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Fridge Brilliance
  • In "The Sleepover", Rita is watching The Breakfast Club, with Brandi and her group of fellow mean girls. At one point, Brandi goes on and on about how "ugly" Alison was and how Andy should have ended up with Claire instead. You may think nothing of it at first (if not to solidify her bitchiness), until you learn who directed the episode.
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  • In the episode "8:03", it's brilliant how Madison and Skill's murders were connected, not by some grandeur plan that they die at the same time (that turns out to be coincidence). They are connected because they each had something that helped solved the other's murder. The Glock gun belonged to Skill, but it solved Madison's murder by pointing it to her killer. The dreamcatcher necklace belonged to Madison, but it solved Skill's murder because his killer stole it off of him.
  • "Spiders" is highly symbolic, not just in terms of neo-Nazis, but also in terms of insects. The name of one of the victims in the episode is Nora Mariposa. Mariposa is Hispanic for "Butterfly". And the name of her killer? Spider. Earlier on, Spider symbolically mentions that without spiders, mosquitoes and flies would over run the earth, meant to symbolize their enemies who would do harm. But Nora wasn't a fly or a mosquito, she was a Mariposa (hence a butterfly). Butterflies help the earth. By killing her, Spider symbolically proves he and his group are hurting society more than they are helping it.
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  • "Blood On The Tracks". At one point, Sarah angrily declares that "If I died tomorrow, no one would know or even care." Indeed, that's precisely what happened—she was murdered the following night, her killer assumed her identity (they looked very much alike) and there was apparently no one in her life to notice the difference. Also notice that when we see her ghost, she's glaring at Johanna, because the woman has literally stolen her life, not only by killing her, but having the husband/children/home she should have.

Fridge Horror

  • "Mindhunters". All of the killer's victims had survived previous attacks. Can you imagine the fright they must have felt at realizing they were going to go through yet another such experience, and even worse, that they weren't going to survive this time? Especially the 14-year old girl who had escaped an Attempted Rape by spraying her attacker with tear gas. The terror she must have felt when it didn't work in this instance (he'd purchased a gas mask in anticipation of her using it) must have been tremendous.
  • You just know that the nephew in "The Hen House" is going to need therapy the look of utter confusion on his face as the man he thought was his uncle for years went through his Perp Walk says it all.
    • Most episodes where the killer started a family after their murder can be counted as this and Tearjerker: "Blood on the Tracks", "That Woman", "Spiders", "Libertyville", etc.
  • A lot of the victim's loved ones have now gone through TWO tragedies in their life. For example, the father in "Shuffle, Ball Change" has lost his wife and his son (even worse is that for twenty years, he still had a sliver of hope that he was still alive somewhere only to have his worst fears confirmed) and to top it off, his other son was the killer, meaning that he's lost ALL of the people he loved.
  • What is going to happen to the college that the killer in "Spiders" taught at once the media find out what he is and what he has been teaching.
    • Probably a long uphill battle of controversy. All the same, it would be better if the school got it over with, rather than continue letting more bright promising students taint their minds with his warped teachings.
  • "Joseph". A counselor begins on inappropriate relationship with one of her teenage clients. Bad enough, but it's implied that part of the reason she's attracted to him is because he reminds her of her late son. Which begs the question of what the hell did she do to HIM?

Fridge Logic

  • Speaking of "Mindhunters", George's choice of victims doesn't make sense. As misogynistic as he is, it seems he would have a shred of respect for women who fought back against their attackers. It would make far more sense for him to choose women who reminded him of his mother—abusive, neglectful, cowardly.
    • Considering his past, he might be seeking to tear them down because they're strong and he isn't. Or it could be a way for him to see if they are truly strong or just lucky.
    • It makes a little more sense when you consider the entirety of his MO. He enjoys hunting them as much as killing them, so he picks women that he knows are strong and determined enough to give him the thrill of the chase, rather than a woman who would submit quietly.
    • Also, when George was attacked (after being betrayed by his mother), he tried to run but was unable to get away. It's possible that he resented those women for being able to escape when he tried to run but was caught and raped anyway.
  • "Blood On The Tracks". Johanna gets away with her crime by assuming Sarah's identity (they looked very much alike). Was there really absolutely no one in Sarah's life to notice the difference? Friends? Relatives? Neighbors? Co-workers?
  • While certain episodes based on the year they were set in had the appropriate camera work (1982's "Baby Blues" was technology from the time, 1990's "Sleepover" was on home video, 2004's "The Promise" was a camera phone, etc.), why weren't other episodes from those years ("Justice", "Churchgoing People", "The War at Home", etc.) also given that same camera work?
    • They specifically use era-appropriate camera work in episodes where it's realistic that someone would be filming. It's a stylistic choice for certain episodes that would have lost its effectiveness if it was used every time.

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