“Janet King” recap (2.3): Comfort and Caffeine

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What a relief! After two episodes that had me worried whether we were ever going to get invested in the mystery of this season, Janet King is finally showing the kind of all-front brilliance we fell in love with last time around.  It’s also consistently keeping Janet’s character evolving, and introduced NOT ONE BUT TWO potential female love interests for our elegant greyhound of justice (a turn of phrase I am unlikely to improve upon when describing our titular heroine).

Unfortunately for your dear recapper, Janet King’s brilliance is couched in the weaving together of FAR TOO MANY intricate plotlines (while simultaneously tipping their hand as to the true villains early on, a trait I have come to find endearing, rather than frustrating). Here is where things stand at the beginning of the episode.

  1. Todd, the murder victim, was killed owing to his tendency to steal Ferraris, one of which contained a mysterious box.
  2. George Healey was a small-time drug dealer, who was not involved in Todd’s murder, but did have information relating to whomever was responsible for the gun-smuggling. Before he could share his knowledge with the police, however, he had a fatal run-in with a murderer and the tree in his backyard.
  3. Todd’s widow, Elaheh, is trying to get through this with her family, including her sister-in-law, whose PTSD-afflicted colleague killed himself after being neglected by their major. (ALLEGEDLY.)
  4. Ash’s evil sister is trying to steal Ash’s last embryo using the court system, and we hate her intensely.
  5. And finally, Janet found out that the bullets used to shoot up Elaheh’s home matched the ballistics of two other crimes: The kneecapping of a gambler named Felix, and Ash’s murder.

Now, I know that’s a lot to keep track of, but if Janet can do it, so can we.

janetking3.1I AM CENTERED IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT JUSTICE AND LATTES SHALL BE SERVED.

The best move that this show makes is trusting Marta Dusseldorp’s aristocratic and mostly still face to carry the emotional weight of the show.

janetking3.2DEVASTATED BUT ALSO GETTING TURNED ON BY THIS BATH.

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