‘Hannibal’ Season 3, Episode 5 ‘Contorno’ Recap: Lecter VS Jack

The latest episode of Hannibal was even crazier than we expected.

We were promised an insane fight in “Contorno,” and we got one. Seriously, has Jack (Laurence Fishburne) been hitting the gym multiple times a day? Training with ninjas? Whatever he’s been up to, it paid off — he got even closer to killing Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) than he did in the Season 2 finale, and I really think it’s dumb luck that Hannibal managed to slither away once again. What if Pazzi’s (Fortunato Cerlino) body hadn’t been there? (Of course, it was smart on Hannibal’s part to crawl over to the window, knowing that he could grab the corpse and use it to drop down to the ground, but still — we’ve got to give credit where credit is due, and it’s due to Jack.)

And, of course, I can’t help but think having to say his final farewell to Bella (Gina Torres) added some fuel to Jack’s fire — especially since Hannibal insisted on trying to psyche out Jack by bringing up his newly deceased wife.

While we knew about the fight — and Pazzi’s death moments prior — this episode was full of plenty of surprises. There’s the fact that Mason’s (Joe Anderson) off-colored oral sex joke made it past NBC’s censors. There was the return of the ravenstag, which was prompted by perhaps the biggest surprise of the episode: Chiyoh (Tao Okamoto) pushing Will (Hugh Dancy) off their train.

Why does she want Will out of the picture? Does she not trust him to do what needs to be done? It seems like she wants Hannibal dead, and she (probably rightfully) assumes Will won’t do it.

Once Will comes to, he realizes his stag — who I thought for a second was a dog, because all dogs love Will Graham — is back and starts to follow it along the tracks.

Back in the States, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) and Mason have been plotting up a storm. Watching Alana teach “Shopping for Hannibal: 101” was great, and while she and Mason agreed that Hannibal has superb taste, he just had to go and spoil the camaraderie by reminding her of her intimate relationship with Hannibal in the crudest way imaginable.

Mason and Alana now know Hannibal’s in Italy, and lucky for them Pazzi is ready to turn over the good doctor (or so he thinks). Alana seems surprised that Pazzi is fine with the fact that he’ll be sending Hannibal to hours of torture and ultimate death (again, or so he thinks), but still takes the time to try to warn the Inspector to abort the plan.

She’s too late, of course — at least she gets to have a chat with Hannibal, who seems happy to catch up with her, however briefly. (Fans of the Hannibal novel and film adaptation will know this was a conversation Hannibal originally had with Clarice Starling.)

Did you like the episode? Let us know  your thoughts on “Contorno” in the comments!