TV Review – The Killing, “Numb”


Oooh, tonight’s episode contains adult content and sexual situations and a few respectable reviews. Viewer discretion WILL be advised.

Previously: Rosie’s backpack is found, Aunt Larsen suggests that the Larsen kids need to know about Mama Larsen, Holder gets his feelings hurt, Richmond is no longer a suspect in Rosie’s murder, Papa Larsen wants his mob boss to find Rosie’s murderer and kill, and Holder freaks out on Linden by banging on her motel door…but you already knew all this.

Some alternative rock music plays as Mama Larsen drives down the road. She drives by a hitchhiker and begins to contemplate, “She looks like my daughter…” She doesn’t pick her up and instead ends up at a motel, dark and sad looking. Wouldn’t it be weird if Linden and Mama Larsen shared the same motel?

It’s day sixteen and Linden is at the police station with the photo of the Super 8 film, the close up of an anime tattoo. Moments later, she runs into Lt. Carlson. She wants to know what’s the hold up on the Beau Soleil servers (the hooker ring Rosie Larsen was a part of), she filed the warrant days ago. Lt. Carlson is very anal about paperwork apparently.

Holder is talking to some brunette lady outside his Narcotics Anonymous meeting making idle chit chat, ominous music begins playing as Holder bolts out of there. Elsewhere, Papa Larsen and Aunt Larsen are talking at the Larsen household when Linden shows up asking if he recognizes the anime tattoo and the food steamer on her desk. Papa Larsen blows up on her when she brings up the backpack, there’s a bunch of mixed communication going on in his eyes. He tells her to leave. Outside, she calls the police station asking about the backpack. She learns that it’s gone.

Richmond is at the hospital, apparently he thinks he’s regaining some sensation in his legs. We cut over to Holder having a visit with his nephew, they talk in slang. Holder tries to give him a ride but his nephew is like, “Nah, I’m not supposed to.” Looks like Holder’s sister doesn’t want her son hanging out with her crackhead brother, err, ex-crackhead brother. Sorry.

Aunt Larsen walks the boys to school. There’s a weird guy staring at her from a far (it’s funny, he doesn’t even try to hide the fact), she tells the boys their dad is going to pick them up because she has to make some money, i.e. hooking probably. It’s just the way she says that word, “money” that makes me think this. Hey, no judgment, the way the economy is right now, she’s got to make that money somehow.

Linden heads over to Lt. Oakes’ boathouse asking for the backpack. He basically tells her she’s in over her head, you know the usual. He finally gives it to her, she finds a high heeled shoe inside. I guess she’s about to play some Cinderella.

Jamie visits Richmond at the hospital, bringing flowers. He tells him to take the morphine. Richmond’s like, “Bitch please, I’m the Rocketeer, I don’t need any morphine.” They see the mayor on TV, Jamie jokes about the fight he had with the mayor’s aide. Meanwhile, Mama Larsen is getting her drink on at the motel bar, she receives a phone call from her sister. She ignores it. On the other end of the call, we see Aunt Larsen getting mad about it, Papa Larsen walking in just in time to hear her complain about her sister.

Linden is at the police station watching the Super 8 film, she calls Holder and leaves him a message (Oh, now she wants to talk to him). She tells him she knows what he did with the back pack. She receives word that the place she was getting her warrant for, a shoe store, has just been destroyed by a fire. She rushes out, asking one of the firefighter if the computers were damaged. He tells her there was nothing but shoes there. She notices a camera and requests video footage from the cameras in a four block radius.

Papa Larsen picks up his sons, he learns that one of his sons received a gift from a friend of Papa Larsen’s. Uh oh. Papa Larsen goes to his mob boss, Janek, and tells him to keep his kids out of their deal. Papa Larsen informs Janek that Rosie worked for Beau Soleil, the prostitution website. Janek tells him he’ll look into it, he then tells Papa Larsen that he just wanted to meet his sons and that they look just like him.

