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TV Review: True Detective: Episode 6: Haunted Houses (SPOILERS)

02.24.2014
Check back every week following Sunday night's airing of TRUE DETECTIVE for an episode rundown/ review. Here's this week's, but beware, SPOILERS ahead.

Episode Synopsis: Gilbough (Michael Potts) and Papania (Tory Kittles) bring in Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) to give them some perspective on why Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart's (Woody Harrelson) partnership came to an abrupt end in 2002.

REVIEW: The ending of the sixth episode of TRUE DETECTIVE marks a major change in the way the story is being told. While most of the episode is done in the traditional TRUE DETECTVE format, inter-cutting present day interviews by Gilbough and Papania with flashbacks, the finale suggests that the next two episodes will unfold in a much different way.

Before the major break, which sees the long awaited present-day reunion of Cohle and Hart, most of the episode is devoted to showing how their once-promising partnership was smashed. While one might assume Cohle's devotion to the Lange case, or Hart's bullying might have been the key, rather it turns out that Maggie was the key. With Cohle now firmly named as Gilbough and Papania's prime suspect, Maggie is brought in to fill in a few gaps. Like the other two, Maggie lies through her teeth, a fact the new detectives may or may not be aware of. We see that Maggie, having learned of Hart's ongoing philandering, decided to get some payback by recklessly seducing a drunken Cohle. Maggie, who up to now has been almost saintly in her patience, shows a surprisingly heartless side by taking advantage of the fact that Cohle clearly has feelings for her, leaving him enraged once it occurs to him how he's been used.

Otherwise, many gaps in the Lange case are filled, with Cohle's investigation bringing him into contact with many ghosts from the past, including a now dissolute Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham). While he initially seemed like a red-herring, the drunken, remorseful Theriot tells Cohle about how the charter schools run by the Reverend Tuttle (Jay O. Sanders) were ridden with sexual abuse, and that his attempting to expose this led to his downfall. Meanwhile, Cohle's long-awaited confrontation with Tuttle pays off, with it having a dark musical underscore (by the always awesome T Bone Burnett) that suggests his hidden sinister nature.

Last week's big revelation, that Cohle was the prime suspect in a new rash of slayings, is explored further here, although it's clear that Cohle is innocent (from the viewer's perspective) and being set up by some sinister machinery that hasn't been revealed yet. It would be easy to say Tuttle's behind all this, but it's revealed that Tuttle died several years ago of a drug overdose, with it being heavily suggested that Cohle was involved somehow. What's really clear this episode is that Cohle seems to know exactly who's behind the murders and abductions, and is settling scores on his own. The fact that he approaches Hart at the end of the episode suggests two possibilities. One is that somehow Hart is involved, or two, that he needs Hart's help in making things right. Either way, Hart knows something is up, with him loading is revolver after agreeing to meet Cohle for a beer.

I'm still not sure whether or not Hart is somehow involved with the killings, and it feels like show-runner Nic Pizzolatto is about to drop a major bomb on us. One thing's for sure, Hart's philandering is still going on, with him tracking down and seducing Beth (Lili Simmons) a formerly underage prostitute he encountered in '95. Now working a legit retail job, she's more than willing to allow Hart to get his rocks off, and as always, Hart is insanely reckless in his choice of mistress. His cruel streak is also on full display, with him severely beating the two teenaged boys found with his daughter at the end of last week's episode, and I'm sure it'll soon be revealed why in 2013, Hart's no longer on the force. At this point, it's anyone's guess as to whether his wandering eye or his ferocious temper led to his downfall. Either seems like a strong possibility.

Like last week's episode, this installment of TRUE DETECTIVE has a sinister vibe that suggests things are going to unravel in a really unconventional and disturbing way before the season is over. All in all, this is another utterly absorbing sixty minutes, with the knock-out brawl betwen Cohle and Hart being (arguably) the episode's highlight. I'd wager that in six hours of TV, TRUE DETECTIVE hasn't made a single misstep, and Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga are ramping up the tension for the last couple of episodes something fierce. Is it Sunday yet???

Verdict: 8/10

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:57PM on 02/24/2014
There's a big mystery behind this show and I hope the last 2 episodes live up to my expectations. Really creepy show.
There's a big mystery behind this show and I hope the last 2 episodes live up to my expectations. Really creepy show.
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12:19PM on 02/24/2014

So who's picked up a copy of The King in Yellow?

