Recap S1 E8: Docu-Trauma

ep8 pc1Danny and Lacey are making out in her room. Danny asks if they can tell Jo about their relationship but Lacey is adamant she wants them a secret. Danny asks her out on a date in the park tomorrow night.

At the diner Rico and Jo are talking about her feelings for Danny. She decides to send him a text asking to talk at school tomorrow so she can tell him how she feels.

Danny asks Karen if she has any idea how Regina might have gotten Tara’s necklace and if it’s possible that Vikram gave it to her. Karen says he tried to get it from the estate lawyers after Tara’s death but they couldn’t find it. Danny asks if Vikram could have lied about it and also if he was having an affair before he went missing. Angry at what Danny is implying, Karen leaves for work. Danny hears her cry out and finds the entire front yard has been strewn with red jump ropes.

At school a picture of Danny’s yard is circulating. Lacey sees it and gets upset.

Jo is about to tell Danny how she feels when Tyler comes over and asks Danny if he’d be up to do give an interview about returning to town for his documentary. Danny says no. Tyler then asks Jo if she’d be interested in dinner, Jo says no and Tyler at first thinks Danny and her are a couple, but Danny assures him that Jo is like a sister to him. Rejected, Jo decides not to tell Danny she likes him.

A police officer, Eddie, asks Kyle why he hasn’t done anything with the necklace yet. Kyle says he doesn’t’ want to put pressure on Karen when she’s starting her new job but he’s having coffee with her tonight.ep8 sc2

At the date in the park, Danny and Lacey are having a nice time. Someone is watching them from the trees however and the two hear something. Several people come out of the woods wearing masks of Danny and holding red jump ropes and scare the two of them.

Jo tells her mother what happened with Danny. Tess encourages her daughter not to give up but to look for someone else.

At coffee with Karen, Kyle finally tells her he knows she was at the park the night of Fall Fest. He tries to get her to tell him what she knows but she storms off.

At school Danny tries to talk to Lacey, but she’s freaked out and scared by what happened. She says they should lay low for a while and Danny expresses hurt that she feels she has to hide him.

Rico also encourages Jo to look for another guy. Danny comes over and suggests she go out with Tyler. Jo decides to go for it and takes Tyler up on his offer for dinner.

Danny decides to throw a party and invites Rico. He also asks Tyler to come and use his popularity to bring people, in exchange Danny offers to give Tyler the interview and agrees to let him film at the party.

At the police station Kyle shows Karen and her lawyer the necklace and tells her he has a witness who saw her throw it in the lake.

At dinner Tyler and Jo hit it off, and she admits this is her first date. He is able to help her relax and the two joke and have a good time.

Lacey tells Danny she’s not coming to his party. Upset Danny says he doesn’t think it’s about other people but about the pranks bringing back bad memories for her. He says he understands if she can’t date him but to make up her mind because he doesn’t want to get hurt.

Rico comes to the party and starts drinking. Jo and Tyler also show up and she tells Danny that the date went well.

Karen’s lawyer advices her to tell Kyle the truth. She refuses to incriminate Danny but the lawyer warns her she could be held as an accessory to murder and that they should first help her and then worry about Danny.

Tyler interviews Danny at the party and lets slip that he knows there were more than one prank and Danny becomes suspicious.

At Lacey’s house, Phoebe tries to encourage her to go to Danny’s party, saying that Tyler told everyone something big was going to happen at it and that it’s be a night ‘the socio’ would never forget.

Danny tells Jo he’s suspicious about Tyler, but he can’t tell her why since he can’t tell her about the second prank without giving away his relationship with Lacey, so Jo gets angry and walks away.

ep8 sc3Lacey shows up at the party and warns Danny and Jo about Tyler’s planning something but Jo doesn’t believe it. Suddenly more of the mask-wearing fake-Dannys appear at the party along with a dummy wearing a mask of Tara with which they reenact the murder. Jo looks over and sees Tyler grinning and filming it. Karen, who has just come home, throws everyone out.

Jo apologizes to Danny for what Tyler did and Danny admits the party was a bad idea. After Danny goes to check on his mom Jo talks to Tyler and accuses him of organizing all the pranks. He admits it. After she tells him to leave he says they have potential and begs her not to throw it away. She agrees that they did but says he just blew it.

Jo goes to talk to Lacey on the swings and they talk about the day Tara died, and how it was Lacey who insisted they go into the house after Danny had come outside, and they both agree they can’t forget the site of Tara’s body in the living room. They then talk about guys and dating and how frustrating it is, but Jo says it’d be worth it for the right guy.

