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It begged to be done – it HAD to be done – a ripped from the headlines episode which paralleled the news stories of Broadway's disaster-ridden production of “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark.” And it could only be done against the backdrop of New York City. Using the metaphor of Icarus flying too close to the sun and ultimately to his death, along with repeated references to hubris, casual viewers may think that the episode was simply trying to make a statement about the reasons behind the real life disaster of “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
I think it’s deeper than that. Maybe it’s Goren himself who is the Icarus character. Possibly his own hubris is what is preventing him from seeing the truth about himself. He may be a genius at solving crimes, but his overconfidence in this ability may be clouding his judgment on solving why he is filled with anger, or why he thinks he doesn’t need the help of the shrink. In a way, Goren is in a labyrinth of his own making, and one that is more like a puzzle or maze than one with an easy exit. We can only hope he will make it through his pilgrimage of discovery, and get out of his maze before the final episode of the series.
Here is the recap:
Marc Landry (Billy Magnussen) arrives late to prepare for the opening of “Icarus” to find his understudy, Bryce Calder, in costume and the director. Amanda Rollins (Cynthia Nixon) gushing over Bryce. They make the quick change over to get Bryce out and Marc in the rigging. Amanda seems worried about Marc’s performance but he blows her off. Roger Porter (Michael Panes), the dramaturge, offers Amanda a salad but she wants a drink. Afterwards, Amanda gets on the phone with producer Evan Korman (Christopher McDonald) and complains about Marc’s performance. He complains back that she ripped out 200 seats to build a labyrinth and it’s cost him money in ticket sales.
Adam Winter (Eion Bailey) brings in a bouquet of flowers that someone sent to Marc, which include peacock feathers. Adam says Amanda complained about the Minotaur number, and they sing it together.
As the play goes on, Amanda and Adam talk about the performance, and Amanda is being overly critical. Marc, as Icarus, is in his rigging and approaching the prop of the sun, and the rigging breaks and he falls to his death,
Detectives Bobby Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) are called to the scene to investigate. Goren makes an adjustment in the labyrinth as he walks through it. They were called in as the rigging was sabotaged. They speak with the stage manager, and she tells them the aerial rigger, Donald Cogan, was responsible for the rigging and he checked it. The cut in the rope may have been subtle enough so as not to be obvious. Marc wanted the final check.
The detectives speak with Donald who denies that he or his team did anything wrong. He says Amanda is a perfectionist and safety is a priority. Eames mentions all the accidents that have plagued the production. He says there were kinks. Goren sees a photo of Donald with his sons and they find out Donald is divorced.
Roger Porter, the dramaturge – the director’s assistant - enters and tells the detectives that he helps Amanda shape the vision. He adds that Amanda says she will cooperate fully and he also offers his help. Goren asks where the last place Marc would have been before his performance. Roger shows him the dressing room and he says Amanda is a genius. Goren notices the flower arrangements with the peacock feathers and mentions that the peacock feathers are bad luck in the theatre, and he wonders if someone was trying to jinx Marc. Roger has no idea who sent it.
The detectives speak with Amanda who says the incident was like a terrible dream. She says they are like family as they have been working on this for two years. Goren notices that Greek mythology is a recurring theme in her work and she comments she is drawn to the classic stories and how human nature endures. He mentions the labyrinth as how Daedalus built the labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur. He complements her presentation of it on stage, and she says it represents a pilgrimage to discovery and a journey for the truth. Eames says this is their job in a nutshell.
Back at Major Case, Eames speaks with Captain Hannah (Jay O. Sanders) about the show, and he says ticket sales have doubled. They are now looking at financials and anyone with a sheet. He tells them to re-interview everyone. Eames is reading Marc’s tweets and he seemed to be very upset about the other accidents, particularly one with a cast member named Gwendolyn.
Back at the theatre, Amanda is upset over the lights in the sun and barks orders to Roger. Evan and Adam approach and Roger says he wanted to make sure they had clearance from OSHA. Evan wants them to focus on the memorial but she wants to focus on her work.
