Hannibal 1.10: Buffet Froid

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Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC

YAY WE GOT A RENEWAL!

Hannibal is my favorite show currently on television, and is probably in my top five favorite shows ever at this point. I’m glad NBC realized they had something really special here, and decided not to dick it over. Good job, NBC.

PREVIOUSLY: BIG OL’ TOWER OF PEOPLE; Will knows Abigail killed Nick Boyle; Will agrees to keep tending this secret garden; Hannibal is “worried” about Will and how Will is losing his mind.

GREENWOOD, DELAWARE

A pretty Fiona Apple-looking girl with long brown hair pulls an SUV up to her isolated house in the woods. It’s nighttime. She hears a sound in the horror movie murder shed, and instead of flying back into the car and driving to some state that is way less shitty than Delaware, she just kind of goes OK LOL and walks into her house.

For those of you who didn't know what Skymall was last week, this is the kind of chintzy-ass nonsense they'd sell. It would be called Beautiful Classic Howling Wolf Porch Statuary and the copy would read like "AH-WOOOO! Ever wanted the spirit of the noble wolf on your own front porch? Greet visitors with this incredible artisan metal howling wolf! Rust-resistant and weighing a solid 786 pounds, it's sure to be a wonderful addition to your 'pack!' $842.99."

For those of you who didn’t know what Skymall was last week, this is the kind of chintzy-ass nonsense they’d sell. It would be called Beautiful Classic Howling Wolf Porch Statuary and the copy would read like “AH-WOOOO! Ever wanted the spirit of the noble wolf on your own front porch? Greet visitors with this incredible artisan metal howling wolf! Rust-resistant and weighing a solid 76 pounds, it’s sure to be a wonderful addition to your ‘pack!’ $842.99.”

The girl whistles to her cute little bird when she gets inside, and we see that the shed door outside has been thrown wide open. This is the least of her problems, because her ceiling is leaking water from every part of it. She gets up out of her bed which is like a full mile and a half off the ground–seriously, guys, if you can fit under your bed, SO CAN A SERIAL KILLER. This is a good rule of thumb. If you insist on having a bed with a huge space underneath, it’s good practice to just keep a corpse under it to deter predators. I have three bodies stuffed under there, and I’ve never had a problem with hidden murderers!!

She goes up the stairs to her creepy ass fucking attic to see that the water problem is being caused by a pile of snow, which has come into her house through the HUGE-ASS HOLE IN HER CEILING THAT WAS CLEARLY MADE BY SOMEONE BREAKING AND PRYING UP THE BOARDS. Helpfully, the camera pans out to show us the human-prints in the snow on the roof. Instead of calling the cops, or lighting the house on fire and going to a friend’s place for the night forever, she…nails up plastic sheeting and sets a bowl down to catch the snow.

Like…there’s a sympathy line for people in horror movies and she has most definitely crossed it already, BUT THEN SHE EXTRA CROSSES IT WHEN SHE SEES WATERY FOOTPRINTS TRACKED FROM THE HALLWAY INTO HER BEDROOM–WHEN SHE IS CLEARLY WEARING SLIPPERS–AND UNDERNEATH HER BED, AND THEN PROCEEDS TO WALK UP TO HER BED AND TRY TO SHINE A FLASHLIGHT UNDER IT.

I don't want to say you deserved this, Probably Canadian Fiona Apple, so I'm going to interpretive dance it instead.

I don’t want to say you deserved this, Probably Canadian Fiona Apple, so I’m going to interpretive dance it instead.

HANNIBAL LECTER’S SEX OFFICE

“I can feel my nerves clicking like roller coaster cogs, pulling up to the inevitable long plunge.” Will says.

“We might need to work on this before you read it out loud to your creative writing class.” Hannibal answers.

I mean, he might have said that. It sounds like he says “Quick sounds, quickly ended,” but that seems weird.

“Abigail Hobbs ended Nicholas Boyle. Like a burst balloon.” He flashes to Abigail’s killing, and is distressed when he returns to the present. “She took a life.”

“You’ve taken a life.” Hannibal points out.

“Yeah. Yeah, so have you.”

Hannibal’s like IKR ISN’T IT GREAAAAT. He tells Will that Will isn’t grieving for Hobbs, or Nicholas Boyle, but for the fact that Abigail was trapped in a situation that ended with both her and Will killing people.

Will feels guilty that they lied for her, but Hannibal smooths that out. “We both know the unreality of taking a life. Of people who die because we have no other choice. We both know in those moments, they are not flesh–but light, and air, and color.”

Will smiles briefly, sadly. “Isn’t that what it is to be alive?”

“Do you feel alive, Will?”

Will says he feels like he’s fading. Hannibal asks if he’s experienced any more loss of time, or hallucinations. Will’s all “…sí.”

Hannibal tells Will to draw a clock, as a grounding and visualization exercise to test cognitive function. (I had to draw a clock when I got knocked out by a football once, and I drew it with the numbers going counter-clockwise. But it was established that my mild concussion didn’t cause that, and I am merely an idiot.)

Will annoyedly draws a normal clock, stating the time (7:16 PM), his name (Seymour Butts), and his location (URANUS LOL), and hands it back to Hannibal as Hannibal says “A simple reminder. A handle to reality for you to hold onto. And know you are alive.”

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It’s intense. Hannibal smiles encouragingly. Everything is fucking horrifying.

CREDITS

WOLF TRAP, VIRGINIA

Will’s wearing his worst adorable outfit yet as he comes back to his house from fishing!

John Benjamin Hickey is a fucking serial killer name.

John Benjamin Hickey is a fucking serial killer name.

Will starts gutting a fish on his counter (RIGHT NEXT TO THE NEWSPAPERS INSTEAD OF ON THE NEWSPAPERS–WILL, SERIOUSLY), and pauses when about a gallon of blood comes pouring out of the fish. He stares at his reflection in the blood, and when we come back to his actual face, it’s smeared with blood, and he’s in Canadian Fiona Apple’s house, straddling Canadian Fiona Apple’s gurgling almost-corpse, holding the knife that Canadian Fiona Apple was killed with.

CFA clutches at his arms as he tears himself away from her, slipping in the ocean of blood that came out of her Glasgow-smiled face. He hyperventilates by the door, throwing the knife away, and hurls himself out into the hallway…where Crawford and the CSIs are staring at him.

Record this as Katz's Will Graham Face No. 2: Something Terrible Has Happened

Record this as Katz’s Will Graham Face No. 2: Something Terrible Has Happened

Will washes all the blood off his hands in the kitchen sink, and Jack strolls in, looking extremely dapper (fabulous camel coat from last episode+gloves) but also extremely perturbed. He and Will glance awkwardly at each other, and Jack goes outside. Will finishes washing up and stares at his hands before following Jack out.

“What happened in there?” Jack asks.

“I got confused.”

“I’ve seen you confused, and I’ve seen you upset, but I’ve never seen you afraid like this.”

Will is dismissive of Jack’s attempts at concern. “I’m an old hand at fear. I can manage this one, I just got disoriented–I can go back in.”

Jack doesn’t believe him at all. He asks what made Will go mute, and Will says the fear helps him see more clearly, it just doesn’t let him verbally express what he sees as anything but a series of high-pitched screams. Sort of like me when I try to explain this show to people. Will, apparently, briefly thought he killed this victim.

Jack reminds him that he’s supposed to reconstruct the thinking of a killer, not think that he is a killer.

“I got lost in the reconstruction. Just for a second, just a blink.” Will answers irritably.

“I know you don’t like being the cause for concern, but I am officially concerned about you.” Jack says. !!!

Will is understandably annoyed by this, both because he does hate being the cause for concern and also because Jack is only now willing to acknowledge the problem. He comes down the steps to stand in front of Jack. “I thought the reason you had me seeing Dr. Lecter and not an FBI psychiatrist was so my mental wellbeing stays…unofficial.”

