Film and TV

The Killing: "I'll Let You Know When I Get There"

So it looks like we're back to square one after the revelation last week that Stan and Belko - oops - beat the living hell out of the wrong guy. Turns out it wasn't Rosie's t-shirt in Muhammed's makeshift bedroom after all, meaning Bennett and friend had nothing more than a tangential connection to the murdered girl.

So Muhammed's been cut loose, and Bennett is in critical condition thanks the aforementioned beatdown. The good news? Linden and Holder have officially ruled him out as a suspect. I hope that's adequate consolation while he's eating through a tube for the next three months.

I dunno Stan, maybe you want to send the guy a fruit basket or something.

Holder counsels Linden not to lose any sleep over their rather serious breach in protocol (talking too much to the Larsens), and then they learn Stan has turned himself in. Linden visits Richmond to let him know, which is thoughtful. She even does this before heading back to the boat she shares with Jack and Regi, only to discover Jack was smoking and drinking and expressing not-very enlightened opinions about Regi's alternative lifestyle. So Linden moves them both to a motel.

I hate to sound like a broken record with my TV recaps, but this will end well.

Linden talks to Stan. Turns out he called 911 to alert them about Bennett's whereabouts. The questioning is ostensibly to see if the big man still has ties to the Polish mob (How did the police know the Polish mafia was in town? They found two guys in an alley with their heads tied together and shot in the hands), but that's apparently in the past. Holder braces Belko, but mostly just leaves him confused, which appears to be the guy's natural state.

Next, Linden questions the cab driver who gave Rosie a ride the night she was murdered and discovers he actually took her home. And from the cab's own camera, she and Holder learn there was someone in the Larsens' supposedly empty apartment when she got home. Questioning Aunt Terry reveals that Belko has a key to the place, but he claims he was with his mom all night. Dutifully following up with Mama Royce, who may be the oldest woman I've seen in lingerie since the last Sharon Stone Playboy shoot. She confirms his alibi in the most creepily inappropriate manner possible.

Oh, and he also has a shrine of sorts to the Larsen family taped to his ceiling.

Yeeaah. Look, we're still three episodes out, and Belko looks almost as good as Bennett did at one point, but a) he clearly worships Stan and loves the Larsens more than his own family, and b) he's basically a child. It ain't him. He's too easy, plus we have three episodes left.

They interrogate him anyway, and it turns out he *was* at the house, and overheard Rosie speaking on the phone about "Adela" (the name cropped up last week) before she left the house.

Richmond's poll numbers are up, for some reason, but Jamie and Gwen learn - via an intern - that Richmond did, in fact, meet Rosie. They elect to sit on the info, and in a move that Ned Stark would approve of, do little more than urge the intern not to say anything.

And the Larsens are broke, much to Mitch's surprise.

Finally, the Adela is a ferry that goes to an island casino whose logo matches the symbol on Rosie's mystery keys. This boat revelation would be kind of an interesting twist if we hadn't all already seen Lethal Weapon 2 "Alba Varden Thursday?").

After the nonsense of the whole Bennett arc, this week's installment finally lurched the plot forward a few notches. Even if the casino in the woods thing resurrects the whole Laura Palmer angle all over again. Whatever, I still think Aunt Terry did it.

Next week: Linden loses it, and those Indian casino people are kind of jerks.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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