'Hannibal' Recap: The Dangerous Doctor
'Hannibal' Recap: The Dangerous Doctor
Josie Rhodes Cook
Josie Rhodes Cook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
In tonight's episode, the case from last week's season premiere is solved (sort of) and Will gets an unlikely new supporter. 

First of all, that lone survivor from the last few minutes of the previous episode, "Kaiseki," is still alive and kicking for the first few minutes of this one. Well, not kicking so much, since the killer has sewn various parts of his body together to hold him in a desired position. 

The poor guy rips himself away from the other bodies, and yanks the parts of his body that are unnaturally connected apart in order to get the Hell out of that silo. He succeeds at his escape, only to have the killer show up and follow him through a cornfield and to a nearby river. The guy takes his chances and jumps, only to hit an outcropping on the way down and die. Whomp whomp. 

Hannibal's Machinations

Will admits that he needs help, that he doesn't know who he is anymore, and he's afraid. Hannibal requests that Will let him help, and although we all know that's a bad idea, he later tells Dr. Du Maurier that he is in fact resuming therapy with Will. Joy.

In the same conversation with Du Maurier, she resigns from doing therapy with Hannibal. Why? At first she claims she can no longer help him, but she soon hints at the fact that she knows he's orchestrating more than he's letting on, and she's realized that he's dangerous. So, in a way, she's making an escape as well. 

Jack's Permission

When the team looks at the newest body, Beverly makes a comment about a color palette that Jack realizes is more of a Will comment than a Beverly observation. He questions why she went to Will without asking, but she knew he would never give her permission but that they needed Will's help. 

Jack reveals that he is being ordered to get a psych evaluation after his involvement in events with the Will situation, and that he and their department are under very close watch from the internal investigation. He also gives Beverly permission, in a roundabout way, to continue speaking with Will, while pretending that they never actually spoke. It's tricky, but for now it's all they've got. 

The Clue

While the group was looking over the body, Hannibal suggests looking for clues in the cracks of the stuff embalming them for clues. And, when no one is paying attention, he smells the newest body for his own clues. Yuck. 

He then sees himself in a field of corn with the body, so he knows where to look for other bodies. Not for the same reason the rest of the team wants to find them, of course. 

Everybody Talks

Hannibal then goes to talk with Will again, about structure and friendships and normality, but the point of the conversation ultimately is to find out more about what Will thinks of the case. His perspective is that the killer sees all of his victims as a human mural, with each body as a brushstroke.

Later, Beverly comes back to speak with Will as well, but he tells her that to get further help from him, he needs something in return. He asks her to forget the evidence against him and to start fresh, to start over. If he's guilty, he claims, she'll find more evidence of that. If not, hopefully she'll find proof of that too. She agrees to give it a shot, then gives him the file. He does his thing, looking into the mind and motivations of this particular killer. 

Thanks to this, he realizes that the latest victim survived the overdose that the other victims did not, thanks to a high tolerance for opiates that he figures out with Beverly's comment that the victim's had drug problems. This also leads him to realize that the victim escaped to the river himself, and he suggests  looking upstream from there, somewhere where the killer could work without notice - a warehouse, or a barn.

Gruesome Discovery

However, Hannibal is one step ahead of them! He finds the silos where the killer is keeping the bodies, and watches from above one, covered from head to toe in a plastic bodysuit, as the killer walks in. He tells the man that he loves his work, because of course he does, the creep.

Not long after, the site is crawling with FBI. Beverly tells Hannibal that thanks to help from both him and Will, they were able to find the location. Little do they know that Hannibal already found it on his own.

Jack and Hannibal talk about the scene, and Hannibal questions what it looks like from above. Of course, Jack has a photo of that, and Hannibal waxes poetic about the killer looking at God, and the whole thing looking like an eye. He's also very unhelpful about whether the killer will strike again.

A Darker World

At Jack's psych evaluation, he admits that he thought whatever he put Will through, he could fight his way back, and that he was wrong. He feels that he's failed, and that he sees not only Will, but the world differently now, darker, somehow. 

When he looks at Will, he sees a killer, and he can't make those two things work together. A hint, maybe, that he hasn't totally given up on his young friend just yet.

Not Like the Others

Of the forty-seven bodies found, nineteen were identified. The latest one, John Doe 21, they can't find any information on, and oh, by the way, his leg is missing too. And where does it happen to be?

In Hannibal's kitchen, of course! He prepares it, then eats alone, for once, instead of preparing this meal for a guest. Interesting.

Beverly and Hannibal later ask Will for more help, showing him a photo of the 'eye' configuration of the bodies, and he steps into the place of the killer in his mind and realizes that the latest body is different from the others. It doesn't belong. 

So why is it there? We get to see Hannibal sewing Will up and quoting their earlier conversation about God enjoying killing, and this leads Will to realize that the killer is in the mural himself.

We then get to see Hannibal injecting the guy with the drugs the other victims overdosed on, saying he'll finish the job. The killer asks why Hannibal is helping him, and he says some confusing stuff about how if God is looking at the guy, doesn't he want to be looking back? 

I'm not totally sure if he's implying that he sees himself as God, in a way, because he turns the guy to look at him, or if he's just generally talking about the overall scheme of the 
"eye" human mural and being a part of it. I think it's the second option, but it's unclear.

Du Maurier's Request

Du Maurier speaks with Jack and lets him know that she believes it would be irresponsible if she continues to see Dr. Lecter, requesting that the conversation they are having be their last on the subject. She claims to be feeling insecure, and that the whole thing with Will, Graham, and Hannibal's interactions with him are stirring up a mess of unresolved issues for her related to her previous attack by a patient. 

She requests that the FBI not contact her again, although she knows Jack can't totally control that. Is Gillian Anderson about to disappear for awhile?  I was just getting used to how awesomely they're using her on the show this season!

Prurnell's Plea

Kade Prurnell, the investigator we met in the premiere, approaches Will in his cell to talk with him about his case. She wants him to plead guilty, promising to make him comfortable in the facility if he does so. She argues heavily that the cards are stacked against him, but Will won't back down. 

Ms. Prurnell tells Will that she's trying to save his life, but Will realizes that he'll have to do that on his own. But first, he has to convince the others that the performance they're all watching is not of his own making. 


Du Maurier also visits Will, who is quite popular this episode. But she isn't there to tell him to plead one way or the other, or to ask him for help with something. She introduces herself, and tells him that she believes he can survive what has happened to him.

Will notices the distinction, and she walks right up to the bars, much to the guards' discontent, to tell him in a whisper that she believes him. Finally, someone does.


The final scene of the episode shows Hannibal walking into what I believe is Du Maurier's house, and finding the furniture covered in sheets and the whole place silent. A bottle of perfume is left on a chair, and he remembers her comment that he is dangerous. Something for us to keep in mind the rest of the season.

Hannibal airs at 10pm on Friday nights, on NBC.

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