True Detective: Episode 5 Recap
It was inevitable that after last week’s episode this one was going to be something of a let down. It’s 66 days after what’s been dubbed the “Vinci massacre” and everything has changed. It’s like we’ve missed five episodes and have to catch up, so instead of plot development we get exposition. All this is a little annoying considering that after the first four episodes I wasn’t exactly sure where we were and now we’re not even there anymore. So where are we?
Let’s start with with our favourite first year philosophy student mobster Frank. He’s had to move out of his big ‘I’m a scary gangster’ house and into the type of place where you might find a jokey doormat on the front step. It’s not very Frank but he does actually seem to be in a better mood. The best moment in the episode, perhaps in the series, is when Frank goes to Chessani’s office. He finds the good Mayor asleep so he goes over and flicks his forehead to wake him up.
He’s like a student waking up a flatmate whose week old super noodles are clogging the sink. It’s a wonderful moment because in that split second all of Chessani’s intimidating power and corruption seem to count for nothing. He becomes a comic figure and that makes him vulnerable. And that’s one thing the Chessani family haven’t been for a century. The other good news for Frank is that there may be a way back into the dodgy land deal that Caspere’s murder scuppered. The shady – everyone’s shady in Vinci – property developer we’ve seen in previous episodes tells Frank that he can have his old deal back if he can find Caspere’s hard drive, which is full of what he calls “home movies”. In TV and film “home movies” are always a byword for unimaginable depravity. I can’t wait to see them.
Paul, as usual, is having more family problems and this time it’s his mother. She’s pinched the $25,000 loot he brought back from Afghanistan and he’s not best pleased. In the 66 days since we’ve seen him he’s acquired a suit, an annoying soon-to-be mother in law and become a detective specialising in fraud. Do you get the irony there? It’s quite subtle, you see. He’s a fraud detective because his life’s a FRAUD. Told you it was subtle.
Perhaps the biggest change of all is that Velcoro is now officially working for Frank as ‘security’. He’s got a card and everything. But it’s a position he may not hold for long due to his probable desire to now rip Frank limb from limb. This is because Velcoro finds out that Frank tricked him into revenge killing the wrong man after his wife was attacked. This, in effect, means that Frank is responsible for utterly destroying Velcoro’s life and Ray isn’t thrilled about it. The final shot is of Velcoro turning up at Frank’s saying “you and me need to talk” in the way that someone might confront a cheating lover. You suspect it might be a messy break up.
But what of Bezzerides? She’s been demoted to the evidence room in Ventura and is no longer a detective. But that’s not going to stop her. In fact, the new positions that Woodburgh, Velcoro and Bezzerides find themselves in aren’t going to stop any of them from carrying on almost exactly as before. They’re brought back together by the state attorney Katherine Davis who secretly puts them back on the, now closed, Caspere murder case. So even though it seems like everything’s changed, nothing really has. Can we get on with the story now?
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about True Detective on Twitter:
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) July 21, 2015
if u don’t get true detective this season u r stupid lol and u got bad taste lol I get it completely and I’m flying high with satisfaction — joe mande (@JoeMande) July 21, 2015
I’m very confused about what is even going on in True Detective 2 but I’m not mad at looking at Taylor Kitsch pic.twitter.com/gBxHXtx2P4
— BEST COAST (@BestCoast) July 21, 2015
I think True Detective Season 2 is the victim of Cyber Bullying. — Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) July 20, 2015
New True Detective theory: HBO is showing the episodes out of order.
— Liana Maeby (@lianamaeby) July 20, 2015