Danny talks to a rather drunk Rico and asks him if he has feelings for Jo. Rico ep8 sc4says yes. Jo and Lacey come into the house and Danny says his mother has gone for a walk. Jo takes Rico home and left alone Lacey apologies for freaking out. She and Danny start to make out. Outside, someone wearing a Danny-mask films them.

Karen meets Kyle in his office and says she wants to tell him the truth. She confesses to murdering Regina.

Danny Desai: Sociopath?

I’ve now read two very excellent posts which question whether Danny is a sociopath.

ABC’s “Twisted” attempts to live up to its name

and

It’s TWISTED When Someone Confesses To Murder…

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Whether Danny is a sociopath is probably one of the most intriguing questions of the show, and as pointed out in the second article I listed, very important in figuring out whether or not he really killed his aunt given the fact that the show has made a point of telling us twice that sociopaths very seldom kill.

When the show started I was absolutely convinced there was no way Danny could be a sociopath, but now between great writing and great acting, I’m actually beginning to wonder. I’m definitely not convinced he is, but I am curious.

If Devil dannyanny isn’t a sociopath, he’s still a guy with absolutely no regret over his actions (he may regret some of the consequences but not the actions themselves). While making out with Lacey on top of his aunt’s grave, Lacey ran away after looking at the gravestone. Left alone Danny glanced at the grave stone and then smirked. Whether he killed Tara or took the blame for someone else, the natural response would not be to smile. Looking at the gravestone of someone, let’s say, your father murdered, you’d still feel bad about it.

So either Danny is a sociopath or Tara was such a horrible person and/or was getting ready to do something so terrible to the Desai family, that Danny feels no remorse over her death. He has actually said to Jo ‘I don’t know if I regret what I did’. And so far the show has given hints that either of the options are possible.

Danny’s therapist described sociopaths as loving risk and not considering consequences. She said they find it easy to lie imitate human emotion. Danny showed an inclination for risk when breaking into the apartment. He’s also calmly and cleverly lied on several occasions about the necklace. He has also seemed to imitate human emotion when pretending to be upset and calling Karen ‘mom’ begging her to believe him, only to have his expression go curiously blank after she can no longer see his face. On top of it all the way every time someone confronts him he easily manages to manipulate the situation and turn it round against his interrogator shows an ability to manipulate.

However there have been hints that Tara was possibly a truly dislikable person:

1. Tess and Kyle mentioned that Tara always looked ‘pissed off’. Additionally in the photograph we saw from Danny’s fourth birthday that showed him with his aunt, he looked unhappy. Why would a four year old be so grumpy at his own birthday, unless he just wasn’t happy to be forced to take a photograph with his aunt? In the flashback that the show opened with Jo and Lacey also wondered if Danny was having ‘more family problems’. He seems to have gotten along well with his father, and while his mother and he have a somewhat strained relationship, it doesn’t seem from what we’ve been told that it was ever overly contentious. Did he have problems with his aunt?

2. His father and Tara always hated each other from something dating back to childhood. That’s a really long time to hold a grudge. What could have happened that was so terrible that they hadn’t gotten along since childhood? More curiously, why would his father would still let Tara babysit? And why Tara would still want to?

3. If Danny is to be believed Tara was going to do something really terrible to the Desai family and that was his motive for killing her. As I mentioned in a previous post, if Danny is telling the truth, whatever it was would have to be really terrible to have a worse impact on the family then Danny being convicted of murder.

Perhaps Tara was the sociopath?

So which is it? Is Danny a sociopath? Or was Tara such a dark person that Danny really can summon no emotion resembling regret over her passing?

Aunt Tara’s Power

Question: How could Tara destroy Danny’s family?

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In this week’s episode Danny told Jo that his Aunt Tara was going to destroy his family and ruin his life. After Jo was a bit skeptical, he assured her that Tara did of the power to do so.

Which raises the question of what possibly could Aunt Tara do that could destroy the family more than having the only son put away for murdering someone. Danny being convicted for murder clearly did affect the family badly. Karen is barely keeping it together, she’s stuck in a town where she’s a pariah, she’s having money troubles, Vikram had a drinking problem and they lost Tess and Kyle who seem to have once been their closest friends. Danny’s actions seriously dented the Desai family, honestly I wouldn’t say it’d be going too far to say that in a sense it destroyed it. Even if Danny were only taking the fall for someone else, say Karen or Vikram, Danny taking the blame makes the situation almost worse for the family. And killing Tara (or taking the blame for it) certainly, as he realized when talking to Lacey in the graveyard, ruined Danny’s life.

