When Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Episode 3 kicked off, Bunny Folger was celebrating her last day as Arconia Board President. Little did she know, it was important for an entirely different reason as the events of the day concluded in her death.
It was Bunny’s last day on earth, so every single moment, no matter how small or trivial, could have been a clue.
Unfortunately, the episode was also slightly stale offering up nothing new or refreshing to the investigation. There was nothing that pointed it in a new direction, which is a shame when the series only consists of a handful of episodes, to begin with.
A few characters that already landed on the “suspects” list came into focus a bit more, but there’s no definitive answer as to who had it out for Bunny.
Furthermore, we didn’t get any additional insight about the painting with Charles’ nude father, nor did we get confirmation that Bunny is Charles’ half-sister.
What we did get, however, was a deeper look at Nina, the pregnant woman who was to succeed Bunny in the role.
Their relationship didn’t start off rocky. Like anyone heading towards retirement who has devoted a large chunk of their life towards a job, Bunny was taking the whole “it’s your last day” thing to heart. She wasn’t entirely sure that she wanted to step down as Board President, but she also acknowledged that the Arconia would be in the right hands with Nina at the helm.
Bunny seemingly mentored Nina, who knew exactly what to do at any given time. She wasn’t phased by the workload or the fact that Bunny had eyes and ears everywhere. Nina was up for the challenge, but she wasn’t interested in being challenged. So, when Bunny declared that she was reversing her decision and would stay on as Board President for a little longer, Nina wasn’t having any of it.
Their friendly relationship quickly soured as Nina called out Bunny for being a “relic” who wanted to hold the Arconia hostage until she was dead.
Bunny, on the other hand, didn’t agree with Nina’s vision to move the building into the 21st century or modernize and monetize it, thus calling the “baby bumpy bitch,” ungrateful.
It was ugly, and it gave Nina plenty of motive to take Bunny out.
But could a pregnant woman nearing her delivery date really have it in her to take down an older lady? Typically, I’d say no, but I can’t help but think the series emphasized just how much Nina knew about her body, including all the parts that reportedly helped induce labor, I’m starting to think that it’s possible.
Of course, Bunny rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, so the list of suspects grew by the minute.
She offended Lester and threatened to fire him, she upset all of the murder podcast fans in one fell swoop, she signed some documents for Ursula without reading them over first, and, most importantly, she ignored a caller asking about her painting.
I would honestly say the person who killed Bunny had to be someone who knew the hotel as well as she did — including all the hidden doorways and exits, which leads me to Nina, Ursula, Bunny’s mother Leonora, or Charles and Oliver. No one else has as much insight as them.
The moments leading up to her death were a perfect storm as she walked over to Mabel’s apartment to hand over an expensive bottle of champagne as thanks for saving the Arconia.
But when Charles, Mabel, and Oliver didn’t invite her in — slamming the door in her face — she broke down crying. Well, wailing would actually be more accurate. The trio considered inviting her in, but when they eventually opened the door, Bunny was gone. She retreated back to her home where she was eventually murdered.
Who was the mysterious person wearing black boots and navy pants that knocked on Bunny’s door?
And why did Bunny run to Mabel’s apartment right after she was stabbed? Also what were her last words “14” and “Savage.” Was she trying to warn Mabel that the answer to the murderer’s identity would be connected to some grave conspiracy surrounding Charles Savage from 14C? Or is she saying Charles was somehow the murderer? Maybe his father is still alive and coming back to get what’s his?
Could Oliver, Charles, and Mabel have spared her by extending a simple act of neighborly kindness?
While I enjoyed seeing the day from Bunny’s perspective, I hope the following episode offers up more clarity.
What did you think of the episode?
Only Murders in the Building Season Finale Recap – The Arconia’s Next Victim Revealed (310)
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.
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?
Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Only Murders in the Building’?
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.
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.
Who Is Ben’s Killer on ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 3?
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.
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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