The Missing recap: 'Concrete'
Episode 6 unveils the aftermath of Tony's crime and reveals Ziane's shady past.
We pick up right where we left off last week: Ian Garrett is dead. Tony strips off his bloody clothes and struggles to heave Garrett’s lifeless body onto a massive tarp, along with some heavy rocks and the clothes. Naked and terrified, he frantically staggers around the dock area like a lost wild animal—strangely vulnerable for someone who’s just taken a man’s life. Fortunately, he has enough sense to stage a pretty believable disappearance. Tony takes the boat out to the middle of the water and dumps Garrett’s body overboard, then wipes down the boat and swims back to shore. There is one piece of evidence he’s forgotten to get rid of: his shirt, stained with Garrett’s blood. He buries it deep in a foundation of wet concrete on the property, a pretty clever idea. But concrete doesn’t feel impenetrable or permanent enough to bury such damning evidence—and, given the name of the episode, it’s a good bet our hunch is correct.
During all of this, Emily’s been waiting for a couple of hours for Tony to pick her up at the train station. She’s just returned from visiting Mrs. Garrett in London and tells Tony some “good news”: Baptiste looked into Garrett again, like they asked him to. His alibi, that he was working late at the office at the time Ollie was taken, has been confirmed. The revelation that the man he just killed did not take his son raises some interesting questions for Tony, and for us. Is he still justified in killing Garrett even though Garrett did not commit a crime against him? Does Tony regret the murder and the risk of going to prison for life now that he’s learned Garrett never touched their son? Was it worth it? Is revenge for Ollie worth more than the lives of the 50-something other innocent children Garrett brutalized? These are the complex moral quandaries The Missing has us reckon with, and the answers aren’t clear. In my mind, Garrett deserved what he got even if he never laid a finger on Ollie. I only wonder if Tony feels the same.
Now to present-day Brussels, where Tony and Baptiste have come to track down Karl Sieg, the white-haired criminal whose van was outside of the house where Ollie was held captive the morning after his disappearance. They find him tending bar at the dingy, blue-lit venue he owns. Sieg claims ignorance and poor memory when Baptiste asks him what he remembers about a job in summer 2006 that may have involved the kidnapping of a boy named Oliver Hughes. But Sieg’s smirk indicates he knows more than he says. He complains about how much money he’s lost on his bar, and it becomes clear he’s not going to “remember” anything without some sort of bribe. Tony, never one to hold his cards close to the vest and physically incapable of hiding his desperation, agrees straightaway, to Baptiste’s dismay. “You want money? How much? Please!” 15,000 euros, Sieg says. Damn.
I start to think about how feasible this demand is for Tony and then, for the first time I can remember, wonder about Tony’s job. The last time his work was mentioned was when he had to pull over to take a business call in the first few minutes of the premiere. The last eight years, it seems, have revolved around finding Ollie. The thing is, it just doesn’t matter in this case. So often, our identities center around our chosen occupation, but the only way we see Tony—and all we need to know to understand his character—is that he is a father determined to find his missing son. Everything else is kind of irrelevant. Oliver’s disappearance hasn’t just ruined Tony’s life; it’s consumed his identity and become who he is.
NEXT: The cops question Tony about Garrett’s disappearance
Back in 2006, the cops have found Garrett’s boat floating at sea. They figure he may have fallen in the water during a nasty storm. Or, given the trove of disgusting videos they’ve just discovered on the boat, they speculate someone might’ve found out about his crimes—and either that person sought revenge on Garrett, or he decided to run away. Everyone’s in agreement that this should be kept out of the media. Apparently, Garrett is (was) an influential political donor, and would be pretty pissed if he turned up to find out the friends he helped put in power had defiled his image. Baptiste notices a rough spot in the otherwise perfectly smooth concrete. We know what that is…
Baptiste and the cops show up at the Hughes’ hotel room, wanting to know where Tony was the night before. He lies about when he picked up Emily at the station—and she, doing a pretty poor acting job, confirms what he says. The cops don’t seem convinced—”We know what he did to Vincent Bourg and Greg Halpern.” Well, they’re not wrong. Having just lied for her possibly murderous husband, Emily demands to know where Tony was. “You knew I had to go see him, stop playing dumb… It was an accident,” Tony tells her. “Tell me the world’s not a better place without monsters like Ian Garrett!” Emily, horrified and shellshocked, staggers downstairs in her pajamas and no shoes, and heads out the front door of the hotel into a sea of paparazzi. She enters the same mental state we’ve seen her in before, imagining seeing Ollie and dashing through traffic to find him. Eventually, she finds herself standing over the railing on a bridge, until Mark pulls her to safety. She snaps out of it and they share a sweet moment while he comforts and hugs her—while Tony watches.
An old subplot resurfaces with some newfound intrigue. We finally find out what leverage Suri has over Ziane—how he’s been blackmailing him to siphon him info on the Hughes case—and why Suri is so obsessed with the case. “Jean Martin” is an unsolved murder case in Morocco that Suri’s now-dead father investigated but never cracked. When he saw Detective Ziane on the TV during a press conference about the Oliver Hughes case, apparently he instantly knew he was the murderer his dad never found. So he jumped at the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps. “I was guided to this case by forces out of my control,” he says. His unwavering fixation on the case and conviction in his ability to solve it start to make sense. Ziane gives him one last piece of evidence—whatever it is we saw him find near the crime scene a while ago—and tells him he won’t log it into evidence for 24 hours.
