‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: “Mukozuke”

By March 29, 2014

Another course of NBC’s “Hannibal” has been served. Before I continue, it must be stated that an earthquake hit the Southern California area last night, which means NBC opted to have news coverage as opposed to play the newest episode of Bryan Fuller’s awesome show. So, if you wish to know why my recap is a little late, blame those damn tectonic plates. No, better yet…blame NBC!


And as always, you can catch up on my previous spoiler ridden recaps here.

OK, moving back to that spoiler I mentioned. Last night we lost an integral character from the show. The majority of the episode is spent grieving this loss while trying to find answers. Unfortunately, I saw the trending hashtag on Twitter before I was able to catch the episode in its entirety: #RIPBev


Episode 5 (“Mukosuke”) opens with Hannibal happily cooking breakfast. After the end of last week’s episode, it looks like Beverly Katz may indeed be a part of his morning protein. There’s intercut shots of his breakfast and the slop Will Graham is served in the prison. When we cut back to Dr. Lecter, we see he has a guest for breakfast: Jack Crawford. Hannibal proceeds to console Jack over what went down at the hospital the night before and Crawford refers to him as a “great friend.” Oh man, the foreshadowing is killing me!

As I have already mentioned, Dr. Beverly Katz is no more. She got too close and discovered Hannibal Lecter’s true identity and her life was lost because of it. We find journalist Freddie Lounds back at the observatory we saw a bunch of in season 1. There on an anonymous tip, she discovers Beverly’s body…or what’s left of it. Soon Jack arrives and we see what he sees – Beverly’s body sliced lengthwise and separated in slivers, standing upright and on display as some gruesome and grotesque art exhibit.


It’s left to Crawford to inform his team (Katz’ colleagues) and none of them take it well. The next order of business it to go to the prison with Alana Bloom and tell Will Graham the news. Of course he blames himself for how the events went down. He immediately asks to see her. Graham then gets bound in straight jacket and mask, reminiscent of the restraining gear we see Dr. Hannibal Lecter wearing in Silence Of The Lambs. I absolutely love these callbacks to the film!

Once in the observatory, Jack clears the room so he and Will are alone. This is when he slowly and methodically undoes Graham’s restraints. The actions here start to show us that maybe Crawford is realizing there’s more going on here and Will may actually be innocent.

Will takes in the scene and closes his eyes to do his mental gift thing, but he has issues. He can’t concentrate. Not until we see Dr Beverly Katz standing next to him.

Interpret the evidence.

The words have been spoken before. He closes his eyes and listens to his mind. What we find out is that after Beverly found Lecter in his basement of horrors, he choked the life out of her, then froze and cut her body precisely into these slivers on display before him.

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Upon Jack’s return, Will informs him that Beverly did indeed figure out who The Chesapeake Ripper is. Thanks to her, he has now figured out that the copycat killer and the Ripper are the same killer wearing two different masks. Crawford requests assistance in helping him see what he sees. Will knows Jack won’t believe his answer so he just gives him this:

Beverly made her connection to the ripper. You have to make your own, Jack.

After Jack tells them they shouldn’t be working on this case, both Price and Zeller disagree. They examine Beverly’s remains and discover the kidneys in her body belong to James Gray aka the Mural Killer. Well, where the hell are Dr. Beverly Katz’s kidneys?

On Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s dinner menu, of course! We’ve seen him prepare human legs, a human liver and other atrocities but this one is tough because we were invested in Beverly Katz’s character! So when he slices into the kidney, puts it through a meat grinder and then adds it to his evening meal, it makes it all the more disturbing. And that smile on his face. THAT SMILE!

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Dr. Chilton pays Graham a visit. He inquires about Beverly Katz and what was discussed between the two before she died. Every room is monitored in the hospital it seems, except the one where Graham and Katz had these discussions. Interesting.

Will tells him about their Chesapeake Ripper conversations and then turns the tables on Dr. Chilton. He tells him it’s a shame he can’t talk to Abel Gideon (the pretend Ripper). If only he was in the hospital there, then maybe Chilton would be able to catch the real Chesapeake Ripper himself. Graham is playing a wicked game (cue Chris Isaak music).

One of the highlights of “Hannibal” for me are the guest stars, and this episode brings us more of Eddie Izzard as Abel Gideon. His performance also reminds me of Anthony Hopkins’ Lecter, yet a bit more gritty. Chilton transfers Gideon to the prison and stations him in a cell right next to Graham’s. Will and Abel talk, and Graham tells him he knows who the real Ripper is and that he remembers everything about that night he had him at gunpoint in Hannibal Lecter’s home.

Gideon’s response?

He is the devil, Mr. Graham. He is smoke. You’ll never catch the Ripper. He won’t be caught. If you want him, you will have to kill him.

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Dr. Chilton and Dr. Lecter meet again, in Hannibal’s office and they are sipping something brown that looks quite classy and expensive. It’s brought up that Abel Gideon has been brought back to the hospital to assist Will with her therapy. He tells Lecter that Graham has no memory of shooting the man. Hannibal’s response? He wants to interview Gideon himself. Sure, why not?

