The final of Only murders in the buildingSeason 2’s second season finally answers Season 2’s biggest question: who killed Bunny (Jayne Houdyshell)?
After many red herrings in the finale, a killer reveal party and Charles (Steve Martin) faking his own death, we learn that Bunny’s killer was none other than Poppy White (Adina Verson). It turns out that the overworked and underappreciated assistant of Cinda Canning (Tina Fey) has a murderous streak.
She’s not who she says she is either. As revealed at the end of episode 9, Poppy is actually Becky Butler, the subject of Cinda’s popular true crime podcast, Everything is wrong in Oklahoma. Becky, a fan of Cinda’s earlier works, pretended to be dead to escape her unhappy family life and the sexual harassment she received at the hands of her boss, the mayor of Chickasha, OK. She took the name Poppy White and gave Cinda the idea for: Everything is wrong in Oklahoma – in exchange for a job, of course.
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Why did Poppy Bunny kill?
Poppy (Adina Verson) is accused.
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It all comes back to Cinda Canning. She desperately needs another high-profile, gory murder to podcast about, and she has absolutely no interest in Poppy’s suggestion to cover up the disappearance of Rose Cooper (Shirley MacLaine). So Poppy takes matters into their own hands and creates the perfect murder for them to hide. She kills Bunny, texts the Only killing trio to exit the building, uses the Arconia’s secret tunnels to escape and hides the bloodied knife in Charles’s apartment to frame him. She also teams up with her friend Officer Kreps (Michael Rapaport), who takes care of her as Glitter Guy.
The finale ties up some more loose ends: Poppy met Bunny at the Pickle Diner to discuss Rose Cooper’s painting and explain the footage of Bunny storming out of the restaurant. Dinner also references Bunny’s last words. Mabel (Selena Gomez) thought Bunny said “14, Savage”. Instead, Bunny said, “14, sandwich,” pointing to Poppy’s Pickle Diner order: Item 14, a liverwurst and marmalade sandwich. It’s an acquired taste.
Two other pieces of evidence confirm Poppy as the killer. First, her allergy to birds such as Bunny’s parrot Mrs. Gambolini made her sneeze in Arconia’s tunnels, where Lucy (Zoe Colletti) heard her. Finally, Detective Williams (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) found Becky Butler’s DNA on the murder weapon. From there, Charles, Mabel and Oliver (Martin Short) tell Cinda everything, including Poppy’s true identity, and organize a killer reveal party to get her to confess. With all the puzzle pieces finally in place, Poppy and Kreps are arrested, and the Only killing team is clear of any suspicion. For now…
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Bunny’s killer may have been found, but Only murders in the building Season 2 has another big surprise in store. After a year-long jump in time, we witness the murder that will kick-start the show’s third season.
This new victim is not one of the Arconia. Instead, it’s actor Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd), one of the lead actors in a new Broadway show directed by Oliver. The other protagonist is none other than Charles. However, it is clear that these two do not have a good working relationship. As Ben and Oliver talk on opening night, Ben says he wants to kill Charles for something he did. Not long after, Charles confronts Ben and tells him, “Be smart. Stay away from her,” and “I know what you’ve done.”
What did Ben do to upset Charles so much? How did their beef get started? Who is the “her” Charles referred to? My money goes to Mabel, Lucy or makeup artist Joy (Andrea Martin), whom Charles starts dating in the final. The mystery woman could also be someone we haven’t met yet.
Before we can get an answer to these questions, Ben collapses and dies on stage. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Charles is the prime suspect, but if… Only murders in the building loves everything, it’s a twist (and some chunky knit). Could someone else behind the scenes have had it on Ben? Is this another attempt to frame Charles for murder? And are we getting more Paul Rudd in flashbacks?
We’ll just have to wait until season 3 to find out.
All episodes of Only murders in the building Season 2 is now streaming on Hulu.