S1 Ep1 | Part I | Scene 1
Explore The Sinner season 1 timeline. Keep up with everything happening on The Sinner with this visual guide and timeline. Warning: Contains Spoilers.
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Cora Tannetti seems to have it all: loving husband; beautiful son; good job. But despite appearances, the neat lines of her small town life have grown stifling, and something dark is stirring just below the surface.
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Video: On a beautiful summer day, Frankie and Leah Belmont wrestle and kiss on the crowded local beach as if no one is watching. But someone does have her eyes on them: Cora. When Leah plays music by Frankie’s old college band, one of the songs causes Cora to snap… and the idyllic calm of that picturesque lakeside is shattered by an unthinkable act.
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Video: Cora is questioned by Detectives Leroy and Ambrose, and she freely admits to what she has done (although she doesn’t mention the strange vision of brown wallpaper she sees while recounting the events at the beach). Nine times out of ten, these veteran detectives know exactly what to expect in a case like this. But something about this one feels different to Ambrose.
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In a flashback to her childhood, Cora’s mother, Elizabeth, brings their new baby, Phoebe, home for the first time. Phoebe is very sick, and Elizabeth, a deeply religious woman, implies that Cora took so much of her strength during childbirth that there was none left for her sister. Now the only way Phoebe will live is if they are strictly obedient to god.
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Video: “It was like she was someone else.” Still reeling from the horrible incident that has turned his life upside down (not to mention overwhelmed by the media circus that’s camped out on his front lawn), Mason Tannetti is justifiably wary when Harry Ambrose shows up at his house asking questions. But the inquisitive Detective has a way of getting people to open up, and the strange words that Cora had for Leah Belmont have been on Mason’s mind since the incident at the lake…
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Video: Did Frankie recognize Cora? Frankie’s friend, Patrick, seems to think so. And what he tells Detective Ambrose next will change the whole direction of a case that once seemed so cut and dry.
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Emotionally and physically drained, Cora pleads guilty at her arraignment - she just wants this ordeal to end. But it won’t be that simple - in light of the odd circumstances of the case, the judge orders Cora to undergo psychological evaluation to see if she is fit to stand trial.
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In a dream, Cora is haunted by another vision of brown wallpaper. A young blonde woman stands in a doorway and asks, “Are you coming?” as the music from the beach (Frankie’s Song) grows louder and louder, until it’s unbearable. Cora wakes in her cell with a scream at 2:49AM. Even in sleep, it seems, Cora will get no rest.
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Video: In a flashback to 1997, the strain that Phoebe’s lymphoma has put on the family is not lost on eight-year-old Cora, or her Aunt Margaret. Hoping to bring a little sunshine into her niece’s life, Margaret sneaks Cora a chocolate bar, but her good deed only winds up causing Cora more pain… and feeds a growing resentment in the young girl’s heart.
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In a flashback to 2012, Mason and Cora meet cute at the diner where Cora is working in New York City. Mason’s gentle sweetness puts the shy and guarded Cora at ease - it’s the start of something good for both of them. However, Cora has an unexplained violent reaction when they sleep together, the first sign of dark clouds on the horizon for this young couple…
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“I just wanted to die.” Convinced there’s a connection between her and Frankie, Ambrose makes it clear to Cora that he won’t go away until she talks. Cora tells Ambrose the sad story of how she met Frankie Belmont over Fourth of July weekend, 2012. What started as a one night stand led to an unwanted pregnancy…and took a dark turn. During her telling, Cora has visions of the wallpaper again, and bodies writhing in an orgy, details she keeps from Ambrose.
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Video: Detective Ambrose visits Frankie Belmont’s parents to confirm Cora’s story, but something doesn’t add up - Frankie wasn’t even in town that summer and Detective Leroy finds no record of Cora being checked into any hospital. He also learns that, contrary to Cora’s claim, her parents are alive and living close by. Cora, it seems, is hiding something - but why still remains a mystery.
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Furious, Ambrose confronts Cora about her lies - doesn’t she realize he’s trying to help her? Terrified and hesitant to trust the man whose job it is to put her away, Cora continues to stonewall. But Ambrose has an ace up his sleeve: Frankie’s Song. However, when he plays it to provoke a reaction from Cora, he winds up getting much more than he bargained for…
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Inspiration can strike in the strangest of places, and Ambrose finds it in the mirror when he makes the startling realization that the red, raw bruises on his body left by Cora’s fists perfectly mirror the stab wounds on Frankie Belmont. It’s as if the music triggered Cora to repeat the attack on the beach. And even more strangely, she doesn’t even know it.
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Cora is examined by a battery of psychiatrists and found fit to stand trial. But while she may have received the seal of approval from the court, Ambrose knows Cora’s psyche is more damaged than she is letting on, and he shares his theory about Cora’s musical trigger with one of the evaluating doctors. Could Cora be reliving some past trauma every time she hears Frankie’s Song? Dr. Chang sure thinks it’s possible.
