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Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Episode 7 picked up following Mabel, Charles, and Oliver’s huge fight—and the tension was surely present. 

None of them felt compelled to apologize, and when Charles realized Oliver was already re-casting for his role, it was an even bigger gut punch.

Oliver thought he landed on a gem when Matthew Broderick walked through the door, but as it turns out, getting a Broadway legend to play the Constable comes with plenty of strings attached and a process that was way too invested than it needed to be. 

Before he knew it, Oliver was missing the simplicity and kindness that Charles always brought to the set. The old saying that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone couldn’t be more true in this instance, so when Oliver finally had enough and sort of, well, snapped, he couldn’t be more delighted to see Charles lurking by the door and ready to make amends. 

Broderick was shown the door—sorry, Ferris Bueller—while Charles and Oliver forgave each other over a glass of gut milk. It’s at that point that Oliver felt the need to share his fears about Loretta potentially being the killer—long overdue—though Charles didn’t seem to get that same vibe after looking at her little burn book filled with pictures of Ben Glenroy. As Oliver pointed out, his track record with identifying killers isn’t great, so we probably shouldn’t take his word for it.

Charles suggested that Oliver simply talk to Loretta, but I haven’t crossed her off my lists of suspects just yet, and I don’t think she’d take too kindly to being accused of being a murderer or even questioned about her involvement. Not to mention the fact that Oliver stole her personal property. 

Not wanting to believe that someone is capable of murder doesn’t explain why “f**king pig” was written on the mirror in Ben’s dressing room, but there’s still a lot that needs to be addressed from that night and the events prior to his death, along with why Charles hit Ben right before the show in the first place. We haven’t gotten a full picture here, and it’s kind of frustrating that it’s just bits and pieces that may be something or may be nothing. The action is very slow-paced. 

This season started off as a very promising one with the theater setting leading to Ben’s death, but it feels like the focus has been lost, likely because the characters aren’t as invested in solving the mystery either, well, aside from Mabel, that is. It’s come as an afterthought rather than something that’s being prioritized, so instead, the plot is all over the place, and with each passing episode, we’re no closer to learning the truth. 

At the very least, Mabel made a discovery that slowly but surely moved things along and led to the first podcast episode, solo as Bloody Mabel this time—though both Theo and Tobert were on hand for the assist—which also convinced Detective Biswani to reopen Ben’s murder investigation. I guess that’s a fair outcome when someone outright and publicly states that they’ve got the wrong guy serving time behind bars.

Mabel and Theo, who was on hand to help her move out of her apartment, attended the CoBro auction being hosted by Dickie to get some insight as to Ben’s final moments. Dickie didn’t seem pleased with Mabel digging around and trying to make some money off of her brother despite doing the exact same thing, however, he eventually opened up and aired some grievances that definitely gave motive. 

It’s no surprise to learn that Ben was an asshole—we’ve known that—but it was heartbreaking that all of his success was stolen from his brother, who was the actual mastermind behind CoBro. And despite all of it, Ben kept Dickie as nothing more than his assistant till the very end—that’s enough to make anyone snap and get revenge. 

As Mabel’s podcast episode reaches the masses, we also see Dickie cling to the handkerchief that Uma stole from Ben’s cold dead hands after his fall, the bloody fingerprints still there, which does kind of make him seem guilty. Did he buy it from her simply as a memento of his brother or did he want to make sure there was no evidence for cops to find?

Mabel also figured out that Greg couldn’t have killed Ben because he wasn’t even in the building at the time of his death, which is what the cops hinged their whole investigation on. And she only knew this because Dickie slipped up and informed her that Ben always set his watches 20 min early, meaning that he wasn’t killed at 12:06 but 12:26 when Greg was already gone.

While she doesn’t have a suspect at the moment of the podcast episode’s launch, this doesn’t bode well for Dickie, who not only had motive but also now had someone to pin Ben’s death on; a scapegoat. He clearly knew about Greg for “years” and was always protecting his brother from him, so maybe he just decided to let Greg take the fall because of his “obsession,” while Dickie got to walk away, free from Ben’s toxicity. 

But this is also the problem with the season, no case has really been made against any of the suspects aside from broad general observations. Mabel insisted that this was a very credible piece of evidence, and she’s right, they have accused off of way less, but it shouldn’t be—seven episodes into a season of a whodunnit means we should be in a tailspin, finger-pointing at everyone for a good reason. 

While Mabel didn’t replace the olds in her podcast, choosing to move forward alone, Tobert and Theo were technically stepping in, and it was fun to see her dynamic with someone other than Charles and Oliver. I do wonder if maybe Tobert is so eager to help her as to take the heat and attention off of himself.

Oliver and Charles decided to offer up Loretta’s burn book as a peace offering to Mabel the following morning, but when they knocked on the door, they were face to face with a new tenant—a fed-up and tired new mom. 

I was hoping that Mabel wouldn’t actually move out of the Arconia, but alas, her time had come, and without the connection to the olds, I wonder how she’ll find access to the building to continue her investigation… not that I think she’ll have any problem getting through security, especially as she’ll likely be forced to work with the FBI moving forward. 

And hopefully, they all make up sooner rather than later and bring this mystery home because the killer is staring them right in the face this whole time.

What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the season? Or is it an, as Oliver would put it, epic fail?

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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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