Even after being warned by everybody on the show -- from his father-in-law to Sarah Linden herself -- Stan Larsen still can't quite believe that randomly offering a $12K reward was a dumb idea... Until he gets suckered by a psychic, who offers to act as a medium for his dead daughter, at which point he realizes he has done yet another crazy thing out of grief. Step One, Stan: Buy some lightbulbs. Maybe open a window or something. You can't change the Seattle weather, and I understand that, but you can change the fact that your entire bummer family is Gollums.
Jamie is adamant that Darren Richmond come clean about where he was the night Rosie was getting murdered, but I guess he's still thinking the stigma of mental illness outweighs the stigma of being a killer of little girls. Darren threatens the Mayor about the leaked photograph, and suddenly the Richmond storyline starts crossing back over into the waterfront projects/Wapi Tribe stuff. Also, Ben Abani is on the case as far as who leaked the fake photo, so that'll get scary at some point. Or I guess scarier, since we already know this crosses back to the Polish restaurant guys.
Gwen sets up a meeting for Darren and Chief Nicole in the morning, he and Gwen have a mostly legit squabble about some things, and Jamie finds a gun in Darren's drawer. Hopefully he will remember to bring that with him to the meeting with Chief Nicole, because I don't know if you noticed this yet but that lady is hardcore.
To wit: Holder's missing, right, so Linden leaves Jack at his apartment and immediately gets the Carlson Veto on a search party. After screaming at her boss for the obligatory five minutes of every episode where she does this, she heads back to the rez and gets more nonsense from them. While she's pointing out to Roberta that a dead detective will make this whole situation federal, Carlson shows up with a search team after all, and locate Holder's Pez dispenser.
Then I think there's a ghost or something. Some little girl ghost like you know Linden is always secretly seeing and just not talking about it. Just shoving it down and covering it with gum. Just as Chief Nicole's arriving, lawyered up, to stop the search, they find Holder: Tied to a tree, like Keylela, broken and suffering from exposure. Linden calls Jack to tell him Holder's okay, which is thoughtful! I must admit we were curious too!
Holder's assface sister gives Linden the matchbook from last week, just in time for her to make the appointment. We learn from the maid, Mary, that Rosie also worked as a maid at the casino, and that she was in that elevator the night she died even though she wasn't scheduled to work at all, and then after that they all got their tenth floor keys taken away.
Back at HQ, Linden gets fired for the millionth time so she goes to Holder's, where the cops strong-arm her out of there. Where's Jack? Hanging out at Regi's boat, where he ran when the cops showed up, because this is his life now. Linden finally -- finally -- realizes she has to make a choice between her obsession about this case and her duties as a parent, so she -- you guessed it! -- ships poor Jack off to Chicago so he'll stop distracting her from this whole Killing thing.
Just kidding, this whole part of the episode was actually really moving. I mean, the acting is always good but they don't really have a lot to emote about except for the Larsens and the complete hash Sarah makes of everything all the time, so the fact that they actually got have family discussions about real shit, and Holder is okay and was all up in that business, well, it was very touching and well done.
After making amends to his nephew and getting discharged, Holder runs to Linden's side to say goodbye to Jack and see him off. Thinking they are about to have an actual human conversation about feelings or her childhood, or her child, or getting super-for-real fired, or some shit like that, Holder is ruefully unsurprised when the next words out of Sarah's mouth are, "We gotta that key to the tenth floor!"
Next week: Darren v. Chief Nicole, that suspenseful and titillating waterfront construction storyline you've been gagging for all season, and I think maybe some Mitch. Meanwhile, Sarah Linden continues to detect crimes, even though she is no longer a detective, and then not solve them anyway, because that is not what she's about.
Stan decided what his prostitution- and insanity-rich family needed was more creeps bugging them, so he co-opted a Richmond "presser" and offered twelve grand to whatever mobster or fake psychic or general lowlife Rooster and Lily St. James that might wander along with details of Rosie's death or life. The Mayor faked a photograph that seemed to prove Darren was responsible for the murder, and even though he's been acquitted the Mayor's still trying to squeeze that stone whenever he can. Linden's son finally had that nervous breakdown he's been working on, while Holder -- before his death at the hands of Native Americans -- had a strange run-in with one of the maids at the Casino. At this point people are just handing them red herrings.
Linden: "Policemen! My vehicle is obstructed by a passing train and so I cannot solve this issue myself, but I just received a phone call in which my partner could be heard having the living shit kicked out of him on a reservation. Search for him immediately."
Coworker: "Officer, I can't just do that..."
Linden: "Then proceed through the chain of command in a timely fashion!"
Jack: "Mom, what's going on? What horrible thing is going on now?"
Linden: "Progeny. Return to sleeping. Or to crying uncontrollably."
Jack: "What's going on with Holder?"
Linden: "Nothing, Progeny. He is being abused by the Native Americans, as in a myth typical to their people. I will deposit you at his residence so that you will stop talking to me. For I crave the silence."
Jack: "I don't want to stay at Holder's apartment! I want to go with you! Or to Regi's! You keep leaving me places and then I keep getting almost taken away from you! I have had it!"
Linden: "You have had it. I see your point, Progeny. This Killing. It is pushing us all beyond our limits."
Jack: "Could you just this one time let the cops do their jobs?"
Linden: "A laughable suggestion."
Coworker: "Lieutenant Carlson has denied your request for a search party."
Linden: "But an officer is down. I have told this to you."
Linden: "An officer is down. I am feeling anxiety, Superior."
Carlson: "You should try knocking some time. It makes people react better when you do that, instead of just rushing in with your whole intensity thing."