‘True Detective’ turned up the shock factor on its June 28 episode. Did everyone catch the show’s final moments? Yeah, one of the main characters appears to have been shot and left for dead.
Just two episodes into True Detective season two, and the main characters are already more complex than we could have ever imagined. On the June 28 episode, the investigation into Caspere’s murder intensified, Frank’s (Vince Vaughn) dark side started to show, Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Ray (Colin Farrell) teamed up and someone was shot! Could True Detective have just killed off a main character?
The episode started off on a somber note. Frank was in bed staring at a water stain on his ceiling. The stain was just an outlet for Frank to express his worry about his shady business deals. “I don’t like being on a ledge,” he said. “Nobody gets rich on their own money,” Jordan replied. Frank admitted that he didn’t really know what to do with money; he never had it growing up.
During a dark time in his childhood, he was locked in the basement by his father. Three days in the pitch-black, with rats gnawing at his fingers. He was locked up five days in that lightless pit. Jordan cried upon hearing this horror. That water stain on the ceiling, that blemish, reminded him of all that darkness. “What if I’m still in that basement? The dark? What if I died there?” he asked. He pondered if the stain was his wake-up call; if this was the door to that basement opening up.
Meanwhile, Paul, Ani and Ray were at the morgue with Caspere’s body. His eyes had been burned away with hydrochloric acid. He had been bound, hung upside down and shot in the genital area. The state and local law enforcement were battling over who got the case. The state allowed Paul to be a state’s investigator in Caspere’s case, but he would also have to look into the Vinci PD. Paul was willing to do the work as long as he would be allowed back on the bike afterwards.
Ani was head commander on the case, with Ray as her sidekick. But there was a catch. Ray was described as “bent,” and the state wanted her to use him to open up a “window into everything” about Vinci. You see, the city of Vinci was the worst polluter in the state, the birthplace of a ton of toxic waste. However, Vinci made lots of money from being an industrial city, and it was hiding a plethora of money from the state. Ray’s people knew that, and Caspere had been a key player at getting legislation passed that would rule in Vinci big wigs’ favor. With the Caspere case, those shady officials wanted Ray to control the narrative and could really care less about solving the case.
‘True Detective’ Recap: ‘You’re Bad’
There was another person Ray had to answer to — Frank. He wanted details about Caspere’s death. Caspere’s injuries made Frank realize he was tortured; someone wanted him to talk. Frank had big stakes with Caspere. A lot of his money was floating around, and Caspere was the Frank’s bank. However, the business deal was done off the books, and Frank was owed $5 million. Since Caspere was dead and the deal hadn’t been finished, there was no way he was getting it back. Frank may have been desperate, but he vowed to get it all back. He had nothing to lose.
Paul visited his mom while on a break from the case. She was a typical down-on-her-luck mother, a woman who never should have been a mother in the first place. She was a helpless being and a little too touchy with Paul. Later, as Paul smoked a cigarette, there was a look of rage in his eye. Someone’s got mommy issues.
Ani and Ray teamed up and went to Caspere’s house to investigate. After not finding much, they headed back to interview guys who knew Caspere. (Cue the first car scene of the partners this season.) These guys were the same people who told Ray not to open up Caspere’s can of worms concerning Vinci while working with Ani. The duo met back up with Paul, who’d noticed that Caspere made withdrawals every month that corresponded with blank dates on his calendar. Interesting.
Ray took a break to go visit his son and ex. When he arrived, with new shoes in hand for Chad, his ex was super pissed. She was furious that Ray had beaten the bejeezus out of that kid Aspen’s dad. She was worried about Chad, who got “anxious” around Ray.
“He needs me, even if he doesn’t know it,” Ray said. “You’re bad, Ray,” his ex replied. “You’re a bad person, and you’re bad for my son.” She wanted supervised visits. If Ray didn’t comply, she’d issue a paternity test. Ray didn’t want that.
‘True Detective’ Recap: Knives & The Nasty Truth
Ani and Ray went to see Caspere’s therapist. Apparently, he had a weakness for young women and for paying for them. They didn’t get much out of the guy, but we learned a little bit more about Ani’s past living with The Good People. It wasn’t the best place. Five kids had lived there when she was growing up. In the present day, two were in jail and two had committed suicide. She was the only one who’d made it to greener pastures.
On the ride home, Ani and Ray got to know each other. He wanted to clear up the rumors she’d heard about him. He also asked about the knives she carried around. “Could you do this job if everyone you encountered could physically overpower you?” she said. “I mean, forget police work, no man could walk around like that without going nuts.”
“Fundamental difference between the sexes is that one of them can kill the other with their bare hands,” she continued. “Man of any size lays his hands on me? He’s gonna bleed out in under a minute.” Amen. (No joke, I sleep with a knife by my bed. I’m 5’0 tall who wouldn’t stand a chance against a grown man. My apartment’s been broken into twice. Ani’s words speak volumes.)
Before Ray left, he revealed the truth about the investigation. Them working together on the investigation wasn’t supposed to work. There was a bigger reason why Ani and Paul were solely assigned to work on the case rather than the whole thing turning into a full-blown investigation. Ani asked how compromised Ray was with the case. He didn’t answer.
‘True Detective’ Recap: I Pity The Fool
Paul went back to his place to pack a few things before heading to LA. His girlfriend wanted to talk. Paul? Not so much. She asked about his past, and he cut her off real quick. “I told you. I don’t talk about the desert,” he stressed. “You’re not right,” she said. Paul may be deeply flawed, but who is anyone to judge? The guy clearly has issues that need to be worked out.
That’s the case for all the characters on this show. As Ani perused her computer, she found herself looking through porn. Was that for her own pleasure? Or was she possibly looking for her sister? This is interesting, nonetheless.
Caspere’s murder was really messing with Frank’s plan. He told Vinci police that whenever they found the guy who killed Caspere, he’d want a minute alone with him. Too bad these guys could really care less if Caspere’s killer was caught. Later, Frank and Ray met up at their meeting place — the bar. Frank revealed that Caspere had another place where he brought girls. Ray was supposed to be appreciative of this tip, but he wasn’t.
Frank had big plans for Ray like Chief of Vinci PD. Ray was feeling kind of hopeless about his current situation, but then Frank brought up the past, which included Ray dumping a body. What? Did Ray kill someone? Needless to say, this got Ray’s attention.
Ray headed to Caspere’s lair. When he went inside, there was water overflowing in the sink and blood on the floor. Stevie Wonder’s “I Pity The Fool” was playing and some kind of sex apparatus was hanging in the living room. Ray opened a nearby door and found a hidden camera. Suddenly, someone with a bird mask entered and shot him! Ray fell to the floor, and the man in the bird mask appeared to shoot him again at point-blank range.
Wait, Ray can’t really be dead, right? If True Detective is really trying to shake things up, this would be the thing to do. I’m going to need a minute to process this and rewatch it again like 10 times.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s True Detective? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson