At this point, Grace Atwood has become a side-eye-making machine. There’s barely a word she says that feels reliable — hell, even her expressions are shifty as all get-out. Meanwhile, our squadron of legal eagles are starting to get in way over their heads (and other body parts for that matter), and l’artiste Luc is starting to let his true colors shine through in more ways than one.
Here’s a rundown of the characters’ various guilt levels (and why) after this week’s episode of Guilt.
One of two things is happening here. Either Grace is the greatest eye-contact manipulation machine in the world and has somehow convinced everybody in her life, friends and enemies alike, to cover for her — or she really is just a victim of circumstance as she would have everyone believe. This week, she pulls out her supportive-slash-concerned girlfriend card and plays it like a pro, and she comes forth on the spot with an all-too-convenient defense of why Molly Ryan just so happened to have Grace’s blood and skin cells under her fingernails the night she was murdered.
Is it feasible that she really did get her belly button pierced by Molly the night she died? Erm, maybe. That’s a big maybe. The look Luc gives her when she later reminds him of that little factoid suggests otherwise, though. He had no memory of that, so it almost read like she was preparing him for his own inevitable next round in the hot seat (which is coming up sooner than later, it seems).
Grace started this episode on a little bit of a high from successfully convincing the social-media world to rally behind her. That might have been personally satisfying and all, but what’s really important at the end of the day is whether the police and prosecutor believe her to be innocent. After all, they’re the ones who will choose whether to arrest her for this crime, so she concedes to a second interview with Gwendolyn Hall, but only after she’s loaded up some ammo about Gwen’s own past experiences with a high-profile murder case.
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She’s underestimated Gwen’s resolve, though, and whether or not she knew the new piece of DNA evidence was in-hand before she walked into the interrogation room, she spent enough time skulking in her seat to throw something together on the fly. Is her excuse a ruse, as Gwen believes, or is it a perfectly logical explanation for why her blood and skin cells were under Molly’s nails that night? Who knows. Grace vacillates so easily from her cold, stoic persona to a warm and expressive young woman that the only real explanation for any of this, at this point, is that she’s got some Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde personality switcheroo going on beneath the surface. Call ‘em Grace and Disgrace?
Guilt-o-meter reading: 9 out of 10. She’s thoroughly worn out her benefit of the doubt by now. She may very well be innocent of Molly’s murder, but she’s damn sure done something wrong.
NEXT: An art show gone terribly wrong…