DISCLAIMER: This Killing Eve recap of “Still Got It” contains more spoilers than the number of times Villanelle has sent Eve lavish gifts. Sometimes I wish I had a psychopath on reserve with a bottomless bank account to send me lavish gifts. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Killing Eve fanatics! This week’s episode ended on yet another shocking cliffhanger. Niko was pitched – literally! Dasha drove a pitchfork right through him! That is definitely one of my cheesier jokes, but I won’t apologize for loving some cheese. Anyway, Villanelle discovered via Konstantin that her family is still in Russia. Thus, she set out for what’ll surely be the family reunion to end all family reunions. Eve moved in with Jamie. Carolyn demanded she receive her old office again. Konstantin’s daughter served him a heaping helping of spunky child realness.
Alright, ready to delve into “Still Got It?” Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with Niko (Owen McDonnell) arriving in Poland. He’s surrounded by a breathtaking expanse of greenery. He reunites with his mother and takes up the profession of bread delivery boy. I don’t think that’s the official title, but I like it, so I’m keeping it. Next, Niko hits up the local pub and enjoys watching people succeed at sports-ball on the telly. Overall, our favorite “meh” character appears to be relishing a much-needed respite from London.
Meanwhile, Eve (Sandra Oh) is sleeping over at Bitter Pill‘s headquarters. Ever since Villanelle broke into Eve’s flat and left a creepy talking teddy bear in her wake, Eve hasn’t felt safe at home. Understandable. Then, she receives a birthday cake shaped like the bus from last week’s episode, wherein she encountered Villanelle. Presumably, the cake is from Villanelle. Eve promptly chucks the cake over the side of the building and watches it splatter the concrete below. Jamie (Danny Sapani) soundlessly creeps behind her, as he’s wont to do. He offers her a place to crash, since loitering around the office in your sweats is no longer the en vogue thing to do. Back at Jamie’s flat, the pair bond over their checkered pasts. We learn that Jamie struggles with substance abuse and even lost his family to the illness.
Later, Eve receives a text from Niko – it’s a picture of him in Poland. He seems receptive to discussing their future, which thrills Eve. The following day, Eve spontaneously leaves the office and makes a break for Poland, in the hopes that she can clear the air with Niko. We see her arrive at Niko’s family farm, and the pair lock eyes. However, Niko appears slightly confused by Eve’s presence. Hmm.
Next, Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) moseys on over to Russia to pay his daughter a visit. He pulls her out of classes for the day and the duo grab ice cream together. Father of the Year, folks! Konstantin’s daughter beseeches him to have a backup plan in case, you know, MI6 decides to kill him. Or Russia, for that matter. He takes her advice into serious consideration. Then, he dashes over to France (as one does) and visits Sergei’s widow. She’s at her wit’s end, and understandably so. Konstantin urges her to go into hiding, and he vows to protect her. How sweet. Later, we see he’s in Barcelona. He scares the sh*t out of Villanelle (Jodie Comer) while she’s enraptured by a clothing store display window.
Then, we catch up with Villanelle. She’s baking a scrumptious cake for…herself? It’s never really addressed who the recipient is. Anyway, Dasha (Harriet Walter) waltzes in and begins feverishly cleaning Villanelle’s home. In addition, she expresses her concerns regarding Villanelle’s present behavior. She urges V to stay focused and adamant at accomplishing her goal of being a keeper for the Twelve. Speaking of which, the Twelve want to meet with Villanelle in person to discuss the latter’s pay raise, benefits, etc. Time to break out the champagne! Hopefully she gets a decent 401K package.
Next, Konstantin and Villanelle catch up like the best buddies they are. Konstantin reveals that he has vital information regarding Villanelle’s family. He’ll give it to her, but only if she does something for him first. Tit for tat, right folks?
Now, we see Villanelle is in France with Sergei’s widow. Villanelle is disguised as the widow’s gardener. She even has a snazzy pair of garden shears! The pair bond over trying to dispel Villanelle’s hiccups. They run about the garden pretending to scare each other. The scene is remarkably wholesome – that is, until you’re reminded that Villanelle is an assassin. Sure enough, Villanelle leads Sergei’s widow to a green house and chokes her with a garden hose. That was the task Konstantin needed Villanelle to carry out.
Later, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) meets with her transient replacement to discuss terms. She wants to return to work. In addition, Carolyn demands she receive her old office. Thankfully, homeboy appears acquiescent. Carolyn makes a pit stop at home and finds Geraldine (Gemma Whelan) is out of sorts. Geraldine tearfully urges her mother to be more transparent. To grieve as openly as she so chooses. However, Carolyn instantly shuts her daughter out and heads upstairs for an afternoon nap. Suppressing feelings is my MO, so I feel you, Carolyn.
Meanwhile, Dasha meets with a superior official of the Twelve after a few laps in the pool. This woman appears to be quite high up on the Twelve food chain. She demands Dasha remedy the Villanelle-Eve issue at hand. Drive a wedge between them. Initially, Dasha eagerly proposes she murder Eve, but the Twelve superior claims that would be too messy.
Next, we see Dasha arrive in Poland disguised as Niko’s elderly neighbor. She asks Niko to inspect the door in her barn, and he vows to see to the problem the following day. Then, we see Dasha follow Niko to the pub. She surreptitiously snags his phone and begins texting Eve as Niko. That makes more sense! After their text exchange, it’s pretty clear that Eve is on her way to Poland.
Later, the next day, Niko is in the throes of repairing Dasha’s barn door. Eve arrives on the scene, and she waves at Niko. Taken aback by her appearance, Niko lifts a reticent hand in response. Dasha decides to act quickly. She drives a pitchfork through Niko’s upper back/neck. He dies almost instantly. Eve, having witnessed her husband’s murder by an invisible figure, drops to her knees in utter shock.
Now, we see Villanelle arriving at a desolate train stop. She’s armed with a bag, so clearly she’s intent on staying for a while…wherever she may be. Villanelle is back in Russia, and she’s hellbent on finding her family.
Holy guacamole! Killing Eve brought it this week. As much as I adore Owen McDonnell and his performance as Niko, I feel the writers have been struggling for a while regarding his character arc. How does he contribute to the overall narrative? Is he still necessary in that capacity? I’m sure they viewed his death as a catalyst for Eve, and to create more friction between her and Villanelle. Just as they did with Carolyn in the first episode. However, it feels like a cop-out. Niko and Kenny were merely plot points in the grand scheme of things.
Do you think Niko’s death will drive Eve away from Villanelle? Will Villanelle have a successful family reunion? Will we ever learn Konstantin’s true motives? Join me next week as I recap Killing Eve, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Killing Eve airs Sundays at 9pm on your BBC America affiliate.