 hours. I'm putting my money on Mayor Adams, for no other reason than I just don't like him.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. be quiet

    When the family walked out the front door to go to the funeral, why did Belko stop and look upstairs before he followed them out?

    May 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @N

    show sux!!i wanna c walking dead!!

    May 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. trae

    There are still too many unanswered questions to jump to the nice and tidy conclusion that Bennet and his wife killed Rosie. Yes, they may have had involvement, but it could all be some other sinister coincidence. What about the footage of Rosie running through the woods? If Rosie is killed at the Ahmet house, when does that happen? Also, there's still no clear reason for Richmond to even be in this story unless his, or his campaign, has more involvement. Just because she was found in the truck of a campaign car doesn't mean that they need to have such a prominent place in the storyline. Something else is going on. Also, is it only me, or does Stan's employee seem increasingly strange? He seems to be particularly possessive of the boys whenever he's around them – what's up with that? And what about the strange bald man that Holder keeps meeting up with? Drug Counselor? I don't think so. What's that all about? I don't think it's time yet to tie a nice tidy bow about this story.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frogie014

      I love this show for the fact everyone has something dark hiding in the closet and you can't predict the killer/killers. The way they keep adding a new twist when you think you might have it figured out keeps my mind moving. People thinking that Terry was having the affair with Jasper's Dad-don't forget Jasper has a thing for older women.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carole McDonnell

    I'm still thinking, "What? Ahmed left his phone on the dining table????" Who does that? Who leaves their cell phone anywhere, let alone on the table at a funeral reception? I HATE easy plotting like that. Other than that, the show's good as usual.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. happytam

    I'm still watching this show even though it's starting to bore me to death. I don't really care about any of the characters. When does Walking Dead come back on??

    May 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alichat

    I am kinda surprised that Stan's ties to the Polish mob aren't more well known to the police. I thought someone said that he had been suspected of things, but never charged, and it's not like everyone in that police force are young rookies. So you'd think that information would have popped up before now. As for Aunt Terry, that was an interesting revelation that she has or had something going on with Jasper's father. I got the impression that it was probably known by the family...at least Rosie's mom, because Terry's greeting was overly excited for a funeral wake, and no one in the family even blinked.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    This show smells lile dooody. It stinks.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim


    May 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. charlie crack

    Osaaaama??? You alive...?? DID THE BIG BAD USA SMOKE YOU....? Oh im sooo sorry. Burn in hell!

    May 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Manny

    Co za asy?????

    May 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. be quiet

    Principal Meyers is a she, not a he.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |

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