Will Graham is slowly losing his grip on reality. He is hearing injured animals in need of rescue and finds himself wandering around empty fields and tearing up his chimney trying to save animals that aren’t there. His decaying mental health puts a crimp in his social life, too. When Dr. Alana Bloom comes by his house for a potential booty call, Will’s crazies get the best of him and spook Alana, who decides to head home instead of continuing their make-out session.
Hannibal Lecter has a new BFF. It’s a man named Tobias and they share a lot of interests like music… and murder. Tobias rose to fame amid the Baltimore murderer community by turning a philharmonic musician into an instrument and playing his trachea like a human cello. Yes, it was gross. Lecter met the man after one of Lecter’s patients tells Lecter that his friend Tobias has been making claims about killing a man. Lecter goes to make a new stabby friend and over dinner they swap stories, admit their crimes, and confess that they wanted to kill each other. Awww, TLA! Tobias confesses that he kind of wants to be caught so he can kill the investigators and then make a break for it. Lecter looks intrigued. Their dinner is interrupted, but Lecter decides to tell Graham that Tobias is the man. When Graham goes to investigate, Tobias kills his police escorts and almost kills Graham.
Before he leaves town, Tobias stops by Lecter’s office to say goodbye. Lecter seizes the opportunity to kill his annoying patient. Turns out that Tobias isn’t just there to say adieu, he wants to kill Lecter. The dynamic duo battles it out before Lecter finally gets the drop on him. Tobias is done in by an elk statue to the head. Now Lecter will have to find a new friend.
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Will Graham is doing a little home repair, which seems like an odd pastime for him, but I guess a man needs to fix his vacuum? Table saw? Hair dryer? Whatever it is, he's on the living room floor fixing it with his baker's dozen of rescue dogs watching him when he hears a strange noise. Of course none of his dogs are reacting to the noise, which is suspicious. Graham heads out to the field next to his house to investigate without taking his dogs with him, which seems like ridiculous behavior for a dog enthusiast. Anyway, there's nothing there and Graham stares out into the darkness realizing that he still has to walk his dogs.
A striking black man that Hannibal met at the opera last week is giving cello lessons to a young man. The boy inquires about the origin of the cellos strings, "Are they really made from cat guts?" The man laughs, "Not always." And then flashes back to killing a man, removing his intestines and making him into cello strings. Hey show: Gross.
Graham invited Dr. Alana Bloom over to help track the animal he thought he heard in the field. They find nothing, but they do firmly establish that their hang-out was not a date. Although Bloom looks a little disappointed about that and so does Graham.
One of Lecter's patients, who IMDB informs me is named Franklin, although I swear that they have never said his name on the show, really wants to be friends with Lecter and won't take the hint that Lecter doesn't want to be friends, even though Lecter flat out told him as much last week. Can someone buy Franklin a clue? No? How about a Kickstarter campaign for his undoubtedly copious counseling bill? Franklin comes in for his weekly session (dressed similarly to Lecter) and announces that he's been analyzing his friends because that's what Lecter would do if he was their friend or something. Franklin Googled psychopathic personality traits and realized his friend Tobias (the cello teacher) fits most of the criteria. Lecter doesn't seem surprised, because clearly Franklin is attracted to psychopaths. Franklin's not sure what to make of that information. Also, I'm pretty sure that Lecter has some sort of Grindr app for psychopaths.
The Victim Du Jour was killed grotesquely, naturally. He was a musician in the Philharmonic (a profession that only serves to remind me of Dana from Ghostbusters) and was strung up on the stage with a cello handle sticking out of his mouth and his throat shredded into strings. In a show that does not shy away from the gross, this crime scene was pretty puke-inducing with the victim turned into a cello and nothing left to the imagination. They leave Graham alone to do his thing. He recreates the crime in his mind and figures out what body part was opened first and why. Turns out the killer wanted to turn the victim into an instrument and play him. As Graham gets in his head, playing the grotesque instrument, he sees the ghost of Garrett Hobbes in the audience applauding.