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Only Murders in the Building continued its investigation into who killed Ben Glenroy while mixing in matters of the heart. This might just be the first time every single member of the core trio–Mabel, Oliver, and Charles–has a love interest—and one might call that a perfect distraction that keeps them from solving the mystery at hand. 

While this season continues to focus on Arconia’s very own sleuths, their romantic lives are forcing them to spend a significant amount of time apart, pursuing other interests and relationships, and leading their own lives. It’s another first, and though it’s an exciting shakeup that allows the actors to share the screens with new scene partners, it also means that we’re missing out on all the witty dialogue and banter that has always made this show so good. 

At the onset of the season, Charles and Oliver, especially, were a little hesitant to jump aboard the murder mystery podcast train, but now they’re realizing that they are in the thick of the mystery, standing on the tracks with their lives about to collide (and implode) by the oncoming truth bombs. 

By the end of the hour, Charles has cleared his suspicions of his fianceé Joy being the suspect (though he did lose her in the process—for now), as,Oliver realizes he’s the closest one to the latest suspect having just gotten into bed with her. 

The her in question is, naturally, Loretta, who dropped plenty of hints that she may somehow be involved with Ben’s death, including calling him a “f–king pig,” the exact phrase written on his dressing room mirror using Joy’s lipstick. 

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There’s a lot to digest here, right down to the very possibility that it’s all just a big misunderstanding/red herring to fool audiences into thinking that it was Loretta and to divert us from figuring out the truth. After all, she was everyone’s go-to suspect, so it wouldn’t be very exciting if the reveal ended up being that she was obsessed with Ben’s success and wanted the fame all for herself. 

However, there’s something off about her that we can’t just shake off… and it’s not her cooking skills. The way she manages to quell Oliver’s distrust by turning on the charm could prove that she’s the psychopath in question—and a very talented actress who likely deserved to snag more roles than just the pig in Charlotte’s Web and Animal Farm.

Aside from the “f–king pig” comment, Loretta suggests that she would’ve “killed” for a role in any of Oliver’s former productions, proving that she has a stalkerish tendency and had him on her radar for quite some time. She also utters the word “poison” before whipping out a flask and a joint, which may have been innocent, or it may be proof that she’s capable of murder. 

I do want Oliver to simply find happiness in this life, and I think that he has something truly special with Loretta (their scenes getting high, realizing they ran in the same circles, and the whole Tooth Ferry storyline was so cute), so in order to protect his heart (there’s no hope for his tooth/saving that smile—and this is why he only eats dips), I’m hoping that Loretta has a good explanation for her creepy burn book filled with Ben Glenroy clippings. Maybe she was just a huge fan who was disenchanted to learn the truth about her favorite celebrity? We’ve all been there.

On the flip side, she also had plenty of motive as he attacked her right before the show began and told her that he didn’t want to share the stage with a no-name talent. This would’ve been the perfect moment for her to poison him, though we now know that Charles interferred so that likely means she wasn’t responsible.

Charles had a “come to Jesus” moment where he remembered coming to Loretta’s defense and hitting Ben in the face, which prompted the emergency call to Joy to come backstage and cover up the mark on his face. 

And this takes the heat off of Loretta and places it onto our good friend Charles and his recent lapses in memory that are growing a bit concerning. Did he blackout and harm Ben? Or is there going to be a plot-twist that unfolds revealing that as Sazz suggested, Charles was the intended target? There’s so many possibilities here as there’s only speculation as to the identity of the killer for now. 

Loretta also emphasized how many people despised Ben, so the potential for suspects is pretty wide-ranging at this point, though she likely didn’t think she’d be at the top of the list. 

The truth is that you never truly know who you are sleeping with, but it’s probably better to get some concrete evidence and hard facts before going around and accusing people. Oliver should use the demise of Charles’ relationship as a cautionary tale of what not to do, even if his gut is telling him that Loretta may have had a hand in it.

Charles—pressured by Mabel and Oliver to get some answers about the lipstick (and traumatized by his previous relationship with a murderer)—called Joy out for being a killer. She, however, had a perfectly rational explanation, and when she realized just how unhinged and not-ready-for-committment Charles truly was, she called the engagement off. I can’t say that I blame her, or that I’m surprised. She’s waited her whole life to be with him only for things to fall apart in an instance. And poor Charles isn’t good with words so he just kept digging himself a bigger hole that blew up in his face. 

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 5 Review Ah Love


Mabel Mora was also tricked into going on a date with Tobert. He got her to the swanky cabaret bar under false pretenses, proving that he knows her well enough to know she’d never refuse a mystery or the potential to solve a muder. 

But while their date was going swell, they were still investigating the suspect—Jonathan—who had a secret and shady meeting with another man. When they exchanged an envelope of money, Tobert tried to get a better look and caused a scene. They should’ve played it off with a kiss like Tobert suggested, but instead, Mabel was caught snooping, spooking Jonathan and the man that Tobert recognized and indentified as Doc C, a celebrity concierge for prescriptions. This, obviously, doesn’t look good for Jonathan, but I can see it having a handful of logical explanations—he’s sick and trying to let anyone know or it’s for Howard. It can also be proof that he purchased the poison for Ben. Either way, we can’t jump to assumptions just yet. 

Tobert and Mabel are on the case… with a brief intermission for a steamy hook-up that admittedly was a long time coming given their intense chemistry. Mabel, just like the “olds,” deserves some happiness in her life, again, as long as Tobert isn’t involved in Ben’s death! And we haven’t counted him out as a suspect yet, so there’s a possibility that Mabel was on a date with the killer in question all along. 

Individual investigations are enjoyable and allow Mabel, Charles, and Oliver’s characters to grow through new experiences, but they are yielding limited results. The gang needs to get back together—pull all their evidence—to make sense of everything that they’ve found while trying to figure out Ben’s killer. 

Who do you think it is? Is the person staring us right in the face? Or will there be more intrigue to the death?

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



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’?



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. 

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?



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. 

Who Is Ben's Killer on 'Only Murders in the Building' Season 3? Is It Donna & 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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