“I just want to be careful with you. We don’t want to break you here.” Jack says. “Is that what’s happening? Have I broken you?”

"Do you have anyone who does this better unbroken than I do broken?"

“Do you have anyone who does this better unbroken than I do broken?”

"You're kind of a total bitch when you're afraid, Will."

“Fear makes you a total bitch, Will.”

Jack walks away, leaving Will to be like “Hmmmmmmmmm, I don’t like…rude…people…I might want to…..eat their bodies??!?! Let me file this away for later.” probably.

Back inside the house, Will goes into the room to talk with Katz, Price, and Zeller.

“Her name was Beth Lebeau. She drowned in her own blood.” Zeller says as Will walks in.

“What she didn’t drown on is all over the floor, and under the bed.” Price adds. His hat is cute as fuck. “She was trying to hide from them.”

“He dragged her there. He was waiting under the bed for her.” Will corrects.

“She fought to claw her way out.” says Katz, putting what is probably torn-out fingernails into an evidence container. Will says it was someone who loved/cared about Beth Lebeau, and Jack says they’ll check out boyfriends, exes, coworkers, and the guy who bags her groceries. Hey, Dave’s a nice dude once you get past the eyelid tattoos.

Price announces he got a set of clean prints on the knife. “I assume they’re yours?” he asks Will. Will confirms this and apologizes.

It's really hard being the second most competent person on this team.

It’s really hard being the second most competent person on this team.

Price says that there’s dermal tissue on the handle as well, but it’s so damaged/diseased that there are no usable prints. Katz finds tissue piled under Beth Lebeau’s nails from scratching her killer, but she “never drew blood.” Zeller notes that after the face slashing happened, the killer tried to peel up the skin.

“Like he was removing a mask?” Will asks.

HANNIBAL LECTER’S SEX OFFICE

“I still have the coppery smell of blood on my hands.” Will says, pacing around as Hannibal sits on the edge of his desk and judges his poeticism.

"Your average reader probably already knows what blood smells like, Will. Show, don't tell."

“I obviously already know what blood smells like, Will. Show, don’t tell.”

Will is nervous, pacing a bit as he tells Hannibal he very clearly felt himself killing Beth Lebeau. He knows, logically, that he didn’t do it, but he’s gotten so far into this killer that he saw his reflection and didn’t even register it as himself. Will leans exhaustedly against the ladder–Hannibal, sensing an opportunity for some gently predatory psychospatial manipulation bullshit, gets into Will’s space very quickly.

um.

um.

Will pushes his whole body further back into the ladder. I think this is one of those little signs that he knows something’s wrong and off about Hannibal, but he only knows it subconsciously and thus only reacts to it physically. That, or he knows he’s being cornered. He seems to force himself to exhale and relax more. :( :( :(

“You have to honestly confront your limitations with what you do, and how it affects you.” Hannibal says.

“If by limitations you mean the difference between sanity and insanity, I don’t accept that.”

“What do you accept?”

“I know what kind of crazy I am, and this isn’t that kind of crazy. This could be seizures, this could be a tumor. A blood clot.”

Hannibal, looking like it’s a TERRIBLE BURDEN for him, says he can recommend a neurologist for Will, but if the problem isn’t neurological, Will has to accept that it’s a mental illness.

Will’s like “Nooooo, a mental illness, however shall I cope. Asshole.”

NOBLE HILLS HEALTH CARE CENTER, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

“You’re in very good hands. Dr. Lecter here is one of the sanest men I know.” Dr. Sutcliffe says, patting Hannibal on the back. Is this DRAMATIC IRONY I SMELL? (yes)

“I would agree.” Hannibal says, smiling fondly. “Dr. Sutcliffe and I were residents together at Hopkins.”

Dr. Sutcliffe: “Another life ago. Back when you weren’t afraid to get your hands a little dirty.”

Will's just like "Ok hypothetically if I saw four tiny near-celebrities and Mariah Carey posing on this desk would that be weird? Is that a tumor symptom? HYPOTHETICALLY."

Will’s just like “Ok hypothetically if I saw five tiny near-celebrities posing on this desk…would that be weird? Is that a tumor symptom? HYPOTHETICALLY.”

“I was always drawn to how the mind works. I found it much more dynamic than how the brain works.” Hannibal says.

“The projected image is more interesting than the projector. Until, of course, the projector breaks down.” Sutcliffe answers.

Will is super not interested in any of this camaraderie.

Sutcliffe asks Will when his headaches started, and Will says that it was 2-3 months ago. “About the time Will went back into the field. Which is when I met him.” Hannibal adds. !!! Will probably has fucking Creutzfeldt-Jakob from eating all that dude sausage you gave him.

I MEAN SAUSAGE MADE OF DUDES I DON’T THINK PRION DISEASES CAN BE TRANSMITTED VIA DICK.

Sutcliffe asks about the hallucinations, and Will says he isn’t sure when they started. “I just slowly became aware that I might not be dreaming.” he says. Sutcliffe looks over at Hannibal. Hannibal’s just like “yeah idk.”

god bless hugh dancy's leg workout regimen. god bless hugh dancy's cute calves and solid thighs. god bless whoever told him to flop around in a backless hospital gown.

god bless hugh dancy’s leg workout regimen. god bless hugh dancy’s cute calves and solid thighs. god bless whoever told him to flop around in a backless hospital gown. god bless that cute lady in the back for managing to avert her gaze from the quality butt that was like 2 feet away from her.

In all seriousness, I enjoy that he looks vulnerable and half-naked in a way that goes past “Oh, Hugh Dancy is really fucking cute and I kind of want to gnaw on his legs.” It’s just one of the many ways in which this show is subverting the absolute shit out of what we expect from male leads. Think of another hero we’ve seen portrayed this way. Think of another hero’s thighs we’ve seen outside of the context of manfully banging a lady. The only other male lead I can think of whose emotional, physical, and psychological vulnerability were a focal point of the series is John fucking Crichton, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Farscape is my favorite show of all time.

Will lies back and gets stuffed into the MRI machine while Hannibal and Sutcliffe discuss him in the observation room. “It’s encephalitis.” Hannibal says.

I’ve worked out what’s wrong with Will, using my extensive medical knowledge (my dad is an RN and I have read several paragraphs from many of his textbooks from 1993):

–>encephalitis can be caused by herpes
–>will only started having problems when he met hannibal
–>hannibal has probably got the herp
–>i have been waiting to make an encephalitis/herpes joke for three weeks and it’s clearly not working out. but i’m gonna leave it in anyway, because fuck it, family guy‘s still on the air. i can have this.
–>”hello, i’m hannibal lecter, and i have genital herpes. but i don’t let it slow me down.” /montage of murder “valtrex helps me maintain a normal lifestyle.” /montage of cooking “herpes doesn’t control me anymore.” /hannibal and will sit in outdoor bathtubs on a hill watching the sunset

Hannibal tells Sutcliffe that he smelled the encephalitis, and Sutcliffe is like “You went from calling out a nurse’s perfume to diagnosing autoimmune disease?” It’s called hyperosmia and they had to have covered it in neurology school, smartypants.

“He started sleepwalking, and I noticed a very specific scent.” Hannibal explains.

“And what exactly does encephalitis smell like?” Sutcliffe asks.

“It has heat. A fevered sweetness.” Hannibal says. Like a Diet Coke left out in the sun. Like a pudding cup put in the microwave for 56 seconds.

Sutcliffe asks why Hannibal didn’t tell Will. Hannibal’s like “Haha oh shit.” and makes up some nonsense about wanting to be sure. He shows Sutcliffe Will’s clock drawing, and tentatively gushes about how super awesome it is to be able to completely stomp all over the Hippocratic Oath and watch someone’s psychological deterioration in real time.