At the Erlanger Theatre Aerial Riggers Workshop, the detectives speak again with Donald and after the press him on the previous accidents and issues with his divorce and child custody, he admits that he was paid $50,000 by Evan Korman for the previous accident as he wanted a spectacular screw up. He never asked him to sabotage Marc's rig but he knew when Marc fell that Evan would cash in.
Later, in Evan’s office with his attorney, th detectives confront Evan and he calls the accusations insane. They tell him about Donald’s affidavit with the previous accident with Gwendolyn. He continues to deny any involvement. Goren continues to press saying that the accidents boost ticket sales. He says all he has is his reputation but there is not enough money in the world to shame the Korman name.
Back at Major Case, the detectives speak with Hannah who thinks the producer killing off a cast member is a little melodramatic. Goren says the DA’s office is looking into the place’s insurance agreements. Korman was in his office from 6 to 9:45 that night. They have nothing to tie Cogan to Korman. They get word that the bouquet with peacock feathers was ordered by Bryce Calder – the understudy.
The detectives speak with Bryce who said he sent the peacock feathers as a joke but said Marc probably didn’t get it because he is a moron. Goren thinks Bryce resented that Marc got the role over him. Bryce says they wanted a name. He tells them that Marc was late and when Marc showed up, he left and went to Sardi’s.
Goren and Eames speak with a server at Sardi’s who said Bryce was there that night and many from the audience came in after the show and were freaking out about what happened. Marc was bitching that he was supposed to go on that night and a critic was showing up, and that could have been Bryce in that rigging. Michael DeWitt from the Times was in Sardi’s 3 nights ago cozying up with Amanda and a waitress overhead Amanda say that a big cast change was in the works.
Goren and Eames speak with DeWitt. He tells them - off the record - Marc Landry was dreadful and getting killed was the best thing that happened to his Broadway career. He adds out of respect, he is not going to review that performance. Amanda said the show was ready and she would get a better review if Bryce was in the lead. He assumed that night Amanda was overruled on the cast change. He mentions that Adam Winter was also insecure about his transition to Broadway and he doubts Amanda could make the change without Adam on board.
The detectives speak with Adam who admits he wondered why DeWitt was in the audience. He says Amanda sees what she wants. She also wanted to replace Marc but Evan would never had let that happen. Amanda also had problems with the sound. Adam lights up a special cigarette and Goren grabs it and sniffs it, saying it is pleasant. It is clove. Adam says Amanda is on a downward spiral, she has no husband, kids, or life outside work and that night, he smelled alcohol on her breath, even though she has been in AA for 20 years. He says she is giving the eulogy for Marc this afternoon and they should watch out. After Adam leaves, Goren speculates that Amanda must have thought she would get Bryce on the stage that night and instead Marc shows up. Eames wonders if Amanda cut the rigging. Goren thinks Amanda has a lot riding on “Icarus” and Eames suggest they visit the memorial to see how heartbroken Amanda really is.
At the memorial in Times Square, Bryce and another cast member sing the song about “hubris” while Amanda mouths along. When Amanda gets up to speak, she appears drunk and emotional. Evan cuts her off and Amanda fights back, saying she was not finished. Eames says they should have sold tickets to this.
With Amanda in interrogation in Major Case, drunk, the detectives press her about Bryce. She says she doesn’t understand, and mentions the labyrinth and that someone must have given him a “clue.” She tells her attorney she has nothing to hide. Goren accuses her of staging the accident to avoid DeWitt’s review but she denies it, saying the actors are like her children. She admit that Marc didn’t listen to her as he did not trust her. The attorney stops the interview.
When Goren and Eames leave the room, Roger is there and says he is going to take Amanda home. Goren asks what put her over the edge, and he says it was the egomaniacs in the business. Goren tells him he is a very loyal assistant and Roger corrects him, saying he is the dramaturge. Roger says Marc was screwing someone and he kept it on the QT. The production was putting him up at the 4 Seasons and a month into rehearsal, Marc requested another apartment at the Premiere Club for his mother but she never showed up. Amanda comes out of the room and orders Roger to come on. As Amanda and Roger walk off, Eames asks about the comment about Marc getting a clue and Goren says he has a thought but wants to test the theory first with an old friend who teaches mythology at Columbia.
