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January 13, 2019 at 11:00 PM EST

You waited three-plus years for more True Detective, so the good people at HBO made sure you didn’t have to wait another week for a second episode! After starting the season with an intriguing mystery, the HBO series slows down and takes a step back with the next installment, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

Picking up off the twist at the end of the premiere, 1990 Wayne wants to know more about the robbery in Oklahoma, but that will have to wait because it’s only the second episode of the season and there’s an investigation going on in 1980. Will officially died of blunt force trauma as his neck was broken and he was then brought to the cave. Sadly, the more pressing matter is finding Julie. With plenty of dead ends, Roland and Wayne bring in Woodard for an interview. The “trashman” has struggled since coming back from the war, even losing his family. He tries to bond with Wayne over their shared service time. But that doesn’t last long after Roland asks him, “Do you like kids generally?” He rightfully snaps back, “What the f—‘s the right answer to that?” Touché.

In 2015, a confused Wayne has his son bring him to the West Finger Community Center, which sends us back to 1980 to that very building. The police are speaking to the community, instituting a curfew, answering questions, and asking for their help. The FBI is also now in town to assist. After the meeting, Roland and Wayne talk to Alan (one of the 1990 interviewers), before Wayne steps away for some quality time with Amelia. This scene is helping both us and 2015 Wayne, who confesses to his son that he often has trouble remembering his wife. He also hints at a strained relationship with his daughter Rebecca. Henry offers to put an end to the documentary, but Wayne wants to know what the director is after and what she knows.

Well, later, we find out a few things that the director does know about: Wayne leaving the force in 1990 (presumably because of the case) and the straw dolls. Looking for those dolls in 1980 is Amelia. She’s asking around on the playground, and while doing so, she spots Freddie threatening another of the teenage boys. She eventually gets to little Mike, who tells her that someone was passing out those dolls on Halloween and that Julie got one.

Elsewhere, Roland and Wayne are doing their own investigating at Will’s funeral. They talk to Lucy’s cousin Dan, who previously lived with the Purcells, and Tom’s parents. But when Tom’s parents start getting worked up, Tom tells the detectives that it’s time to leave. They’ve got other things to do anyway, like interview Mike about those dolls. With the help of Amelia and Wayne’s lightsaber prowess, the detectives learn that Mike saw Julie talking to two adult ghosts in big sheets on Halloween. Well, that certainly narrows down the suspect pool!

As if things aren’t already going bad enough for poor Tom, he tries to get back into his routine and goes to work, but everyone is uncomfortable with him being there. Despite his boss telling him to take some paid time off, Tom causes a scene and quits. For some reason not explained to us, Roland and Wayne soon pick up Tom and drive around while he has an emotional breakdown in the backseat. He says he needs to know if they’re going to find Lucy or not. I mean, what are they supposed to say to that?! (Recap continues on page 2)

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