Sutcliffe’s like “Nah man, it’s even more awesome to watch their NEUROLOGICAL deterioration in real time. PRIMUM NON NOCERE MORE LIKE FUCK YOU ETHICS I’M GONNA HELP RUIN A GUY FOR SOMETHING I WON’T EVEN BE ABLE TO WRITE A PAPER ON BECAUSE IT IS LITERALLY ILLEGAL.”

This is legitimately terrifying, because it could happen. Most people make it through their lives without being eaten, but doctors are mostly goddamn assholes. REAL LIFE IS SCARY. ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION, AND A THIRD IF IT’S FEASIBLE.

Haha, I wish the intercom had been on the whole time in the MRI room. Unfortunately, it was not, and Will vworps into the machine and also into his mind palace. He is underneath Beth Lebeau’s bed, waiting for her–he grabs her and drags her down to him, and lies contentedly next to her mutilated corpse when he’s done. Inside the machine, Will flashes briefly through the murderers he’s been so far.

The results of the test show that Will is alllll fucked up. Half of his brain scan is bright red.

“The right side of his brain is completely inflamed. It’s anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. The symptoms are only going to get worse.” Sutcliffe says, slightly awed. I might also test for tumor markers just to be safe? But I’m not a trained doctor. Just a hobbyist.

“I know. It’s unfortunate for Will.” Hannibal says. Holy fucking shit I hate him so much right now.

Sutcliffe is like “What do you smell on me?”

Hannibal says “Opportunity. Future herpes, if you’re down.”

He is so down.

He is so down.

Later, when Will comes in to get his results, a perfectly healthy brain scan is on the screen and Sutcliffe tells him he’s fine, neurologically. Fuck yooooou.

Will, sad as hell, says “So what I’m experiencing is psychological.”

“Brain scans can’t diagnose mental disorders. They can only rule out medical illnesses, like a tumor–which can have similar symptoms.”

Will sad-puppys, and Sutcliffe says they’ll run more tests, but he thinks they’ll be inconclusive.

HANNIBAL LECTER’S SEX OFFICE

Jack and Hannibal sit in front of the fireplace, drinking brandy like a couple of classy assholes. Hannibal says that Jack knew what was going to happen when he pulled Will out of the classroom.

Jack halfheartedly defends his decision. “I had eight college girls dead in Minnesota, and Will caught their killer for me.”

“He also caught that killer’s disease. He can’t stop thinking about what it is to take a life.”

“Well, I’d rather he go a little mad than other innocents lose their lives, and I think he would feel the same way.”

“Will is an innocent.”

Jack sighs. “Yes, he is. I mean, Will is genuine. He’ll survive anything I can put him through. He will always fight his way back from himself.”

“Not always, so far. He saw a neurologist yesterday. They found nothing wrong with him, he was very upset by that.”

“You’re saying he wanted something to be wrong?”

“I think he wanted an answer that wasn’t mental illness.”

“You think he’s mentally ill.”

“The problem Will has is too many mirror neurons. Our heads are filled with them when we are children. They’re supposed to help us socialize and then melt away. But Will held onto his, which makes knowing who he is a challenge. When you take him to a crime scene, Jack, the very air has screams smeared on it. In those places, he doesn’t just reflect. He absorbs.”

Haha, I didn’t mean to put in that whole conversation verbatim, but it’s such a good indicator of the different reasons Jack and Hannibal are dicking Will over–Jack for the greater good, and because Will won’t leave of his own volition. (Hannibal just because he likes to fuck with things and see what happens, and also because the more unstable and off-balance Will is, the less likely Hannibal is to get caught. See, the normal way to not get caught is to not befriend the only person who could possibly catch you, but Hannibal is not quite as smart as he thinks he is.)

GREENWOOD, DELAWARE

Will goes to Beth Lebeau’s house in the middle of the night, presumably without having told anyone where he was going. During every episode where Will goes out of his way to end up in a creepy situation, I’m like “Will Graham, this is the whitest thing you’ve ever done.” But this one probably takes the cake.

Will wanders through the house until he gets to Beth’s room. He looks at his watch. “It’s 10:36. I’m in Greenwood, Delaware. My name is Will Graham.”

He shines his flashlight under the bed, where this is waiting for him:

[feminine shrieking]

[feminine shrieking]

Will, instead of running away with an unending river of pee flowing gracefully behind him, kneels down to try and get closer. The girl flips the whole bed over onto him and runs. Will tries to grab her arm, but her skin degloves from the elbow down, and Will is left holding it.

[MASCULINE SHRIEKING]

[MASCULINE SHRIEKING]

Degloving is the worst. Let me tell you about the time I found a dead dog (or coyote) in our cows’ drinking pond and tried to pull it out of the water. Actually, I will not tell you about that, because it was very bad. I didn’t know the word “degloving” at the time, so I spent about 40 minutes after I managed to get the animal out cursing the foul god that allowed this to happen and screaming stuff like “SKIN AND HAIR CAME BUT BODY STAYED. I WILL NEVER BE CLEAN AGAIN.”

Will ends up suddenly in the woods, having lost almost three hours. He shakily says “It’s 1:17 in the morning. I’m in Greenwood, Delaware. My name is Will Graham. And you’re alive. If you can hear me, you’re alive!”

Will. WILL.

STILL GREENWOOD, DELAWARE

Beth Lebeau’s house is actually pretty cute, if you ignore how it’s in the middle of the woods in Delaware.

Will comes back into Beth’s room with Katz in tow. “Why did you call me?” she asks. “Why not Jack? Why not the police?”

“I called you because I’m not entirely sure what I saw was real.”

“Then let’s prove it.” Katz says firmly. FAAAAAAVORITE. It’s good to have a friend you can call at 1:17 AM who will not only drive to Delaware to help you out with some creepy shit, but actually CAN help you out with said creepy shit. I am not that friend. I mean, if a bro was in trouble I would definitely go, but I wouldn’t do well in a horror-type situation. If I couldn’t just run or stab my way out, my instinct would be to sit in a corner and angrily livetweet the whole situation.

@allighater 5m ugh fuck this bullshit it’s dark i’m hungry where are my friends
@allighater 4m great just tried going out the front door and it leads back into the attic
@allighater 3m who the fuck even has this many mannequins
@allighater 3m uuuugh something’s moaning in the walls hello AWKWARD
@allighater 2m was that a cat or a serial killer who the christ knows
@allighater 1m cat
@allighater 14s NOPE SERIAL KILLER
@allighater 1s dfkporijrgiojsd;s;adklfjd;kjllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Katz is way more useful. Will tells her he pulled the arm skin off. Katz asks what he did with it, and we cut to 3 hours of Will running through the woods and sobbing before he tells Katz he can’t remember. Katz says the lack of circulation might be from staph or leprosy (WILL, GO WASH YOUR FUCKING HANDS). Will adds that her eyes were discolored, she was malnourished, her liver was failing, and she was deranged.

“So she mutilated a woman’s face because she thought it was a mask.” Katz says.

“She can’t see faces.” Will tells himself/Katz. He says she might not even realize she did it. Katz asked why she came back.

“To convince herself she didn’t.” Will answers.

“Is that why you came back?” Katz asks.

Will looks at her very intently, and steps forward. Katz moves back away from him slightly, clearly prepared to bust his head open with her flashlight if it comes to that. LIKE I SAID: BEST FRIEND EVER.

"I love you, but I will definitely fuck up your week if necessary."

“I love you, but I will definitely fuck up your week if necessary.”

“If I wasn’t clear on that issue…I know I didn’t kill Beth Lebeau. I just want to know who did.” Will says.

“Me too. You’re the subject of a lot of speculation at the Bureau.” Katz says.

