Will Trent Episode 3 Highlights and Recap: Here is another summary of Will Trent. “Don’t Let It Happen Again” is once again a quote from a character that won’t make sense until the end of the episode. In this episode, Will and Faith leave Atlanta and go to Lake Lanier, which is a man-made lake on top of a reservoir. It was built to replace a town called Oscarville, which was the site of a lynching in 1912 that drove all of the town’s Black residents away. This is not explained in the episode, but Faith brings it up more than once. Let’s begin.
On his knees at the edge of Lake Lanier in the middle of the night, an old man cries and says he’s sorry. He is found by a nurse, Lindsey Shope, who tries to take him back to the care facility. But they both turn around when they hear something crackle and see something light. A boat on fire is coming toward them across the lake. The old man screams, “I’M SORRY!” at the boat that is on fire.
Will Trent Episode 3 Highlights
- Will Trent and Faith Mitchell leave Atlanta to investigate a burned body found on a boat on Lake Lanier, which is a man-made lake on top of a reservoir.
- Faith mentions that Lake Lanier is haunted by a group of Black people who had to leave the area in 1912 due to a lynching.
- They meet with Amanda Wagner of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Sheriff Josie Miller at Lake Lanier, who tells them that the victim, Randy, was shot twice before being burned.
- Will and Faith start to act out how the fight before the second shot might have happened and find a bloody nail on the dock.
- Irene, Randy’s wife, remembers a strange thing that happened a few weeks ago, a toy orange station wagon was left on their porch and Randy was very upset about it.
- Deputy Riley walks in and shows that a hunter named Kramer was found dead with a car just like the one Randy had and Amanda think of an event from a long time ago, a black family was killed in a bright orange station wagon on July 4th.
- Will and Faith have to share a motel room for the night and Will notices how jumpy Faith is because of a group of loud white men with hunting rifles walking by their room.
Will Trent Episode 3
Investigating a Burned Body and a Haunted Lake
Amanda Wagner (Sonja Sohn) shows Will Trent (Ramón Rodrguez) and Faith Mitchell photos of the burned body found on the boat. They are in a conference room at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) (Iantha Richardson). Randy is the name of the person who died. He was shot twice and burned. Faith says that it could have been ghosted and says that Lake Lanier is haunted by a group of Black people who had to leave the area. Amanda tells Will and Faith to go to Lake Lanier. She also says that she hopes the new sheriff will be less racist than the last one. Before they leave, Will tells Nico (Cora Lu Tran), in detail, how to take care of Betty. A woman named Ivy calls them on the phone and interrupts their conversation, but we don’t get to hear any more than the greeting.
Faith eats while driving and talks to her son Jeremy by video call (Deion Smith). Will asks Faith why she seems so busy today since she skipped breakfast and came up with a theory that was as crazy as ghosts. Will asks her if there are supernatural things, and she says, “How can there not be?” Just then, a tyre goes flat on her yellow MINI Cooper. Will looks around an auto shop and talks to the owner, Pat Dortch, about how he fixed up his 1973 Targa and how he could have done it faster with his tools. The talk moves on to Randy, whom the owner of the garage knew before he was elected mayor of Lake Lanier. Even though the owner knows Randy, he seems surprised that he was re-elected. When Will asks why, the shop owner says, “Because he’s a lizard person.”
Investigating a Suspicious Death on Lake Lanier
Will and Faith meet Sheriff Josie Miller (McKenzie Chinn) on a private dock on Lake Lanier that belongs to the mayor. Knowing that Randy was shot twice, Will and Faith start to act out how the fight before the second shot might have happened. This leads them to a bloody nail on the dock. Will thinks that the killer was trying to get away and didn’t notice that a nail cut them. They put it in a bag with other evidence to send to forensics.
Randy’s wife, Irene, played by Amy Parrish, cries in Josie’s office as they ask if Randy had any enemies. She doesn’t believe that, but she remembers a strange thing that happened a few weeks ago. A toy orange station waggon was left on their porch. Even though it seemed like a small thing, Randy was very upset about it. After Irene leaves, Deputy Riley (Avery Bigelow) walks in carrying a bag of evidence.
She heard what they were saying and wanted to show Josie that a hunter named Kramer was found dead with a car just like theirs. All of this makes Amanda think of something from a long time ago: a black family was killed in a bright orange station waggon on July 4th. At the time, the sheriff didn’t do much to find out what was going on. Sheriff Millie says she didn’t even know about the event, and she just moved to the area.