NEXT: We find out what Karl Sieg knows
In modern day, Tony calls Emily asking for help getting the money Sieg demanded. Emily points out, reasonably, that they have no idea if Sieg even knows anything useful. Tony guilts her, telling her she’d do it if she really cared. Low blow, Tony. But then he goes a step further and sends her a clip of that video of Ollie struggling at the window of the house he was held in. Emily’s knees give out under her as she collapses into a sobbing mess.
Meanwhile, Baptiste has returned to Garrett’s old estate. After eight years, the embargo on construction on his property has finally been lifted. Luckily for Tony, that meant anyone, including Baptiste, was barred from digging anything up. That means that Baptiste’s had to sit on his hands ever since he noticed the conspicuous rough spot in the concrete in 2006. He finds, as expected, evidence that incriminates Tony: the shirt covered in Garrett’s blood.
In present day Brussels, Emily brings Tony the 15,000 euro they need to bribe Sieg. She’s mad at him for sending the video in a sick bid to manipulate her. “I would’ve come anyway.” Baptiste joins them and they meet Sieg at a hotel restaurant, where he is scarfing down lobster and champagne. He’s only concerned with stuffing his face and getting his money; it’s clear he couldn’t care less about helping the Hughes. He’s cruel in the way he trivializes the whole matter, smacking his lips and encouraging them all to order. Tony’s temper is boiling, of course—hell, I could wring this guy’s neck. He finally starts to talk, recounting how he did low-level odd jobs for the Romanian crime ring. He was summoned to that house to clean up the basement. He also mentions he was sent to get rid of any evidence around the house and pool complex, but when he got there all he found was Ziane bagging something up. And… that’s it. Emily and Tony can’t believe they just threw away all that money on nothing. But Baptiste is excited because Ziane never logged any evidence—which means there’s new evidence to be found, out there somewhere.
As they’re leaving, Sieg tells them something else—not anything useful for the case, but valuable in a different way. He says he left Oliver’s drawing on the wall in the basement, “Because I didn’t think it right that he should disappear completely.” Miraculously, Sieg has redeemed himself. His thoughtfulness did keep Ollie alive in a way, as a ray of hope for Tony to cling to—not to mention a key piece of evidence that helped launch the entire re-investigation of the case.
NEXT: Baptiste confronts Tony with the evidence he killed Garrett
Baptiste has never given us a good reason to dislike him. He’s a great investigator and a good person, and he’s on Tony’s side. But he’s also smart and independent-minded enough to come to conclusions and take actions that may or may not be good for Tony. He’s a slave to the truth, not to Tony. And as an officer of the law who has held Tony accountable for his crimes before, it’s not unreasonable to think that he will use the bloody shirt he found buried in the concrete to prove what he’s suspected for years, that Tony killed Garrett. But instead, he gives it to Tony. “What good can come from sending you to prison?” he asks. “You’ve been in a prison ever since your son was taken.” We also learn that part of the reason he lets Tony off is that years ago he turned in his own drug-addicted daughter to the cops in an attempt to save her life. But she fell into the wrong crowd in prison, and Baptiste has been consumed by the guilt of betraying his own daughter ever since. Not turning Tony in isn’t the lawful thing to do, but it’s the benevolent thing—and, you easily argue, the just one. God bless you, Baptiste. Unless someone digs up Garrett’s body at the bottom of the inlet, Tony is safe for life.
Our good old friend Vincent Bourg turns up at Malik Suri’s house, who’s been seeking out Bourg for years. Bourg has finally decided to talk to Suri because he’s “a different man now.” They sit down with a tape recorder, and Suri says all he needs is for Bourg to confirm a few facts to help him prove what happened to Oliver Hughes. Is Suri bluffing—could he really be that close to solving the crime? And what the hell does Bourg have to do with it anymore—what could he possibly know? I have a couple of guesses: Suri thinks Tony has something to do with it, and wants to use Bourg’s less-than-stellar experiences with Tony to back it up; Bourg witnessed something in the investigation at the police station while he was being detained; or Garrett did have something to do with it after all, and Bourg is one of the only people who knows about that side of him. Of course, we’ll have to wait until next week.
Meanwhile, Ziane has been getting impatient with Suri, who won’t give back the evidence he lent him. Suri decided to send it to Baptiste in an envelope instead. He’s clearly trying to screw Ziane here by going over his head. Baptiste, leaving for the day, gets into his car, envelope in hand. The Missing relies on character development and intricate plotting, not action scenes or scares. So when those moments do pop up, it’s genuinely surprising. I jumped when a masked man emerges from the darkness outside the car, and grabs the envelope from Baptiste. Baptiste won’t let go, though, so the masked man drags him half out of the vehicle and proceeds to slam the car door over and over on Baptiste’s shin—the injury that gave him that permanent hobble. Fortunately, Mark appears and pins down the assaulter. He peels back his mask and is shocked to see the face of his colleague, Ziane. This explains why Ziane is in prison in the present.
So now we have one more bad guy: Ziane. What we need to know is whether Ziane really killed Jean Martin, like Suri suggests—and what, if anything, Suri actually knows about Oliver. He could just be a half-lunatic, convinced he was destined for the case and pompously deluded into thinking he’s cracked it against all odds. We’ve got two episodes left and lots of dots that need connecting: Ziane’s crime in Morrocco, the mystery piece of evidence in that envelope, whatever Suri knows, what he wants to know from Bourg, and how Garrett is connected to Bourg. Amidst all the twisty plot turns and riveting revelations, it’s not hard to forget that all these difference pieces need to connect back to the disappearance of Oliver Hughes.