Will asks what they’re speculating. They’re speculating that Jack pushed Will up to the edge, and now Will’s trying to push himself over.

“This killer can’t accept her reality. I can occasionally identify with that. That said, I feel relatively sane.” Will promises. Katz is still like, whatever buddy. Then presumably they skip arm-in-arm through the woods together, looking for some stray arm skin and talking about their feelings. (Maybe kissing. Hopefully kissing.)

HANNIBAL LECTER’S SEX OFFICE

Will draws another clock. It’s even worse than the first one.

21

“I feel like I’m seeing a ghost.” he says. He’s sitting in Hannibal’s chair at his desk while Hannibal moves around, organizing things. It’s interesting, particularly in the context of how important people’s spaces (and the way other characters move around in them) are in this show.

“Regarding this killer or yourself?” Hannibal asks.

“Both.”

“She’s real. You know she’s real, there’s evidence.” I hope they found the armskin and Will had just left it in his pocket by accident. “When you found her, your sanity did not leave you.”

“Time did.”

“You lost time again?” Will blinks in the affirmative.

Hannibal asks if Will would like to discuss the results of his test, but Will isn’t interested. Hannibal asks if he could run some tests of his own.

“You wouldn’t publish anything about me, would you, Dr. Lecter?” Will asks.

Hannibal answers that he would, if he thought that there would be some therapeutic value to others, but that he would abstract it enough that nobody would know it was about Will. Will says “Do me a favor, and publish it posthumously.”

Hannibal smiles slightly. “After your death, or mine?”

“Whichever comes first.”

Hannibal changes the subject. “Have you considered Cotard syndrome?”

"No, but have you considered how fucking cute I look in this sweater?!"

“No, but have you considered how fucking cute I look in this sweater?”

“It’s a delusional disorder in which the sufferer believes he or she is dead.”

Will’s like “…wait wtf are you talking about me?” Hannibal is not. They discuss how Cotard’s delusion includes an inability to recognize or attach an emotional response to faces. The killer tried to reach out to Beth Lebeau, but could no longer trust her due to her delusions, and became violent.

“She can’t trust anything, or anyone she knew to be trustworthy. Her mental illness won’t let her.” Hannibal doesn’t add “You mentally ill little crazypants,” but Will seems to realize it’s implied.

WOLF TRAP, VIRGINIA

Will shivers and sweats in his sleep, curled in on himself. The killer lurks outside his window.

It is two fucking hours from Greenwood to Wolf Trap. I can’t get myself to walk to the mailbox sometimes. How did she follow him home?

QUANTICO

Hey, it’s a picture of Ellen Muth! Playing a character called Georgia, who thinks she’s dead! Welcome to the Fullerverse, where what’s cool on one show is terrible and devastating on another show.

Jack and Will are meeting with Georgia’s mom. She tells them that Georgia and Beth were best friends in school, until Georgia had to stop going to school. They discuss Georgia’s medical history–at nine years old, she told her mom she wanted to kill her, and she was already dead. The main symptoms were hallucinations and psychotic depression, and there was nothing that doctors could do for her except “manage expectations.” This actress is really good, and I’m suddenly super sad for everyone involved.

JACK’S OFFICE, QUANTICO

Jack stares into he middle distance until Will comes in and asks if he’s managing his expectations.

Jack admits to Will that he thought about leaving after he got Miriam killed, because he felt so responsible for putting her, a trainee agent, in the field with an okay to break rules and go around the law–and he feels like he’s putting Will in the same situation, too. “I pulled her out of a classroom, like I pulled you out of a classroom.”

“She was a student. I’m a teacher.” Will argues.

“I’m still just as responsible for you as I was for her.”

Will rolls his eyes. “I’ll take my own responsibility–”

“Not from me, you won’t. We can do it together.” He says he’s breaking the rules with Will.

“By letting an unstable agent do field work?”

Special agent.” Will rolls his eyes again. “You represent the FBI. You still represent me.”

Will is suddenly furious. “Have I misrepresented you, Jack?”

“No, no. But you have me curious. Why are you still here when we both know that this is bad for you?”

Will’s still angry. “Do you want me to quit?”

“No. No, you had an opportunity to quit, but you didn’t take it.” Jack says he thinks the work Will does keeps him stable in some way. “Stability is good for you, Will.”

Will takes his glasses off, and he almost makes eye contact with Jack. “Stability requires strong foundations, Jack, my moorings are built on sand.”

I’m not sand. I am bedrock. When you doubt yourself, you don’t have to doubt me, too.” Will stares after him when Jack turns away. Oh my god, this scene was so good. Jack is, at his core, good. He is bedrock. He’d be a fantastic fucking anchor for literally anyone except Will, because Will spends so much time in other people’s houses that there’s no way for him to ever build his own, even on a foundation as solid as Jack Crawford. Which is a tragedy.

HANNIBAL LECTER’S SEX HOUSE

The jamón Ibérico.” Hannibal says, slicing paper-thin layers of meat off of a giant pig leg. All right, there’s no fucking way this is people.

“Still love your little rare treats, don’t you, Hannibal? The more expensive and difficult to obtain, the better.” Sutcliffe says.

“It’s a distinction that adds an expectation of quality.”

“Not always.” God, I hate this dude. I also get the feeling they banged in med school or something, who knows.

Goddammit that food/table looks good.

Hannibal explains exactly how rare the Ibérico pigs are, and how the work and care that goes into them makes them automatically superior. Sutcliffe says that’s irrelevant, because superiority must be subjective to the person experiencing the ham. I’m like, shut the fuck up you toolbags, I ate Oreos for dinner last night.

“So we know how Ibérico gets his pigs…how did you get yours?” Sutcliffe asks.

“Are you referring to Will Graham?”

“You know you’re fond of the rarified. What makes him so rare?”

“Will has a remarkably vivid imagination. Beautiful. Pure empathy. Nothing he can’t understand, and that terrifies him.”

Sutcliffe looks like he might have the first inkling of guilt about fucking Will over like this. “So you set his mind on fire.”

“Imagination is an interesting accelerant for a fever.”

“So. How far does this go? Do you put out the fire, or do you let him burn?”

“Will is my friend. We will put out the fire, when it’s necessary.”

LITERALLY I AM GOING TO FIGHT YOU WITH MY FISTS, HANNIBAL LECTER. He’s the worst.

“He has asked for more tests.”

“Now that we’ve confirmed what it is, it will be easier to hide from him.”

"I've made a huge mistake."

“I’ve made a huge mistake.”

HOSPITAL OF LIES

Sutcliffe puts Will into the MRI machine again, telling him it’ll be over before he knows it. Oh, he must be having an attack of conscience and is going to tell Will what’s happening without Hannibal knowing! I SURE HOPE NOTHING TERRIBLE HAPPENS TO HIM.

When the machine is done, Will is alone. He wanders around the darkened hospital, looking for Sutcliffe. He doesn’t find him in the observation room, and gets dressed again. As he’s walking down the hallway, he notices that the door handle to Sutcliffe’s office is covered in blood. Instead of not going into the office and calling the police, he immediately goes into the office. He opens the door with his jacket, because he is more interested in preserving the crime scene than his own life. WILL GRAHAM, EVERYBODY!

“Dr. Sutcliffe?” Will asks as he steps into the office, wherein Dr. Sutcliffe looks like this:

WHICH IS CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM THE DOOR, WILL.

WHICH IS CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM THE DOOR, WILL.

Apparently, this was the first time Hugh Dancy ever NOPED at a death on the show. Aaaw.

Later, the FBI has arrived. Katz runs her blacklight over Will and confirms that he has no blood on him whatsoever. “You’re clean.” she says.

“I don’t feel clean.” Will answers miserably.

Jack asks what happened, and Will says what he knows–Sutcliffe put him in the machine, he got out of the machine, he found Sutcliffe’s body. Jack asks if there was any confusion, and Will says he wouldn’t know if there was.

