The Alienist: These Bloody Thoughts Recap

Synopsis: Sara and Kriezler posit on the ability to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Connor eye potential suspects. Roosevelt is under scrutiny from the public.

Watching Kreizler interact with a former patient to gain some insight into the mind of a killer gave me Sherlock and Penny Dreadful-like joys! But, Kreizler’s approach to learn more of those around him, even to provoke them to learn more about their own idiosyncrasies, is a bit unnerving. Especially when he thinks everyone is capable of the most deplorable of crimes.

We also learn that Roosevelt and Kreizler knew each other back when they were in university and that when they were about to fight, Teddy stopped the fight when he saw Kreizler’s “Broken Wing” of an arm. However, that handicap does not deter Kreizler from doing anything. But, their past together had given Roosevelt a good idea of what makes Kreizler tick. Yet, their past is not the only thing that gives you some idea of what is going in Kreizler’s head. We see him talk to both his former and current patients, we see him interact with Mary’s under things and when he sees John walk in with Mary, it kind of sets him off.

The reason why Mary and John are together is that she was upset about Kreizler and Sara going off to the park together, John takes Mary out on a date to the pictures via Edison’s Vitascope. This makes Kreizler a bit jealous. This is the assumption made by Moore, but Kreizler uses that to further analyze Moore. Understandably, Moore questions why Kreizler continues to push away those that care about him.

New clues: Moore learns, from his Dentist’s patient, that the Silvery Smile is caused when someone takes mercury salts for syphilis. This explains the scene of the man slathering himself with that white cream. Is this the killer?

Moore, along with the officer, tie the castle to the now defunct whore house that Santorelli lived and worked at.

Our team is then lured to Brubacher’s, but why? He knows who they are and that they are working on this case together, but who is it? And as they read the letter that was sent to Santorelli’s mother…explaining to her that he did not have sex with her son, but she did eat him flesh. That is when we see the face of the man with the silvery smile. Is it William, the son of the well-to-do family? Or is it someone else? I think it’s the man helping the family take care of covering up her son’s indiscretions.


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