‘True Detective’ episode 6 recap: Rejection

10:00 pm EDT, 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’?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.


HARRY POTTER IS BACK! (Spotted at a Barnes & Noble) #harrypotterforever #harrypotter

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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?