In To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 05, "Gargoyle's Judgment," Hank Henriette and Nancy Schaal Bancroft rush to another town because Liza Renecastle has intelligence that Cain Madhouse was the likely culprit in a string of recent murders. When Hank examines the latest victim, though, he sees massive claw marks quite unlike anything Cain was capable of inflicting. Does that mean the intelligence is wrong? Is there some other Incarnate on the rampage? And why does the little boy named Andy keep glaring at Hank?
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Best Moment in the Show
Schaal's still trying to work through her feeling for Hank and what he's had to do. In the meantime, she didn't see any reason not to be neighborly. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
If you've ready any of my previous Best in Show reviews of this series, then you know I'm fond of it. The concept's interesting and the characters are keeping my interest. The last two episodes in particulate delivered some emotionally powerful tragedy.
But despite all that positivity, there's been one question that's bothered me since episode 2. No, it's not "Why can't Liza find a blouse with buttons," even though as Andy demonstrated in this episode (8:09), buttons would have come in handy. The question that's been bothering me is "Why doesn't Hank or even Liza tell Schaal what's going on?" She's a bright young woman. Surely she'd find the whole story useful!
In this episode, Hank not only answered the question, he helped give me my Best in Show moment.
Schaal came into Hank's room just after he had thrown his coat on the nightstand. She tried to ask him about an earlier conversation, but he just wrapped himself in a blanket and rolled away from her. She didn't seem to feel insulted. She seemed to be more disappointed. Then she saw the bullet hole in Hank's coat and remembered why it was the same size as her rifle's bullets. That's because she had shot him in the tavern a few episodes ago!
A little later, Hank woke up, a little confused (3:57). The oil lamp was burning, and he heard someone with musical talent humming nearby. He sat up, seeing Schaal seated and facing away from him. She was mending his coat.
Even though she probably suspected some portion of the tale, Hank's full story had to strike her like a hammer-blow! But to her credit, she took it all in without interruption. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
When he sat up, the blanket fell away, and he was shirtless. She didn't gawk or get embarrassed or react to the sight of him at all. For a few moments, they talked about how they had both grown up in an orphanage. It became clear that she was having a hard time keeping her hatred for him alive. For his part, he was remembering a time when Elaine would sew his clothes in the orphanage. It was a beautiful, emotionally intimate moment without eroticism or any kind of posturing.
Her blue eyes were what did it. He remarked that he'd known someone with blue eyes like that, and suddenly he spilled the whole story. About how Cain had killed Elaine. About how he had to track down and kill the Incarnates -- and why.
Even without Hank explaining himself, the moment would have been my favorite in this episode. Reading Schaal into the program was just dramatic icing on the cake!
What did you think of Schaal's development in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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