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
Gabe Begneaud ...
Drew Ledger
Kelly Reider
Detective Lutz (as JD Evermore)


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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23 February 2014 (USA)  »

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Before shooting Hart and Cohle's fight scene, Matthew McConaughey planned a surprise for Woody Harrelson on the set, and had the sound men playing the theme song from Rocky (1976) when he came in. See more »


When we see a handful of change before Maggie picks up Marty's phone you can see a cent with the shield on the reverse, which wasn't minted for the first time until 2010, when this episode took place in 2002. See more »


Detective Rust Cohle: [Charmaine is sobbing] The newspapers are gonna be hard on you. And prison is very, very hard on people who hurt kids. If you get the opportunity, you should kill yourself.
Charmaine Boudreaux: What?
[continues crying]
Charmaine Boudreaux: [Rust gets up and begins to leave the room] What? Please.
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References Heat (1995) See more »


Sign of the Judgement
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Unbelievably dark and depressing episode
7 March 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This episode was quiet, in a way, and also stepped a bit back regarding their supernatural and deeply philosophical nature. Instead, Pizzolatto managed to bring the stories of 1995 and 2002 to an end and opened the door for two (hopefully) amazing last episodes.

This episode deals with Hart, Cohle and Maggie and their connection between each other, but also their own motivations. Without spoiling anything, I can say that this episode is full of hate and that's what makes the episode so depressing and dark. After finishing the episode I had to sit back a second and take a deep breath. It once again focused heavily on the plot, and I guess there is no need to mention that the writing and visual was once again close to perfect.

9/10 I am excited to see how the story around Hart and Cohle will end, especially after this amazing last scene

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