“Georgia Madchen followed you here, and while you’re ticking away in the MRI, she does this to your doctor. Why him?” Jack asks.

“She can’t see faces, maybe she thought he was me.” Will answers.

“All right, while we’re at it, why you?”

“I don’t know. I have a habit of collecting strays. I told her–I tried to tell her–the night I saw her, I tried to tell her she was alive. Maybe she heard me. Maybe that hadn’t occurred to her in a while.”

WOLF TRAP, VIRGINIA

The dogs growl until Will wakes up. Well, the sweet white baby with the underbite does. The rest are kind of like “LOL.”

"DADDY. DADDY THERE'S A THING."

“DADDY. DADDY. THERE’S A THING. DADDY.”

Will slowly looks under the bed, and when he sees Georgia, his first instinct is obviously to roll onto the floor where all of the danger is.

“I see you, Georgia. Think of who you are.” Will says, crawling slowly toward her. She looks frightened and confused. :(

“It’s midnight. You’re in Wolf Trap, Virginia. Your name is Georgia Madchen. You’re not alone. We are here together.” he tells her.

“Am I alive?” she whispers. She stretches her arm out, and Will touches her fingertips with his.

She was probably like, "I hope this trick doesn't rip my flesh off again."

She was probably like, “I hope this trick doesn’t rip my flesh off again.”

HOSPITAL ROOM OF I AM ACTUALLY WEIRDLY EMOTIONAL ABOUT GEORGIA

Will stares at Georgia where she lays in her giant cylinder.

HANNIBAL LECTER’S SEX OFFICE

Jack asks Hannibal if Georgia will heal, and Hannibal is confident that she will both physically and mentally. Hannibal says he’s more worried about Will, and Jack’s like “What about your bro?” Hannibal says he’s pretty bummed about that too, but Will is alive, so he’s more important.

Jack says he wants to ask Georgia some questions about Sutcliffe’s murder, and asks how much she’ll remember. Hannibal all “Haha, hopefully zero things.”

HOSPITAL OF LIES, FLASHBACK

Georgia walks into Sutcliffe’s office as Hannibal, in a plastic outfit, is fucking sawing Sutcliffe’s face open with a pair of scissors and breaking his jaw. How did Sutcliffe die? Beth Lebeau choked on her own blood, but Hannibal’s in the middle of cutting and it looks like Sutcliffe is already dead.

He turns back to Georgia when he smells her in the doorway, and there’s just a skullish blur where his face is. It’s creepy as shit.

eek

eek

Hannibal walks to her and hands her the scissors to get her DNA on them, and leaves her with the body. OMG I think she was just there to talk to Will. Also OMG I think she’d be able to pick Hannibal out of a lineup, even without seeing his face. OMG WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

DISCUSSION

+I was really emotionally attached to the killer for the first time in any episode, and I hope Georgia can come back somehow. I also had a lot of feelings about Will. And Jack. And none for Hannibal Lecter, bye.

+I can’t really even think of any more discussion questions.

+It’s embarrassing!

+HERE’S A BORING ONE:

+This was probably my favorite episode so far. What’s yours?

+Oh oh I know!

+How would you do in a horror movie? Feel free to break it down by horror subgenres.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

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35 Responses to Hannibal 1.10: Buffet Froid

  1. Episode was FANTASTIC (as was this recap!!) and HORRIFYING and so great. Probs also my new fav. If just for Jack’s “I am bedrock” scene because I’m really starting to like him and that dang classy-ass jacket of his.
    Ellen Muth is coming back for another episode this season, I think Bryan Fuller mentioned that on his twitter.

  2. I think I knew Georgia didn’t kill the doctor, because of feelings? I don’t know. But it was creepy! The whole thing was just- the creepiest. I mean like it’s not like I FORGOT that Hannibal likes his dinner to be people, what with the constant ‘is that food people? Is that drink people? Is that LAMPSHADE people?’. But this episode made my previous semi-sympathy for a dude who sucks at friends just drop right off. Also can Will be like ‘well, I guess I’ll double check because he was double checking, and clearly that means something is wrong because those scans cost INSANE amounts of money’.

    Also; Katz and Alana need to form a Will Graham Cuddle Club (no Hannibalz allowed).

    • FEELINGS ARE LEGITIMATE. Will solves crimes via feelings so.

      Zeeeero sympathy for this particular devil, man. I wish Will would double check that shit, but I guess it’s not gonna happen :(

      I AGREE.

  3. Hannibal is the most evil thing ever. I don’t even know who could possibly write his lines. Probably Satan.
    I was worried about Will when it seemed like his illness was purely psychological, but know that I know its physically, I’m terrified for him. How does Hannibal plan on dealing with this? It takes equipment and time to cure encephalitis, this isn’t something he can undo just by dumping antibiotics in Will’s coffee. And he can’t admit the actual problem without Will having complete proof his bff is a total ass-nozzle. Who the hell is gonna take care of his pack of dogs if he’s off having brain-fever adventures?
    Probably Dr. Bloom cause she’s fantastic.
    Also, I’ve decided. It will not be Jack Crawford or Dr. Bloom that pulls Will back from the darkness after Hannibal destroys him. It will be Katz and her can-do-Will-on-the-table attitude.

    • Katz probably is the best candidate to pull back not just Will but everybody from the darkness post-Hannireveal, because unless I missed something, she has the least amount of emotional ties to that cannibalistic shithead. I mean, he mentored/friend-flirts with Alana, and has become a confidante to Jack, not to mention he’s treating his wife. Oh, and all the dinners he’s served them. So Alana and Jack are gonna be majorly fucked up by seeing Hannibal’s true face, as well.

      So I definitely see Katz, knowing Lecter only vaguely in a detached, professional way, would definitely be the entire group’s new unofficial grief counselor (of course the mention of therapy in no matter how unofficial a context will probably initially trigger all sorts of crying jags in the Hannibal-Fucked-Me-Over-Good trio).

      I mean, Price and Zeller are in the same position when it comes to Hannidetachment and could theoretically help out too, but they probably wouldn’t, besides a back-patting, “sorry bro” sympathy. Fuckin’ Zeller is fuckin’ Zeller and would only make things worse, and Price, um, he’s got this thing he needs to do? This…scientific…but he’ll definitely check in later. Definitely. (Goes drinking).

      • Agreed. I propose a motion to make Katz a bigger character. Only good things can happen.

      • “Price, um, he’s got this thing he needs to do? This…scientific…but he’ll definitely check in later. Definitely. (Goes drinking).”

        Ha! I like your analysis of the Science Trio. Price is my soulmate.

    • DEFINITELY SATAN.

      Hannibal was probably a super shitty doctor so he probably DOES think dumping a bunch of meds into Will’s coffee is a good idea. UGH. Bloom, Katz, and Price can take turns feeding the puppies.

      HAHA I FEEL LIKE THIS IS A LEGITIMATE HYPOTHESIS.

  4. I think this was my favorite episode too. Everything was so fucking intense, I was tied in knots the whole time!

    I actually love Will’s purple-prose descriptions of his anxiety and such. They are extremely apt metaphors/similes. Someone on the writing team must have personal experience with it.

    Umm, I think of myself as rather genre-savy, so I think I’d do well enough in a horror movie. The only thing keeping me back would be actual physical limitations.
    Or I would hide in a closet and die horribly in a puddle of urine.

    • Same here! I felt so much for Georgia, and Georgia and Will.

      HAHA I SECRETLY LOVE THEM TOO SHHH. I write too, and I know that those lines are waaay better on paper than they are out loud. Hugh really sells them, though.

      No no the urine will keep you safe! The killer will think it was a cat.

