'Those Who Kill': Episode 5

Monday, 14 April 2014 12:26 PM Written by 

TWK ep 5"Those Who Kill" began its fifth episode by finally explaining how Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) can afford her Mt. Washington condo: It belongs to her mother and stepfather and Jensen was living in it rent-free. Now she's moving into a dingy loft.

Then it's on to a murder atop the Smithfield-Liberty parking garage (you could see the steeple of Smithfield United in the background).

Written by Darin Morgan and Glen Morgan and directed by David Petrarca, the episode also explained Schaeffer's backstory and obsession with having been wrong on a previous murder investigation.

Read more after the jump. ...

At the eight-minute mark, the Pittsburgh term that rhymes with "shmagoff" has been used twice already, so now it's officially in the running for a "Those Who Kill" drinking game played by a party of one, me, given the show's low ratings and the news this past week that Sevigny has already landed another show. But we soldier along anyway. 

Schaeffer throws a tantrum at a crime scene and gets caught on camera and his wife has a heart-to-heart with Jensen about Schaeffer's tendency to get too caught up in this work.

Later, Jensen visits Schaeffer's brother, Nathan, at Western Pennetentiary (he's doing time for manslaughter). Brother says Schaeffer came to visit once

"You're afraid what's inside him is inside you!" Jensen tells Schaffer, who is revealed to be possibly as damaged as she is.

We also learned the Shady Avenue house where Jensen's step-father and mother live was her step-father's house before Jensen, her mother and brother moved in. Jensen's monologue in her step-father's basement includes accusations that her brother and step-father's "big-boy games" were something untoward, evil abd abusive. Jensen says her step-father would shove her glittery, bouncy ball into her brother's mouth.

Jensen said she cuts herself to own the cuts; she cuts herself where her step-father once cut her. It's a lot of explanation that's been a long time coming. And again, "TWK" would have been much better off if it had revealed some of its details earlier on, especially when it becomes clear that Jensen's memory is unreliable.

But it's not so unreliable that Schaeffer refused to sign on to the case to investigae Jensesn's stepfather.

"I'm gonna help you, he's lying," Schaeffer tells Jensen, committing to the case.

Too little, too late.

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