Season: 1 / Episode: 3
The Locked Room
Date: January 26, 2014
This Television Episode plays Stand By Me
This song plays at the beginning of the episode at the church
In 1995, Hart and Cohle locate the pastor of the burnt-down church, evangelist Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham), learning that Dora Lange was often seen with a tall man with facial scarring, and begin searching for him while being pressured to turn the case over to the task force. Hart begins to reconnect with Maggie despite her fascination with Cohle, and assaults Lisa's new boyfriend out of jealousy, questioning his own morality. Cohle goes through dead body files in search of cases similar to Lange and learns of Rianne Olivier, a supposed accidental death that shared elements with Lange's murder. They learn through Olivier's grandfather that she attended Light of Way Academy, a defunct religious school owned by Reverend Tuttle, before running off with her boyfriend Reggie Ledoux (Charles Halford). The detectives follow their lead to the school, where Cohle starts to interview a caretaker on a riding lawnmower. Before he can investigate further, Hart receives a records check that reveals that Ledoux has skipped parole and was a former cellmate of Lange's ex-husband, Charlie. They immediately head out to question Lange again. The episode closes with Hart and Cohle putting out an APB on Ledoux, while elsewhere a tall man wearing only underwear and a gas mask is seen wandering a remote bayou compound wielding a machete. In 2012, the Papania and Gilbough interviews of Hart and Cohle identify their character flaws, particularly Hart's hypocritical views on morality and Cohle's nihilistic view of the world. Hart reflects that he is now divorced from Maggie.