If You Give a Knife to a Murderer…
Much to the shock of everyone, we quickly learn that our prisoner has a guard’s key, and he throws open the door and stabs Ainsley’s boyfriend. The guard and Malcolm rush to get the door closed, but nothing good comes of this. Her boyfriend is gasping at first but quickly falls silent. Martin tells her that he’s dying, his lung has collapsed. Martin offers to help, but Malcolm refuses. He says he can help him. But… there is that pesky, shaky hand.
Ainsley, under her father’s trap, demands that Malcolm let their father help him. Begrudgingly, he does. And because Ainsley hasn’t made enough terrible decisions this episode, begins to film it. I hope her boyfriend survives so that he can dump her ass. For real, Ainsley has shown more psychopathic tendencies in this one episode than Malcolm has demonstrated the entire season. She’s brutal.
Bright is Right (as usual)
For the second time this episode, Malcolm makes another terrible decision. He decides to go out into the hospital to find the prisoner and take back the ID card with only a taser. While Gil promises a panicked Jessica that her son is smart and reminds her that he trusts his decisions, Malcolm is off with the camera and taser, where granted, he does take the man down and saves the day. But still. The Whitly siblings are not the brightest in the decision-making department.
The lockdown ends soon after, and Martin saves Ainsley’s boyfriend’s life, in some twisted way, becoming her hero. We learn, and it seemed quite obvious that Martin set this up sometime later. How far will he go to twist the minds of his children? Can we trust anything he says to either of them? And now, with Ainsley believing her father has a humanistic side, will she fall victim to his advances too?
And just because this hasn’t been enough of a freakin’ rollercoaster ride, Malcolm and Jessica are chatting later that day, discussing what has happened. It is a sweet moment, and Jessica doesn’t appear self-absorbed for once until there’s an ominous ringing from the basement. The room that Jessica sealed following her husband’s arrest. There is a telephone inside the room, and Malcolm breaks the wall, answering the call. The man from the junkyard is on the other line, creepily talking about the camping trip and knowing all about him.
And that is where the episode ends, and my burning questions begin.
This episode is action-packed from start to finish. Who is the man from the junkyard? Why did Martin protect him? Did they commit crimes together? Did Martin enlist the help of Malcolm as a child? I’ve grown quite angry at Martin over the last two episodes. I appreciate his charm and one-liners, they are hilarious, but man, this guy is seriously so insane. He claims to be a good father, yet all he does is get into the head of his children. He manipulates them and causes them to feel things that aren’t based on facts. It is SO wrong and so apparent to us as viewers, but not to the characters themselves. I want to ship Malcolm to an island somewhere away from all of his family. None of them are good for him.
Speaking of which, UH HELLO AINSLEY. What happened there? In the first two episodes, she seemed so normal and unaware of things. Now, she’s filming her boyfriend as he’s being operated on, and has a gleeful look in her eye as she tries to outsmart her father. There are so many thoughts I could list here about her. But, I would bet money things only spiral from here on out. That girl is heading nowhere good.
And the junkyard murderer! How is he connected? The season can only go up from here, and I love every minute of it. Just when I think the answers are there, they throw a new piece into the mix. The characters mesh well, and the writing is always spot on. This show is one of the best of the fall line up, and if you’re not watching it, you’re missing out. Period.
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