'The Killing' recap: Makin' Good Decisions! Starring Belko Royce

the-killing.jpgObsequious campaign strategists Jamie and Gwen spend the day in Richmond's hospital, wondering if he's going to live. Eventually Gwen comes clean about rescinding his alibi for the night of the murder, but at least confirms for us that she was telling the truth. Jamie's in no position to get pissed at her about this... Until, at the end of the day, we learn that Richmond is now paralyzed from the waist down. Gwen goes home to wipe his blood off her bra, and Jamie does that intense career-hunger face he always does.

Over at the Larsens's, things are the usual nonstop cavalcade of fun. Aunt Terry moves in to replace the vanished Mitch as the household's "single functioning adult," so the kids spend most of the time blackly hating the bummer that is their lives.

They didn't have very far to take Belko Royce for booking, considering his Jack Ruby act was right outside the station, but that doesn't mean that Belko Royce doesn't go pretty far all on his own. Crazy, I mean. He goes very crazy. Shoot your mom, shoot a public figure, shooting spree inside a police station crazy. After a soft interrogation by Holder, poor old wonderful awful Belko Royce gets a visit from Stan that's pretty heartbreaking, once he realizes that Stan has come to think of him as a sort of rabid animal that's outlived its usefulness, rather than what he really is, which is a three-way cross between The Blind Side, Of Mice & Men, and like the perfect date.