Hannibal – And the Woman Clothed in Sun Review

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By Carolyn Deas (@carolyndeas)

Is it just me, or is “Hannibal” getting weirder and weirder? This week, we got to delve further into Francis Dolarhyde’s story and even see the return of Dr. Bedelia DuMaurier.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

The episode begins back where we left off; Francis is on the phone with Hannibal. He convinced the operator at the hospital that he was Hannibal’s lawyer and was allowed to talk to him. Francis is thrilled that Hannibal is taking an interest in him. When they’re on the phone, Francis is imagining that he is with Hannibal in his office, talking like they were friends (because that’s what he wants). Hannibal knows how Francis must feel being distorted in the press. Who wants to be known as the Tooth Fairy anyway? Francis wants nothing more than to meet with Hannibal and watch him meld into the strength of the dragon.

Bedelia is back. At first I thought she was reciting poetry because of the rhythm in which she was speaking, but it soon became clear that she was retelling her tale of being stuck with Hannibal. She felt the deep truths about herself were smoke and mirrors once she was convinced she was actually Lydia Fell. She says what we take for granted about our sense of self is nothing more than a construct of the mind. I find that ever so interesting. I mean, are we really ingrained with our personalities and who we think we are? Think of how easy it is for people to change themselves to fit in with other people or to seem outgoing when they’re really not. People do it all the time. Will is there for her little presentation and afterwards, he asks her how she walked away unscarred when everyone else was still feeling the effects of Hannibal. She said she wasn’t herself.

In an ever-growing strange situation with Francis and Reba McClane (the blind woman from whom Francis asked for film), Francis takes her to the zoo. They are doing dental work on a lion and she can pet it while it’s under anesthesia. It might have been the weirdest scene I’ve ever witnessed in my life. She strokes the tiger as Francis describes him to her and she’s so overwhelmed, she cries. And Francis is crying too. He just seems so weird. They lost me a little bit there.

Back at Francis’ house, Reba tells him about how amazing the gesture of that morning was. People at work find him so mysterious but she doesn’t understand why. One thing leads to another, they have sex, and suddenly, Francis sees her in a whole new light. Seriously. She glows gold and seems like a goddess. Is he happy with that, though? In the morning, Francis (or D as Reba like to call him) wakes with a start and finds that she isn’t in bed. His first instinct is to run upstairs to his lair. Luckily, she isn’t there but instead, she’s sitting on the couch in the living room and asks for a ride home. He seems relieved.

Will meets with Bedelia again. She admits that while she hasn’t gone to see Hannibal, he does write her greeting cards and always sends her recipes. Are these the recipes he’s going to use on her one day? Bedelia says that Hannibal was never not her patient. They kept it covert. It wasn’t the first time she’s lost professional objectivity. The first time would be when Hannibal referred Neal Frank to her. He wasn’t responding to what Hannibal wanted to do. Neal realized that there was something wrong with Dr. Lecter. Neal explained to Bedelia that this is why he was sent to her. Neal felt uncomfortable because he got the feeling that Bedelia is like Hannibal. She didn’t offer a better way to treat him.

Bedelia tells Will that because he couldn’t save Hannibal, he’s trying to save the new prowler. She insists that Will and Hannibal’s relationship was more intimate than hers. She says the one thing she learned from Hannibal was the alchemy of truth and lies. Will isn’t a killer. He’s capable of righteous violence, though, because he is compassionate. Will questions why Bedelia didn’t just kill Hannibal, but she refutes, saying that the next time he thinks of helping someone, he should probably think of crushing them instead.

Will meets again with Hannibal, this time showing him a picture of the symbol carved on the tree at one of the houses. Hannibal says it’s a symbol meaning “you hit it,” often used in Japanese gambling, and Will comes back to say that it’s also a mahjong piece that represents the Red Dragon. They are still clueless as to why he went after these families in particular and they need to find the common factor. The next full moon is in 11 days. They don’t have much time.

The episode finishes with a trip to the Brooklyn Museum. Dolarhyde manages to gain entry by pretending to be a researcher. He wants to see the Blake watercolor – it depicts the Red Dragon that William Blake writes about in his poem of the same name. Once the painting is revealed to him, he incapacitates the Museum guide and wastes no time in touching the very sensitive painting. Again, this is where it gets weird. He eats the painting. Will must have known that this is where he would be (or maybe he didn’t), but he also comes to the museum requesting to see the Bake watercolor. When he gets there, Francis sneaks into the elevator, but doesn’t get away until he throws Will around a little bit. Will has lost him. And he was so close.

Rating: 4/5


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