Unveiling the Excitement: A Recap of the Season Premiere of ‘Only Murders in the Building

Meryl Streep has won a lot of praise and awards for being able to become any character, from Margaret Thatcher to Ricki Rendazzo, fully.

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 21: View of actors seats on the film set of the ‘Only Murders in the Building’ TV Series on March 21, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

 

But in this season of Only Murders in the Building, Streep plays a struggling, failed actress, which may be her most difficult part to date.

The first episode of season three of Only Murders in the Building smartly takes place on Broadway, where Martin Short’s character Oliver is directing a new play.

This shows that the show’s world is bigger than just the building it’s named after.

Because of this, we learn about Streep’s character, actor Loretta Durkin, through a voice-over by Charles (Steve Martin), who tells us about her past.

We see how she fell in love with theater as a child, which led to her life as a struggling actor who had to go through endless rejection in the hopes of one day being seen and hearing the magic words, “Where have you been?”

 

When she tries out for Oliver’s play and captivates him with her performance, she says these words for the first time. But Charles’ voice-over asks, “How far would you go to keep your dream, your moment in the spotlight, when you finally get it?”

This season, it’s possible that more than just Loretta will be able to answer this question.

 

Each season of OMITB has a new murder mystery, and the show has the tough job of staying true to its very specific idea without becoming repetitive or cyclical.

While the first two seasons went in order and went deep into the world of Arconia, this season not only takes a small step out of the building but also takes place one year after the end of season two.

This time jump helps keep the show interesting, especially because it shows the characters in a whole new way.

Even though they are mostly treated like losers in the first two seasons, this season starts with them finally getting their moment in the sun after solving two murders and clearing their names in the second season.

 

Oliver is in charge of a Broadway play that Charles is in, and both of them are excited about their newfound success.

Mabel, on the other hand, is getting used to the new situation and battling with feeling left out, especially without their true-crime podcast. Later in the show, she asks, “Who are we without a murder?

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 21: Selena Gomez is seen on the set of ‘Only Murders in the Building’ on March 21, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

 

This question is answered quickly, though, because Oliver’s main man dies onstage on opening night, just as he is enjoying the long-awaited return of his once-faltering career.

We had a hint of this happening at the end of the last season. Oliver is sad and wonders how we got here.

The show tells us by flashing back four months to the first read-through of the play, when everyone was happy and the players were all alive.

 

But before they start the read-through, Oliver tries to stop Charles from bringing up Brazzos, which he likes to do. “No peacocking!” he yells, which could be a SAG-AFTRA strike rule, and then he peacocks himself into the room.

He stands up to talk about the play: In Death Rattle, a baby is the only person who sees a murder happen in a Nova Scotia lighthouse.

We also meet the show’s directors, Donna and Cliff DeMayo, a mother-son duo who steal the show and add to the chaos by kissing each other on the mouth. “He’s gay, so I can kiss him like that,” Donna says.

 

Charles sees an opportunity to show off, so he mumbles his way through an introduction about himself and his job. The best part is that he worked on “a series of TV ads for the Dukakis campaign.”

 

As if the beautiful chaos of the room wasn’t enough, the main character of the play, Ben Glenroy, played by Paul Rudd, bursts in with the crowd-pleasing question, “Okay, who farted?” Ben is a flashy movie star making his Broadway debut with the help of his brother and manager, Dicky.

They are also making a documentary about it, with Jesse Williams playing the documentary maker, Tobert. And if you were worried that we were getting too far away from the Arconia, Ben has just moved in.

 

When the read-through starts, Loretta takes a big risk by trying out thick and badly received Scottish and French Canadian accents. She says, “This is how I work; it’s how I find the nanny’s voice.”

This is a line right out of a movie about Fran Drescher. It’s not a surprise that Meryl Streep is good at acting, but in this scene, she’s so good that Loretta’s terrible performance makes us think she’s not.

 

Oliver reassures Loretta that he has her back by telling her, “You go, I go.”

This is despite the fact that she was having trouble during the read-through. Even though he liked her audition, this strong support for Loretta needs to go deeper, especially since Oliver’s newly improved image is at stake.

Even though we haven’t seen them talk about their job problems, it seems likely that they have something in common, since Oliver is coming off a long dry spell and Loretta has been turned down her whole life.

 

But even though he says he won’t do the show without Loretta, when we flash forward to opening night, Oliver is adamant that something like Ben’s death shouldn’t stop them from putting on the show.

He doesn’t even let the death stop him from having his opening-night party. Instead, he does a Clive Davis and keeps the party going anyway.

 

Oliver’s first response to Ben’s death was to think about how it would affect his own career, which was tough but fair.

Charles, on the other hand, is oddly relieved because he has been feeling the pressure of having eight shows a week. Mabel, on the other hand, wants to kill someone.

She thinks poison right away and tells Oliver that a podcast about how a big movie star got poisoned could be popular.

But a show about the poisoning would let her get back in touch with her two friends, which was more important to her.

 

This new relationship between our three main characters brings us back to the podcast idea in a way that doesn’t feel forced or forced. Even though the podcast is part of the show’s idea, it makes sense for it to come back because of what the characters want.

Also, the idea doesn’t seem as exploitative when the show is presented as a good way to bring people together. Also, Ben is a bad person, so who cares if we take advantage of his death a little bit?

 

At the opening night party, which turned into a shiva, Oliver joined Loretta at the piano, where she sang “The Sweetest Sounds” by Richard Rodgers.

This was the same song that got her interested in theater when she was younger.

Even though Oliver’s job may have been hurt by Ben’s death, Loretta says there is a silver lining: now that the show is over, Oliver and Loretta can have a relationship that isn’t based on work.

 

But as soon as this thought is brought up, the party is rudely stopped when Ben, back from the dead, bursts into the room and yells, “Who farted?” again.

This is exactly how I imagine Christ coming back to life. After giving a shaky medical reason for his return, he says that his close call with death has made him think about how he treats the cast and crew.

 

His apologies around the room not only show us how he related to each of these possible suspects, but they also give Rudd a chance to shine as he gives one hilariously misguided, backhanded apology after another, like a joke-filled line-o-rama worth watching over and over.

That is, until he gets to Loretta. When he does, he calls her a snake (is the Loretta’s Reputation age coming soon?) and hisses at her in a dramatic way.

 

Ben’s big comeback is cut short when he gets a suspicious phone call that he has to take alone and has to go to his flat.

 

With Ben back, the show is back on, but Loretta doesn’t seem happy at all, even though she’s wanted this dream her whole life.

“Ben may be back, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a fucking asshole,” she says, putting herself in the situation of being the main suspect.

 

After the party, which turned into a shiva, which turned into a resurrection, Mabel goes back to her beautiful but lonely apartment.

She takes a short break and then sends Oliver and Charles a text message asking them to the diner. They meet at her apartment, where she tells them that her aunt has sold the place and that she’ll be moving out in four weeks. This helps them understand why she’s worried that her two friends will leave her behind or forget about her.

 

The newly fixed elevator comes, even though it wasn’t working earlier that night. As the three of them cautiously take it downstairs, Charles tells Mabel that they couldn’t have continued the podcast anyway since Ben didn’t die in the Arconia.

With that, a drop of blood falls from above onto Charles’ hat. As the doors open and they run out, Ben’s bloody body crashes through the roof. It was a good day for the elevator technician who worked in the building.

 

Uma, played by Jackie Hoffman, says, “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me!” when she sees these three get involved in yet another murder in the building.

 

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