Truth Be Told Recap: Crossing Hazardous Lines

By Daniel Hart
Published: December 6, 2019 (Last updated: December 4, 2023)
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Truth Be Told Season 1, Episode 3 - Even Salt Looks Like Sugar


Truth Be Told Season 1, Episode 3, “Even Salt Looks Like Sugar” digs deeper into Warren’s father as a potential motive becomes clearer.

This recap of Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told Season 1, Episode 3, “Even Salt Looks Like Sugar” contains significant spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Episode 3 begins with Warren (Aaron Paul) bleeding out after the knife attack. Meanwhile, Poppy talks about Owen Cave on the podcast and how he is the main factor in the prosecution of his son. She asks the question, “was Warren sacrificed for the sins of his father?”.

Soon after the attack on Warren, Poppy tries to visit him in prison. She learns she does not have the clearance to visit him and finds out that he was knifed. In prison hospital, Warren is asked if he wants protective custody — he rejects the offer, putting his life at risk. Poppy asks Ingram how she could get access to Warren again, and despite his hesitation to help, his colleague gives her some advice.

Poppy goes to meet Jerbic at a suspiciously all-white bar called the Red Saints. She uses her father as leverage and asks him to find a way to get a message to Warren. Now in communication via phone, Poppy asks Warren if she knew about his mother’s affair with Chuck Buhrman and he admits he did know, but also that his father Owen knew too. Poppy approaches Melanie about the affair.

The plot continues to thicken.

Lanie’s mother Erin surfaces out of nowhere and Lanie wonders why she has turned up. Erin wants everything back that her sister Susan took from her following from her death. Erin and Lanie have a toxic mother-daughter relationship. Unfortunately, Josie is the executor of Susan’s will.

The pressure is on Poppy after she went to the Red Saints bar. Her father asks why she went to the bar and traded his name with Jerbic. He gives her a warning to the business she is dealing with. Ingram then has a full-blown argument with Poppy about dealing with a white man that claims to be a Nazi. He’s understandably worried about his wife’s safety.

Poppy confronts Owen and plays the tape recording of her son opening up about the affair. Poppy asks Owen if he will come on the podcast. He tells her she is crossing hazardous lines. Sounded more like a threat.

The police raid Poppy’s father’s bar due to it not meeting standards and arrests one of Poppy’s sisters who was arguing. The police ask where Poppy is. Poppy and Ingram help bail her sister who has been removed from her wig and makeup. She felt unnecessarily violated. Poppy’s father blames the situation all on Poppy and grabs her by the neck. Ingram separates them and takes Poppy home.

Truth Be Told Season 1, Episode 3, “Even Salt Looks Like Sugar” ends with Poppy recording a new podcast and explains why she identifies with Warren. She wonders, like Warren, if she has been sacrificed for a higher good or someone else’s ambition.

Additional Evidence

  • Marcus asks Poppy why she keeps pursuing the case at a dodgy bar.
  • Marcus rings Poppy and says that Owen’s alibi is fishy. There’s time unaccounted for.
  • Lenia asks Susan’s attorney to give Josie a package. She follows his car and hugs her sister Josie but she shuts the door on her.

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