Cuz I did. Haven't started it yet, though.
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Also, did it bother anybody how Maggie opens the washing-machine, and it doesn't cut off? Or that she reaches in and pulls on some of the clothes? Because I know of atleast 1 person irl who lost a finger to reaching in a running washing-machine - so I figured it's common sense.
Cuz I did. Haven't started it yet, though.
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Also, did it bother anybody how Maggie opens the washing-machine, and it doesn't cut off? Or that she reaches in and pulls on some of the clothes? Because I know of atleast 1 person irl who lost a finger to reaching in a running washing-machine - so I figured it's common sense.
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10:12AM on 02/24/2014

And one more thing

Rust's fate - I think any character who is as badass as Rust isn't going to survive in the end. I don't know may be he will live, but its hard to not think he would give a heroic departing end to the story.
Rust's fate - I think any character who is as badass as Rust isn't going to survive in the end. I don't know may be he will live, but its hard to not think he would give a heroic departing end to the story.
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10:09AM on 02/24/2014

Intense Episode

The mystery and mythology behind this show reminds me a lot of LOST and its the same experience I had personally with the way I was engrossed and hooked into the show. Lot of people are unsatisfied in general with the way mysteries are solved as they have put their interpretations in their minds - with True Detective, some of the answers were given in this episode which were predicted long back (Rev Tuttle is the key, Maggie the reason behind Marty-Rust split) but they way things progressed was
The mystery and mythology behind this show reminds me a lot of LOST and its the same experience I had personally with the way I was engrossed and hooked into the show. Lot of people are unsatisfied in general with the way mysteries are solved as they have put their interpretations in their minds - with True Detective, some of the answers were given in this episode which were predicted long back (Rev Tuttle is the key, Maggie the reason behind Marty-Rust split) but they way things progressed was very enjoyable. Brilliant episode and the showdown fight between the two was done just right.
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9:23AM on 02/24/2014

Ive never been so into a show in my life.. i hope the finale is 2 hours..

Also, I'm pretty positive the guy Cohle is showing Marty to be the mastermind in the previews is the guy who was mowing the schools lawn. Also it's the same sketch that was in the girls diary, with the burned face and green ears, no?
Also, I'm pretty positive the guy Cohle is showing Marty to be the mastermind in the previews is the guy who was mowing the schools lawn. Also it's the same sketch that was in the girls diary, with the burned face and green ears, no?
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9:38AM on 02/24/2014
Agreed
Agreed
9:38AM on 02/24/2014
But unfortunately there's only two hours left of the show and it's two episodes.
But unfortunately there's only two hours left of the show and it's two episodes.
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7:00AM on 02/24/2014
It was quite obvious that Maggie would be the reason of their falling out. However now I feel that things won't go too well for Cohle. I just don't see him getting out of this show alive, the crime he's investigating looks too big. They'll get him, maybe even Marty as well.

And the gun moment at the end? That's just Marty being precautious, I mean Cohle is a murder suspect. I wouldn't buy into Marty being involved in the grand scheme at all.
It was quite obvious that Maggie would be the reason of their falling out. However now I feel that things won't go too well for Cohle. I just don't see him getting out of this show alive, the crime he's investigating looks too big. They'll get him, maybe even Marty as well.

And the gun moment at the end? That's just Marty being precautious, I mean Cohle is a murder suspect. I wouldn't buy into Marty being involved in the grand scheme at all.
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3:59AM on 02/24/2014

"Nice hook, Marty".

This show has been perfect television week after week. Drama at its most finest.
This show has been perfect television week after week. Drama at its most finest.
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1:38AM on 02/24/2014
Didn't realize this was such a short season, was surprised when they said only two episodes left. That coupled with hearing that this was only going to be a one shot season, leaves me feeling a little sad. Such a greatly acted cast, and extremely well written show, Hollywood needs to watch this and take notes!
Didn't realize this was such a short season, was surprised when they said only two episodes left. That coupled with hearing that this was only going to be a one shot season, leaves me feeling a little sad. Such a greatly acted cast, and extremely well written show, Hollywood needs to watch this and take notes!
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3:51AM on 02/24/2014
Hollywood created this show by breeding it's two main actors.

How about "Thanks Hollywood"?
Hollywood created this show by breeding it's two main actors.

How about "Thanks Hollywood"?
4:25AM on 02/24/2014
HBO, a broadcast network (owned by Time-Warner), created this show and aired it, but Hollywood should be the one we thank because Woody and McConaughey have had pretty good careers?! Seems like a slap in the face to HBO lol.
HBO, a broadcast network (owned by Time-Warner), created this show and aired it, but Hollywood should be the one we thank because Woody and McConaughey have had pretty good careers?! Seems like a slap in the face to HBO lol.
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