It has been about a year since we met Edinburgh barrister Max McCall (brand bonnar) and his brother Jake (jamie sives). If you watched the first season of Fault, You might remember that it all started when Jake hit and killed an elderly pedestrian with Max’s car. Desperate to avoid a scandal, Max insisted on taking the deceased retiree to his nearby home and hoping that when they find him, the police assume the victim died of natural causes.
Of course, in the end, that was not what happened. There were secrets and twists galore; many due to Max’s corrupt dealings and his association with dangerous mobster Roy Lynch (paterson). Max was convicted of covering up an accidental vehicular manslaughter case, for which he was jailed for two years and was also disbarred.
As season 2 begins, we find ourselves in the middle of a dinner party of complete strangers, all toasting to Adrian’s sobriety (robin laing), but his wife Erin (sara vickers) doesn’t seem to have much hope of her staying on the wagon. That same night, after his wife fell asleep, Adrian sneaks into a cab, enters an exclusive-looking club, and returns home with a gym bag full of money. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a chance to use his ill-gotten gains, because the owner of the bag quickly chases after him and shoots Adrian in the head. Erin, hiding in the shadows, disables the stranger with a golf club, then fatally wounds him with her own gun as he lunges at her.
After that dramatic sequence, some familiar faces appear and we see that Max is being released from prison. With his wife, his home, and his business gone, all he has left is his brother Jake’s apartment to live in. Even Jake left him and moved to America with his girlfriend Angie. Max visits his old office where his old collaborator/nemesis, Roy Lynch (now played by stuart bowman) runs the show. Max presses for Roy to return a part of his business to him, since he didn’t say anything about his illegal activities in prison. Roy insists that his dealings are in order now and Max should consider the fact that he is still alive as a gift.
Eventually, Max goes to see another associate from the past, his private investigator, Kenny Burns (Emun Elliott). Kenny regularly attends AA meetings and makes new friends like Yvonne (rochelle neil), who seems to like it very much. Kenny has also earned a certification in legal services and understands that Max is only interested in working with him because he can get back into the guise of a lawyer under his license. Though tempted by the experience Max could bring to his business, Kenny is hesitant to join forces with an ex-con who took advantage of him in the past. He proposes that if Max is serious, he should undergo a test: the remodeling of his office, which is currently decorated with cute wild animals. Max reluctantly agrees to Kenny’s terms and repaints the office.
Meanwhile, we are shown the first of many revelations that pepper this episode. Erin, in need of some cleaning services, calls her estranged father, Roy Lynch. Pleased that her only daughter has come over, he immediately reaches out to give her experience. Roy tells Erin of his plan: a missing person report will be filed on Adrian, while the stranger (who is apparently ex-military) will be made to look like he killed himself. Dad will make the physical mess go away and wash the money bag for her. Erin insists that she doesn’t need him, but she soon reconsiders when she discovers the extent of the debt her husband has racked up in her name.
The next morning, Kenny shows up at the office with a brisk pace and big ideas for his renowned business, Leith Legals. An offer of moderately priced wills will attract customers. Surprisingly, the first gambler through the door is Roy Lynch with a bottle of wine and a “request” for Max to launder a troublesome stash of cash. He refuses to identify who the money belongs to. Kenny is not about to allow shady dealings at his store. But once he finds a tracker in the bag, the investigator in him wakes up and they decide to plant it somewhere and see who comes looking for it.
Meanwhile, with instructions on where to send Roy’s clean money, Max decides to cold call the recipient. With an owl-adorned business card in hand, he informs Erin that she is the sole beneficiary of an incomplete blind trust created at the behest of Roy Lynch. Pretending that she doesn’t know who she is, Erin wonders out loud if she should call the police. Max takes the hint and hastily retreats. Roy then visits Erin to inform her that the laundered money is now available to her, not her money, but a silver lining left by Adrian. She also tries to convince her that she is more like him than she would like to admit.
The episode’s next reveal comes when we discover that Kenny’s AA friend Yvonne is a police officer who works with Lynch’s inside man, DS Stevie Malone (Henry Pettigrew). We can deduce from her conversation that Stevie was promoted over Yvonne because word of her drinking must have gotten to the higher-ups somehow. Later, another officer brings Yvonne’s attention to the missing persons report Stevie filed on Adrian. He made some glaring mistakes and Yvonne agrees to correct them.
We also meet Erin’s mother, Maggie (logan phillis) for the first time. She lives in a small apartment in a retirement community, a long way from his ex’s lavish bachelor pad. Erin confesses that she called her father for help, but that will be the last time. Maggie doesn’t seem too upset and says that Roy has the uses of her. Later, Mrs. Lynch confronts a shady salesman she has noticed visiting her neighbors. He says that he is offering legitimate investment opportunities for new developments in Leith and menacingly tells her to mind her own business.
The final minutes of the episode unfold with a whirlwind of developments. Kenny watches a man with a bumper sticker on his car that says “Stanton Shoots Jesus Saves” retrieve the gym bag containing the tracker. An old man and his son are visited by the police, who inform them that his loved one was found dead and that the cause was suicide. A photo of the victim shows him as the intruder in Erin’s basement. Lynch shows up at the real estate investment salesman’s door and the visit is not friendly.
The most curious thing is that Max goes out for a run and ends up sitting on a bench next to a woman and her West Highland Terrier. And then there’s this conversation about Max’s emotional motivations.
Fault It has obviously kept its black humor and dizzying plot twists since the first season. Who are all these new faces and how are they all connected? Hold on tight because I have a feeling things could get more complicated before they clear up.