Thursday, August 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: Only Murders in the Building (Season Finale)

Only Murders in the Building: Season 2, Episode 10 “I Know Who Did It” (B+)

This episode provided a perfectly theatrical finale for the case and managed to introduce a new one by zooming forward to a year later for a mystery that can populate the third season, which was ordered more than a month ago. It turns out there wasn’t all that much to Becky Butler’s story other than that she was unhappy with a chauvinistic boss and wanted to fake her own death. Cinda was perhaps too willing to accept that it was a good story and skip a few steps in declaring her murdered, but that wasn’t all of it. It was clever to have the other residents come together for some brief acting training but not fill in the entire plan so that audiences might still be surprised by Charles’ apparent death and Alice being identified as the killer. There was no better moment than Charles popping up from under the sheet and Howard pretending to faint again, and Cinda revealing that she had been in on it the whole time. Doubling as a podcast finale and a TV season finale was fantastic, and the only thing better than all this action is the idea of a newly back-in-the-spotlight Charles having to costar with an insufferable Paul Rudd, who then ended up dead on stage with his angry castmate likely the prime suspect. Ending with Mabel’s angry one-liner and the show’s theme remixed with some yodeling was fun, and I’m excited to see how this show can continue to be just as enjoyable and clever in season three.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Martin Short as Oliver

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