“The Fall” recap (2.6): Actually, it’s all about ethics in serial murder

Across town the Chronicle reporter gets a call from his jailer source about Paul being moved. He calls Jimmy and asks for his car back. I can already see the chain of events unfolding. I know what will more than likely happen. But I still can’t leave the edge of my seat.

Jimmy pulls up and predictably wants to know all about where Paul is going, then insists on driving there. Meanwhile, the police caravan grows as crime scene techs and EMTs join the line and they all head deeper into the woods. The heartbeat score ramps up matching my own.

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They stop, and Paul tells Stella to go “in there.” Not what’s in there, mind you. But just “in there.” Stella gives him a once over, trying to read what she’ll find. But his blasé face reveals nothing.

But Paul sees a look Stella gives Anderson, and him back, and reads right into it. So now there they are, these two men, locked together with shackles side-by-side. If we’re supposed to read something into this about Stella’s transference, I will not. And you can’t make me. So sod off with any such insinuation, OK, show?

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Stella decides to go into the woods alone, because, sure, this show isn’t suspenseful enough already. The reporter and Jimmy drive up nearby, the reporter hops out with his cameras and Jimmy peels out. I mean it, dude, pick better sources.

Not to get too Thoreau, but Stella is going through the woods deliberately. This is the most nerve-wracking hike in the forest since Little Red Riding hood took that stroll with her picnic basket. I don’t know what I’m expecting: booby traps, tree elves, the Blair Witch.

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Stella is skeptical, and Anderson radios back that Paul says to go deeper. Ew. Somehow the reporter has found her, guess it’s a small forest, and starts shooting pictures. Paul, meanwhile, offers Anderson some unsolicited advice. He says there’s clearly something going on between him and “fragrant Stella.” Double ew. But he tells him not to do it if he hasn’t already because “I’ve tasted both the fantasy and the deed. The fantasy is way more piquant.”

So is that remorse? Should we read that as remorse? I think it’s only remorse for the loss of his terrible, terrible fantasies.

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Stella continues into the woods. She has only been in there for like 1,000 years now. She has to be to grandmother’s house by now. Each of her footsteps is so foreboding. And then she reaches a small berm. She climbs up it and finally. Rose’s car is there.

How Paul drove it in there without leaving an enormous trail through the forest is beyond me, but I’ll allow it because compared to all other crime shows the level of suspension of disbelief is staggeringly low. The car is abandoned, but the trunk is locked. So Stella calls for a crowbar.

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