Day 3 of the investigation finds Linden realizing once and for all that she's stuck in Seattle until the mystery of Rosie Larsen is resolved. As she reels from the horror of "The Cage" she finds in Fort Washington High School's basement, she learns that Holder is not as shady as previously thought (maybe?) when he explains that he is using NarcScent, which smells and looks like weed -- but isn't weed -- to entice the testimony of impressionable youths. Mighty convenient, if you ask me -- and way less fun... On the grittier side, a video showing Rosie ostensibly being raped by Jasper and his nogoodnik friend Kris takes the investigation to uncomfortable new depths.
All the while, Richmond ferrets out the mole in his campaign: Jamie. Even though his e-mails are traced back to the leak, Jamie maintains his innocence, but Richmond is quick to dismiss him. He's also quick to make sure Councilwoman Yitanes remains on his side -- even if that means stooping to questionable means to keep her there.
And the hits keep coming for the Larsens. Stan is left to take care of the family when Mitch completely detaches from reality. She can't help but listen to a voicemail from Rosie on repeat, then tries to understand what her daughter went through by drowning herself in the bathtub. Needless to say, it's going to be a long, hard road for the Larsen family (and for us).
Previously: Rosie Larsen plunged into a pond outside of Seattle, and she brought the whole town with her -- including her grieving parents, a mayoral candidate whose car became her watery grave, and a homicide detective who just wanted to end her dreary career in Seattle without incident.
Night 2. Richmond returns to his campaign headquarters from the presumably disastrous press conference during which his fellow city council member Ruth Yitanes was supposed to endorse his bid for mayor. That was before Rosie Larsen turned up in one of his campaign cars, and he knowingly failed to disclose this to Yitanes. Hell hath no fury like a councilwoman scorned, y'all. Richmond, Jamie and Gwen exit their car to a flock of reporters asking when Richmond is going to withdraw. He takes the "No comment" route until one of the news hounds boldly asks if Rosie's death reminds him of what happened to his late wife. This rankles Richmond, so he finally tells the press that he is above such crude politicking. He says that his heart goes out to the Larsens and it's about justice being served. Which he may actually believe... or maybe he's just too tired to fight Jamie's cold-hearted strategies anymore and has fallen back to the low-road-masquerading-as-high-road subterfuge that politicians do so very well.
Over at Fort Washington High School, Linden and Holder are surveying the grisly scene at "The Cage," including bloody sheets and walls. Linden looks around in her quiet way until she uncovers a peep hole. Credits.
Linden's boss says it was some party the kids had. He points to the favors -- meth, oxycontin, and booze -- littered around the dank basement. Linden reports that the blood at the scene matches Rosie's type, but they don't know yet whether she was using drugs since the tests are still out. Linden's boss tells her in no uncertain terms, and with little regard for Holder who is lingering nearby, that she must stay on to see through the case. City hall is breathing down his neck and Holder is ill-equipped to handle a sensitive case like this. Linden shakes her head and rolls her eyes as the principal comes in to discover the scene and be horrified anew.
Richmond HQ. Yitanes walks in breathing fire that she wasn't in the loop about Richmond's involvement in the Larsen case. They try to placate her and make excuses about police confidentiality, but she won't be convinced. She rages about how the press goes to town in cases like this, Chappaquiddick, and Chandra Levy, to name a few. She tells Richmond's team that she is done with them.