The Killing
My Lucky Day

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 1 USERS: A
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Poor Old Orpheus

HOSPITAL

Jamie: "Well, I'm finally back. Your hair still looks perfect."
Richmond: "It's genetic. How come your face is broken into a hundred pieces?"
Jamie: "Darren, I..."
Richmond: "-- Doctor already told me. Damndest thing, right?"
Jamie, crying: "They dropped the charges against you about an hour ago, at least."
Richmond: "My lucky day!"

I like to think that, now that the whole bridge thing has unraveled itself, we can get back to mostly liking Darren, because it was always such cognitive dissonance to have to keep all his creepinesses in the air while also approving so much of his behavior. But one of the themes here, maybe the main one, is that grief is solitary by nature and that even if you wanted to come clean about what you're going through, it wouldn't actually help, which is why even the most sane people get so twisted up around it and end up hurting the world in strange places.

That no Orpheus ever didn't look back, because that's the point of the myth: That we do it, and we pay for it, and you can try to prepare yourself for grief but there is no preparation for it, which means you're always going to look back. And then you're in the dark, where things move slowly and everything hurts. And you can't run fast enough to escape it, and you can't run fast enough to erase it.

That death is the great equalizer precisely because it's the one thing you can't argue with -- and the more we try, the more damage we end up doing the living. But we'll never stop arguing, regardless.

LARSEN

Tommy goes out to the car to get Terry's smokes -- in direct contravention of the "don't go outside and get raped and murdered" rule -- and then, like an idiot, tries to smoke one right there in front of the house. He's immediately approached by a man...

Who Stan arrives just in time to attack physically, gratefully, before he explains that he's just a journalist trying to get a story. And really, now that they've officially dropped the charges on Richmond, all bets are off: The killer knows he's back on shout, Stan knows his family is still a target, and everybody's looking which means everything is moving faster again. He's given Tommy his card, so that when Stan goes to his meeting at the end of the episode, you're allowed to think -- just this once -- that Stan has made a choice of anything other than violence. Nice try, fakeout! He totally ends the episode by meeting with some gangsters and telling them to go find Rosie's killer and murder him. Because that plan's gone so well the other eight times he's tried it.

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