In this episode of Gracepoint we learn very clearly that two of the townspeople are not who they claimed to be. In one case that’s very literal: Susan Wright is in fact Ruth Erlick. In one case, it’s the past rearing its ugly head: Jack Reinhold has a troubling past—he served time for sex with a minor. More on both of those later, but the show is also giving us insight into another person’s past: Emmett’s.
Emmett goes over to Ellie’s for dinner, and it’s initially extremely awkward, with Emmett wearing a suit and and going on a brief rant about the use of first names. (Not a fan.) But over Joe Miller’s Mexican food, he lets his history slip out. He explains that he is not married anymore, and that he moved to Rosemont to be near his wife’s family. He has one daughter, who lives with her mother. Emmett also reveals insecurity when it comes to Ellie. When she leaves the table he asks her husband, “does she like me?” Emmett confesses that he thinks that he irritates Ellie, which is right. When Joe tries to tiptoe around the truth, he tells Joe, “You are a terrible liar.” Joe responds, “And you are a terrible boss.” They laugh. Huh. Emmett has a sense of humor about himself.
After he leaves he calls Julianne, who we now know is his daughter. She, once again, doesn’t pick up. He leaves a message. Before he makes it home he has another one of his attacks. He makes it to his room, but collapses. The next thing we know he’s in the hospital with Gemma Fisher, who had claimed to be his wife when he couldn’t find next of kin. He insists that she can’t tell anyone about what happened, worried they will take him off the case. “Gemma, I need to stay on this case,” he says. Remember the reason why he’s in Gracepoint after all? Penance. His family’s connection to Rosemont and his subsequent disassociation from them, could perhaps mean that his family is in some way connected to the Rosemont case that plagues him.
Though we don’t know the full back story yet, Emmett seems like a case study for what’s about to happen to Gracepoint: a tragedy happens and personal lives are devastated.
We see that most keenly in the case of Jack Reinhold. Unlike Susan, Jack is someone who has clearly been integral to the community, but the facts of his past that Owen has uncovered threaten his place within it. Owen and Renee tell Ellie and Emmett about the discovery, leading them to bring Jack in, who says this prior crime has nothing to do with Danny. So why did no one know about this? Jack’s not on a registry because his crime happened before the registry began. “I’m not what you’re insinuating,” Reinhold says, but Emmett is keen to analyze his every move. He even asks him about pictures he took of the boys in his wildlife group. Reinhold’s defensiveness doesn’t do him any favors, nor does his lack of a good alibi for the night of Danny’s death.
Later, Owen, on the orders of Renee—who is up to something else—confronts Jack, who promptly grabs him, and tells him he is now “nothing but a snake.” Vince Novik sees this and will later tell Mark Solano. Jack further hurts his case by showing up at the Solanos to bring them Danny’s cell phone, which he found in a kayak. “I’m telling you I didn’t do it,” he says. But there is more that weighs against him. Oregon police reveal that there was a similar case around there 15 years prior to Danny’s murder. Jack used to live five miles from the scene of that crime. The last we see of Jack, he is burning his photos, including one of him and Danny. Once again the episode ends in fire. That burning boat we saw at the end of last week’s? It was doused in gasoline. It contained Danny’s hair.
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