Guilt: A Fall From Grace – Another Faux Pas (Review)


Guilt has moved on rather quickly from last week‘s “stitching up” of Mr. Finch, proprietor  of The Courtenay.  “A Fall From Grace” has the youngest Atwood sister in gaol for the murder of Molly Ryan. And herein lies the massive faux pas in this week’s episode.

Prison landings  in England are run by officers not guards. There are no “prison guards” nor are they referred to as “guards.”  Convicts, aka inmates, aka prisoners refer to them as “screws” or Guv’s or “boss.”  Not guards.  (Having been a prison officer 10 years for Her Majesty’s Prison Service  makes the use of the word “guard” a prickly subject.)

Back to the plot: Daisy is now on remand for suspicion of murdering poor Molly.  The planting of evidence by Roz, Natalie and Daisy has not worked.  Crime does pay, or at least running  a high-end brothel does, as Finch’s car has a security camera in it. The handy little device catches Atwood planting the phone.

Stan Gutterie reprimands Natalie for being involved with the attempted subversion of justice.

Meanwhile, the defense attorney tries to get the  journalist   Veena Patel (Sujaya Dasguptato publish information that Molly was a “high-end” call girl.  She refuses.  If Gutterie can provide proof however, Patel  will be happy to print the story.

Kaley (Amber Jean Rowan) gets a peak at Gentleman 33, aka Prince Theo.  She tells Molly’s brother Patrick about his sister’s regular customer at the  brothel revealing who he is. Natalie goes to question Molly’s stalker Neville (Ryan Gerald). He tells Grace’s big sister that Prince Theo killed Molly.  

While the lad seems most sincere this seems a bit too pat.  Should it not be harder to find out who killed Molly?

This latest bit of information could clear Grace if the cops learn about Neville’s eyewitness account of the murder.  However, it seems unlikely as the lad is, apparently, mentally challenged to some degree.

Which leads to the other issue of his fingering the prince for the Ryan girl’s murder. Did he really see Prince Theo slash Molly to rag doll ribbons?  Our money is still on that very handy butler, the prince may have been there but it would not be surprising to see his “handler” Philip (Osi Okerafor) actually doing the dirty work. 

There is also the possibility that Grace did kill her bestie.  She was, after all, gone for quite some time and she did walk through the blood.  Neville, despite being stabbed in the leg by Grace, may be covering up what he really saw.

It is interesting to note that despite step father James visiting his little poppet in prison, and singing her a little song, he is quite willing to send her up the river. His Russian mob connections are not too happy with him at the moment.

Anthony Head as James

Back to Roz and Kaley:  Roz starts dumping records and sets them on fire.  Finch turns up and accuses her of helping Patrick steal the ledger. (She actually did help a little.) Roz protests her innocence as the glorified pimp pulls a  pistol out of his pocket and starts to shoot her in the face.

Kaley bashes Finch’s head in with a ornament of some kind and as the camera moves back, the now former manager of The Courtenay is laying  in the alley, eyes open, unmoving  and clearly dead.

There are two more episodes, apparently, left in this season. Will Grace be proven innocent or guilty?

Guilt airs Mondays on Freeform.



Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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