Goren speaks with Cleo Andrews (Patti Smith) who says Icarus is her favorite metaphor for failed ambition - hubris. She mentions a “clew” which is a ball of thread or yarn and Goren says it was a ball of yarn that Daedalus gave to Theseus to help him escape from the labyrinth which angered King Minos who then imprisoned Daedalus and Icarus in the same labyrinth. She asks if he is sure she needs his help, and he says he needs her help on the labyrinth he saw in Amanda’s office. It goes in a circle with one path, not difficult to navigate. Cleo adds some versions it is more of a maze or puzzle, with choices of direction. Goren said the killer thought they had no choice. Cleo says she knows whoever it is, he will find them.
At Dr. Paula Gyson’s (Julia Ormond) office, Goren is there for his session. He is talking about a dream where he thought he was in England and there were men on a bridge with him and they were wearing military uniforms and they were walking the other way. He is hoping she can tell him what it means. He tells her the water the bridge was crossing was turbulent. He thinks she will tell him it means he is at a difficult crossing and that the guys in uniform are NYPD. She says she is struck by the fact he wanted to discuss the dream today and that he wants her to know her opinion matters and she asks now who is asking questions he knows the answer to – instead of discussing what happened at the end of the last session. As he stares at her, she reminds him a week ago he walked out of the session, furious, and today she is not sure what is on his mind or why he came back. He says it is on his mind, and he apologized for losing his temper. She thanks him, and says it is fine to apologize but they should try to reconstruct what happened. He said he overreacted, and she says the something powerful came up, something important, and asks why he turned so quickly. He said they got their wires crossed. She asks if that has happened to him before, and he seems annoyed that she’s implying this never happened to her. She says he became enraged because he thought she suggested he was hitting on her. Goren says he does not know what her angle is with her, is she trying to get him to fail or to fall for her. He doesn’t know if she is trying to get her to behave crazy so she can call the NYPD. She says he does not know the rules of engagement and says they should talk about that. He says he feels anger. She replies that last week he was flooded with it, fight or flight. She asks what is underneath the anger – and he says, “More anger.” She says underneath that is fear, fear that she will betray him and humiliate him and she must be up to something more than to get him to know his own mind and that’s why he runs. She says deep down if they do this work, he is justifiable terrified of what they might discover.
Elsewhere, Amanda speaks with Evan and tells them the police think she killed Marc. He does not think she did it. She needs to know when the performance will be back up. He says they might not be, Roger comes in and apologizes, saying he gave her an Ambien and thought she would be asleep. She is upset that Evan called Roger. She walks off.
Goren and Eames are at the Premiere Club checking on Marc’s apartment. He was not there often. Goren detects a smell and Eames sees a few matchbooks. Goren finds cigarette butts from Adam Winter’s clove cigarettes,
With Adam Winter and his attorney in Major Case interrogation with Goren and Eames, the detectives question him about a possible intimate relationship with Marc. Adam denies it but Eames says they have security footage of him in the elevator kissing Marc. Goren sarcastically suggests Adam cold have been giving Marc mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Adam admits he was up to Marc's apartment to work on his performance. He said he was the peacemaker between Marc and Amanda. He says actors are people pleasers. Adam did see Marc the night he died and they shared the limo to the theatre and it must have been a new driver as he drove around the same block three times. Goren hones in on the three times and Adam says he had to yell at the guy to get him back on 10th Avenue.
The detectives speak with the driver who said the actor distracted him. He then admits that Amanda convinced him to drive Marc around in return for tickets, but then she called him and told him to get Marc to the theatre right away.
