The Killing: Season 1, Episode 4

A Soundless Echo (17 Apr. 2011)

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With the video from Rosie's phone, Linden and Holder think they have the killers. It's not that simple however and they soon find themselves back to square one. Linden re-interviews Rosie's... See full summary »

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With the video from Rosie's phone, Linden and Holder think they have the killers. It's not that simple however and they soon find themselves back to square one. Linden re-interviews Rosie's BFF, Sterling, and learn that Rosie used to regularly take a bus to a distant part of town. Mayoralty candidate Darren Richmond's campaign is rapidly going downhill and his staff propose a major ad campaign. The only problem is that the campaign needs a infusion of cash. Rosie's parents prepare for her funeral and visit a funeral home to select a casket and go to the church to arrange for the service. Linden decides to again search Rosie's bedroom and finds handwritten notes notes from an interesting source. Written by garykmcd

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The Killing - A Soundless Echo
4 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Soundless Echo" is a key episode in the first season as it alerts us to a secret past for not only Stan but also Mitch, and Rosie most of all. Rosie was "seeing someone" and the person in the pink witch wig being shagged by Kris and Jasper wasn't her…it was a wasted Sterling! Sterling is really under a tumult as her friend had left her side, she felt like she was invisible when in the company of Rosie, and now Sterling is a punchline to kids in her school. While Stephen is stuck on bus rides to determine where Rosie was going after her breakup with Jasper to meet with that secret person, Sarah meets with the Larsens to discuss items found that belonged to Rosie, and while in the station, a door open reveals the crime scene photos of Rosie's badly beaten and bound body. This episode further parlays to us the cycle of preparing a daughter for her funeral and burial. The decision on a casket, for example, and what hymns to play for her…Mitch obviously questions why God would allow her Rosie to go out the way she does. Stan meets a man from his past, needing cash due to a house he had purchased as a surprise for Mitch, now burdened at getting rid of it. This man seems to be a family member that has been removed from his life for 17 years. Stan puts the money away, but a conversation with a work buddy seems to indicate he was involved in violence work for profit years before his legit moving/storage business.

This show is tough to watch due to its need to elaborate the grieving process of a family coping with loss. The aching wound is fresh and unhealed. Mitch is a big, meaty, showy part for Michelle Forbes. It requires her to be under an intense anguish that is not outwardly hysterical as much as quietly agonizing before our eyes. Tears come in patches while the gaping wound of torment is always visible on her tired, exhausted face. Stan is all seething hurt. He is unable to solve the problems burdened upon his family. Richmond's link to his daughter, however coincidental, is inexorably tied to Rosie's death, and this is a thorn in the flesh of Stan.

The show does not defy the ongoing political cat-and-mouse between Richmond and his rival, the egomaniacal mayor of the city. While the mayor continues to use the media to complicate matters for Richmond in regards to the Rosie case, Richmond tries to find donors so that his campaign doesn't tank. There's a twist involving Jamie's "exit" from Richmond's camp which identifies Richmond is cleverer and not so much a patsy as would be believed. Gwen continues to search for avenues that would benefit the Richmond campaign, even going to her father (a senator) for help, urging her city councilman lover to approach a wealthy local celebrity into offering money to them. The mayor tries to recruit Jamie, and he seems to consider it…until a revelation at the end, that is.

Sarah's beau returns to Seattle so they can share some time together and her son begins to develop a type of bonding moment over cake. It's a start but can they outlast the need to close a case? The episode follows Mitch's movements to connect with her daughter's importance in life...to the kids at school, to Sterling (a long hug, awkward yet warm for Sterling who needs such love, and seemingly therapeutic for Mitch, indicates the bond of a mother and her daughter's best friend), even the literature teacher who provides poetry to her.


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