Well, that wasn’t too bad.
The way last week’s episode ended — with a body in Frank’s trunk and Raimy shooting that same (future) body in the chest — things could have been very bad for the Sullivan family. But thanks to the space-time continuum, they luck out.
“Negative Copy” picks up immediately after. Raimy is in the passenger seat of a cop car wondering why Deacon Joe’s body is still lying on the pavement where she shot him. Satch is hoping they can take care of this situation, but Moreno says there are too many witness statements to make it go away.
So they head to the precinct, where Raimy gets a standing ovation and Satch tells her he has to take her badge. She gets a union-appointed lawyer, but she’s barely able to say “hi” to the IA investigator before Gordo Senior bursts in the door. He’s taking over as Raimy’s counsel in this case.
Gordo Junior and Gordo Senior take her home, where Daniel is waiting on the porch. “My heart lies with Moseby,” the young Gordo whispers to her before taking off. With wine and donuts in hand, Daniel tells her he broke up with his fiancée that morning. As if Raimy needed more to deal with…
She sends him away and then goes to the ham to figure out what went wrong. Frank tells her what we know: He got T-boned while Deacon Joe was in the trunk, but Deacon Joe wasn’t dead and was able to escape. Making matters worse for him, when he gets home, Julie sees the giant gash on his head and the giant dent in his police car. He sorta-kinda tells his wife without exactly telling her that he needs to kill the Nightingale. Surprisingly, Julie is okay with this plan.
But that doesn’t help Frank’s current situation: When he goes into the precinct, he finds out the drunk guy who caused the accident went to the hospital and announced he hit a cop car. That means all the precincts are having to account for their cars. But what’s more: The drunk guy claims he saw someone jump out of the trunk.
All of this is causing Frank to second-guess his and Raimy’s decision to cut off the trunk that is Deacon Joe. But Raimy points out that now it’s not just Julie’s life on the line, it’s also Raimy’s — she could go to jail. Then Young Raimy comes in, and he realizes what he could be losing.
So that night, Frank goes back to Joe’s house, where he waits for his moment to take him out. (Did anyone else think it was odd Joe went back to his house as if he hadn’t just been attacked there?) Frank is hiding inside, about to strike, when a woman named Patty from the church comes by. She tells him about the money missing from the safe; he swears it wasn’t him and then invites her in for tea.
I was worried he would kill her, but Frank doesn’t seem that concerned. He heads home and tells Julie he failed in being a murderer … again.
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The next day, Gordo Senior tells Raimy she has to go into the office to meet with IA, but once she gets there the timeline has changed: Instead of her being on the hot seat for killing Deacon Joe, Deacon Joe himself is there for the phony Arizona checks. Satch tells her they’re about to let him leave because they have no evidence, but she screams out about the body in his house.
Cut to a full police presence at his house, but when Raimy leads them to the wall, she finds a door. Inside the door, there’s a closet — with no body inside. Things are not looking good for Raimy…
…or Frank. Satch tells him they’re still searching for Frank’s squad car, which Frank blows off when he sees Deacon Joe walk by him. He’s brought in by another cop on robbery charges; turns out St. Abigail’s is the mayor’s church and he wants someone prosecuted.
Raimy and Frank hash this all out on the ham. They realize Frank kidnapping Joe probably spooked him enough to move the body; without a body in the house, there was no manhunt for him, he never bought the burner phone, and Meghan didn’t call Raimy, so Raimy didn’t go after her and shoot Deacon Joe in the process. However, since Raimy pulled that “I know you have a body in your house” stunt, he’s probably still on edge and could think Meghan was responsible. So Raimy takes off to potentially save Meghan.
Meanwhile, Satch stops by the Sullivan house and asks what Frank has been up to. She’s cool as a cucumber — she tells him they watched Twister the night of the accident. Then she tells him to go check out the car in the garage. Frank shows up then. He’s panicked about Satch pulling back the car’s cover, but it’s spotless underneath. Julie’s got some tricks up her sleeve, too: She called “Cousin Mike” and had him swap the car while he fixed Frank’s.
Just when you think Satch has been thrown off the scent, he asks Frank about watching Bridges of Madison County. Frank pretends to know and blows Julie’s cover story. Satch says he really wants to help, so Frank tells him he wants to know Satch’s involvement with Moreno. “It goes deep,” he says.
Then he delves into the story: Satch and Stan were partners back in 1988. When on a domestic call, Satch accidentally pushed the abusive husband off a roof. Satch wanted to report what happened, but Stan insisted on covering it up. Satch tells Frank he regrets trusting Stan every day. “It never washes off,” he says.
This really makes Frank think. And what Julie later tells him does, too. After Frank tells her they can’t make the robbery charge stick and he’ll need to take action, she worries about who he’s becoming. She tells him to figure something else out and come home to his family. So he does! Frank hides the money in Joe’s house and calls in a tip. Joe heads off to jail in cuffs.
In the present, Raimy travels to Joe’s cabin. She’s followed by a truck, which Moseby identifies; it belongs to someone named Doris Perkins. I have no idea who this is, but recognition flashes across Raimy’s face.
At the cabin, Raimy doesn’t find Joe or Meghan in the house, but she hears screaming. She runs into the woods and finds Meghan holding a bleeding man. It’s her brother. Back from the dead?
What’s going on with this brother? Is he secretly the Nightingale? Is he Doris Perkins? How is Frank going to take care of Joe when he’s in jail — did they forget that whole “you have to take out the trunk” concept? Lots of questions and only two episodes left to answer them.