Mitch returns on 'The Killing'
April 9th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Mitch returns on 'The Killing'

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the April 8 episode of AMC's "The Killing."]

I’m hooked on “The Killing” once again. Sunday brought the return of Mitch and the fall of Holder, but let’s start with Mitch. The Larsen matriarch was cruising down a highway when she saw a brunette girl on the side of the road trying to hitch a ride.

Was it Rosie? Mitch couldn’t tell, which let us know that she’s still working through the whole sanity thing while coping with Rosie’s death. With a decorated shoebox in hand (any guesses what it holds?), Mitch checked into a motel.

Over at the station, Linden was trying to nab a search warrant for the Wapi Eagle Casino, the last place we saw Rosie alive. She also ran into the tech, who told her the tattoo from the super 8 footage is from a Japanese comic book character, Ogi Jun.

Linden checked on the status of the client list she requested from Beau Soleil’s servers, and the tech told her that Lt. Carlson held up the search warrant. When she confronted her new (and might we add shady) lieutenant, he told her that the next time she needs a warrant, she has to ask him.

At the Larsens, Terry and Stan were having their typical, “who should take the kids to school” chat when Linden dropped by, since she always manages to spring on folks when they’re either at their angriest or most depressed. Her very presence is a Debbie Downer.

Stan asked Linden about Rosie’s backpack, which of course she knew nothing about. She made a call about the backpack…only to find that someone else had it in their possession. Cue the serious gum chewing.

Linden went to Lt. Oakes’ boat and demanded that he give her the backpack, and he reluctantly gave her the faux bag that Holder used in the switch last episode, telling her that "half this job is about doing what you’re told.”

Linden did find a high-heeled shoe, but with it being a fake bag, does it even really matter?

Richmond was still in the hospital, believing that he was just a neurologist away from a miracle and returning to the campaign. But a neurologist tested Richmond’s legs, only to find out there really isn’t any hope. Either way, Richmond insisted on attending an upcoming fundraiser, and had a hesitant Jamie move into action. It’s too bad, because Gwen – via her father – is plotting her exit to work for a senator in D.C.

Mitch was at the bar of her motel, ignoring Terry's call. She was also being watched by some random dude, an apparent textbook salesman, but when they moved things to her room she didn’t respond to his weak advances.

Then suddenly, she wanted him to stay. (I wouldn’t mind seeing another one of Stan’s classic beatdowns, especially on this guy. Too bad Belko won’t be there to help.)

Going back over the film, Linden left Holder a message saying she knows what he did and why he did it. She’s interrupted by news that the Beau Soleil building was on fire. Conveniently, when she arrived at the scene, Linden’s told there weren’t any computers in the building. She noticed surveillance cameras and demanded they be canvassed before she gets the actual warrant.

Meanwhile, Stan was dealing with his own issues. While taking the boys to school he noticed that Denny had a Polish snack in his hand. He told his father that the “big guy, your friend (Janek),” blessed him with the gift.

Stan headed over to Janek’s and told him to investigate Beau Soleil but stay away from his children. Janek gave him some creeper line about always wanting to see his kids. I am now convinced he might be more involved with Rosie’s death than we think.

In her car, Linden was with Jack, and he noticed the Ogi Jun image on the film stills. In the most he’s contributed in this entire series, Jack told his mother that Ogi Jun is a trained warrior out to seek revenge for his father’s death. Could Rosie have been the victim of some guy looking to avenge his family? Are Stan and his mob past the source of said vengeance?

And what about that mob? Janek told Stan that Beau Soleil only had Russian girls, and Rosie didn't work there. He also revealed the true cause of Rosie’s death and that she was alive in the car when it was thrown into the water. He insisted that Stan kill Rosie’s killer himself.

In her hotel room, Linden went over the surveillance footage from Beau Soleil and saw that a Larsen van driven by the guy with the Ogi tattoo was there at the scene. On cue, she was interrupted by a phone call from Holder's old friend, Claire.

Holder looked to be back to his old ways last night, hanging outside of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and chatting up Claire, which we knew couldn't be promising. In the oddest scene of the episode, Holder confronted and proceeded to beat up his former drug dealer before grabbing a bag of meth – and sleeping with Claire.

When Linden confronted Holder, she told him she knows about everything, and just like that, our two most dysfunctional partners are back together.

In "The Killing's" classic closing montage, we saw a random guy apparently deleting Beau Soleil’s files before walking into a restaurant – Janek’s restaurant. Oh boy, is all I'll say.

In Stan’s garage, the van backed out - driven by the guy with the Ogi tattoo.

So, it looks like next week we'll confront the guy with the tattoo, and somehow Stan comes to believe that Janek might have something to do with Rosie’s murder. Till then, let the conversation and speculation begin.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Don

    This series is downright addictive and it's so compelling, I actually like it better than "Mad Men". We've got Netflix with the streaming option and we are rewatching season 1 (without commercials !), while watching the new season 2.
    Can't get enough of it. Did nobody from this series get Emmys for the first year ? But then knowing that "The Wire" never got a single Emmy, one realizes how totally meaningless those awards are anyway !

    April 10, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rocky

    One of the worst written, poorly lit, stupidest and most boring shows ever. Should be called The Red Herring. I wasted a season on it, and now could care less who killed what's her name.

    April 10, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Neil

      Is that why you are posting on the show? Because you don't want to be bothered with it anymore?
      Just can't stand the show so you thought you would just follow it through the second season just
      to show how you are not interested any longer. Yeah....that should work for you.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. dee santopadre

    I love this show. I think it is one of the best drama police shows yet. No low cut blouses, no high heels no xtra maheup,just fantasic acting by your star. I love mysteries and read them a lot.but this has everything u would want to see on tv,minus all the commericals. I can not wait for Sunday to come just to watch this show. Great, keep us guessing....

    April 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bead

    The story is getting to complex...I don't know if that is for better or worse...but withe mob invoveent, I can see Stan finding out it was Janek and killing him in the end...

    April 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. patrik

    I wish this blog's author would cut it with the cutesy little sarcastic, cynical remarks about the show. They're useless. If you hate the show, stop writing about it. But, of course, you're going to defend your little remarks, even though they add no value.

    "Cue the serious gum chewing."

    Yes, you can explain this as a simple observation, but it couldn't be more sarcastic. Humans are predictable, they have habits. But to call it out in this way is like saying, "TV is formulaic, just like this show is." Go ahead, say it, instead of being passive-aggressive. Yes, let us all know how observant you are.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      ...or you could find a recap that's more to your liking. If you hate the recap, STOP READING IT. Sound familiar?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elle

      I agree with you, Patrik. I want to read a recap - EW doesn't have one and the guy at Cal Lit doesn't apparently like the show. Why most recaps are pandering to idiots, I'll never know.

      April 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Possum

    This is the best show on tv. So much better than Modern Family and Parks and Rec. . those shows are getting stale while this program just keeps getting better and better.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |

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