Sara is being led through a room at Blackwell Island. There are a line of chairs with women tied to them. We hear moaning and crying and see women with vacant looks on their faces. Sara seems quite affected by what she sees. As she passes a woman shaking her chair we hear someone urinating on the floor. Sara stops and a young woman looks at her and pleads “help me, I’m not crazy, help me.” She doesn’t look crazy. I know people were wrongly sent to asylums in the past. Is this woman one of them? Sara, who looks on the verge of tears, seems as unsure as I am. As she leaves the room the woman yells after Sara to help her.
Sara enters the office of Mr. Chitters (Ian Hughes) and he tells her they have no one that fits the parameters she had asked about in her letter. She tells him they have discovered a patient that matches other reference points. I can’t really read his expression at this news. Is he just annoyed that he’s being bothered? Or is he nervous about something? When he sees the name he says Bunzl was released six years ago. How does he know this off the top of his head? Is Sara wondering the same thing? If she is why didn’t she ask him? When she asks to see his records he tells her all male patients were moved to another facility along with their records. As Sara begins to leave she asks why St. Elizabeth’s receives patients from the West. He tells her St Elizabeth’s is really called The Government Hospital for the Insane and their patients are former soldiers and sailors.
Mary (Q’orianka Kilcher) brings Kreizler some tea and he asks her to help unbuckle his boots. He tells her he has been thinking about the circumstances in which they live. Is he going to give her a better room in the house? He did make her give up her current room for Cyrus. Kreizler tells her he believes what she did when she was young was a one time event, he believes she is not dangerous. He then tells her it would be best for her to strike out on her own. What? No! He tells her she is capable of living by herself now. Mary looks so hurt. I understand why Kreizler is doing this after talking to Cyrus’s niece, but he’s making a mistake. I feel bad for him because he thinks he is doing the right thing, but he’s not. Mary can’t talk, but her response lets him know what she thinks of his idea. He hurt her badly.
Moore arrives home to find Sara waiting by his garden gate. She tells him that she thinks the killer is a soldier. She explains how she found out about St. Elizabeth’s being a hospital for soldiers and sailors, including those from out West. Sara tells Moore that that St Elizabeth’s won’t tell her anything about the man over the phone so she is going to travel to Washington. When Moore tells her they should go tell Kreizler she refuses to go with him. When Moore asks if Kreizler hurt her goes into his arms but does not answer. She doesn’t need to. Moore is not going to take this well. I think Kreizler is going to be in big trouble with him.
Moore vs. Kreizler
Kreizler discovers young Ezra (Roland Miskey) spinning a very large dagger on a table at the Institute. The doctor easily takes it from him, but for a second I wondered if he would try to stab Kreizler. After asking Ezra if he couldn’t sleep he brings him to feed the monkey. Moore suddenly arrives into the room, but he didn’t expect to see Ezra there. Kreizler sends Ezra off to bed. As soon as the boy is gone Moore asks Kreizler what he did to Sara. Is this going to end in a fist fight?
Kreizler claims he doesn’t know what Moore is talking about. Coward. Moore then tells him how Sara has figured out the killer may have been a soldier out West. Kreizler says Sara should not go to Washington, that they should go instead. Moore demands to know what the doctor did to her. Kreizler tells him that Sara brought up personal things that he does not want to discuss with him. Moore reminds Kreizler that he introduced him to Sara. Kreizler then calls Moore their “handsome but indolent friend”. When he asks Kreizler if that’s what he really thinks of him he says no, it’s what Sara thinks. He tells Moore it’s all she will ever think of him. Ouch! Moore tells Kreizler he better be careful or he will be a lonely old man.
Falling Off the Wagon
Moore is in a bar back with his old love, alcohol. It seems Kreizler’s words hit him hard. I knew he must be giving up drinking for Sara. Seems now that he thinks he has no chance with her he has gone right back to it. Moore spots Connor across the bar and when he leaves Moore follows him. This is a really dumb idea. Connor leads him into a dark alley and Moore stupidly follows him. As he goes around the corner Connor punches him and then pulls a gun on him. As he holds the gun under Moore’s chin he tells him he must be a “fairy.” For a moment I wondered if he was going to ask him to perform a sex act on him, but he punches him instead. When Moore tells Connor he doesn’t scare him he clocks him upside the head with the gun.
Kreizler is back home listening to music as Mary brings him his dinner. Kreizler nervously asks her to join him. As she walks out of the dining room he looks very sad, but I think she is just going to get a plate. He smiles as she returns. I was right, she just went for another place setting. When she goes to sit at the other end of the table he asks her to sit next to him. I love how happy she looks. Kreizler reaches over and holds her hand. Yes! For a change he is letting his feelings show instead of keeping them bottled up. When Mary puts her other hand on top of his you can see how nervous he is. Mary makes the first move by putting his hand on the side of her face. My heart feels so happy at this moment. Kreizler then puts his face to her bosom as she strokes his hair. He then looks up at her and I’m yelling at him to Kiss Her! Finally, very tentatively, the two kiss. The romantic in me is so thrilled.
I love how this episode ended. It’s wonderful to see Kreizler is human after all. I hope he and Mary live happily ever after. Knowing Kreizler though I’m sure he will find some “logical” reason why they should not be a couple. What has happened to Moore? What will Connor do with him? Now that Kreizler has alienated both Moore and Sara how will they all work together to find the killer? Will they stop him before another boy dies? We still don’t know when the next Holy Day is.
Until next week…
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