I’m trying something new for tonight’s Killing Eve Recap. I’ve opted to not watch the previews (to pull the photos) and just get started with the show and com back and do all of that later.
I’m so excited for this Killing Eve episode, I’m missing the Met Gala red carpet to get to it. Or not. I remembered I needed to pull Vanderpump Rules photos and missed my window. I’m going to watch a bit now. Tuesdays are generally too busy to do a Killing Eve Recap. Sigh. It’s complicated.
So, less than a minute in, Villanelle has killed a dude in a car wash. She’s big on violent strangulation this season. After watching her slurp a drink on a balcony for ten seconds I was already thinking, “God, this show is so good!” This was all before the opening card for the show. Plus, the title has yet another reference to smell.
Interrogating The Ghost
Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t the ending of my last Killing Eve Recap Carolyn on one side of a one way mirror watching Eve Polastri preparing to interrogate The Ghost? So why are Eve and Jess watching some random guy interrogate her instead? Oh she has already tried once. She’s going back for a second attempt. She asks The Ghost if she knows of Villanelle. Because, obsessed. The Ghost says that Villanelle is know as The Air Ghost, or The Demon With No Face.
When Konstantin pays Villanelle for the car wash kill, she says she would have done it for free because of his “number plate.” His car tag said Lirge which means cork in French. But aren’t they in Amsterdam? Lirge means cork in French. I don’t get it. Anyone?
Hiring Villanelle To Kill Eve?
This is Eve’s new plan. She wants to bring Villanelle and The Ghost together. Since Villanelle is freelancing, her plan is just to hire her to kill Eve. Perhaps it is the lateness of the hour but I have no idea what is going on here. Jess tells Eve that it’s really odd that she doesn’t do any of the mountains of paperwork everyone else has to do to work at MI6. Every little thing has to be documented. Since Eve doesn’t do that, there is no official record of her even working there. Jess is concerned that Carolyn being on board with the plan to hire Villanelle is suspect to her.
When Konstantin presents Villanelle with her new mark, Eve. She is furious with him. When Eve sees the photo Hugo sent to Villanelle, she is furious. It’s such an unflattering photo! These two are kind of adorable.
Villanelle is refusing the job. Konstantin is a bit offended. She had no problem trying to kill him. Plus, she is making her weak. He tell her she won’t even remember her name next week. Is he really that unaware of what is going on?
A Piss Poor Psychopathy Expert
The world’s worst “psychopathy expert” comes to MI6 to give a hilariously ill-informed and even more incompetent presentation on psychopaths. This reminds me of my teaching days when abject idiots would come to discuss best practices in education. Eve is very aware of the psychopathy scale. She mentioned it early in season one. It seemed to be implied that she knows because she researched it regarding herself. When a bloody body of a real person randomly shows up in his presentation, everyone is disturbed by the gory photo and looks away. Eve is fascinated by it. Then when a photo of Villanelle showed up she looked away. Eve asked the “expert” if psychopaths could form short term relationships at least.
Later, Martin the crappy psychopathy expert meets up with Carolyn Martens. Apparently, he is from Broadmoor a high security psychiatric hospital in England. I only know this because Broadmoor was in the official episode description and I Googled it. Apparently, Carolyn sent him in to diagnose Eve.
So Many Psychopaths, So Little Time
Just as I said, she was the only one who didn’t look away from the photo. It should be noted that Carolyn didn’t look away either and seemed pleased that Eve didn’t either. Again, this is not how psychopathy is determined. I only know this because, college. That and the photo of Villanelle were the two photos in the presentation that mattered.
Martin tells Carolyn that Eve is too close to Villanelle. I suppose that means she needs to be pulled from the case. Or killed since there seems to be no real record of her working at MI6. I am reminded that Carolyn also intercepts any mail sent to Eve at work.
Finally A Scene Where Eve Seems Into Niko, Kinda.