Will and Faith have to share a motel room for the night. When Faith sees a group of loud white men with hunting rifles walk by their room, Will notices how jumpy she is and teases her that she is more afraid of them than ghosts. She gets upset and tells him that bad things happened in Lake Lanier. Will tells her how he’s dealt with the bad things that happened to him as a child. He says that he’s learned to put things in their own boxes.
Faith is surprised by Will’s sudden honesty, so she asks him to share something else about himself. As he irons his suit, he says, “I have a date.” Faith asks, “What about Angie?” “I didn’t say I was going,” Faith tells him to go on the date, even though he calls Angie a wall he can’t get past. As they talk, Faith looks through the files from the orange station waggon murder and finds a report from a person who saw four men in a car drive away from the scene. Even a part of the license plate number was given.
Uncovering the Truth of a Past Murder in Lake Lanier
Amanda tells them the next morning that the partial license plate number matches a car that was registered to Kramer, the hunter who died. She thinks Randy was one of the men in his car and that time is of the essence to find the other two, who are likely targets, but also because she wants them to answer for killing this family. Will wants to know how to get in touch with the sheriff who was in charge when the murder happened. This leads him to an assisted living facility, where the old man from the beginning of the episode turns out to be Sheriff Merrick, the man who didn’t look into the murder.
The old man is rubbing his hands together and saying over and over, “I’ve got you. It’s okay.” Will asks who he’s talking to as the nurse comes in to calm down her patient. Darin Toonder comes in. It turns out that he is the man’s son. They go for a walk after the nurse kicks them out of the room. When asked about the murder case, the son tells Will, “What happened to that family made Pops sad.” Will asks the man more questions, and he says he was at college when it happened, but his mother, who has since died, told him everything he knows.
Amanda takes Faith and Josie to the house of her friend Theresa Rothwell (Avis-Marie Barnes), who ran a Black newspaper that covered stories that the national news ignored. Faith and Josie look through old files and find one from July 4, 1994, with many photos from that day. One of them is one of four men in a Bronco with matching license plates. Faith knows who the two dead men are, and she thinks she’s seen one of the other men before, but she can’t remember where. They send it to the GBI so that changes for the digital age can be made. When it comes back, she sees that he is Otis Granger, the mechanic from the garage.
Will, Faith, Amanda, and Josie go to Otis’ house. As soon as Will crosses the property line, an animal trap catches his leg. Otis comes out of his house with two barking rottweilers. He is angry that his new customers are GBI and says that they intentionally blew their tyres to get into his garage. They want to know what happened. He says, “I don’t have anything to do with that.” “Ask Merrick, he’ll tell you.” Otis makes a threat to shoot Faith with his gun. Josie shoots Otis in the head right away.
Uncovering a Dark Past in Lake Lanier: The Hunt for a Killer
Faith decides that she wants to try to visit Merrick with the picture of the men with the Bronco to see if it will help him remember what happened. Josie asks to join her. As they leave, Deputy Riley accidentally knocks over a bike in the office. When Will asks her about it, she says it’s evidence that needs to be taken to off-site storage. Will then finds out that the land behind Otis’ garage is used by the police department for off-site storage.
Merrick can tell you the names of the four men in the picture. He calls the fourth man, who isn’t clear, “Chip.” The nurse tells her patient that Chip is what Merrick calls his son, and she reminds him that Chip won’t be coming to visit today. Faith calls Will to let him know what she found out. Will is already looking around Otis’ garage. He and Amanda look into the orange station waggon that they find hidden under a tarp. The seat belts have been chewed on.
Angie takes a tape out of the cassette player. When they listen to it, they find that it is a tape of children’s songs, but the people who were killed were two adults and a teenager. Will wonders if Merrick’s scary memory was him trying to comfort a child who had seen something horrible. Then he has a sudden realization and calls Faith right away.
Faith is alone at a gas station in Josie’s car when she gets the call. She had just spilled a soda and was looking for a napkin when she found an orange station waggon toy car. Faith comes to the same conclusion as Will when he says he knows who did it. Sad to say, it was too late. Josie is at the car window, pointing her gun at Faith, and telling her to give her phone and gun to her. “It’s time to get Chip,” says Josie.