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Video: Flashback to 2003. Phoebe’s illness still lingers, and as the cracks in the Lacey’s marriage continue to grow, the girls are forced to share a room for the first time. Headstrong Phoebe doesn’t waste any time pushing her chaste sister’s buttons, and quickly learns her illness gives her a certain power over her new roommate.
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Cora’s dreams of the brown wallpaper have become more vivid, and more upsetting: a bell is rung three times; the same Blonde whispers in someone’s ear; and a breastbone cracks under the weight of a foot. Cora wakes, screaming, and when medics rush in to sedate her they discover her arms are riddled with track mark scars - a unsettling new discovery in a case that grows darker by the day.
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In light of the discovery of the track marks (and his troubling conversation with the Laceys), Ambrose feels moved to apologize to Cora for his treatment of her in their last meeting. Cora tells the story of how she hit rock bottom, sleeping with anyone she could for a fix. For Cora, it’s a painful revelation, one she’d just as soon keep hidden from her family. But though Ambrose feels for her, he can promise nothing…and in his job secrets have a way of coming out.
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Video: Still unsure of how much Cora can be trusted, Ambrose seeks clarity with Cora’s Aunt Margaret in Manhattan. Margaret had tried to provide a sanctuary for Cora, but as she paints more of the disturbing picture of her niece’s disappearance and her drug use, it becomes clear that she could only be a brief port in a quietly raging storm.
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Video: Flashback to 2003. Elizabeth finds the contraband women’s magazine, and when obedient Cora immediately takes the fall her mother demands a brutal act of atonement. However, the incident winds up bringing the girls closer together.
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The revelation of Cora’s drug use adds more fuel to the growing fire of Mason’s anger, and Cora considers changing her plea when she realizes the toll the case is taking on her family. However, seeing her parents in the courtroom banishes all thoughts from Cora’s mind but one: Guilty. Distressed, Mason finds JD Lambert at a bar and accuses him of doing something to Cora, but when their confrontation gets violent the two men are taken into custody.
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Video: Detective Ambrose retraces the steps of Cora’s drug addiction to a rehab facility in Poughkeepsie, but the deeper he digs, the further he seems to be getting from the truth. Could the story of Cora’s junkie past be yet another lie? Something seems off, but Cora’s answers only lead to more questions.
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Alone in her cell, Cora is haunted once again by her wallpaper dream. But a spark of courage has ignited inside her, and she summons the will to follow the vision to its end. Only this time, instead of a mysterious Blonde, Cora comes face to face with a sinister figure, and the mystery of her past grows even deeper.
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Mason and JD Lambert are interrogated after their fight at the bar. Mason is sure that JD did something to Cora, something terrible, but his frustration grows as his attempts to convince the detectives are met with stone-faced questions. JD, for his part, claims to have never met Cora, but they have more of a history than he is letting on…
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Video: Could JD be the mysterious figure whose presence is a dark stain on the pages of Cora’s past? Cora is hesitant to say, but after Ambrose asks her to trust him, she opens up: she lost her virginity to JD, and it was him she was with on that Fourth of July, 2012 weekend. There was no Frankie Belmont; no pregnancy; no suicide attempt. But as for heroin, the picture is still hazy, and try as she might Cora can’t remember anything about what happened next.
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Flashback to 2007. Phoebe’s interest in the world, and especially sex, continues to grow, and teenage Cora sneaks her sister books, watches porn with her, and even comes on to a neighbor boy to satisfy Phoebe’s curiosity. But sex remains as confusing as ever for Cora, and when she learns her father is having an affair with the woman next door, she confronts him, to little avail.
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With little left to go on and so much at stake, Ambrose implores Dr. Chang to use a questionable method, hypnosis, to help Cora recover her memory. Under Dr. Chang’s careful guidance, Cora sees Maddie, the blonde from her previous dreams, who turns out to be JD’s jealous ex. Maddie seems to be in danger - but is it Cora who is the threat?
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Video: Can Cora’s recovered memories really be trusted? Leroy is skeptical, but Ambrose doggedly retraces Cora’s steps. The detectives also interview a former landlord of Maddie’s, who paints an unsettling picture of an emotionally dependent girl under the control of the manipulative, svengali-like JD. Unfortunately, the trail ends there - it turns out Maddie has been missing since that same Fourth of July back in 2012.
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Video: Growing desperate for a lead that can break the case open, Ambrose sits in on Cora’s second hypnosis session. Cora recounts images of her and Maddie being hunted in the woods, before she is interrupted by a vision of a school bus passing her when she was eight. Ambrose tries to redirect the session in a search for answers, but when the impatient detective pushes too hard, Cora has a startling reaction.
