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Haunted Houses 

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


Cary Joji Fukunaga


Nic Pizzolatto (creator), Nic Pizzolatto




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Detective Rust Cohle
Woody Harrelson ... Detective Marty Hart
Michelle Monaghan ... Maggie Hart
Michael Potts ... Detective Maynard Gilbough
Tory Kittles ... Detective Thomas Papania
Paul Ben-Victor ... Major Leroy Salter
Jay O. Sanders ... Billy Lee Tuttle
Lili Simmons ... Beth
Shea Whigham ... Joel Theriot
Gabe Begneaud Gabe Begneaud ... Drew Ledger
Kerry Cahill ... Nurse
December Ensminger ... Kelly Reider
J.D. Evermore ... Detective Lutz (as JD Evermore)
Henry Frost ... Steve
Dana Gourrier ... Cathleen


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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At the very end of the episode, Rust asks Marty to go to a bar. When he goes back into the truck, the camera mount at the back of the truck can clearly be seen in a reflection on the right for the rest of the shot. See more »


Detective Marty Hart: I love you.
Maggie Hart: Thank you.
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References Heat (1995) See more »


Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Aria
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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One of the best hours of Television I've ever seen!
13 October 2019 | by TheOny13See all my reviews

I must admit, after episode 4 which was so highly praised and which didn't lived up to its fame, for me at least I was very skeptical about this show and about where this show was heading. Having watched episode 5 things however turned arround 180° for me.

This episode was phenomenal, to simply put it. The amount of social commentary in this episode for instance was insane. So many of the choices the characters make made you ask yourself questions about your life and what would you have done in their place, or simply put would you have done the same or something different? Then there is the continuation of the mistery of the killer and who actually is, although I've suspecting that from the first scene of the show. I'm still fascinated about who he is or who will the show suggest he was and how this arc would wrap up. Next there are the characters who are played exceptionally well by even the most unimportant character. It is one of the fewest shows that made me understand the characters, their choices and relate to them, outside LOST which did that perfectly btw. This is achieved in a pretty similar way in which LOST did that. And that is through a fragmented structured narative, in which you see the characters' choices in the past in the nearest past and in the present. That made not only interested in them but made me also understand them and where they are coming from. The last but not the least thing that made this episode great for me was that the episode barely lost any time and was straight to the point, simply developing the plot and the characters at the same time without introducing new past for the characters we knew nothing about (see episode 4) or new characters that would be later droped instantly (again episode 4).

In the end, everything episode 4 did wrong, this episode did right, fantastic performances, great character study, phenomenal social commentary and quick plot progression. Everything that makes a great episode in my opinion. 10/10

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