In the Dark Season 1, Episode 8 recap: Who is Tyson’s second killer?

In The Dark -- "Jessica Rabbit" -- Pictured (L-R): Casey Diedrick as Max and Perry Mattfeld as Murphy -- Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
In The Dark -- "Jessica Rabbit" -- Pictured (L-R): Casey Diedrick as Max and Perry Mattfeld as Murphy -- Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Murphy tries out domesticity with Max and Jess gets pulled into police questioning on In the Dark. Plus, news about Tyson’s second killer gets out.

Tyson’s cased closing gives Murphy a sense of peace on the new episode of In the Dark. Unfortunately, that peace is short-lived when Dean, and then Jess, discover the truth about Tyson’s death. There were two killers involved. She has to decide whether or not to inform Murphy of this news now that she is finally starting to get over his death.

Murphy tries the domestic life

With Tyson’s murder supposedly wrapped up, Murphy makes a concentrated effort to move on and embrace being a “normal” couple with Max. She makes herself at home in his apartment, and the two even go shopping for furniture together.

Max breaks out every romantic gesture in the book to put Murphy at ease. He tells her, “I love you,” and more shocking than that, Murphy says it back. But I’m not entirely convinced she does love him.

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By episode’s end, Max is ready to enjoy a quiet dinner in with Murphy, but she has other plans. With news out about Tyson’s second killer, Murphy is back in the sleuthing business. Max isn’t happy about it.

To be fair, Murphy has never pretended to be inclined to this domestic lifestyle. She tells Max that it’s not for her, she tried. I have a hard time getting on board the Max/Murphy relationship because I don’t think Max loves Murphy so much as he loves the idea of what Murphy could be.

She’s never going to be the girl-next-door type he desperately wants. It’s a little obvious she may not be as invested as him, especially as she winds up blowing off their dinner to spend an evening watching movies with Dean and Chloe.

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In The Dark — “Jessica Rabbit” — Pictured (L-R): Brooke Markham as Jess and Perry Mattfeld as Murphy — Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Jess takes a page out of Murphy’s book

I was pretty disappointed with the turn Jess’s storyline took this week. She was under quite a bit of pressure as the detectives working Tyson’s case called her in to question her about Wes’s death.

Her stress leads, involuntarily, to a fight with Vanessa. Jess began having doubts about their relationship and wound up cheating on her with a girl she met at the bar. For now, Jess decides to lie to Vanessa, taking advice from Murphy, of all people. The couple has patched things up by episode’s end, but I doubt the secret will stay that way for long.

As for her questioning, she’s coached on lying techniques by Murphy, Max, and Darnell. Jess manages to convince the cops she knows nothing about Wes or how he died. In the process, Dean lets it slip they’re searching for a second killer, hence why they’re questioning her in the first place. Jess feels she owes it to Murphy to tell her that and thus the search for Tyson’s murderer continues.

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Felix takes the reigns

Murphy’s mother is reluctant to hand over the company to Felix, but he convinces her of his passion for it by episode’s end. She was scared of letting someone else take charge that doesn’t love it as much as she does. Except anyone with eyes can see how much Felix genuinely cares about Guiding Hope.

He’s even going to attempt the impossible, forcing Murphy to actually do her job, beginning with taking away her nap bench! Felix is also in possession of Wes’s watch, the one thing left behind in the trunk of Jess’s car, and potentially their one lead to the second killer. I’m guessing they’re going to need to get that back in next week’s episode. Will Felix get looped into the mystery?

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Odds & Ends

  • I’m personally offended that Murphy called Mamma Mia 2 and Bring It On garbage.

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