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Kimber skyrocketed to the top of the suspect’s list on Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 3, but that can’t be it, right? It’s far too easy for her to be the killer, even though it is highly suspicious that she doesn’t have her hankie, and she got super fidgety about what happened to it. It’s a fair avenue to explore, but I don’t see this being as straightforward as a scorned lover. 

Kimber definitely has an ego complex as evidenced by her jealousy of the show’s new shining star, Loretta, and it’s slightly worrisome when she states she might have to “snuff” out the bright light, so while Loretta likely needs to watch her back because there’s been a new target placed on it, I don’t exactly think she’s the reason for Ben’s death. 

In fact, in that very moment, as Loretta delivered a tender lullaby that was sold as the heart of the production, confirming that Oliver wasn’t past his prime and onto something real and magical with a play doomed to fail from the start, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that this was the show’s way steering us astray and painting her in a sweet and innocent way—guardianlike, almost, as if someone this caring could never so much as hurt a fly—to distract from the fact that she’s the true villain under the surface. And it speaks to Meryl Streep’s talents as she’s able to convey so much with just a stare or minor gesture. She brings so much nuanced emotional depth with a hint of mystery and a ting of comedy, and it’s incredible to see it come to life and one of the strongest aspects of the season.

And the fact that the pivotal scene unfolded alongside the video that Mabel and Tobert fetched, revealing Ben’s forbidden love affair with someone assumedly in the cast, also painted Loretta in a suspicious light as we’ve seen that she’s a woman who will do anything to get her flowers, even nabbing Ben’s manager and brother, Dickie, to shepherd her own career. 

I was convinced it was Loretta who was in Ben’s dressing room right before the show kicked off, but, of course, the footage from that night only captured one angle, not revealing the other person in the space. 

Ben explained that he knew the relationship would ruin his career, however, and while that didn’t happen, per se, it did put an end to his career… permanently. Maybe Ben wasn’t even talking to anyone… maybe he was practicing for a new role… or maybe he was talking to the cookies! Could you imagine?

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Considering the series has managed to nab such a musically-gifted cast, I’m glad they’re finally putting it to good use because, in the first few episodes, we’ve gotten a Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Ryan Broussard cabaret performance along with the beautiful Streep and Ashley Park collaboration of “Look to the Light.” Can it get any better?

Cliff was also obsessed with the musical, putting his foot down and telling his overbearing mother Donna that they will be supporting this musical no matter what—and it’s nice to see him stand up for himself.

There’s not much to work off of with the current clues as Charles, despite his best efforts (if you could even consider those his “best”), wasn’t really that useful in providing anything other than the information about Kimber’s missing hankie, which may or may not be a fluke. Three seasons in and his lying skills are subpar as are his trash-talking abilities.

Oliver was much too focused on his production and salvaging reputation to care about the murder investigation, going as far as to ban Mabel from the apartment while he was hosting rehearsals, but that didn’t stop her from getting her sleuth on, running into Tobert on her way to snoop around Ben’s penthouse for clues and evidence. 

Tobert, if he can be trusted (and that’s a huge “if”), is a refreshing new team-up for Mabel, who seems to be the most invested in figuring this mystery out, and the only one that doesn’t have other commitments distracting her. There’s definitely a lot of sexual tension between the two of them, and I don’t mind Mabel getting into another relationship as long as Tobert isn’t the killer. And again, that’s a huge “if” because we have no reason not to think he’s not involved.

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Tobert, Robert with a T, or Tobbie, said that Ben took his camera before he went into the dressing room before the show, which was still recording, but we can only take him at his word—what if he’s the other person on the camera? He could be manipulating Mabel’s entire investigation by staying close to the enemy so that she doesn’t figure it out. No one asked if he still had his hankie, that’s all I’m saying. The story he said about the baby elephant, and not knowing if he should go help the poor creature or watch its slow death, may have been his way of revealing his guilt in allowing Ben to plunge to his death and doing nothing to help him. 

One thing is for sure—things are heating up at the Arconia this season! Mabel and Tobert’s chemistry isn’t the only romance bubbling up this season as Oliver has found himself locking lips with Loretta! Is he pulling a Charles and kissing the killer? That can’t be good for keeping his stress levels down. 

Loretta decided to stick around after taking center stage, turning down the faux Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Grey’s New Orleans Family Burn Unit (don’t get any ideas, ABC!), but is it because of her feelings for Oliver and the gratitude for discovering her, or is there more to her decision that we’re just not seeing yet?

