Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 3 recap – “The Last Day of Bunny Folger”

July 5, 2022
Adam Lock 0
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3.5

Summary

A welcomed return to form, this episode focuses on Bunny’s last day, releasing small clues and providing fresh new suspects. The murder investigation continues.

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3.5

Summary

A welcomed return to form, this episode focuses on Bunny’s last day, releasing small clues and providing fresh new suspects. The murder investigation continues.

This recap of the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 3, “The Last Day of Bunny Folger,” contains spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous episode.

Just like the episode title suggests, this chapter focuses on that all-important final day in the life of Board President Bunny Folger. The trio of amateur sleuths try to recreate her final day, with the show displaying the events from her last twenty four hours for all to see. It’s a clever setup that allows for the gang to think out loud, whilst we’re given first-hand access to her movements and motives. But don’t expect the killer to be revealed any time soon.

Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 3 recap

After the ridiculous ending to episode two, the third instalment, “The Last Day of Bunny Folger” continues with that chatty bird once again stealing the limelight. Oliver interviews the talking pet, asking questions about the killer. Obviously they don’t get anywhere and Charles changes the subject, discussing the possibility that Bunny was his half-sister, an awful woman who he even drunkenly kissed on one regretful occasion. They recap the information they have on the case to date, mentioning: a missing knife, the knitting needle, the last words Bunny said, some threatening notes about giving up the painting, which is now clearly a fake, and finally some receipts. They don’t seem to be making much headway and decide to recreate her last day in the hopes of concocting a fresh perspective.

The scene cuts to Bunny waking in bed and going about her daily routine. This may be her final day on earth, but it is also her last as the Board President at the Arconia. She gets emotional practicing her speech and appears unsure whether quitting is actually the right decision. Bunny bumps into the trio throughout her day as she completes her daily chores. She shops, then eats at a local café. Here Bunny tips the waiter a rather large sum of money, clearly an acquaintance that she has grown fond of over the years.

Back at the building and she meets with Nina, the pregnant lady who is replacing her as Board President. They seem to be a perfect match, both sticklers for the rules and eager to punish any wrongdoers. Bunny mentions moving to Florida and catching some rays. Uma comments that she might use her spare key and break into Bunny’s apartment while she’s away to try on her furs. In actuality, Uma doesn’t waste much time in breaking in after her death, although she’s after the million dollar painting not some vulgar coats.

Bunny meets Charles and Mabel in the lift, which dramatically breaks down midway. She manages to fix it and saves the day. Charles says he doesn’t know what they’d do without her and she realizes in that moment that she hates the heat, changing her mind about the vacation. Back at her flat and the committee throw her a surprise party, where she changes her mind again. She uses the party as an excuse to host another impromptu meeting and quickly goes back on her word. Bunny announces that she won’t be stepping down. This infuriates Nina and they get into a verbal altercation, where both get nasty. Nina wants to modernize the building, calling Bunny a relic, feeding into the idea that maybe Nina is now the prime suspect in the murder case. Although Bunny remarks that it is a tricky job and she doesn’t trust Nina to succeed. Howard comically writes this all down in the notes.

The ending

The trio read through the minutes of the meeting in the present timeline, where they put Nina as their main suspect. Her photo is now on the infamous chalk board. Then we revert back to Bunny’s final day and she surprisingly congratulates the trio, gifting them some booze. They return the favor, passing her a pink hoodie (podcast merchandise). She actually thanks them, in a vulnerable moment, and then they shut the door in her face — ouch. We’re to presume that Bunny wanted to be invited in and sobs on the other side of the door. When they finally let her in, she’s gone. Charles narrates a rather sad statement: they didn’t kill her, but they could have saved her life that night with one act of kindness. It’s a fitting notion, and then Bunny is killed by an unknown silhouette.

Episode three returns the series to its standard quality. The new, secondary characters are thankfully side-lined and we can focus more on the integral murder case instead, which is by far the most intriguing aspect of season two. The writers were never going to reveal the killer so early on, but they release a few morsels of information. Bunny was meeting with an unsavory character at the café and was getting nuisance phone calls about the painting too. Her death is entwined with this painting and Nina has to be just a red herring to deflect from the real murderer, right?

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