Film and TV

The Killing: "Stonewalled"

I wonder how many people facing storage issues have considered the advantages of putting their kids' bedrooms in a local meat locker. Not only are they spacious and easily climate-controlled, but they can usually be locked from the outside, ensuring you're constantly aware of your children's locations in these dangerous times.

That must be the reason this Mohammed guy had a similar setup in his butcher shop, right? Not because he was involved in some depraved scheme to smuggle girls into the country, right?

Detectives Linden and Holder are now accused of mucking around with a terrorism investigation, which is unfortunate for their own case because they're not allowed to process the scene. Linden and Oakes go back and forth with the FBI for a while, though it seems - what's the word? - "unlikely" Rosie Larsen was involved in anything more nefarious than a poor choice of friends.

Linden is still able to get a picture of one piece of evidence, a sweatshirt (thanks to the dumbest FBI agent alive leaving his van unattended), and Mitch confirms that it's Rosie's, but she's still pissed at Linden for the leak of Rosie's crime scene photos. But then Oakes tells her maybe it's time to back off, which is a shitty thing considering his passive aggressiveness was what convinced her to stay in the first place. While contemplating a return to smoking, she tails Holder and - dun dun daahhh - finds out he's in Narcotics Anonymous. No sooner has her heart softened upon finding out the news than she learns her son was the one who emailed the crime scene photos to all his friends.

The photo leak is almost more than a mere embarrassment to the force; it almost results in the Larsen brothers' death when Mitch inadvertently sees the pictures on TV while the boys are sitting in a running car. Tracy prevents possible tragedy and ends up telling Stan.

As if the strain of a murdered daughter wasn't enough, Mitch is pissed that her husband didn't kill Bennett when he had a chance, while Stan wants his wife to move on and focus on the members of the family who are still alive. He even packs up Rosie's room to make his point.

And unless some big reveal is coming about Gwen being a secret Somali sleeper agent, I can't see how the Richmond campaign story arc is going to tie back into the murder. That said, there's big news this week as Richmond decides to file an injunction against closing down the All-Stars, even though Bennett is now linked to terrorists (and so is Richmond).

The councilman's rich benefactor, Tom Drexler, seems he claims to have info that will bury Adams. It turns out the mayor was paying to keep a mistress (maybe he thought he was mayor of France?). Against Gwen's advice, Richmond leaks the info. The political story continues to get interesting, but again, I don't see how this is going to tie in with the Larsen case.

And here comes the patented final two minutes breakdown: Mitch putting all Rosie's stuff back in place while Stan looks on, Gwen looking at Richmond looking out over the city, Bennett arguing with Mohammed about "the passports" and about how the police "don't know anything," and finally Holder and Linden finding they've gotten a hit off the Bennett wiretap (he placed without Linden's knowledge).

Could Adams' mistress be connected to Bennett? Are we ever going to see Linden's fiancée again? And how long can our intrepid detective resist the siren call of sweet nicotine?

Next week looks...really bad for Bennett.

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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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