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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.
Only Murders in the Building premiered on August 31, 2021 and the second season premiered on June 28, 2022. The series follows 3 strangers: Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) who are obsessed with true crime and get wrapped up in a murder that takes place at their apartment building. I just finished season 2 so you know what that means. It’s time to delve into what this season had to offer its audience. Let’s get started.
Similar to season 1, season 2 focused on another murder mystery at The Arconia. Who killed Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell)? Bunny is the board president of the building until she’s murdered at the end of season 1. The mystery unravels in season 2 and things get pretty confusing.
Before we get into the story for this season, let’s dive into the new faces that are featured. Alice Banks (Cara Delevingne) is an artist who becomes Mabel’s love interest. Lucy (Zoe Colletti) is the daughter of Charles’ ex-girlfriend and whom he has a father-daughter relationship with. Leonora (Shirley MacLaine) is really Charles’ father’s lover, Rose Cooper, a painter, and disguises herself as Bunny’s mother. There are guest appearances from Amy Schumer, Andrea Martin, and Mark Consuelos.
If I had to pick a favorite as far as new characters go, I’d have to say Lucy. I really liked her character and Zoe Colletti brought something fresh and new to the show.
The original trio is even more compelling this season that they were in their predecessor. Their chemistry was stronger and their bond is more apparent. Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez work really well together.
Mabel is definitely my favorite character in the entire series. Every character Selena portrays becomes an instant comfort character for me. It’s interesting because she thinks Mabel would be a grown-up Alex Russo and I can honestly see it. They’re both sarcastic, unhinged, and care about the people around them. I’m bummed that Selena didn’t get nominated for an acting Emmy. She deserved that nomination.
Let’s get into the story now. As I mentioned earlier, there will be spoilers at this point. Don’t read if you haven’t finished or haven’t watched season 2 yet.
There were a lot of twists and turns. The season starts with a look back on Bunny’s last days. I really enjoy the flashbacks with these kinds of stories. Not everyone is who they appear to be. Bunny ended up being a good person and all she wanted was to have friends.
Once the season gets half-way to being done, it starts to lose its magic. The plot starts to fizzle out and get a bit dragged out. Then, episode 8 rolled around. Time to rise and shine. I genuinely believed that Alice did it but in reality, it didn’t make any logical sense. Once we found out about Poppy White is Becky Butler (Adina Verson), that’s when things really started getting interesting. It’s twists like that I love because I never see them coming. I’m not going to tell you who killed Bunny because you should watch it to found out.
Hulu did renew Only Murders in the Building for a season 3. With that cliffhanger at the end of this season, there’s not doubt in my mind that it’s going to focus on another murder. What a surprise, right? The cool part is Paul Rudd will be a part of season 3.
Guess we’ll have to wait another year to find out who murdered the next victim.
Only Murders in the Building is exclusively streaming on Hulu.
Creators: Steve Martin, John Hoffman
Cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez
Producers: Dan Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal, Jamie Babbit