Bodkin episode 4 recap: We have more questions than answers in "Poison or Something"

Things take a turn for the unexpected in Bodkin episode 4, "Poison or Something."
Bodkin. (L to R) Will Forte as Gilbert Power, Siobhán Cullen as Dove, Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh in episode 104 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024
Bodkin. (L to R) Will Forte as Gilbert Power, Siobhán Cullen as Dove, Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh in episode 104 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

Gilbert, Dove, and Emmy make a shocking discovery at the end of Bodkin episode 3, and now their investigation is as important as ever. They assume these two bodies belong to Fiona and Malachy, the ones who went missing at Samhain 25 years ago, and Dove is convinced Seamus was the one to kill them. Yes, Malachy was his brother and Fiona was his lover, but something must've happened to cause a rift between the trio. An affair? These questions are all on Dove's mind going into episode 4.

But while Seamus is still the prime suspect in Dove's mind, Gilbert has other thoughts. Especially after Seamus does him a life-changing favor. We break down all the biggest moments in Bodkin episode 4, "Poison or Something."

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Netflix Original Bodkin.

The episode opens with Sergeant Power showing up at the crime scene on Casement Road and telling everyone to go home. Gilbert, Dove, and Emmy believe they might've just solved the town's biggest mystery of the past 25 years, but it's not going to be that easy.

Unsurprisingly, Sean is gone again and the crew needs to find a ride, but Emmy realizes she left her phone in his car so she's able to track it. The trio follows her phone's location and ends up at an unknown location with a warehouse. Outside, a bunch of kids are shooting guns at the sky and Seamus is speaking with two other men in Spanish. When the men leave, Sean tells Seamus about the bodies, which surprises him. It's revealed the guns are actually air guns. Seamus wanted someone to kill the seagulls, telling Sean they should've used "poison or something," hence the episode title.

Bodkin. David Wilmot as Seamus in episode 104 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

Bodkin is a hot spot for... eel smuggling?

When Sean and Seamus leave, Gilbert, Dove, and Emmy sneak into the warehouse and find multiple tanks filled with water. Dove tries to get a closer look and falls into one, and when she gets out she has eels all over her. Two people show up and point their guns at the group, and Dove recognizes them as the people who hit her with their car. The man says they're from Interpol, part of the Wildlife Crimes and Environmental Action Group. The podcasters are, understandably, confused about what's going on. The two people explain that Bodkin is at the center of a big eel smuggling operation they're trying to put a stop to. They tell Gilbert, Dove, and Emmy not to talk about it in the podcast, threatening them. They want to bust Seamus for smuggling eels.

Back at the hotel, Dove says the eel smuggling is a great development in their story for the podcast, but Gilbert disagrees. He doesn't want to get in trouble, vetoing the idea by telling her and Emmy that it's his podcast and he won't have it.

Frank shows up and tells Gilbert it's time to pay up, kidnapping him. Fortunately, he lets him go after a drive but tells him he has 24 hours to get the money. Gilbert doesn't know where to turn. While Dove and Emmy can't find Gilbert, Dove decides they should keep going after Seamus despite Gilbert's wishes for them to stop. She says that they just need to prove Seamus killed Malachy and Fiona without tipping off Interpol, and she has an idea. She shows Emmy the photo from the newspaper clipping and points out that Sergeant Power is in the photo, too.

Sergeant Power still wants nothing to do with the podcast

Dove and Emmy go to talk to Sergeant Power at a restaurant, who doesn't want to cooperate. Dove tells him her theory, that Seamus killed Fiona and Malachy, and that Power had something to do with it. Unsurprisingly, he denies it. Dove insists that they're going to say it on the podcast anyway unless he wants to take the opportunity to set the record straight. Power then tells them that Malachy and Fiona were murdered by the McArdle brothers. Though Emmy doesn't know who they are, Dove does, telling her they're gangsters. Power says he spotted the McArdle brothers that night 25 years ago, and then Fiona and Malachy were gone.

Emmy asks Power why Teddy was involved, and Power blames it on Fintan because he was supposed to meet him that night. Angry with their questioning, Power leaves, but Dove doesn't buy his story. Emmy suggests they should find the impound lot the car they found was taken to, and it doesn't take them long to figure out where it is. A young girl at the restaurant overhears them and comes over, offering to tell them where it is for €20.

Out on the side of the road after being released by Frank, Gilbert calls his wife Amber and leaves her a message, telling her he wants her advice. Seamus then shows up and asks Gilbert if he's having lady problems, but Gilbert, for once, doesn't want to talk about it. In a surprise move, Seamus begins blaring "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper from his car and tries to dance with Gilbert in an attempt to cheer him up. Seamus asks for a favor, telling Gilbert he can pay Frank the €8,000 he owes only if Gilbert promises he won't mention his name in the podcast. Feeling like he has no other option, Gilbert agrees.

