Vikram and Tess

Question: Why is Tess the one who knows Vikram is alive?

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In the last minute of the mid-season finale, Tess calls Vikram and tells him it’s time for him to come home. Which raises the question, why was Tess and not Karen the one who knew he had faked his death?

It seems unlikely that they would both know. At least unlikely that both are in on the secret together, as they have only recently renewed their friendship and seem to have had no history together that past five years and have openly discussed Vikram’s death. Also it seems unlikely Karen, who is completely devoting herself to her son and would mention several times how hard Vikram’s death has been on him and not share with him the truth.

So if Karen doesn’t know, why does Tess?

There is of course that possibility that Tess and Vikram are having, or have had, an affair. One popular theory is that Jo is Vikram’s daughter, and if that was connected to the reasons he faked his death and (possibly) Regina’s murder, then it might be natural that he and Tess would be working together to keep it a secret.

But it feels like there would have to be more than that to Vikram’s decision to go missing. Tess on the phone to him said ‘it’s time to come home’, which heavily implies they both knew at some point he would return. Besides, the presence of the PI proves there’s much more going on than the true parentage of one teenage girl. She may still be Vikram’s daughter, but there is much more going on below the surface.

Could Tess be involved in Marna Inc. and whatever is happening in Connecticut? Karen also appears to have been, at least somewhat, aware of what her husband was doing in Connecticut, but she has not confided at all in Tess on the subject, which would have seemed natural after Kyle showed her the letter sent to Regina, if she knew Tess had been involved.

So it seems likely that whatever Tess’ involvement with Vikram and/or Marna is, Karen doesn’t know about it.

It’s possible Vikram was forced to confide in Tess. Maybe he needed help to fake his death. Karen has said they were having problems in their marriage, maybe it was because of that Vikram turned to Tess, with whom he had years of history. Or maybe he didn’t trust Karen for another reason? Maybe Tess doesn’t trust her either, and her recent attempts at friendship have been a ploy in order to sound her out for information?

What do you think?

The Moth Balls

Question: Who, if anyone, poisoned Cole?

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With all the mysteries going around Green Grove, who poisoned Cole didn’t seem very important. But after this week’s episode, it was certainly brought into the forefront and created some interesting questions.

We don’t have a whole lot of information. Cole thought he had food poisoning. Moth balls were found in the locker room, which can be used to make someone sick. Only Danny and Cole were in the locker room at that time, or at least so they thought. What Cole ate or drank, that the moth balls could have been put in, we don’t know but given the fact even he is suspicious of Danny now, he must have eaten something.

There are a couple of possibilities of what might have happened.

Obviously, Danny could be a sociopath and have done the deed himself. But you’d have to wonder why he would then throw away a pack of moth balls in locker room? No one would have been suspicious if those hadn’t been found. Well alright, some people might have been. When Cole’s illness was first announced the rest of the soccer team did give Danny a few dirty looks, but Danny never would have been asked to leave the team, the couch never would have gone to the school board and Danny wouldn’t have been expelled. It would have been easy for Danny to just put the moth balls back in his backpack, take them home and dispose of them there. It wouldn’t have raised any questions.

A second possibility is that Regina’s killer poisoned Cole in an attempt to make Danny look guilty, trying to turn people further against him and let him take the fall for Regina’s murder. After all, if Danny is to be believed (which we can’t say for a fact he is) someone already placed the necklace in his locker, possibility in an attempt to frame him. However who, other than the team, knew that Cole had taken Danny’s position on the team? Word could have gotten out but between the decision and poisoning there was less then twenty-four hours. Word would have had to have gotten out fast.

I’d certainly like to know, what caused that one couch to turn Danny in? Did someone say something to him? Was he influenced in any way?

There is a third possibility. A theory that was suggested here by Zack, that Cole truly did have food poisoning and that when Archie heard he decided to plant the moth balls to frame Danny. Honestly this makes a lot of sense to me. First off the moth balls were only found after the couch told the team that Cole was sick and Archie proceeded to make a pointed remark to Danny about being alone with Cole that morning. Secondly he would have motive to really hate Danny after Danny turned the rest of the team against him by forcing him to admit he’d met with a couch from another team. On top of the way he acted throughout the hearing this definitely seems plausible.

What do you think?

Marna Inc.

Question: What’s the connection between Marna Inc. and Aunt Tara’s necklace?

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This week we discovered that the apartment in Connecticut is paid for by a bank account that belongs to a realty business named Marna Inc and that this bank account was most likely used to pay off Regina. We also learned that Vikram used to go up to Connecticut, with the full knowledge of his wife who would lie for him and say he was in Manhattan on business.  Up until this point it seemed likely he used the apartment for affairs. However between Karen’s knowledge his trips and the existence of the business, it seems likely there was much more to it.

We do not know for a fact yet, that it was actually Vikram who stayed in the apartment, but it seems likely. And the question still remains, who sent the $2000 to Regina two days before she died?

