Join Me For Dinner
Kreizler is out to dinner at a very fancy restaurant. I’m not sure if he is eating alone, or if he is waiting for someone. Suddenly Sara appears at his table, but his surprise tells me he was not expecting her. At first she refuses to join him, but he insists and she finally sits down. When Sara does not like the wine, she tells Kreizler she prefers Whiskey. Her father taught her that to live in a man’s world she needed to drink like a man.
Sara has brought Kreizler two police reports that fit the suspect. A 29 year old unmarried man who volunteers at children’s charities. The 2nd is a 29 year old who was accused of assaulting a 12 year old boy. Bishop Henry Potter, the head of the Episcopal Church, claimed it was a misunderstanding and only roughhousing. When Sara ends up calling Kreizler “intractable” he becomes visibly upset. She tells him he has a gift for it, I think it was like a knife to his heart. I still believe he has feelings for Sara and this has really hurt him.
Kreizler goes to talk to Bishop Potter, explaining they have a mutual acquaintance, Theodore Roosevelt. He asks the Bishop if he has a member of his congregation that has had trouble with the police. The Bishop denies anyone like that. After showing the police report, with the young man’s name retracted, the Bishop accidentally lets it slip that he is a Van Bergen. Kreizler asks if the man would be capable of murder, the Bishop does not answer. He lets Kreizler know he does not think highly of psychology. As the doctor begins to leave he notices a giant calendar on the wall. He asks the Bishop the importance of February 19 as that date is in red. The Bishop informs him it was Ash Wednesday.
Roosevelt shows up at Kreizler’s institute where the doctor tells him the suspect is Willem Van Bergen. Roosevelt is stunned and asks Kreizler if he’s sure. He says he is sure that Willem has traits that match the killers. When Roosevelt tells him the Mayor has told him to look the other way Kreizler tells him to look the other way. He then announces that Willem is not the killer. I’m a little surprised, but I had wondered that myself. It seemed all too easy an answer. The doctor explains that the killer is targeting boys that remind him of his own youth. Roosevelt doesn’t appear to buy Kreizler’s theory.
Back at Police Headquarters Roosevelt asks Captain Connor what he knows of a Willem Van Bergen. I love watching that weasel practically choke on his words as he stammers and finally says he knows the name. Connor then claims he did not know there were any complaints against Willem. Roosevelt comments on the neatness of Connor’s office. I’m not sure if that means anything or not, but I found it interesting. He then asks Connor to discreetly find Willem’s address.
Willem is filling a milk bath for the boy he brought home. The boy asks what happened to his teeth and he says “candy.” We jump to police headquarters and see Roosevelt, Connor and his men rushing out to arrest Willem. The scene jumps back and forth between Willem and the boy who is now dressed as a girl and the police rushing to his home. Willem slips something into the boy’s drink. I starting to think Kreizler could be wrong on this one, it sure seems like Willem is the killer.
The Arrest of Willem?
The police rush into an apartment building as Willem is dancing with the boy. Willem tells the boy “you’re mine now,” as Roosevelt approaches the apartment door. Roosevelt pounds on the door, Willem and the boy are startled by the knock. My heart is pounding as Roosevelt demands the door be opened. He has his gun cocked and ready as the door starts to open. In a twist we see that it is Mrs Van Bergen (Sean Young) at Willem’s door. Roosevelt is shocked when a sweet, little old lady named Miss Effie opens the door he is pounding on.
Mrs Van Bergen tells her footman to “deal with the boy,” and as he is escorted out he asks if he can keep the dress. Miss Effie tells Roosevelt she has lived in that apartment for 26 years. Connor tries to fake surprise that it’s the wrong address but he’s not fooling anyone. Mrs Van Bergen tells Willem he has to leave and he tells her she can’t make him. She tells Willem it’s only for a little while and as she calls him her good, good boy she leans in for non-motherly kiss. He jumps up yelling No over and over again. This is obviously not something new, no wonder he is so screwed up. Outside the apartment building Roosevelt rips Connor’s badge off and demands his weapon. I did not see this coming, but I’m really happy to see Connor finally get what he deserves. You go Teddy!
A Pattern is Revealed
Moore shows up at Kreizler’s house after being summoned there. The doctor explains the killer is following a pattern and hands Moore a small book, “The Episcopal Church Calendar.” The “negro boy” was found dead on Jan 1, “The Feast of the Circumcision of Christ.” Aaron Morton was found on Feb 2, “Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Giorgio’s body was found Mar 3, which matches no Holy Day. To me the pattern would say it’s not about Religion, but the dates. I would think the next boy should have been found Apr 4.
Kreizler thinks the same thing, but Ali Benghazi was found on Apr 3, “Good Friday” and the pattern of dates was broken. Kreizler explains that the letter said Giorgio was seen on Feb 19 parading himself with dirt and paint. February 19 was Ash Wednesday. So there is a religious connection to all the murders. The next Holy Day is May 14 “The Ascension” which Moore says is in just a few days.
There are only a few days to find the killer before another boy dies. Sadly, I don’t think they will solve it that quickly, I fear there will be at least one more victim. I now have to agree with Kreizler that it seems highly unlikely to be Willem. I do have some confusion though as they have been speculating it’s a wealthy man. But now Kreizler says the killer grew up poor. So are they looking for a self made man instead of a member of “The 400”? I love all the twists and turns this show is bringing and can’t wait to see what happens next.
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