Gracepoint – Season 1, Episode 8

Gracepoint continued to keep viewers riveted this week as the search for Tom turned out positive. Although Tom swears he only went after Lars Pierson to see if he could get him to confess to killing Danny and get his mom back, something more seems to be at play. Especially when he asks Joe if he only made things worse by going after Pierson. Their conversation appears almost coded as Joe assures Tom that they can’t bring Danny back. That and the creepy detached way that Joe commands Tom to drop Danny’s skateboard, no different than if he was a dog, when Susan entrusts it to him. As if that wasn’t enough, the suspicious behavior continues with Tom’s attempt at destroying his computer after finding out from Owen that the files he deleted back in week one can actually be recovered after all.

GRACEPOINT: Tom Miller (Jack Irvine) is given a strange gift in "Episode Eight" of GRACEPOINT airing Thursday, Nov. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

GRACEPOINT: Tom Miller (Jack Irvine) is given a strange gift in “Episode Eight” of GRACEPOINT airing Thursday, Nov. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

Luckily, Mark made sure that the investigation continued to stay focused on creepy Paul Coates, noticing that his search for fame and love for Beth could be just fueling his pursuit, and their happy family is just standing in the way. Coates definitely has reasons that need to be looked into. We’ll just cast out the eerie singing as one for now, and focus on the fact that he looked like he was using the compass to find directly where Tom was rather than searching blindly. It also seemed odd that Mark would just randomly throw in that comment about Danny on the Sunday school camping trip with a spider bite that swelled like he was hit in the eye. There is too much left unsaid as everyone dances around the church, scared to upset it. Well, other than Carver, who directly calls Paul out on the fact that he was addicted to pain killers, knew where the boat was, and is lacking an alibi.

Mark also is stepping up at home as well, finally giving us a glimpse into the dad that Danny and Chloe deserve. Viewers get the preview they’ve been craving of Mark’s grieving process as he sees pictures of Danny in a house he’s working at and becomes tearful. His realization that he went back to work too soon is a step in the right direction. Beth needs him as she struggles with accepting the fact that Ellie and Joe get Tom back, but they will never have Danny again. Not knowing what to do she searches for answers from one of the Rosemont moms. But the sad realization that no one has the answers paired with what a sad life the other mom leads, looks as if it pushes Beth in the right direction to redefine their family without Danny. This is what brings Mark, Beth, and Chloe all together again. They just want to be normal, even if for a moment, and it seems like that family time might have helped Beth make up her mind about the baby as well.

GRACEPOINT: L-R: Chloe (Madalyn Horcher, L), Mark (Michael Peña, second from L) and Beth Solano (Virginia Kull, second from R) try to adjust to life without Danny in "Episode Eight" of GRACEPOINT airing Thursday, Nov. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured: Kendrick Sampson. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

GRACEPOINT: L-R: Chloe (Madalyn Horcher, L), Mark (Michael Peña, second from L) and Beth Solano (Virginia Kull, second from R) try to adjust to life without Danny in “Episode Eight” of GRACEPOINT airing Thursday, Nov. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured: Kendrick Sampson. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

This week’s episode of Gracepoint also showed viewers that Carver really does have a heart, even if it doesn’t always function properly. It is clear that he cares about Miller, even calling her Ellie when suggesting she go home as they continue to search for Tom. Once Tom is found, Carver’s Hulk side comes out as he yells at Pierson, demanding to know why both Danny and Tom seem to have connections to him. Although he gives no information up, one thing is certain: no one wants to be on Carver’s bad side. Carver continued to show his softer side with Tom, even getting teary eyed when he explained that the reason he went after Pierson was so he could catch Danny’s killer and get his mom back.

Shortly after Carver is back to the broody self that he has demonstrated the past eight weeks, correcting Miller when she calls him Emmett and telling her it was inappropriate for him to call her Ellie. Too bad he can’t shut his dreams down. Waking from nightmares of not being able to save Danny, Tom, and his daughter as they walk off a cliff is a sure prescription for heart arrhythmias. As if that wasn’t enough, Carver’s health declines further as his stupidity fuels him to chase after a suspect in the dark. After getting out a shot he falls to the ground gasping for breath, telling Miller that he thinks he’s dying. But with everyone seeming to be at the police station, why only go alone other than to set yourself up for failure? Either that or he has a serious death wish.

Now viewers have to wait until December 4th to see what’s going to happen on the last two episodes of Gracepoint. Thankfully they are sure to not disappoint. After Carver’s collapse he’s racing against the clock trying to solve Danny’s case before he’s removed from it. Still grieving and conflicted, Beth, turns to her childhood friend Reverend Paul for support, as Susan reveals what she saw on the beach and Vince is brought in for questioning.