“Janet King” recap (1.6): Moreno, Mo’ Problems.

 
 

Previously on Janet King, some mysterious person started a rumor that Janet and Erin were secret girlfriends. Janet barely had time to reassure Ash that this was a lie before some other mysterious person blew up their car. At work, Janet learned that Steven Blakely owned the house where Alex Moreno’s daughter was photographed in the nude.

Coming into this episode, I assumed Janet would bounce back from the car-bombing the same way she has bounced back from everything else, but from the first moment it’s clear that she is profoundly shaken. She replays the bombing over and over, her heart still a wreckage of shock and terror and guilt at how close her family came to death.

janetking6.1PLUS ALSO WE WERE ABOUT TO HAVE SEX.

I know I’ve said it before, but Marta Dusseldorp really is a miracle worker, in the way she has crafted a character so strong that you want to believe in her, with the childlike faith we feel in true heroes. It makes it that much more powerful to see her hurting like this; it’s like watching Superman cry. Please give her all your awards and ask her to play Janet for another fifty years, Australia.
When Janet goes to the office, the police have a list of suspects in the bombing, but Janet is convinced it was Alex Moreno. The cops are unconvinced, and think it more likely that the bomber had more of a background in explosives than photography.

janetking6.2LEAVE THE INVESTIGATING TO US; WE HAVE ONLY BEEN WRONG ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME.

Back at DPP HQ, Rizzoli, the Attorney General, and Tony all argue about whether or not Janet should return to work or go into hiding. Janet—who is walking around with some serious PTSD that no one seems to notice or give a shit about—just mutters “sure, fine, I’ll go back to work. But when can I see my family again?” Rizzoli replies that it might be a month, which is the clearest evidence yet that he is a villain who must be destroyed. Also, all Janet’s shots are framed with her FACE against this dramatic black background, and it’s an excellent, bold choice to convey the darkness closing in around her.

janetking6.3THE BLACKNESS REPRESENTS MY SOUL IF THIS SHOW IS NOT RENEWED.

When she’s finally alone, Janet goes over everything she knows about the Blakely-Moreno-Renmark conspiracy so far, and she circles back to that moment I was so struck by last week, when Mia Blakely suddenly became agitated in that way so specific to survivors of abuse. So she visits Mia—who apparently is a boys’ basketball coach, which is a nice little “woman who has been through some shit but is still in a position of power” detail to throw in—and ask what got her so riled up when discussing child porn.

janetking6.4Oh I dunno, maybe it’s because we were DISCUSSING CHILD PORN?

The actress’ name is Harriet Dyer, by the way, and I get the feeling it’s one we should all remember. For now, the memory of whatever happened to her is too much to deal with, but it’s clear that something did happen, and it’s bound to come to light.

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