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As Lake’s investigation into Nathan comes to a head, we also learn there is some misdirection involved with the next target.


Aired 12/9/2021
Network AMC+
Directed By Niall MacCormick
Written By Freddy Syborn, Kara Smith
Introduced This Episode
Finlay Michael Smiley
Dr. Adrian Thompson Clive Mendus

Recap

We Need To Talk About Nate – Nathan, Thomas, Emily, Lake, Dr. Thompson

With a tracker on his car, Lake follows Nathan as he follows the crumbs Thomas leaves for him. This cat and mouse game takes Nathan far and even leads to Thomas delivering a notable blow to Nathan’s face, cutting him and making him angry. But that was the plan. The more unhinged Nathan seems, the better, and Thomas even set up Nathan to potentially shoot an innocent person with a nail gun. Someone who looked as Thomas is described but wasn’t the man known as The Faust.

Dr. Adrian Thompson (Clive Mendus) talking with the police
Dr. Adrian Thompson (Clive Mendus)

Which, by the way, is a name Lake hears, and with all the evidence she needs, Lake pushes Emily to listen, and as things look worse and worse for Nathan outside his side quest, she is forced to take Lake seriously. This leads to Emily learning about Nathan’s visit to Dr. Thompson about Joel, the prison visit to see Keith, learning about Teresa, and even the scrambling number that Nathan used to talk to Thomas.

All of this information, combined with Nathan lying to Emily’s face, while she has his signature on the prison’s visitor log, makes it so Emily is no longer able to be swayed by her friendship with Nathan to negate Lake’s claims.

How About A Little Misdirection? – Emily, Lake, Nathan, Thomas, Andrea

So, finding Andrew Daly is a struggle. Mainly because there are so many, and finding one who is associated with Mark Hooper is an undertaking. Yet, Lake breaks the case!

How? Well, while doing a crossword puzzle, she realizes Andrew Daly is an anagram for Andrea Wyld. Once this is realized, everyone rushes over to Andrea’s house, but Thomas has already finished his work. But, what separates this situation from the rest is Nathan was there, and he set him up. I’m talking, blood all over him, semen in Andrea, and it just looks BAD.

Yet, it seems Nathan doesn’t fully appreciate how the situation appears, so while questioned and following procedure, you can see he wasn’t ready for what was to happen next.

This Is What Happens When You Don’t Follow Orders – Lake, Emily, Nathan, Thomas, Joy, Finlay

Finlay (Michael Smiley) talking to Emily
Finlay (Michael Smiley)

While you’d think, after a week from hell, everyone would tighten up, cross Ts, and dot their Is, that doesn’t happen with Nate. Well, at least it originally did. You see, while Finlay, one of Emily’s peers, advised her not to break the news that this is likely the end of Nathan’s career, she takes it upon herself, as his superior, to deliver the news and take his badge. Mind you, this is while he is still washing off Andrea’s blood and is still a bit disoriented from being drugged. Then, just to add insult to injury, it is revealed he will be arrested, and she decides to make the shower room into a makeshift holding area until he can be detained appropriately.

But he doesn’t stay there. Luckily for him, he stole the letter Hannah dropped off to Lake and did some work on learning her past. The gist? Lake’s ex, Naomi Green, killed someone, Lake quietly paid the bail, and Naomi seemingly ran off. Now, association with a murderer, never mind paying their bail, seems to be career suicide, and Nathan knows it. So, he is able to coerce Lake to give him her badge to escape and go on the run.

This, in the long term, may benefit Lake. Why? Well, while looking over Andrea’s corpse in the morgue, a skin tag falls off and with Joy being Andrea’s makeup artist for the talk show Andrea goes on, this leads to her being a person of interest. Now, because of all the hoopla dealing with Nathan, Lake takes it upon herself to investigate Joy alone, not knowing that she is Thomas’ wife.

