TV Review: Sharp Objects “Falling” S01E07 😷

Slowly, but surely, Sharp Objects is pointing us in the right direction of the killer.


Patricia Clarkson stars as Adora Crellin in Sharp Objects. CREDIT: HBO

This post for Sharp Objects “Falling” contains spoilers.

Everything in this episode heightened next week’s finale for me. I can’t wait to see the big reveal of the killer.

In “Falling” (2018), Adora’s (Patricia Clarkson) true colours are finally shown. What is behind this elegant rich white lady is a psychological disorder called Munchausen by proxy syndrome. She killed her own daughter Marian, and now she’s the major suspect for the murders of Natalie and Ann.

In an interview with HBO, Clarkson describes Adora as a perfectionist with issues.

She’s a perfectionist. She has… issues. She has an illness. She’s very complicated, but she is capable of love, almost to a fault. She needs to be loved and needs someone to love at all times.

True enough, Adora only finds love when she abuses her child. We witness her do what she did to Marian years ago on Amma (Eliza Scanlen) in this episode. The funny thing is Amma knows what’s going on, but chooses to indulge in her mother’s behaviour. In fact, the entire town including the Sheriff probably knows what’s going on, but chooses to be in denial.

Poor Alan (Henry Czerny) also chooses to tune reality out by listening to his record player. This time we see him in tears, as the scene of him listening to Down In the Willow Garden by The Everly Brothers is intercut with a flashback scene of him and Amma dancing to the same song in the mansion. I don’t know what Alan is afraid of; I can’t understand why he doesn’t do anything about Adora when he witnesses her mixing her poison for Amma in an earlier scene.

“Falling” also sort of explained why Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins) and Adora aren’t close friends anymore. Jackie probably couldn’t see herself being friends with someone who murdered her own daughter; and that’s why she drowns herself in alcohol because she wants to hide the guilt of not being able to let everyone know the truth about Adora.

Camille, on the other hand, won’t let this secret stay a secret. She’s going to confront and reveal the truth about her sister’s death next week, and I can’t wait for it.

Rating: 4/5

Sidenotes on “Falling”:

  • I can’t believe the writers managed to include the scene of John Keene (Taylor John Smith) and Camille (Amy Adams) having sex. I thought it would be excluded to make the plot less complicated than it already is, but I guess they wanted to portray Camille as how she is.
  • Kelsey (Violet Brinson) actually says the line “don’t be sexist, chief” to Chief Vickery (Matt Craven). I love this line because it acknowledges how the police have approached this entire murder case so far.

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