'Only Murders in the Building' Episode 6 Recap: A New Suspect and New Leads

Only Murders in the Building Episode 6, titled "To Protect and Serve" unveiled some new leads in the Tim Kono case. Mabel (played by Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short), and Charles's (Steve Martin) podcast "Only Murders in the Building" has (sort of) taken off and attracted the attention of Detective Williams (Da'Vine Joy Randolph), the police officer who closed the Tim Kono (Julian Cihi) case in Episode 1. She had determined his cause of death was suicide but she is now calling her own investigation into question after realizing vital pieces of evidence were never handed over for analysis. Newsweek has the full recap of Episode 6 of Only Murders in the Building.

'Only Murders in the Building' Episode 6 Recap

At the beginning of the episode, Detective Williams returned home from a long day at work to find her pregnant wife decorating the nursery for their son and listening to the third episode of Mabel, Oliver, and Charles's podcast "Only Murders in the Building." At the moment she hit pause, Charles had been discussing the cat footprints found in Tim's apartment which introduced Tim Kono's neighbor Howard (Michael Cyril Creighton) as a suspect in the case.

Detective Williams was immediately agitated. "You think the cat did it?" she shouted at her wife, who innocently tried to explain she thought the podcast could actually be on to something. We found out Williams is anti-true-crime podcasts. In her view, they exploit the victims and their families. As a result, she stormed out of the apartment but eventually ended up in her office, looking through her Tim Kono files.

Certain Tim Kono died by suicide, Williams was shocked to find the toxicology reports and Tim's cell phone had not been sent for analysis, leading her to cast doubt over the entire case. But Williams felt it was not within her power to reopen the case, fearing her job could be called into question if her boss found mistakes had been made. Instead, she packaged up the cell phone and addressed it to Mabel Mora at the Arconia for our favorite crime-solving trio to find.

Meanwhile, Oliver, Charles, Mabel, and Oscar (Aaron Dominguez) were still at Tavo's (Esteban Benito) tattoo parlor, looking through the bags of jewels Mabel found in Tim's apartment.

Tavo revealed in Episode 5 Tim had feared he was going to be murdered as he was trying to take down a black market jewelry dealer named Angel. The plot thickens in Episode 6 when Tavo recalled Tim had been looking for a very specific piece of jewelry on the black market.

As Tavo searched his phone for images of the jewelry, Mabel, Charles, Oliver, and Oscar headed to Mabel's mother's (Mandy Gonzalez) house for dinner, where things got a little heated. Mabel's mother accused her daughter of living in the past and by investigating the death of Tim, she was moving backwards instead of forward in her life. She even asked Oliver and Charles to stop the podcast and leave Mabel alone, so she could fulfill her full potential.

At first, Mabel agreed with her mother's wishes, and the trio said an emotional farewell. "It was the most alive I had felt in a decade," Charles admitted through tears as they parted ways.

Just as it seemed their podcast and the crime-solving project was over, Mabel and Oscar came across a potential new lead in the case of Tim Kono. Sifting through Mabel's photo albums, they came across a picture of them, Tim and Zoe (Olivia Reis) on the night Zoe died.

In the picture, Zoe was wearing a huge green diamond ring, which Oscar insisted was not on her finger when her body was recovered. As if the timing could not be perfect, Tavo got in touch with Mabel, sending through a picture of the item of jewelry Tim was searching for.

Surprise, surprise, the ring Tim was looking for was the green ring Zoe was wearing on the night she died.

Elsewhere, Charles and Oliver were mourning the end of their podcast and their friendship with Mabel when they received a call from their sponsor Teddy (Nathan Lane). They visited him in his apartment, where he played them a clip of true-crime legend Cynthia (Tina Fey) on Jimmy Fallon, making fun of "Only Murders in the Building."

Teddy, who is an investor, recognized the attention the podcast (and his chicken wraps) would get from being mentioned on Jimmy Fallon and handed Charles and Oliver a $50,000 check to continue the podcast. He also gave a long speech about his grandmother, which seemed pretty irrelevant at the time but as we have learned over the past five episodes, nothing is irrelevant in this show.

Back at Charles' apartment, he and Oliver debated whether to rip up the check or accept it and continue on without Mabel. Just moments before Oliver was about to tear the huge investment to shreds, Charles noticed the name on the check was not Teddy, it was "Angel Inc". Could Teddy be Angel, Tim's black-market jewelry dealer they have been looking for this entire time?

As the episode came to a close, Mabel returned to Charles' apartment vowing to continue on with the podcast. She also introduced a new lead, handing over the envelope containing Tim Kono's phone. Now, they have to figure out the password to unlock Tim's world.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short in Episode 6 of "Only Murders in the Building." Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu

Who Killed Tim? Meet the Suspects Ranked

1. Teddy

Teddy shared with Oliver and Charles he had a second business before handing them a $50,000 check to continue their podcast. The check was signed by "Angel Inc" and Oliver and Charles were quick to make the connection between their investor and Angel, the black-market dealer they had been looking for in relation to Tim's death.

After all, Teddy could have had a motive to kill Tim Kono. As an investor, he may have been a client of Tim's investment firm and he could have been part of a deal that went horribly wrong.

Additionally, as the killer, he may want to stay close to the podcast about his crimes, and becoming the show's investor would be one way to stay in the know of what Mabel, Charles, and Oliver are investigating.

2. Oscar

Something still is not quite right about Oscar. We learn in Episode 6 he wrongfully served 10 years in prison for his alleged role in Zoe's death.

Tim knew what happened to Zoe that night and refused to tell the police. Now that Oscar is out of prison, he has always had a motive to take revenge on his former friend.

He has always denied any involvement in Tim's death and appears to be trying to help Mabel with her investigation. However, there is always the risk he could be lying.

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Oscar was Tie-Dye Guy, Mabel, Oliver and Charles's initial suspect Barbara Nitke/Hulu

3. Howard

At the beginning of Episode 6, there was a mention of Tim's cat-loving neighbor Howard Morris (Michael Cyril Creighton).

He was a prime suspect earlier in the series after it was discovered he had been feuding with Tim before his death over his cat Evelyn.

Cat pawprints were also found at the scene, suggesting Howard may have been in Tim's apartment.

The fact he was briefly mentioned at the beginning of the episode could be a huge hint that he was the killer all along.

Only Murders in the Building airs Tuesdays on Hulu