Episode 2 of The Kettering Incident opens with Fergus (Henry Nixon) out at the Candlesticks. This will be an ongoing theme that quietly meanders through Season 1. For now we discover that plenty of dead frozen birds like to fall from the air here and wreckage from the plane disappearance Cassidy mentioned in the Episode 1 recap of The Kettering Incident seems to turn up. Anna (Elizabeth Debicki) hears the mayday call for this incident as she wakes up. We also discover Fergus’ dad drowned here many years ago, which is why he has such a fascination for a place that is a 1.5 hour drive from Kettering.
So, the mayday call wakes Anna and she is feeling as seedy as fuck after the rave. Throwing up in the sink, she discovers she *may* have had a bit of a wild time at the party if the bruises, messed up hands and dirty boots are any indication. Nothing to worry about, right?Wrong. So wrong that it hurts.
CF: Blackouts, fugue states, and nosebleeds are supposed to be a common among people who have underwent a UFO abduction. Anna’s been hitting all the marks here.
This episode of The Kettering Incident follows the day to day lives of those in Kettering, introducing us to the characters and getting under our skin so that we want to binge-watch the entire series in one sitting. But its main purpose in Episode 2 is to introduce us to the slow-growing dread that something really bad has happened to Chloe (Sianoa Smit-McPhee). And that that bad thing has probably involved Anna. Like in a “Gillian is missing all over again” sort of way.
We start this slow decline with Barb (Sacha Horler) going to wake her daughter and Chloe not being there. In fact, she hadn’t even slept in her bed. But, that’s okay, she’s probably just with Eliza (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), her weird bestie/cousin, right? Except, when Fergus asks Eliza if Chloe stayed with her, Eliza gets weirder still and starts to insinuate Anna into the equation by saying Chloe and Anna had a fight. Because nothing says single white female quite like making shit up and lying to the cops. But, wait, that’s not all Eliza can come up with. Eliza lets Fergus know there might be a drug problem in Kettering and by the end of the episode and the final realisation that Chloe is really, truly missing, Eliza plays a message she reportedly just got from Chloe. A message in which Chloe is sounding panicked as someone approaches before she screams at them to get away. Except viewers know Eliza didn’t just get the message, she had been sitting on it for half of Episode 2 of The Kettering Incident and this alone makes her look as guilty AF.
In the meantime, Chloe’s phone is found by a guy taking a piss. It’s screen is all smashed up, so that can’t be good.CF: Watch this phone ’cause something strange happens later.
Now, while we are all starting to worry about Chloe’s whereabouts, many people are starting to look like possible suspects in her disappearance, not just Anna. In between Renae (Suzi Dougherty) getting prank calls from “Gillian,” she is also questioning her husband as to why he didn’t come home. Travis’ (Kevin MacIsaac) response is vague. He just slept in the ute and he couldn’t get through on the phone, but no mention of why he had to sleep in the ute.
CF: For those of you who are up in North America, a ute is “utility vehicle,” or a SUV, and not something Joe Pesci would say. 🙂
RT: Thanks for that Cassidy. It’s one of those words I forget is Australian 😉 Do you guys also call it a pickup or truck?
CF: Yeah, we usually do. Like I said, though, I know enough slang from your part of the world to figure that “ute” = utility. Really, it’s not like you speak a different language. 😉
Lofty Sullivan ( Nathan Spencer) also turned up late because of a “sore throat” yet he sounds just fine. Of course, Lofty is the guy implicated in Gillian’s disappearance, so his late arrival at work is certainly a red flag.
And then Anna further incriminates herself by not only saying she got home a whole hour earlier than she really did, but then goes to Chloe’s to ask for her coat back because she left it in Chloe’s car.
