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Recap / Hannibal S 02 E 07

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Season 2, Episode 7:

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Jack and the FBI make their biggest break in the Chesapeake Ripper case yet when they discover Miriam Lass alive and well. Exonerated of the Ripper's crimes, Will is released from prison and immediately returns to aiding Jack in his investigation, but what he discovers is the one thing he won't be able to prove: that they can't trust any of the evidence the Ripper has left them...

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  • An Arm and a Leg: Miriam Lass. She gets a semi-robotic prosthesis though.
  • Break the Haughty: Chilton, with the possibility of his murder.
  • Frame-Up: Chilton is the recipient of a rather extensive one via Hannibal.
  • Important Haircut: Will starts his psychiatric sessions with Hannibal again, although for a different reason now, and reports to his office with shorter and neater hair.
  • Jerkass Victim: Chilton.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Chilton wants to flee to another country to avoid being Hannibal's fall guy. Will, who's already called Jack anyway, points out that he'd be on a no-fly list.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Hannibal has gone to ridiculous lengths to ensure himself and set Chilton up to take his fall. The short list follows:
    • Will Graham warns Jack Crawford that at some point during the investigation of the location where Miriam was found, he will find evidence that exonerates Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal anticipated Will's prediction, and left evidence that points towards Hannibal.
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    • He creates an extensively convincing and damning crime scene to frame Chilton, going so far as to call two FBI agents and murder them in ways that make it appear as if they had been eaten.
    • The biggest one is Hannibal had hypnotically tricked Miriam into believing Chilton was the one manipulating her during her capture. This causes her to freak out and shoot Chilton when she hears his voice during his interrogation.
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