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Only Murders in the Building Season Finale Recap – The Arconia’s Next Victim Revealed (310)

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Which one of the Pickwick triplets did it? That was essentially the question haunting the final episode of Only Murders in the Building Season 3, except swap Pickwick triplets for someone from the production of Death Razzle Dazzle. 

Mabel, Oliver, and Charles’ investigation coincided with the opening night of Oliver’s Broadway musical, which was fitting since the plot of the musical paralleled this season’s murder mystery, specifically, how far would a mother go for her child?

The trio confirmed—with ease— that Donna did, in fact, poison Ben Glenroy with a cookie right before the first opening night, in an attempt to protect her baby boy, Cliff, from the worst review about his first production ever. She didn’t intend on killing Ben, she simply wanted to knock him out for a bit. The trio was quite surprised by her straightforward confession, but honestly, there was no need for her to drag it on any further or try to weasel her way out of it… the facts were right there staring her in the face, and with supposed stage 4 lung cancer, she didn’t have much to lose. 

But there was still the question of Ben’s actual murder as we know the rat poison didn’t actually kill him. Donna confessed to pushing him down the elevator shaft after Mabel showed her the handkerchief with her lipstick on it, and while everyone was happy that they got the confession on tape and could move on to focus on the show, Mabel wasn’t convinced. Something just didn’t sit right with her about the whole situation, and it wasn’t until she witnessed Loretta’s confession to Dickie about being his mother—and he already knew, he always knew—that she realized it wasn’t just a mother protecting her son but a son protecting his mother. 

The real killer was Cliff, who had a run-in with Ben right after he got his lab results and learned of the poisoning. Since he was fasting that day, he was easily able to connect it back to Donna, and when he promised that she’d go to jail for a really long time, Cliff kind of just lost it. It was definitely accidental, but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s lied about it this whole time. 

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And thus, Death Razzle Dazzle was the death of the mommy-son duo that was a little too close for comfort since the beginning anyway. 

The celebrations were underway shortly after as Oliver not only produced the show and received rave reviews this time around, but he also served as the stand-in when Jonathan took too many pills and found himself out of commission. 

There was so much anticipation building up to this Broadway spectacular, that admittedly, I was slightly more excited about seeing it all come to life than I was about cracking the murder. 

And, as usual, the final moments of the episode set the stage for yet another murder. One might wonder how in the world are they going to pull off another murder in the Arconia, but they somehow did it in a way that not only made sense but built intrigue, not just about the killer but why the intended target was Charles! 

In his dark apartment, a bullet pierced through the window hitting someone in the chest and knocking them to the ground. Initially, it seemed like Charles, but it was revealed to be Sazz, who was dressed just like him. 

It’s unclear who might have a vendetta against Charles but there won’t be a shortage of suspects, including Matthew Broderick (mhhm!). My immediate go-to thought was that Jan got out of prison early and wanted revenge, but that’s too easy, right?

Sazz did want to talk to Charles about something, and if they don’t find her before she bleeds out on his kitchen floor, we’ll never know what it is that she wanted to get off of her chest. But it’s possible it was somehow related to the shooting.

At this point, they don’t have to look far for their next murder as it hits way too close to home. This time, it’s personal.

And while that’s good for the podcast because there’s no shortage of material, I swear, I would be high-heaving it out of the Arconia the moment a fourth murder occurred. Maybe it would just be better for the trio to take a break in Los Angeles, a sunny place free from the dangers lurking in NYC… one would hope. 

LA became a topic of conversation as Loretta and Oliver discussed the next phase of their relationship, which means Meryl Streep may stick around for the foreseeable future, though she’ll likely be busy pursuing her blossoming acting career and establishing a relationship with Dickie. 

As for Mabel, she offered to visit Tobert in Los Angeles, so he might also be around next season. You don’t even understand the sigh of relief I let out when it was revealed that Tobert had absolutely nothing to do with Ben’s murder. Mabel finding a good guy who wants to pursue things further? All I have to say is, hold onto that, girl! 

So, that’s where we leave off this season—Ben’s murder solved, everyone’s relationships thriving, and a new murder plaguing the lives of the core three?

What did you think of this season of Only Murders in the Building? Are you still enjoying the concept?

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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Only Murders in the Building’?

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Only Murders in the Building concluded its third season on Oct. 2, 2023, leaving fans wondering if we’ve reached the end of the road with Mabel (Selena Gomez), Charles (Steve Martin) and Oliver (Martin Short), the dynamic murder-mystery-solving-podcasting trio. 

It would be a shame to wrap up a series with a cast that has such a genuine bond and chemistry, and the good news is that the murderous fun is over just yet. 

