This week, Will Graham traded his straightjacket for a pair of sassy pants, Hannibal threw a dinner party, Jack and Dr. Chilton became a little more friendly, and Alana and Hannibal became a lot more friendly… spoilers after the jump. Trigger warnings for: people-killing, people-cooking, people-eating, gaslighting, psychological manipulation, people sewn into trees, and unfortunately, an incidence of self-cannibalism.
To open the episode this week, the Token Hannibal Classical Music was kicked up a notch with Dr. Lecter himself playing harpsichord, with awesome slow-mo footage of the instrument’s mechanisms. Probably not the most important part of the episode, but to a music geek like myself, it was awesome.
At the asylum, Sassy Will is sassy, and he all but says “Jack, Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper, obviously.” Meanwhile, Alana and Hannibal are preparing food and chatting, and he says he’s composing some music to help him recover from almost being murdered. She asks if he wrote it on the harpsichord or theremin. Theremin?! Hannibal has a theremin?! Why have we not seen it yet! There better be a scene with him playing the theremin at some point. However, what we see next is Hannibal rolling through his Rolodex of rude people so he can get some more meat for his upcoming party.
Ridiculous Display of the Week: Man in Tree whose organs have been replaced with poisonous flowers to show he was a “toxic” man. Jack wants Hannibal to consult on the case, but Hannibal says after almost being killed, he has to step back from consulting on cases due to all the trauma, kind of paralleling what Will Graham himself will eventually do in the novels. When Hannibal mentions he’s gonna throw a dinner party, Jack gives him a suspicious look.
Gideon and Will talk through the walls of their cells at the asylum. (I only recently realized that Gideon is played by Eddie Izzard/only recently watched some of Eddie Izzard’s stand-up comedy. I can’t even comprehend that they’re the same person.) Will continues his new role as murderous mastermind, saying “Hannibal Lecter deserves to die” (can’t say I disagree with that). But he clarifies that he doesn’t actually want Gideon to kill Lecter, he wants him to testify about Hannibal being the Chesapeake Ripper. Chilton, who’s been listening in on all the conversations, talks to Jack; he voices his own suspicions that Hannibal may in fact be the Ripper.
Then there’s a weird part where Will starts sprouting antlers or branches (it looks almost more thorny than horny; it’s very hard to tell). This has happened in another episode or two this season, and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to signify that he is becoming like Hannibal as he becomes darker or if it’s just his Spidey-sense tingling in response to Hannibal. Anyway, Hannibal tries to talk to Will, who continues his sassy streak. They do an awkward side-stepping pas de deux in which they stop just short of saying, “Yeah, we both know you’re the Chesapeake Ripper and killed Beverly.” Chilton brings Gideon out to be questioned by Jack. Gideon denies having been to Hannibal’s house, a truth he was talking with Will about earlier. Instead, he implies that Chilton fed him that information in an effort to support Will’s theory that Hannibal is the Ripper. He even implies that Chilton was behind Hannibal’s attempted murder at the hands of the orderly (nurse? Gideon uses the word nurse) last episode. So much manipulative lying going on, you guys. As he’s led back to his cell, Gideon goads the security guards about the nurse he murdered, prompting them to throw him over the stairwell. Don’t worry, he doesn’t die, though he’s gonna wish he had.
What can we do to take our minds off of all this? Let’s go to a fancy dinner party! Hannibal throws the swankiest dinner parties, and there’s servers in white tuxedo jackets and a string quartet and an enormous amount of unintentional cannibalism going on. Jack shows up and has a buddy moment with Chilton, both still heavily suspecting Hannibal. Jack does what we’ve all been waiting for since last week’s promo: he asks for some Hannibal food to-go. Hannibal consents, but he does not look pleased about this. Jack takes the food back to the lab to be tested. What/who are they gonna find?!
Back at Chez Hannibal, the party is wrapping up, the servers are clearing things away, and Alana is playing “Chopsticks” at the harpsichord. D’awww. Then they start making eyes and flirting hardcore with each other. This is the very opposite of d’awww. They say how they just want to walk away from it all. Then she leans over and kisses him. Alana, stahp! Nope, next they sleep together. Ugh! I reviewed Teen Wolf’s episode “Echo House” a few weeks ago; apparently I am doomed to recap sexual encounters I do not agree with. Anyway, post-coitus, Hannibal leaves the sleeping Alana in bed to pay a visit to Gideon.
Cut to: a guard’s disemboweled body suspended over Gideon’s bed, hung up with fishing wire. Missing: one Abel Gideon. Jack shows up at Hannibal’s house to question him about Gideon’s disappearance. Luckily, Hannibal has someone to vouch for his whereabouts last night—Alana Bloom, who strolls into the room just then in the classic morning after attire of nothing but a white button down shirt. A sex alibi is the best alibi!
But Gideon is apparently in the house somewhere, because next we see Hannibal feeding him. Oh, Hannibal was also kind enough to amputate one of Gideon’s legs. Oh God, he is feeding him his own leg! “Do you intend me to be my own last supper?” Gideon asks. Ewwww, I cannot handle this. He asks to decline the meal, but Hannibal insists. Cannibalism is terrifying always, but forced auto-cannibalism takes it to a whole other level. This scene really, really bothered me.
In the last scenes of the episode, our resident forensics specialists give us the results of their tests: they found no people in the food that Jack brought from the dinner party. However, they did find a clue from the latest Ripper victim that leads Jack to the Ripper’s workshop, where he makes a startling discovery: Miriam Lass, alive, though missing most of an arm, being held captive in a pit in the ground reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs. Let’s discuss.
“Futamono” certainly kept up with the new, quicker pace of the past few episodes, something I really like. The action, tension, and stakes are all very high and I find myself actually eagerly looking forward to the next episodes, instead of feeling like it’s an obligation to keep watching. My main unresolved question of the week was: what happened to the orderly from last episode? I feel like he still had a lot of story left in him; did Jack’s shot kill him or just injure him? Answer me, Bryan Fuller! Looking ahead to next week, the trailer showed Will being set free and going after Hannibal with a gun. The season’s only about half over, it seems too soon for that! And to be frank, I’m more interested in Miriam Lass and what role she is going to play in the upcoming episodes. Her reappearance certainly seems like a game-changer to me.
Lastly, the hookup. I feel like this was controversial and may provoke lots of discussion, but basically I wind it down to this: Alana is a grown woman who can make her own choices about sex. After the deed, they actually even talked a little bit about motivation (I guess that’s what happens when two psychiatrists do it), and about how they wanted some closeness because they are grieving due to the fact that Will has essentially died to them as a friend. She made the first move and all, which is great and empowering, but any kind of intimacy with Hannibal seems at least a little manipulative to me; I am just always unsure of his true intentions and motivations. It’s also frustrating to the see the female lead of a show largely defined by her relationships to the two male leads. Sigh. Well, that’s it for today, Fannibals. Leave me any thoughts, comments, and theories down below. Until next week!
Trippy, psychedelic time-lapse flower blooming scenes: one
The food was not people: one
Harpsichord playing scenes: three