Mindhunter season 1 recap: What happened in the first series of Mindhunter? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Mindhunter season 1 recap: What happened in the first series of Mindhunter? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV





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Mindhunter season two is nearing its Netflix release of August 16 and ahead of the premiere, fans are keen to brush up on what happened in the first series. Season one of Mindhunter introduced viewers to the characters of Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they delve into the psyches of some of America’s most notorious serial killers. Here’s an episode-by-episode recap of exactly what happened to refresh the memory of Mindhunter fans.

What happened in Mindhunter season 1?

Episode 1

The first-ever episode of Mindhunter introduced viewers to budding Special Agent Holden Ford.

Ford worked for the FBI, responding to cases and teaching up and coming agents the ins and outs of law enforcement.

However, he had a burning interest in what makes criminals, especially murderers, tick and before long, he found himself in a meeting with Behavioural Science Unit’s Bill Tench.

The pair began working closely together, lecturing fellow law enforcement about the psychology of killers – although not everyone was as welcoming of Ford’s ideas as he was.

It was clear Ford faced an uphill battle to convince people of his psychology ideas.

Fans are also introduced to Debbie (Hannah Gross), a young partying student who forms a relationship with Ford.

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Mindhunter season 1 recap: Kemper and Ford (Image: Netflix)

Episode 2

The second episode of Mindhunter introduces a mystery man from Kansas – in real life, he’s known as the BTK killer.

It also was the first time Ford’s plan of speaking with serial killers in order to gain insight into their psychology happened when he arranged a meeting with Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton).

Throughout the episode, Kemper and Ford engage in a battle of wits, each one trying to manipulate the other – all the while his boss being unaware this was how he was spending company time.

Ford and Tench are also called in to help with a murder investigation in Sacramento, although Ford manages to annoy the entire local law enforcement with his arrogance on the way.

It’s left to Tench by the end of the episode to convince their boss that interviewing serial killers could be the way to go and stop Ford being fired.

Episode 3

Ford and Tench’s sideshow of interviewing serial killers results in them keeping their project under wraps and the pair moved to the basement of the FBI.

In order to further their research, Ford tries to instill the help of professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv).

Away from their findings, the pair are recalled to Sacramento to continue helping local police with the murder investigation and manage to find the culprit.

Reeling in the success, Ford and Tench soon return to Kemper where the latter has trouble speaking to such a sadistic killer on a human level.

By the end of the episode, Wendy Carr joins the trio.

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Mindhunter season 1 recap: Wendy Carr

Mindhunter season 1 recap: Wendy Carr (Image: Netflix)

Episode 4

Mindhunter’s fourth episode sees Ford and Tench interview serial killer Monte Rissel (Sam Strike).

Rissel tries to cut a deal with the pair before going on to email the horrific natures of his killing.

Away from work, Tench’s family life is playing on his mind and he reveals his marriage is in trouble and the relationship with his adoptive son is far from plain sailing.

After a second interview with Rissel, Tench and Ford head to Altona, Pennsylvania, where, once again, they’re asked to help with a local murder investigation in which the body of a young lady was brutally killed and mutilated, before and after her death.

Back at FBI HQ, the trio ponders the new case while in his personal life, Ford gets more serious with Debbie.

By the end of the episode, the Behavioural Science Unit is given the news that they will receive a rather generous grant of $385,000 for their ongoing research.

Episode 5

The beginning of episode five sees Tench and Ford visit the boyfriend of the murdered women from Altona.

The entire fifth episode focuses on the investigation with Ford interviewing both the boyfriend of the victim, his brother and his brother’s girlfriend.

While the brother remained straight-faced and confident, the boyfriend was emotional and panicky.

However, it was the brother’s girlfriend who confessed to the murder of the girl and implicated both her boyfriend and his brother.

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Mindhunter season 1 recap: Ford and Rissell

Mindhunter season 1 recap: Ford and Rissell (Image: Netflix)

Episode 6

The sixth episode shows the arrest and sentencing of the murdered Altona victim’s boyfriend and brother.