Goren and Eames go to Amanda’s and she is enraged because Evan is closing the show. She tells them they should leave. They tell her they know she told the driver to make Marc late. She says she’s thrown herself into her work to the exclusion of all else. The day before Marc died, she had it. He would not take direction and she stormed out of the theatre and drank her lunch. Roger had to pick her up. Goren mentions she changed her mind, and tell her that her assistant called to tell the limo driver to be on time. She says she did not tell him to. She tells them she needs a drink – a diet soda - and she storms off. Eames wonders if Amanda is lying or if her assistant – the dramaturge – Roger made the call, and wonders why. Goren wonders if he wanted to fix it for Amanda or for someone else in the production that had the most to lose.
Back at Major Case, Goren and Eames speak with Hannah to suggest Marc was killed to kill the show. They got the DA’s report back on the insurance and found there was a force majeure clause specifically linked to Marc Landry. In an injury or death to the lead actor, there is a full payout to all the investors, and no one would lose a dime. Two days before Marc was killed Evan was on a half hour conference call with insurance agents going over all the details. Goren said it was the only way to stop the bleeding and he had someone on the inside to do the job. When Hannah asks how they can prove it. Eames says with the help of a lot of egomaniacs with inferiority complexes.
Later, Goren suggests to Evan that Roger looks up to him and they thought if they put them in a room together that Evan can get Roger to confess. Eames enters with Roger, who says that the police said they have new evidence about Marc’s death. Goren looks at Evan and confirms that they do. Goren tells Roger they found his fingerprints on the rig. Evan says he told the police there must be a good explanation and asks if there is anything Roger wants to tell them. Roger says he may have touched the rigging at the stunt rehearsal. Eames tells him Roger did call Evan’s office several times and when Evan says he is sure Roger only meant to heart Marc, not kill him, Roger gets upset and says that is not true. Goren says they think Marc’s fall was only to injure him and sideline the production, and asks Evan if those were the instructions he have Roger, and mentions the clause in the insurance policy. Eames mentions the rider which allows the investors to recoup all their money. Goren presses Evan on the production being a disaster, a money suck catastrophe, and a career ender. Goren then brings up Evan's father and what an embarrassment that would be. Even says all production have problems, but Eames counters those are is not front page news, and that he is the laughingstock of Broadway. Evan blows it off and they turns to Roger for an explanation, and when Roger says he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to tell, Goren says Evan wants him to back his play because Evan is his boss. But Evan corrects him, saying Roger works for Amanda. Goren says that is a lie, that Roger was hired by Amanda.
Amanda appears and says that is not true. Eames tells them they doubled back with Amanda after hearing about the force majeure clause and that Evan insisted she hire Roger. Evan tells her to go to a meeting and dry out. She says she is sober. She says her choice for dramaturge was expensive and if she wanted to take out the theatre seats for the labyrinth she would have to make sacrifices so she agreed to hire Roger. Even admits that he referred Roger but if Roger killed Evan that had nothing to do with him. Goren turns to Roger and says they though he may have killed to support Amanda’s vision but now they know he did it for Evan. They googled him and show he has 6 shows credited with Evan as producer. Goren also taunts Roger that he is a Yale graduate – a dramaturge. Gore brings up the profit angle but says Roger is an artist who lives in a world of make believe, but this is real, this time someone is dead and Roger’s fear of failure got them there. Evan begins to clap for Goren’s performance, but Goren goes on to say that Evan killed to save his reputation and Roger killed because he wanted to be a producer and share a marquee with Evan. But Even scoffs at that, saying that Roger is no producer as he has no balls. Roger glares at him and then says it was Evan’s idea to stage the accident and it would be best if it just end and the investors get their money. Roger says there is no proof and says he is calling his attorney. But Roger tells him he recorded all their conversations and he has all the instructions. He wanted to make sure he got it right and yells he wanted to do a good job for him. Evan calls him a little prick and makes a move to Roger but Goren holds him off. Evan calls him a lying cheating criminal. Roger says he learned from the best. Goren asks what made the two of them think they could get away with murder, and he cuffs Evan as Eames cuffs Roger. Amanda looks on and answers Goren, saying, “Hubris.” Goren tells Evan, “Show's over “ and as Roger and Evan are taken away, we focus on the image of Icarus as we fade to black.
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