Vashon. Holder brought Linden Chinese takeout and asked if she was okay. He admitted that the night before had been incredibly scary, saying, "Thought I lost you there for a second -- just when I was getting used to you." Linden dropped her defenses, choking up as she admitted she'd been able to see only NPM's eyes and that it had forced her to relate to the Piper's victims. Holder apologized he hadn't gotten there sooner, but she told he had gotten there, which was all that mattered. He glanced over, saw that she had Seward's case file open, and asked, "You go over that thing every night or what?" She said grimly, "They're going to kill him in two days."
Back at the prison, Henderson found Becker's wife worrying about how her husband hadn't been home for some time. Stoking viewers' already strong suspicions, she confirmed that Becker would go missing for days at a time and, when he did come home, he displayed a particularly cruel level of misogyny and shadiness. She asked Henderson to sit and talk with her, but he took one look at Becker's son and refused.
As Linden and Holder pored over Seward's case file, the pictures of Seward and Adrian reminded Holder of his nephew Davy, who'd been abandoned by his own father almost immediately after being born. Holder had stepped in as a father figure, only to betray the boy by stealing money for drugs. It was a mistake he didn't feel he could ever truly make right. Linden advised, "Maybe it's time for you to let go of the past." Holder: "That makes two of us, huh?"
Holder's phone rang. Seeing Bullet's name on the caller ID, he didn't answer, but we saw the kid sitting in a diner and leaving a message saying she knew the identity of the Piper. Back at Linden's, Holder broke the tension by joking that he was ripe from several days without a shower. He proposed they get some rest and go back to Mills' videos in the morning after some sleep. In the meanwhile, he'd take Seward's case file and look over it with fresh eyes.
Another important phone call ended the night: Seward promised to get Linden access to Adrian if she could buy him some time.
But it appeared that Bullet might be the one who needs more time. As she tried in vain to reach Holder, a driver (framed in the same way as the Piper has been throughout the season) pulled up and began to watch her.
Well that was just a damn amazing hour of television, my friends. I would argue it was the finest installment The Killing has ever produced and perhaps one of the best TV episodes that will air this entire year. (Or am I overestimating it?) So much happened! Even amid the taut dialogue and tense pacing, we learned more about Linden and the bleak reality of police work than we have over the course two and a half seasons. Fresh off the partners' fight, Holder and Linden suddenly had more reason than ever to rely on each other and truth in each other. And Mireille Enos -- who has, in my opinion, frequently been shackled by Linden's glum understatement as a character -- got a rare chance to prove exactly why she's been recognized by the awards shows and critics. Though I obviously hope that changes come 2014 (this year's episodes aren't eligible for Thursday's Emmy nominations, alas).
Were you likewise impressed? We only have four episodes to go, so things are about to get real. Do you think Linden can save Seward? Can she save herself? Will Holder finally pick up Bullet's calls, or is the mouthy urchin done for? Are you convinced that Becker is the Piper, or do you still have eyes on others (Skinner, Reddick)? Discuss.