If I Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry
Episode 5 of Truth Be Told Season 2 begins with Poppy in a bad way. Blood stains the pillow as she’s taken into hospital by Micah, who’s there to check up on her. Thankfully Poppy awakens but she’s in a rough way. She’s got a concussion and has had to get 13 stitches.
While the family deliberate over the best way to handle Poppy, our podcaster rings Detective Aames and admits that she’s been attacked. She didn’t see the attacker but asks him for help in finding out who it was.
In exchange though, Aames tells her not to say anything on her podcast. Eventually though, Poppy is discharged from hospital.
Meanwhile, Micah fires Lachlan which Markus is quick to relay on to Poppy. The latter realizes that Micah is cutting off the people close to her, rattled by what happened at the mansion. Given she was kissing Holt, Poppy believes it was him who hit her that night. But was it really?
With tensions high, Aames heads in to see Micah at Shelter. He reveals that Holt is their lead suspect at the moment and wants to snoop around his office.
He admits that Poppy gave him the tip-off for this too, going on to prod this hornet’s nest and ask about Lachlan. With Micah starting to get hotheaded, Aames takes his leave before things get too heated.
Elsewhere, Poppy adjusts to her new role in life. With the divorce papers through, she’s definitely going through the motions and it’s not helped by her unable to speak her true feelings during her podcast.
However, she soon receives a message from Aames, updating her that she’s at Holt’s place. Well, Holt happens to have a long history of checking out both Poppy and Micah.
A key piece of the puzzle here seems to be the dollhouse, which Poppy notices immediately looking off-colour in two different shots. It looks like the wood is a different colour. That colour is a direct result of a blood spatter. Blood that belongs to Holt.
After a particularly vivid dream, Poppy awakens with a start. She rings Micah and opens up about her past; how Micah helped her find her voice. It’s ironic too given in the past she was so quiet and passive. Although their conversation is a pleasant one, in the morning Poppy meets Aames and learns Micah lied.
In fact, Micah bought the house for Holt and unfortunately that makes her a suspect for all three murders going forward.
Unsure what else to do, she organizes a meeting with Micah out at a diner during the evening. Poppy goes on the offensive, questioning whether Micah is responsible for Ramon’s murder. As soon as she learns Poppy’s not recording, she admits that Holt did attack Poppy, but only because he suspected that she was an intruder.
Poppy is not happy and shakes her head incredulously, realizing that Micah has been manipulating her all this time. “I will destroy you,” Poppy whispers, as Micah confidently retorts “You can try” in reply. Game on.
The Episode Review
To the surprise of absolutely no one, it turns out Micah has been lying. She’s very much in-line with Holt and it does seem like the pair are directly responsible for what happened to Ramon and, by extension, Josh.
They seem to be the only ones with any real sort of motive too, and that much is especially evident by the end of the episode.
Seeing Micah just suddenly change like that, cold and calculated, is an indication of the façade she’s been putting on for so many people. It’s taken a while but it seems like the show is finally on-track to actually deliver some compelling drama.
However, there’s still the question of exactly why this show was renewed. The first season was pretty mediocre at best, and to be honest it just seems like a waste of resources to renew it, especially with such a tepid case at the heart of this.
Still, the ending does hint that we’ve got some intriguing power plays on the table, leaving the door wide open for where this one may go next.