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The Killing recap: 'Scared and Running' recap (season 3, episode 5)

A bloody girl leads the detectives back where they started, Bullet aids the investigation, and Ms. Leeds grows a conscience, though Seward remains mostly conscience- and forgiveness-free

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The Killing
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The Killing

TV Show
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In Season
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Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Sarsgaard

This week began with another one of The Killing‘s famously elliptical opening sequences. A young guy was driving down a pitch-dark, secluded road late in the night when a blood-covered teen girl ran out in front of him. She looked a bit like Kallie, but all we see was a single, terrified blue eye in the headlights before he hit her. The driver spun out, then stopped and stepped out of the car to help. After lying there for half a minute or so, the girl jumped up like some grim combination of a superhuman and a terrified animal before fleeing to the woods. When the guy looked back at his car, the headlights flared brightly, cut brightly only by what appeared to be a pair of legs. The driver called out to ask who was there. No one answered, and the credits began as a foreboding feeling hung in the air.

The next morning, Kallie’s mom was looking at her missed call alerts and seeing Kallie’s name as Joe Mills — the newly anointed Suspect #1 — conveniently slipped back into the house after going out to “take care of some stuff” between last night’s booty call and now. Nope, nuh uh, doesn’t sound shady at all. Then, wonder of wonders, Ms. Leeds actually began worrying about her daughter, though the concern only lasted about as long as a few puffs from her cigarette before she lashed out at Mills for his sporadic comings and goings.

Meanwhile, Holder was putting the screws to Mama Dips with the information that Mills had listed her motel as his place of residence since 2006. Wily ol’ Dips continued to feign ignorance, so Holder advised her to be selfish, saying Mills would certainly be selfish once he was arrested/questioned. As he passed Mills’ mug shots back to Mama Dips, Linden noticed the way she looked at them and realized that Mills wasn’t Dips’ lover (as Holder suggested) — he was her son. Just like that, Mama Dips’ seemingly impenetrable exterior shattered like porcelain. With a touch of panic in her voice, she insisted, “He’s a good boy!” She claimed that’s why all those young kids loved him and that he’d never hurt anyone. She continued to frantically yammer when someone banged on the door to give Holder a piece of paper…

…that led the police to the Leeds house (Mama Dips had called Joe there twice the night she was arrested). As the team looked for Mills, Linden took off the kid gloves with Ms. Leeds, saying she must have recognized her boyfriend’s voice on the porn tape. Ms. Leeds remained defiantly apathetic. Mills wasn’t there, of course, but Linden did get in one parting shot: “People like you shouldn’t have kids.”

Amped up from the search, Linden insisted Holder give her the keys to the cruiser. He laughed that it was “just like old times” and started Ribbing rher about getting personal with Kallie’s mom. He asked, “You know the old saying, ‘You spot it, you got it’?” She retorted pointedly, “Is that one of your addict sayings?” She immediately apologized, and they broke open a pack of cigs and called truce. Holder’s phone rang — a call from Skinner with a possible sighting of Mills.

Prison. Hilly the Kid was practicing a remorseful speech he’d crafted for his meeting with his victims’ family; it was all part of a plan to get his sentence reduced to life in prison. Another inmate named Dale chimed in judgmentally that seeking forgiveness wasn’t “all fun and games.” His comments made it seem like he’d truly come to terms with his actions and their consequences. He even felt that he had been divinely forgiven already. Not so much for Hill and Seward, who told the others that God could “shove [his forgiveness] up his heavenly rectum.”

Linden and Holder arrived to find their colleagues questioning the driver from the night before — or about four hours before, as we learned. He told the police that the guy he’d seen in the shadows had left him unharmed as he ran into the woods to chase a girl who vaguely matched Kallie’s description. Skinner ordered a thorough search of the woods, while Linden led Holder in the direction from which the girl had run. It wasn’t long before they found a blood-spattered red hazmat bag (just like the ones from the pond) hanging from a tree.

NEXT: Back to Beacon House