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Season 2 | Episode 6 | “What Is in Me Dark Illumine” | Aired Jan 16, 2015

In the season-two finale of the BBC’s The Fall, we finally get the showdown that we have all been waiting for: Stella versus Spector. But before they finally sit across from each other at the interrogation table, some critical events have to happen.

The episode opens with Stella finding the building where Spector not only housed Rose but also placed that mannequin way back in season one. As Stella walks through the abandoned building, she finds room after room empty—except for one, which contains only a chair and camera tripod. Clearly this is where he held Rose for a time, but where is she now?

As our serial killer comfortably wakes up in a jail cell, Stella is ordering a forensic investigation on the abandoned building. Across town, Jimmy Tyler is finding out where the police have placed his wife, Liz, in protective custody. He removes the tracking band around his ankle, smashes his cell phone, and takes off to confront her.

When Stella arrives back at the police station, she is told that Tom Stagg is there to see her. This poor man simply wants to know what has happened to his wife. All that Stella can tell him is that they have someone in custody whom they are charging with the murders of the women, the attempted murder of Annie Brawley, and the murder of her brother. He asks every question a desperate man would, clearly grasping for any hint of what they may know about his wife.

Where is Rose Stagg? The revelation of some videos from Katie’s cell phone brings only more questions for Stella. Why corrupt a minor? What does he gain from this? Her schoolgirl dance with danger has gotten out of control, and finally the police realize this. Stella sends handsome D.S. Anderson to interrogate Katie, telling him to simply let her talk and see where the conversation goes. Spoiler alert: Not very far. Surveillance footage taken by the creep of a motel landlord reveals that there is a gap in Katie’s timetable. Bingo!

In a fantastic twist, Sally-Ann Spector reveals during another interrogation session that she “is bleeding”—otherwise known as miscarrying. The police finally show her evidence that proves her husband is the man they say he is and then she caps off the scene with a miscarriage. A fitting end to what was a sick and twisted marriage, perhaps? Only next season will really tell.

As the episode progresses, we finally get some life out of Paul Spector. Interrogator after interrogator had been sent in to question him in the previous episode, and now, Stella is taking the gloves off. She sends in D.C. McNally, the brunette detective who had arrested him for the murder of Joe Brawley.

Finally, he cracks. He calls Stella out on her attempt to ply him with a brunette woman who looks like Annie Brawley. He says he won’t talk to anyone but Stella, and she complies, clearly realizing that she has no choice if they want to get to the bottom of this.

The conversation in the interrogation room seems to go nowhere, as each party asks the other question after question. Spector gives Stella rehearsed answers that lead her to another dead end, and they continue to spar using what little information they have on the other.

The truth about Father Jensen is revealed through the eyes of Spector’s childhood. The pivotal question—”Were your fantasies always sexual in nature?”—is met with an answer that defines Spector’s character: “Aren’t everyone’s?” Each thinks they have the other pegged, but they both couldn’t be more wrong—or, in some cases, more right.

Listening to Spector describe how he feels while he assaults and murders women is eerie and disturbing. To her credit, Stella barely bats an eye at any of his accusations and manages to get him to admit to the murder of his first victim. Apparently, he is finally ready to reveal enough to satisfy the police.

This interrogation scene alone is reason enough to watch this episode, or give it a second viewing. To finally see the protagonist and antagonist of our story face off is stunning and chilling. What follows is a frenzied search for Rose Stagg. Spector leads the police through the woods, turn by turn, and then sends Stella off on foot into the forest.

Ultimately, she finds a car and has another officer open the trunk with a crowbar. What they find sends a chill down my spine. A barely coherent Rose Stagg is in the trunk, clearly affected by the elements and days of being locked in a trunk. While Spector stands beside D.C. Anderson, Stella’s jaw is set. She is ready to go to war with him. What she doesn’t count on is the wild card in Jimmy Tyler.

Jimmy appears out of the forest, gun drawn and firing. He wounds both Anderson and Spector before being taken down by another police officer. The final moments of the episode leave us hungry for more. Stella presses a cloth to Spector’s stomach wounds as he slowly slips away. With desperation, she screams, “We’re losing him!”

They have come this far only to lose the man they want to take to justice. Quite a cop-out of an ending to a deeply psychological thriller. Obviously, Allan Cubitt wanted to leave it open for a third season, which I very much hope there will be. We still need far too many answers to unanswered questions.

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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