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Season 2 | Episode 4 | “The Mind Is Its Own Place” | Aired Jan 16, 2015

Episode 4 of BBC’s The Fall opens with a forensics team in Stella’s hotel room. She watches as her laptop and journal are put in clear plastic bags and taken away. Somewhere else in Belfast, our antagonist uploads the images he snapped of her personal entries to his computer and smirks at his own superiority.

At the police offices, Stella prints off the image that Spector had made as her laptop background for further investigation. To rub salt in a paper cut, Detective Burns pops in to beg forgiveness for his actions the night before. Honestly, the busted nose should have been payment enough.

Stella interrupts him to show him camera footage of a man she believes to be Paul Spector entering her hotel room before the two of them arrived. They piece together the time line and agree that he left while Stella wiped the blood from Burns’ bruised face and ego.

She also tells Burns about her journal. His gut reaction is to ask if it contained anything procedural. She tells him it is personal: her dreams. In disgust, she says, “Modern life is such an unholy mix of voyeurism and exhibitionism. People perpetually broadcasting their internal and external selves.” They truly give Gillian Anderson the most perfect and resounding lines in this series.

While Stella’s private life is at risk of being shared with the masses, Spector is looking for new ways to damage an already damaged teenager. His late-night video dates with Katie have made her fall into a girlish sort of love with him. She tells her friend of their exploits, and Spector takes it upon himself to research Daisy, finding images of her on the Internet.

A common thread in every episode of this series so far is the power of the Internet. We think nothing of putting ourselves out there for the world to see, and this is a potentially deadly result. Spector’s young daughter shows us another side of little girls: their love for their daddy. In the backseat of her mother’s car, little Olivia Spector asks her mother why girls can’t marry their daddies. Sally Ann responds, “He’s already married.” With childlike observation, Olivia replies, “But … if you don’t want him …” Profound dialogue, Allan Cubitt.

Finally, the police put their fingers on the pulse of Paul Spector. During a briefing on current evidence, Stella finds out that Spector is still a licensed freelance bereavement counselor. On a whim, Stella calls the guard on duty and finds out that Spector has been to see Annie Brawley and has another visit scheduled for that day.

This sets her in motion. She excuses the hairdresser Paul had scheduled for Annie, and just as Spector is stepping off the elevator, Stella and Annie duck into a bathroom. A lack of information keeps the guard calm in the face of a serial killer intent on torturing his victim further under the guise of medicine. He leaves, not quite able to put the pieces together of what happened. When he runs into Sally Ann in the lobby of the hospital, he is kept long enough for the hairdresser to walk by and for him to slide the pieces into place. He agrees to leave and see their children, unaware that the police are putting a tail on him.

While waiting to see what Spector’s next move will be, Stella receives a call from her trusted Officer Ferrington informing her that they have been called to the scene of a female body, late 20s to early 30s, dark hair. Possibly Rose Stagg. Before she can set off toward the crime scene, Stella warns Annie that everyone around her is usually a suspect, including her therapist, and not to talk about it with anyone else. As Stella is about the leave, Annie ha a sudden flash of memory: Paul Spector was at the bar the night she lost her wallet. She pegs him as her attacker. It appears Stella has finally unlocked her.

The supposed body of Rose Stagg, much to the relief of Reed Smith and Stella, turns out to be a suicide victim—not Rose Stagg. Stella tells her husband that it isn’t Rose and she will never give up on finding her.

With Spector now pegged by Annie, a tech unit arrives at his house while he and his family attend a birthday party. While they are placing cameras and bugs in the house, one of the policemen falls through the ceiling—a catastrophic blow to their investigation. They make it look like a water heater malfunction, but Spector isn’t fooled. He finds footprints throughout the house and knows that they have been there. Once he has sent his family to stay with his in-laws, he calls sweet little stupid Katie and asks, “Are you ready to embrace the darkness?” She responds, “I’d do anything for you.”

The final moments of the episode find Stella Gibson staring at the cold body of a young suicide victim. When Reed Smith asks her what she is doing, she says, “Wondering where Rose Stagg is.” Will we ever find out?

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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