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Guilt premiere recap: Pilot

Everyone’s guilty of something, right?

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Freeform/Leo Pinter


TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Emily Tremaine, Jorge Leon Martinez, Cristian Solimeno

One-word show titles are usually a major theme wink, and in the case of Guilt, it’s clear from the premiere episode that this is an adjective which is applicable to almost every single character, in some way or another. Sure, the crux of this thing is to find out who killed Molly Ryan (Rebekah Wainwright) — more like, who butchered the girl with a whopping 17 ab stabs after an ecstasy-filled rager at her own flat — but it looks like we’ll be investigating more than just the whodunnit factor here. As the truth unfolds, we’ll also be finding out just how dirty even the most innocent players surrounding the case might very well be. 

So, in keeping with the titular imperative of this new series, let’s break out our newfangled (but trusty) Guilt-O-Meter and find out just how red these people’s hands are already.

Grace Atwood

Grace (Daisy Head), Molly’s American roommate who first discovered her mauled corpse in their den, says she spent the whole night upstairs on the roof, getting busy with her French boyfriend Luc under the stars. Of course, she was under the influence of several mind-altering drugs and her blood-covered footprint was discovered near Molly’s lifeless body by investigators the next day. She’s got an oh-so-hazy memory of maybe-probably going to the loo sometime during her extracurricular activity session, but she can’t quite be sure when (or more importantly how she didn’t notice the thick, red liquid she was stepping in along the way).

She’s convinced that she did not — could not — be the one who brutally murdered her pal, but there are a few key facts that just don’t match her wide-eyed, innocent demeanor: (1) Luc was definitely seen being ground up on by Molly at the club they hit up before bringing the party home that night; (2) she was completely goo-eyed when videotaping Molly dancing seductively at their little shindig and even grinned ear to ear when revisiting the clip even after being pegged as a suspect, implying she maybe had a shine for her; (3) she had a fling with her married professor “Jeffrey” once and slashed his tires after finding out he had a wife, or so she says; (4) she was zonked out on hard substances and can’t really and truly explain the bloody footprint; and (5) when she and Luc decided to take off to Paris and were being chased by police, she “freaked out” in a way that most innocent people probably wouldn’t.

On the other hand, as her fancy pants, squirrel-wrangling lawyer tells the press, she does have good reason to be pretty skittish about all the attention right now — especially after possibly being followed by a hooded stranger down the alley near Tower Bridge. As her sister Natalie said to sell the jury on a firm conviction back in Boston, though, “evil hides behind many faces — even an attractive one.” So, don’t count her out as easily as Detective Bruno has, y’all.   

Guilt-O-Meter score: 5 out of 10. For now. We can probably expect a few more surprises from her to come along soon.  

Luc Pascal

Unlike Grace, we aren’t dealing with any of Luc’s footprints found smeared in blood leading up to the roof where he and Grace had their frisky fun that night, but we do get to see a video of Luc (Zachary Fall) wilding out with Molly shortly before all the X hit the fan. Bruno suspects he may have gone down after Grace fell asleep to finish what they started with all that flirtation and gotten turned down, which would be motive for the crime (because he can’t quite wrap his head around Gwendolyn’s theory that Grace could have done it in another fit of jealous rage). 

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Plus, his red paint-spattering art style is a dead ringer for the crime scene, and he is the one who suggests taking off to Paris with Grace in the first place. 

Guilt-O-Meter score: 6 (and counting). He probably didn’t do it — too obvious, really — but he’s got some skeletons in his closet for sure. 

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