Bodkin episode 2 recap: Dove's got a story and Gilbert is in trouble in "Who We Are"

Dove is finally invested in the disappearance case while Gilbert finds himself in serious financial trouble in Bodkin episode 2, "Who We Are."
Bodkin. (L to R) Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh, Siobhán Cullen as Dove, Will Forte as Gilbert Power in episode 102 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024
Bodkin. (L to R) Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh, Siobhán Cullen as Dove, Will Forte as Gilbert Power in episode 102 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

Bodkin continues with episode 2, "Who We Are," picking up from the ending of episode 1 where Gilbert and Emmy find Sean's car on fire. As you'll remember, the premiere introduces viewers to a podcaster named Gilbert and his assistant Emmy, who team up with a journalist named Dove to investigate disappearances that happened in the small Irish town of Bodkin 25 years ago.

While Gilbert and Emmy are ready to interview locals and get any information they can for the podcast, Dove is against the job. She has an investigation back in London she's invested in and doesn't want to be back in Ireland, where she originates. But her tune begins to change at the end of episode 1 when she's chased by a car and threatened by two masked men. What actually happened 25 years ago, and who knows more than they're letting on? Dove wants to find out now.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Netflix Original Bodkin.

Dove gets back to the hotel and sees Sean talking to his mom, but instead of freaking out about his car, he brushes off any questions and doesn't want to talk about it. Dove tells Gilbert about what happened to her, certain that people are trying to sabotage them from uncovering the truth. While she was faced with a very dangerous situation, she's now excited to have a story.

Gilbert, Dove, and Emmy make a visit to a church

From the file that Emmy stole, they find out the unnamed boy from the disappearances didn't actually disappear after all — he showed up a few days later. His name is Edward and he was found on the side of the road by a nun named Sister McDonagh. Needing answers as to what happened to Edward, Gilbert, Emmy, and Dove head out to find the nun. They arrive at a church on an island and meet the Mother Reverend, Bernadette, who says Sister McDonagh isn't up for visitors. She instead gives them a tour of the church, but Dove is determined to get her answers.

Here's when something very strange happens. Bernadette asks Dove if her name is actually Dubheasa Maloney, a girl she heard about years ago who set a fire in Dublin. She asks Dove if that was her, and while Dove doesn't answer, she looks very alarmed. We know Dove doesn't like to be back in Ireland; is that because of a troubled past she doesn't want to remember?

Bodkin. (L to R) Siobhán Cullen as Dove, Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh, Will Forte as Gilbert Power, Fionnula Flanagan as Mother Bernadette in episode 102 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

Dove manages to sneak off and find Sister McDonagh, and Gilbert and Emmy join her. Sister McDonagh doesn't look to be in great shape; she's using a respirator in bed. However, she's conscious and able to speak with them, though she's a little out of it. Gilbert begins interviewing her and she tells them that she found the little boy days after the festival. She didn't know who he was, but he talked about fishing, a boat, and rowing. She took him into town and now, years, later, she apparently sees him all the time.

One of the missing people isn't actually missing

Sister McDonagh confirms that Edward is actually Teddy, the singer at the pub. Before they can get any more information, however, Bernadette shows up and kicks the group out. She tells them she'll sue if they use the audio they got, which makes Gilbert angry with Dove for not following the rules. Dove cares less about the podcast than solving the case, but Gilbert is adamant that it's important. He believes they are there in Bodkin to form relationships, but Dove disagrees.

Trying to get information out of Teddy, they discover his last name is Power, meaning he must be related to Sergeant Power. They try to interview him but he doesn't want to talk to Gilbert. He will, however, talk to Dove, who asks him about Fiona. He explains Fiona was his teacher, and she would take him home after school to make dinner for him so he wasn't alone. Before he can divulge anything else, Sergeant Power walks in and tells them to leave. Gilbert is angry again, telling Dove that the point of the podcast isn't necessarily to solve the case. But of course, Dove feels the opposite.

Damien calls Dove and tells her the police have subpoenaed her emails as they investigate Kretk's death and the circumstances around their relationship. Gilbert remains dedicated to interviewing locals about the town, and he begins talking to a man named Darragh. He moves on to Seamus, who warns Gilbert against asking questions about the disappearances.

Sean continues to just be generally shady, and we see him meeting with a woman to buy a gun (or multiple guns). I'm not exactly sure what's going on there at this point.

Bodkin. (L to R) David Wilmot as Seamus, Will Forte as Gilbert Power in episode 102 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

As Gilbert continues spending time with the locals, they keep bringing up a man named Frank, and Gilbert doesn't know who they're referring to. Dove asks locals about Fiona and Malachy. According to them, Fiona was "a lovely girl," while less is known about Malachy. People say he kept to himself. Dove and Emmy follow a potential lead at the library, while Gilbert goes to the pub with his new friends. Sean shows up and tells Seamus that "the package has been received." Whatever that means.

Two people come up with Gilbert and tell him he owes Frank €8,000 after losing a game to him the night he got drunk, and he totally doesn't remember that at all. Back in his room, Gilbert looks through his bank statements, and he's got nothing to give. He certainly doesn't have €8,000.

A major discovery is made

Dove and Emmy break into the library after hours and find a newspaper clipping with a photo of Malachy and Seamus the year before Malachy went missing. They discover Seamus' real name is Jack McFadden, a well-known smuggler nicknamed the "Badger."

Dove and Emmy head back to the hotel to tell Gilbert of their findings, saying they need to find out why the Badger has been hiding out in Bodkin under a new identity. But before they can discuss their game plan, Mrs. O'Shea comes in and tells them something bad has happened. Darragh was found dead.

Though the group is starting to make progress in their investigation, they better act fast if they want to avoid more deaths. Was Darragh killed because of them? At this point, it's not confirmed, but it is very suspicious. Read all of our Bodkin episode recaps here at Netflix Life to keep up with our full coverage of the show!

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