First of all, congratulations to Matthew McConaughey for his Oscar win last night. No doubt a small part of his win has to do with his incredible performance as Rust Cohle and the True Detective phenomenon. Unfortunately, tonight’s episode overlapped with the Oscars.

Hart Was On Point With His Insults:

His hatred of Cohle sure resulted in some great one-liners.

  • “Time has a way with us all. You must have pissed him off.”
  • “If you were drowning, I’d throw you a f*****g barbell.”
  • “You told yourself this story and kept drinking it ‘til you believed it.”

What’s Hart Been Doing Since 2002?

Hart lasted 4 more years on the force, before retiring to become a PI. (In case you were wondering if this show could get any grosser, he left after a tweaker tried to dry an infant in the microwave.) Since then he’s been trolling and gaining a beer belly.

What Has Cohle Been Up to Since 2002?

Besides concentrating on growing his hair and keeping his drinking schedule, Cohle has continues his investigation for the past 10 years. He’s been interviewing possible molestation victims, discovering more about the wooden figures, investigating the Tuttle family, and bartending.

Cohle began breaking in to a few of Tuttle’s 4 different homes to see what illicit evidence he could find. Of the two houses he broke into, Tuttle only reported the break in of one. In the second house, Cohle finds creepy pictures of a little girl and a compromising video tape.

Now that an investigation has turned Cohle’s way, he needs Hart to help him find out more about the Tuttle’s background.

What’s On the Videotape?

Imagine the worst thing possible. Multiple it by ten. That’s what on the tape.

Cohle hands over the old VHS tape to Hart, the one piece of evidence that would get him to join his investigation. While Hart watches the horrors unfold, Cohle stood facing a wall, with a large triangular symbol on it. (Later, he says, “I won’t avert my eyes. Not again.” But that’s more Cohle bullsh!t.) A crying little girl with a blindfold and antlers is pulled into a room with a ground of animal-masked men. As Hart watches, he freaks out in anger. It’s then we know exactly what he’s seen. It’s the one thing that would make a man like Hart work with Cohle again. After all, he killed LeDoux at the mere sight of two kids locked in his house.

Once the tape went missing from Tuttle’s home, he was killed. Cohle hypothesizes that he told his cult-friends that he was about to be blackmailed and was killed as a result. The tape won’t stand up in court, but it’s mighty fuel for both Cohle and Hart to continue the investigation.

Later, Hart says, “You shouldn’t have that.” Cohle responds, “Nobody should have this.”

A Suspect Emerges

The lawn-mowing man with the scars on his face has always been a major suspect in the eyes of the viewers, if not the detectives. However, it would be too easy if the strange looking man was the culprit all along. When Steve Geraci pops up again, after only appearing in the first episode, it looks like the 2012 sheriff may have something to do with the case. (You may remember that Geraci almost fought Cohle in the first episode.) He has been missing from the show since then, but it makes sense that somebody who was introduced in the pilot would be a huge player in the case. Plus, he’s played by Michael Harney, who is no stranger to playing a villainous bastard (see: Orange Is the New Black and Weeds.) At the end of the episode, Geraci is taken hostage by Cohle at gun point, with the help of Hart. No doubt he’ll be spilling his guts next week.

Of course, we can’t completely discount the scarred face man. He pops up in the last moments of the episodes to give directions to the investigators, Gilbough and Papnia. His last words, to no one in particular, are “my family’s been here a long, long time.” He and his family will undoubtedly be at the center of the cult that rapes and kills girls.

Only one episode left to get our minds blown. No matter what happens, it’s going to be epic.

Other Musings:

  • Maggie also plays a part in the episode. She and Hart talk, in what seems like a chapter-closing conversation. She’s been living a much better, happier (and married?) life than Cohle and Hart. When she hears about Cohle from Hart, she feels compelled to visit him, but he’s not very interested in talking to her.
  • Cohle about his investigation: “I was aware that I might have lost my mind.”
  • Hart tells the chief that he’s been taking writing classes and wants to write a True Crime novel. It’s a rouse to get some case files, but the imagery was hilarious to me for some reason.
  • Cohle about a woman with dementia: “She sure made sense to me.” Her niece: “That should worry you.”