|By Kate McKendry|
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) has a nightmare of a tidal wave devouring him along with the totem pole of limbs from previous episodes.
He thinks he wakes up, but his nightmare continues as his room fills with water, completely submerging him again.
Gideon and Chilton have a confrontation while Gideon is being loaded into a truck to go to court.
Chilton tries to tells Gideon that Gideon was the one who claimed to be the Chesapeake Ripper, while Gideon adamantly believes that Chilton made him think he was.
He tells Chilton that he’ll take responsibility for killing his own family, but not the nurse he was left alone with.
In the truck on the way to court, Gideon tries to make small talk with the police officer and the psychiatric guard riding with them.
He tells the officer that killing his wife is easier than divorce should he ever be considering leaving her – provoking the officer to attack him.
The truck now a crime scene, Will assumes the mental space of Gideon as he recreates the murders. The organs of Gideon’s victims are all tied to different branches in the woods. Jack (Laurence Fishburne) notes that Gideon is trying to get the Ripper’s attention if he is not actually the Ripper.
Will and Dr. Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) meet with Chilton. Bloom and Chilton argue about which one of them is more responsible for Gideon’s future actions. Graham asks what Gideon wants – Chilton, saying that the last thing Gideon said was that he wanted to tell everyone he was the Chesapeake Ripper.
Jack discusses the Gideon situation with officers at the FBI headquarters. Meanwhile, Will begins to lose grip on reality, envisioning the room filled with antlers and Jack yelling at him.
In a meeting with Hannibal, Will explains what happened at work. He expresses his fear of going crazy and that he doesn’t know who he is anymore. He compares himself to Gideon. Hannibal tells him that he will be his gauge to help tell him who he is and who he isn’t.
Meeting with Brian Zeller (Aaron Abrams), Jimmy Price (Scott Thompson), and Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park), they discuss autopsy findings. Meanwhile, Will visualizes water leaking from spots all over the room.
Will talks with Dr. Bloom about how she’ll have protective custody due to Gideon going after doctors who had seen him on a professional level. She semi flirts with Will, and then asks him if they are going to kill Gideon. Will tells her that whatever happens to him is not her fault. He tells Bloom that Gideon will most likely look for the real Chesapeake Ripper for answers and that if he finds the Ripper, the Ripper will kill him for taking credit for someone else’s work.
Gideon calls Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki), pretending to be a well-known, published psychiatrist. He asks to meet with her to help write an article. When she arrives at the hospital, she discovers Gideon has killed the doctor – his tongue hanging out from the bottom of his neck, which Gideon refers to at the Columbian necktie.
Jack’s unit arrives at the office. Jack and Will suggest that Gideon is showing off for the Ripper. They discover a published article with a picture of the victim before his blood was completely drained, concluding that Gideon has kidnapped Freddie Lounds.
Gideon keeps Freddie in the observatory where the arm of Jack’s trainee was discovered. Freddie admits to Gideon that Jack told her to write that article about him being the Ripper in order to flush out the real Ripper. Freddie makes the connection that Gideon using her articles in hopes that the Ripper to come back to the observatory. We see Hannibal reading the latest article from his office.
Another psychiatrist ends up as a body in the morgue, same Columbian Necktie mutilation. Bloom tells Jack that Chilton has been unreachable and didn’t show up to work. Will tells Jack that Gideon is going to lure the Ripper by offering up the man who disrespected both their identities. Jack notes that the latest victim has his right arm cut off and that fact was not mentioned in Freddie’s article. Will makes the connection that the Ripper killed the latest victim as a way to tell Jack where to catch Gideon.
At the observatory, Freddie is forced to watch as Gideon cuts into Chilton while he’s awake. Gideon begins removing Chilton’s organs, saying he wants to offer up a gift basket to the Ripper.
Jack and Will drive to the observatory. Jack tells Will that he wants him to wait outside. Jack tells him he looks like Hell, Will says he thinks he’s coming down with something. Jack expresses his believe that their line of work can compromise your immune system – he tells Will that he needs to let go of as much as he can. Will tells Jack that it’s hard to let go of something that’s already under your skin.
