Hannibal’s ‘Ceuf’ was directed by Peter Medak. Writer was Jennifer Schuur.
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) begins his day with a session with Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). He finds looking at his lit house from across the field at night very comforting. He imagines his home is a ship at sea shrouded in fog. He also reveals it makes him feel safe.
Thoughts about Garrett Jacob Hobbs (Vladimir Cubrt) and his victims plague him. He often feels like he’s living out Hobbs’ daily routine. He denies becoming the Minnesota Shrike. Another murder spree provides distraction.
Whole families are found murdered. Mothers are the last to die. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and his team of Special Agents Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park), Brian Zeller (Aaron Abrams) and Jimmy Price (Scott Thompson) are puzzled. Who is the killer? What is the motive? How are the victims selected?
Hannibal conducts an investigation of his own. While Will is away, he enters his home. He’s already in his head his habitat is the next logical step. Graham’s furry bunch doesn’t bark. Hannibal is a friend with benefits. He brings homemade sausage as dog treats. Is there something specific he’s looking for?
Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) tries to reach Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl). Miss Hobbs continues to be vague and manipulative. She’s proud to be a celebrity victim. She’s someone now. How can she capitalize on her fame? Turn the bloodshed into a boatload of greenbacks. A girl’s gotta eat.
Alana has drinks with Hannibal after hours. He’s her sounding board about Abigail. She can’t get through to her. He offers the advice that perhaps Miss Hobbs should be released back into society. She doesn’t think that is a good idea. Abigail can’t cope on her own and leaning on Hannibal and Will won’t help her recover.
But Hannibal won’t be denied. He signs her out on a day pass. They’ll spend time at his home. He hopes she’ll see it as a safe environment. Abigail feels more comfortable talking to him. This is one of the reasons why she avoids group therapy. With Hannibal she can be herself and tell the truth. Inside the psych facility and with Dr. Bloom, she has to stick to the lie she’s told everyone.
The good: If the banned episode was meant to be disturbing it succeeded. Don’t know which is worse. Children commit murder or seeing their dead bodies. Molly Shannon gave a believable performance of a total nut job. The character she portrayed was whacked.
Abigail isn’t as clever as she thinks. They know she’s hiding something. It’s only a matter of time before she slips. Love the snark tossed around by Katz, Zeller and Price. Graham gives as good as he gets. Crawford just wants everyone to play nice. Hannibal can’t wait to have Crawford and his wife for dinner.
The bad: The fireplace in a certain scene was an unwanted image.
The ugly: Alana called Hannibal rude. Think her days are numbered.