Monday, November 2, 2009

Manhunter analysis - part 31: Dr. Bloom and Molly's affair; Bloom is being set up

CATEGORY: MOVIES     [Hidden plot related]

In part 30 of the analysis, we discussed the fact that Dr. Bloom is really not Will's friend, but is instead working with Lecktor to drive him 'over the edge' psychologically. Lecktor and Bloom, however, appear not to have the same ultimate goal in mind: while Lecktor is trying to manipulate Will into killing his own family (and then, presumably, be captured and imprisoned), Bloom simply wants Will out of the way. He doesn't know exactly what Lecktor has in mind, but he is willing to go along so long as he thinks it will serve his purpose. But then we must ask, why has Bloom turned on Graham - why would he want Will 'out of the picture'?

Here is what is actually happening: Molly and Bloom start having an affair while Will is in the hospital, recovering from his previous encounter with Lecktor. As the affair progresses, they decide they want Will out of the way.

In the beginning of the movie, after Crawford has approached Will asking for help with the Tooth Fairy case, Molly and Crawford are seen talking with each other in the Graham house (above left). At some point while they are conversing, Molly realizes that this might be an opportunity to have Will done away with, so she decides she wants him to take the assignment. Next, in the bedroom scene (above right), when Will asks her whether she would rather he take the assignment or not, she says, "I think you've already decided, and you're not really asking." She is actually saying this as a suggestion to Will - she is effectively suggesting to his unconscious that he go ahead take the assignment, which is what he wants to do anyway. (It is true that she next says she wants him to stay in Captiva with her, but this is only feigned concern).

Molly next tells Bloom that the opportunity has arisen to get rid of Will. When Bloom finds out from Lecktor about his plan for Will, Bloom realizes this is an opportunity to get some help getting Will out of the way. But, Bloom does not realize that Lecktor is ultimately to betray him: The part of the decoded book code message that says "kill them all" is a reference to Molly, Kevin, and...Bloom.

As stated in part 29, Lecktor intentionally made the call from his cell to Bloom's office, while Bloom was out of the office. But, Lecktor knew that Bloom would find out about the call anyway, the next time he came into work. The woman Lecktor talked to, the woman standing in for Bloom's secretary, mentioned the call to her, then she (Martha) mentioned it to Bloom. Therefore, Bloom knows that Lecktor has obtained Will's address.

One reason Bloom (shown at left) is so worried when Lecktor's 'ad' to the Tattler is read, during the investigators' meeting, is that he thinks Graham's address might be contained in the coded message (the one composed by Lecktor using the 'book code'). He wonders why Lecktor would want Will to hear his own address when the message is decoded, that is, he must wonder what type of response Lecktor is seeking from Will.

It turns out that what Lecktor really wants is for Bloom to conclude that the message does, in fact, contain Will's address, and to then conclude that Lecktor is manipulating Will to get him to go to his own home. And, as already described, this is precisely what Lecktor is doing.

Lecktor knows that Bloom will figure out that Molly may be in danger, if Will responds to the decoded ad by going to his own home. Lecktor is hoping that Bloom will respond by going there ahead of time to protect Molly. During the meeting, Bloom knows he must make a quick decision - that is why he looks so worried. He ultimately decides not to go to Florida and protect Molly - he betrays her.

Above left: We note that when Molly answers her door in Captiva, after being informed by Kevin of a noise outside, she looks around as if she is expecting someone in particular to be there. It is, in fact, Dr. Bloom that Molly is expecting to see, when she opens the door. Above right: Later, on the dock at the new location (the Grahams have now been relocated from Captiva), Molly seems very interested in what the status of the Tooth Fairy investigation is. She asks Will questions about it, because she's worried about what will happen next and what she should do, for she has been 'left hanging' by the doctor.


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