“The Fall” recap (2.6): Actually, it’s all about ethics in serial murder

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Previously on The Fall: Holy shit, a lot of shit went down. Too much use of the word shit? Not enough, because damn, a lot of shit happened. Katie destroyed evidence. Paul destroyed evidence. Sally Ann was oblivious. Jimmy tried to beat up Paul. Paul beat up Jimmy. Katie got arrested. Paul got arrested. Sally Ann was arrested while still being oblivious. Rose Stagg may or may not be alive, we really have no idea still. And Stella played with a female detective’s hair. Like I said, a lot of shit happened.

When last we saw the detectives they were closing in on a burned out car. In the car was, luckily, not the equally burned out body of Rose Stagg. It was the burned out body of the mannequin Paul had been being creepy with last season. When the presence of a freaky ass melted-up doll is good news, you know a show is seriously intense.

DSI Stella Gibson arrives on scene and surveys the damage. It’s definitely Paul Spector’s car, but with no human remains inside (except for creepy doll hair…suppressing internal scream now). She surveys a map to see where the scene is in relation to everything else. I really like this touch because it seems like something detectives actually do instead of pushing three buttons on a mystery machine and then having a suspect’s entire life history, blood type and shoe size.

She spots an outbuilding on the map and asks if it has been searched. It has not, so Stella and the very handy crime scene supervisor (the bald guy whose name I don’t know who basically does whatever Stella asks) drive up to the house on their own. Crime scene guy thinks they should wait for his team to arrive, but Stella waits for no team of men in the pursuit of rescuing Rose. She tells him to fetch the bolt cutters. See, I told you he was a) handy and b) does her bidding.

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They slap on some gloves and they go inside together. Now, my rational mind knows the house is going to be empty. Paul is in prison. Rose was driven away in the trunk of the car. It will be abandoned. But my primal mind is still on the edge of my seat as Stella slowly moves from room to room. Such is the strength of strong writing, excellent pacing and riveting storytelling.

Stella finds a door leading to the upstairs attic. No one will be up there, yet, I am so scared. What she finds is the chair Paul used to tie up Rose and the camera and tripod he used to shoot his videos of her. Stella surveys them meticulously, pulling out her iPad to play the video of Rose. She verifies that this room was indeed the place Paul brought Rose.

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The intricate cat-and-mouse of this series has morphed expertly into a perverse treasure hunt. Instead of a show about capturing Paul, it’s now a show about finding Rose. She is the X that marks the spot in Stella’s conscience.

Paul wakes up in jail, where I hope he will be for the rest of his natural life. I say that, but I’m also annoyed by how un-bothered he seems by prison life. He stretches, he relaxes, he works on his fitness. If only something could disrupt his relative tranquility and give him the ending he deserves. If only.

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Splice-cut to Jimmy. Hey, look at that nifty bit of foreshadowing. Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. Jimmy is still on the run with his police gun and bloody face. His wife, Liz, takes a breather outside of her shelter only to be spotted by one of Jimmy’s thugs. He promptly calls Jimmy. This can lead to absolutely no good.

Stella returns to the prison and gets briefed on who is where. Katie is still being a Teenage Mutant Cliché. Sally Ann is still oblivious. And Rose’s husband is in the office. Stella carefully briefs him on the latest developments and arrest. He asks if that means Rose is dead and she replies, “No, I’m not saying that at all. Not at all.” That is as much hope as it is fact.

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