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Video: Cora continues to open up to Ambrose about the details of her memories - the wallpaper, the man in the mask - and her trust in him begins to grow. Unfortunately, they still have little to go on, and though Ambrose promises not to give up on her, the truth is they are running out of time. Meanwhile, when Ambrose happens upon a rundown school bus deep in the woods, it leads to a shocking discovery …
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Video: What is the connection between this new body and Cora Tannetti? Could their Jane Doe actually be Maddie? And how is JD Lambert wrapped up in all of this? Ambrose isn’t sure yet, and the arrival of the state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, led by Captain Anne Farmer, is about to make his investigation a whole lot more complicated…
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Video: The state offers Cora a new deal: guaranteed parole at twenty years in exchange for a confession to this new murder. But will she really confess to a murder she has no memory of committing? Looking for guidance, Cora joins her fellow inmates in a prayer circle, but all she finds are more bad memories…
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Ambrose’s own investigation leads him to the Beverwyck Club, an old money hunting club with some of the area’s most distinguished residents rounding out the membership roll…and apparently a history of sexual allegations. When his attempts to dig deeper are blocked by the Beverwyck’s lawyer - the same lawyer representing JD Lambert - Ambrose’s gut tells him there’s a connection. But is it intuition, or paranoia?
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Flashback to 2012. 23-year-old Cora steals money from a series of desperate online dates in order to fund her and Phoebe’s plan to run away to Naples, Florida. A date gone wrong leads to a chance meeting with a familiar face, but the exciting turn in Cora’s life is not without consequences…
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Video: Meanwhile, Captain Farmer raids JD’s house against Ambrose’s advice, but JD slips her net. As tensions flare between the two detectives, Farmer accuses Ambrose of getting too close to Cora. Is Ambrose getting pushed out? The writing on the wall is getting clearer by the day, but Ambrose won’t give up hope yet, and he heads back to the Beverwyck looking for answers. But time is running out…
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Video: Farmer is convinced that Cora is responsible for the death of their Jane Doe, and she plans on getting a confession any way she can. But Cora won’t break under the weight of Farmer’s coercion; she isn’t going to admit to what she truly doesn’t know. Cora’s show of resilience gives Ambrose heart… until a stunning new discovery casts Cora’s future into further doubt.
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How much can one family take? With their business faltering and the latest turn in the case sparking a new wave of interest from the media and harassment from the public, Ron and Lorna Tannetti feel it’s time to leave town. Mason refuses to abandon Cora, but he’s barely keeping it together, and when JD viciously attacks Ron in retaliation for the raid, Mason decides to take matters into his own hands…
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Video: Mason shows up at JD’s with a gun in his hand and revenge on his mind, but what he finds stops him dead in his tracks… and adds a shocking new twist to an already complicated case.
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His personal life in shambles, Ambrose continues to fall deeper down the rabbit hole of Cora’s case. With Ambrose still sidelined by Farmer, tensions come to a head between the two veteran investigators. But for all of his theorizing about JD Lambert, the Beverwyck Club, and that fateful July 4th weekend, Ambrose realizes he still can’t connect the dots to Frankie Belmont’s death, and even he begins to wonder if he should cut this one loose.
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Video: Flashback to 2012. As Cora’s relationship with JD deepens, Phoebe grows jealous, as does Maddie. But is this true love, or something darker?
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Video: Captain Farmer follows the leads in the murder of JD Lambert, but answers remain out of reach. Meanwhile, Mason dodged a bullet and he knows it, so he goes to Cora and lays his cards on the table. They were happy once, weren’t they? Their intimate talk gives Cora heart and spurs her to call Ambrose with a bold request…
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Ambrose pulls strings to get Cora released for a trip to the Beverwyck. The question is, will it be worth it? Cora’s return to the Beverwyck is charged…but the big revelation they were waiting for never comes. Defeated, Ambrose and Cora return to the car, but when an impromptu trip to Cora’s childhood home jogs a tender yet unsettling memory loose, Cora is filled with resolve, and begs Ambrose to take her back to the Beverwyck.
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Video: Ambrose and Cora return to the Beverwyck, and when Cora discovers the pavilion out back it sparks a feeling: this is the place! Meanwhile, when Ambrose gets a call with news regarding the Jane Doe found by the school bus, it leads the floodgates of Cora’s memory to open up, and a shocking new piece if the puzzle is fit into place.
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Video: As Cora descends the staircase to the basement in the Beverwyck pavilion, the memories of that tragic July night in 2012 come rushing back: It’s the evening of Phoebe’s birthday, and though the scene is celebratory, the return of Phoebe’s lymphoma has cast a pallor over the festivities. Cora hides her plans to meet up with JD later that night, but she can’t escape her sister’s watchful eyes, and Phoebe guilts Cora into taking her along to experience life outside her room for one night.
