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Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Opens With Its Best Joke Yet


Only Murders in the Building season 3 gets very creative in solving a problem posed by its title.

Mabel (Selena Gomez) in Only Murders in the Building season 3 episode 2.
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This article contains spoilers for Only Murders in the Building season 3 episode 1.

Much like its first season finale, the second season finale of Only Murders in the Building depicts the murder that will be covered in the season to come. Or at least we thought it did.

Right off the bat, there was something unusual about the “death” in season 2’s final episode “I Know Who Did It.” The episode’s closing moments find amateur sleuths Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) not at their usual Upper West Side Arconia apartment building but at a theater production of Oliver’s latest show. There, on stage, Charles witnesses the seeming death of Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd), setting up season 3’s whodunnit.

As any keen geography expert could tell you, a Broadway theater is not the same location as an apartment building. Therefore Ben’s death seems to violate the very premise promised in Only Murders in the Building‘s title, which itself was a promise from Charles, Oliver, and Mabel to one another.

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