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“If what we’re doing doesn’t get under your skin, you’re either more messed up than I thought or you’re lying to yourself.”
Played out with an attention to detail Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) would admire, Holden’s arc came to define the best and worst of “Mindhunter’s” engrossing and occasionally overwhelming first season. His home life was a mess, both over-talkative and uninventive, but work is where he earned his money.
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Well before Debbie (Hannah Gross) tells Holden he’s changed, his inner demons have started to peek out. When Holden first starts on the job, his interview technique is inquisitive. He’s nervous. He’s not sure what he’s asking.
“Is this helping? Are you getting what you came for?” Kemper asks him, early in their first interview. “I think so,” Holden says. He then presses on, but the interview ends similarly: “What do you want from me?” Kemper asks. “I have no idea,” Holden says.
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Obviously, even Kemper notices Holden’s rather scurried, unorganized questioning. But Holden quickly accepts his each sequential interaction with a monster as more than relevant: They’re definitive. These killers represent every other one out there. He’s so proud of himself for having the idea to talk to them (he repeatedly reminds his colleagues was his idea) and sitting in the room with these men (notice how he hangs Kemper’s letters inside the doorframe of Tench’s office) that he accepts his limited experience as fact.
Toward season’s end, Wendy reminds Holden he’s met with four men, emphasizing the number as a low, statistically irrelevant sampling. Holden takes it as the opposite. His confidence grows and grows, becoming “unbecoming” as Kemper would describe it, and it starts to affect his personal life. The last time Debbie tries to be adventurous with him — notably, the couple’s last sex scene — he notices her heels,...
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