The Feast of John the Baptist
Sara is looking at a calendar with the next Holy Day circled on it. As I see the date, June 24, I have an immediate reaction inside of “Please No”. That is my youngest son’s birthday. For some reason it bothers me that his birthday is the date of the next murder. And not just any murder, but most likely Joseph’s murder. The calendar shows it is now June 16, they have a week to stop Beecham before he kills again.
Kreizler is met by Marcus Isaacson (Douglas Smith) outside Beecham’s apartment house. Lucius Isaacson (Matthew Shear) is already in the apartment. As Kreizler looks around the place Lucius tells him “the organic evidence” (body parts) was taken away for analysis. On the wall is a map of the city’s water system. Marcus thinks he is using the system to get around the city. Marcus comments that The Feast of John the Baptist is 10 days away. That would make the date June 14, but Sara’s calendar clearly showed it was June 16. Mistakes like that bother me.
Kreizler seems unsure about Marcus’s assumption that he is using the water system for travel. He wonders if the water is associated with his next murder. I thought the same thing when I first saw the map. It seems so obvious. Then suddenly Kreizler tells the Isaacsons he thinks they are right. Now I’m confused. Kreizler asks for a moment alone. The last time he did that he stabbed a poor dead boy. He lays on Beecham’s bed while the voices of people talking about evidence play in his head. Is he trying to feel as Beecham feels while laying in the bed? Is he losing his mind? As he lays there he stares at the map of the water system, then he rolls over into a fetal position.
Little Boy Lost
Joseph! He is still alive, but curled up in the fetal position in what I’m assuming is the underground water system. He is crying and scared, there is a small fire burning near him. Joseph’s legs and hands are bound. We hear a door squeak open in the distance. Joseph is terrified and I’m terrified for him. A cat is meowing in the distance. Beecham suddenly lowers himself down from the ceiling. We see an orange tabby on the floor in a bag. Beecham picks the bag up. What is he going to do with the kitty? Is he going to throw it in the fire? Please don’t do that! Beecham suddenly slams the bag against the wall and I yell No! What an evil bastard! I close my eyes as he repeatedly slams the bag over and over. I can’t even imagine the level of terror poor Joseph is feeling.
Sara and Moore are at the old bar with Roosevelt. She is telling the Commissioner she is not sure that Beecham had the map for traveling. Sara then reads Luke 3:16 which is about Baptism. She believes that Beecham took the first name John from John the Baptist. Sara tells Roosevelt she believes water is important to his morbid ritual. She thinks Beecham used to map to choose his next location. That’s what I have thought the whole time. Of course now we also know he has Joseph held prisoner down in the water system. They have 6 days until The Feast of John the Baptist. Sara suggests they start at High Bridge Water Tower, the highest point in the city.
Moore returns home and finds Kreizler in the garden talking to his Grandmother (Grace Zabriskie) about murderers. Moore asks if he came there just to frighten his grandmother, she doesn’t look frightened to me. Grandmother tells him she is not frightened of those psychopaths. Good for you Grandma. Kreizler tells Moore he is there to invite him to the Opera, Don Giovanni, on June 24. Moore asks him if he knows why that date is important. Kreizler does. What is he up to? Why does he want to go to the Opera that night? Moore tells him he will be busy with Sara and Roosevelt and asks Kreizler to join them. Kreizler tells him they are expected to be at the Opera that night. That “certain followers” of his work will expect them there. I’m not sure who Kreizler is talking about, the Mayor perhaps. He tells Moore he will meet him at 7:30.
Joseph is still lying on the floor somewhere in the water system. Beecham approaches him as he cries in fear. Joseph is so scared he wets himself. Beecham tells Joseph he is dirtier than a savage. He then says “she only loved me when she bathed me.” He keeps rambling on as he throws a cloth at the boy. A shot of Sara’s calendar shows us it is now June 24. Please let them find the boy before Beecham kills him.
We see Sara, Marcus and Roosevelt heading out to hopefully stop Beecham. As they head out we see Moore arriving at the Opera. Kreizler is already in his box and as he looks across the theater we see Thomas Byrnes (Ted Levine) watching him from another box. Moore arrives at the box telling Kreizler he is still baffled why he is there. I’m just as baffled. Moore tells him that Roosevelt is at Brooklyn Bridge and Sara is with the Isaacsons at High Bridge Tower. He keeps telling Kreizler they need to leave NOW, but the doctor ignores him.
Sara arrives at High Bridge Tower and is greeted by the Isaacsons. We then see Roosevelt and several mounted police officers arrive at Brooklyn Bridge. Kreizler tells Moore to check out Box 16. He sees that Byrnes is watching them. As Sara checks the time she tells Lucius that Moore and Kreizler will join them just as soon as they can. When Moore looks at his pocket watch we see it is now 10:00 pm. Kreizler tells him there is still time. I’m still very confused by this part. Why does Moore stay there if he is so adamant they leave? Why is Kreizler so sure that they still have time?
Every Move You Make…
Byrnes has spent the entire Opera staring at Kreizler and Moore. Sara is very anxious waiting for their arrival. Beecham kneels down next to Joseph and he has a large dagger in his hand. He puts the dagger to Joseph’s neck. Please don’t kill him! Kreizler asks Moore to see if there is anyone in the corridor. Are they finally going to leave? Moore checks and the coast is clear. As the Opera builds in intensity we see Beecham life Joseph over his shoulder and walk off with the boy. The tension is building as we jump from character to character. Many “explosions” start shooting off on stage, as part of the performance, distracting Byrnes. Kreizler and Moore use that opportunity to “escape.”
As Kreizler and Moore hurry away from the Opera Connor (David Wilmot) watches them leave. Sara is becoming suspicious of Kreizler not turning up at the Tower. She asks Marcus what Kreizler was interested in at Beecham’s apartment. Kreizler and Moore are in a carriage, but they are not going towards Sara’s location. The doctor tells Moore they are not going to High Bridge, he says Beecham’s ritual is changing and that he will not be at High Bridge Tower. So Sara is right to be suspicious.
Sara looks at the map of the water system as Kreizler tells Moore that the heart they found belonged to Beecham’s mother. How does he know this? That not only love resides in the heart, but also pain. Sara tells the Isaacsons she is going to see if she can find out what happened to the other men. Kreizler admits he had Moore lie to Roosevelt so the police would be in the wrong location. Why? The two men arrive at Croton Reservoir and enter the building. How did Kreizler figure out this is where Beecham would go? I feel like chunks of information are missing in this episode.
Kreizler and Moore are using candles to guide their way through the dark tunnels of the Reservoir. It feels like they have been looking forever. They just keep following the twists and turns of the tunnels. All we hear is their breathing and the ominous music. They make their way through a metal door and then hear Joseph yelling out for help. Go save him! Moore yells out the boy’s name and Beecham covers Joseph’s mouth and nose until he passes out.
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