Is Kreizler Hiding Something?
Cyrus had told Kreizler there was blood on his shirt, but he said it was ink. We find the doctor trying to clean the stain out of his shirt. It does appear to be blood, where did he come in contact with blood? And why is he lying about it? Kreizler is not able to lift his right arm. While it has been obvious from the beginning this is the first time it’s really showcased. He is struggling to clean the stain from his left cuff while wearing the shirt.
He then begins angrily undressing. Two thoughts came to mind as I watch his struggle to do this with only one hand. First it reminds me of myself, having recently injured my right arm, I’m sure this is how I look attempting to undress. Second it makes me wonder how he injured his arm. Was he born this way? Was there an accident of some sort? I hope we eventually find out this information.
As he finally gets his shirt off his servant Mary (Q’orianka Kilcher) enters the room. She then starts signing to him that she will wash his shirt. Mary can’t talk? I guess that explains what appeared to be “aloofness” in her. Did I miss this earlier? Or is this the first time we are made aware of her inability to talk? As she takes his shirt they stand there looking at each other in a way I’m not totally sure I can understand Stevie rushes in telling him there has been “another one”.
Another Dead Boy
Cyrus leads Moore and Sara into the old immigration station, it is being turned into an aquarium. The body is laying on a skylight on the roof. Cyrus explains that all the doors were locked and none of the keys are missing. I’m trying to come up with ways this killer is reaching all these heights. I’m picturing all sorts of old fashioned flying machines, giant balloons, acrobatic skills. None of it seems to make sense though. I’m dying to find out how he is doing this.
Roosevelt, Kreizler and The Isaacsons are already on the roof. Roosevelt tells Kreizler he has instructed the dispatcher to hold back one hour on the news. Kreizler tells him he should give him three hours. Sara looks on in shock as the boy is rolled over and it is revealed that he is also missing his eyes.
Captain Connor’s Fury
Roundsman Barkley enters Captain Connor’s office to tell him about the latest murder. When he tells him another “boy whore” has died Connor becomes upset that he was not told sooner. Barkley tells him the Commissioner and “those two sheeny detectives” had gone to the scene. This is the first show I’ve had to continually reference a list of ethnic slurs for to make sure I’m spelling them correctly. Connor and his men rush out of the station and he finds Byrnes already there waiting for him.
As Roosevelt deals with the press, who are already on the scene, Cyrus tells Stevie to get around front and let them know when the police arrive. The Isaacson brothers are examining the eye socket of the murdered boy. They say the eye was removed with the same instrument as the Zweig boy’s eye. Sara seems overcome with the scene in front of her. I guess she is not quite as “tough” as she lets on.
Probing the Killer’s Psyche
Sara figures out that the killer is attracted to heights. Honestly, I thought that was already quite obvious, but Kreizler seems excited by what she has figured out. Or maybe he’s just happy that she is becoming more like him in her thinking. He asks what else the scene tells her. She thinks maybe water plays a role and the doctor agrees. The pair also realize that the killer has evolved. He is no longer hiding his victims. As they discuss this we see a man hidden in the shadowy beams of the building. This must be the murderer. He did not escape the building after all.
Lucius tells Kreizler it appears the boy was strangled. He finds no defensive marks on his hands which shocks Sara. Kreizler explains strangling was part of a sex act and the boy trusted the killer. A fingermark is discovered on the boy and Kreizler wants it photographed. Marcus does not think it’s possible to reproduce something that small without enough light. Kreizler tells them to try, and they photograph it through a magnifying glass.
Time to Flee
As Captain Connor and his men approach the aquarium Stevie signals Roosevelt who then alerts Cyrus. He lets everyone on the roof know the police have arrived. Kreizler is hesitant to leave yet, but Moore tells him Roosevelt will be in trouble if he is discovered at the scene. He has to physically force the doctor to leave and Sara follows them off the roof. In their haste to leave Moore drops his sketchbook. I panic that the police are going to find this and have proof they were there.
Roosevelt tells Connor that The Isaacsons have already started their investigation and that his men should assist them. We then see someone opening Moore’s book and removing a folded picture. As the trio attempt to flee the building unseen they find the back door locked. Moore runs back to get the key off the wall. Connor’s men enter the building just as Moore scurries away with the key. They manage to escape out the back door without being seen. I’m still worried though about Moore’s book being discovered.
Kreizler, Moore and Sara return to the doctor’s house where Mary has a large breakfast waiting for them. Instead of being grateful Kreizler snaps at her for being there without being asked. She looks so hurt and I feel so bad for her. Kreizler seems completely incapable of appreciating anything. Mary holds her head high though as she leaves and a shocked Moore has the courtesy to thank her for making the meal.
The doctor says they must use empathy to discover why this man kills. Moore is stunned by this statement. He reminds Kreizler the man kills children for pleasure. Kreizler’s response to this is to offer Moore a book titled “Psychopathia Sexualis” to help him put himself in the killer’s place. Moore says that notion fills him with loathing.
Kreizler Loses It
I would guess Kreizler is not happy with Moore’s reaction. He falls back to his usual tactic of probing into people’s psyche when confronted. He asks Moore why he seeks the companionship of strangers. Kreizler brings up many painful events from his past; his father’s disapproval, his brother’s death and a new bit of information his broken engagement.
Kreizler decides that the killer may be reliving a traumatic event in his life. He then asks Sara how she coped with her father’s suicide. Sara just stares at Kreizler as Moore tells her she does not have to answer. Kreizler persists in digging to find out what Sara uses to help her deal with the pain. Moore tells her to come with him and Kreizler tells her to go on and leave. A single tear drops from Sara’s eye making my heart ache. Kreizler’s cruelty is unbearable. It makes me wonder what HIS past pains are and how HE deals with them.
Sara and Moore
In the carriage Sara gives Moore a dirty look knowing Kreizler must have learned about her father from him. He tells her the doctor asked, so he just told him the truth. Sara asks him about Mary, knowing that his reaction was more than just reprimanding a servant. Moore tells her that Kreizler took Mary in when she was young. When Sara asks why he tells her that Mary burnt her father to death, and that it took her several attempts to set him alight. Sara looks properly horrified by this news.
Sara tells Moore that Kreizler was embarrassed to show his concern for Mary in front of them and this made him angry. Moore tells her she is beginning to sound like Kreizler. I think she likes that comparison. She tells him he can be quite amusing when he wants to be. Moore misinterprets her statement and leans in to kiss her on the cheek. He does not misinterpret her reaction to it though. He pulls away looking quite embarrassed.
As the episode ends Moore discovers his sketchbook is missing. We then see the killer stroking the picture Moore had done of Giorgio’s body. I love that this episode gives us little bits of background information about most of the characters. As we learn more about everyone around Kreizler I’m becoming eager to find out what makes HIM tick. I’m sure he has some very deep wounds hidden under his very pompous exterior.
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