And yet in ‘Three for the Road’ Danny said to Jo ‘I don’t know if I regret what I did’. Whether Danny is talking about killing his aunt or covering for someone else, whatever Tara was going to do to the Desai family, seems would have had a worse effect then what Danny did. Which is a pretty darn powerful statement. Danny’s actions had a terrible result on the family. Yet he’s implied that whatever Tara was going to do, would have been far worse.

So what was it?

Danny assures Jo that Tara did have the power to destroy his family. Which certainly leads one to first think the ‘power’ Tara had was knowledge about something. After all there’s that old expression ‘knowledge is power’. Tara could have been threatening to expose something.

In a previous post I speculated, in a rather darkish theory, that Danny could have been the child of Vikram and Tara. Tara revealing this would certainly have destroyed the family and possibly ruined Danny’s life more than the murder. This would also explain Tara and Vikram hating each other for something that happened in their childhood. After all, if they had first become ‘attracted’ to each other back then, they could easily have grown up to hate each other for that attraction. However this seems less likely now as we know that Vikram and Karen have lived in the area since at least high school so the possibility that Karen isn’t Danny’s real mother is much less likely.

Tara threatening to expose any form of affair between Vikram and someone else (or Karen and someone else) while destroying the family, would still have less catastrophic implications then Danny murdering his aunt, something an eleven year old could theoretically not realize but a sixteen year old, with five years to think about it, probably would and wouldn’t now be saying things like ‘I don’t know if I regret what I did’.

So that makes me go back to the ‘power’ Tara had, and also something else Danny said to Jo in the same conversation. He said that he wanted to keep her safe. Which is very different from his previous statement that he wanted to protect her. Protecting Jo from the truth could easily mean protecting her from being hurt emotionally. Keeping her safe, implies a risk of physical harm. Which either implies to me that whatever power Tara had, whatever she could do to the Desai family, she also could do to the Masterson family. Or someone else killed Tara, Danny took the fall and he believes if Jo knew who and why she would be in real danger of being killed as well. Which might explain the motive behind Regina’s murder.

What do you think?

Fan Theory #4

Submitted By: Joan Smith

Fan Theory: I’ve been thinking a lot about this show (mostly because of how good it is) and I’ve arranged a couple of theories. First, I’ve been thinking about how Karen and Vikram had an affair before, so it might have continued after high school. Possibly making Danny’s father Jo’s too. If that is true, it would explain why Danny says he was trying to protect Jo all this time. Tara some how found out and Danny had to kill her to save his family and Jo’s too. Then Regina found out about it and Vikram, still being alive of course, got money so she wouldn’t tell any one about it. But for some reason Regina decided to tell Danny about it, possibly for some more money, and Vikram, or someone else who needed to keep that secret, killed Regina out of anger. I highly doubt this is what actually happened, but it’s how I made sense of what’s happening in the show.

Submit Your Own Theory Here!

Recap S1 E7: We Need To Talk About Danny

ep7 pc1At soccer practice the coach talks about the big game that weekend. He switches Danny to defense and puts Cole, a teammate who has befriended Danny, into offense.

Jo has a dream about Danny sneaking into her room and kissing her. She wakes up, realizing Rico was right, she does have a crush on Danny.

Karen apologizes again to Danny and the two patch things up a bit. She tells him she has a job interview that day. He leaves to meet Cole for a workout.

Jo asks her mom about Vikram, Tess says he was a lot like Danny, complex but fun and outgoing. She also admits they hadn’t talked much since Tara’s death.

Lacey asks her friends about Regina’s Connecticut boyfriend but they don’t know anything. Phoebe’s brother Tyler comes by and invites them to a party in the graveyard.

Jo admits to Rico that she’s crushing on Danny and wants to stop and he says she has to stop obsessing about everything Danny-related.

Lacey and Jo meet up at their old fort. They discuss the possibility that Regina and Vikram were having an affair and then wonder if Vikram was murdered and Regina knew about it. Lacey suggests that Tara and Regina’s deaths were related and Jo suggests Lacey try asking Danny about his reasons for killing his aunt.ep7 pc2

Lacey sends Danny a text to meet and asks him about five years ago. He expresses his frustration over her mixed signals and says how often he thinks about their kiss. Lacey walks away.

Kyle has the police combing the lake looking for the necklace.

