The Outsider: Tear-Drinker   Show Only 
February 3, 2020 2:09 PM - Season 1, Episode 5 - Subscribe

After returning from an eye-opening trip to New York, Holly searches for clues at several locations connected to the Dayton case; Jeannie finds herself shaken by an unnerving incident at work and delivers an ominous warning to Ralph. Jack is put on the defensive at Tamika's baby shower.
posted by oh yeah! (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Holly gets more awesome with every episode. I love her deadpan delivery, with just a hint of wit underneath.

The big hole in the plot for me this week was when Jeannie gave Ralph the drawing she'd done of the Hooded Man and he didn't immediately link it to the almost identical drawing of the Hooded Man that the car thief kid had also come up with. That made no sense to me.
posted by essexjan at 11:42 AM on February 4 [4 favorites]

Yeah, that was weird.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 12:06 PM on February 4

I attributed that to Ralph's insistence (as a parallel to Glory's) that Jeannie was dreaming. He does self-describe as having "no tolerance for the unexplainable", and we see him grappling with that and slowly re-examining his position in this episode as he takes the pictures Holly requests, but I don't expect him to start jumping there immediately just yet.
posted by Cogito at 3:21 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

I guess it could even be possible that it was a "dream"?
posted by Brocktoon at 4:09 PM on February 4

Why does the cornyman I mean bogeyman monster threaten the detective's wife to get her to make her husband stop the investigation?
Based on what we've seen of the monster's powers, which includes even publically-exhibited-in-broad-daylight-in-the-middle-of-a-busy-city powers like the suicide-by-SWAT victim, why doesn't the monster just take control of one or both of them and make them kill themselves/each other right away?
Why bother to make a threat at all?
posted by Bwithh at 5:39 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

Because there's more grief to be fed on in that household. Who else can deliver the lines "Our son is dead. You weren't there." to Ralph?
Still juice in that lemon.
posted by bartleby at 6:19 PM on February 4 [4 favorites]

he didn't immediately link it to the almost identical drawing of the Hooded Man

He didn’t? I got the exact opposite impression. He takes out the picture, folds it, takes it out. They both seem disturbed by it, but don’t want to acknowledge what it means...
posted by iamck at 1:36 AM on February 5 [4 favorites]

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