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

Speaking of not wired right, Jimmy pulls up outside the battered women’s home. As predicted, it does not go well. He yells, pushes the other women around, pushes his wife around, waves his gun around, strikes out at anyone and anything in his way and generally reinforces the need and critical importance of safe shelters for victims of physical and sexual violence.

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He then threatens to kill his wife and all of the women there, and then kill himself because she doesn’t want him anymore. I’ve never understood men who lash out like this at the world when it doesn’t go exactly the way they want. But sadly, it has become almost routine. How many news stories have you seen about family annihilators who go after their ex-wife or ex-girlfriend and their exes’ children and their exes’ families? This may be fiction, but the reality of this mindset is all too real.

Luckily, one of the women triggered the silent alarm. Sirens begin to blare in the ever-decreasing distance and Jimmy leaves without wreaking the deadly havoc he promised. But it’s enough to still leave all of them, and us, shaken.

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Stella is now suited up in Tyvek as the evidence collected from Paul’s burned out car is detailed. Items from his other victims, Alice Monroe and Sarah Kay. I am so glad to see that all my worry about Paul and Katie’s evidence destruction was for naught. Sometimes I forget that this isn’t Law & Order and cases usually don’t hinge on just one enormous piece of evidence but tireless work and small discoveries that eventually add up to a mountain.

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Back in his cell, Paul is calmly finishing breakfast. I have to give Jamie Dornan credit; he even makes peeling an orange seem ominous. Paul’s daughter, Olivia, is being questioned–very gently–as well. She gets asked to distinguish between the truth and a lie, and then proceeds to lie like crazy about her father. Poor girl, I do feel sorry for her. She wants so badly to protect her daddy, but her daddy is such a bad man.

Stella feels it too, as her eyes well up once again. I can’t say it enough, but it’s so refreshing to be able to watch a female character who expresses the full range of emotions and abilities as Stella. Anger, intelligence, lust, remorse, sadness and everything else. The tear that streaks down her cheek, and the way she brushes it away once noticed, mindful of its perceived weakness, is nothing short of masterful.

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After learning that Sally Ann has likely had a miscarriage, the team decides to let her go because while she is “stupid and incurious” she is also innocent. So they move along their questioning of Paul. Now it is Eastwood’s turn to have a go at him. He informs him of his new charges for the murders of Fiona, Alice and Sarah.

In typical Paul fashion he says nothing to the new charges. And then, finally, he breaks his silence to say he will only talk to Stella. No one else. He repeats it directly to Stella through the surveillance camera. Sure, we all knew this was coming. But it’s still no less frighteningly thrilling.

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