At soccer practice the coach announces that Cole has come down with food poisoning and won’t be able to play in the game tomorrow. He moves Danny back to offense. Archie makes a comment implying Danny might have something to do with the poisoning and the teammates start to look at him suspiciously.

At his pottery class with Tess, Danny talks to her about girls and admits to having feelings for someone (though he assures her it’s not Jo). Tess’s advice is that he just be there for her and show her he’s not giving up. He receives a text from the coach and has to leave.

The coach tells Danny evidence was found in the locker room that Cole was purposefully poisoned and points out that Danny was the last person to see Cole and complaints have been coming in. He tells Danny he’s going to let him resign from the team quietly.

Outside Jo runs into Danny and she sees that he’s really very upset but he doesn’t want to talk about it. Tyler comes up and asks Jo to come to his party. When he mentions that Lacey is going to be there, Danny accepts for the both of them. Rico tries to talk Jo out of going she insists she has to because Danny was so upset and Rico accuses her of not really trying to get over Danny.

Kyle runs into Karen at the diner who is upset about not getting the job. He tries to make her feel better and she seems to grow a little warmer towards him.

At Tyler’s party, Archie and Lacey argue. Jo and Danny show up. Jo suggests to Lacey that they confront Danny together about his aunt and Lacey agrees. Danny runs into the team and he tells them he quit for personal reasons.

Karen and Kyle are having a pleasant dinner together and she tells him how much she used to envy his marriage to Tess.

ep7 pc3Lacey and Jo confront Danny. He tells them about being forced to quit the team and accuses Archie, but he refuses to talk about Tara. After the girls tell him about the apartment being under Vikram’s name he walks off.

Jo follows Danny, and he tells her that Tara and his dad hated each other for some reason dating back to childhood but he doesn’t know more. He says Tara was going to destroy his family and ruin his life, and assures Jo that she did have the power to do that. When Jo asks how Danny is protecting her, Danny begs her not to make him tell her, that he just wants her to be happy and safe. He asks her to please let him protect her. Danny also admits his dad stopped visiting him in juvie sometime before Vikram went missing so he doesn’t know anything about the apartment or Regina.

Sarita meets Lacey and tells her everyone has gone to the diner. She also says she knows Lacey is hanging out with Jo and Danny. She says she won’t tell anyone but that Lacey has to choose which group she wants to be friends with.

Lacey meets Danny at Tara’s grave. Danny says he’s realized he’ll never get over what happened, will never have a normal life and will probably never be happy. Lacey says he will be happy and the two start to make out. But she looks at the grave and freaking out, runs off. She heads to the diner and tells Archie they have to talk.

Jo and Tess talk and Jo tells her mom she has feelings for Danny. After Tess tells her it’s normal for her to have a crush on him, Jo tells her she thinks she’s actually in love.

Danny comes home and his mother tells him that she got the job after Kyle gave a personal recommendation on her behalf. Danny starts to ask her about his father but changes his mind.

Kyle apologies to Tess, who in turn apologies and the two kiss and start to make up.

Jo tries calling Danny but he doesn’t answer.ep7 pc4

Lacey shows up at Danny’s house and tells him she’s broken up with Archie. She comes in and tells him that no one can know, implying they’re going to start a relationship.

A police officer shows up at the Masterson’s house and tells Kyle they’ve found the necklace. Kyle looks pleased.

Vikram, the Apartment and the Letter…

Question: What does Vikram have to do with Regina and the letter?

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We found out three interesting things from this week’s episode:

1. The letter was sent from an apartment in Connecticut.

2. Regina had dated a guy from Connecticut last year.

And…

3. The apartment, which had not been lived in for several months, was rented under the name of Vikram Desai.

This definitely raised at least two questions.

Was Regina dating Vikram Desai? This would explain how she got the necklace. If the necklace was important to Vikram and Regina was important to him, he might have given it to her. He could easily have gotten the necklace from the estate lawyers and we’ve already learned he wasn’t faithful to Karen throughout their entire time together.

However, we don’t know for a fact that Regina ever went to that apartment. She could easily have been seeing someone else in Connecticut. However if that’s the case, why did Vikram have an apartment up in Connecticut, especially if the Desai family was having money problems?

Also the question arises of: since the letter was sent after Vikram’s death, then who really sent it? Now there is a very good chance Vikram is alive, but if he’s trying to remain hidden, would he really have sent Regina a letter from an address that’s under his name? But who else could have sent it? And why from that address? Were they trying to send a message to Regina by using that address? It definitely seems whatever the money was paid to Regina for, has to involve Vikram somehow.

What do you think?