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'Hannibal' recap: Truth and consequences

Season 2 | Ep. 6 | “Futamono” | Aired Apr 4, 2014

I have to admit: I was so entranced by the first scene in this episode that I watched and totally forgot I was supposed to be recapping it. Which says a lot about how hypnotic and interesting it was. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it, to be honest, but I’ll do my best.

Crawford visits Will Graham in the hospital, circling the cage as he confronts Will about Hannibal’s recent brush with death. Crawford knows Will had something to do with it and they spar a bit, but Will brings the conversation back to where it (rightly) belongs. What does the Ripper do? What is the principle need he fulfills? Why does the Chesapeake Ripper kill in “sounders” of 3 or 4 in quick order?

The meat.

While I know and fans know what Hannibal is, and we’re all sort of fascinated by it, there’s still something about it being put so bluntly that hits you right in the squick factor. It makes you feel like a terrible person even as you find yourself fascinated by Hannibal. But I was fine with that. I could deal with it — until Will went on to say that Hannibal is most likely planning a dinner party, and it’s very likely that they both have tasted human flesh thanks to the good doctor.

He asks Crawford who Hannibal Lecter has to kill before he opens his eyes.

Cue the full-screen close-up of Dr. Alana Bloom.

Bryan Fuller, you are an evil man and I love you. Let’s dance.

You guessed it: We join Hannibal and Dr. Bloom in the kitchen as Hannibal slices a heart and she preps a skewer (yes, there was a requisite skewered-heart joke), but it’s not all food play and heart squishing in the kitchen. Dr. Bloom is checking up on Hannibal and asks if he’s okay after what happened. He’s been composing, he tells her. Music always entrances the ladies. But more so, he tells her, he needs to get his appetite back.

Off to the Rolodex and the recipe box, and we close up on Hannibal’s eye as a flower blooms. An idea? Into more flowers, into a tableau of a body hung within a flowering tree, chest cavity open and bursting with flowers of all colors.

OK, someone on this creative team did a little too much acid back in the day.

Hannibal, S2, Ep. 6, “Futamono”: A bloomin' dead guy. (Photo by: Brooke Palmer/NBC)

I thought it was just some grand imagining on Hannibal’s part, but it’s more than that: This is our new murder scene for the week.

I gotta say it: I think they went a bit overboard here. As Crawford says at the crime scene, this took time. Zeller and Price say the vines went through endoscopic paths. So just how long was Hannibal Lecter out there in this parking lot? Or did he thread this up in his backyard and just transport him there? He still had to jackhammer the asphalt. Overall thought? Pretty, but highly impractical.

Still, it set the stage for Crawford to express how much he dislikes this killer, and that’s a good thing.

On the “not a good thing” side of the scales, we see Crawford in the very next scene with Hannibal. They commiserate over drinks. Hannibal can no longer treat Will and, by extension, he cannot help on the Ripper case and needs to step away from death into the light. Crawford is very understanding and asks how Hannibal plans to do that. Hannibal says he’s going to plan a dinner party.

say what

If Laurence Fishburne wasn’t thinking Say what? when he looked at Mads Mikkelsen in reaction to that line, I’ll eat my hat! I also noticed that the look Crawford was giving Will in the beginning of the episode just reappeared, as Crawford tells Hannibal he wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Is he catching on?

For the record, I know me yelling at the screen and trying to tell Jack Crawford what Hannibal Lecter is doesn’t help. I still do it every week.

We return to the hospital where Abel Gideon and Will Graham are sitting back to back, against the walls of adjoining cells. Will tells him Hannibal’s going to kill him. Gideon feels safe in his cell, but Will calmly tells him that anyone who’s too close to him gets “got.” It’s a nudge to get him talking because Will knows that Chilton records everything. Actually, Chilton is listening live — how convenient. So he gets to hear Gideon admit he was in Hannibal’s house and that Hannibal suggested Gideon kill Alana Bloom.

The master plan works, and Chilton plays the audio for Jack Crawford. Sadly, any glimmer of WTF I saw on Crawford’s face earlier must have been wishful thinking, because Crawford is back to denying Hannibal could be a killer. But, miracle of miracles, Frederick Chilton is on Will’s side here, and he confirms to Crawford that he believes Gideon is telling the truth and Hannibal may well be what Will says he is. Crawford is having a very hard time time believing it, but Chilton pushes on: Hannibal fits the profile. He’s attracted to power. Cannibalism is an act of dominance.

We have more information on our Flowering Tree Man. It seems he was a city councilman who brokered a deal that developed land once earmarked for endangered songbirds. Crawford muses that he “Paved paradise and put up a parking lot” — I got your reference, Fuller!” — and it seems the FTM was even crowned with a nest. But the forensics tell us more. FTM died from drowning and has water in his lungs. That water shows diatoms within a 50-mile radius, in Richmond, VA. I wonder, did Hannibal screw up or is this another feint?

Alana Bloom and Crawford meet to talk. Now it’s becoming apparent that Crawford is starting to wonder about Hannibal, but it seems Alana is not convinced, and she now believes Will is dangerous, that he’s planning something. This is juxtaposed against Will in his cell. He’s growing antlers again, and they grow out of the cage and spread out. Is he becoming The Stagman?

Oh, look, it’s Hannibal there to see him.

