‘True Detective’ episode 6 recap: Rejection

10:00 pm EST, February 23, 2014

Tonight’s True Detective finally explained why Hart and Cohle’s friendship fell apart, and the answer may not come as a surprise in hindsight.

The murder mysteries shared airtime this episode to explain why the two lead detectives fell apart in 2002. The answer? Margaret.

True Detective episode 6 opens with Hart visiting the cell of the two men who hooked up with his daughter. He puts on some gloves and beats them up. Even if he isn’t committed to his wife, he definitely is committed to protecting members of his family from others.

In 2012, Hart tells the detectives that Cohle had worked a case in 2002 which he wasn’t aware of. We jump to that time where he questions two people. On the way out of interrogations, Hart and Cohle get in an argument over each other’s attitudes. Hart asks him why he’s been opening up old cases, but Cohle won’t explain.

Cohle then goes to visit Kelly, one of the two girls who was found at the Ledoux compound. She says that a “man with the scars was the worst.” And when he asks if the scars were on his face, she has a panic attack and he has to leave. Yet again we hear that the killer has scars on his face.

Back in the office where he’s being yelled at for visiting Kelly, Cohle explains to his boss (Salter) there’s been a series of young girls getting killed that have been considered disconnected and went unsolved. Salter is pissed because there’ve been no bodies and no solid evidence he can present concerning these cases. Cohle goes on an impassioned speech that leaves Hart and Salter lost, so the latter orders him to stop digging around.

Not one to take orders, Cohle catches up with Preacher Joel who he and Hart checked out in the ’90s when he had his traveling church tent. He questions him about an organization set up to finance rural schools called the Well Spring program, an evangelical initiative. The preacher says he left his life behind because he found photos of naked kids within his organization, but was unable to find anyone higher than him in the organization who wanted to take action on them. Asked why he quit the revival, the preacher says his last two tents were vandalized.

Cohle next goes to the leader of the church organization, Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle, who can’t offer much help on paperwork surrounding the Well Spring program, but the Reverend says he’ll put him in touch with someone else to look at documents. He adds that the program couldn’t afford itself, which is why it shut down. Tuttle was one of the people who wanted to take over the investigation with a task force in the ’90s, which leaves Cohle suspicious of his interests.

Cohle’s boss Salter finds out that he is continuing to investigate old cases against his orders, so he pulls his badge and gun and suspends him for a month.

The new detectives think Tuttle may’ve been killed by Cohle after the order came down from Salter to stop investigating. They think Cohle never left the area after he was suspended and that he’s been involved with these killings. Hart walks out after hearing this and says he won’t help them with their case anymore.

Margaret

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In 2002 Hart visits a T-Mobile store where he meets a pretty employee named Beth. After purchasing a phone, he goes to the bar across the street. Beth ends up there after her shift at the store. She sits near him and says she used to work at the ranch he investigated years ago for evidence about Dora Lange. Beth’s now in a better place and Hart’s proud of her. She’s proud of him too because he’s made a name for himself in the local papers. He goes back to her place and they have sex.

Hart’s wife comes in for questioning in 2012 and we learn that they’re no longer together (as hinted at previously when he was missing his wedding ring in ’12 questioning). They ask her if she’s had any contact with Cohle since ’02 and she says no, adding that she’s always known him to be “a good man.”

Back at home in 2002, Hart and Margaret are distant. To make matters worse, she finds nude pictures of Beth on his phone.

Margaret is naturally upset by this because of his history with other women earlier in their marriage. She goes over to Cohle’s because she’s upset that Hart is still cheating on her. She says she can’t deal with it again.

After a few more words, they start hooking up. It’s only afterward that he asks what she’s doing here. She says she wanted to get with someone else, and this pisses Cohle off, so he throws her out of his house. In 2012 she doesn’t tell the detectives about their hookup or if her and Hart’s break up had anything to do with Cohle.

Back in 2002, Margaret comes back from Cohle’s and tells Hart that she hooked up with his partner. She tells him she hadn’t had sex like that since before they had their two kids, which pisses him off so much that he almost decides to choke her. He resists when he’s reminded of their daughters.

The next day Cohle comes to the police station. One of the other officers tells Hart he’s out front. He takes off his badge, gun, and jacket, and walks outside knowing full well what he’s about to do to Cohle. He runs outside and the two get into one of the better TV brawls we’ve seen on television. All the other detectives come outside to break up the fight. Salter brings them both into his office and Cohle quits.

The cliffhanger

In 2012 Hart is “pulled over” by Cohle, who asks if they can talk at a bar. Cohle offers to buy him a beer, but he changes his mind. “Actually, you should buy me a beer.” The episode ends with the two heading to a place for a drink, where they’ll talk to one another for the first time in 10 years.

What did you think of tonight’s ‘True Detective’?

Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

In related news, the cast and crew kicked off their press tour today in Paris. Disney released the following adorable photo of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken as they start publicizing the movie, which opens in theaters March 17:

Can’t wait to see it!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?