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Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 4 Review White Room

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Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 4 landed on a new suspect while utilizing Charles’ disoriented moments of sheer panic to usher in the development. But is it something that audiences are actually interested in exploring? I’d say the possibility of Joy being the killer falls flat because we’ve been there and done that. We’ve seen one of Charles’ love interests as a killer in the past, so we don’t need to rehash that again, nor do we need to traumatize him any further—he’s been through enough.

Joy did drop little hints at her possible involvement in Ben’s murder, first suggesting that she threatened him if he harmed Charles, right before Kimber revealed that a talented makeup artist went into his dressing room to help him cover up a red mark right before he collapsed on stage. 

And the final clue, the one pointing directly toward Joy, is claiming her lipstick from Mabel, the same lipstick they found in Ben’s dressing room that was used to write “f***ing pig” on the mirror. 

But while things don’t look good for Joy right now, I don’t think that she was involved in the way we think she was, despite having access to Ben and being on-site at the Arconia when he fell to his death. Not only do I think that she’s a red herring, but I think that Joy is Ben’s mother, which would be a fun little plot twist while further underscoring the fact that while she and Charles have known each other for 30+ years, they prematurely moved in together because they don’t actually know each other, thus contributing to his black out’s caused by skyrocketing stress.

In fact, when someone blanks out in such a way and has no recollection of what they did, you can’t discount them from being a suspect. We have to consider that maybe Charles hurt and killed Ben, even if it was purely accidental. Perhaps he went into a fit of blind rage? Clearly, the behavior that he exhibited while going to the white room as he practiced the Pickwick Triplets patter song was enough to traumatize his fellow play mates, so we can’t put anything past him.

Kimber was knocked down from the list of suspects… sort of. She definitely wasn’t Ben’s love interest as initially expected, explaining that she was in a messy situation with him because she wanted his endorsement for her serum (vaseline mixed with club soda) brand. Though Kimber’s hustler mindset is to be admired, it doesn’t clear here completely as she’s been living at the theater so she definitely had access to his dressing room. Not to mention she likely knows that place inside and out, including any secret doors and entrances so she could’ve very easily tried to frame Joy— for reasons currently unknown—as we have seen her get jealous when she’s not in the spotlight. 

The trio should likely take a sample of Joy’s handwriting and compare it against the threat written on Ben’s mirror to see if it matches, but who knows if they’ll think logically or do what they do best and jump to conclusions and accuse Joy, who is now Charles’ fiancée. Yup, in order to make things even messier, Charles is now engaged to the prime suspect—because he clearly thrives in the chaos. It wouldn’t be the first time he was attracted to someone willing to commit murder.

It’s unclear what compelled him to get down on one knee, but if he is feeling guilty, maybe this is how his brain is dealing with it or blocking out what he did. 

The series also brought back a familiar face with Cinda Canning, who is “reinventing” herself as a lifestyle guru of sorts while also looking to secure her comeback in the genre she knows and loves: murder. 

She reaches out to Mabel with an undeniable offer, but Mabel informs her that she doesn’t need a new partner because she has “the guys,” even though they are old and largely preoccupied. As things stand, it probably wouldn’t hurt for Mabel to put herself first in this situation and consider the offer as she’s the only one really invested in solving this murder. Teaming with Cinda might not be the worst idea as she has the money and the ability to give Mabel her own show and stability—and for someone looking for a new apartment, she definitely needs all of that.

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 4 Review White Room

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 4 Review White Room

I love that the series highlighted the brutal and laughable reality of trying to find an “affordable” apartment in New York, and how little nearly $5k a month gets you. Mabel was in for a rude awakening while apartment shopping, and for this reason, I could see her taking the deal even while proving that she was not one to be bought. Cinda’s comment about murders just falling into Mabel’s lap couldn’t be more accurate, but I applaud them both for trying to capitalize on it. 

That is unless both Charles and Oliver get reenergized about solving the case now that Joy might be the #1 suspect. Neither of them seemed too invested in the beginning, leaving Mabel to do much of the heavy lifting herself, but now that it might affect them, they seem a lot more attentive.

Speaking of, where is Tobert? I think he makes the better alternative partner for Mabel, pending proof that he’s not actually Ben’s killer. And where is Loretta? Was she possibly Ben’s love interest who has now set her sights on Oliver instead?

Hats off to the top-notch jokes that genuinely made me laugh out loud, from Oliver calling Kimber’s followers “Tik Tokkee people” to Mabel exploiting Howard’s love for her sweaters and her attempts at communicating with “young people” by stringing along various forms of “bruh” and “yasss” into a sentence—and somehow managing to get through to Kimber in the process. 

Murder mystery aside, I also love how much fun they are having with these characters this season—Charles’ white room antics, Mabel’s decision to stick around and watch the hot mess play out—as it continues to overdeliver on their personalities and interpret the situation from their perspective. They’re worried that there’s a killer, sure, but no one actually thinks that they are in danger, which is a change of pace from previous investigations. 

Is Joy the piranha that Mabel, Charles, and Oliver begin to assume she is at the end of the episode? Or is the investigation once again leading them astray and down a path of red herrings as the killer stares them right in the face?

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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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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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