Recap: The Start
Season one of In the Dark follows Murphy as she tries to find Tyson’s killer. She goes looking for him one night and stumbles across his body in the alley where they usually meet. While she calls for help, no one comes, so she goes back to her apartment down the street to call the police. By the time they arrive, there isn’t a body.
Detectives Dean and Jules come to speak her, but both seem reluctant to believe her story. Murphy is drunk, looks disheveled, and is blind, so of course, they believe she must be mistaken. Tyson probably just ran away. Dean tries to relate to her, as his daughter, Chloe is also blind. Murphy, the ever sarcastic one, is less than warm back. As the pilot continues, she comes to realize that she is the only person who will find Tyson, starting her obsession.
Not Your Typical Heroine
As we meet more characters, it becomes clear that Murphy has poor relationships with everyone but Jess. Her parents struggle to make her happy, but she pushes them away. She hates that they made Guiding Hope for her and only begins to use her seeing-eye dog, Pretzel when she loses her cane. Felix, who also works for Guiding Hope, is constantly frustrated with her. Even Max, who eventually becomes her boyfriend, struggles to understand how to get her to have a serious conversation.
But, Murphy bonds with Dean’s daughter, Chloe, throughout the season. They go on multiple adventures (some of which don’t end well), and she’s much more at ease with the young girl. She talks more and is willing to help out where Dean struggles, including a period mishap. It seems like one of the few times during the season that she feels happy and is open.
Take it to the Max?
Murphy also tracks down Darnell, who Tyson worked for selling drugs. She initially believes that he is the one who murdered him but came to decide that he is not. Darnell uses a burger food truck owned by Max to launder money for his drugs. She meets Max there one day taunting Darnell for more information. She goes on a date with him, swearing it would just be once, but it quickly becomes more (but not before she injures his penis).
With Max now in tow, Murphy gets closer to Tyson’s killer. Darnell tells him that Tyson ran away with a girl and Tyson’s girlfriend seemingly confirms it—but who turns out not to be a girl at all, but his long lost father that lives out of town. He admits he hasn’t seen Tyson in some time and the two go back to square one.
Murphy is falling harder for Max each day, though she doesn’t want to admit it. They start to do cute things, including picking out a safe coffee table for Max’s apartment, so she doesn’t get hurt walking around there. Max is quick to want to help her, which pisses Murphy off and often causes rifts in their relationship. Jess tells him time and time again to give her a chance to warm up.
The Murder is Solved?
During this time, Murphy and Jess find out that Felix is loaded though he doesn’t take his mother’s money. Guiding Hope is all he has, as his mother does not believe him to be the son she wants. Jess begins to bond with Felix during this episode, but as usual, Murphy is brash and a bit cruel, leaving her on her own by the end of it. Things only get worse when the worst is confirmed: police have found Tyson’s body.
They soon can pin Tyson’s murder on another drug mover that worked for Darnell. Murphy identifies his voice (as she walks in on another murder in this episode—people might want to stay away from her) and it’s enough to put him away, but he makes bail and wants to kill her. While Murphy believes she’s safe, she takes Chloe to the mall to see a boy she likes and gets abducted in an Uber mix up. (Watch this episode, that’s all I’ll say.)
Not Over Yet
A big OMG moment: Darnell is sleeping with Detective Jules, and she saves him on numerous occasions. She even gets him arrested for Tyson’s murder to stop him from walking into a setup. Alas, this backfires later.
Soon, as Max and Jess come after Murphy, worried for her safety, our murderer is no longer an issue, and for a brief amount of time, all seems calm. She begins to fall harder for Max, and we see many cute moments, but Jess soon finds out from Dean’s short-lived girlfriend and the bartender where Murphy and Jess frequent, that Tyson has two killers. One strangled him but didn’t kill him. The second put a bullet in his head.
Jess struggles with this information and wonders if she should tell Murphy, who was obsessed with the case. She wants her to get back to normal. Finally, she decides she can’t lie to her best friend and reveals the information. As she once again spirals looking for his killer, she learns a shocking secret from Max. Max is an informant for the police and working for them to put Darnell’s boss, Nia, away for a long time. Murphy believes the person who killed Tyson thought he was the informant, and thus she believes Max is the reason her friend’s dead.
Not Your Typical “Vacation”
Nia has found out Max is the informant and wants Max dead. Murphy comes to give him his stuff back (being the reason your friend is murdered is a break-up-able offense in her book, despite it not being true) and is “abducted” by Max for her troubles. In reality, Nia sent someone to kill him, and they take off in his food truck to escape. This leads them to the middle of the woods where they ditch the truck and begin to trek through a snowy wooded area until they come to a house. Murphy doesn’t want to talk to Max, who injured himself getting into a boat while putting more distance between them and the murder for hire. She’s ice-cold, in fact.
But soon, as her anger fizzles and they makeup, their safety is once again compromised. The man trying to kill him breaks into the house, and they leave through a window in just enough time. Max takes her back to the rowboat and puts her on it, but says he has to stay behind. Murphy rows away as she hears gunshots.