Only Murders In The Building Season 3, Episode 8 Recap
Whodunit on Only Murders in the Building season 3? CableTV.com breaks down the odds.
On this week’s episode of Only Murders in the Building: Ahh! Ahhhhhh! We’re still coming down from an episode packed with game-changing developments as we head toward the season’s endgame.
Firstly, we get an answer behind Loretta’s scrapbook: It wasn’t about Ben! It was about Dickie, because… Loretta is Dickie’s birth mother! As a teen, she gave him to the Glenroys for adoption but followed news stories about him and Ben from afar over the years.
Elsewhere, Death Rattle’s big sitzprobe day gets interrupted by a return appearance from Detective Williams (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). She’s leading the newly reopened Ben Glenroy case and starts interviewing the cast at the theater, but Oliver and Charles do a classic heist scheme to grab the interview footage for Mabel.
Finally, Oliver reveals to Loretta that Dickie’s on their suspect board, which leads to things spiraling out of control for the Arconia gang. When Dickie starts to get taken away by officers for questioning, Loretta (falsely?) confesses to Ben’s murder to keep Dickie from being arrested. The news shock gives Oliver another heart attack, and the episode ends with him sprawled out on the ground. Pretty grim, huh?
For this week’s episode, let’s go to the CableTV.com Only Murders in the Building Suspicion Power Rankings. As always, we’re ranking characters from most to least suspicious using two metrics:
- Who killed Ben Glenroy on Only Murders in the Building?
- Did they have something to do with the murder?
Who killed Ben Glenroy on Only Murders in the Building?
Poor dang Dickie. On top of being Ben’s beleaguered assistant, he’s also been working alongside his birth mother for months and didn’t realize it.
Dickie’s conversation with Loretta at the episode’s end leads her to take the fall for him, adding another data point to our suspect board. Dickie confesses to Loretta that he had an opening night fight with Ben, who told Dickie that he was dead to him. Most concerningly, Dickie says he felt free after Ben’s initial death and “couldn’t take it anymore” after Ben returned to life.
But did Dickie kill Ben? We already know that Dickie’s relationship with Ben was conflicted, but we wouldn’t call his motive clear-cut. On the one hand, Dickie’s lost ownership over the CoBro franchise and his anger at Ben points towards “he did it.” On the other hand, his defensive outbursts about Ben and last week’s reveal that he bought Ben’s bloody hanky suggest he’s still working through some things.
With only two more episodes left, we’ll bring back our “We’re doing a Murder on the Orient Express!” theory and start slotting in characters for a formal prediction. Dickie didn’t do the murder, but he sold out Ben to the killer (killers?) to get him out of the picture.
Loretta’s big reveal gives us a likely answer to her feud with Ben Glenroy. Maybe it wasn’t simply two stars feuding for center stage—perhaps Loretta was ready to go nuclear once she saw how badly Ben was treating Dickie.
But Loretta’s maternal instincts throw a wrench into her spot on our suspect board. Her confession at the episode’s end kept Dickie from going to the police, but we don’t know whether or not it was a false one.
And now that Loretta’s scrapbook is off the board, it’s a little more challenging to figure out a clear motive on her end. As Loretta mentions, Death Rattle would be her big Broadway break after years in the audition trenches—murdering the leading man wouldn’t be a great way to keep the show running. Loretta holds her spot on our big board for another week, but we reserve the right to bump her down depending on next week’s episode.
#3: K.T.’s office
We finally got an answer to last week’s Chekhov’s paper shredder: Howard realizes someone was shredding documents in K.T.’s locked office during opening night. Howard’s also working to piece together that document from the shredder’s trash bin.
Next to the paper shredder, Mabel also finds an opened box of rat poison that could’ve been used during Ben’s initial poisoning attempt.
As Detective Williams points out, Ben’s poisoning timeline means that the killer had to be someone in the Death Rattle cast or crew. (Sorry to everyone who had Tobert in their betting pool.)
Kimber keeps her spot as our cast murderer front-runner for another week, but as with Loretta, consider this blurb to be written in pencil until further notice.
But what if the killer’s not a cast member? In the interest of going full Reddit and throwing out one left-field suspect, Donna (Linda Emond) pointedly tells Loretta that mothers would “do anything” to ensure their kids are okay.
What if Donna was talking about protecting Cliff? Death Rattle would be Cliff’s first production as a producer, but what if Linda—knowing she had a turkey on her hands—secretly insured the show and had Ben killed to stop its run without losing any more money? (Before she ran into Loretta in the theater’s bathroom, she was also hurling her guts out in a stall.)
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Others receiving suspicious votes
- Dr. C (he wasn’t the poisoner, but he’s not out of the picture yet)
Off the board
- Cliff (the producer’s son)
- Jonathan (we cooked that shoe but did not eat it)
- Joy (safely single/out of sight)
- Cinda Canning (she’s just around to tempt Mabel away from the Arconia, and Tina Fey was probably filming A Haunting In Venice. Also, it’s wild to have Tina Fey do a regular role in a costume drama, right?)
- This week’s opening credits easter egg: A conductor at the top of the Arconia.
- Shoutout to the Only Murders Reddit posters who called Loretta being Dickie’s birth mother. (And a slightly smaller shoutout to those who ran with the “Ben’s a secret triplet” theory—you didn’t get it this time, but you miss 100% of the theories you don’t theorize.)
- Add sitzprobe to this season’s running list of theater terms we didn’t know about. As in the episode, it’s a rehearsal that features a musical’s cast and orchestra.
- This week’s cast member on voiceover duty: Meryl Streep!
- One of our favorite character beats is Detective Williams’ love of musical theater—she’s a sucker for a good patter song, which leads her to take Oliver and Charles’ bait and leave the interrogation room. Gilbert and Sullivan’s for the people, folks.
- If you saw that Architectural Digest set tour video and wondered when this easter egg would finally drop, it did this week. Loretta has some tape on hand thanks to her day job as a gift wrapper at Macy’s.