‘Love & Death’ Episode 5 Recap & Ending, Explained: Why Did Candy Believe That She Was Not Guilty?


At the end of Love & Death Episode 4, Allan Gore gathered some courage to tell Chief Abbott that he had an affair with a woman named Candy Montgomery and that revelation had put him too among the suspects. Candy was unaware of it, but she knew that eventually, law enforcement authorities would come after her, so she was mentally prepared for it. In Love & Death Episode 5, Allan was called to the police station and questioned about his relationship with Candy, how serious he was about her, and if Betty knew about it. The police officers asked him if he had any doubts about any individual, and Allan couldn’t think of anybody who could kill his wife so brutally. Contrary to Candy Montgomery, Betty was not somebody who was loved by people, as she was quite rude and cold at times, but still, Allan believed that she couldn’t have wronged anybody so much as to deserve that kind of fate.

Candy was once again called to the police station and grilled by Chief Abbott and other police officers. Candy accepted the fact that she had an affair with Allan Gore, and the police tried their level best to pressure her and make her confess to her crimes. But Candy was headstrong and unwavering, and she gave nothing to the police officers and kept repeating that she hadn’t murdered Betty. The police took her fingerprints and asked for the pair of flip-flops that were kept in her car and also the shoes that she was wearing. Candy had already cut the flip-flops that she was wearing on that fateful day into pieces, so she knew that the footprints from the crime scene wouldn’t match, but still, there was a part of her that was petrified. Candy was pretending to be all cool and calm, but she was well aware of the implications her actions could have, and she was currently in a state of denial, where she was constantly telling herself that she was not guilty.

Why Didn’t Candy Get The Bail?

After Candy was called for a second round of interrogation, she and Pat went to see Don Crowder to seek legal consultation. Crowder was an experienced lawyer, and he knew that the police could issue an arrest warrant against Candy anytime now. Candy told him in private about her affair with Allan Gore, but she hid the fact that she had actually killed Betty. Crowder, like anyone else, believed her when she said that she was being framed. Candy’s image in society was such that nobody could believe that she would kill someone. Also, Betty was hit 41 times by a heavy axe, and by default, people thought that it was the doing of a man because, seeing Candy’s prim and proper demeanor, nobody could think that she could inhibit such barbaric instincts. Candy noticed that the news of her case was spreading like wildfire and was slowly becoming a part of the drawing-room conversations.

One day, a reporter from The Times Herald came to Candy’s doorstep, asking her about the case, and Don Crowder realized that he needed to prepare his client for the incoming tsunami that had the potential to take away everything she held dear. Finally, Candy told Crowder that she had killed Betty in self-defense, and for a moment, even his brain got fogged, and he just couldn’t take in what he had heard. He looked at Candy, and he couldn’t believe that she was capable of doing that. Crowder closed the door and mentally prepared himself for the battle because he knew that she would need a miracle to escape the clutches of the law. Crowder advised Candy that she should hire a criminal lawyer, as he generally dealt with matters of personal injury. But Candy was very sure that she wanted somebody whom she could trust to represent her. Meanwhile, Allan Gore was called to give a polygraph test, and he passed it without any sort of trouble. The police issued an arrest warrant, and Candy got a call from Don Crowder’s office informing her that she had to start making arrangements for the bond money and immediately came to their office. Crowder was not able to track the bail bondsman, and when he did, the police didn’t accept his bond. Robert Udashen, Crowder’s co-practitioner, had already negotiated the terms and conditions for surrender, but at the last moment, the sheriff backed off, and he was well within his rights to do so as the bond didn’t come from his county.

Why Did Candy Believe That She Was Not Guilty?

Candy was behaving very strangely, and though some people thought that she was traumatized by the recent happenings, Pat had a feeling that she was hiding something from him. Even Candy’s friend, Jackie, asked her upfront if she was not telling them something that she should. Candy had told Crowder that Pat was a very honest man and that there was a possibility that he might go to the police and tell them everything, and that is why Crowder had strictly prohibited Candy from saying anything about the case to Pat or any other person. In Love & Death Episode 5, Crowder decides to take Candy to a psychiatrist named Dr. Fason, as he wants to understand what he is dealing with. Dr. Fason hypnotized her and asked her to once again go back to that fateful day when she had gone to Betty’s house and tell them what exactly happened. There were a lot of unresolved issues that stemmed from Candy’s childhood, and she accepted that she hated Betty Gore for putting her in such a mess. Candy didn’t believe that she had done anything wrong by killing Betty, and she screamed in that hypnotized state that Betty had ruined her entire life.

We believe that Candy had a lot of subdued feelings inside her that she never expressed, and when Betty came charging towards her with an ax, there was an outburst of emotions, and Candy, at that moment, didn’t realize that she had gone way past self-defense and that that immense amount of hate and anger that had been buried in her came out in the form of 41 blows. Candy had felt the same hatred when she was four years old, probably towards her mother, and she took Dr. Fason through that trauma while being hypnotized. We realized that Candy was not in denial but probably disillusioned to think that she had merely acted in self-defense. That is why she accepted that she had killed Betty but still didn’t feel any guilt because, according to her, it was all Betty’s doing. Even Candy wasn’t conscious of the fact that she was creating trouble for herself by suppressing her own feelings because she had been doing it since childhood, and now it had become like a reflex action for her to do that in each and every situation. Even when she was dissatisfied with her own marriage, she didn’t confront Pat for the longest time and found another way to fulfill her needs. She had been taught not to cry, not to express herself, and to keep enduring pain no matter how hard it got.

Love & Death Episode 5 ends with Crowder telling Candy that Dr. Fason had concluded that she was not a sociopath and that she had just snapped, but somewhere he also understood the kind of person Candy was. In the upcoming episodes, we will get to know how Pat reacts when he is told that Candy has actually murdered Betty and if Crowder is able to find witnesses to testify for Candy and strengthen her case.

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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