Backstrom Recap: Takes One To Know One [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Backstrom Recap: Takes One To Know One [WATCH VIDEO]

Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 3 “Takes One to Know One” aired on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. Someone has murdered a youth pastor of the church and Backstrom comes up with unconventional ways to hold the guilty party accountable. Find out what happened in the recap below.

Emma Germain’s body lies inside the church, stabbed many times over. The aggression makes Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) conclude that this is a sex crime. It was especially after learning that church members like Emma have been told to abstain from the deed before reaching the age of 21. The victim, the SCU learns, has just recently reached that age.


Backstrom is not a believer of any religion. He thinks it’s a cult with hostile rules and regulations, but he does want to get his work done with this case. Sometimes, this means using methods that may go against the legal system. Just like when he steals a security camera that captured a woman protesting on the sidewalk of the church. They found some leads.

The team discovers that some important files from the church have gone missing and this turns up a likely suspect. Vincent Cropper joined the church almost at the same time as Emma’s murder. He works as a private investigator, who’s actually hired by the wife of the leader of the church. He was asked to investigate her husband, Leon Mundy, as she suspects that he’s having an affair. Cropper, however, knows how the law works, it made questioning him more difficult for the SCU.

So, Backstrom decides not to waste their time on talking to Cropper. He’s going to get to the bottom of this case using a different route. He goes to Emma’s wake uninvited and announces to the members of the church that money has been missing from the church funds. If anyone knows anything, they know where to find him at the police station.

He also calls out on some of the members, publicly shaming them for their transgressions, based on Backstrom’s observations of them. He points out who is sleeping with whom, who is a homosexual, who’s a likely rat, and who has secret desires for another disciple. It causes dissent among the church members, but it did bring more information to light.

Backstrom learns that Emma’s murderer is Ryan Durst. The church leader has convinced and brainwashed him into thinking that Emma is evil. It was when she expressed her desire to leave the church. Emma’s quite well-loved by the disciples and her departure would, no doubt, be put into question by many of them. Others could follow her lead and leave, too. Mundy wouldn’t allow for that to happen because he’s making money off them. If he loses members, he loses his income.

Durst confess, but Mundy gets away with his crime. So, Backstrom, once again, takes a different method to pin down the sleazy church leader. With some more investigation, the detective learns that Mundy had sex with Emma when she was barely 16 years old, which makes his crime statutory rape. They got the culprit this time!

Meanwhile, it’s this penchant for using unsanctioned methods that have put Backstrom in hot water with the force. Then, they bring in an investigator who looks into the conduct of the police force. Only, Amy Gazanian (guest star Sarah Chalke) isn’t just any investigator, she’s Backstrom’s ex-fiancé, who’s obviously still quite fond of him.

Amy visits Backstrom at his house to finally serve him the papers for his case for shooting Visser, the suspect in an earlier case (in the episode “Dragon Slayer” air date: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015). Later, she tells him that he still has the sensitive heart of an artist who’s not meant to do police work. A superior of his, who is aware of their past relationship, remarks that Amy still cares for him more than anyone. It looks like it’s not the last we’ll see of her.

At his doctor’s office, Backstrom admits that Visser was without any gun when he shot him. He didn’t have any idea why he shot him, too. It was when his colleagues thought it’s because Visser shot him in the leg. But it was Backstrom who accidently shot himself.


There’s some deep and dark trauma the titular character obviously needs to work on and it will definitely have to play out in the series in the next episodes.

That’s the recap for “Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 3 “Takes One to Know One” which aired on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. For more about this series, keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG).

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