True Detective: Season 1, Episode 6

Haunted Houses (23 Feb. 2014)

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Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Major Leroy Salter
Billy Lee Tuttle
Drew Ledger
December Ensminger ...
Kelly Reider
Detective Lutz (as JD Evermore)
Henry Frost ...


Martin tells Detectives Gilbough and Papania that back in 2002, Cohle started investigating something he wasn't aware of. Their last case as partners was that of Charmaine Boudreau who killed her child. Cohle gets a confession out of her but Martin thinks it contributed to his deteriorating condition. Cohle was in fact pursuing a lead about the Tuttle schools, an initiative to provide Christian education as an alternative to public schools. He learns that back in 1988, there had been accusations of child molestation at the school. Kelly, the girl he and Martin rescued from Reggie Ledoux in 1995, tells him of another man with scars who made her watch what they did to the boy who was held prisoner with her. Cohle is convinced that killings are going unreported or unconnected and that they simply didn't get everyone involved in the Dora Lang killing in 1995. When he starts talking conspiracy and the possible involvement of Billy Lee Tuttle his commander, Maj. Leroy Salter, shuts him down... Written by garykmcd

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Rust goes to Terry Guidry's House on the Bayou to ask him about his little boy Sonny who disappeared years before. The house the father still lives in is painted in Green/Blue, the same color the Yellow King has on his ears and that eventually brings the detective to him. He obviously saw the kid the first time while he was painting that house too. See more »


When Cohle is interviewing the woman suspected of killing her babies he is smoking Camel "Blue" cigarettes. They were called Camel "Lights" until 2009/2010. The interview was set in 2002. See more »


Maggie Hart: Rust knew exactly who he was, and there was no talking him out of it. Marty's single big problem was that he never really knew himself, so he never really knew what to want.
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Haunted souls of the past
24 February 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Last week's episode 5 raised a lot of questions, but I refuse to give into to the idea of a monkey wrench thrown into the story to throw us off. I don't think Nic Pizzolatto is that kind of a writer to deceive his audience. I read interview with him about the show and even he said that audiences have been fooled and cheated for so many years that they can't trust the narrative or what is been presented to them anymore; that's not how he writes.

I read a brilliant review on Paste Magazine on this show by Shane Ryan on episode 5th. He had proposed five plausible directions the show may take from 5th episode. However, I think even Mr. Ryan is falling victim to the plot point conjecture theories, he is trying to figure it all out, to make a linear or logical story plot, he is trying conjecture where the show is heading and still missing the point that the murder STORY is just a side show to what is the bigger picture underneath.

There is something no body has asked yet and that maybe we are missing what is right in front of us and that are detective Gilbough and Papania, who are they?....who do they work for?. They are building a case against Cohle, they seem to be on a mission to even get Marty on board. But Marty didn't fall for their game, maybe because deep down Marty likes Cohle, regardless of their differences of the past issues, he respects Cohle, even though he may think Cohle is borderline insane. Maybe Gilbough and Papania work for the Yellow King?...they want to know what Cohle really knows who is involved, maybe they are on Cohle's hit list, but these are all plot related questions but I am just going by what we has been presented to us; it how this show started with these so-called camera interviews that seem manipulative in their nature by these two officers who claim they are trying to help Cohle but more like making a patsy out of Cohle, if we have learned anything from Cohle's character and his obessision with this case is that he can't be the killer.

This week's 6th episode revealed more about the conflicts of these two men and why the broke off; it was about the haunted souls of the past. What Maggi's revenge on having sex with Cohle caused; What it caused between Marty and Cohle, all their relations damaged. We got two episodes left and we are still trying to piece together what changed Cohle to who he is today, what has been up to for the past eight years?. You can see his obsession delving into these murders, trying to finding the truth where he is consumed by it. His meeting with Tuttle was more about to get a reaction out him than anything; he got what he was looking for to the point of getting yelled at and be suspended. We can see where this quest for the truth is gradually taking Cohle but its more about to define his character than to serve a plot point.

Many years ago I took some film courses in College among them I was exposed and fortunate to watch the classic shows like "Playhouse 90" that were live drama on live TV in the birth of TV, those stories on "Playhouse 90" dealt with more real life issues, they had no tricks up their sleeves with a murder story. Writers like Rod Sterling who wrote "Requiem for a Heavyweight " were the pioneers of that show and later some like "John Frankenheimer" went on to became movie directors. There was a time when TV drama was more about examining people's life rather than the current cops and robbers with gun blazing and explosions to keep you watching. Rod Sterling was among the pioneers in Television that dealt with human drama to reflect on human condition. Gene Rodenbury once said: "No one could know RodeSerling, or view or read his work, without recognizing his deep affection for humanity ... and his determination to enlarge our horizons by giving us a better understanding of ourselves".

From the first episode of this show I had a intuitive feeling that this writer Pizzolatto was exposed to the same type of shows like that or student of it, his creative mind has a purpose than to entertain. I read an article on him and it confirmed that he was a big fan of shows like "Playhouse 90" and "Twilight Zone".

We are witnessing for the first time maybe over half century a rebirth of one of the most compelling shows in our generation or our time. A true work of art, a masterpiece disguised in a detective show, as Rod Sterling's disguised anthology of wisdom wrapped in science fiction fantasy like drama "Twilight Zone". "True Detective" is a unique show that is unlike anything we have seen before, there is something so much deeper and larger than daily linear way of looking at shows like "Sopranos" or "Braking Bad" that its not trying to be smart or trick us but what it wants is to perhaps to invoke thought, maybe propose some questions and examine our own life. We have been so conditioned and spoon fed by the so-called "compelling" shows that go no where in fives or 8 seasons and here in just six episodes of a eight part series we have been given so much that most of us will never forget or come back to revisit this show in years to come.

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