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Only Murders in the Building: The Sting

"'Every Breath You Take' is no love song. It's about a jealous stalker and surveillance, and it...actually seems like it was written by a killer."

No one actually thinks Sting is the killer... right? But it's too much fun to wonder what would happen if he was. It's easy to fall into the investigation at this point and start sizing up Sting as the big bad, but it obviously wasn't meant to be.

The Porky and Bugs scenes are downright David Lynch-ian. The creative storytelling really makes this show shine, and it's satisfying to follow the arc of Savage's "baggage."

And we finally meet the amazing Cinda Canning, who has overshadowed the narrative, and will continue to do so for another season. And don't forget Poppy. She's got a lot more to offer.

And we learn about Lucy, the daughter of his ex-girlfriend, who he apparently doesn't talk to. The groundwork for season two is being laid out very well.

The show clinches it when Putnam's son reveals Mabel's secrets. She's lying to them, but she's also stumbling onto the actual case.

DUN-DUN-DUNNN!!!! (The Spoiler Section)

(Seriously. Don't read this part if you don't want to be spoiled. Highlight to read!)

If you're watching with one eye on your phone, then everything seems normal. But if you're paying attention, you saw Jan's note and wondered if the handwriting looked familiar. It should.

Under the Microscope

-SOMEONE poisoned the dog. It wasn't Sting. Which... really doesn't narrow it down.

-Savage used to enjoy making omelettes for Lucy, the daughter of his ex. Even after the breakup, he misses his kinship with Lucy, and now we know why he sadly makes omelettes only to throw them away.

-One of the fake posters from Putnam's ridiculous plays is called Newark, Newark. (Yes, this is also the name of a TV show, but it aired a few years after this episode.)

-As I watch, I can't help but be enchanted by the music. It's clearly inspired by the music from Serial, with it's plinky piano sounds that always end just before finding resolution. I find myself humming a descending minor scale every time it pauses.

Final Analysis: 4 out of 5 turkeys. My only gripe is that the secret seems obvious, but it's a lot of fun to watch.

Adam D. Jones is an author and something of a crime-solver himself, having recently (and finally) discerned which button on the pump dispenses the low-octane gas.

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