Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 6 Recap – who is Gideon’s ghost?

By Adam Lock
Published: September 5, 2023 (Last updated: March 20, 2024)
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Hulu series Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 6 Recap


“Ghost Light” leans into the horror-comedy genre, creating a playful atmosphere and some humorous setups along the way. The three main subplots aren’t as memorable this time around, though, but the episode ends with a powerful, dramatic finale.

We recap the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 6, “Ghost Light,” which contains spoilers.

There is a murderous ghost on the loose in the latest installment of Only Murders in the Building. Well, maybe not a ghost, but a man pretending to be a ghost, at least. “Ghost Light” brings a dash of horror to the Hulu original series as the podcasters investigate clues back at the haunted theater.

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 6 Recap

The episode begins with Howard narrating about Goosebury Theater and the actors that have died on stage in the theater’s prestigious history. He believes that the ghost of the actor Gideon Goosebury still haunts the theater to this day.

Howard explains how he performed a ritual sweep of the stage every night to banish the curse of this ghost. But he was unable to perform the ritual on the play’s opening night. Because of this, he blames himself for Ben’s death. The trio asks why he is only just mentioning this now.

Well, Howard believes he has just seen the ghost of Gideon roaming the theater. He thinks the ghost is after its next victim.

During this recap from Howard, Tobert enters the room. Charles and Oliver are surprised to see that Mabel and Tobert are now an item. Charles objects to Howard’s warning, stating that ghosts aren’t real. Although Tobert believes he has seen one before.

Tobert and Mabel discuss the possible identity of this ghost. They think it could be Doctor C. Oliver and Charles are then updated on Mabel and Tobert’s solo mission. They were suspicious of Jonathan and had been following his movements closely.

The older gents are upset to hear of Mabel’s solo efforts. Charles then tells the gang that Joy has left him. The gang is finally opening up to each other, but Oliver won’t bring up his suspicions about Loretta. He’s in love with the actress and can’t accept that she could be the killer.

What happens at the theater?

They decide to head to the theater to investigate Howard’s claims further. At the theater, eerie events take the gang by surprise. The onstage ghost light cuts out, and two sandbags fall from great heights, almost killing Charles on two separate occasions.

After this brush with death, they pay stage manager KT a visit. KT and Howard go to perform a safety check while the podcasters are left alone to snoop around the theater.

Mabel finds a sign-in sheet. She proposes that they check the staff and cast’s handwriting to see if anyone matches the threat they found on Ben’s dressing room mirror.

Of course, Oliver doesn’t want Mabel to figure out that it is Loretta who wrote the message, so he takes the sign-in sheet for himself. He compares the handwriting from Loretta’s book with the mirror message, and it looks like a certified match. Oliver then hears a strange sound and goes to investigate further.

At the same time, Charles finds himself in the props room. His pet fish’s container is leaking, so he places them in the toilet’s water. The actor is then comically locked inside this room, unable to escape.

During this rather strange detour, Charles accidentally flushes the fish away and sets off a theater fog machine.

Who is Gideon’s ghost?

Oliver’s sleuthing leads him into the upper levels of the theater, where he finds Jerry, an old friend of his. This man is secretly living in the theater. Jerry admits that he was playing Gideon’s ghost. He pretended to be the ghost to keep people away from the theater. Jerry dropped the sandbags for added dramatic effect.

After this confession, Oliver admits that he has fallen in love with Loretta. Jerry knows all about Loretta, having spent his time hiding in the theater. He calls her violent and then recounts the opening night fight that took place.

Oliver wasn’t aware of any of this. He still can’t believe that Loretta could be the killer.

Charles finally escapes the props room and is met by Mabel and Tobert. They had bumped into Jonathan only moments earlier and questioned him about his pills. He was on the same cocktail of meds that Ben was. Jonathan admitted that he was under immense pressure from playing the lead role and was using Doctor C’s medicine to counteract his anxiety.

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 6 Ending Explained

The episode ends with the trio being reunited. Oliver wants to destroy the mirror message evidence to protect Loretta. Mabel and Charles try to stop him. Oliver brings up the fight on opening night, where Charles punches Ben. It seems they all have their own secrets.

Charles and Oliver argue about these lies and get rather personal. Charles then quits the play. Mabel states that she was offered a job by Cinda. She now sees that Cinda is right.

She doesn’t need Oliver or Charles to solve this case. Mabel announces that she will be solving this mystery on her own. The trio part ways.

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