Bodkin. (L to R) Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh, Siobhán Cullen as Dove in episode 104 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

Dove sneakily checks out the impounded car lot and Emmy arrives soon after her to distract the man who works there. Dove finds a knife with St. Brigid’s cross etched in it in the car's glove compartment, which looks just like Teddy's knives. It had to have been his. Tension has been building between Dove and Emmy throughout the episode, and they get into a major argument when Dove realizes Sean left them again. Dove suggests Emmy should've had sex with Sean instead of Fintan, so at least they could get something out of him. Emmy yells at Dove, which impresses her.

Dove and Emmy struggle to work together

Trying to figure out what to make of Teddy's knife being in the car, Emmy suggests maybe Teddy saw Seamus murder Fiona and Malachy and he had to be hidden for a few days so he wouldn't tell anyone. Dove likes this theory and says if they can prove it's Teddy's knife then they can use it as leverage to get Power to tell them who owns the car. Dove asks Emmy if she can get Fintan to talk to Teddy to get the proof.

Seamus and Gilbert drive together to get the money, but they have to make a pit stop first so Seamus can attend to some business. Gilbert watches as Seamus gets on a boat, then hides once he realizes he's meeting with the people from Interpol. We then get to see what happens at the meeting between the group, with Seamus and Sean agreeing to sell the eels for $1,200 per kilo. Seamus seems suspicious, however, and tells Sean to make sure the buyers are legitimate. Sean, on the other hand, assures him that they are. Of course, we know they're undercover trying to bust them.

Emmy convinces Fintan to go and talk to Teddy, and though she doesn't want to, Dove persuades her into recording their conversation while waiting outside. Fintan apologizes for ditching Teddy all those years ago, and Teddy forgives him. He also shows Teddy the knife, mentioning it could help him remember what happened to him. Teddy looks at it and explains that he bought it and gifted it to his dad as a birthday gift. His dad, Sergeant Power, kept it in his car. This is huge information for Dove and Emmy, of course, confirming the car belonged to Power, not Seamus.

But unfortunately, they don't have time to process their big finding because Fintan comes outside and hears the recording. Angry with Emmy for recording their conversation without asking him first, he drives off, which in turn makes Emmy very angry with Dove. She calls Dove a monster before running off.

Gilbert and Seamus continue getting close

Seamus then drives Gilbert out to the woods, getting out of the car and returning with €8,000 in cash in a paper bag. He explains that growing up, his dad was irresponsible with money and spent everything on alcohol. Seamus swore to himself that he would never be poor and would always look after Malachy. As Gilbert and Seamus spend more and more time together, it's apparent Gilbert is sure he didn't kill Malachy or Fiona. But is that the truth? With the latest clue about Power, it certainly might be.

But something happens then that alarms Gilbert. They show up at Frank's with the money, and Seamus tells Frank to leave Gilbert alone. Frank tries to make a joke about there being interest on the amount, which angers Seamus. He picks up Frank's staple gun and starts stapling euros to his chest and forehead, injuring him and threatening him. It's a whole scene. While they drive away, Seamus asks Gilbert how Malachy and Fiona's bodies looked, and Gilbert offers to show them to him.

Bodkin. Robyn Cara as Emmy Sizergh in episode 104 of Bodkin. Cr. Enda Bowe/Netflix © 2024 /

Gilbert later finds Dove at the pub and she explains that the car belonged to Power, not Seamus. But despite this discovery, she still isn't ruling Seamus out. Gilbert asks her for a favor for the podcast, but we don't realize what it is until Dove shows up at Mary's with a bottle of wine in her hand. She sneaks Gilbert and Seamus into the morgue so Seamus can look at the bodies while she spends time with Mary.

Dove's time in Bodkin might be over already

Dove and Mary drink together and almost kiss before Dove's phone rings. Darien is finally calling her back, and it's not with good news. He informs her that an extradition order is signed and she's being sent back home to face charges.

As the episode comes to an end, Seamus opens up to Gilbert while looking at the two bodies and talks about his childhood with Malachy. He says he initially tried to imagine he and Fiona ran off together when they disappeared instead of confronting the truth. "The McArdles took everything from me," he tells Gilbert, believing that's who killed them. But before they leave, Seamus notices something wrong with Fiona's body. Looking at her teeth, he tells Gilbert that Fiona wore partial dentures after getting her front teeth kicked out as a child. Given this body has a full set of real teeth, he confirms: "I haven't a clue who this is, but it isn't f**king Fiona."

Okay! So one of the bodies they found in the trunk of the car is not Fiona. Seamus does confirm the other body is Malachy's, though, noting his six toes. So who is the other body? And is Seamus innocent of the murders? We have so many more questions after episode 4, and I'm sure more will come up as we continue watching Bodkin! It's really getting good now.

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