Season One, Episode Four
It’s day four of the investigation of Rosie Larsen’s murder and Jasper and Kris Echols are brought into the police department for questioning after they’re caught on video with Rosie in “the cage” on the night of her murder. Kris is on the edge as Holder tries to get in his head. I’m not sure if it were the drugs or if he was actually hiding something, but he was obviously disturbed in the holding room. Jasper had his lawyer present who tried to silence anything he had to say, but after Linden showed him the video in “the cage,” Jasper came clean. Kris came clean as well, and we learn further into the episode that it wasn’t Rosie with them, it was Sterling.
Come on! Holder was obviously pissed because let’s face it, they thought they had a real good lead and now that’s all but washed away. But Sterling did reveal that Rosie would take the 108 bus almost every weekend. Holder hopped on the bus to see what he could find.
Meanwhile, the Larsens are trying to continue on with their lives. Their story-line is definitely not easy to watch. The grieving process is a slow and painful one to endure, and it’s also one that many fans of the show believe to slow down the pacing. To me, the way The Killing is displaying the Larsens dealing with the death of their own is careful, deliberate, and tasteful. Since each day is one day in the life after the murder, we’re shown all the details and how everyone is dealing with it. The scene when Mitch asks the priest where God was when Rosie died was the tear-jerker of the night.
Now let’s talk about Linden. On the fourth day of the investigation, her fiance surprises her on the boat with the cake sampling for their upcoming wedding. There was a moment when Rick questions Linden about the bandage on her left arm. I found this moment peculiar because it seemed like there might’ve been something in Linden’s past, maybe her trying to commit suicide. But then he disarms her worry by asking if it was from the investigation.
Another interesting thing that popped up in the episode was about Stan Larsen and his past of possibly working for that mob-like figure. He’s a man of that build who wouldn’t surprise me if he worked for the mob, but he’s a good man who likely wanted out and now is trying to make an honest living. But I was heartbroken when you found out he bought a house for the family, and now can’t afford it.
And with the Darren Richmond third of the story, he gets the endorsement he needed to make a final push in his campaign. We also find out that Jamie wasn’t the leak in the party and that Richmond knows it. The likelihood of Gwen being the leak (or being a part of the leak) seems strong, but there are plenty of questions there. It is going to be intriguing to watch what kind of game Richmond and Jamie are going to pull now that Jamie’s on the inside of Richmond’s competition.
At the end of the episode, our detectives fall into new information that will surely be moving them onto the next step. Holder gets off at the stop Rosie took and finds where she has been hanging out. And Linden locates a handful of hand-written letters by someone named Bennett. The Killing is moving into an exciting stint and I cannot wait until next week. I’m sure we’re going to be introduced to some new characters, which will just add on to the suspects list.