Ford and Tench also enjoy some bonding away from work, introducing one another to their respective partners at dinner.

Back in Altona, a district attorney reveals they offered the victim’s boyfriend’s brother a plea bargain, despite him being the one who more than likely orchestrated the murder.

Instead, the boyfriend is the one who would be found responsible for the murder and rape of the victim.

Away from Altona, it is also revealed to viewers that Wendy Carr is engaged in a same-sex relationship, something that was largely frowned upon back in the ‘70s.

Episode 7

Ford and Tench’s research takes them to Salem, Oregon to interview serial killer Jerry Brudos.

Brudos had a fetish for women’s garments and refused to give up any information to Tench and Ford at first – however, when they return with a pair of women’s shoes. things change.

After a truly disturbing scene in which Brudos pleasures himself to the show, Ford and Tench begin to learn more about the serial killer.

Elsewhere, both Tench and Ford’s relationship problems become more blatant – Tench admits he can’t see having a relationship with his son while Ford and Debbie’s problems stem from the bedroom.

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Mindhunter season 1 recap: Ford and Brudos

Mindhunter season 1 recap: Ford and Brudos (Image: Netflix)

Episode 8

In the eighth episode, Ford and Tench head to a local school to inform children about their work for career work.

While there, however, they discover the principal Wade (Marc Kudisch) has a strange and overbearing habit to praise his students, including tickling their feet.

Ford decides to interview Brudos alone after Tench refuses and when he arrives back at HQ he discovers the crew are interviewing for a fourth member.

The job goes to Gregg Smith (Joe Tuttle) who accompanies Ford as he interview staff and parents from the school where principal Wade works.

With Ford’s attention on Wade and not seemingly on the research, tensions begin to show among the trio – by the end of the episode, Wade is fired.

Episode 9

The penultimate episode of the series shows tension between Tench and Ford is palatable as they go to interview killer Richard Speck (Jack Erdie).

The interview doesn’t go to plan until Ford goes off-script, using horrific language in order to get through to Speck and have him open up to the pair.

Ford gets what he came for but is advised by Tench to remove his appealing language from the tape and transcript.

He agrees to do so but Smith has a hard time lying to his superiors about the tape malfunctioning – something Carr quickly picks up on.

Principal Wade’s wife tracks Ford down to his apartment and reveals the extent of the damage he’s done to her husband and their family, something Ford has difficulty stomaching.

Back to the FBI in the final moments and the Behavioural Science Unit are under investigation for their Speck interview and continue the mirage that the tape malfunctioned in order to spare Ford’s blushes – however, Smith can’t handle the guilt and hands the tape in.

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Mindhunter season 1 recap: Tench and Ford

Mindhunter season 1 recap: Tench and Ford (Image: Netflix)

Mindhunter season 1 recap: Tench and Carr

Mindhunter season 1 recap: Tench and Carr (Image: Netflix)

Episode 10

The season finale takes Tench and Ford to another murder investigation in Atlanta in which a teenage cheerleader was murdered.

Local law enforcement struggles to convict their number one suspect, a nearby tree trimmer, but Tench and Ford arrive to interview him.

Ford decides the best way to catch him out is with visceral clues and had a cheerleader outfit and rock put in the interview room.

He also uses pretty appalling language once again to try and elicit a response.

Despite local Atlanta detectives being horrified by his words, Ford and Tench manage to nail the suspect.

As the episode progresses, Debbie cuts things off with Ford and he returns to work to discover Ed Kemper has attempted to kill himself.

Ford and Tench also discover Smith blew the whistle on the Speck tape.

Ford walks out of the internal investigation despite it being damaging to his career and heads to see Kemper in hospital.

It transpires Kemper tried to kill himself solely to get Ford in a room on his own to manipulate him.

After a tense face-off, Ford leaves but suffers a panic attack in the hospital wards – the action then cuts to the BTK killer burning graphic drawings of women, setting up his potential involvement in season two.

Mindhunter season 1 is available to stream on Netflix now.






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