The closer Clarice gets to the truth, the closer she gets to danger, and if ViCAP’s intuition is correct, this danger knocks on her door… literally!
With lawyer Joe Hudlin now dead in organized suicide, could Alastor Pharmaceuticals CEO Nils Hagen really get away with it? Here’s what we know from the top of Thursday’s finale: Hagen hired a hitman to murder three women who suffered devastating side effects after participating in a clinical trial for a migraine drug. They would come forward and speak out until their lives were tragically cut short. But as we now know, there is much more to the story, and no one can be trusted. Here’s what happened at the end of the Silence of the Lambs sequel season.
ViCAP believes Tyson is treating women for his father, and as we saw last week, Tyson was knocking on Clarice’s door to chat. Clarice tells her that she thought her father “hung the moon”, but in reality, he was a criminal. “I built my life on him,” she said, fighting back tears. “Now I think I have to choose who I’m going to be for myself.”
The two bond over their dysfunctional fathers until Clarice receives a page: “TYSON = SUSPECT.” (Does anyone else sometimes forget it’s 1993? Just me? Let’s move on.) She runs away, but when she opens the door, two beefy men are waiting for her. She is fighting a hell of a fight … that is, until the duct tape comes out.
Ardelia and Tripathi arrive at the apartment to find Rebecca Clarke-Sharman’s business card and Clarice’s broken necklace on the floor. Ardelia knows by the only collar that her friend is in serious trouble.
Clarice is brought to a dark warehouse where she is locked in a cage. Beside her are other trapped women, probably the ones Ty trafficked for Hagen. A woman, a medical student, confirms that the old jerk makes them pregnant, but none of the babies lived, and neither did the women. She says she thinks Hagen has a genetic condition. He has a miracle son and he wants another. “And then… the machine,” she says, as we watch a henchman douse blood from a crusher. Gross.
Esquivel shakes up a contact at a security firm for Hagen’s location (an animal research facility), and as he’s working his (highly illegal) magic, Clarice comes face to face with Hagen. And daddy wants Tyson to kill her to prove his loyalty.
Meanwhile, ViCAP arrives at and surrounds the site, just as Congressman Gant steps up the pressure on AG Ruth Martin. She suspects that Gant has taken Hagen’s campaign money in the past, and after confirming that Krendler has a probable cause, Martin gives the ViCAP team the go-ahead to raid the complex.
ViCAP forces their way inside, but Hagen doesn’t want to leave “his children” – dead fetuses and human tissue he collects in jars. Clarice tells Tyson that her mother was one of those women, and Hagen killed her just like he killed the others. – He also puts you in a little jar, Ty. Poisoned, twisted, you are practically her twin, ”she blurted out. And with that, Tyson aims at his father and shoots. The man’s body smashes all the glass shelves and jars as he collapses to the floor.
Krendler and Ardelia help the women escape the building, but Krendler takes a bullet in the process. Back inside, Ty tells Clarice he has two more balls. “Is there a chance… for me?” ” he asks. It depends on whether he can live with the burden he has to carry from now on. Kidnapping, serial murder, rape. “Can you live with this? ” she asks. The answer is a categorical no and Tyson commits suicide.
Meanwhile, Martin takes the podium to address the press, saying other accomplices are still there, referring to lawmakers who took money from Alaster’s campaign and conspired to hinder the investigation. A special prosecutor will be hired to investigate said members of Congress, starting with Gant and (gasp!) Herself.
Clarice visits Catherine and, there, she remembers that her mother sent her out of her home when she was 10 years old. “I’ve been mad at her for so long… she was just trying to protect me,” she said, collapsing. She then visits Krendler in the hospital to update him and ask him to return to work. He says he’s letting her out for a mandatory two-week break.
Ardelia has Clarice’s necklace repaired, although she has added a pearl to it. “Our pearl,” she said. Without the collar, Ardelia says she wouldn’t have known her roommate was in trouble. “We can’t pretend that the bad things that happened to us didn’t happen,” she says. With that, Clarice jumps in her car and goes to visit her mother… well.
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