Ep. 7 Recap:
In this emotional episode, Detective Miller’s son Tom goes missing. As the entire town searches for him, we are left wondering if this is in any way related to Danny’s death. We also find out more about Lars Pierson, the mysterious backpacker, and his possible link to both Danny and Tom.
Ep. 8 Review:
Our storyline from last week is somewhat closed when Tom Miller (Jack Irvine) returns home, battered and bruised, but otherwise okay. For a decently intelligent 11-year-old boy, his explanation doesn’t make much sense. Why would he confront a murderer himself? If Lars was in fact Danny’s killer, wouldn’t that simply be the best way to get yourself killed, too? While I would say let’s chalk this up to Tom’s desire to be the hero and to bring his mother back home, I can’t see how that is the same boy who deleted his text messages and wiped his entire hard drive.
This theme of repairing or breaking families was strong this week, as many families within and around Gracepoint have to deal with this at some point. The Millers are thankfully reunited with their son Tom. Beth Solano asks reporter Renee to set up a meeting with the Rosemont mother, through which Beth glimpses a life that she might have one day filled with sleep, alcohol, drugs, TV, rinse and repeat. It’s a depressing life that Beth does not want to live, and thankfully she doesn’t have to. The Solanos reunite during a series of touching scenes, where they come together as a family to bowl, and mend the bridges they’ve burned during this trying time, bringing hope back into the picture.
While the Solanos are finding hope again, Detective Carver and Reverend Paul Coates (Kevin Rankin) are arguing about the difference between suspicion and faith. Now that Carver has been building suspicion and it’s gotten him nowhere, the people are turning to faith for answers. His pews are filled more now than they ever have been before because people need something to look forward to, something to give them hope. It’s that line that really digs under Carver’s skin, because he wants to be that person that gives people hope, but he can’t do that yet, since Danny’s killer is still at large.
Mark Solano (Michael Peña) thinks Paul had something to do with Tom’s disappearance (and he may well have), since he was the first to find his bike and then to find the boy himself. And during the search for Tom, Mark tells Joe Miller about a time when Danny came home with a huge welt, which the boy called a spider bite, but which looked suspiciously like “someone clocked him.” It’s interesting to note that Paul Coates doesn’t have much room to talk. His background is not only filled with violence, arrest records, and drug addiction, he’s been putting himself in front of the cameras at every opportunity. that’s partly why Mark believes that Paul might have something to do with Tom’s disappearance, but not necessarily Danny’s death.
This episode points toward Susan Wright (Jacki Weaver) again, that creepy lady with the German Shepherd. She appears on Tom’s doorstep, Danny’s skateboard in hand, and basically disappears once she’s given it over. Joe tells the boy to drop it and immediately calls the police, but they’re already on their way to pick up Susan at the newspaper, where Kathy Eaton, the editor, has her after slipping information she found under Susan’s door. It’s a clever bit of journalism there, since the suspect is in one location, and the police converge on her easily. The only problem is once they arrest her, she refuses to talk until someone finds her dog (Vince took him. Stupid guy.)
Next week looks like we’ll hear from Vince himself, who is shown being arrested in the previews. Seeing as its the second-to-last episode of the 10-part drama, I hope we learn something about Danny’s final hours, and come just a little bit closer to finding his killer.