As this is happening, Emily and Finlay are re-piecing the Ragdoll since it’s hard to say what of Nathan’s evidence is truly useful anymore. So, they decide to start right back at the beginning, and through this, they learn that a medical professional put together the Ragdoll. When Emily combines the information Nathan told her before he lost his badge, alongside remembering Keith’s stitches, all signs point to Thomas.

Who, just as Emily realizes this, checks her voicemail and learns Lake is already at Joy’s house, and we see her getting knocked out by Thomas, with Joy seemingly wondering what is taking him so long?

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How much is Joy involved with these murders?
  2. Why was Andrea’s death so elaborate compared to the others? Just by Emily describing the device, a scold bridle, and comparing it to people getting their throats slit and things like that, you’d think she wrote an article that made Thomas lose his ability to practice.
  3. Why did Naomi kill that person?
  4. So, did anything change with The Faust investigation despite all the stripping of powers talk? It seemed to be procedure as usual back at HQ?
  5. With the way Thomas spoke to Nathan about his side work, how long has he been killing people, and what got him started?
  6. Considering how messy things with Wingate and killing Joel went, was the problem that Thomas had to be there in person to get things done, or were the kills we saw on the show just a few examples of him getting lucky? Because, when you add in Kate seeing him and living to tell the tale, there is a need to ask if he is as good as we thought?

What Could Happen Next

  1. I feel like Nathan is going to die in the process of saving Lake or Emily

Review

Highlights

Seeing Thomas’ Potential

Do you know when the perfect time to introduce Thomas, officially, would have been? This episode, when he was choking out Lake. Because, when he had that cat and mouse game with Nathan, there was this tinge of excitement. It was like we didn’t see him bumble with the Wingate killing or come off massively underwhelming and annoyingly cocky. Instead, we got the killer we deserved, if just for an episode.

So, Maybe Lake Wasn’t A Liar?

There is only one episode left, so trying to piece together Lake’s past isn’t worth the time. However, with learning about Naomi, it does make me wonder what the full story is? Because that scene of Lake racing through a dirt road still doesn’t make 100% sense to me. Was she the reason Naomi didn’t make bail? Heck, was she going to kill Naomi for trying to skip town on her? There are more questions than answers here, but imagine Lake saving herself even with us thinking Nathan may redeem himself through sacrifice! I mean, just because she freaked out when Eric died and got PTSD, it doesn’t mean that running is always her first option in a fight or flight situation. After all, she did get involved in the situation that potentially saved, or at least helped, Emily.

Being Quite Excited For The Finale

Joy and Thomas thinking about what to do with Lake

Nathan is on the loose, Lake’s life is threatened, and Emily? Well, she is between a rock and a hard place since she has to choose whether to go after Nathan or save Lake. Which, if you see the previews, you see who she chooses first, but whether she can ultimately get a win out of all of this remains to be seen.

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Ragdoll: Season 1/ Episode 5 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Trajectory: Climbing
While some things we’re left questioning, and there is still the challenge of believing this all is happening within one week, I will say they have built up the finale to be notable. Now, will they stick the landing and compensate for some of the flaws seen thus far? That’s hard to say. But I feel like our faith was renewed a little bit.
Highlights
Seeing Thomas' Potential
So, Maybe Lake Wasn't A Liar?
Being Quite Excited For The Finale
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  1. 1. I think that Thomas somehow admires Nathan Love for doing a similar job: justice-seeking. Either that, or trying to load the deck towards Nathan (as Lake has picked up on) being to blame for everything, what with all the links to the Cremation Killer from the very start with the Thomas’ ep1 ragdoll.

    2. “Because that scene of Lake racing through a dirt road still doesn’t make 100% sense to me” – stab in the dark: could Lake actually be Naomi, with a stolen identity? Might explain the body in the boot of the car in Ep4. Does Hannah *really* know who Lake is?

    3. Really worried for Rose’s safety now. Looks like the finale will be fantastic!

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