S1E6: For the first time in the show's young life, the multiple plot lines in last night's The Killing felt connected. Each story developed with similar tones at the same time, each queuing up events for the others, and followed them to their results. It was nice, because, well, the show hasn't really done that yet. Don't get me wrong, The Killing has been terrific, interesting, and at times extremely gripping; but the only connecting device between each seemed to be Rosie's death, which after awhile gets a little bit old (see last week's episode, which wallowed in repetitiveness). So, seeing "What You Have Left" breathe some new life into the season by giving us a few tangible connections between each (like Bennet's involvement with Richmond's neighborhood "All-Stars" initiative) felt, simply, refreshing.
"You almost lost him, Sarah." -Regi
Linden still hasn't left Seattle and, let's be honest here, probably never will. I find it slightly humorous that each episode sets up some type of departure for her -- like this week's red-eye flight -- only for her to obviously not depart (also, her argument against her son's request to leave just a day later was comical). It's redundant, yes. It's inevitable, sure. But at the same time, I would argue it's a necessary reminder of the urgency of the case and just how invested in it Linden is. She's putting off her new life to solve this crime; but at the same time, it raises other questions like: what's she afraid of in her new life? What can't she face? Will she even get married? Will she stay in Seattle? Regardless, having a conflicted lead character is compelling because Linden doesn't stand out like an innocent, white knight of justice. She has her own troubles, and it's quickly becoming apparent how her job is potentially controlling her life. We don't really get a context to what Regi meant by, "You almost lost him," but we can imagine that it has something to do with her inability to separate the job from her life. In a way, she reminds me of McNulty from The Wire -- unable to escape from the job, just without the booze.
"Do you wish she was a boy?" -Amber, Bennet's wife
Meanwhile, we have suspect number one in Bennet, who seems to just be screwing himself more and more each time he opens his mouth to the cops. First, he doesn't tell them about the letters he wrote to Rosie. Then, he forgets to mention that she "dropped off a book," after Linden and Holder talked to neighbors who saw Larsen stop by his house on the night of her murder. But despite all of this, we learned that it's probably not Bennet who murdered Larsen. Right now, it seems like all fingers are pointing to Amber, his wife, (especially because of the shot of her crouching, holding a hammer) and Bennet is mixing up his stories to try and cover for her. Maybe he and Rosie had a secret relationship, his wife found out, took care of it when she showed up at her door, and now Bennet is trying to clean it all up? Perhaps? But probably not. C'mon, that's a little too easy of an assumption -- which brings me to the next point: if Rosie's murder was so simple (by a teacher's wife who's just trying to cover it up), why are we taking the time to develop political figures as characters within the show?
"Who you are is five words: dead girl in a trunk." -Jamie
With that, things are uneasy in the Richmond camp. Jamie's back, which Gwen doesn't seem too thrilled about. She's also upset that Darren didn't trust her and had her email account checked. But the worst possible thing? Richmond's new television spot's final image features Richmond with his arm around suspect number one: Bennet. One of Richmond's talking points is bringing down the crime in neighborhoods, and he's actually done that, except he seems to have done it with the worst possible person in the world to do it with. During the debate, against his advisors' wishes, he brings up that fact and immediately, immediately, Mayor Adams flips it, revealing to the audience that Bennet as the suspect in the Larsen murder. Until that point, Richmond had actually looked like he might have an actual chance at winning the debate -- but unfortunately, the murder mistake was just too much. One major question was raised for me, though: The Killing operates in "real-time," as in, each episode is a day, so now we're only six days after the murder. Would politicians really talk so publicly about something so controversial and risk hurting the case? I'm not so sure.
"Dead men don't press charges." -Holder's Friend
Now, the final connection made this week: Rosie's father Stan used to be muscle for the mob. He's had his own investigation happening, and at the funeral, his source tells him that Bennet is the murderer. So, he presses into Bennet, making him very uncomfortable, and offers him a ride home. Before Bennet was suspicious about Stan's intentions, he seemed very uncomfortable, which is even more proof that Bennet's relationship with Rosie was inappropriate. Now, though, we just need to figure out what exactly their relationship was. So his uneasiness around Stan makes sense, and why he kind of just does whatever he asks (and also why he forgets his cell phone). By that point, Holder's tipped to Stan's connection to the mob, mentions it to Linden, and the two chase him down -- but they're just a minute too late. Stan's gone, with Bennet in the truck, and suddenly, The Killing has changed from a slow, atmosphere-focused drama to a race against time -- and I can't wait to see what happens next.