The Final Showdown
Moore leads Kreizler through the tunnels and Beecham carries the unconscious Joseph up a ladder. Hurry! Moore is right on his heels. As Beecham carries the boy away from the ladder we see Moore arrive at the bottom of it. Climb quickly, save Joseph. When Moore and Kreizler make it up the ladder they hear Beecham shatter a lamp plunging the room into darkness. Moore finds Joseph on the floor, unconscious but alive. Where did Beecham go? Kreizler hears clanging on the pipes and goes cautiously looking for the killer. TURN AROUND! Beecham is silently crawling along the pipes on the ceiling behind the doctor. As Kreizler enters another room Beecham attacks him from above.
Did Beecham kill Kreizler? Something catches Moore’s attention and he starts calling out for nervously for Kreizler. These guys need to watch their backs better. Beecham has lowered himself from the ceiling behind Moore. He grabs him from behind and repeatedly slams his head against the wall. As Moore slumps to the floor we see Kreizler trying to sit up. Thank God he didn’t kill him. Kreizler rushes back into the room and he is grabbed. All of a sudden we see Connor come walking into the tunnels. Will he save them? As much as I hate the man, I hope he will save them.
Sara pulls up to Croton Reservoir. How did she know to go there? I’m not sure how Kreizler figured it out, and now Sara has too. This part should have been explained better. Beecham has Kreizler pinned to the floor, the doctor calls him by his real name, Japheth. We see the killer start to twitch, then he pulls his dagger out. He runs the weapon along the side of Kreizler’s face. He tells him “I could take your eyes, but I want you to see.” See what? Joseph’s murder? He then pulls Kreizler’s bad arm straight out causing him to scream in pain.
Sara rushes into the building as Beecham starts removing his clothes. Kreizler tells him he knows what has happened to him. Sara can hear their voices as she works her way down the tunnels. Kreizler tells Beecham that killing Joseph won’t rid him of his mother. Beecham looks at him and says “you think that’s why?” As he starts to carry the boy away Connor enters the room and shoots at Beecham. Kreizler yells out “NO!” Now I understand why he didn’t want the police there, he wanted to be able to talk to the man. Find out WHY he kills the boys. I will say that while Kreizler is upset that Connor shot him, I’m thrilled. He saved Joseph’s life.
A Blood Bath?
Sara hears the gunshot and hurries faster towards the voices. Connor says he walked in on a blood bath. What? No! He’s going to kill them all. Why would I think for even a second that he would do ANYTHING good? He’s going to kill them all and blame it on Beecham. Sara arrives in the room and he turns the gun on her. He tells her that the police department is no place for a lady as lovely as she is, and then starts choking her. Someone save her! Where is Moore? Is he still alive? As Connor squeezes harder on her neck a shot rings out.Yes! Who saved Sara?
Do I really need to ask that? Have I not learned by now that Sara can take care of herself? It was Sara that shot him. He drops to the floor and dies. Beecham is no longer in the room so Kreizler goes looking for him. Sara finds Moore on the floor, he is alive. Moore then cradles Joseph in his arms, relieved that the boy is still alive. Kreizler finds Beecham at the top of the Reservoir gasping for breath. The doctor asks him why he killed the boys, but he dies before he can tell him anything. Although I honestly doubt he would have told him the reason even if he could.
…And To Do Good
Roosevelt is at Kreizler’s institute. He is upset and asks Sara what happened with Connor. Moore, ever the gentleman, tries to take the blame for killing him. Sara of course won’t let that happen and confesses she shot him. Roosevelt looks very confused. Is he going to arrest Sara? It was self defense. I’m surprised when he tells her she always had the courage to do what needed to be done. I’m not surprised by the fact, because she does, but that he seems to be okay with what she did. He tells Sara her father would be proud of her.
Kreizler and the Isaacsons are dissecting Beecham’s brain. Kreizler then tells Roosevelt, Moore and Sara that it is a perfectly normal and healthy brain. Moore asks if it proves he wasn’t insane and the doctor tells him it proves they don’t know anything. Roosevelt reminds him he found a killer with no connection to his victims, that he stopped a monster. Kreizler says they were looking for a monster, but all they found was a wounded child. He still has sympathy for Japheth/Beecham is appears. Sara tells him she knows how badly he wanted him alive. Kreizler tells her that while Jesse Pomeroy and Japheth Dury will take their secrets to the grave, there will be more. That maybe one day they will figure out what makes someone do evil, Sara adds “and to do good.”
A driverless horse drawn carriage comes into Police Headquarters. There is a body in the back with some notes pinned to it. The notes say “Japheth Dury” and “This is the man who killed the boys.” We are then at a ceremony where Roosevelt is honoring Captain Connor as Byrnes looks on. He touts him as a hero. I’m torn by this event. While I don’t want that scum being thought of as a hero, if it keeps Sara out of trouble and leaves his innocent family better off, I guess I”m okay with it. Roosevelt gives a Medal of Commendation to Connor’s family and Byrnes, while looking skeptical, seems satisfied with this outcome. He leads the officers there in a salute which Connor’s son Thomas (Art Burnett) returns. Byrnes then gives Roosevelt a “screw you” look and Roosevelt smiles happily. Byrnes can’t publicly say anything negative about the case now, or it will take away Connor’s accolades.
Kreizler is out to dinner with Sara, Moore and the Isaacson twins. He says the last four months have made them all friends. Moore then calls for a toast to friendship. Kreizler slips a lovely ring he planned to give Mary to Moore. He tells his friend he hopes he can find someone to give it to. I’m sure Kreizler is assuming he will give it to Sara. After dinner Moore is walking with Sara. When he tells her he meant it when he said he loved her, she tells him he just loves what he doesn’t have. He tells her he will wait patiently until she becomes Chief of Detectives. Moore tells her the 20th Century is upon them and who knows, women may even get the right to vote one day. He climbs into Sara’s cab and rides off leaving her to get another one. This exchange between the two of them is all good-natured and fun.
You Did The Best You Could
Kreizler is walking through some beautiful grounds with a nurse. She points out a man for the doctor. Who has Kreizler gone to see? He sits next an old man (Tim Barlow) and speaks to him in German. He tells the man he’s not sure why he has come. I realize that this is his father. Also in German he tells his father maybe it’s because he is free to speak his mind now. Switching to English he tells his father he has always blamed his failings on what he did to him as a child. Kreizler then takes ownership of his failings. He tells his father he understands his father tried to prepare him for a lifetime of disappointment and pain. Kreizler then tells his father he was wrong though, that people can be better than nature intended. He tells his father “you did the best you could” and then says “goodbye Papi” The Series comes to a close as Kreizler walks away.
I loved this Series, I’m not ready for it to be over. I don’t want to say good bye to these characters. It was listed as a “Limited Series” but I hope, considering the outstanding ratings, they decide to do a Season 2. I still have questions I need answered. Did Moore take Joseph in? I had been hoping for weeks that he would, but we are never told. Will Sara and Moore eventually end up together? Or does she have feelings for Kreizler? We never did really learn how Beecham was able to gain the boys’ trust. Just because he could understand what they had been through? There had to be more to it than that. I had not read the book before watching the show so everything that happened was a surprise to me. I’m thinking maybe I should read the book now to see if there were more details that they did not have time to fit into the show.