“Janet King” recap (2.7): The Ice Queen Melteth

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Welp, I told you so! But also, you told me so! We both told each other, so let’s call it even. Since this is my second-to-last recap of the season (and a horrifying thought: maybe ever), I’d like to pause briefly to say what a delight it’s been to interact with the fans and the people who work on this show. You have all been such open and enthusiastic commenters and have even managed to convey your excitement about episodes without spoiling them for me. At a time when writing on the Internet can be an incredibly frustrating experience, you have infused it with new joy. And as for Marta Dusseldorp, if you are reading this, please know that if you ever start an army or a band or a religion, I will travel all the way to Australia to be led by you.

This episode ties up two of the season’s main mysteries: who killed Todd Wilson and who will Janet sleep with (first). The answers to both are nuanced and highly satisfactory. When last we left our beloved Aussies, Janet was being ruthlessly smeared by the Corruption Commission, Felix Murphy pointed his terrified little finger at Bao Long, and we learned that Simon Hamilton had been secretly hooking up with Robbie Carter, whose wife lay comatose after a (seemingly unrelated) car crash.

This week, Janet and the team hauls Robbie in for questioning and ask if he’s ever owned a firearm. As it turns out, he was given a 3D printed pistol from our friend Mr. Hamilton. He denies it, but the team then shows him this rather damning photograph.

jk7.1WELL, YOU USED YOUR REAL NAME, SO THAT’S YOUR FIRST MISTAKE.  GET YOURSELF A WAX AND A TAN. 3/10 WOULD NOT SURVIVE ON GRINDR.

Next up, Janet goes in for a meeting with the Attorney General, whose slimy menace very nearly on par with the corrupt judge from last season. He informs her that on Wednesday, she will be dragged through a public hearing that will leave her career in tatters, and politely suggests that she might want to resign from the bar between now and then. She floats the idea that she could also solve the mystery between now and then, which he treats as a joke because he don’t know Janet King.

jk7.2YOUR VOICE IS LIKE POISONED CARAMEL, AND I HATE YOU.

He also candidly admits that this situation was always a win-win for him since her success would make him look good and her demise will bring him personal satisfaction. So in a way, I’m glad that he is merely an opportunist, as opposed to the hard-core evil of last season’s child pornographers.

With all this in mind, Janet is feeling understandably uncharitable towards Deb at the moment. When they meet in Appeals Court, Janet gives Tony Gillies the order to shoot to kill.

jk7.3NOT LITERALLY, OBVIOUSLY, AS I AM OPPOSED TO GUN CRIME.

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