The Kettering Incident, Season 1, Episode 3, “The Search”

Showcase's 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 3, "The Mill." Kettering forest map

Showcase’s ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 3, “The Mill.” Kettering forest map [Image via Showcase]

Welcome to my recap of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident. Here’s what went down in Episode 3 (entitled “The Search”).

If you couldn’t guess from the title, this episode of The Kettering Incident is all about searching for Chloe (Sianoa Smit-McPhee). Thanks to her phone being found, the cops now know where to start their search. Although, it is revealed Chloe’s phone was found about a kilometre away from the party, so she certainly covered some distance before she dropped it.

Anna (Elizabeth Debicki) finds out where they are searching for Chloe and begs a lift with Deb (Alison Whyte). While they are chatting, Deb hits a wallaby and Anna decides to put it out of its misery by bludgeoning it to death with a rock. As a result of this, Anna turns up at the search party covered in blood and people are asking who she killed. Not a good start Anna. But then she joins the search for Chloe and — as to be expected — has a full PTSD moment when she starts to see Gillian (Miranda Bennett) in the forest. This leads to her getting stuck in the mud and Chloe’s brother, Adam (Brad Kannegiesser), having to rescue her. But not before he hears her calling out to Gillian instead of Chloe, something he mentions to Anna’s dad, Roy (Anthony Phelan), after Anna is sent home with Deb. Roy is, as usual, pissed off with his daughter.

CF:  Again, a lot of strange stuff happening with Anna, but this is one of the strangest.  Wallaby Killer and Freak Out Specialist, as well as not being dressed in any way to be searching for someone in a forest.  It’s almost like she had to be there

RT: Yep. And, just a disclaimer, that’s not normally how Aussies take out injured animals.

On the way down the mountain, Anna asks Deb why she is having Chemo, having seen the port earlier in the day. Deb wants it kept hush-hush but does let it drop that Dr. McKenzie (Kris McQuade) now works as a tour guide at the old prison.

Why would a doctor even do that? So, of course Anna has to pay her a visit. It is just as shady as you expect. Apparently Dr. McKenzie was too interested in the cluster of cancers occurring suddenly in Kettering:  People started to get shitty with her, threatening her when she asked too many questions. This is starting to sound more like a cover up for a man-made incident rather than aliens. Anna also asks Dr. McKenzie about the day she was found, after Gillian went missing. Apparently she was found by her father, covered in blood. Whose blood? No one knows because Roy cleaned her up pretty good before Dr. McKenzie had a chance to take any samples. Dr. McKenzie also lets slip that Chloe has been suffering nosebleeds and blackouts, just like Anna. Curiouser and curiouser.

All of this makes you think harder about all those references Max (Damien Garvey), Roy and Craig (Ben Oxenbould) made to people “knowing”and that private property they don’t want anyone to enter. Just what the fuck are they hiding up there? But then the dogs flat out refuse to enter the ridge in the search for Chloe and you are not sure if maybe aliens are still a contender for this mystery.

CF:  At this point I couldn’t say what was going on up on that ridge.  The last episode did a great job letting you know there’s something up there, but by now you’re really starting to wonder if you really know for sure.

RT: This is what I loved about this series, so many possibilities and, actually, so many realities as well, but more on that in further recaps 😉

CF:  There seems to be a huge amount of misdirection here–or is there?  You really have to keep watching to find out.

Anna, trying to unravel the mess, buys a bottle of booze to take to the Holloway’s. While at the pub, she bumps into Dutch, who practically accuses her of having something to do with both disappearances. Anna ignores him and heads off to pay Max and Barb a visit. She wants to know if Chloe had any weird marks like Kade. As to be expected, this meeting does not go well and Barb asks her to leave.

Showcase's 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 3, "The Mill." Anna and Dutch

Showcase’s ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 3, “The Mill.” Anna and Dutch [Image via Showcase]

So Anna seems to think having sex with Dutch will make her feel better. To be honest, I’m not really sure why this scene even happened other than the writers needed a reason for Anna to be in Dutch’s house so she can find Chloe’s charm. That way Anna can accuse Dutch of having sex with Chloe and Dutch can imply there might be evidence lying around all over her place. In regards to what, the audience is not really sure. But Dutch also pulls Anna up on using the past tense in regards to Chloe. Oops.

CF:  To me this was like Anna in a fugue state and we may have been seeing her in one–only, how would we know?  Which now has me wondering how often we saw “normal” Anna and “fugue” Anna throughout the series?

RT: Oh. I think you just blew my mind! What an excellent point. *goes back to watch this series AGAIN*

CF:  Yeah, now I want to run it again and really watch Anna every time she’s on screen.