When Dr. Lecter meets with Mr. Gideon, they introduce themselves and behave as if they’ve never met before. Dr. Chilton is watching on his computer. Everyone is playing some sort of game. Through their cryptic back and forth, Gideon tells Lecter that he’s made Graham into a monster of sorts. Something in him is building. This could be a warning but it seems Gideon gets the same pleasure out of watching things pan out, just like Lecter, and they are both very good at manipulation. Dammit, I want to see these two fight!

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Upon Dr. Lecter’s exit, he finds Freddie Lounds waiting outside and when she sees him, the pictures start snapping. Never one to miss a beat on manners, Hannibal advises her she is being rude. The two have a short exchange where we find out that Lounds is there to meet with Will Graham. He has requested an interview with her. Like I said, everyone is playing a game!

Once inside, Ms. Lounds is escorted to the interview room by a rather creepy orderly. Will is chained to the desk and their conversation is about the copycat killer from the previous episodes. Will tells Freddie he believes he has an admirer and wants to open a line of communication through her publication with the killer. She agrees to use her website to do this while making Will agree to giving her exclusive rights to his story. Almost immediately, the interview with Will goes live on TattleCrime and we cut to a quick scene of Hannibal reading the piece on his tablet computer.

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Once the interview is done and the piece goes live on the site, that creepy orderly I referred to earlier opens his own line of dialogue with Will. While in his tiny cage, the man confronts him and we find out he’s the copycat killer who murdered the bailiff. They have a talk while he escorts Graham back to his cell.

You’re right. People don’t understand much about me…or about you. But at least we understand each other. There’s something we don’t have or maybe we just evolved not to need. You were hiding in the FBI. That’s talent! If you hadn’t of gotten sick, they never would have found you.

Will acknowledges him cautiously, pointing out he is hiding out as an orderly. The copycat tells him after you spend some time in a mental hospital, you learn the drill. Further, it comes to light that his responsibility here includes making sure the surveillance equipment wired throughout the facility work or don’t, hence this conversation taking place.

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The copycat admits proudly that he is the one who murdered the bailiff but the judge was not his doing. After leading him back to his cell, Will Graham finally makes a request (thanks to Abel Gideon?) and asks the orderly to do him a favor.

I want you to kill Hannibal Lecter.

This little curve ball makes for an interesting turn in the episode. Dr. Bloom soon pays Will another visit, and just in time too! Will Graham was in the middle of another one of those hallucinations and this time he was growing antlers out of his back. Is this Bryan Fuller’s way of showing us you must become the beast to slay the beast?

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Alana knows Will is now working with Freddie Lounds and upon laying eyes on him, she quickly figures out something isn’t right. She meets with Chilton and sees that Abel Gideon has been transferred to the hospital. She requests a quick meeting with the pretend Ripper and he gives her a “gift.”  He tells her that Will has a “little birdie” who would kill for him.

And that little birdie in question is out to do exactly that! He follows Dr. Hannibal Lecter to a pool where the good doctor is in the middle of some laps. The copycat dives in and joins him for a little swim before getting out and shooting Lecter in the back with a tranquilizer gun.

Alana Bloom and Jack Crawford are on the case, though. They’re searching Hannibal Lecter’s office for clues and can’t find much until they decide to trace his phone which points to the pool as his last known location.

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When Hannibal comes to, he is on a display of his own, looking somewhat crucified. His arms are cut and dripping blood, a noose around his neck and he’s balanced on a dinky bucket.

Judas had the decency to hang himself in shame for his betrayal but I thought you needed help.

Our copycat is baiting Lector as he struggles to maintain his balance. Hannibal manages to speak, telling him that Will isn’t a murderer. The orderly smiles and tell him, by proxy, he now will be.

Did you know the phrase ‘kick the bucket’ came exactly from this situation?

He proceeds to question Hannibal about his own misdeeds. Lecter doesn’t answer but he tells him that he doesn’t need him to speak, that his eyes will tell the story. If the pupils dilate, that’s a yes. If they don’t…well you get the picture. The next line of questioning are about the murder of the judge and whether Hannibal Lecter is indeed the Chesapeake Ripper. We see his eye dilate and a smile come to the orderly’s face.

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Of course, as was alluded to in the prior scene, Jack Crawford and Alana Bloom get to the pool. Jack busts in and finds Hannibal strung up. Lecter tells Crawford the orderly has a gun, so Jack fires. The copycat falls to the floor, wounded, but he is able to kick the bucket from under Hannibal’s feet causing the good doctor to dangle and choke. It’s worth noting, I was rooting for him to die but had to recall the show is called “Hannibal” and we still need to get to that big brawl between Lecter and Crawford!

So Jack comes to Hannibal’s rescue and has Bloom call an ambulance. Man, I bet in future episodes, Crawford is going to be kicking himself for this!

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As this all is going down, Will Graham sits in his cell having another vision. He is staring at the sink across from him which goes from dripping water to blood. The sink fills up rather quickly and his face superimposes over the sink and the blood making it seem like Will Graham has become a version of the beast he is hunting. On this image, the episode comes to an end.

Another episode of “Hannibal” is done. What did you all think? Let me know in the comments below!

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