Bullet has decided she's now on the team full-time, and leads them through the back alleys and creep spots of Seattle looking for an abductee who may or may not be Kallie, may or may not be related to Joe Mills, may or may not be related to the Piper, but for sure has connections to Beacon House. In the end, they find the girl -- throat all chopped up, but alive -- in a black-bag veterinarian office, and while Bullet's happy that they saved a life, one day of the realities of the Team Linden Lifestyle has her pretty convinced they're never going to find Kallie, and her ass is totally dead.
On the lighter side, it gives Linden ample time to see why Holder's so smitten with the girl -- one scene in particular, in which Bullet offers to ink Linden up with a picture of the North Star ("Because that's what you look at on the ocean. When you get lost, it helps you find your way home"), is not only an episode but a series highlight -- and Holder and Bullet a chance to really coordinate their affections in their lovely, quiet way.
Less soothing is Linden's visit to Holder's dojo, where she finds Caroline resigned to two facts: Holder isn't the sort of person who remembers Valentine's Day, and Holder is turning into a wild Linden animal right before her eyes. And when she has a run-in with Skinner's daughter at the station, it results in so many different kinds of bitchface from his wife that you can picture her just passing the hell out.
Turns out Joe Mills is Mama Dips's son, which Linden intuits almost as quickly as, later, she flips the fuck out on Danette for being such a bad mother. In both cases, you can see Linden's self-loathing from here, but it's a smooth Holder who renders it safe and on the table with "one of his addict sayings," as Linden puts it: "You spot it, you got it."
Adrian's foster mother comes to visit Ray Seward to ask for a final reconciliation; Ray strings her along until she fatally mentions that Adrian's "forgiven" him, at which point he abruptly but not surprisingly flips out. In parallel, chatty Alton has been given the chance to speak to his victims' family, in the hopes of getting points toward his appeal. It's only after the fact, when he returns empty and crestfallen, that he fills Ray in on his crime: He killed his parents in a botched burglary, and the "family" that visited -- and eventually forgave him, breaking his heart -- were his brother and sister.
These C-Block moments are really coalescing into some high-level shit, which I feel like we were promised but took a while to get going. The actors involved, of course, are a dream, but seeing their shadow play reiterations of the show's various themes could eventually turn these closed-box scenarios into more of a show highlight than even Mitch's harrowing journey into bleak stasis (and eventual recovery) was.
In the end, we're a little closer to finding the Piper and Pastor David is still pinging like hell, but the ever-fascinating Joe Mills provides much of the game-changing action. First you've got his mom running a motel to protect his perversity (while claiming he's just an innocent "young soul" that kids love), and then over the course the episode, the real scary shit: Danette received a call from Kallie's phone last night, which combined with Linden's emotional abuse has finally lit a fire under her ass. So she spends the episode driving around looking for her and calling obsessively, but just before she packs it in for the night, she calls one more time, and it rings nearby: The phone's been in Joe's possession this whole time.
Next Week: Bullet continues adjusting to the idea that there may have been a Killing, Danette goes fully apeshit about Joe Mills, we get some testimony from tonight's Pied Piper victim that seems to indict (the obviously psychotic) Pastor Dave, and Linden tries to convince both Skinner and Seward himself -- his execution now two weeks away -- that Ray is innocent.
Team Linden stormed Mama Dips's fleabag and are now tracking the pornographer she's protecting, Joe Mills, whose girlfriend Danette is the mother of the missing girl we're all looking for, Kallie, whose disappearance probably has nothing to do with a serial killer, the Pied Piper, who probably has everything to do with the murder that wrongfully put Ray Seward on Death Row, for which conviction Linden, and her former partner -- and boyfriend -- and current boss/taskforce leader were responsible in the first place.
Some girl who might be Kallie (turns out she isn't) wanders out into the road, face already dicked up and bloody, and gets slightly run over by a young fella. When he gets out to check on her, she's like consumed with the irony. A scary person, seemingly male, appears between the boy and his car, having chased the bloodied youngster out into the street, and then I guess the ... young man just gets back in his car and drives away?
"Good luck with that, bloody-face girl and inexorable spree killer!" he said, and just hopped back into the car, hair and mucus and blood up in the grill, and slurped down the last of his Jamba Juice because who needs it, right? Who needs the stress? Especially when you already live in Seattle Washington, Universal Bummer Capital. It's already stressful enough just driving down this foggy street, drinking this Jamba Juice that tastes like tears and casinos and so many unsolved Killings, and a decaying manufacturing infrastructure, and public works projects on the waterfront that are really just cynical political grandstanding, and just the slightest hint of dangerously unskilled parenting. Slurp.
Danette is doing Danette stuff, slinking around in her briefs-and-t, smoking endless cigarettes, wiping makeup all over her face, scratching at unwashed hair, picking at toes and flipping channels at random. Joe Mills is doing Joe Mills stuff, like being beautiful and also a killer, a raper, a videotaper, of children.
Danette: "Kallie called, according to my phone. But I was too busy spending my welfare checks on steaks and Mercedes Benzes to pick up! I may have overestimated my parenting skills."
Joe Mills: "The part where you threw her out to become a hooker like in the Reba McIntyre song 'Fancy,' that didn't clue you in? Those vulgar Amanda Bynes holes in her face didn't throw any flags up?"
Danette: "Well, I was thinking about how she vanished days ago, and there is a serial killer on the loose who preys only on people who look just like her, and then I was shown video evidence that she was abducted and raped, and so I just started to like, put the clues together. Something is possibly amiss with my daughter."