Dutch (Matthew Le Nevez) spends most of this episode of The Kettering Incident trying to prove he is an arsehole. He hits Dane ( Dylan Young) up for the 10K he owes him. Dane doesn’t have the money yet, but he does know where Chloe hid her stolen stash. Dutch then goes around to the Holloway’s with the excuse of asking for Chloe’s laptop and clothing to help the investigation along. Instead, he pinches the drugs while Barb (Sacha Horler) is on the phone. Dutch also gives Dane an alibi for Friday night. Or does Dutch need the alibi? Regardless, he manages to delete a whole heap of images of himself from Chloe’s computer. Why was she taking photos of him? What else does Dutch have to hide? Or did Chloe know he was the drug kingpin?

CF:  Drug Lord of the Arse End of Tassie.  That’s a title I want!

RT: Because we all can’t rule Colombia…

CF:  Oh, watch Narcos on Netflix and see how much fun that is.

So, while everyone else in town is searching for Chloe, her father, Max, is at the mill instead. And boy isn’t his wife pissed when she works this out later on. But, seriously, the guy just seems to  be trying his hardest to act the way he thinks a man should act in this sort of situation. Plus, he really thinks Chloe has just taken a trip to Hobart and forgotten to tell anyone.

CF:  Father Of The Year this guy.

Eliza (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) has also fessed up to bullshitting about the message received from Chloe in Episode 2 of The Kettering Incident. Fergus (Henry Nixon) reminds her she has committed an offense by lying to the police. I really don’t think Eliza gives a shit though. She tells Fergus that they both liked to pretend about the lights, putting on a believable performance herself to showcase her acting ability to Fergus. What it really makes the audience question is whether Eliza is full cray-cray. It also makes you wonder if Chloe was bullshitting to Anna about seeing the lights.

CF:  And just another step down the ladder into crazy here for the show.  From this point on Eliza really gets you wondering what’s up with her.

RT: Eliza is so cock-a-ninny from this point on. I think she’s my fave character 😉

CF:  From here on it’s hard to pin her down, but she is fun to watch.  Mainly ’cause the actress is have a blast with the part and you can see that.

Showcase's 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 3, "The Mill." Renae's bruised stomach

Showcase’s ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 3, “The Mill.” Renae’s bruised stomach [Image via Showcase]

We also discover a dark secret: Gillian was not Travis’ (Kevin MacIsaac) daughter. Instead, Roy was the father. That makes Gillian and Anna sisters and that “You’re not going home,” comment Anna made to Gillian in Episode 1 of The Kettering Incident a whole lot more ominous. After Renae (Suzi Dougherty) and Travis argue and he punches her, Dutch arrives, working out the secret in the process. It turns out he knows just what domestic abuse is like because his father was exactly the same as Travis and suddenly Dutch doesn’t seem as mush of an arsehole anymore. Dutch then speaks to Travis about the incident. However, when Travis mentions he knows Dutch is dealing drugs, things get out of hand, and Dutch ends up threatening to kill Travis if he ever touches Renae again.

As Episode 3 of The Kettering Incident wraps up, Anna discovers a “gift” for her, left on the front porch. It a tape of her and Gillian singing “Crimson and Clover.” Who is fucking with her? is it the same person prank calling Renae? Anyway, Roy gets home and is even more pissed off at Anna because she went ot Max and Barb’s. He wants to know when the fuck Anna is leaving.

CF:  This, to me, was really the unsolved mystery.  There is only one person who could have made that tape–Anna–but who the hell had it and delivered it?  The mind fucking is in full bloom now

It is a new day and the search is ready to start again. Except something has been found at the mill. Everyone is looking awkward as Max approaches. Yeah, it really doesn’t look like Chloe was taken by aliens because they wouldn’t kill her and dump her body at the mill would they?

Showcase's 'The Kettering Incident,' Season 1, Episode 3, "The Mill." Chloe at the mill

Showcase’s ‘The Kettering Incident,’ Season 1, Episode 3, “The Mill.” Chloe at the mill [Image via Showcase]

Weird Shit That Might Be Important Later

  • We discover Anna had another blackout. It turns out she ended up at Fergus’ and she missed a huge storm that hit Kettering.
  • So Dr. McKenzie doesn’t recognise Anna. I guess it could happen after fifteen years. Although, she then goes on to mention just how different Anna looked after Gillian went missing…
  • Also, seriously, Anna can’t remember just how close her and her father used to be when she was younger? That’s just weird. What else is she not remembering?

CF:  And all of the strange shit here is not only strange, but gets the viewer totally scratching their heads about what to expect.  Also, if I were an alien–and who says I’m not?–why not dump a body in a mill?  It makes it look like a human was involved.  Yeah?

What did you think of Episode 3 of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident? Let us know by commenting below!

The official synopsis for Episode 4 (entitled “The Mill”) of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident is below.

“After Chloe’s body turns up, Max lets the police in on the fact he’s received threatening letters. However, not all is as it seems. Max and Roy Macy still keep a secret worse than anyone else in town.”

[Images via Showcase and Father Son Holy Gore]

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