This scene. I just … how do I even break it down? I honestly can’t do it justice, so if you can, find it and watch it. It was threats within smiles within parries between two masters. Hannibal has come to try and make Will feel responsible for Beverly Katz’s death. Will says he knows who’s to blame and that’s the only person he blames. Hannibal seems miffed that Will tried to kill him. Will says he’s no more guilty of what Hannibal has accused him of than Hannibal is of what Will’s accused him of. Did Will just score a point? Maybe. Hannibal admits Will found a way to hurt him, but wonders how many more people are going to get hurt by what Will does. Oh, and he’ll give Alana Bloom Will’s best.

Cue the cooking montage.
● Heart Tartare — Three Rolodex names, three hearts. Thinly ground.
● Beef Roulade — One card.
● Beef Wagyu — Looks like Kobe, might be Charlene.
● Prosciitto Roses — I hope he got this from a deli. The watermelon looks tasty. So pretty!

hannibal dinner prep

Back to the hospital, where the food is not so gourmet. Jack Crawford has come to see Abel Gideon, and we get a nice little conversation between Chilton and Abel about whether they managed to put all the pieces Gideon took out of Chilton back in again. Chilton smiles coldly and tells him, “With one or two exceptions.” Heh. But the real talk here is between Jack and Abel who, incidentally, decides he wants to lay his whole admission about being in Hannibal’s house as another “suggestion” from Dr. Chilton, and that Will Graham has been manipulated as well. It seems Abel Gideon wants to play games and nothing more. He’s trying to play the smart, wrongfully accused doctor like a certain doctor we know. Something tells me Abel’s going to end up regretting his belief that he’s anything like Hannibal Lecter, and you can tell Chilton is more than a little irritated as he guides Jack Crawford out.

How irritated? Well, as Abel’s being walked back to his cell, nattering on about how he hurt that nurse without a care in the world, he ‘s beat up by the guards who are escorting him and then thrown over the stair rail. He lands on a grate. Is he dead or just really wounded?

Who cares? It’s dinner-party time!

The lovely canapés are being passed around and everyone is just gobbling them up when Jack enters. Yes, we’re all thinking it, even Jack, as the camera slows, and we see all the guests eating those lovely prosciutto (I hope) roses. Even Alana’s having some. I’m gonna be sick. Chilton’s not having any, and he murmurs as much to Crawford — I never thought I’d actually like Frederick Chilton, but I do! — and then he says, “Hannibal the Cannibal. That’s what they’ll call him, you know.”

I do know, Dr. Chilton. Hearing that for the first time made my fangirl heart happy.

But what Crawford does next. Oh, so amazing. Sooooooooo awesome.

Hannibal walks over to greet Crawford and welcome him as the guest of honor, but Crawford, apologizing, says he can’t stay. As a waiter brings over a tray, he asks if he can take some food to go. Hannibal offers to get him some from the kitchen, but Jack asks for a container and says he can serve himself from the table. You should see Hannibal’s face as Jack says, “With your permission, of course, Dr. Lecter?” Jack, you sly dog. I LOVE YOU RIGHT NOW. Hannibal is so not amused. Alana wanders over and, seeing Jack taking the food to go, looks concerned and then looks to Hannibal. She sees … something, but the focus is on Hannibal. He does not look happy at all.

Likely because he knows what Crawford is about to do next: Walk that food over to the FBI lab and ask Zeller to test it.

The party is over and Alana has stayed behind. She’s playing chopsticks on Hannibal’s harpsichord, which I have no doubt gave any musicians watching a giggle or serious fits. Hannibal joins her, and they discuss how isolated they feel because they can’t trust their friends Will and Jack. Poor things. What will they do? Who do they have? Oh, right. Each other.

Alana Bloom, your taste in men is really questionable. Do you know that? Catnip for killers, indeed.

Hannibal, for his part, does what every man does after waking up from a night of passion. He looks over at Alana sleeping there, checks to see if she’s awake, then wipes down her wineglass and tucks her in before going off to do … whatever.

Oh, he’s gone to visit Abel Gideon in the hospital. How nice! He’s wearing scrubs and everything. I’m sure that’s to keep things sanitary.

Well, maybe not. Abel is nowhere to be found and his guard is dead and strung up in his place. With hand-tied fishing lures, of all things. One even has a human hair and a tooth. Our killer is pointing to Will. But Zeller, Price and Crawford know Gideon would have been too injured to have done this himself. Crawford muses that the last time Abel Gideon went missing, he went looking for the Chesapeake Ripper. Looks like this time, The Ripper found him.

Alana awakes next to Hannibal. The pillow talk is heartfelt even as you’re realizing that Hannibal just used Alana Bloom as an alibi.

But what about Gideon, you ask?

Gideon has been invited to dinner.

Meanwhile, back at the lab, it seems the food Jack brought them was goose, pork and beef. But we have some interesting news. The lures from the body at the hospital contained parts of each of the Ripper’s victims and they are exactly like the ones found in Will’s house. The conclusion? Will didn’t kill any of the victims. There is no copycat. It was always The Ripper. He’s taking credit for all of his kills.

And maybe, just maybe, The Ripper has made a mistake by trying to be a bit too clever. Remember the diatoms in the water earlier? A piece of bark found in the lures pinpoints an area within that 50-mile radius in Richmond, VA.

An old barn. And a living victim. Miriam Lass. The researcher Jack Crawford sent to investigate The Ripper; she’s been missing for the last two years.

Oh, I wonder what stories she’ll tell.

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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