It’s Monday again which means another episode of The Confession is up on Hulu. This week doesn’t spend a lot of time in the confession booth, but instead takes place in another flashback.
At the beginning of the episode the priest asks the assassin why he told him the story of how he let one of his marks live. When the assassin didn’t have an answer the priest told him he thinks it was because the assassin wanted to tell of a scenario that showed he has heart. At this point the assassin brings up the name of Sheldon Hoffman.
Hoffman was a financier who swindled millions out of his clients and ruined many of their lives. The assassin asks the priest if, after what he did, did he deserve to live. The priest commented on how Hoffman tried to put things right and make up for his crime but he can’t speak for what was in Hoffman’s heart.
Cue the flashback. In it we see the assassin make his appearance in what looks to be Hoffman’s office. He explains that he’s there on behalf of one of his clients who invested a large sum of money with him. Hoffman is a pompous jerk and thinks that nothing can touch him. His henchman roughs up the assassin, but the whole point of the visit wasn’t to kill Hoffman, but gain access to his computer.
After the assassin leaves, he gathers the necessary information and makes a return visit to Hoffman’s office later that night. Dispatching Hoffman’s security guard and henchman, he then forces Hoffman to return each client’s money to them. Once finished, he holds the gun to Hoffman’s head, but decides to not kill him. After Hoffman asks if the assassin is going to kill him, the assassin simply replies “I just did” and leaves. As the assassin is standing at the elevator, he hears a gunshot.
This episode was a little bit longer than the others and for that, I was grateful. Greg Ellis played the part of Hoffman with a heavy amount of smarmy arrogance. You might recognize Ellis, who worked with Sutherland previously in the third season of 24. He was also Lieutenant Groves in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and was Chief Engineer Olson in the latest Star Trek movie.
One thing I really love about Kiefer Sutherland is his slow burn quality. You can see a storm brewing under the surface and you know that when that storm breaks, it’s going to be bad. The scene where he first visits Hoffman was great because he stands so still but there’s a part where you see the fingers on his right hand twitch but otherwise he’s as calm as still water. It all goes back to that smoldering anger quality I dig so much.
This was yet another great episode. This marks number seven in the series which means there’s only three left. While I really enjoyed this week’s episode, I hope next week gives us more of an exchange between Sutherland and John Hurt. I’m getting really curious how this is all going to play out. You can get caught up by visiting The Confession’s Hulu page.Tags: 24, Brad Mirman, Greg Ellis, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, The Confession