The following Recap/Review Contains Spoilers for Episode 8 of ‘Only Murders In The Building.’ Check out our review of Episode 7 here.
With just a few precious episodes left to wrap up the story, Only Murders in the Building slams its foot on the proverbial gas pedal. Episode 8, appropriately titled Hello, Darkness, is suspenseful and hilarious and unlocks a few key secrets that will help reveal the inevitable truth. Additionally, the latest installment also drops a few important clues as to who killed Bunny and brings the trio closer together.
When episode 7 ended, the gang was hanging out at the Pickle Diner that has appeared throughout the entirety of the season when a blackout occurs. Lucy is alone at the Arconia, and it’s always safe to assume there’s a murderer on the loose. The unique setting provides a new storytelling medium and makes the episode far more intense than other outings have been. The unknown is always the main character when it comes to the murder mystery genre, and the series always leans into the idea that the viewers know just as much, or as little, as the characters within the show do.
When Charles, Oliver, and Mabel return to the Arconia after the lights go out, they are suddenly surrounded by concerned and worried neighbors in the lobby. Unable to use the elevator to get to their respective apartments, their only option is an innumerable amount of stairs. Between the dark stairwell and the recurring hidden tunnels, the Arconia has suddenly become a pseudo-house-of-horrors. While the trio rushes to get Lucy back in their sight and under their protection, Howard (Michael Cyril Creighton) receives a bit of the spotlight for the first time in the season. Additionally, other residents of the Arconia, such as Nina (Christine Ko) and newcomer Jonathan (Jason Veasey) get a bit of attention as we see how different people navigate different situations that occur when the lights go out. However, the list of potential suspects also seems to grow by the minute.
One of the folks from the podcast’s fan club, Marv (Daniel Oreskes), who has lingered in the background a bit throughout the last few episodes, is desperate to help the trio crack the case and uses his access to the tunnels to do so. However, his ill-fated attempt to offer support ends up with him chasing the heroes and making a bit of a fool of himself.
The latest episode offers a bit of an emotional beat throughout when Lester the doorman (Teddy Coluca) expresses regret for his perceived involvement in Bunny’s murder. after delivering a package via a long, long walk up a flight of stairs to Nina, they talk about the future of the Arconia. He admits he’s haunted by the idea that he let Bunny’s killer into the building. However, viewers know the catacombs throughout the building are the true gateway through which the killer moved. However, the moment of vulnerability shines through as a memorable moment and gives the character a bit of new development as he is promoted to director of resident support.
A few episodes back, Charles, Oliver, and Mabel attempt to pin the tail on the murderer with a glitter bomb. Mabel then encounters Glitter Guy on the subway and stabs him. However, episode 8 reveals that Glitter Guy, the perceived culprit, is actually Detective Kreps (Michael Rappaport). We now know that Detective Kreps is involved in Bunny’s murder. This explains why the investigation resulted in next to nothing besides Detective Williams’s efforts alongside the trio. Additionally, the tension between Tina Fey’s Cinda and Kreps a few weeks back comes to mind as well. Are they in cahoots? There are still several loose threads to tie before the season finale premieres on Hulu.
The writers of Only Murders seem to be juggling so many things at once. What is going on with Alice (Cara Delevingne)? Where has Cinda (Tina Fey) been? If Kreps knows that Mabel stabbed him, why hasn’t she been arrested? What’s going on with Oliver’s DNA results? Who is Kreps’ partner? What’s Lucy got to do with all of this? With so many questions with very little time to answer them all, it’s obvious that season two will likely end with an even bigger cliffhanger than its predecessor. However, episode 8 succeeds in setting up what will likely be an absolute banger of a penultimate episode for Only Murders next week.
- Kreps is Glitter Guy and is not working alone.
- Lucy saw the killer and that the killer saw her.
- Howard and Jonathan have got to factor into the final moments somehow.
- Cinda (still holding out hope for a plot twist)
- Teddy & Theo
- Detective Kreps (the obvious choice)
- A Podcast Fan (Katie‘s guess)
Only Murders in the Building premieres Tuesdays on Hulu.
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