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Season 2 Episode 9 of Only Murders in the Building
Only Murders in the Building's sheer number of storylines has made it difficult to follow along and tie everything together. Every week there seems to be something new to focus on, a different character being introduced, or a cliffhanger that is ignored for several episodes. This requires the audience to not only be patient, but also consider every single plot line that is shown.
Sparring Partners is able to finally close a few of the many mysteries that have been collected throughout the season that have been put on the back burner for later. It sets up anticipation for the finale in an excellent fashion, but moves so quickly that it feels like you need to get a rewatch to fully confirm all of your doubts and to understand where we are with just one episode remaining.
After the idea of them not being biologically related was brought into the picture mid-season, Oliver tells Will that the DNA test results have returned and confirmed their blood connections, but it's easy to tell Oliver is lying to his son when Teddy Dimas (Nathan Lane) steps onto an elevator with Oliver as his version of revenge.
Late in the episode, Oliver asks his arch-enemy of two seasons to refrain from revealing the actual paternity test findings. He believes that will not happen if Will knows the truth. Its unfortunate this is the route Oliver wants to go, because finding out this type of news will not break them.
After discovering the real Leonora Folger online, Charles learns all about his father and the painting that inspired the first few episodes of the season.
Rose helps Charles remove a nail from the back of the painting to reveal the real gem underneath: a painting depicting Charles as a child with his father. His dad was very fond of his son, and wanted to be someone Charles would remember fondly. He was not able to do so before his death, but the insights uncovered in this painting assist Charles in resolving some of his childhood trauma.
Mabel (Selena Gomez) learns to recognize Detective Krepps (Michael Rapaport) as the glittering man she beat on the train a couple of episodes ago. He decides to investigate the Krepps' background through some boxing training. Cinda Canning (Tina Fey) has been suggested as a possible manipulator of the crimes she podcasts about.
The three pin her on the board as the criminal mastermind, meaning we now know that Cinda is puppeteering the mystery behind the scenes for her own good. Maybe she's the murderer, or maybe she's just a part of it. In one of Cindas most famous murder mystery podcasts, All is Not OK in Oklahoma.
The person who gets revealed as the murderer will have a hard time comparing to Jans' revelation last year. The suspects are compelling, but the potential culprit will feel semi-lackluster unless there's a 180 degree turn and the killer is someone completely unexpected. We also know the show will continue to develop in the next season. It all should come to fruition soon!