Luther Series 3 Recap: Part Two
Previously on Luther, the killer du jour took out his second and third victims and Luther had a very nice date with an odd lady named Mary who mistook him for a “gentle” man. Mary is odd because she tracked Luther down to ask him out. This week she stalks him back to his house at the end of the episode and yells at him for coming home late. I suppose it’s just proof that John Luther doesn’t attract the normal ones.
Ripley may have sided previously with Team Gray, but the following morning brought some clarity. Luther looked him dead in the eye and told him he interrupted the phone call that could have saved the killer’s victims. Luther goes on to say that if Barnaby really killed his daughter’s murderer, he should be arrested, and he doesn’t understand why Ripley would think anyone thought otherwise.
So much for Team Gray.
“Shut up Mr. Ripley. You might just spoil my good mood” – Luther
For the record, Ripley’s not the only one questioning whether or not he’s backing the right horse with Team Gray. DCI Gray appears to be having second thoughts herself. When Former DSU Stark isn’t spending his nights passed out drunk on the floor, he’s breaking into Luther’s house so he can “get a feel” for the man. Gray is rightly creeped out by him.
In DSU Stark’s defense, he’s not nearly as creepy as our psychopath, or even our psychopath’s psychopath. In trying to uncover the identity of the serial killer, Luther discovers a pattern similar to a murderer from 30 years ago. That killer, William Carney, it turns out, is pulling the strings of today’s killer, Paul Ellis. Turns out Paul is the son of one of Carney’s victims, who was hiding in the wardrobe and witnessed Carney kill his mother years ago and turned him into a psychopath. Think Dexter, London-style, without a code, sister, or Miami Metro.
Once Luther is in possession of the psychopath links, he’s able to predict the next set of victims: nurses from Carney’s retirement home (who all conveniently all live together in one house). With Ripley dispatched to finish rebuilding last week’s blenderized hand so he can arrest Barnaby, there will be no other untimely interruptions this week. Luther arrives in time to save the day (and our writers from having to give the nurses have any more terrible dialogue. So much for the Bechdel Test.) Rather than get to kill three pretty nurses, Ellis throws himself out the third floor window into a conveniently placed greenhouse for extra effect.
Now, in DCI Gray’s defense, those sorts of things do seem to happen a lot around Luther. One might not be blamed for assuming there was a connection. One might not even blame Ripley for talking into Stark’s tape recorder to list them all.
Well, except Luther.
He tails Ripley to Team Gray’s sad little hideaway and interrupts the confessional. Luther could go postal and rip the place apart, but instead of giving Team Gray the satisfaction, he simply takes their evidence—including the tape recorder and leaves. In the concluding moments of the episode, we learn that Ripley wasn’t stabbing Luther in the back after all, his “confession” turned out to be a declaration of loyalty to Luther.
Luther 1, Team Gray 0.
Tomorrow: We get a new serial killer, since we’ve dispatched of the current one and Team Gray pays odd Mary a visit.
(Xposted from IShouldHaveBeenABlogger)
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