The Killing: Sayonara, Hiawatha

 Posted by on May 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm  The Killing
May 212012

Sayanora, Hiawatha was a terrific episode of The Killing.

The more I watch, the more I know that this show really can’t recover from Season 1. I suspect it will just be cancelled. Because during every excellent scene: Tommy and Stan leaving the school, Mitch phoning Stan, Holder stumbling through an “I’m there for you” speech; my mind kept insisting on noticing that this should have happened many episodes ago.

Tommy going ballistic at school is about right for Day 22. It’s about right for a kid to start acting out when the first wave of shock has passed. But the rigid structure of one day per episode means it took us far too long to see it.

Mitch meets with Rosie’s biological father. A man who apparently doesn’t read newspapers, watch TV, or use the Internet, and doesn’t have any friends to whom he mentioned Rosie’s visit (or they also don’t have media access), because he had no idea that a murder happened which was so well-publicized that it is affecting the outcome of the mayoral race in a nearby city. I mean, even if David somehow never heard about Rosie’s murder, how did he miss the assassination attempt on a local political candidate: An attempt the reporting of which would have necessitated reminding the public about Rosie? It defies imagination.

And there was no need. Mitch can’t say that Rosie’s dead, we know that. She can’t speak the words, and that’s powerful. But if David knew, she wouldn’t have to.

The one thing it perpetuates is what liars Stan and Mitch both are. Mitch calls Stan to weep about the secrets in their lives, and for the first time we learn that Rosie hadn’t spoken to them in months. For the first time. These people have been lying from day one. Stan also lies to Mitch when he says the boys are okay. And in those lies, we know that Mitch also lied to David when she said Rosie was Stan’s. Otherwise, why couch that statement within so much dishonesty?

The whole episode did a beautiful job of portraying a family in crisis: Mitch, Stan, the older boy acting out, the younger terrified by it all. Stan’s a little rougher, a little scruffier, a little grayer even. And he says all the worst things a father can say, but you can’t help but feel for his desperate incompetence.

The investigation moves along. I don’t much care about the procedural at this point, but the final scene, Linden and Holder connected by phone as she visualizes Rosie’s discovery, was beautifully done. The characters actually breathed and experienced during the procedural, and that worked.

That key card, the one Linden failed to get, is important. I mean, that’s obvious, but what may be less obvious is that her failure to get it preserved the evidence. Had she succeeded in fishing it out, the Indian who just clocked her would have taken it. Now she and Holder will have matching bandages.


  10 Responses to “The Killing: Sayonara, Hiawatha”

  1. I would have been so much happier if Rosie’s murder had been wrapped up with a bow at the end of season 1, and Holder and Linden started with a new case to solve. I don’t really care who killed Rosie anymore…sad but true.

    Deborah, your call out about David not knowing of Rosie’s murder was of course spot on. So was Rosie not telling David she was his daughter. Why on earth was she there otherwise.

    Holder and Linden returning to the Casino was ridiculous. His rouse could never have served to distract anyone. Duh, Linden’s “in da house”.


    • Rosie certainly told him she thought he was the father, and that much was in the letter, but I think maybe Mitch only ever wrote down that she didn’t know. That part I accept.

  2. Finding out who killed Rosie is the ONLY reason I’m still watching… I’m forcing myself to make it through this season. This show has had a few good moments but on the whole has been dreadful.

  3. I’m tired of Mitch being this one dimensional character. I get she’s grieving. As you said, this real-life timeline is stagnant and tedious. Let’s develop her a bit more and accelerate it a bit. I did appreciate the idea of Gwen being the whore for her father as a young teen as they’ve accused Rosie of being all along. I don’t know how truly interesting that twist was, but I’m willing to take anything interesting at this point. That scene should’ve had greater impact, though. It was a failure of the actor. Most of this show is beyond belief, but Holder making that ruckus and then not followed out to the car and escorted off the lands? C’mon. Allowing him to sit in the parking lot? It’s not worth being insulted by the writers anymore.

  4. I stopped watching at the end of last season because I felt cheated. Nothing I have read this year, or heard from friends, makes me think I made the wrong choice. They had that murder tied in a bow by the end of last year, and could have easily just started a new, year-long case. They blew it.

  5. I am watching because of the actor playing Holder. I find the character entertaining and it’s even more amazing knowing that the actor is Swedish. I was pissed at the end of last season, and now I’ve been hanging on waiting to find out who killed Rosie.

  6. Maybe I am in the minority, but I am actually enjoying this season. All of the red herrings last season almost turned me off the show, but they also made me want to know what really happened. The investigation has finally gotten on track and is showing progress, and I hope it is resolved this season. I watch for that and for Linden and Holden. I love those two. Both are so flawed but I suppose that is what makes me love them. Their relationship is very sweet. He’s about the only person that ever gets a smile out of her.

    I’ve disliked Mitch ever since she took off. I don’t know what I would do if one of my children were murdered, but I think I can safely say that I would not leave my family, especially if I had 2 young children who needed me. Stan has a bit more of my empathy because he’s left to grieve on his own, try to take care of the boys, work and keep the family financially afloat, and deal with the press. But why did he lie to Mitch when she FINALLY called, and say the boys are ok. They’re NOT! They need her and if she would drag her sorry ass home and take care of them, she might get some solace. She can’t help Rosie any more, but she can help her boys.

    • Well put, Julie. Stan should have been honest with Mitch about the boys. But, lying seems to be the trait that every possible lead and witness (except the maid and the hair dude) share in this series. They all want to help find Rosey’s killer, but only if it doesn’t make them look bad.

      If my daughter was killed, I am telling the detectives EVERYTHING I know about any questions they ask me. About the only ones to go all in for somebody else is Linden sending her son to Chicago (an enormously unselfish act), Holder’s unflinching support of Linden, and Jamie’s support of Richmond. Otherwise, Seattle is portrayed as a Liar’s paradise. Where’s Tommy Flanagan when you need him?

  7. Well done again, Deb. Great point about the ID. I missed it. Good episode.

  8. I love this show. One of the best on television. Don’t get those who are criticizing this season. It’s brilliant. Perhaps it’s too slow-moving and cerebral for many people who are used to network series. Brilliant acting all around. The evolution of Linden and Holder’s relationship is particularly fascinating. It seems like Holder is falling in love with her.

    I hope they reveal the killer at the end of this season, and Linden and Holder move on to a new case next season. They have great chemistry, and I’d hate for this show to end.

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