“Janet King” recap (2.2): Chicken and the Eggs

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After last week’s feelings and commentary-heavy recap, I hope you’ll understand the need to get straight to the plot this week. There’s a lot to untangle, but unfortunately, the mystery this year isn’t quite as captivating as the assisted suicide of Steven Blakely’s wife and the child porn/police corruption case it led to last time. Like Season 1, we begin here with two seemingly unrelated cases that will obviously meet in the middle (military PTSD and gun smuggling), but the episodes keep getting bogged down in trivialities when they should be getting their hooks in our psyches.

The story so far: Todd Wilson was murdered one night, probably owing to the sudden appearance of a diamond bracelet and a backpack full of money in his life. His wife and her family were left bereft and the bartender he was driving home made off with the backpack.

The Australian government—who this show characterizes as turds, but at least turds who take their jobs seriously—actually give a fuck when people are gunned down in the streets, so they give Janet King and her crack team of lawyers a Royal Commission to find out where the guns are coming from. Janet has a personal stake in this mission because her wife, Ash, was killed by a gun two years ago. The premiere ended with Janet visiting the home of Todd’s wife and her family (they know more than they’re saying about how he got that money) and the living room abruptly being filled with a hail of gunfire from a drive-by.

janetking2.1IF I SLEPT WITH A MAN, WOULD YOU STOP TRYING TO KILL ME?

Everyone survives the shooting, though it is deeply triggering to Janet’s PTSD. When the police arrive, they ask they family who might have been responsible for the hail of bullets.

janetking2.2WE WERE JUST A ROOM FULL OF QUEER WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR. WHO COULD POSSIBLY WANT TO KILL US?

janetking2.3I’M SORRY; IT’S JUST TOO EASY.

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