The Tragic Conclusion of the Lake Lanier Murder Case
Soon after that, Faith is tied to Chip on a bridge while Josie questions him about the night he killed her parents and brother. He cries as he says that he did it and that his father lied about it. Josie grew up without a family. A health scare made her get a DNA test, which told her what happened to her parents. She became a cop to get back at someone. Faith asks Josie if she plans on killing her. “No, sister, why would I do that?” she asks sincerely. “I had to tell you to slow down.” Chip can’t run away because Josie shoots him in the knee, making it impossible for Faith to escape. Amanda runs in at the last second, tells Josie that Faith is like a sister to her, and begs her to give up. Josie turns away and jumps off the bridge instead.
Faith is understandably upset by what has happened. Her grief over Josie’s death is especially strong because she felt like they had become close during the search. Faith says, “This whole thing is so sad, and now she’s just another ghost.”
Back in Atlanta, while all of this was going on, Angie Polaski (Erika Christensen) and her partner Michael Ormewood (Jake McLaughlin) figured out which of three identical triplets had killed someone. During their investigation, Michael kept trying to get Angie to have dinner with his wife and family at his house, but she didn’t want to. Franklin (Kevin Daniels), who reminded her that it’s tradition for a cop’s wife to get to know their partner, finally got her to agree.
The Aftermath of Uncovering Dark Secrets in Atlanta
Angie offers to help clean up after dinner, but Michael’s three kids quickly clear away all the plates. Angie is about to leave, and his daughters, Cooper (Jophielle Love) and Janie (Michaela Baham) give her a hug at the door. Michael takes the kids upstairs, leaving Angie and his wife Gina alone (Sara Antonio). Gina tells Angie in private, “I asked you to come here so I could find out who you are and look you in the eye.”
“And now I get it. You’re that cop who wants to put all the bad guys in jail and do the right thing so that no one is looking at you. Angie doesn’t understand why this compliment took such a sharp turn. Gina says, “Police wives talk,” and then she says that another officer saw her get into Michael’s car late at night. “I don’t know what happened between you two, but please don’t do it again.” Gina runs out of the house as fast as she can, leaving Angie standing alone at the door in shock.
Will is getting ready for his date at home when he hears a frantic knock at the door. When he opens it, he sees Angie. She tells him that a few years ago, she slept with Michael. “We were taking a break together, and I was high,” she says, adding that it only happened once. Will asks, “Why are you telling me this now?” She says, “I’m tired of secrets,” and adds that she doesn’t want him to think she’s ugly. Will moves closer to Angie and says, “I’ll never think of you as ugly.” He then gives her a kiss. He offers to cook dinner for them, which makes Angie cry, so she hugs him. As he walks away, he says, “I need to make a phone call.”
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A Summary of the Episode
“Don’t Let It Happen Again” is back on TV this week. An old man screams, “I’M SORRY!” at the boat that is on fire. Lake Lanier is haunted by a group of Black people who had to leave the area. Investigating a Suspicious Death on Lake Lanier. Will and Faith meet Sheriff Josie Miller (McKenzie Chinn) on a private dock.
A toy orange station waggon was left on their porch. They put it in a bag with other evidence to send to forensics. Will and Faith share a motel room with a group of loud white men with hunting rifles. Will notices how jumpy she is and teases her that she is more afraid of them than ghosts. Amanda tells them the next morning that the partial license plate number matches a car registered to Kramer.
Amanda takes Faith and Josie to the house of her friend Theresa Rothwell (Avis-Marie Barnes), who ran a Black newspaper that covered stories that the national news ignored. She shows them old photos of four men in a Bronco with matching license plates. Faith decides to try to visit Merrick with the picture of the men with the Bronco to see if it will help him remember what happened. Josie shoots Otis in the head right away. Will wonders if Merrick’s scary memory was him trying to comfort a child who had seen something horrible.
Faith finds out that Josie murdered her parents and brother. Josie shoots Chip in the knee, making it impossible for Faith to escape. Amanda runs in at the last second, tells Josie that Faith is like a sister to her, and begs her to give up. Will is getting ready for his date at home when he hears a frantic knock at the door. Gina tells him that another officer saw her get into Michael’s car late at night.
Will asks, “Why are you telling me this now?”. She says she doesn’t want him to think she’s ugly.