Meanwhile, Niko and Eve were getting along great. Niko is going out of town to chaperone a spelling bee. He ordered in Indian food. What are lime pickles? Another ring of the doorbell sends Eve out to discover a sort of funeral arrangement with her name on it. She smiles. Immediately knowing they are from Villanelle. She goes back in, leaving the flowers outside, and seduces Niko. Poor Niko.
The next day at the office, we find out that Eve knew immediately that Carolyn had engineered Niko’s trip to Oxford for the spelling bee. Apparently, Carolyn was a former spelling bee champion and the community is very close. She won with “Sisyphean.” Now that is British humor. Sisyphus was the guy who was punished by the gods of Greek mythology by having to roll a heavy stone up a hill only to make it almost to the top before it rolled back down, ad infinitum.
Eve Contemplates Killing A Guy
As Carolyn leaves, Hugo enters to ask Eve if she is ready to take her top off. He fits her with a bulletproof vest. Kenny tries to talk Eve out of this whole plan. He reminds her that Villanelle murdered her friend, Bill. Kenny is the only rational person around. Eve says she will ask Carolyn to move him to another team. He doesn’t have the stomach for this one.
Eve goes to get on the tube while Villanelle chooses the perfect dress wear while Killing Eve. While waiting for the train, a guy pushes her a bit while jockeying for position on the platform. She follows him. She contemplates pushing him in front of the train. But she doesn’t quite have it in her. She tears up and has a it of a personal revelation about herself on the train.
Dressing For Their Date
Eve arrives in a home and does her self-soothing hair fluffing. Then she takes off her bulletproof vest. She too is worried about her appearance when she sees Eve. Villanelle arrives at her door dress for an elegant funeral. Eve lets her in. Villanelle tells Eve not to do anything stupid. Have we had a Killing Eve Recap yet where she doesn’t do something stupid?
I’m not really sure how to describe what happens next other than to say they both play a game of chicken. They test each other. They both pass the test. Then they leave in a car with a driver. Konstantin and Carolyn are in another car watching them leave.
Forest of Dean?
The next scene takes place in the Forest of Dean. A woman is taken into the forest by armed guard. She is shoved into a shipping crate. Is it Jess? Because I am sure every week Jess is getting killed.
Then we see Villanelle and Eve trudging through the forest. Villanelle asks Eve, “Are you sure this is legal?” Eve asks why she would care. Villanelle says she is just looking out for her. Ah, it was not Jess, who I always think is going to die. It was The Ghost! DUH! That was the whole point of Eve’s plan. To bring Villanelle and The Ghost together and get the information she needs. She does have the Peel case to solve after all.
But The Ghost is not giving her what she needs. So she sends in Villanelle. Villanelle wants to know if she wants to watch. Eve walks away. Once Villanelle goes into the shipping crate, Eve starts to freak out. Not because she she feels bad for The Ghost. But because she does in fact want to watch. So it was Aaron Peel who hired her. Obviously. Villanelle tells Eve this and she is unhappy by the lack of gratitude. Eve wants to know what she did to her. Villanelle says nothing she didn’t ask her to. Eve struggles to deal with the fact they are essentially the same person. Eve goes back into the crate. The Ghost is alive and says to Eve, “Monster.”
You Look Like Someone Stuck A Mustache On Some Fudge!
In the next scene, Niko is in Oxford chaperoning his students. He walks up next to Villanelle in an great androgynous outfit. She apologizes to Niko about the complaints she made to his school. She says she was just trying to get Eve’s attention. But, Villanelle says Eve doesn’t seem to care about his life at all. She tells him he looks like someone stuck a mustache on some fudge.
He walks away saying he is going away from the kids. Goddamit! I do not want Niko to die! Niko shoves Villanelle against a wall. He threatens to kill Villanelle. Villanelle tells him she has forgiven Eve. She tells him about Eve sticking a knife in her belly when she laid with her in her bed. She shows him her knife wound. She says, “You would think I was the bad guy…” Then she prances off after saying, “Smell ya later!”
Next week’s Killing Eve Recap seems to be about a partnership forming between Eve and Villanelle. Will the already approved season three be about these two going on murderous sprees together?