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Only Murders in the Building – Did Cinda Canning Frame Mabel? (2×06)

Only Murders In The Building -- “Performance Review” - Episode 206 -- Charles, Oliver and Mabel collide with their podcasting mentor-turned-competitor, Cinda Canning. Subsequently, a key clue requires the trio to orchestrate a classic stakeout -- Brazzos-style. New York has never been more glittering. Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver (Martin Short), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

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Bloody Mabel is in bloody trouble.

Things didn’t go very well for our beloved Mabel on Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Episode 6 as she only got herself into more hot water. 

And unfortunately, it was both her fault and it wasn’t. Mabel was framed for Bunny’s murder, that much we know, which is what earned her the viral nickname in the first place, but stabbing someone on a public subway station is not how you make it all go away or prove your innocence in the court of public opinion. It’s honestly the exact opposite of what you want to do. 

Even if it is the alleged murderer that’s framing you. And even if it’s self-defense. These days, perception is everything. 

Mabel has gone through a lot of trauma in her life. Her past is pretty dark, and her recent situation with Bunny wasn’t ideal. Throw in the fact that she just found out that Charles was still communicating with Jan, the person who killed her friend, and that Alice was using her pain for some kind of art installation, and well, you have a bomb just waiting to explode. Not a pretty glitter bomb either.

With all that pain weighing on her, when Mabel saw the killer walking toward her on the train, it seemed as though she went into fight mode instead of flight mode. 

But my guess is that this is that the killer isn’t exactly stupid either. They never unmasked the killer at the site of the glitter explosion because they were all too busy and distracted, and by the time Mabel saw him/her on the train, a significant amount of time had passed. Enough time for the killer to swap clothing with someone else and even pay the person to trail Mabel or simply to get off at a stop that they knew would spook her. 

Mabel might be falling victim to the killer once more, though this time, on a much more public platform and completely red-handed.

It’s not looking good for her, especially paired with Cinda Canning’s podcast that just came out that basically paints her as an angry person capable of harming others. 

And let’s talk about that podcast for a minute, shall we?

Poppy’s storyline is introduced in this episode as she accepts being treated like garbage in exchange for paying her dues and working her way up to a promotion. A promotion that, as Cinda explains, is never going to come. She was waiting for a break that Cinda was never going to give her. 

Mabel helped Poppy eventually see the light right before she attacked the suspected killer on the train. The incident also happened right after Poppy called Mabel to inform her that Cinda is a liar who will “do anything to tell a good story,” perhaps a “tantalizing” one with beauty as the suspect. She thinks Mabel is a threat to her kingdom, and Poppy promised to know the scope of the plans considering she’s the brains behind the whole operation. 

It’s possible that Cinda is going to great lengths to ensure that she frames Mabel in order to help boost her own success. 

She was there the night of Bunny’s murder, so she could have very well texted them. She’s capitalizing on the murder with her podcast. She published an episode painting Mabel as violent with Jimmy Russo, a former co-worker. (The last name Russo is also not lost on me here. Wizards of Waverly Place fans, anyone?)

And it’s possible that Cinda was within earshot of Detective Kreps (not the brightest, remember?) telling them that Detective Williams is on maternity leave and can’t meet them in person hence the follow-up response. 

It also feels like Cinda has the potential to be one step ahead of them but also be ignorant enough to underestimate them about their Brazzos-style stakeout with planted evidence. 

Think about it — if it isn’t Cinda, why would Poppy get involved? And since Cinda doesn’t do anything for herself, it’s even likelier that the hooded person they Mariah’ed is her assistant, Luis.

Solving murders has never been this trio’s strong suit as they just can’t help but self-sabotage and pursue red herrings, but they really aren’t even trying this season. They took Kreps’s word about Williams at face value. Why couldn’t they just walk the evidence over to Williams instead of testing a number that they just assumed belonged to her? How careless. Do they even want to solve this murder? Do they want to clear their names? Can they focus for like half a minute!?

Alice, however, should likely be crossed off the suspect’s list. Everything that transpired with her is simply a diversion and a red herring to mislead the audience. Alice definitely looks guilty of something, but it’s not what we think. She’s either obsessed with Mabel or trying to help her work through the grief and solve the mystery. Or both. Or, a third option is that she’s just like Cinda in that she’s using Mabel’s viral popularity to elevate her artistic brand because she only cares about her own success. Once a liar, always a liar. But I don’t think she’s a killer. 

She’s also the catalyst to get Mabel to a moment where it’s believable that she would crack and stab somebody, even if in her mind, it was self-defense. It looks bad to the public, but we have to remember that Mabel has a target on her back so she’s always on edge. 

Elsewhere in the episode… 

After a pretty stern talking to from his friends, Charles broke up with Jan via Sazz. I can’t say that I missed Sazz in the slightest, but I’m glad Charles finally saw the light. I know he needed to get closure even after Jan was arrested for trying to kill him, but honestly, I wish they never brought her back. Jan is in the past, and she needs to stay there. Maybe he’ll be able to move on from the makeup artist on Brazzos! He deserves happiness!

Oliver also never got his answer about Will’s paternity. He seems convinced that it will somehow turn out that he’s Greek and not Irish, which ensures that Will is his son, but I think that’s just Oliver’s optimism/denial talking. Of course, blood doesn’t make someone family, and regardless of the outcome, Will will always be his child. No DNA test will ever change that even if it does shake Oliver’s self-image and self-worth slightly.

What did you think of the episode? Based on all the facts presented, who do you think the killer is?

What’s Alice’s deal? Is Cinda hiding something? And how do you think Mabel will restore her reputation now that the whole world believes she’s a killer or, at the very least, capable of hurting someone?

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

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Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Finale Recap Ending Explained

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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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. 

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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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