  5. I think Georgia is going to come back in an upcoming episode! At least, I’ve seen production stills where she’s still in her tube and she’s bundled up in something as is looking at Will, but I can’t remember which episode it was from – but I definitely think she shows up again, hooray!!!

    Really, so much hooray, because remember when I said I wanted another female serial killer? Georgia answered my prayer – even though I almost wish she hadn’t because oh god. Imagine how horrible it must be for her, imagining you’re dead, unable to recognise even the people you love the most? I would go mad with fear and shock. I would not be able to stand it.

    Did you like Dr Sutcliffe? I actually sort of liked him; true, he was as unethical as all get out, but he seemed to be regretting getting involved and, as you said, that’s probably why Lecter gave him such a splitting headache I’M SORRY I’M SORRY I SAID THAT WHEN I WATCHED IT AND I SAID IT AGAIN, I COULD NOT RESIST, REALLY I AM VERY GLAD WE CANNOT SEE MORE OF THIS, HUGH DANCY ACTUALLY HAD TO WALK OFF THE SET IT WAS THAT BAD, ACK.

    Ahem. Anyway; seeing Sutcliffe as a colleague from Lecter’s college days, when compared to the good doctor’s chosen companion, was rather interesting, especially when they hinted at a shared history and yet he really doesn’t know Hannibal at all. I almost wish we could have had more of him; he’d have been interesting to watch.

    As for Lecter – yeah, I think we all got a little too comfortable with seeing him as the psychiatrist who never does anything (on screen) excpet cook and serve humans to people for shits and giggles. I think we needed to be reminded that Hannibal is not a nice person. He’s frankly a terrible one, in some ways, and we needed to get back to that, no doubt in preparation for the huge finale Fuller is hinting at.

    Still, despite all that; I’ll whack him over the head and hold him down, albeit it with some help because I like my eye, tongue and general facage where it is: you go to town on his face.

    My favorite episode? Oh gosh. I’ll be even more boring that your question (sorreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee) and say: a tie between this one, for the killer of the week that broke my heart, ‘Entrée’ for the way they danced rings around the people holding the rights to ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and also showed Lecter kill for the first time, and ensured that all bets were off, and ‘Sorbet’ because I really could not stop laughing in horror throughout the whole thing.

    As for surviving in a horror movie – first off, I doubt I’d ever get to any of the locations that horror movies have to take place in by the law of the horror film, like cabins in woods or haunted whatevers, since I and my friends tend to stay in the city when we go anywhere. But, fine, say I do get dumped into a horror movie situation: I’ve read How To Survive A Horror Movie (Seth Grahame-Smith, yeah, same guy who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and I think I MIGHT get through it. I like to think I’m Final Girl material, although knowing my luck I’d be killed off as a way of subverting that age old stereotype. :D

    • Yup, here: http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/05/hannibal-episode-112-releves.html

      Georgia will be in episode 12, at least! (Do you think Abigail might get jealous?)

    • YAY! I’m so glad. And yes, I do remember! And I appreciate that Georgia is without a doubt the most engaging and emotionally distressing killer that’s been on the show so far (and I’m including Hannibal in that).

      I liked Sutcliffe’s actor, and I think that went a long way toward endearing him as a character, at least a little bit–unlike Dr. Chilton (whose actor I also really love, but I still hate Chilton). HAHA DON’T BE SORRY WE ARE ALWAYS PRO-PUN ON THIS WEBSITE.

      Man, Hannibal’s basically been THE WORST for me since he killed Miriam (I can excuse the general cannibalism because I also occasionally wish I could inflict grievous bodily harm on rude people), because I cared about her and she wasn’t rude at all. That was my first “ugh, so over u” moment. WE WILL FIGHT HIM TOGETHER.

      MY QUESTION WAS BORING BUT YOUR ANSWER WAS LESS SO. I like seeing what resonated with people and for what reasons! All of the episodes are just so GOOD.

      horror can happen anywhere ok ANYWHERE (I have a lot of feelings about the rise of urban and suburban horror). DUDE I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO READ IT. :D At least you’re Final Girl material. I’m like, the person who accidentally runs into an escaped victim and gets chainsawed from behind so the killer could get to the REAL victim. :/

  6. This is definitely my favorite episode. It was the first one that felt more horror than thriller (probably because, as you pointed out, chick in the beginning and Will break EVERY SINGLE RULE OF HORROR MOVIE SURVIVAL EVER.)

    Also, the effects in this episode were TERRIFYING. I was live tweeting my buddy and it was just a lot of HER FACE OMG HER FACE. WHY IS HER FACE LIKE THAT. HOLY FUCKING SHIT HER ARM SKIN. THE SKIN ON HER ARM. HER FACE. HIS FACE DIDYOUSEETHEDOCTORSFACE???? HIS TONGUE HIS JAW OMG OMG. WHY IS HANNIBAL’S FACE LIKE THAT WHERE IS HIS FACE? So all in all lots of face issues I guess.

    I agree about the sympathy for the killer thing, I might even have more sympathy for GA than for Abigail. I mean, you know….once I got past her face. Which was approximately six minutes ago. I watched the show last night.

    I think this was a GREAT episode in regards to slapping the audience in the face with “you know that Hannibal is an evil mother fucker right? Like I get you all have lots of fanfiction and memes and videos about him and Will’s muscular thighs and forever love, but he is a monster.” Especially after the Tobias-vs-Hannibal post fight scenes where H is all bloody and weepy and glad to see Will and Will is all tousled and flanneled and glad to see Hannibal. It’s a nice reminder of hey-guys-you-remember-red-dragon-right? We know none of this ends great. I mean…except for Hannibal and Clarice (swoon….although I hope Clarice didn’t get some weird autoimmune disease in the Hannibal Rises and Returns and Rejuvenates world of future Thomas Harris-land, because we all know now that Hannibal would totes use that to fuck her shit up.)

    Great job by writers, actors, and director in messing with our established opinions of Jack, Will and Hannibal. I always want to stab Jack with a crusty butter knife when he talks to will but his bedrock comments made me awww. And Hannibal and Dr. WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO YOUR JAW disgusted me with their lies. Will is usually such a sad timid bunny but there were at least three times when I thought I saw him thinking some nefarious and bloody thoughts (and I don’t blame Katz at all for that step away from Will.)

    Rando question- did any of you all think this episode and specifically Mads were harder to understand than ever?? I felt like a 90 year old man, I had to turn the hard-of-hearing-screen-text on at one point.

    Loved it, and as always love love your review!

    • UGGGHHH WILL. GIRL AT THE BEGINNING. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS.

      Haha jesus facial horror is some of the absolute worst nonsense. Your reactions sound about the same as mine!

      I have the same amount of sympathy for both (read: ALL OF IT), but we’ve known Abigail for several episodes and Georgia for just one, which speaks a lot to how innately deserving of sympathy Georgia is. I love that so much.

      I have this image of Hannibal just triggering autoimmune diseases in people he thinks are cute so he can ruin their life very subtly, thanks. Hannibal’s been on my shitlist since he killed Miriam Lass, and he’s just moving up and up on it. He like number 4 at this point. But he’s also on the WOULD BANG FOREVER list so it’s all very confusing.

      I loooooove Jack but have wanted to give him a Valium and a stern talking-to before. Man I don’t blame Katz at all either. Self-preservation before helping other people, always.

      I usually have two or three instances of being unable to understand him per episode, but I’m soooo so bad with Nordic accents that I can’t tell if it’s me or if he was just stressing his vowels differently or mumbling or whatever.

      Thank yooooooou!

  7. For some reason, as a whole, this episode wasn’t one of my favorites. I’m not sure why, especially because some of the individual scenes were some of my favorites in the series.

    -These effects were CREEPY AS FUCK. Ah god jaw-girl and the flashbacks to the eye-gauged nurse etc :( :( :( Poor old Will. Facial fuckery is really scary to me, and I anticipate nightmares down the road. (I actually had a really terrifying nightmare once involving those gas-mask people on Doctor Who. Which is embarrassing.)

