Mr. Mercedes recap: ‘Let’s Go Roaming’


Mr. Mercedes

type
TV Show
run date
08/09/17
performer
Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway
seasons
1
Current Status
In Season
Genre
Crime, Horror


We gave it a B+

Whew! Even if you, like me, thought that last week’s premiere was pretty weird, this episode ratcheted up the strangeness even further. I have to respect the willingness to get crazy like this, although I suppose it’ll take a few more episodes to really see if the show can keep a balance between its detective show roots and these newfound supernatural hijinks. 

Before it goes all supernatural, however, this episode begins rooted in the extremely real world. As we saw last week, Bill and Holly have started a private investigator business. Unfortunately, not every assignment they get feels righteous. Bill starts this episode off by repossessing a woman’s car after she failed to pay the lease on time. Even after the revelation that the woman is a struggling single mother (there’s still a baby seat in the back of the car) Bill still carries through with the job. It definitely leaves a traumatic impact, though. Bill’s next case involves tracking down a fugitive from the law; after hearing that this guy also happens to be a struggling parent who got caught up in a drug business he didn’t understand and now only wants to keep his kids safe, Bill lets him go. He lies to Holly about it, though. Presumably he wants to keep the man’s secret to protect everyone involved, but given all of Holly’s probing questions about it, I’m guessing she’ll find out the truth sooner rather than later.

Back at the hospital, Brady has a secret of his own: He’s awake! The Mercedes killer is still completely paralyzed, but inside his head he’s just as aware as ever. I didn’t quite get this last week, but the visualization of Brady’s inner consciousness involves him sitting in a version of his old basement lair, with all the computer screens showing him what’s happening in front of his eyes.

Or, you know, whoever’s eyes he happens to be looking through at this moment.

Yes, you read that correctly. When nurse Sadie arrives to give Brady his sponge bath, he manages to temporarily leave his brain and go into hers — so the visual on his screens changes from Sadie to his own comatose body, as he looks out from her eyes. Understandably, this experience rattles Sadie, and she calls her superiors to help. They don’t know what to do, and how could they? The paralyzed killer is telepathic now.

NEXT: Telepathic sexual assault (no, really)

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