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'Hannibal' recap: It's all about Hannibal's design

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Yakimono” | Aired Apr 11, 2014

It’s not enough that she broke all of our hearts in My Girl, but now poor Anna Chlumsky is back with one arm and memories of two years of torture courtesy of Hannibal Lecter. Yes, FBI researcher Miriam Lass (Chlumsky) has been found in a hole in the ground in a barn in rural Virginia — aka the Chesapeake Ripper’s (aka Hannibal’s) secret killing spot.

She’s clearly traumatized. Jack is traumatized as he realizes this woman he thought dead (when her arm was found holding a phone with a recording of her panicked voice) is very much alive. Sadly, she can’t identify The Ripper. Her memory has been played with (sound familiar?), and she never saw his face. He was oddly kind. She says there was no pain, even when he took her arm because he “wanted to give it” to Jack. She’s not dead because he was saving her for last.

This means Jack has to find a way to identify The Ripper by voice, and Hannibal is brought in. He sits down with Alana Bloom and — can we just talk about what a conflict of interest THAT is? I mean, they slept together! — figures out that they want Miriam to hear his voice. Poor Alana is all mad that someone thinks Hannibal could be the Ripper (again, I’m gonna say her choice in men blows), but Hannibal seems to be enjoying himself. He walks toward the glass, where he promptly says nothing and still manages to intimidate the heck out of Miriam, who says it’s not he.

You know what this means? Will’s getting out of the psych ward, but not before we get a nice little chat in which Will tells Chilton he should probably tell Jack Crawford the truth about Hannibal Lecter before he ends up dead. (Dear Bryan Fuller, don’t you dare kill him off yet. I like him and I need more Raul Esparza!)

Will steps out to see Jack, who has come to tell Will that he realizes he gave up on him, and that Miriam says Hannibal is not the Ripper. But we realize why Jack came. Soon he and Will are off to that farmhouse in Virginia, which is, as you’d suspect, a real treasure trove of serial-killer goodness.

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Time for a Will Graham Forensic Flashback! Insert pretty, dreamlike sequence here. Final result? It’s all theater — even finding Miriam, who’s been with Hannibal for two years and cannot be trusted. This is all staged, and evidence will point away from Hannibal. But it’s all by design. Hannibal’s design.

Time for some good news. Will is home, and the smile on his face when he sees his dogs is just priceless. But let’s not forget what show we’re watching, and we see that Alana let the dogs out (I swear that was unintentional). The conversation gets really awkward. Alana’s upset because Will tried to kill Hannibal. Will’s upset because Alana thought he was crazy. Alana says Will’s wrong about Hannibal. Will tells her he’s dangerous and should stay away from her. Remember when these two wanted to totally have sex? Yeah, not so much now. It’s icy.

Chilton goes to see Jack Crawford. He wants to help the FBI catch Hannibal. But instead of just telling Jack why he knows Hannibal is guilty, he’s offering to help Miriam Lass recover her memories. Chilton cares about his reputation enough that he won’t ruin it by saying he knows how Hannibal messed Will up. That may end up costing him more than a kidney.

Meanwhile, Will has driven Miriam home (or whatever home is for now), and he seems to be making some headway. They share stories of The Ripper, the use of light, the manipulation, and how this is all part of his design. Miriam is shaken, but finally she has someone to talk to, and she tells Will it’s not over yet. The Ripper’s not done yet.

Cut to Hannibal (you know I had to say that) in his kitchen. He pauses before murmuring, “The same unfortunate aftershave.” OMG, I love you, Bryan Fuller, even if you didn’t use the “ship on the bottle” line next*.

Graham’s got a gun (thank you, Aerosmith, for the earworm), and he’s aiming.  Hannibal has left the fridge door open and, while Bryan Fuller amusingly tweeted that Hannibal is wasting energy, I’m wondering if it’s deliberate. It’s light, behind him, like the light he used to mess with Miriam. Even now, Hannibal is trying to tweak Will. If he’s not The Ripper, Will is killing an innocent man, and if he is the The Ripper and Will kills him, there are no answers to the questions. Will comes close, very close, but walks away.

Did Jack Crawford just take Miriam Lass to Hannibal Lecter’s office? Yes. Yes he did. Hannibal’s pretending not to know her, Jack’s pretending not to have an ulterior motive, and Miriam’s pretending not to be scared out of her wits. Jack’s trying to help Miriam recover her memories. Hannibal offers to help. I pretty much headdesk, because I want Hannibal as far from Miriam’s head as possible — but no one ever listens to me when I talk to the TV.