    -All the mental illness stuff moved me a lot. Like, Will’s such a sad mess and that scene with Georgia’s mom made me cry a little. They really captured that feeling of being in a room so full of sadness that the air is actually heavy.

    -Cottard’s Syndrome is one of the creepiest things ever. It was used to great effect on Deadwood, back in the day, and it’s kind of stuck with me.

    -Bless you and your hilarious/adorable screencaps. Will’s sweaters (especially that black one, yowza) were a gift.

    -Bev! And Jack, who pisses me off in such an enjoyable way because he’s complex and understandable even as he is maddening!

    -The only movie I’ve ever walked out on was The Ring, as soon as they showed that girl in the closet, so I think that answers how I’d do in a horror movie.

    • PISTOLS AT DAWN!

      Facial horror gets me a lot too, but I love it precisely because of that. GAS MASKS ARE TOTES CREPE DON’T FEEL EMBARRASSED.

      They did! For all that this is supposed to be a horror-tinged show, the emotional weight is really palpable in scenes like that.

      Man, I should actually finish Deadwood one day. I don’t know why I haven’t! I really liked that show. Cotard’s is fascinating, because it’s something so strange I can’t even really wrap my head around it.

      UGH WILL/SWEATERS 5EVA. And thank you!

      SAME.

      Ahahahah you would SURVIVE because you would get the fuck out of the scary house and go to somewhere way less haunted!

  8. WertherEffekt

    On a trivia note, viral encephalitis almost killed real-life profiler John Douglas. He said in an interview, “It has been my experience that if a profiler uses the defense mechanism of “isolation of affect” they will not be successful. When I train profilers I tell them they must walk in the shoes of both the subject and victim. You have to experience the feelings and emotions of both.

    There is danger in this technique. In 1983 I nearly died in Seattle, Washington, while working on the Green River murder case. I was found in my hotel room in a coma caused by a body temperature btween 104 and 107 degrees. After 5 days in a coma I woke up and found myself paralyzed on my left side. I had viral encephalitis and doctors attributed my weakened immune system to the amount of stress I was under. I was later treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.”

    When he did (does?) book tours, he’s mentioned that he had hallucinated that he was being tortured by a serial killer and it wasn’t until one of the nurses explained to him over and over that he was in the hospital and would be okay that he was able to relax at all.

    • Oh, that’s awesome! I mean…not that he got encephalitis and had such awful things happen, that’s terrible. But it’s fascinating. Thank you!

  9. Just want to say that I love your recaps. Nice analysis and hilarious at the same time. Enjoy reading these as much as watching the show.

  10. WE’VE GOT A SECOND SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing hurts and everything is wonderful. I became so obsessed with this show so quickly- it’s kind of terrifying how it’s taken over my life, but I don’t care. I love the show, I love Bryan Fuller, I love all the actors and characters.

    This episode was such a horror movie, LOL. I sort of loved it. I would probably be dead in two seconds in a horror movie, to be honest. Or I’d be the one that got scared and ran away and survived. I jump easily, I’m not very brave and I’m not crazy practical nor do I think well in stressful situations.

    My favorite episode… God there are so many. Maybe Fromage? I loved Tobias, I love Bedelia and the Hannibal-Will there. But I really LOVE 99% of the episodes (and the remaining 1% is “there’s a slight thing that bothers me, but doesn’t take away my enjoyment”).

    Georgia’s will be back in episode 12. I really felt for her and loved Will’s connection to her and that scene where they reach out for one another under his bed- I was seriously touched and moved. Will is so damagaed and broken right now and is starting to think that Georgia’s situation might be his future. I just want to hug him and want Georgia to improve (her condition). Oh and I want Will to train his dogs to attack intruders- I was embarrassed for their failure.

    “We might need to work on this before you read it out loud to your creative writing class.” Hannibal answers.

    I tend to laugh at Will and Hannibal’s poetry hour during therapy. Half of it is lines that are lifted from the book (and sound better on paper than out loud) the rest is just “who the hell talks like that?” But I’m willing to accept that Will and Hannibal are just weirdos with interesting phrases.

    It’s intense. Hannibal smiles encouragingly. Everything is fucking horrifying.

    Isn’t that every episode, though? Just add “everything is people”/”Cannibal puns”/”Hannibal being the worst” and you’ve got a recipe for an episode.

    Hannibal, sensing an opportunity for some gently predatory psychospatial manipulation bullshit, gets into Will’s space very quickly.

    That scene gave me all kinds of feelings, the kind that I’m not sure Will would approve of. I’ll just leave it there.

    Will probably has fucking Creutzfeldt-Jakob from eating all that dude sausage you gave him.

    How DID he catch encephalitis? How do you catch it? If you can get it from eating humans, then surely Jack or Alana would be better candidates- they’ve each had dinner 3 times at Hannibal’s, while prior to his sleep walking, Will only had breakfast with him in the Pilot.

    and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Farscape is my favorite show of all time.

    People keep stanning that show, one day I might have to watch it.

    I’ve worked out what’s wrong with Will, using my extensive medical knowledge

    I got spoilered by the stupid press release. Until then I was convinced it was a brain tumor.

    “I know. It’s unfortunate for Will.” Hannibal says. Holy fucking shit I hate him so much right now.

    I know, I hate him so much right now as well. Hannibal: Friends don’t let their friend’s brain overcook and convince them they’re going insane! I want Will to run as far away from Hannibal as possible, because Hannibal is seriously the worst friend EVER. He’s convincing Will he’s going insane, so that he could use his own form of therapy to mould him or something? he claims that he’ll eventually “put out the fire” (get Will help) but this could be lethal and it already seems to be pretty advanced- Will could die, before Hannibal decides he’s done playing with him!

    And don’t get me started on killing the doctor. I get why he would want him dead- he’s a loose end, someone who could tell Will the truth. But was he trying to frame Will for the murder? Hannibal had no way of knowing Georgia was stalking Will, so he wouldn’t have been trying to frame her (until she showed up). But Will wouldn’t have had blood splatter on him, so it wasn’t a perfect frameup job. Unless he wanted Will to think he (Will) killed the Doctor, but NOT to call the FBI, instead running to Hannibal (like Abigail did)? I dunno, sometimes (all the time) it’s hard for me to understand Hannibal’s motives, especially concerning Will (see sending Will after Tobias, but being relieved he’s alive).

    Haha, I didn’t mean to put in that whole conversation verbatim, but it’s such a good indicator of the different reasons Jack and Hannibal are dicking Will over–Jack for the greater good, and because Will won’t leave of his own volition. (Hannibal just because he likes to fuck with things and see what happens, and also because the more unstable and off-balance Will is, the less likely Hannibal is to get caught. See, the normal way to not get caught is to not befriend the only person who could possibly catch you, but Hannibal is not quite as smart as he thinks he is.)

    Oh my god, this scene was so good. Jack is, at his core, good. He is bedrock. He’d be a fantastic fucking anchor for literally anyone except Will, because Will spends so much time in other people’s houses that there’s no way for him to ever build his own, even on a foundation as solid as Jack Crawford. Which is a tragedy.

    I ACTUALLY LIKED JACK THIS EPISODE?! LOL, it was a weird feeling for me. I felt like for the first time, Jack was willing to acknowledge that Will has a problem, tells Will he’s responsible for him and will be his bedrock.

    I totally agree about the different reasons Hannibal and Jack are manipulating Will, but I’d add that Hannibal is also fascinated by Will and truly wants him as a friend (his version of friendship)- he just needs to mould Will a bit so he’ll accept his world view. He’s using Will’s illness to get Will to rely on him, so he can mess around with Will’s head and adjust a few things.

