The Alienist Episode 9
Mary is dead. How will this affect Kreizler? Will Connor be charged with her murder? Or at least manslaughter? Will they find John Beecham and stop him before he kills again? When IS the next Holy Day? So many questions, I wonder how many answers will we receive?
Haply I May Remember
We open on the very sad scene of Mary’s burial. There are only a few mourners at the cemetery. John Moore (Luke Evans) is reading Christina Rossetti’s poem “Requiem”. As her casket is lowered into the ground Sara (Dakota Fanning) tells Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) she is so very sorry, but he does not respond. My heart is aching for Kreizler, he finally found love and to have it ripped from him in such a tragic manner is so heartbreaking. Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) offers his condolences to Kreizler and reminds him that he is not alone, and there is no shame in grieving.
As they begin to shovel dirt into Mary’s grave the skies open up turning the area into a muddy mess. As they stand in the pouring rain of the thunderstorm Kreizler tells Moore their investigation is over. Moore tells him he is not responsible for Mary’s death, but Kreizler believes he is. I feel so sad as Cyrus (Robert Ray Wisdom) and Stevie (Matt Lintz) watch Kreizler grab a handful of dirt and mud, kiss it and toss the dirt onto Mary’s casket.
And Haply May Forget
The thunderstorm continues as Lucius Isaacson (Matthew Shear) questions Sergeant Doyle (Martin McCreadie) about Mary’s death. He tells Lucius that they were waiting outside for Kreizler and she invited them in. What a lying piece of shit Doyle is. I pray they have Connor locked up somewhere in that building. Then Doyle claims Mary asked them if they wanted tea…ASKED THEM! He fucked up now, Mary couldn’t talk! When Lucius tells the Sergeant that Mary was mute he becomes angry, claiming he wasn’t being literal.
Now Doyle’s story is that she said it with her eyes. I just want reach through my TV and choke this man. Lucius asks when she got the knife and he says she must have had it hidden in her petticoat. Lucius asks Doyle if he expects him to believe that. Doyle responds that he expects Lucius to believe him over “sambo” and a “half witch stable boy”. At this point Marcus Isaacson (Douglas Smith) does what I wish I could, he charges at Doyle. Unfortunately Lucius holds him back. Doyle finds “a couple of heebs playing at cops” amusing.
Hiding In The Past
We see a man walking through the pouring rain towards O’Rourke’s Bar. Inside the bar Thomas Byrnes (Ted Levine) is telling a joke to a group of men. I’m quite surprised that the joke is not racist in any way. As he reaches the punchline he turns to see Commissioner Roosevelt enter the bar. Roosevelt tells Byrnes he has been to a funeral and that he (Byrnes), and the police force he built over the past 30 years, bear some of the responsibility. Byrnes tells the Commissioner that the crimes in the city are because of his lack of leadership and that the men don’t respect him. Roosevelt asks him what they respect and is told the badge and the uniform. That they do not respect weakness. I certainly would never accuse Teddy Roosevelt of being weak. Roosevelt tells Byrnes that weakness is an old man hiding in the past.
The Investigation Continues
At Sara’s house Moore is telling her that Kreizler won’t or can’t change his mind about ending the investigation. Sara tells them they will have to continue without him. Moore thinks she is doing this for her own ambitions, but she tells him she is doing it so she can sleep at night. Moore tells her they don’t have the knowledge to continue and she reminds him they have a name…Japheth Dury, better known now as John Beecham. Sara says all they have to do is find him. Now a days with everything computerized that would be pretty easy, I’m not sure how she plans to pull this off in the late 1800s.
Sara brings Moore to an old bar that was put out of business. The windows are mostly covered in newspapers. As they enter the bar we see the Isaacsons are there waiting for them. Sara tells Moore this is their new headquarters. It’s certainly not as fancy as it was at Kreizler’s. Moore looks pretty skeptical to me. Sara is very determined to catch this killer, that’s for sure.
Just Nick a Vein
Cyrus is sharpening a knife as Stevie tells him he followed Connor (David Wilmot) to his house. Just what is Cyrus planning to do with that knife? He tells Cyrus that Connor lives in Brooklyn. That they are the only family in the house and they have a yard and an outhouse. I guess in those days that was “living good” for someone who was not part of New York’s elite society. Cyrus looks to be deep in thought as he continues to sharpen that knife. I have a feeling he is plotting something very bad. Stevie says its not fair that he’s living like that and Mary is in the ground. He tells Cyrus he would like to stick a shank in Connor’s throat. Cyrus tells him all you have to do is nick a vein in a man’s leg to kill him.
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