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'Hannibal' Recap: Dual-ing psychos

Season 2 | Ep. 2 | “Sakizuki” | Aired Mar 7, 2014

One thing I should never do: eat while watching Hannibal. Because nomming on a steak while you’re watching a guy literally rip himself loose from a human mural he is sewn into is all kinds of gross.

Also gross — but way more inspiring — is watching this guy fight to get free. Between the skin ripping and walking over bodies to the terrifying run through abandoned cars and a cornfield (on what we now know is a farm), we want to see him flee, but somehow we know that our killer is going to catch him. When he finds our escapee at the edge of a cliff overlooking a river, the man once sewn into a human mural (this guy can’t catch a break) has a choice between being shot and jumping.

He jumps.

 

Sadly, he doesn’t survive the fall, but he will be of more help than he knows.

Bryan Fuller dearly loves to make our brains and stomachs roil. I wonder what Will Graham’s profile of him would reveal.

If you watched the episode, then you know it was a roller coaster. If not, I’ll try and gather the salient points. I can’t promise they’ll be in order. I’m still processing.

The episode is a study in duality: each character struggles with identity, and we, as the outside observers, get to see the different sides — but we don’t always get insight.

Will Graham: Will is where we left him, in Baltimore State Hospital being visited by Hannibal and Katz. Will’s messed up to the point that when Hannibal suggests he can help, it drives Will mad. Or does it? Will’s frazzled nerves seem to calm whenever Hannibal isn’t looking. See that duality thing I talked about?

Katz wants help with the human mural, but Will wants something in exchange. Quid pro quo, Clarice? He’ll help if she’ll start fresh on his case. He asks for privacy to review the case file — just like Hannibal did in Silence of the Lambs. It is a beautiful hat tip.

Meanwhile, Crawford has to face the idea that Will might be innocent. He finds out Katz went to see Will, and he’s upset because bending the rules has cost him before. But he also makes it clear that he and Katz never had this conversation, so she doesn’t know he’s upset about her asking Will for help. Ahhhhh, now we get it. Crawford wants plausible deniability.

Bedelia tells Hannibal that she is ending their psychiatrist-patient relationship. She has doubts. Her past attack is now coming into question, and she concludes that Hannibal is dangerous and tells him so. My first thought: Will she now be a victim?

Hannibal — talk about two-faced. Our cannibalistic serial killer is in the morgue working with the forensics team and looks utterly orgasmic as he sniffs our subway mural victim. (Remember I told you he would be helpful?) Hannibal smells a cornfield, the same one our victim was in, but he tells no one. Is he planning to murder the killer? It looks that way based on his talks with Will.

The next thing we know, Hannibal is at the crime scene looking down on the human mural from atop a silo. Like a god observing mere humans, he sees the killer enter the silo and calmly says, “I love your work.”  Fade to black. Then the body site is crawling with FBI agents, and Hannibal acts clueless as he assesses it.

But the moment that got me? Zeller (Aaron Abrams) and Price (Scott Thompson) in the morgue, discussing the new victim. A white man, at the very center of the mural, who seems to be missing part of his leg. Maybe the perpetrator cut it off to make him fit into the mural?

Close up on the corpse’s face. OMG dead guy on the table is the killer. He’s missing his leg and OMG HANNIBAL’S UNWRAPPING THE LEG AND AHHGHHHGH. HE’S HACKING THAT LEG UP and making osso bucco with it! I will never look at marrow bones the same way again!

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter Photo: NBCIt’s feeling more like Hannibal wants to get caught. As he and Katz go back to see Will and ask for his take on the new killing, we see him relive it. Will enters his trance and sees himself standing over the mural as the murderer, looking at it, murmuring that one of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong. We witness Hannibal talking with the killer about finishing the mural. Hannibal just wants to help him realize his vision. Hannibal doses the still-anonymous killer with heroin and helps him finish the eye-shaped mural by making his victim the center of it. He is the pupil!

Not to bludgeon you with the point, but you may recall from the feature films and a scenario in season 1 that Hannibal likes to mentor young serial killers. Then he offs them. Those are the only circumstances under which vain Hannibal can boast about his prowess as a murderer with relatively few consequences.

Hannibal: Will and Bedelia Photo: NBCThrough it all, I’d say Bedelia was the hero of this episode. In the end, she comes to see Will. She says she wants to meet him before she withdraws — and in a nod to both Silence and the understanding that Chilton records everything in Will’s cell, she gets close and whispers, “I believe you.” Finally, for real this time, Will loses control as she walks away.

But did she get away?

Well, we next see Hannibal in his plastic jumpsuit. Creeping through a house … Bedelia’s. She has, indeed, withdrawn and left her perfume and a goodbye note for Hannibal because she knew he’d be coming.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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