The Peacock series Poker Face Season 1 Episode 1, 'Dead Man's Hand,' is recapitulated. There are spoilers included.
If you have seen any of Rian Johnson's films, particularly his Knives Out murder mysteries, you will be familiar with the filmmaker's intricate plotting and beautifully sculpted whodunits. Johnson opts for a more personal, small-scale approach, bringing his first original series to Peacock. With "Dead Man's Hand" as his origin story, viewers will get a better acquainted with the filmmaker's
Recap of Season 1 Episode 1 of Poker Face
Natalie Hill (Dascha Polanco) enters the high roller's suite to discover a horrifying image on an open laptop screen. We understand it is a horrific, illegal act nonetheless, and she sends this image to Cliff, the casino's new owner.
Sterling Frost Jr. deletes the evidence and lies to Natalie, telling her that they will get to the FBI immediately before sending her home. Instead, he orders Cliff to go and silence the maid. Jerry drives to Natalie's house, where he shoots her and her husband. He frames it so it appears like Jerry shot his wife and then himself.
Charlie Cale, who isn't a detective or a private investigator, but a cocktail waitress working at the same casino as Natalie. She takes a drive with her coworkers to Frost's Casino. It's also painfully apparent that she loves her friend Natalie, who is soon to be murdered.
Charlie is contacted by Sterling Frost Jr. to discuss her employment and realize that she is about to lose her job. Here, Rian Johnson reveals Charlie's superpower, which separates her from the other casino employees. She can tell when someone is lying and when she's wrong.
Charlie agrees to a contract with Natalie's death, but her mind wanders elsewhere when she learns of Natalie's death.
Charlie knows something is wrong with Natalie's death and starts to poke holes in the case. They need Charlie until she has defeated Caine, according to Rian Johnson's regular Noah Segan (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery). She then discovers a crime-scene photo of Jerry holding the rifle in his right hand. She's not a lefty, however.
Charlie discovers Natalie's husband Jerry on the news, where the drunk is escorted off the casino premises without his pistol. She begins to appreciate the danger she is in and now decides to keep her cards close to her chest.
Caine is delaying her entry, and Charlie arrives twenty minutes late, causing Sterling's displeasure. She has gathered all the evidence, and she has solved the problem. He owns this town, and he has very little evidence to support him.
Charlie admits that she did record an earlier conversation when they discussed rigging the hidden cameras. Caine then passed the information on to all of his fellow high-rollers in a shocking twist.
The fight over Charlie turns out to be a murderous act. She escapes the violence and gives the evidence to Sheriff Parker, the FBI, and Oprah (why not?) in the final moments of the premiere, Mr. Sterling Frost Sr. calls Charlie up. He promises to track her down, punch her where it hurts, and eventually kill her.
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