While everyone is making themselves look guilty, Dutch (Matthew Le Nevez), is just making himself look like more of an arsehole by taking Dane (Dylan Young) aside and letting the audience know just how deep into the drug ring he really is. Apparently Dutch has noticed the missing drugs Chloe helped herself to in Episode 1. Dane immediately implicates Chloe and, Later on, sneaks into Chloe’s room to find the missing stash. Barb, who had been having a heart-to-heart with Renae that is more of a doom and gloom reminder that Gillian went missing and Renae can totally sympathise with her sister, thinks Chloe is home and busts Dane in her room. Dane managed to see the drugs but couldn’t grab them, so reports back to Dutch that he knows where they are.
CF: I felt really strange with this scene, as if it wasn’t the first time Dane has ended up in Chloe’s bedroom by climbing through a window. Renae was just like, “You can’t do that, now move along,” whereas most people in the U.S. would probably have beaten or shot the poor dude. And this just made me hate Dutch that much more, but it also made me wonder: who is he selling the drugs to? Taking them to Hobart? That would make the most sense as they’re only about thirty kilometers apart.
RT: I am beginning to wonder just how deep this drug deal is running. I mean, Tasmania is only small, but it is isolated…
CF: And where are they coming from? I’d think if they’re coming from your area of the world they’d drop them off somewhere along the north shore of Tasmania.
So, now that Anna’s coat is missing along with Chloe and her car, she needs to get as new stash of her anti-psychotic medication. Considering the local doctor, Dr. McKenzie, no longer seems to work in town, but still gets her scripts delivered there, Anna takes the opportunity to steal a script pad and write her own script. Except the local chemist is totally onto the fact the script has come from a stolen pad and things get awkward. But, at least Anna gets to meet Kade Fisher (Thomas Readman), a weird kid that doesn’t feel the cold but has a strange rash that Anna thinks is something completely serious.CF: This was another of those scenes that slowly build up with a number of things that show you stuff that could be important later on, but you don’t know if they are or not. I know the slow burn isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this show does it masterfully.
RT: This show is slow burn heaven as far as I’m concerned 😀
Anna keeps hearing the old Sullivan house mentioned so decides to go out and visit it. This is where she finds her neatly folded coat and a bunch of sleeping bags next to a still glowing fire. She also sees a chair that triggers a blackout and that is the end of snooping around in the old Sullivan’s house for this episode of The Kettering Incident.
After she wakes up again, Anna goes straight to the pub to search out Barb. Poor Barb gets excited because Anna is wearing her coat, which means she got it out of Chloe’s car. Anna totally lies about how she got her coat back and then freaks Barb the fuck out by going on about the lights.
Weird Shit That Might Be Important Later
- Roy’s dog apparently doesn’t like the smell of the dirt Anna walked home from the rave.
- Renae visits Dominic (Neil Pigot), a random scientist who lives in a caravan and is keeping an eye on the strange occurrences in Kettering. Her ominous, “It’s happening again,” is enough to realise shit just got real.
- Max Holloway (Damien Garvey), from the mill, is getting hammered to make his contract. Considering the Greenies are constantly fucking things up, he holds a meeting with Roy Macy (Anthony Phelan) and Craig Grayson (Ben Oxenbould) because he thinks there is a snitch telling the Greenies everything. The meeting is so cloak and dagger it just has to be important.
- Jens (Damon Gameau) returning Anna’s paper flower and discussing the fact it looks like a flower that is known to clone itself.
- Moths make a full on appearance during Max’s meeting, covering up an entire window and freaking people out.
- The Alien Abduction Anonymous meeting mentions Mother Sullivan’s Ridge. This is not the first — or the last — time it is mentioned. Considering Chloe said the old Sullivan house was where she saw the lights and Mother Sullivan’s ridge is where Anna nearly runs over Kade, I am guessing this location is ground zero.
- Owls. Just a heads up, if moths don’t freak you out, The Kettering Incident introduces owls to scare you.
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The official synopsis for Episode 3 (entitled “The Search”) of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident is below.
“As the search for Chloe rages on, Anna starts figuring out more about her quaint little hometown. Detective Dutch continues trying to cover up his dirty deeds, as Barb and Max Holloway worry in their own ways over their missing daughter.”
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