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Queen's Gambit, Accepted 

As Los Angeles erupts in racial violence, Fauna decides she has no other choice than to confront George Hodel about his activities herself, while Jay is stuck in jail, again.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Jay Singletary
India Eisley ... Fauna Hodel / Pat
Jefferson Mays ... George Hodel
Leland Orser ... Peter Sullivan
Yul Vazquez ... Billis
Dylan Smith ... Sepp (credit only)
Golden Brooks ... Jimmy Lee
Justin Cornwell ... Terrence Shye
Connie Nielsen ... Corinna Hodel
Arlen Escarpeta ... Xander
Lauren Flans ... George's Mother
Chris Johnson ... Joe
Kristof Konrad ... Rachmaninoff
Theo Marshall ... Detective Cuddy
Shoniqua Shandai ... Tina


Fauna is unknowingly drugged by Corinna Hodel and brought to her father George Hodel's mansion where she quickly realizes that she is intended to be Dr. Hodel's next victim unless she escapes from his imprisonment. Meanwhile Jay is being physically beaten while in police custody and he finds a creative way to convince the dirty cops to release him by agreeing to do their dirty work by falsifying his involvement with another murder so the cops can close a case. Written by Ed Shullivan

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Drama | Mystery






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5 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Queen's Gambit, the episode title, refers to a tactic in the game of chess. See more »


Fauna Hodel: Things here have changed. Feels like the more they change the more they stay the same. I feel... lost and alone sometimes. I feel so different than everyone around me, like you feel. Maybe it's because we know what monsters are. We know what makes them, and I know what un-makes them. We keep struggling. Making due and going on, cause that's all there is. When you look in the mirror, Jay, I hope you can live with what you see. The devil is something we all carry in our hearts. We have to make ...
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dark, beautiful horror - even the background is art
5 March 2019 | by spasticfreakshowSee all my reviews

Our mouths have watered over the luscious mid-century architecture, costumes, hair and cinematography throughout the series, but the mastery of the period settings have never used to better effect than in this satisfying finale. Hodel's home should be open to the public, like the Gaudi Museum in Barcelona, if it truly looks anything like what we're shown in both the interior and exterior - as a national treasure. Even the omnipresent backdrop of racist oppression reaches a climax, albeit in the background and not distracting from the main plot, rather adding to the richness and dimension of the painting that is this production, with a few satisfying blows thrown in return. If there was no plot at all, this would be a sheer pleasure to watch.

Until now, Fauna/Pat has been slow to accept the truth about anything in her own history, defiant and independent, yet weak and in need of protector. But as she is (somewhat predictably, yet visually classic noir recreated) betrayed and put in the greatest danger of all, the daughter of the bull roars and transforms, in a shocking show of self-awareness and agency. No longer the damsel in distress, but now a source of inspiration to some, and fear to others.

The suspense builds slowly, so artfully, there is a horror movie feel to it, but what horror film has ever been so aesthetically pleasing in every way, so well written, well acted, well directed, well produced? There is never a moment in which you wonder why the idiot kids split up or the protagonist does something so inane that it ruins everything - no, this is not your tv dinner horror, but the gourmet feast you never dreamed would really come. The conclusion is neither pat (forgive the pun), nor 'boring' nor 'kitsch' but subtly hopeful, like a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. So satisfying, you greedily want more.

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