‘Gracepoint’ 1.08 or Carvering Out A Killer or Quality over Quantity

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Last night’s episode of Gracepoint was brought to you by the letter Q. Q stands for Quality and Quanity. Because the former is always more important than the latter, and Carver has wagged his finger into a mass of suspects for long enough.

It’s been good fun, Gracepoint, but I’m about ready for this all to be over. Last week I was glad to see my issues with the chipper atmosphere of the series take a turn for the more appropriately dark, following the recent suicide of Jack Reinhold, the unexpected disappearance of Tom Miller, and the introduction of a twisted young PTSD veteran, the backpacker, Lars Pierson. Still, as the series comes to an end, I find that there have been several missed opportunities where it has opted for confusing the audience by throwing in more red herrings (i.e. characters, clues) over fleshing out and developing the darker inner conflicts between characters or within them.

For example: Who cares if Paul has a crush on Beth Solano and Mark knows it? Oh so Paul’s motive for killing Danny was that Beth would turn to him in her time of need? That would not be shocking, it would just be really shitty of him. If Paul had truly done it (or if the series wants us to believe that it could be him) making him Mark’s best friend would have been a far more interesting route to take. If Paul does turn out to be the killer, then I hope that he’s also having a secret love affair with Vince and Danny found out… or something. (That might be pretty good, actually. It would also explain why Trailer Park Susan told Vince “you weren’t thinking straight“.) My point is that whatever the answer turns out to be, I fear that not knowing or trusting the killer to begin with will cause the revelation to fall flat. Since the series has not delved into the lives of 85% the characters all that deeply, I’m just hoping the killer is someone whose revelation would destroy the 15% of characters we’ve actually gotten to know.  If it does, great, but even then I wish the series had less characters that I knew more about, rather than more characters that I knew less about. Quality over quanity.

Aside from Tom, the bit about Paul’s drug addiction, and the incomplete factoids about Trailer Park Susan, we learned very little about the characters. Not enough to speculate on extensively anyway. This week I’m sticking to bullet points recapping what we know and what we don’t know.


  • Tom was not kidnapped. He went off to find Pierson himself (as theorized last week) and got lost, presumably without cell reception in the woods. He has never met or spoke to Pierson.
  • Tom carried a crossword puzzle book belonging to Danny with him, and planned on showing Pierson the book to guilt him into confessing. (If this is real, I know he’s a kid, but that’s dumb as rocks.)
  • Renee seems to believe its more than a coincidence that Carver has worked on two cases where more than one child has gone missing. Is that because she believes his incompetence to be so severe that it leads to such a thing, or is it because she thinks he could be the killer?
  • Nina’s mother, (one of the Rosemont victims) also believes that Carver is totally incompetent. Beth seems unfazed by this.
  • Beth has decided to keeping the baby and the Solanos are rebuilding.
  • The burning boat also had paint chips which matched Danny’s skateboard, and household cleaning products (glass cleaner) which points to the murder not having been premeditated as the killer had to improvise with glass cleaner to get rid of the evidence.
  • Paul admits he has used the boat before along with many other townspeople. A voluntary DNA sample is pending.
  • Paul used to be addicted to drugs (per Paul, mixing pain killers with alcohol after an accident), as well as having “kissed” Beth when they were in high school.
  • Pierson is let go due to a lack of evidence and Ellie feels that “something really doesn’t make sense about all this“.
  • Carver is having nightmares regarding all the missing children and his inability to save them. He isn’t having any nightmares or thoughts about his relationship with his own daughter however.
  • Kathy uncovered some facts about Trailer Park Susan’s past on her own, particularly something concerning her husband and children. Two old newspaper clippings are seen: 1) Family torn apart by tragedy and 2) Father sentenced to 20 years (see below)Screenshot 2014-11-21 13.28.20
  • Vince takes Susan’s dog from her and considers killing it
  • Tom still fears that whatever he deleted on his laptop when he learned of Danny’s death will be accessible by someone and decides to smash it to bits.
  • Someone (who?) spots a light on at Harvey Ridge Hut and a hooded person escapes.


  • Is Danny smashing the computer a sign that he has lied about anything so far? For example, Pierson? What could it be? And what would keep him from letting anyone know? Either he would get in trouble, or someone else would.
  • What tragedy accured to Susan’s family that put her husband in jail for 20 years? I would doubt another rape but perhaps a manslaughter case? Why is she implicated? Is she being interrogated just for having the skateboard or for what was revealed in Kathy’s newspaper clippings as well?
  • Did Susan really believe that the police wouldn’t come looking for her after she gave Tom the skateboard?
  • Was Tom’s surprise at the skateboard a sign that he really doesn’t know what happened to Danny? He’s a kid, I doubt he would fake that kind of surprise.
  • What does Susan’s dog have to do with anything? I theorized last week that the dog may be involved somehow but even then I didn’t know what that meant, just that the show seemed to be focusing on the dog quite a bit. Dogs can’t speak so what is the threat there? Did the dog eat something that could be evidence?
  • Who was the hooded individual at Henry Ridge Hut? Was it a man? I don’t think that was made clear… is a woman still a possible suspect? Remember they would have had to carry Danny’s body down to the bridge, presumably.
  • Is Carver really being considered a suspect?
  • Also, what is up with his heart condition? It’s not creating much tension, it’s just incredibly annoying, right?


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