Television

The Outsider: “In the Pines, In the Pines”

Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo. photo_ Bob Mahoney_HBO_0 (1)
Photo Source: Bob Mahoney/HBO

Written by Dennis Lehane
Directed by Daina Reid

Holly makes a calculated attempt to help a volatile but conflicted Jack, while their whereabouts are tracked by Ralph and Alec. After she’s confronted by town gossip on her first day back at work, Glory considers Howie’s suggestion on how to secure her family’s financial future. – HBO

The Outsider for the most has been a slow burn and I don’t mean that in a negative way.  This particular episode was the slowest of them even though it was also somewhat the most action-packed but nothing really happened. The plot itself didn’t move much but this episode really added to the suspense and the build-up. Being a novel reader, I’m honestly not sure how this is going to end.

The episode picks up immediately where the last one let off.  Jack and Holly are on their way to where Terry Maitland’s clothes were found. Holly is aware that Jack is working for the outsider and they’re in some weird game of cat and mouse. Holly convinces Jack to let her stop at a gas station to handle some feminine problems.

There she makes a run for it. Through a serious of clever moves, she outsmarts Jack and drives off in the car. He fires off a few rounds at the car but is unable to stop her. Holly has escaped and Jack is stuck in the middle of nowhere.

During that ordeal, Ralph is moderately suspicious of Holly being gone so early. He tries to contact her and that’s a bust. Ralph hooks up with Alec, who points Ralph in the direction of Jack. Together they both investigate Jack’s apartment, where they find no Jack but the place is a mess of blood. Now, they worried so they ping Holly and Jack’s phones and sure enough they’re together. This sends them looking for Holly but their heroism is not needed as she’s already made her own way to safety. Once they’re all together Holly informs them of Jack’s erratic condition and to the fact that he is working with the outsider.

During that whole debacle, Glory tries to return to her work as a real estate agent. She finds it difficult as her new “celebrity status ” leads to greater distraction. Her employer suggests she move out of town to elevate the problems but she shouldn’t have to do that should she. Eventually fed up she contacts Howie who encourages her to file a lawsuit.

Back at Ralph’s, Holly learns that Ralph has been hiding information from her about Claude Bolton being scratched and the suspicious fact that the el Cuco sketch looks a lot like Claude Bolton. At some point during the episode, Claude quit his job at the strip club and left town. The episode ends with Jack missing, and Claude missing but on a brighter note, Andy has tracked down Holly and has volunteered his services to the case.

The Outsider is on Sunday nights at 9 on HBO.

 

 

 

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