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Haunted Houses

  • Episode aired Feb 23, 2014

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Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie. Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie. Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.

  • Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Nic Pizzolatto
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Michelle Monaghan
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  • Detective Rust Cohle

Woody Harrelson

  • Detective Marty Hart

Michelle Monaghan

  • Maggie Hart

Michael Potts

  • Detective Maynard Gilbough

Tory Kittles

  • Detective Thomas Papania

Paul Ben-Victor

  • Major Leroy Salter

Jay O. Sanders

  • Billy Lee Tuttle

Lili Simmons

  • Joel Theriot
  • Drew Ledger

Kerry Cahill

  • Kelly Reider

JD Evermore

  • Detective Lutz

Henry Frost

  • Terry Guidry
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  • Trivia All entries contain spoilers
  • Goofs When we see a handful of change before Maggie picks up Marty's phone you can see a cent with the shield on the reverse, which wasn't minted for the first time until 2010, when this episode took place in 2002.

Detective Rust Cohle : There is no such thing as forgiveness. People just have short memories.

  • Connections References Heat (1995)
  • Soundtracks Far From Any Road (uncredited) Written by Brett Sparks and Rennie Sparks Performed by The Handsome Family

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Summary [ ]

In 2002, Cohle investigates on his own a series of old missing persons cases, linking the victims to the Tuttle schools. He seeks out Theriot, who has since quit the ministry and become a drunk, to ask about Wellspring, a defunct foundation that financed the rural schools while Theriot was a seminarian at the college Tuttle established. Theriot claims that Wellspring covered up child molestation scandals and implies that he was intimidated into silence after being questioned in 1995. Cohle tries to interview Kelly, Ledoux's surviving victim in 1995 and institutionalized with regressive catatonia, to ask her if a third man was involved with her abduction. She describes a giant man with scars, and begins screaming when Cohle asks about the man's face. Despite being ordered to stop his investigations, Cohle meets with Tuttle, ostensibly seeking the names of former Wellspring employees but actually fishing for reactions from him. Tuttle tells him that once the government enacts a new school voucher program, he is going to reintroduce the Wellspring concept. Tuttle complains to the department, misrepresenting the nature of the meeting, which Cohle cites as proof of his culpability, but is suspended from duty anyway. Hart runs into Beth, a former underage prostitute he interviewed during the Dora Lange investigation, and starts an affair with her. A suspicious Maggie checks Hart's cell and finds a picture of Beth. She goes to Cohle's apartment and seduces him; Cohle, disgusted and infuriated when Maggie tells him she had sex to get rid of Hart, kicks her out. Maggie tells Hart anyway, who attacks Cohle in the department parking lot. Cohle quits immediately after.

In 2012, Papania and Gilbough interview Maggie, now remarried. She is scornful of their motives and denies that the divorce from Hart had anything to do with Cohle. Asked to characterize Cohle, she describes him as a good man with integrity. Hart abruptly walks out on his interview when Papania and Gilbrough again suggest that Cohle may have killed Tuttle in 2010 and been responsible for all the other murders. Cohle follows Hart and initiates their first contact since the fight. Cohle asks Hart to buy him a beer, saying they should talk.

Starring [ ]

  • Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle
  • Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart

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  • 1 Errol Childress
  • 2 Tuttle Cult
  • 3 Billy Lee Tuttle

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

TV-MA | 59 MIN

Written by Nic Pizzolatto Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

"A man's game charges a man's price." - Hart

In 2002, Martin Hart visits the holding cell of the two young men caught with his underage daughter. Hart offers them a choice: prison time in Angola or his version of justice. After beating the two boys, he leaves the building and vomits.

As part of his personal investigation into missing women and children, Cohle questions a man named Terry Guidry about his son. Rust learns that before he disappeared, the boy attended Queen of Angels, a school that participated in the Tuttle Ministries voucher program.

Hart buys a cell phone and opts to have a drink in lieu of going home. At the bar, he is approached by Beth, the phone salesgirl. After a few drinks, Beth reminds Hart that they met years ago at Dora Lange's ranch; she was the young prostitute. Hart feeds into Beth's adoration and the pair end up in bed together. Although he tries to cut things off after just one night, he ultimately acquiesces to Beth's persistent come-ons.

In 2012, refusing to believe Papania and Gilbough, Hart leaves the interrogation room. Driving home, in his rearview mirror, he sees someone honking behind him.

