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Church in Ruins 

Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.


Miguel Sapochnik


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Detective Ray Velcoro
Rachel McAdams ... Detective Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch ... Officer Paul Woodrugh
Kelly Reilly ... Jordan Semyon
Vince Vaughn ... Frank Semyon
Christopher James Baker ... Blake Churchman
Chris Kerson ... Nails
Jon Lindstrom ... Jacob McCandless
Michael Hyatt ... Katherine Davis
Afemo Omilami ... Police Chief Holloway
Leven Rambin ... Athena Bezzerides
Abigail Spencer ... Gena Brune
Sprague Grayden ... Joyce
Austin Nash Chase ... Mikey (as Austin Chase)
Josh Clark ... Deiffenbach


Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.

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Release Date:

26 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The conversation that Frank (Vince Vaughn) has with Stan's son, Jimmy (Austin Nash Chase), is strikingly similar to a monologue spoken by Denzel Washington in Fallen (1998). "There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this, and after this... Sometimes you can feel such a moment coming. That's the test, or so I tell myself. I tell myself that at times like that, strong people keep moving forward anyway, no matter what they're going to find." See more »


At 4 min the two books on the shelving behind Ray are seen on the top shelf, however at 5 min they are now seen on the bottom shelf. See more »


Athena Bezzerides: I just don't understand why you work so hard to be alone.
Detective Ani Bezzerides: I find it really doesn't take that much work.
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References Friends (1994) See more »


Written by Leonard Cohen and Patrick Leonard
Performed by Leonard Cohen
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High end honey trap
26 July 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Colin Farrell takes all the spotlight this episode. The decision to cast him is justified as he delivers wide range of emotions and draws the audience with charming melancholy. Rusty Cohle was amazing, but Ray Velcoro is equally interesting in more grounded, less philosophical fashion.

Following the mishaps from the past, he reevaluates his life and eventually comes to a heavy conclusion. It's not often to see a variety of believable dilemma in the span of one TV series episode, but Farrell pulls it off. Seeing rage, guilt and sadness delivered seamlessly, audience will most likely invest to his damaged character.

The chemistry works well too, there is certain tension as he interacts with other cast, especially Vince Vaughn. His character Frank makes all sort of shady deals. The mafia boss is definitely better in his natural element of harsh environment than cushy family issue. As he digs further to satisfy demand of another party, he finds that it's a more personal effort than he thought.

This episode still has a few subtle hints, but it's more clear-cut and approachable. Rachel McAdams' Ani goes into a dangerous covert mission. She looks prettier and also more vulnerable in strange situation where she doesn't have much control. It's a different pace than the tough girl persona and definitely opens more view on her character.

It sheds away the undertone subliminal mystery and exposes the characters bare. This humanized them and made them much more relatable, even likable in all its sorrowful glory.

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