Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 8 recap – “Hello, Darkness”

August 9, 2022
Adam Lock 0
Hulu, Streaming Service, Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

Working almost as a bottle episode, “Hello, Darkness” is light on theatrics and mystery. The show continues to entertain, saving its biggest twist for the final scene.

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3.5

Summary

Working almost as a bottle episode, “Hello, Darkness” is light on theatrics and mystery. The show continues to entertain, saving its biggest twist for the final scene.

This recap of the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 8, ”Hello, Darkness,” contains spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous episode.

With the city’s blackout in full swing, our podcast trio are tasked with saving teenager Lucy from the suspected killer, but they can’t rely on their dear old friend electricity to help out this time around and must shuffle to her rescue in the darkness. Meanwhile the other Arconia guests go about their business in the pitch black and new suspects enter the fray.

Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 8 recap

“Hello, Darkness” opens with the podcast’s number one fans debating their own intricate theories in the café, as they contemplate ditching the trio’s podcast for good. Super fan Marv believes the killer could be the Sixth Avenue Slasher and he heads over to the podcaster’s table to tell them all about his theory, but the blackout kicks in just before he can chat with his idols. They’re in a dire situation themselves, after Lucy’s phone call cut out in last week’s finale, there’s now no way for them to contact Lucy, who could be in danger. And Oliver desperately needs to know his DNA results, which are waiting for him in his inbox.

As the trio head back to their infamous building, other guests panic in the dark as well. Nina is trapped alone with her screaming baby and asks doorman Lester to bring her a heavy package up all those flights of stairs. And Howard considers asking a man out on a date, while the trio climb the never-ending staircase to Charles’ apartment. On this exhausting trip, Oliver continually stresses over the DNA results and complains about carrying a large carrier bag containing his favorite dips, which he eventually lets go of. The theatrical performer practically needs dragging up the last few flights of stairs, even with Lucy in imminent danger.

Meanwhile, teenager Lucy waits in Charles’ flat in complete darkness. She hears someone at the door and calls out Charles’ name. There’s no response and then the killer breaks into the apartment. Lucy bolts for the hidden passageways and is chased by the masked killer. The trio aren’t far behind and make their way into the hidden corridors too. Mabel, Charles and Oliver find themselves lost within this labyrinth and accept they might be metaphorically lost in their own case as well as been physically stuck in the present predicament. Lucy turns up in the nick of time to end this sulking and admits to seeing the same deadly foe the night of Bunny’s death. The foursome are then chased by an individual once more and frantically descend the staircase.

The ending

While this mayhem transpires, Howard has an impromptu date with his love interest, where they discuss their jobs and hobbies by candle light. They seem perfectly matched, but he has to leave early due to cat allergies. Nina chats with Lester about Bunny, the murderer and her construction plans.  The doorman fights to try and keep his job, pleading with the Board president.

Mabel swipes Oliver’s bag of dips and launches it at the killer, knocking them clean off their feet. The lights come back on in this exact moment and reveal the man to be none other than Marv, the super fan. He explains how he was trying to protect Lucy and inadvertently scared off the killer with his flashlight in the process. Oliver offers him an interview on the podcast as a thank you and Marv beams with excitement.

The gang of misfits make their way back to the foyer, where Detective Kreps (Michael Rapaport) waits for them, joking about finding himself in the area by coincidence. He questions Lucy and then corners Mabel. She wonders why he hasn’t arrested her yet and then spies red glitter on the detective’s neck. Could he be the killer or is this just another red herring from the writing team?

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