At the observatory, Jack leaves Will in the car. Will envisions water running down the windshield. Jack enters the observatory - Will follows at a distance, but is distracted by antlered animal that he chases into the woods.
Outside, Gideon gets in a car to find Will in his back seat pointing a gun at him. Will envisions that Gideon is Garrett Jacob Hobbs. Will forces him to drive to Hannibal’s house.
Will tells Hannibal that he doesn’t know what’s real anymore. Will points the gun at Gideon again, telling Hannibal he sees Garrett Jacob Hobbs. Hannibal lies to Will, telling him that no one is there and that Will showed up alone. Will seizures.
Leaving Will in his place, Hannibal sits across from Gideon and asks if he’s the man who claims to be the Ripper. He asks if Hannibal is the Ripper – Hannibal says it’s a terrible thing to have your identity taken from you. Hannibal tells Gideon that Dr. Bloom was one of Gideon’s psychiatrists, telling him where he can find her.
Will wakes up in Hannibal’s office. He responds to Hannibal’s requests to move specific body parts and verbal repetitions. He tells Hannibal that his last memory was being with Garret Jacob Hobbs. Hannibal tells Will that he has a fever and that he is hallucinating.
Hannibal tells Will that Gideon is still at large and that he is concerned about Dr. Bloom. He tells Will to stay in his house due to his current condition. Hannibal leaves with Will’s gun and car keys on the table.
Hannibal returns home, the gun and keys gone.
Outside Dr. Bloom’s house, Will approaches Gideon, gun drawn. Gideon tells Will that it’s hard to remember who he is anymore. Will asks who he is now, Gideon responds that he is now Will – both being types of people who shouldn’t be in a relationship because they can’t get out of their own heads. He mentions killing Bloom, questioning if doing that would make Will finally understand what he’s become.
Envisioning Gideon as Garrett Jacob Hobbs again, Will shoots him. Bloom watches him walk away from the scene.
In Jack’s office, Jack and Hannibal discuss Will’s current health while Will is in the hospital. Hannibal recommends suspending Will’s license to carry firearms, concerned about how shooting Gideon will shape Will’s mind.
With his psychiatrist, Hannibal is asked what value Will is to Hannibal. He says he sees himself in Will, even in his madness. She reminds Hannibal that Will is still his patient, and that sometimes the only thing you can do with your patients while they go insane is watch.
Rôti was not my favorite episode, nor was it my least favorite – there were elements to the episode that were highly enjoyable, while the storyline proved to be somewhat anticlimactic.
Will’s encephalitis has gotten exponentially worse throughout this episode, causing him to barely be able to function as a human being, never mind think straight. The way the episode portrayed Will’s hallucinations were very well done, being able to show the viewers literally what Will was feeling inside of his head. At one point, Will mentions to Jack that he feels fluid – so every time the audience saw something happening due to Will’s mind, we saw water spilling out from one place or another.
I felt that this technique to show the inside of Will’s mind was executed very well. The scenes kept propelling the story forward while we experienced the inside of Will’s mind. Had the writers used a technique of flashing to a scene that wasn’t actually happening, they would have risked slowing the story down. Instead, the other character moved on as if nothing was happening to Will, while water would rush or antlers would fill a room. It gave the audience a true sense as to what Hugh Dancy’s character was experiencing, allowing to fully understand what the inside of Will’s mind was supposed to be like.
The part of Rôti that I found not so enjoyable was the anticlimactic story. While the storyline for the episode wasn’t poorly written itself, the episode was hyped up through trailers and teasers so much that I expecting a lot more suspense and action. I kept waiting for the moment when Gideon would go after Dr. Bloom, since the teasers kept hyping up that she was in danger. Truth be told, Gideon didn’t even come into contact with Dr. Bloom at any point in the episode – the closest he came was from a great distance from her window in the last ten minutes.
While the previews for a show don’t necessarily mean that the show was poorly written or not executed well, the episode left me with an overall sense of disappointment because it was not at all what I was expecting (or hoping) it would be.