To get to the bottom of this, I decided to make a list (I was inspired by Holder, I guess) of all the far-fetched occurrences and unlikely coincidences that have taken place across the course of the season and—guess what?—it’s pretty damn long. If I have missed (or misrepresented) any, please weigh in, but here’s what I came up with. Brace yourselves:
-Rosie’s best friend borrows her wig, then has sex with her boyfriend in the school’s dank basement, while bleeding profusely from her nose, while another guy wearing a devil mask records it on his phone.
-Also, a pervy janitor named after the late Lyndon Johnson is watching the whole thing happen.
-Said janitor turns out to be pedophile, jumps out of window, ends up in hospital.
-Rosie's parents don’t call their daughter all weekend, detectives never find out why.
-Other seemingly basic things Holder and Linden don’t do until well after Bennet is cleared: scour Rosie’s computer (as in, not just take a quick look at her internet history); check the fuel levels and mileage of the car in which her dead body was found; call cab companies to see if anyone picked up a girl fitting Rosie’s description.
Stan buys house without telling his wife.
-A teacher with a track record of dating his students also has an unusually close relationship with Rosie, but there’s nothing untoward going on between them.
Bennet helps a young Somali girl procure a fake passport so she can flee to Canada to avoid ritual circumcision.
-Somali girl hides out in a meat locker that has been converted into a bedroom, which Linden and Holder happen to discover at the exact same moment as an FBI raid.
-Somali girl also just so happens to have the exact same T-shirt as Rosie.
-Mitch waits a week to do laundry, so doesn’t find Rosie’s T-shirt until after Stan has beat the shit out of Bennet.
-FBI agent leaves truck containing evidence unattended, door wide open.
-Despite the fact that he’s facing murder charges, Bennet is unwilling to tell police what he was really doing the night of Rosie’s murder.
-Mitch leaves her two surviving children in garage while car is running, forgets about them.
-Between the school dance and her shift at the casino, Rosie felt the need to schlep out to Bennet’s house to return a book, even though she would have seen him Monday morning at school.
-Bennet’s wife does not recognize the man who has already confessed to beating her husband into a coma, a man who is also the father of the girl Bennet was accused of killing.
-Everything Holder has been doing all along has been part of an elaborate effort to frame Richmond.
-Not 1 but 2 suspects in Rosie’s killing fall victim to acts of vigilante justice.
-Creepy stalker Belko basically lives with Larsens and is infatuated with Rosie, but has nothing to do with her’s murder.
-Neither does her sadistic ex-boyfriend.
-Neither does Richmond, who is hung up on his dead wife, fixated with brunettes, and often says creepy, threatening things to escorts.
And that's not even counting the jaw-dropping (or is it knee-slapping?) last-minute plot twist in this finale: the “nail” in Richmond’s coffin turns out to be a doctored photo that Holder whipped up in Photoshop (or the like). This is patently absurd. It's not as if a wrinkled color copy from Kinko’s—and not, you know, actual footage—would hold up before a grand jury. It's also highly unlikely that no one would ever notice that the surveillance camera from which the screengrab was supposedly taken hasn’t been working in three months. When it comes to framing people for murder, Holder is apparently just as sloppy as he is at investigating them.