Friday, September 1, 2023

Only Murders in the Building - Grab Your Hankies

The first episode of the season to stay completely in the present moves forward the threads of both the play and murder as Oliver (Martin Short) works furiously to turn his failed Broadway return into a musical, Charles (Steve Martin) hunts for a cast member without their hanky, and Mabel (Selena Gomez) spends a little time with documentarian Tobert (Jesse Williams) when the pair catch each other snooping for clues to Ben's (Paul Rudd) death. By the end of the episode, the show has new life and the podcast has a new suspect in Kimber (Ashley Park) who, given how early the season is highlighting her, suggests she is likely not the killer despite evidence of jealous rage, potential motive for the crime, and a missing handkerchief. 

Along with spending time fleshing out both Tobert and Kimber as sus, "Grab Your Hankies" is memorable for a pair of songs Oliver comes up with in three days from the big opening number (which still needs work) to the solo for Loretta (Meryl Streep) which ultimately sells the show to our creepy mother (Linda Emond) and son (Wesley Taylor) producers. We also get an emotional roller coaster for Loretta, who Oliver refuses to let out of her contract for a show in Hollywood only to decide to stay on her own and kiss the director to close out the episode.

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