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The Watcher- Episode 3 Recap

Scene from The Watcher Episode 3

Mitch and Mo committed suicide, potentially ruling them out as “the Watcher”. 

The Watcher (2022) is a series based on a true story about a family who moved into a new house in New Jersey. The series stars Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale as the main couple of the Brannock family.

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The Watcher - Episode 3 Summary & Recap


Now that Mitch and Mo have died, Theodora believed that they are not involved with the letters to the Brannock family. She further found out that the previous owner, Andrew Pierce is a pathological liar and the police had deemed him untrustworthy based on multiple lies he had told. Theodora started changing her view and wanted to focus more on Jasper Winslow. She found it interesting that Jasper only developed Schizoid disorder with elective mutism in November 1995.

Few days later, Nora had a catch up with Karen at the club. She confided in Karen that Dean has been making a big deal out of Ellie’s sexuality. Also, the couple had not had sex in a while. Karen theorized that Dean had been sleeping with a younger woman, which Nora did not seem to believe.

While Nora was in the club, Dean found an odd man called John making himself a sandwich inside his house. John said he is the building inspector and that Nora told him to make himself at home. Initially, Dean welcomed the man, but John outstayed his welcome when he started talking about “the turning” just like the ones in the Watcher’s letters. John also told Dean that Ellie is hooking up with Dakota and that the whole Brannock family should go to the Lutheran church like him. After sending him away, Dean told the construction workers to change the building inspector, but to his surprise, the contractors did not know John.

Scene from The Watcher
Theodora ran through her theories by Dean. Photo: Netflix

Another previous owner

Things got weirder when Theodora found out about what happened to Jasper Winslow in 1995. Back then, the owner of 657 Boulevard was John Graff. He was an accountant but he got laid off. As his wife was an irresponsible drinker, John could not confide in her and instead pretended to go to work everyday. He transferred money from his mother’s bank account to his own.

Therefore, when John started receiving letters from the Watcher, he could not tell anyone, not even his wife. He was very on edge and even screamed at his daughter for wearing low cut tops. When he couldn’t take it anymore, he shot his whole family and disappeared. When Dean got more details on the story like how John Graff attended the Lutheran church nearby, Dean was convinced the man pretending to be the building inspector is John Graff, a previous owner. The music that was playing through the house intercom is called Götterdämmerung, the same song that John Graff played in the house after he left. That was how Jasper discovered the bodies and was traumatized.

Theodora believed that the cops and the community covered this story up because they wanted to preserve the image of Westside as an extremely safe neighbourhood. Detective Chamberland was only stationed after the incident, and similarly, Mitch and Mo only moved in in 1996, after everything had happened.

Scene from The Watcher
John was disturbed by the letters, but could not tell anyone. Photo: Netflix

Another letter

Dean tried to get more information from Jasper, but Pearl refused to let Dean talk to her brother. Instead, Pearl informed him that the Preservation Society was angry about Dean removing the dumbwaiter from his house. Therefore, the society has ordered an inspection and could enter the Brannock family house at any time.

At the end of the episode, Nora and the children moved back into 657 Boulevard, but the next morning, Nora received yet another letter from the Watcher.

Scene from The Watcher Episode 3
Nora received yet another letter, reminding them that The Watcher is still watching.

Additional Observations From Episode 3

  • Karen showed Nora another house but Nora did not like it.
  • Because of all the issues surrounding the house, Dean had been neglecting his work and his relationship with Nora.

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