The Alienist Silver Smile Recap Season 1 Episode 3 – The opening segment may be introducing us to the killer or at least someone with similar appetites and connections within the police department. Mary and Cyrus have something deadly in common. And what was the fate of John Moore? We find out in the third episode.
The Alienist Silver Smile Recap Season 1 Episode 3
The Alienist boasts a very strong cast and some wonderful guest stars as well. This episode brings Sara Vickers (Endeavour’s Joan Thursday), Grace Zabriskie (Big Love’s Lois Henrickson), and Sean Young (Gene Hackman and Kevin Kostner’s love interest in No Way Out).
The most interesting character is Sara Howard. She’s a pioneer professional woman – in a very male, very corrupt police department working for an unpopular (among the corrupt ranks) Commissioner Roosevelt. Her job is sometimes clerical, sometime babysitting – but she has the opportunity to work with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and the assignment is opening her up to discovering detective abilities that would be ignored by others simply because she is a woman.
Miss Howard has made a hard choice. At an alumni function, she has a chance to catch up with her college roommate, and asks, “Are we the only old maids here?” That’s when Jane Gooding (Sara Vickers) announces her engagement (and that they’ve done “it”) to Miss Howard. Sara then tells Jane that there’s someone in her life, but it’s rather new, and he’s a…doctor. I really think Sara would be happier with John Moore than Dr. Laszlo Kreizler.
Speaking of John Moore, he is back at Kreizler’s mansion. Stevie found him wandering the streets, incoherent and pants-less. Moore, who was drugged, has only fragments of memories from the night before. When we see the Axis of Evil (Connor, Byrnes, and Paul Kelly) discussing Moore’s visit to Paresis Hall, Connors comments that Moore won’t be sitting for a week – indicating (grossly) that Moore had been raped.
Kreizler has a knack for rubbing people the wrong way. Even people he has saved from the gallows, like Cyrus. They have a very interesting exchange which reveals some jaw-dropping revelations.
Cyrus was accused of murder. Kreizler testified on his behalf, essentially saying that Cyrus was triggered by an event that similar to his own mother’s death which sent him into a murderous rage. When Kreizler mentions that, Cyrus says that he would have done anything to keep the rope from his neck – not exactly saying, “Dr. Kreizler your diagnosis was bogus” but clearly not giving it any credence.
Kreizler asks him to describe what it feels like to kill another human being. This whole exchange brought an episode from The Shield to mind – where Dutch strangles a cat to try and get into the mind of a killer. It was very, very creepy.
But it served to put a dent in the perception of Kreizler as the smartest guy in the room. Apparently, he gets it wrong sometimes. Cyrus obliges Kreizler with an intense and remorseless recollection of the deed.
“There’s been another one” – The case itself
Another “boy whore,” as the malevolent Connors puts it, has been found murdered. This time on the roof of the aquarium. Roosevelt manages to delay word getting to Connor, so that Kreizler’s team can have a precious hour to investigate the crime scene.
The audience knows that there is person of interest as far as the police are concerned: Mr. Willem Van Bergen. He’s known to frequent Paresis Hall, and according to Thomas Byrnes, the boys at the hall have noted that Van Bergen and Giorgio/Gloria were fond of one another. (This feels like a red herring to me, we’ll see.)
If Van Bergen is indeed the perpetrator, the police are doing their best to protect him. He must lining many a pocket.
The K Team has fingerprints – still a new science. And, Kreizler feels like he’s beginning to get more of an idea of the killer. The boys must trust him – why else would they follow him to these heights?
The Alienist Silver Smile Recap Season 1 Episode 3 odds and ends:
- Like Cyrus, Mary has murdered someone. John Moore tells Sara Howard that Mary set her father on fire as a young girl.
- Mary has a fondness for Kreizler. She enters the room when he is undressing and helps him. We see that he has a withered arm.
- During Sara’s visit with her college roommate, I wondered if maybe there had been something between the two women while they were in college and that explained Sara’s awkwardness at Jane’s announcement.
- Quote of the week comes from Lucius Isaacson, “The rich will always choose dead children over social scandal.”
- Kreizler challenges John Moore and Sara Howard, demanding to know “What is your opiate?” This upsets Sara and angers Moore.
- John’s grandmother (Grace Zabriskie) tries her hand at a little matchmaking. John, normally very polite, doesn’t succeed at masking his irritation when the poor girl and her mother come to visit.
- The episode is called Silver Smile – and while we know that has been said about the killer, we don’t know why he has the nickname.
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The Alienist Silver Smile Recap Season 1 Episode 3 characters and cast include:
Dr. Laszlo Kreizler – Daniel Bruhl (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Rush, Alone in Berlin, Woman in Gold, The Fifth Estate)
John Moore – Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Dracula Untold, The Fate of the Furious, The Girl on the Train, Message from the King, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Theodore Roosevelt – Brian Geraghty (Bobby, The Hurt Locker, Flight, Ray Donovan, The Sopranos)
Cyrus Montrose – Robert Wisdom (The Loft, The Dark Knight Rises, Ray, The Wire, Burn Notice, Supernatural, Nashville, Face/Off)
Marcus Isaacson – Douglas Smith (Vinyl, Big Love, Miss Sloane)
Lucius Isaacson – Matthew Shear (The Meyerowitz Stories, Mistress America, The Boy Downstairs)
Mary Palmer – Q’Orianka Kilcher (Sons of Anarchy, The New World, Hostiles, The Killing)
Stevie Taggert – Matt Lintz (Kill the Messenger, Free State of Jones, Pixels, Banshee)
Sara Howard – Dakota Fanning (The Runaways , Man on Fire, The Motel Life, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Hide and Seek, Sweet Home Alabama)
Captain Connor – David Wilmot (The Guard, Calvary, Black Sails, Ripper Street, Vikings, The Tudors)
John’s Grandmother – Grace Zabriskie (Twin Peaks, Outcast, Ray Donovan, Big Love)
J. P. Morgan – Michael Ironside (Total Recall, The Machinist, Scanners, Top Gun)
Paul Kelly – Antonio Magro (Titanic, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Line of Duty, Hooten & the Lady)
Sergeant Doyle – Martin McCreadie (The Five, Legend)
Mayor Strong – Peter McRobbie (Brokeback Mountain, Bridge of Spies, Lincoln, The Visit, Boardwalk Empire)
Willem’s Mother – Sean Young (No Way Out, Dune, The Young and the Restless, The Drop, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Fatal Instinct)
Edith Roosevelt – Katie Brayben
Alice Roosevelt – Lily-Rose Aslandogdu
Lincoln Steffens – Jefferson White (House of Cards, The Americans, How to Get Away with Murder, Manhattan)
Mr. Van Bergen – Steve Pacey (Wallander, Boy A, Blake’s 7)
Jane Gooding – Sara Vickers (Endeavour, Sunshine on Leith, Shetland, Privates)