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‘Candy’ episode 4 review: ‘Cover Girl’

Talk about a double date.

Warning! Spoilers Ahead for Hulu’s Candy

The story so far: After establishing that Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel) has killed her best friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) in the first episode, the next two were spent exploring the relationship between Candy and Allan Gore (Pablo Schreiber). The pair have a humorous meeting before beginning their affair. As the two continue, they seem to develop feelings for each other. Betty is also pregnant and the Gores seem to be repairing their relationship. Is that enough to drive Candy to murder?

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After three of the five episodes, Candy has literally shown seconds of the court trial. The previous parts have made it clear that the story is the main focus of the show, but with the finale in sight, it is fair to worry if the ending will be rushed. “Cover Girl” begins to see the case build. The show has filled in the backstory involving the Gores and Candy and has settled on the mystery of who killed Betty and why. While the audience already knows who the murderer is, the motive and who may be involved is still a question.

The fourth episode is the most interesting since the series premiere. The details of the killing are fully revealed and it is much more gruesome than anyone initially thought. The big questions revolve around how does Candy get caught. There has already been a clip of her on the court stand admitting to what she did. “Cover Girl” explains how she got there and it is shocking – especially considering the grisly details of what happened.

'Candy' episode 4 review: 'Cover Girl'

As interesting as Candy is, it is hard not to feel like it has been forced to resort to stunt casting. Justin Timberlake is a good actor, but having the real life husband of Biel in the show comes off like a gimmick. Add the fact that Lynskey’s actual husband Jason Ritter plays Timberlake’s partner on the police force and everything feels like it was more about generating buzz.

This may be necessary as the show is missing something. As events progress, nothing separates it from any other true crime story. The act is absolutely brutal, but Candy misses the hook that has viewers talk about it around the water cooler. The final episode may put it over the top, but only an ax makes this different from any of the other series in the genre.

Candy airs on Hulu May 9 – May 13


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