Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency S2E3 Review: Two Broken Fingers

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S2E3: Two Broken Fingers

Warning: Spoilers

It seems every episode is going to start out in the fantastical world of Windimore–but of course, the farther the show goes along, the closer we are to seeing our favorite characters end up there, I’m sure. We see a child drawing with crayons, and it quickly cuts to a burning tree. Panto’s (the pink haired kid from last episode) father, suffering from both the disappearance of his son and the burning of his lands, seeks revenge upon the other side. Panto’s sister pleads for him to follow the prophecy instead of working with the mage, but it’s too late–her father has already made a deal, and has gained some AK-47s. Don’t bring a scissor sword to a gunfight, kids. I don’t think this is going to go well for anyone.

Back in our world, everyone is still in jail. Tina, bless her weird, neurotic, drug-addled cop mind, decides that Farrah, Dirk, and Todd all need new clothing and let them borrow whatever is left around in the sheriff station. That means old 70s hippy gear for Dirk, and cop uniforms for Farrah. This episode had some great moments with Farrah, and this scene gave more insight into her need to follow rules. Wearing a cop uniform when she isn’t a cop was decidedly uncomfortable for her, and we also see that she does have feelings for Todd, but they definitely haven’t sealed the deal yet.

Everyone save Dirk is attempting to chisel the person out of the tree; our holistic detective, however, is hiding out in the back, acting incredibly cagey. I don’t know what this means exactly–him stating that the man may have been accidentally killed instead of murdered makes me think that he might know how the man died, but with this show, it’s just never so clear cut, especially only three episodes in. Any real musing on this is cut short by Bart arriving at the police station, reporting her assault.

For everyone’s safety, Sherlock puts Bart into a cell (despite everyone knowing she could get out very easily), and it’s pretty adorable how upset Bart is over Suzie attacking her. As she puts it, “I didn’t even kill her, and she attacked me for no reason.” It’s determined that Bart’s attacker was Suzie Boreton; her husband owns the local motel, which used to be owned by the dead couple they are investigating. So, well, everything is connected.

Following this lead, Todd, Dirk, and Sherlock head to the Boreton residence, only to find zombie Mr. Boreton ready to attack Dirk for simply existing. His life is saved by Todd, and again it’s great to see how far Todd will put himself out there to protect Dirk. As much as he gets frustrated with him at times, it’s clear that he would rather put himself at risk than see anything happen to his best friend.

Meanwhile, Blackwatch, now headed up by Mr. Priest in the field, is hot on Vogel and Amanda’s heels. They end up at the motel Todd is staying at; it’s a confluence of events, really. Back at headquarters, Friedkin apparently dislikes reading, but needs some new data–well, new data off some old files, ones that only Ken can break.

Which means Bart’s buddy is finally going to get out of the Taxi! I genuinely hope this means he isn’t going to turn on Bart. I know that out of all our characters, he’s the one that has the least incentive to stick with his little ‘buddy’, but I hope loyalty does genuinely mean something to him–because Bart needs him.

Back at the station house, Tina tries to determine Todd’s relationship status–even so far as thinking Todd might be with Dirk (and hey, right after Farah, I ship him with Dirk, too!). She admits she’s bisexual, and I’m glad to see an open bisexual portrayed on television–hopefully she might get a thing for Amanda or something, in the future. However, before she can get a real answer from Farah, Suzie’s kid, Scott, calls to report his hit-and-run of Panto. So being the intrepid girls that they are, Farah and Tina decide to go investigate.

While trying to sort out exactly where the hit-and-run victim went, Farah and Tina stumble upon him–and in an amazing scene, Panto attacks them with a yoyo before Farah finally takes him down.

Again, I’m always happy that they show how competent she is, despite her own insecurities; when things get tough, she reacts instinctively, and it usually saves lives.

You might be asking where Suzie is in all of this–well she’s at a bookclub with her old friends, and it isn’t going so well. Despite her protests that she used to be a ‘good person’, their evidence says otherwise. Cheating, stealing boyfriends, lying, all while being prom queen–it seems Suzie’s husband was right: she really is a bad person. As the person who had the wand originally was evil, I wonder if the wand is drawn to bad people, in general. And true to form, Suzie uses the wand on her ‘friends’ the minute they question her.

In what I think is the best scene in the episode, Todd finally confronts Dirk over being weird. Apparently it has to do with Todd having his disease; Dirk thought that everything would be great after he escaped Blackwing, but it’s simply more of the same, “and it just is, and always will be.” However, Todd tells Dirk that he has to fight the universe, and take control,and that fate doesn’t always have to be destiny.

Elijah Wood has such an ability to convey heart-felt feeling through his words, and it truly shines in his portrayal of Todd, especially in these softer moments. He manages to get Dirk to realize that things can be better–if they only work for it.

Pento is awake though, and he finally reveals the prophecy: about the boy, the man, and a lot of other things that basically describe our favorite characters. However, he only knows one name–and that name is important–Dirk Gently. Dirk, of course, is both flattered and confused that this man knows his name…but Bart just wants to know if Panto knows Ken. Bless.  

After realizing that she left her son’s phone with her dead boss’s body, Suzie heads back to the quarry, only to find the man in the white suit there. He attempts to get his wand back, but in the end lets Suzie escape, with the wand. I suppose he sees a fellow bad guy–someone he can use in the future. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the mage from the other world though.

…and how are Amanda and Vogel doing? Not well. Blackwing has the old Rowdy 3 van, and attempts to lure Vogel out of the motel with it; Amanda is able to stop him from going, but it’s clear she’s lost. She knows she’s supposed to be here, but something that should happen…hasn’t happened yet. I genuinely enjoy the dynamic between them, but watching Amanda struggle is heartbreaking. Despite Friedkin’s insistence that they be taken alive, Mr. Priest starts to shoot up the room, forcing them back into the bathroom, where Amanda starts screaming for something to happen.

And… something does. Water starts spraying everywhere, and by the time Mr. Priest enters the bathroom, they are gone. If it’s Mona’s doing, or some strange portal to Windimore, we’ll have to wait until next week to find out. I’m betting on the latter: Vogel just might be the boy, and getting two characters into the weird fantasy world is another step forward into things connecting together.

 

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