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'Hannibal' recap: Blood makes noise

Season 2 | Ep. 5 | “Mukosuke” | Aired Mar 21, 2014

We open on two breakfasts: Will’s and Hannibal’s. Of course, as Hannibal preps his meal, I’m looking for what looks like meat, and I’m fearful that he’s cooking up Beverly Katz, especially once it’s revealed that he’s made breakfast for Jack Crawford. But, aside from the prep, this scene isn’t about the food, but about Jack and Bella. Jack’s grateful for what Hannibal did. Hannibal plays it humble, but the end result is that Hannibal looks like the good guy. Again.

Freddie Lounds returns to the observatory where she once watched Abel Gideon remove some of Dr. Chilton’s less vital organs. We don’t get a look at what she sees inside, but we know it’s not good. Cut to Jack Crawford arriving, and Freddie tells him he should send someone else in to look. “She’s one of yours,” she says, and we know, with a sinking feeling, who she means.

As Crawford enters the observatory, his eyes and face tell us what we have yet to see. We see blood dripping to the floor, and the sound echoes and becomes a jangled rhythm. Beverly Katz is dead and she is the body at the center of this crime scene — as the camera angle switches and slowly rotates, we see Beverly posed standing, tall and beautiful, encased in plexiglass and on display. But the true nature of this piece of “art” comes as the camera continues to move and we realize Beverly Katz has been vertically cross-sectioned. Her body pressed between the panes is a tableau that is both beautiful and horrifying.

When we return from the credits and the pouring of the stiff drink I’m sure many viewers needed, we see Jack breaking the news to the rest of the team at the FBI and their reactions (poor Zeller and Price, they’re devastated). We then see him talking to Will who takes in the news and then tells Crawford, in a tone that brooks no discussion, that he wants to see her.

Oh, hell yes. Here it is. The moment the fans have been waiting for since they first previewed the promo image of Will Graham in a mask reminiscent of the one Lecter wore in The Silence of the Lambs. Will’s being strapped into a straight jacket and then laid back onto a dolly. At the crime scene, he’s lowered from the van, and Freddie Lounds is taking pictures (anyone think those are going to end up on TattleCrime.com?)

They wheel him into the observatory — why does this fill me with such glee, and does that make me a terrible person? — and Crawford kicks everyone else out of the room before assessing Will and then unstrapping him from the jacket and the mask. He’s still wary, though, as his gun is in his hand the entire time. Still, he steps back and out of the room, leaving Will alone with Beverly.

The dripping sound returns as it often will, punctuating the horror of a visual or the chaos of thoughts. Yes, there’s the theme for this week: Blood makes noise.

Poor Will. It’s clear how hard this is for him, and, while he tries to look at the crime scene the way he usually would, he’s too rattled to look at it. Which is why it feels so right when the camera pans and Beverly is standing there and calmly reminds him to “interpret the evidence.” Let me just say, I think Hettienne Park has been amazing in this role. I’m really going to miss her.

The backward time lapse of Will assessing this crime scene is rather gorgeous. The plexi panes displaying Beverly slowly merge and then lift away, leaving her whole and beautiful. The hand Will puts to her face is loving before he walks behind her and goes for her throat. Soon, he’s choking her, rendering her unconscious before we see her frozen body, and Will narrates that he freezes her to “make it easy to dismantle her.” He put her on display with a purpose. It was his design, but what was the message?

Crawford returns to ask if it’s the Chesapeake Ripper. Yes. It’s the Ripper and the copycat. Beverly helped him see it. When Crawford asks Will to help him see it, you can tell that Will wants to shout the words “Hannibal Lecter” at the top of his lungs, but he doesn’t. Likely because he knows the reaction. Instead, he advises Jack that, just as Beverly made her connection to the Ripper, so must Jack Crawford.

Back it the hospital, Chilton has Will in the observation cage and asks if he’d like to talk about Beverly. But Will isn’t having it. He tells him that he knows Chilton broke their agreement and discussed his therapy with Hannibal Lecter. Chilton says he revealed little. (I wonder what he thinks a big revelation is, considering what he said). But it becomes clear during the conversation that Will has a goal in mind. He’s suggesting that Abel Gideon knows who the Ripper is. Maybe someone should talk to him. Not Chilton because, reasons, but someone. He casts the lure. Maybe Chilton can catch the Ripper after all. That’s it, Will. That quirk of a smile from Chilton tells you all you need to know.

We return to the FBI and Crawford is with Price and Zeller as they look over Beverly’s body across several gurneys. He gives them the option to let someone else work this, but they’re determined, and it’s revealed that the kidneys in the body were not Beverly’s, but the muralist’s. Someone has Beverly’s kidneys. If we find the kidneys, we find the killer.

Oh, look, Hannibal’s prepping dinner. What’s on the menu? Looks like kidney!

Oh, look again, Abel Gideon seems to have come to visit Will Graham. What a surprise. It’s hard to describe the scene without going line by line because the dialogue is so good and such a chess game, but the gist is that Will wants Gideon to confirm that Hannibal is the Ripper and Gideon is a bit miffed that Will tried to kill him. In the end, Gideon tells him nothing except that he’s never going to catch the Ripper. If he wants him, he’ll have to kill him.

We return to Hannibal and Chilton sharing a drink and talking. There’s a lot of talk here, feints within feints. I’m sure Chilton thinks he’s very clever. He thinks he holds the sword of Damocles over Hannibal’s head because of the unorthodox methods he knows they both employ. However, while his ego doesn’t let him see how unmatched he is or what danger he’s in, we do. Hannibal wants to interview Gideon.