"All my life I wanted to be nearer to God... But the only nearness is silence." - Joel Theriot

Cohle visits Joel Theriot, the former preacher from the Friends of Christ Revival in 1995. The disheveled Theriot talks about Wellsprings, an evangelical initiative of Tuttle schools that reimbursed rural Christian schools. While studying at Tuttle's Baton Rouge college, Theriot inadvertently discovered a folder filled with pictures of naked children. When he brought the issue to the school's deacon, Austin Farrar, Farrar took the information with irritation. Theriot left the school a few months later; eventually he left the ministry after decreasing attendance, losing tents to vandals and succumbing to drink.

In 2012, detectives Papania and Gilbough question Maggie, now divorced from Marty. The interview begins with questions about Rust and Maggie vouches for him. Unlike her husband, Maggie explains, Cohle "knew exactly who he was."

"In a former life I used to exhaust myself navigating crude men who thought they were clever." - Maggie Sawyer

Rust works a confession in 2002 from a woman named Charmaine Boudreaux who murdered her three infant children. Charmaine breaks down in tears and seeking relief from Cohle, is told: "If you get the opportunity, you should kill yourself." Later, citing that he has other work to do, Cohle tasks Hart with the paperwork. Marty resents taking orders and pushes back. "Without me, there is no you," Cohle retorts.

Another afternoon, Maggie is surprised to find Marty's clothes in the washer. Suspicious, she looks through his cell phone and finds messages and a sexy picture from 'B.' She chooses not to confront her husband and instead goes to a bar to pick up a man.

"The man with the scars was the worst." - Kelly Reider

Cohle visits Kelly Reider, the girl he pulled from Ledoux's cabin years earlier. Institutionalized and catatonic, she is not initially responsive to Cohle's questions. The girl mentions a "giant" with facial scars who made her "watch what he did to Billy" but the interview is cut short when Kelly starts shrieking uncontrollably.

Cohle's visit with Kelly ruffles feathers within the police department. Major Leroy Salter confronts Cohle and Hart about Cohle's digging through old cases. Cohle tries to explain: Women and children are disappearing in areas surrounding Billy Lee Tuttle's schools. The missing people are connected to Dora Lange's killers, Cohle hypothesizes. Salter dismisses Cohle's hazy allegations, as does Hart -- much to Rust's chagrin. Salter orders Cohle to stop his investigation.

"I can't decide if it's a cover-up or the garden variety incompetence here." - Cohle

Ignoring the warning, Cohle visits Billy Lee Tuttle, stating his inquiry pertains to "dead women and children." When Cohle probes about the deacon who intimidated Theriot, Tuttle says that Austin Farrar was dismissed for embezzling funds before he died in a drunk driving accident. The reverend promises Cohle full access to Wellspring's documents and discloses that the now-defunct ministry program will reopen once the voucher initiative is restored.

"Some people, no matter where they look, they see themselves." - Maggie Hart

Salter learns of Cohle's meeting with Tuttle, and suspends Cohle for one month. At home, Cohle drinks and scans the collection of evidence he has gathered. He's surprised to find Maggie at his door, crying. She tells Cohle that Marty is cheating again and kisses Cohle. The two have sex and as Cohle absorbs what they've done, Maggie tells him she slept with him to end her marriage. She used him and is going to tell Hart about it. Furious at what they've done, Rust throws her out of his apartment.

At home, Maggie tells Marty about her and Rust. Hart is still reeling from the confrontation the next day when he learns Cohle has come to the office. Marty rushes to the parking lot and lunges at his partner. A violent fight ensues. The men are separated and when the major demands answers, neither man will disclose details. Cohle quits on the spot. Maggie also withholds the truth when questioned in 2012; feigning ignorance about the fight between Rust and Marty, she maintains her divorce had nothing to do with Cohle.

In 2012, while driving home from the interrogations, Marty is pulled over by Cohle, honking his horn and flashing his lights. Cohle approaches Marty's car as Hart conceals a loaded pistol. Cohle suggests they should talk.

The Long Bright Dark

1 . The Long Bright Dark

Series Premiere. The lead investigators in a macabre 1995 murder relive the case in the wake of new info.

Seeing Things

2 . Seeing Things

Under pressure to land a suspect, Cohle and Hart follow a lead to a cathouse and an incinerated church.

The Locked Room

3 . The Locked Room

Cohle and Hart visit a tent revival in search of leads; Hart gets sidetracked at a C&W bar.

Who Goes There

4 . Who Goes There

Hart and Cohle follow a series of dangerous leads in an effort to locate prime suspect Reggie Ledoux.

The Secret Fate of All Life

5 . The Secret Fate of All Life

Hart and Cohle share the spoils of a solved case; Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with troubling new intelligence.

Haunted Houses

6 . Haunted Houses

Maggie sheds light on Cohle's activities in 2002, when his relationship with Hart fractured and Cohle quit the force.

