A Taste of Hannibal: Ep. 211 Ko No Mono (5/9/14)

If last week's episode leaves you feeling a little over-satiated, take a breath because this meal is far from finished. Love, mystery and murder are still on the menu, and with the finale on the not so distant horizon, you're definitely going to need some room for desert.

Our next course, "Ko No Mono," airs Friday, May 9th. The title refers to a seasonal vegetable dish, often pickled. And take our word for it, this week's episode has hints of both sweet and bitter. Family ties will put several characters in a bind; you'll be left with no doubt as to whether blood runs thicker than water.

What twist will the perverse partnership between Will (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) take? Despite some pesky recurring night visions that leave Will Graham waking in a cold sweat, his tutelage/therapy under Dr. Lecter is progressing nicely. The former foes are bonding now as never before; sharing secrets, vivisection tips and forbidden meals will do that for a friendship.

Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) is suffering a new crisis of faith. Freddie's death has her thinking the unthinkable about Will. A direct approach only turns up more questions and gnawing doubts. If only she could discuss Will with his therapist and her paramour, Dr. Lecter. But we know how Hannibal feels about patient confidentiality: it's an immutable matter of ethics.

Speaking of patients, Mason Verger (Michael Pitt), even though he's under the doctor's "care," still seems a very long way from finding happiness. Daddy issues, sister issues, heir to family slaughtering firm issues - they've all got Mason going mad. When he suspects Margot (Katharine Isabelle) may have alternative plans for the family dynasty, Mason is driven to a most drastic action.

And where is Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) while all this blood is being spilled? Let's face it, sometimes the hardest thing to find is the object underneath you. Jack's suspicions about Will and Hannibal have embarrassed him before, so perhaps he can be forgiven if he treads somewhat lightly on all that ice beneath his feet. When will the truth come out? It may be a cold day in hell, but we like to think the day of Hannibal's reckoning is around the corner.

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