Hannibal hypnotizes Miriam using, you guessed it, light therapy. It’s amazing to see the flashes showing Hannibal looking like the silhouette she remembers from her imprisonment, but not connecting him as The Ripper. Hannibal takes her back in time and asks her what she remembers, what she sees. A flash of a body hung up with all kinds of weapons inserted all kinds of ways, and I’m not kidding when I say that Miriam and I both said “Wound Man”** at the same time.

Back at the lab, Price and Zeller have found something: a fingerprint on a flower petal. Partial and not enough points for court, but they have a name. Hannibal Lecter. Crawford’s confused. He remembers Will said evidence would point away from Hannibal. Price and Zeller, here after Team Science was called, say they also found sodium amytal. Alana oh-so-helpfully remembers that Chilton used that on Will. Jack says they should bring them both in.

Let’s go see what’s happening with Dr. Chilton, who has come home to a strange beeping noise. Where is it coming from? Downstairs. He goes into the wine cellar (OK, I gotta go into psychiatry because it obviously pays amazingly well), and we realize the beeping is a heart monitor. It flatlines as he sees Abel Gideon dead on a gurney, with pieces of him laid out like perfect cannibalistic evidence. Let’s face it. He freaks and heads upstairs in hopes of safety.

But safety has left town. Instead, it’s Hannibal in his plastic coveralls and some chloroform for Dr. Chilton. The FBI is at the door, and Hannibal goes to open it as Chilton passes out. We go to commercial.

I already know what’s coming. I’m gonna just type it and tell you if I was right. Hannibal is going to kill the FBI guys and make it look like Chilton did it. It’ll put Chilton on the run and make him the prime suspect.

We’re back. I was right. Chilton wakes covered in blood, holding a gun and dropping a knife. Blood leads a trail to the kitchen, where one FBI agent is disemboweled and the other is full of all sorts of weapons, like, you guessed it, Wound Man.

Of course he runs. But I was surprised by where he ran: Will Graham’s house.

Back at Chilton’s house, Crawford is making all of the connections Hannibal wants him to make. Chilton has been on the Ripper case since the beginning, before Hannibal, before Will. Also, for those of you wondering, Team Science helpfully tells us that Abel Gideon has only been dead for a couple hours and that someone’s been carving steaks off him for days. Try getting that image out of your brainpan. Hannibal was even nice enough to leave a copy of a medical text with the Wound Man in it. Crawford, totally forgetting that Miriam said that name right in front of Hannibal, goes right where Hannibal wants him to. Y’know what? I’m kind of glad Crawford got it in the neck in the first episode of the season, because I want to kick him so HARD right now.

Chilton is at Will’s after a much-needed shower, and he’s dealing with the realization of just how set up he really was. Hannibal wasn’t planning to kill him. He set him up as the perfect patsy. He wants to get out of the country. Will reminds him that he’ll look guilty if he runs. Chilton plans to leave the country and Will plans to find the Ripper. Whatever plans they have will have to wait, because Will called Jack Crawford.

Again, Crawford refuses to believe Will when he tells him the truth, and he runs off after Chilton as he escapes through the snow. Will shoots at him and Chilton looks terrified, ultimately turning to surrender.

Which means we now have Chilton at the FBI, where he ends up in an orange jumpsuit and talking to Alana Bloom. All his smarmy charm is gone and his voice is low and angry — a voice that triggers a memory for Miriam Lass from behind the glass of the interrogation room. She loses it, saying, “It’s him!” Her memories are of his voice, his face. Hannibal has done his work well. So well, in fact, that Miriam takes Crawford’s gun as he tries to console her, and she shoots Frederick Chilton in the face***.

Hannibal, back at home, gets a visit from Will Graham. Time for his appointment. These two have a lot to talk about.

 

*Direct pull from the book, also spoken by the glorious Brian Cox as Lecter in Manhunter: “That’s the same atrocious aftershave you wore in court three years ago.”

**In the novel Red Dragon, Will Graham sees a drawing of Wound Man in Hannibal’s office, connects it to a body they found, and instantly realizes Hannibal is The Ripper, at which point Hannibal guts him.

***Damn it, Fuller, I told you: No killing Chilton. I said no, and I mean no. You’d better fix that.

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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