The sole survivor of Carroll’s rampage is Sarah Fuller (Maggie Grace of ‘Lost’). She testified against him and is shaken by his escape. She seeks comfort from her cuddly gay neighbours. Meanwhile Hardy puts up with FBI Agent Mason who has a huge mole and a severe case of tactlessness. Hardy has a thing for Carroll’s porno looking ex-wife Claire.
Joe Carroll wrote a book called ‘The Gothic Sea’ which flopped and after his arrest became a bestseller. Carroll worships Poe and likes to make ‘art’ from murder. Mike the rookie FBI Agent reveals Carroll got internet access and has been plotting with groupies and followers. One follower commits an attention seeking public suicide. It seems Carroll has made ‘friends’ with a lot of people who are becoming psychopaths by choice. This was creepy and good. Joe Carroll and co are like the Manson family on meth. Hardy seems taken by both Claire and Joe Carroll. There is a twist ending.
“Carroll was teaching him how to become a serial killer.”
“I’m not interesting enough to not drink.”
“I’m not buying two men would pretend to be gay and shack up next to a woman because some nut job told them to.”
“What was it with that true-crime drivel?”
Agent Mason has been kicked off the show and new Agent Debra Parker shows up. She’s a twit who runs the alternative religion unit. Joe demands to see his ex-wife and he and Claire have a slapfest. Hardy and co find Emma’s old home and it is a house of crazy. The Carroll cult used it as a clubhouse and it is freakish and awful and symptomatic of their mad, mad minds. This was good and Jordy for all his ickness is really crap at being a bad guy.
“This is mind control at work.”
“Like a cult.”
“You’re not gay anymore, remember.”
“A score for the village idiot.”
“You’re too pretty to work.”
The Poet’s Fire
Rick targets more of those he regards as shameless assassins of the decent Joe Carroll’s reputation. Hardy recalls how in 2003 he asked Joe (who used to be a literature professor) to help him with the serial murders. Joe befriended Hardy.
An angry Paul drags home a woman named Megan so he won’t be the third wheel anymore. Debra Parker shows off her bony clavicle and is fooled by a liar. A taskforce agent is killed. There is a ‘Scream’ homage to add to the 'Halloween H20' homage in 1x02. There is a suicide, the cultists groom Joey to emulate his daddy and flashbacks show how Jacob and Paul really got into their not so masquerade. This was good, this show is addictive.
“Don’t try to turn Jacob against me, it won’t work.”
“Feel free to hate it. Everyone else has.”
“Joe fooled me. I should’ve known from the first time I met him that he was the man I was looking for.”