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Aquarius recap: Home Is Where You're Happy

Charlie meets the one man he can’t budge.

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
David Duchovny, Claire Holt
Crime, Drama

NBC has made all 13 episodes of Aquarius available online after the May 28 premiere, because a snake of traffic is coming for us all and we have to live for the now, man. The show will still be airing Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET; if you’re watching live each week, come back here after “Home Is Where You’re Happy” airs on June 11. If you’re watching online, read on—or view the entire episode here.

Are we all ready to move to a first-name basis with Sam Hodiak? Now that we’ve seen him in bed with Grace, “Hodiak” just feels too formal. Sam is still looking into Art Gladner’s murder; he makes a show of complaining that he has to visit the grieving widow, knowing all the while that she owns the biggest burlesque theater in Hollywood. But according to one of the girls, Rachel, it was Art who really ran things.

Rachel remembers a time when she locked her purse in the diner and Art called the delivery guy to let her back in—because he had keys. Marvin, Art’s trusted supplier of both food and drugs, killed him. When Sam goes to make the arrest, Marvin grabs a knife and tries to threaten him into putting down his gun, which Sam thinks is pretty cute. He invites Marvin to take a stab, then breaks his arm, cuffs him, and pats him on the back: “That’s all right, Marv. No shame in trying.”

Meanwhile, Shafe has been trying to persuade Mike to give up his alibia drug dealer who scares him even more. Now that Marvin is in custody, Mike is off the hook, but if the detectives let him go, he can’t take them to the other dealer. Sam suggests that Shafe could keep Marvin’s arrest to himself for a little while longer, which Shafe points out is illegalbut his partner must be rubbing off on him, because he goes for it. Mike meets with the dealer, and Shafe gets a look at him, but things go south when the dealer says that they already arrested Marvin for the crime. (Sam: “I broke Marvin’s arm. That’s something people notice and discuss.”) Fortunately, Mike is the kind of guy who will forgive being lied to in exchange for a joint.

Back at the station, Cutler finds Lieutenant Priori unconscious in his office. It looks like Priori drank, passed out, and hit his head on the desk, leaving Cutler to fill in as acting lieutenant. Cutler joins Sam to interrogate Marvin, who’s agreed to a deal. But there’s a twist: Marvin says that Sam gave him the idea to kill Art when he wrote “snitch” on Art’s head. Marvin heard Art getting ready to name people in exchange for immunity and went to Mike’s dealer with the whole story. The dealer gave Marvin a gun to take care of it. The gun wasn’t loaded, which revealed Marvin’s plan, so he stabbed Art instead. The life of a drug dealer is so complicated.

Shafe feels responsible for his role in all of this, but Sam takes the blame. Not that he cares. (“It’s true; I can be a tad brusque. For instance, just now I forgot to say ‘You’re welcome.’ ”) Sam is more concerned about the member of the Gladner family who’s still living. He stops by the Peach Pussycat and casually informs Art’s wife, Lucille, that he knows she knew about the drugs. He’s not going to turn her in, but if anyone else dies on her watch, he’ll be on her. She flirts that he’ll be on her anyway, so now we know how Lucille’s mind works.

NEXT: All the boys to the yard