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Video: Phoebe eagerly soaks up the scene at Carl’s Taproom, and when JD offers two pills of molly she gobbles one up before Cora has a chance to stop her. Cora remains on guard as the group succumbs to the effects of the drug, but her feelings for JD are overwhelming, and Maddie’s jealousy is growing more threatening by the minute.
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As the bartender rings the bell for last call, Cora is caught between her instinct to take Phoebe home and her desire to go with JD. But the molly is peaking for Phoebe and she has no intention of going back to her sad little room, not tonight. Before Cora can put her foot down, JD pulls her into a kiss that erases all doubt from her mind, and she abandons all thoughts of home as they pile into JD’s truck.
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Video: As the caravan hurtles through the darkness down winding country roads, Phoebe’s body begins to betray her and she pees herself in the backseat of JD’s truck. Cora dutifully helps her sister clean up in a roadside stream but she can’t hide the resentment that peaks through, and when Phoebe starts to lose it under the effects of the Molly, Cora sees a chance to finally be free. Will she take it?
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The group arrives at the Beverwyck club, where they are greeted by the scruffy visage of Frankie Belmont. It turns out that Frankie had a panic attack before flying to California for his internship, and since then he’s been squatting in the basement of the Beverwyck Club pavilion. Frankie and Phoebe are immediately drawn to each other, and their curiosity gives way to a connection.
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Video: With Phoebe occupied, Cora is thrilled to finally have JD to herself, and he introduces her to one of his customers, Todd. But Cora soon realizes that drugs may not be the only thing that JD has promised Todd, and her unease grows when Maddie’s hovering causes JD to lash out.
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Cora would do anything to escape, but one look at her sister tells her that Phoebe is falling hard for Frankie. As Frankie and Phoebe descend the stairs to the basement, Cora can only follow, with Todd and JD right behind her. Soon, Phoebe and Frankie’s intense connection blossoms into passion. Awash in her sister’s happiness, Cora gives herself over to drugs and desire, offering herself up to JD and Todd. But all the partying catches up to Phoebe, and the night takes a terrible turn…
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Back in the present day, Ambrose and Cora are in the basement of the Beverwyck pavilion, where the revelation of what happened hits Cora like a ton of bricks. But while she may know the truth about that night, what about what happened next? The scars on her arms? The man in the mask? Ambrose is determined to find the answers, but as Farmer and her deputies take Cora back to prison, the future remains unclear.
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Back in prison, Cora dreams of the man in the mask asking Cora what she knows and, pleased that she doesn’t remember, shooting her up. Whoever he is, this man made sure the truth was buried deep.
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With Cora’s sentencing approaching and leads drying up, Ambrose, Leroy and Farmer track down JD Lambert’s killers in the hope of finding the answers that will tie everything together. But it turns out to be another dead end: JD was killed over drugs, not Cora Tannetti. Can this really be it? The next day, the judge sentences Cora to thirty years, closing the book on the case and leaving Cora and Ambrose in shock.
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Video: The case may be over, but Ambrose refuses to let it go. They were so close! Detective Leroy tries to reach out to his partner, but it begins to seem like Ambrose’s obsession with the case may drive him over the edge… until a loose thread in his memory leads him to an unexpected face.
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Video: A new idea formed in his head, Ambrose visits Patrick and Elsa Belmont and makes a startling accusation: that Patrick was supplying JD with oxycontin to keep him quiet about Cora Tannetti. It’s a bold claim, made bolder by the fact that Ambrose has Cora brought to the house to see if she recognizes anything. Could Ambrose be wrong? It all hangs on what Cora sees…
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Video: Flashback to that same tragic night in 2012: Patrick Belmont gets a panicked phone call from Frankie and rushes to the Beverwyck Club. He takes in the scene: one girl dead; another unconscious in a pool of her own blood; a drug dealer nervously smoking in a corner; and his son unraveling quickly. When JD threatens to take Frankie down with him if they call the cops, Patrick decides to protect his son at all costs, even if it means doing something terrible…
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Video: Patrick can’t bring himself to kill Cora, so he takes her to his house to secretly nurse her back to health. But the Belmonts can’t leave their son’s future to chance, and Patrick makes another fateful decision to ensure Cora’s silence…
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Video: As the memories come flooding back to Cora, the weight of uncertainty is replaced by a new calm. Confronted by the truth of his actions, Patrick Belmont breaks down…and apologizes. In light of the new evidence, Judge Baird rules that Cora’s conviction is to be reduced and she is to be transferred to a psychiatric facility where her case will be reviewed every two years until she is no longer deemed a danger to herself or others. The nightmare is over, and now the work of healing can begin. Cora shares a quiet moment of understanding with Ambrose, the one person who wouldn’t give up on her. But while Cora is finally ready to start putting her past behind her, Ambrose’s demons may not be done with him yet…