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'Secrets and Lies' recap: 'The Confession'

Ben’s stalker reveals himself and makes Ben’s life a living torture.

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Secrets and Lies

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis

With Ben’s car magically shutting down and trapping him inside, the end of last week’s episode felt more like a scene from a horror movie than something that would happen in a real estate office’s parking garage, but surprisingly, no hockey-masked, butcher-knife wielding killer suddenly appeared in Ben’s rear-view mirror. (C’mon, you have to admit you were kind of expecting—and hoping for it—too.) But while Ben was able to escape the car through a broken window, what was in store for him was far more terrifying.

Cornell, who is continuing to be uncharacteristically concerned about Ben because of his stalker, offers police protection, which Ben refuses. Telling Christy that he suspects neighbor Kevin because of his previous military experience (the stalker is highly intelligent and knows things only military people know, apparently), she suggests he talk to him first, before he “ruins any more dinner parties.” Touché.

As Ben heads down the street the next day to find Kevin, he notices the press is clearing out. Tom’s murder has been trumped by a teenage kidnapping. Thank goodness. Kevin’s wife, Elaine, tells Ben that his pointless investigating of the neighbors needs to stop, and chastises him for suddenly trying to be a concerned father. “You’re destroying everyone’s lives in the process,” she says. “I’m not destroying people, their secrets are,” Ben spits back. (Can’t you just imagine the high fives in the writer’s room when someone thought of that line?) Suddenly, Kevin appears from out of nowhere behind Ben (sans hockey mask and butcher knife). “I know it was you,” they both tell each other. No love lost there.

As if that encounter wasn’t unsettling enough, Ben later receives a text from himself. If that sounds confusing, it’s because it is. The text is a night vision video of Ben sleeping on the couch with audio of Ben telling Dave how he has the bloody flashlight. Dave is freaked and wants to tell Cornell, but they can’t, because flashlight. However, after trying to find the surveillance equipment themselves—and failing—they bring in the police, who find a microscopic camera hidden in the draperies. Ben allows Cornell to search the entire house as well as accepts her offer of police protection for Christy and the girls, but takes his wrapped flashlight (secretively, of course) and heads to Dave’s new place.

Once there, Dave ponders where he’d get rid of a murder weapon—if he had to, of course. Pointing out the 20 miles of woods between them and Michael’s house (Christy’s brother, another person Ben has lost no love with), he tells Ben that it’s the perfect place. Important to the story? Not sure, but it’s another one of those random pieces of information that I’m holding onto for the future.

When their talk turns to Christy—or as Dave calls her, “she who shall not be named”—Dave wonders when she turned so evil (so to speak). Ben comes clean about the abortion Christy had six years before (the abortion he wasn’t in favor of). “Did you get over it?” Dave asks. Funny you should ask. Insert wavy flashback lines here. We suddenly see Ben, six years earlier, at the neighborhood Fourth of July party, moments after Christy and the girls left for her brother’s house after Ben found out about her abortion. We see him make pleasant conversation with Kevin. We see him chat up Jess, whose husband is still in Afghanistan.

Speak of the devil, and she instantly appears. Ben’s trip down memory lane is abruptly interrupted by Jess, who shows up at Dave’s to see Ben, obviously misinterpreting him being at Dave’s house as Christy throwing him out. (The bottle of wine she brings is from a vineyard called “Hopeful,” I believe.) Ben shuts her down, apologizing for not being able to deal with her twisted feelings with everything else he has going on, and she abruptly leaves. Feeling badly, he follows her outside, but she’s gone. While walking back to Dave’s door, a man suddenly appears behind him. Hockey mask? Butcher knife? Nope, but a loaded gun pointed at Ben’s head with the instructions to get in the trunk is just as frightening. It’s neighbor Kevin, and he’s not being very neighborly.

NEXT: Ben gets a drink