On Oct. 3, 2023, the official social media pages for the show announced that the series will be coming back for a season 4. “Let the investigating begin,” the caption read alongside a photo of the iconic trio laughing and celebrating.

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No release date has been announced just yet, but we’re hoping that a summer 2024 release isn’t out of the picture. After all, it was the perfect summer show to get invested in this year. 

The third season ended on a major cliffhanger by introducing a new murder victim—who fans initially thought was Charles, though it turned out to be his lookalike stand-in Sazz (Jane Lynch). Sazz was hit with a bullet (and it’s unclear if it was rogue or intended for her or Charles) in Charles’ kitchen before collapsing to the ground and whimpering as she bled out. 

There were also some development in terms of the trio’s personal romantic relationships, with both Oliver and Mabel establishing that they want to continue seeing love interests Loretta and Tobert, respectively, meaning that Meryl Streep and Jesse Williams may appear in the future season in guest spots as the trio potentially ventures outside of NYC to visit LA, a sunny place they can only handle in “small doses.”

All in all, there’s plenty of fan interest in the show along with fresh mysteries to keep it going—and we’re absolutely thrilled about it. 

You can catch up on all of our OMITB reviews here. 

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Who Is Ben’s Killer on ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 3?

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Only Murders in the Building returned for its third season on August 8 on Hulu and wrapped up its run on October 2 by finally bringing to light Ben Glenroy’s (Paul Rudd) killer. 

It’s not the most riveting twist we’ve seen—that honor goes to the second season finale—however, the musical theater backdrop was a fun new setting to explore to prevent the season from becoming stale, and it delivered a cliffhanger that was nothing short of jaw-dropping. 

After hitting some rough patches, Mabel (Selena Gomez) Charles (Steve Martin), and Oliver (Martin Short) finally got their podcast back on track, thankfully, and their episode revealing the murderer was timed perfectly to opening night of the Broadway show. 

And fittingly, life imitated art, with the love of a mother willing to do anything, anything to protect her boy. 

When the trio confronted Donna, she confessed fully to poisoning Ben with a cookie doused with rat poison, though she made it clear that she wasn’t trying to kill him but it was hard to figure out how “many rats make up Ben.” Truly an iconic line. 

Of course, there was Ben’s actual death at the Arconia later that night, mere hours after coming back to life. When presented with the evidence—a handkerchief with a lipstick stain matching Donna’s that Ben was found holding when he plunged to his death—she also confessed to pushing him down the elevator shaft because she couldn’t “risk him performing the next night and ruining the show.”

It was almost too easy, and Mabel knew it; she was not convinced. She spent the rest of the play keeping her eyes open watching Donna, who they allowed to finish out the show as she had “stage 4 lung cancer and wasn’t a flight risk,” and eventually seeing an intense moment between Donna and her boy, Cliff. 

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Mabel followed Cliff up to the little room above the stage where she finally pieced it all together, with Cliff owning up to his part in Ben’s death. 

Turns out, Ben got a call with his lab results after coming back to life during which he was informed that he ingested rat poison. 

Since he was fasting the night of the play, he didn’t think it was possible until he realized that Donna gave him a cookie right before the show knowing he couldn’t refuse it and basically encouraged him to eat it. 

As Ben solves his own attempted murder, Cliff panics because he doesn’t want to see his mom go to jail. 

Things get heated between Ben and Cliff, the latter of whom pushes the former in a moment of anger. 

As for the handkerchief, Donna would always kiss her son Cliff on the “lips” and on “the heart” before every show, meaning she’d kiss a handkerchief and tuck it into his chest pocket. And it’s how Ben ended up clutching one with her lipstick print. 

Cliff panics as the realization that he murdered Ben sets in, so he threatens to jump to his death. No one is able to stop him until Donna arrives, placing her hand in her baby boy’s to tell him everything’s going to be just fine. If they go down, they go down together—the mother-son duo is arrested for their respective roles in the death of Ben Glenroy, bringing to end another season of Only Murders in the Building

At the celebratory party shortly after, everyone is chatting about what’s next for them, with all three planning to make a trip out to Los Angeles.

Charles announces that he’s going to grab a 1966 Malbec so that they can all drink in celebration of opening night getting such rave reviews. 

But once he enters his apartment, a gunshot flies through the window and hits him… or what looks to be him. It’s soon revealed that the victim is Sazz, Charles’ double who was dressed just like him. She lays bleeding out on his kitchen floor, whimpering in pain.

Charles was likely the intended target… and it looks like this core trio won’t have to look too far to find their next case. The series always finds a way to keep it interesting. 

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