Holder shows up at a trailer park to visit an old friend, an old friend who starts to toke up right in front of him. Holder is there to make amends. His friend begins taunting him, telling him that even junkie cops need a dealer. Holder gets mad and begins to beat him, at one point, the friend’s mom gets involved and inadvertently gets him. Holder leaves, but not before taking a little something.

Richmond, back at the hospital, talks about going to a benefit later that week and searching for youth baseball gloves. Jamie objects telling him it’s a bad idea, but Richmond is very adamant. Gwen is at her office when she gets a visit from her father, the mayor. She talks about moving on, moving on to Washington D.C. and working for Senator Farrelly. Damn, her boyfriend gets shot and suddenly she wants out. He places the call and tells her he’ll probably want her to leave tonight.

Mama Larsen is in a motel room with a businessman, they start to kiss. I think this might be why the parental advisory warning came up earlier. Actually, no, they do nothing but kiss before going to a commercial break. So THAT was what the warning before??? The folks at AMC are kind of prudish, aren’t they?

Holder is sitting in the car looking at the drugs that he just took from his friend’s.

Elsewhere, Linden is driving with her son, she is on the phone asking about the video footage. She gets chastised by her son for talking while driving, The Killing‘s version of a PSA. Back at the hospital, Richmond’s nurse comes in. They begin talking about how she voted for him and why she did, both kind of flirting with one another. We soon learn that the entire time they’ve been talking she’s being changing his catheter. Of course, he hasn’t realized this because you know, he’s paralyzed now. He lies there upset as she walks out of the room.

Hey! Now this is where that warning comes into play! Holder’s having sex in his car with the woman he was talking to earlier in from of the Narcotics Anonymous meeting. When they finish, she asks him if he has any. He looks up at her in silence. Back at her motel, Linden browses through her son’s graphic novel. Elsewhere, Papa Linden receives a visit from Janek who tells him he checked into the Beau Soliel situation, he says he found no record of Rosie. He also tells Papa Larsen some grisly details of Rosie’s final moments and tells him that HE should go out and kill whoever murdered his daughter. Sounds like the mob boss is just getting lazy.

Linden is cooking when she receives a phone call saying they have footage from fourteen cameras. She pulls up the attachments on her email and we see that somebody in a Larson van drove by the shoe store, even more alarming is the driver is sporting the anime tattoo on his arm. Linden gets another call on the other line, an anonymous tipster who tells her that Holder is acting strangely. Yeah, visiting his nephew and almost freaking him out, getting into a fight with his old friend and stealing his drugs, and having sex in his car with another ‘former’ junkie – I would definitely say he’s acting a little off kilter.

Holder is walking back and forth in the middle of the street when Linden shows up. She tells him that she knows he switched the backpack. She threatens to leave him if he doesn’t get out of the street, he finally complies. At the hospital, Richmond broods.

As the episode comes to a close, Mama Larsen looks out her window and see what seems like her sister standing beside the pool smoking a cigarette. Somebody is deleting the Beau Soleil files from the server, while Janek gets a nod of confirmation from an associate. Papa Larsen sits in his office with the best white noise machine as the person with the anime tattoo drives off in a van, and Holder and Linden go to Holder’s car and pulls out Rosie’s bloody backpack. You see Linden, if only you had opened your motel room door last episode, you wouldn’t have had to wait until the end of this episode to get to Rosie’s backpack.

Rating: 2.5/5

Next week: Holder and Linden look through the contents of the backpack, they find a drawing of Rosie, they interrogate a guy with a tattoo on his face as Linden passes something to him underneath the table (her number maybe???), Richmond talks to the mayor, we learn how Papa Larsen got out of being with the mob (somebody got a bullet to the temple and shoved into a trunk), Holder follows the man with the anime tattoo, and Papa Larsen freaks out at Janek’s. Looks much more interesting than tonight’s episode, that’s for sure.