After You've Gone

7 . After You've Gone

Hart and Cohle forge a truce to probe a string of disappearances that tie to the symbology of the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

Form and Void

8 . Form and Void

Season One Finale. An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.

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The Messenger

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Creator on Bringing Back the Supernatural Horror of Season 1

Issa lópez explains how she's bringing 'true detective' back to its eerie murder mystery roots in season 4.

If you loved True Detective Season 1 and missed that season's supernatural horror shadings in the murder-mystery's much less mystical Seasons 2 and 3, True Detective: Night Country creator Issa López can relate.

She loved that Season 1's "very real, deeply rooted whodunit" had a "tiny, tiny whiff of cosmic horror," and she wanted more of it. So when the other seasons, which she said were great in their own way, moved away from it, she was a little disappointed.

"I was like, 'No, give us the thing!'" she said in a mock-whiny voice at a press conference for True Detective: Night Country on Dec. 13 attended by The Messenger.

So when HBO came calling for a pitch on how she would approach a potential fourth season, she said that she would "bring back the horror element."

The result of that idea is True Detective: Night Country , which goes back to the eerie basics that worked so well in Season 1, despite having an entirely different creative team. It's both Season 4 and its own thing.

Night Country 's opening credits state that it's based on the original series True Detective , but it's created by López, who writes and directs every episode. Original series creator Nic Pizzolatto and Season 1 stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have executive producer credits, but they are not involved in Night Country . But the spirit of what they created — in which Rust Cohle and Marty Hart investigated a murder in rural Gulf Coast Louisiana that seemed to be part of a larger, possibly supernatural conspiracy — lives on.

Night Country is set in a small Northwest Alaska town during polar night, and kicks off when the eight men who live at a mysterious research station go missing. Local police chief Liz Danvers ( Jodie Foster ) investigates while fending off inquiries from her former colleague Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reiss), who is now a state trooper. Navarro believes that this case is connected to an unsolved murder that still haunts her. When Danvers discovers some information that proves Navarro right, they team up to try to find out what happened. And the monster they're chasing may or may not be human.

The new season's themes and tone will feel familiar to True Detective Season 1 fans. López said that tone was the main thing she kept from the show's earlier incarnation. She said that when she was coming up with her idea for True Detective , she tried to pinpoint what it was about that first season that keeps it so memorable all these years later.

"I thought it was the atmosphere," she said. "There was something about that Southern Gothic that stayed with us, something about these two characters that are so different in this world that was in itself a third character." So she kept those things.

"I kept the characters. I kept the landscape," she continued (though Night Country cleverly flips the characters into two female detectives investigating the murder of men). "I kept that corner of America that we don't often see. And I just turned it on his head, and I created these two female characters who are so different trying to solve this very, very eerie crime in the backdrop of this endless landscape, a character in itself. And Night Country was born."

She also kept the horror elements she enjoyed in Season 1, which were inspired by classic cosmic horror writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers.

"When I was a child, I devoured all the classics in horror, and it sounded familiar," she said of the subtle horror influence she noticed in Season 1. "So I immediately went and looked it up and I remembered what it was." Those memories of Lovecraft informed what she created for Night Country .

"There is a little bit of things that are older than the stars, and eyes that are hiding and waiting in the dark, if you want to believe that," she said. "If not, it's just a whodunit in the ice."

True Detective: Night Country premieres Jan. 14 on HBO and Max.

Jodie Foster in ‘True Detective: Night Country’ and Matthew McConaughey in ‘True Detective’ Season 1. Michele K. Short/HBO; James Bridges/HBO

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  1. Haunted Houses (True Detective)

    Plot 2002 Marty ( Woody Harrelson) visits the two adult boys who had sex with Audrey ( Erin Moriarty) in jail. He tells the boys that he will allow them to go as long as they don't come across his daughter ever again or he will press charges for statutory rape. He beats the boys before leaving the jail.

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    Haunted Houses Episode aired Feb 23, 2014 TV-MA 59m IMDb RATING 9.2 /10 20K YOUR RATING Rate Crime Drama Mystery Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga Writer Nic Pizzolatto Stars Matthew McConaughey Woody Harrelson Michelle Monaghan

  3. Haunted Houses

    3.1 Starring 3.2 Guest starring 3.3 Co-starring 4 Advertising and marketing 4.1 Promotional Photos 5 External links Summary In 2002, Cohle investigates on his own a series of old missing persons cases, linking the victims to the Tuttle schools.

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    Haunted Houses TV-MA | 59 MIN WATCH NOW Written by Nic Pizzolatto Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga "A man's game charges a man's price." - Hart In 2002, Martin Hart visits the holding cell of the two young men caught with his underage daughter. Hart offers them a choice: prison time in Angola or his version of justice.

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