    I love Katz, I needs more Will-Katz in my life in any way (if they get together, or end up friends-with-benefits, I won’t complain). I miss the Will-Beverly scenes we had earlier on in the season.

    “Will is my friend. We will put out the fire, when it’s necessary.”

    LITERALLY I AM GOING TO FIGHT YOU WITH MY FISTS, HANNIBAL LECTER. He’s the worst.

    He’s totally the worst. I wanna pull an Alana and just get all up in his face and fight Will’s battles for him, because Will deserves actual friends (like Bev) and not psychos whose definition of friendship is “you’re interesting, I wanna dissect you and spend lots of time with you, but if you endanger me I’ll gut you without blinking”. Will- run away with your dogs on a boat and never look back! I think I know where the season finale is heading and it’s going to crush me.

    “I don’t know. I have a habit of collecting strays.”

    Will Graham is a psycho magnet. They all just him to understand them or they want a piece of him.

  11. This is the first episode of this show that managed to honest-to-god TERRIFY me. I don’t scare easily- I have sat through multiple horror movies with ghosts and zombies and shit without batting an eyelid- but the first mention of medical malpractice/doctors fucking over their patients makes me want to hide under the bed. Probably becuse it’s the most real danger anyone on this show faces; Hannibal Lecter is fictional, but scary doctors are EXCEEDINGLY real. And especially because I’ve been dependent on doctors to treat my mental illness in the past? GRAUGH.

    Horror movies- I would totally be the first one to die. I know it’s a consistently terrible idea to go into the dark building or run after the weird noises, but dammit, I HAVE TO KNOW.

    Favourite episode- I’m not sure! I mean in terms of rewatch potential, I’d be far more likely to go for the early ones before everything went to shit. THEY’RE MUCH LESS STRESSFUL.

  12. Georgia Madchen

    HAHA BRIAN FULLER YOU MASSIVE TROLL.

    (Madchen is german for girl, or technically why not just LASS)

    (also check your emailses, i just sent you the monthly/annual hit stats on these recaps)

  13. This is the first episode where I have had a full on freakout autistic flappy meltdown, if only because being gaslit is my worst fucking nightmare. Do you (she said rhetorically) know how many people I had to go to before I was diagnosed autistic? How many just told me I was a weirdo or whatever?

    I couldn’t agree more with the commenter who said this episode was a slap in the face for all the fluffy Hannigram people – Hannibal is in fact evil. He is a sociopath. He is willing to fuck anyone over to get what he wants. Even our Precious Moments angel.

    I literally, genuinely, no hyperbole, felt like vomiting when Hannibal was on screen after the LET’S HIDE THE ENCEPHALITIS scene. And now I will curl up in a ball and listen to that Drake song on repeat.

  14. This ep had my worst nightmare – something under the bed.

    Her ARM SKIN JUST CAME OFF. BLURRRRRRG.

    Didn’t top the human instrument for grossing me out but it was pretty up there.

    Haniibal you bastard!

  15. First things first:

    “Will probably has fucking Creutzfeldt-Jakob from eating all that dude sausage you gave him.

    I MEAN SAUSAGE MADE OF DUDES I DON’T THINK PRION DISEASES CAN BE TRANSMITTED VIA DICK.”

    I laughed for literally 10 minutes straight.

    This episode was so fucking scary. Like, scarier than any horror movie I’ve ever seen SCARY. I was watching it on my laptop with headphones on while my boyfriend was doing other stuff, and three or four times I was like “OH MY GOD, HOLY SHIT” and ripped my ear buds out to tell him what was happening because OH MY GOD, HOLY SHIT. The whole opening sequence with really stupid Canadian Fiona Apple, when Will went back to Delaware in the middle of the night and found Georgie under the bed, when her ARM DEGLOVED, when she was under his bed and HE CRAWLED UNDER THERE WITH HER WILL WHAT ARE YOU DOING… and then at the very end when we saw Hannibal killing the doctor with his terrifying blurred-out face and then just hanging Georgia the scissors and walking out. I regret watching this before bed, I am going to have fourteen thousand nightmares simultaneously and also I will need to move my bed onto the floor before I can ever sleep again.

    Hannibal was so awful in this episode. And that’s saying something, considering his normal behavior involves killing and eating people. But seeing him fuck with Will like this is just terrible to watch. Where was Alana in this episode? Will needs someone on his side.

    I’m calling shenanigans on only one of Will’s dogs alerting him to the strange and horrifying woman hiding under his bed. Those guys are really lying down on the job. Little white dog gets a promotion; she’s in charge from now on.

    Georgia would totally be able to pick Hannibal out of a lineup! Oh my god, I didn’t even think about that. But even if that doesn’t happen because her “memory can’t be trusted” or whatever, I hope she gets better and she and Will become friends.

    Im loving all the obvious call backs to Bryan Fuller’s other shows. I especially cannot wait for Lee Pace and his eyebrows to show up on this one! Lee Pace and Hugh Dancy on a screen together, it is to dream.

  16. “See, the normal way to not get caught is to not befriend the only person who could possibly catch you, but Hannibal is not quite as smart as he thinks he is.”

    I’m…not sure that’s quite right.

    Okay, it’s right. I mean, it’s right, but to Hannibal, I think that would be a calculated risk. He’s so intrigued by Will that he’s going to run the risk of getting caught, as small as it might be. That’s part of the reason he’s gaslighting Will, to minimize the odds of Will putting everything together.

    or maybe he just wants to frick him really badly it could be either

  17. OMG I am just getting caught up now on your recaps (they are THE BEST) and this was delightful:

    “Will probably has fucking Creutzfeldt-Jakob from eating all that dude sausage you gave him.

    I MEAN SAUSAGE MADE OF DUDES I DON’T THINK PRION DISEASES CAN BE TRANSMITTED VIA DICK.”

    NO ONE CARES, I KNOW but I have to mention that yes possibly you could transmit prion diseases thru macking! The prion protein does in fact appear in saliva! But it is a crazy rare disease, maybe 250 cases found/yr. Also I know this is old and everything but it also takes people 10 years from time of exposure to present with any of the Transmittable Spongiform Encephalopathies (prions have to form in the muscle then eventually build up until reaching the brain). I also wonder endlessly about how Hannibal avoids the many other illnesses he could contract (and unintentionally give to others) through his food. Hep C is way more common (and when was his last Hep B booster, now that he’s not working in a hospital). Not to mention things like overdosing on Vitamin E from eating too much liver lol

  18. –>encephalitis can be caused by herpes
    –>will only started having problems when he met hannibal
    –>hannibal has probably got the herp
    –>i have been waiting to make an encephalitis/herpes joke for three weeks and it’s clearly not working out. but i’m gonna leave it in anyway, because fuck it, family guy‘s still on the air. i can have this.
    –>”hello, i’m hannibal lecter, and i have genital herpes. but i don’t let it slow me down.” /montage of murder “valtrex helps me maintain a normal lifestyle.” /montage of cooking “herpes doesn’t control me anymore.” /hannibal and will sit in outdoor bathtubs on a hill watching the sunset

    I LAUGHED SO HARD I CRIED READING THIS. OMG

  19. This is the best, most pleasant and hilarious comments section I have ever read on the internet. Thank you for giving me a glimpse of hope for humanity (all while we chat about cannibalism and hack hack murdering!)

  20. I’m commenting on this a kajillion years later because there’s now headcanons floating around that Sutcliffe was the affair Hannibal had at John Hopkins.

    DON’T TELL ME IT’S NOT POSSIBLE JUST LOOK AT THEM TOGETHER. Plus I read ‘I feel like they totally banged in med school’ and sitting here thinking. ‘Yes they so did,totally.”

  21. It’s a mammoth playground built of mountains, hills, lakes, ddffeaaeekge

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