Hannibal gets what he wants, of course. Interestingly, Gideon and Hannibal pretend not to know one another. Ahh, Chilton is listening. They must know because Gideon is having a good time talking about Chilton and, in the process, warning Hannibal that Will Graham seems to be putting the pieces together.

As Hannibal’s leaving the hospital, he encounters Freddie Lounds who takes a few uninvited pictures and smiles when he tells her it’s rude. Rude is never a good word when it comes to Hannibal Lecter, but Freddie isn’t on the menu today. Nope, today she’s here to see Will Graham, at his request. And it’s a request, all right. Will reminds her that he has an admirer. Someone killed the bailiff in his trail to give him an alibi then killed the judge when he tossed that alibi out. Will wants to open a “line of communication.” I can hear William Peterson in my head saying “Our boy reads the Tattler.” She can do it, in exchange for exclusive rights to Will’s story. Will tells her it’s all hers. I’m not so sure she has any idea what she’s getting into.

Cue Hannibal reading a story about Will and his admirer in the TattleCrime blog.

Feints within feints. Bryan Fuller got me here. Because Hannibal is not the admirer as we learn in the next scene when the orderly guarding Will starts to talk to him at seeming random. Oh my, there’s an extra killer running around the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and he has keys! Will’s walking a fine line during this discussion. Part of him has to act like the killer this admirer clearly believes him to be, and you can see the other part of him wants to study this guy. But not all is right in the world. The orderly killed the bailiff, but someone else killed the judge.

Not one to be deterred, Will continues to talk and assess this new addition to the game. Clearly, the Admirer wants to help. He sees himself as a partner and feels they’d be stronger as a team. He says he wants to help Will and asks him why he contacted him through TattleCrime. Why did he want to talk to him? Will tells him — he wants his admirer to kill Hannibal Lecter. Which Abel Gideon, revealed in the next cell, clearly heard.

As he sits in his cell, Will is suddenly agitated, something is not right, you see him grasp his neck, touch his back, something it wrong. He removed the shirt and points erupt from his back, knocking him to the floor. What is happening. Antlers, he’s growing antlers. Is Will becoming the Stagman in his mind?

Alanna’s voice pulls him from the hallucination, and she wants to talk about Freddie Lounds. Why would Will grant her an interview? He despises Freddie. She’s worried. He tells her she doesn’t have to worry, and she realizes he’s done something, but he only tells her he did what he had to do and nothing more. Which means it’s no surprise when she seems ponderous as she leaves and happens upon Chilton. Talk about interesting. It seems Chilton is a bit jealous that Dr. Alana Bloom seems to have an ability to get Abel Gideon and Will Graham to open up to her. He calls her “catnip for killers.” Catnip, maybe, but she’s happy to use it and asks Chilton to let her see Gideon.

I don’t think it’s just my love of Eddie Izzard that makes his portrayal of Abel Gideon so effective. He’s deliciously good at being still but menacing. He seems to flirt with Alanna and deny her access at the same time, but he offers her a gift out of respect for the courtesy she has shown him in the past: Will Graham is in the process of tipping the balance toward being a murderer. Will Graham is looking for revenge. Gideon is going to give her a chance to save Will from himself and stop Will’s admirer from fulfilling his appointed task.

What a nice night for a swim. Hannibal slices through the Olympic-sized pool, and then, as he turns and kicks off the wall, a new swimmer appears. Matthew, our admiring orderly, has suited up and dives in, smoothly catching up and then passing Hannibal. Another lap and Hannibal reaches the wall to find himself alone. A gun is raised, and, instead of a bullet, Hannibal is hit with a dart. He tries to remove it, but fails and slowly slips under the water and sinks.

Crawford and Alana are at Hannibal’s, but we know he’s not there. Crawford wants to know what she thinks Will has done. They get a call. They have a trace on Hannibal’s cell. Meanwhile, in his own cell, Will Graham waits and dreams of blood. Blood in a drain. Like the blood that dripped from Beverly when we first saw her body and the blood that now drips from Hannibal as he is discovered hanging from a rope, his wrists sliced, and his feet precariously perched on a bucket that could topple at any minute. The sound of it is everywhere now.

It looks bad for Hannibal, doesn’t it? Still, don’t count him out just yet. He has an out. He has figured out that Will sent his Admirer to kill him. But what will the Admirer do when he realizes he’s killing the object of his affection? Let’s find out. He asks Hannibal if he killed the judge. Hannibal doesn’t answer, but our Admirer says pupil dilation will tell him regardless. Dilation is a yes, lack of it a no. He asks if Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper, and we get a close up of Hannibal’s rapidly dilating eye.

It seems the Admirer wants to become the admired, and he plans to kill Hannibal, who is hanging there with his arms held out to the sides taped to a pole. Jack Crawford and Alanna enter, and as Crawford sees Hannibal, the Jesus image is full on. Crawford hesitates seeing the orderly, but Hannibal tells him he has a gun and Crawford shoots. The Admirer gets one good kick in, though, and sends the bucket under HANNIBAL: Fishburne, Mikkelsen (NBC)Hannibal’s feet skittering, which sets Hannibal hanging and brings Crawford in to save him.

Jack Crawford saves the wounded, crucified man, literally keeping him from hanging to death.

Saving the cannibalistic killer from the admiring killer while the innocent would-be killer sits in a cell, dreaming of blood.

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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