Prodigal Son: Fear Response
October 8, 2019 9:16 AM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

A drug-induced homicide forces Malcolm to re-think his fears.

While investigating a murder, Malcolm gets some advice about how to activate his memories about "the girl in the box." Jessica confronts Martin about his meetings with Malcolm.
posted by miss-lapin (7 comments total)
Ainsley content from this episode:

-Four dead bodies! This will be great for my career!
-"Still talking to our father? Do you realize how messed up that is?"

I'm also nearly positive his mother is the woman in the box and she is part of his father's madness. Maybe she and Ainsley are both in on it.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:12 AM on October 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

I’m just here for Keiko Agena, really. I adore her.
posted by rewil at 1:16 PM on October 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm really trying to like the show because of the cast but the's just painful in almost every scene.
posted by miss-lapin at 4:05 PM on October 8, 2019 [3 favorites]

Hey, see how Gil shot to his feet like a kid caught smoking, when Jessica showed up at his office without warning? Followed by her weirdly barbed comment about his late wife? I am calling it right now - sometime shortly after the arrest, they had an affair. 60/40 on him being the one who called it off. Malcolm doesn't know about it, but he'll figure it out this season.
posted by Mogur at 4:14 PM on October 8, 2019

I wasn't sure if this show was going to sustain a weekly thread, so I'm tickled to see all this speculation. Prodigal Son is no Lucifer, but it's nice nice little trash-fire of a show so far.

My money is on Jessica having been tricked by Dr. Martin into believing that Malcolm was to blame for the girl-in-the-box, and assisting in the cover-up for misguided maternal instincts. I'm undecided on whether Martin actually did get Malcolm to participate in his crimes, or was just grooming him to do so.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:23 PM on October 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

My working theory is that the entire family other than Malcolm is on the killings (with Ainsley having been groomed over the years for her current role). The family is going to look to bring the "prodigal son" onto the family business.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:34 AM on October 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

In the Donald Kaufman version of this show, Malcolm is and has always been the killer. I'm okay with the tease of this, but I don't know how the show could possibly survive this being the underlying plot.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:42 AM on October 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

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