That old Chief Nicole, here's what she did: Knock Sarah out and then send her to the psych ward under a 72-hour hold, claiming she was attacked in the middle of Sarah's suicide attempt on the tenth floor. Quite a clever plan! And Sarah's no help either, acting generally paranoid and crazy about this whole "conspiracy" that is covering up the Killing and involves most of the other characters, and eventually gets her ass sedated real good.
Holder, horrified by her dopey fate and running out of time before the season finale, eventually gets Carlson to help him track down her psychiatrist... Who is Rick Felder, aka the most frustrated fiancé in all of Sonoma. So add that to the list of people on this show that are risibly unprofessional, which list now includes everybody that has ever been on this show.
Holder gets her out of there, shares a weird bro-moment where Felder officially pawns her off on him forever, and they ride off to find that key-card proving the Mayor was meeting with Ames and Chief Nicole the night Rosie was killed. Oh, he also does a mite of detection, learning that one of Janek's mobster thugs was arrested at the waterfront property burying "Indian bones" that night, as one does, and Ames got him off the hook.
In case you were wondering when "stolen Indian bones" were going to become a factor in this mystery, yes, that time is now.
Anyway, we also learn that Sarah herself was abandoned by her own crazy mother, although in this case she was only left in the house alone overnight. But it seems to have been a fairly harrowing night, considering the hurricane of emotion even talking about it tangentially brings up. So there goes that, thanks to Holder, but at least it's on the table now. And luckily, it's the kind of table owned by people that live in houses, like Holder, rather than the Sarah Linden type of interior decorating, which is more suitcase-oriented, or sometimes just a car. Wherever she finds herself, generally, there is no room for a table, much less a habanero omelet. I hope she lives with him forever.
In other news, Stan Larsen is continuing his Redemption Tour by stalking and secretly performing household maintenance chores for Bennett Ahmed, whose life he ruined last year and who does not seem very grateful or forgiving nowadays. Seems Terry's moved back into the house, which is probably a good thing, and he leaves a message on Rosie voicemail apologizing for not always being there or telling her that she was his daughter by choice rather than blood. Stan seems to be gearing up for something real crazy, don't you get that feeling?
Gwen successfully organizes an astroturf viral video about Darren Richmond playing basketball with the black youths of today, and yes it's offensive, but not as offensive as the sudden clarification/retcon that Mayor Adams didn't rape her so much as kiss her one time in her kitchen. Maybe she's lying so Darren won't be creeped out, but I don't know. It seems like the kind of move this show would pull, playing out a month-long storyline about this horrible sex-molestation ring that suddenly is like, "He kissed me this one time! It was so creepy!" (C.V. "Your teenager is a prostitu... I mean, hotel maid" or "Darren Richmond killed Rosie Lars... Wait, nope. See you next year!")
We do learn, through Sarah's adverse reaction to enforced therapy from one of the weirdest therapists of all time, a few things about the most interesting mystery on the whole show -- namely, Why Is Sarah Like This All The Goddamn Time? -- but they connect up in kinda odd ways. Her previous case, the one that sent her mad last time, involved a dead hooker whose son Adrian was found still in the house after a week. They nailed the dad for it, which arrest and conviction Sarah never fully bought into, and so a big part of her Rosie obsession has to do with her guilt for going along with essentially the burial of that previous murder.
But I mean Surprise! Linden "solved" a murder case and then it turned out the whole thing was just a runaround blowjob that wasted everybody's time. Isn't that so weird how that happened one time?
Next Week: Carlson maybe joins our side and works as a double agent against the Mayor; Sarah is still on the run and still pretending to be a police officer; that key-card is getting plastered over as we speak; probably Sarah will punch Chief Nicole in the box and/or run into some Holder's House shower hijinks, if there's any justice in this world. Three more episodes until the season finale, or -- in even more breathlessly thrilling terms -- the Mayoral election!
I kid. I love this show, and this episode was freaking amazing. You think Linden's this time bomb and Enos is playing her one way, and then something comes along like this -- an hour of watching what an actually crazy Sarah Linden looks like -- and you realize she's been working you on a whole other level this entire time. As have most of the actors, we seem to learn at one point or another.
Sarah Linden finally got her wish, abducted by shadowy people and involved in the very drama she's been obsessing on for like a million years. Holder found himself the opposite of a savage human sacrifice as he listened to her shit fall apart. Lt. Carlson is still the hottest procedural obstruction on Earth, Gil is still a piece, Darren Richmond and Gwen have 99 problems they barely know about, and Chief Nicole -- surprise! -- hates absolutely everybody in the world.
Linden is in some kind of cage. Not the usual cage she's in, that of being a feral animal in the shape of a lady, but an actual cage. Bed, bathroom... She walks down a future-science hallway like it's a dream sequence of everything white, and then hustles toward a door...
Oh, girlfriend is in the ACUTE PSYCHIATRY WARD. Well. Took twenty-three episodes, which is twenty-two less than it should have, but you know how this show is.
Can't blame a girl for trying, but yeah.
Holder: "Why on earth is my crazy-person friend in crazy-person jail?"
Nurse: "The reason for that is, she is crazy."
Holder: "Oh, that makes sense."
Lt. Carlson, suddenly appearing: "Why would this be a problem?"
Holder: "Because it's those darn Indians! The ones that less that thirty-six hours ago crucified me?"
Carlson: "I'm sorry about that, but I can't see the connection. She is a crazy person. She tried to kill herself."
Holder: "I get why you're saying that, and I get that you are going on what you've heard, but something you may not have noticed in the last nine episodes is there's this huge conspiracy? Using you as their patsy? So maybe the fact that you fired her earlier today, and then boxed up all our shit, and then all of that same shit about a murder that happened less than a month ago disappeared..."
Carlson: "I don't have time for this. And also, as anybody would know but this episode needs to tell you eleven times, the only person that can get her out is her psychiatrist."
Holder: "Okay, just think about who your friends are. Because guess what, that group does not include me or Sarah Linden."
Carlson: "Because who I really need to ally myself with, as the new lieutenant of the Dead Girl Closed-Case and Murder Department, is meth-addicts and crazy people that don't even work here."