But one of the most intriguing parts of mystery was that Kyle discovered the logo for the company looked exactly like Aunt Tara’s necklace, which raises some interesting questions.

It definitely links the company to the Desai family, but if it is Vikram’s company why would he use the necklace as the logo? True he might have created the logo before Tara’s death, but why not change it? Wouldn’t he want to forget the woman his son murdered?

Furthermore, Danny told Jo that his father always hated Tara since they were children. So even before her death, why would Vikram want to use her necklace as the symbol of the company?

Danny said the necklace was a family heirloom and very important to Tara. However Tara wasn’t important to Vikram. So perhaps the use of the logo was not so much about Vikram being, for lack of a better word, obsessed with Tara, as much as both he and Tara were obsessed with whatever that necklace stood for.

Of course there’s the possibility that despite appearances the company doesn’t belong to Vikram. In which case it’s still a possibility that the logo is in memory of Tara. And there’s still the fact that Danny assured Jo and Rico that the necklace (and by extension whatever it stood for) had nothing to do with his reasons for killing Tara.

What do you think?

The Mastersons and the Desais

Question: What is the full history between the Desai and Masterson families?

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We know there’s a lot of history between the two families. Tess used to date Vikram in high school. She introduced him and Karen who then began to date. And Tess continued to hookup up with him, at least while they were in high school. We don’t know if their relationship continued for longer, but it’s definitely a possibility.

We know Danny and Jo practically grew up together (at least according to Jo). And the two families seem to be very close.

But is there more under the surface?

First there’s the theory I’ve seen suggested by several people that Jo might be Vikram’s biological daughter, arguing that Tess and he could easily have continued their affair past high school. This definitely provides another possible explanation to the next clue that connects the two families.

Danny’s desire to protect and keep safe, Jo, by not telling her his motive for killing Aunt Tara. What could put Jo in danger? Previously when Danny, Jo and Rico were discussing Regina’s text message, Danny was adamant that Regina could not possibly know his motive. Which would call into question the possibility that he’s concerned Jo knowing the motive could get her killed for that knowledge.

Which still leaves the question: what could Danny know, that could hurt Jo, either emotionally, physically or both? Given the fact that Jo was only eleven when the murder happened, it seems more likely it involves her family as a whole.

There is one more interesting connection between the two families: grudges. Karen accused Kyle Masterson of holding a grudge and that it has caused him to suspect Danny of murdering Regina. But what cold the grudge be? The Mastersons told Karen she was a bad mother, the Mastersons refused to allow Jo to be Danny’s character witness. Karen would have a good reason for holding a grudge, but what kind of grudge could Kyle have?

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?

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?

Regina’s Letter

Question: What was the money for?

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The biggest question raised in this week episode has to have been the letter sent to Regina. It’s the first big clue towards a possible motive. So far all we’ve had to go on was a nebulous connection between been Regina and Tara. Now we have a decidedly threatening note.

While going through the condolence letters sent to Regina’s mother, Lacey found a letter sent to Regina. Inside she found what looked to be, at an estimate, about $1000, and a note that said:

This is your final payment. Deal holds, keep your mouth shut. If you tell anyone… you know what’ll happen.

When I first watched the episode I automatically assumed Regina had done something for someone. I’ve read a lot of theories suggesting maybe Tara and possibly Danny’s father, where involved in some kind of organized crime. How a teenaged girl could have gotten mixed up in that is a little more unclear but it’s a possible explanation for her having the same necklace as Tara (especially if her necklace was a duplicate and not one in the same, something I admit I no longer feel is a strong possibility). However there are other things Regina could have been doing for someone, any sort of illegal activity, shady job or something school related?

But a closer look at the wording of the note seems to suggest a second possibility: blackmail. After all the note states that ‘deal holds’, this sounds more compatible with blackmail as the deal of silence would continue to hold even after the final payment. Was Regina blackmailing someone? While Lacey remembers her friend fondly, there’s no denying the fact that Regina had a very strong personality. And as Phoebe’s story of their falling out showed, Regina could be pretty mean. Honestly blackmail seems does not seem out of the realms of possibility to her.

I also find the amount pretty interesting. The bills were all $100’s, but you can’t see exactly how many bills there are. But look at this picture:

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You can only really count about the top six and then they get a little hard to distinguish. As you can’t tell for sure, we’ll give some room for error and say the envelope contained somewhere between 10 to 15 bills which would be $1000 – $1500. And honestly that seems much more the amount a high school student would pay, then an adult with a steady job. If Regina were blackmailing someone like Kyle for instance, wouldn’t she have asked for more money? True this is only the final payment, so we can assume this was at most half the payment, possibly less, but couldn’t Kyle or Tess or even Karen be make larger payments?

Edit: It was stated in ‘Three for the Road’ that the letter contained $2000.

What do you think?