Last night on Twisted everyone told their secrets. Rico told Danny he'd seen his mother throwing away the incriminating necklace; Lacey, Jo and Danny came clean to Sheriff Masterson about the apartment Danny's late father owned, and the cash and ransom notes he was sending Regina; Jo told Lacey, in a strangely tacked-on subplot, that her father was gay-- and hooking up with Lacey's sister's gymanstics coach. Finally Danny's mother, Karen, told her own truth: that she'd confessed to murdering Regina only when it looked like her son was going to jail, because she was a terrible, selfish mother when he was younger and has felt guilty about it ever since. She had to take the fall to protect him, apparently, but of course she isn't the murderer.
It was relief to get all of that air cleared, especially since, as Danny points out to Sheriff Masterson towards the episode's end, the envelope full of cash really does point suspicion away from him and his mother and towards someone else entirely. (Though of course that someone else may be his dad, who died in a mysterious boating accident, and whose body has never been found.) It gives us room to move as we head towards next week's finale, with all of the minor reveals over and everyone pretty much on the same page once again.
Or are they? There are still two huge secrets being kept: Lacey and Danny's (maybe kaput) relationship-- which fell victim to Danny's confession that he had had the necklace all along, or until his mother disposed of it-- and, on the murder side of things, the fact that apparently (we learn via flashback) Karen knew about the Connecticut apartment and VIkram's secret trips there all along.
Twisted does fine as a straight up teen murder mystery, but I miss the creepy ambiguity of the first few episodes, the promise that the show as going to explore Danny's psyche and the discomfort of those around him as they tried to figure out whether he was, as Lacey dubbed him, a socio, or whether he was, in fact, sincere in his rehabilitation and efforts to reintegrate himself. It would have been nice to have stretched that out longer-- the question of Danny's guilt no longer seems relevant, even to Sheriff Masterson. There's one episode left to wrap up loose ends, and likely another season after that to create new ones, but I'm curious about how the show is going to earn its title once Danny's good name has been cleared for once and for all.
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