Episode Guide

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Dark Descent
directed by: Jakob Verbruggen Air Date: May 13, 2013

Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson), a Senior Detective from the Met, is seconded to Belfast to supervise a 28-day review into the investigation of the death of Alice Monroe. A.C.C. Jim Burns (John Lynch) recommends Stella view the case as a single entity, rather than as part of a larger pattern. As reporters begin to descend on Gibson, she asks to be introduced to Sergeant James Olson (Ben Peel), after spotting him at an unrelated crime scene, and she tells him her hotel room number.
Apparently respectable family man Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), meanwhile, continues to stalk 30-something solicitor Sarah Kay (Laura Donnelly), determined to make her his next victim, and a rogue reporter named Ned Callan (Nick Lee) attempts to make a name for himself at Gibson’s expense.

Darkness Visible
directed by: Jakob Verbruggen Air Date: May 19, 2013

Gibson is called to the scene of Sarah Kay’s murder, a crime for which PC Danielle Ferrington (Niamh McGrady) blames herself. Ferrington admits to Gibson that after unsuccessfully attempting to reach Sarah Kay the evening after the break-in, she and her partner left the premises, likely unknowingly leaving Kay with her attacker. Burns agrees to make Gibson the permanent Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) of the investigation, after she convinces him to admit that the murders are linked. Prof. Reed Smith (Archie Panjabi) arrives at the crime scene, joining the investigating team. DS Olson shows up at the scene of Sarah Kay’s murder, asking Gibson why she has been ignoring his messages. Unimpressed by his breaching of the crime scene and of his sending her picture mails earlier, Gibson dismisses him.

Morgan Monroe (Ian McElhinney) coerces Burns into clearing his son’s name in relation to killings, whilst DS James Olson is assassinated outside his home.
Meanwhile, Spector hides the evidence of his latest crime in the cache located in the ceiling of his daughter’s bedroom, whilst Katie Benedetto (Aisling Franciosi), the children’s 15-year-old babysitter, expresses her interest in him.

Insolence & Wine
directed by: Jakob Verbruggen Air Date: May 26, 2013

Gibson builds her team, whose investigation is now known as Operation Musicman. Impressed by Ferrington’s honesty at the crime scene, Gibson asks her to be her right-hand man. Gibson is questioned about her one-night stand with James Olson, whom she has recently discovered was married. Gibson begins profiling the killer with her team.
Meanwhile, Paul’s wife Sally Ann (Bronagh Waugh), unaware of her husband’s secret, becomes concerned about her daughter, who is having nightmares that threaten to reveal the killer’s secret cache of murder paraphernalia. Spector first notices Gibson when he sees her on TV giving a press conference about the investigation.

My Adventurous Song
directed by: Jakob Verbruggen Air Date: June 02, 2013

Chief Inspector Matt Eastwood (Stuart Graham)’s investigation into DS Olson’s death reveals the involvement of DI Breedlove (Michael McElhatton) with the Monroe family, forcing the latter to take drastic measures that drag Stella deeper into Internal Affairs investigations. An old friend of Prof. Reed Smith, Rose Stagg, tells Gibson that a man named Peter had strangled her to near-unconsciousness while she was at university, nine years ago.
Spector’s professional relationship with Liz Tyler (Séainín Brennan) is questioned by both his bosses and her husband Jimmy (Brian Milligan), forcing him to speed up his next attack – with grave consequences. Meanwhile, his daughter may prove to be his downfall, as her nightmares become more prevalent and she begins to draw disturbing images.

The Vast Abyss
directed by: Jakob Verbruggen Air Date: June 09, 2013

Gibson begins to investigate the botched attack on Annie Brawley (Karen Hassan), bringing her one step closer to the killer, both emotionally and physically. The investigation begins to focus on a single individual. Gibson and Sarah Kay’s father mount a televised plea for information pertaining to the murders. Gibson announces the killer will have an opportunity to converse with her privately, if he comes forward.
In TV footage showing Sarah Kay passing through the gates of the municipal gardens, Spector can be seen following not far behind, thus forcing him to come forward to give a statement to the police. A pregnant Sally Ann supports to the police Spector’s false claim that he was at home on the evening of the attack on Brawley. Sally Ann confronts Spector about her lying to the police and he is forced to lie to Sally Ann, who wants to know what he has actually been doing late nights. He tells her he has been having a three-month affair with their children’s young babysitter, Katie. The lie threatens to rip his family apart and expose his secret. Spector makes contact with Operation Musicman, revealing to Gibson details of his crimes, before leaving Belfast with his family to settle in Scotland. Annie Brawley awakens from her coma.