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Season 2 | Episode 5 |”The Perilous Edge of Battle”| Aired Jan 16, 2015

As the second season of The Fall begins to wind down, many of our questions are starting to get answered. The puzzle pieces are beginning to fit together and form the picture of our serial killer for the police.

In this episode, police surveillance on the Spector home has been on high alert. Spector, his wife and children, and their babysitter turned cult follower are all being watched. The police are beginning to piece together Spector’s past: After learning he was adopted, they find the children’s home where he was placed, run by a pedophile priest.

The priest, Father Jensen, is now in prison, and Burns is tasked with visiting him. Unfortunately, this visit is more personal than he realizes. Jensen is unrepentant about his molestation of teenage boys and says as much several times. Quite a plot line to include in a show about a serial killer. The clincher here is Jensen’s refusal to share information about Paul Spector unless Burns calls him “father.” He almost loses an opportunity to catch a killer because of one man’s arrogance and his own pride. Ultimately, he concedes and gathers information to return to DSI Gibson.

Meanwhile, our resident stupid teenager, Katie, skips school to run some errands for her serial killer sweetheart. While Spector dissects his laptop and smashes the hard drive, Katie withdraws a lot of cash from the bank. Before returning to the hotel room where Spector taught her a lesson a few episodes back, Katie attaches a love lock to a nearby bridge. How sweet and mildly disturbing. Upon returning to the hotel, Katie begins to destroy even more evidence. What she didn’t count on was her tail and Stella Gibson. The police move in and catch her midway through breaking a camera card in half. Welcome to a criminal record, Katie.

Spector makes a break for it, running through the Botanic Gardens, changing his clothes, and losing his police tail. What he doesn’t account for is James Tyler. Still angry over what he supposes happened between Spector and his wife, Liz, Tyler and a lackey attempt to beat some sense into Spector. He holds his own, but is forced to his knees in an alley at gunpoint and forced to call in a favor in search or Liz. Lucky for the police, a bystander witnesses the whole mess and calls it in. Dani Ferrington is the one who catches the call and informs Stella, who is already scrambling to get there.

When Ferrington and her partner arrive, Tyler and his lackey open fire on them. They catch Ferrington in the vest and get the drop on her partner, stealing his gun in the process. Once she catches her breath, Ferrington takes control of the scene. Stella orders her to keep Spector there and not allow him to go to the hospital.

They put on quite a charade. Spector gives his account of what happened during the fight and Detective Burns shows up to release him. Spector is clearly not an idiot and senses something suspicious with it all. He gets no further than the end of the block before arresting officer D.S. Anderson, the cutie Stella had added to her team, appears and shoves him in the back of a car.

Across town, Martin and McNally visit Spector’s home and arrest his wife, Sally-Ann. Maybe, just maybe, Stella can finally get her showdown with Spector. In the DCs’ interview with Sally-Ann, it is painfully apparent that she still believes her husband was having an affair. Come on, Sally-Ann, even you must see it by now.

The most shocking and heart-wrenching moments of the episode come in the form of a video found on Spector’s phone by the police. His time spent with Rose Stagg was captured for posterity and edited into a video that he kept on his phone. The video is stunning—and not just to Stella.

Rose says everything she can think of to make Spector release her. She begs, cries, screams, becomes furious, and even tries to seduce him at one point. She confesses to telling the police about him, and but the end is the most disturbing part of the video: Spector himself comes into view and calls the viewer a “sick sh–” for watching. Stella, tears in her eyes, must take a moment to gather herself. Her tears express so many emotions: sympathy, understanding, guilt, grief. Rose’s parting words in the video, “Nothing you can do will take away how much I love my husband, how much I love my children. Nothing you can do will make me devalue myself.” There is still hope.

With Spector unwilling to speak, Stella employs D.C. McNally, an attractive brunette, to deliver a message to Spector. He is also under arrest for the murder of Joe Brawley and the attempted murder of Ann Brawley. Stella’s tactics have the desired effect: Spector appears intrigued by the dark-haired detective. Could we possibly see an end to this dance?

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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