Tonight on the USA Network their new drama The Sinner premieres with an all new Wednesday, August 2, 2017, premiere and we have your The Sinner recap below. On tonight’s The Sinner season 1 episode 1 “Part 1” as per the USA Network synopsis, “In the premiere, an unassuming housewife violently stabs a beachgoer to death, sparking an investigation by local police and sudden confusion in a small town.”
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The show starts with Cora talking on the telephone to a customer to confirm an order. Cora and Mason drive home and argue about having dinner with his family. He thinks is it mean to just pick up their son and then leave. He wins and they have dinner with his parents and then go home. Cora and Mason have sex but she seems very distracted. The next morning she cleans the house and then the family leaves to go to the beach. At the beach Cora plays in the sand with her son and then goes for a swim.
Cora swims passed the ropes and out into the middle of the lake. She then holds her breathe and goes under but comes up coughing. Her husband starts to get worried and calls for her and she swims back to shore. Cora and her family sit on a blanket and eat while a couple in front of them kiss and laugh. Cora hears the song the couple is listening to as the woman says it is from the time the man was in a band in college. The man gets on top of the woman as they continue to kiss. Cora listens to the music and then takes the knife she was using to cut her son’s apple and goes up to the man. She screams, “Get off of her” and then stabs him repeated including once in the jugular.
Mason grabs Cora and holds her down. The police come and arrest Cora. She screams to Mason as she is placed into the back of the police car. Detective Ambrose sits in a car watching a woman through binoculars. His phone rings and he drives to the beach where the murder took place. He is met by another detective who tells him Cora already confessed and is being taken to the station. He says it is a very strange case. She seems like a normal mom with a kid. The dead man is named Frankie Belmont and is 29 years old. He was a doctor. The medical examiner reintroduces himself to Ambrose and says they haven’t had a murder in their town in over two years.
Pictures of a bloody Cora are taken at the police station. She is then allowed to shower. While in the shower she has a flash back of being in bed as a six year old little girl saying her prayers as her father listens. After she finishes she tells him she doesn’t want her mother to come back home but he says he know she doesn’t mean what she said and tickles her. They laugh and he kisses her goodnight.
Mason sits at his parent’s kitchen table as Cora calls him from jail but he doesn’t answer. Detective Ambrose and his partner question Cora and explain what will happen before she goes to trial. She tells them she doesn’t want a lawyer. She already confessed. She tells the detectives that she stabbed the man at the beach and that she had never met him before in her life. Cora says she stabbed him because they were playing music and kept turning it up. Ambrose tells her it seems odd that she stabbed someone because of their music. Cora says she doesn’t know why she did it, she just did it. The detectives and the DA talk and try to figure out why Cora did what she did. She has no history of mental illness and didn’t use drugs. She was well liked in the community. Ambrose says it was an emotional killing, an impulse killing but they still don’t have the why. The DA files murder charges against Cora. Mason drives to the jail parking lot but can’t make himself go in. Cora is upset that she hasn’t heard from Mason. She is taken to the county jail. Ambrose studies the pictures of the murder victim. Cora sobs in her cell as the music that was playing the day at the beach
The detectives and the DA talk and try to figure out why Cora did what she did. She has no history of mental illness and didn’t use drugs. She was well liked in the community. Ambrose says it was an emotional killing, an impulse killing but they still don’t have the why. The DA files murder charges against Cora. Mason drives to the jail parking lot but can’t make himself go in. Cora is upset that she hasn’t heard from Mason. She is taken to the county jail. Ambrose studies the pictures of the murder victim. Cora sobs in her cell as the music that was playing the day at the beach plays in her head. She has flashes of a woman asking her if she is coming and then she falls to her knees and says the pray she used to say as a child.
Ambrose goes to the woman’s house he was watching earlier and she says she hasn’t seen him in a month. She wonders if his wife took him back and he asks if he can come in. They have a drink in her kitchen and he asks if she missed him. She tells him she has been seeing other men and then they kiss. She slaps him and tells him to get on his hands and knees. She steps on his fingers as he says he missed her. The next day Ambrose does to Mason’s home where there is a large group of reporters. Ambrose tours the house and notices that everything is very well kept. Mason says that is how Cora likes it. Mason hasn’t done to see Cora yet and tells Ambrose he doesn’t know what to say to her. It is like she is a different person. Mason tells Ambrose that she was screaming for the man to get off the girl and that it seemed like she was trying to save the woman.
Cora lays on her bed in her cell and remembers her mother and father calling her into their bedroom to meet her new baby sister. Her mother tells her that when Cora was inside her she took up all of her energy and that is why the new baby is so sick. Mason visits Cora in jail and tells her their son is fine. She tells him that she thinks something is wrong with her. Cora tells him she is going to plead guilty and that he has to move on with his life. Ambrose thinks Cora was in a delusional state when she committed the murder and tries to get proof. He interviews the people who were with Frankie when he was killed. One of the men tells Ambrose he thinks Frankie knew Cora because after she stabbed him the first time he looked at her face and then stopped fight her off. He thinks Frankie let Cora killed him.
Cora is arraigned and is asked how she pleas.