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‘Only Murders in the Building’ episode 9 review: Dropping an unexpected bombshell

Is the Only Murders in the Building podcast ending?

The Only Murders in the Building podcast has grown quite the following as we saw in the previous episode. The group has their own superfans who aided them along with Jan and Oscar to pin Tim Kono’s death on the Dimas family. Though the deli king and his son didn’t murder Kono, they were involved in the death of Mabel’s friend all those years ago. That means a killer is still on the loose and they strike at someone close to Charles to send a message.

Jan’s attack has a significant impact on the relationship between Charles, Oliver, and Mabel. Charles carries a great guilt for dismissing his girlfriend and what happened to her afterwards. The incident serves as a wake-up call and he wants to stop the podcast before anyone else gets hurt. He is really conflicted because he hasn’t felt more alive in years due to this joint venture and has grown quite close to Mabel.

As Charles wrestles with what to do next, he’s paid a visit by his former Brazzos stunt double, Sazz Pataki. Only Murders in the Building’s casting of Jane Lynch in the role is a hilarious gag in itself but the actress is very charismatic and energetic as Charles’ double. Oliver and Mabel are instantly drawn to her and are so quick to solicit her help on the case.

The double takes everyone has when first meeting her and Sazz’s perfectly mirroring Charles’ every move are highly amusing. However, she’s not so discreet in masking that she has an ulterior motive in visiting and it’s curious to see what that his moving forward. With the podcast picking up steam, could there be a TV series in its future that needs someone to play Mr. Savage in the reenactments?

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The Only Murders in the Building podcast has also brought negative press for the Arconia. Many people are afraid to visit because of the violent crime that took place there and the other residents are fed up. Despite Charles finally declaring the podcast is over, the building votes to have he and Mabel evicted (Oliver had already been removed from his home earlier).

This development further strains our stars’ relationship and places added urgency to really solve the case. If the killer is caught, everyone can feel safe again and maybe they won’t be kicked out. It’s also interesting to see the mixed views on our podcasters. There are some surprising supporters of them because they at least made people aware of the danger.

Sazz’s introduction also provides one of the few people to intimately know Charles. Despite their complicated history, she recognizes when something is special to him. In a genuine moment, Pataki convinces her co-star to follow his heart. Elsewhere, Mabel and Oliver continue their investigation and look into Tim Kono’s life more. In a stunning twist, they uncover a huge revelation while Charles learns he’s been lied to. Running the two scenes in parallel effectively builds the suspense to the final discovery.

This week’s Only Murders in the Building has guest star, Jane Lynch, in an absolutely comical role. It also increases the urgency to catch the killer and drops a bombshell leading into the finale.

New episodes of Only Murders in the Building are released Tuesdays on Hulu.

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This week’s Only Murders in the Building has guest star, Jane Lynch, in an absolutely comical role. It also increases the urgency to catch the killer and drops a bombshell leading into the finale.
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Jane Lynch is hilarious as Charles' old stunt double.
The big bombshell leading into the finale.
Despite the big bombshell, it felt like it took a while to get there in the episode.
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