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Haunted Houses 

Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.


Cary Joji Fukunaga


Nic Pizzolatto (creator), Nic Pizzolatto

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Detective Rust Cohle
Woody Harrelson ... Detective Marty Hart
Michelle Monaghan ... Maggie Hart
Michael Potts ... Detective Maynard Gilbough
Tory Kittles ... Detective Thomas Papania
Paul Ben-Victor ... Major Leroy Salter
Jay O. Sanders ... Billy Lee Tuttle
Lili Simmons ... Beth
Shea Whigham ... Joel Theriot
Gabe Begneaud Gabe Begneaud ... Drew Ledger
Kerry Cahill ... Nurse
December Ensminger ... Kelly Reider
J.D. Evermore ... Detective Lutz (as JD Evermore)
Henry Frost ... Steve
Dana Gourrier ... Cathleen


Martin tells Detectives Gilbough and Papania that back in 2002, Cohle started investigating something he wasn't aware of. Their last case as partners was that of Charmaine Boudreau who killed her child. Cohle gets a confession out of her but Martin thinks it contributed to his deteriorating condition. Cohle was in fact pursuing a lead about the Tuttle schools, an initiative to provide Christian education as an alternative to public schools. He learns that back in 1988, there had been accusations of child molestation at the school. Kelly, the girl he and Martin rescued from Reggie Ledoux in 1995, tells him of another man with scars who made her watch what they did to the boy who was held prisoner with her. Cohle is convinced that killings are going unreported or unconnected and that they simply didn't get everyone involved in the Dora Lang killing in 1995. When he starts talking conspiracy and the possible involvement of Billy Lee Tuttle his commander, Maj. Leroy Salter, shuts him down... Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before shooting Hart and Cohle's fight scene, Matthew McConaughey planned a surprise for Woody Harrelson on the set, and had the sound men playing the theme song from Rocky (1976) when he came in. See more »


When Marty sits down to a TV dinner with his family (set in 2002) he says he's 'just happy to be sitting here with three beautiful women watching- what is this? Dumb blondes in cracker country?' This is a reference to The Simple Life, a reality show starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie that didn't air until December 3, 2003. See more »


Detective Rust Cohle: No, buddy, without me... there is no you. So type the fuckin' report, man.
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References Heat (1995) See more »


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Written and performed by Meredith Monk
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Wow. Just Wow.
25 September 2014 | by RishiVarmaSee all my reviews

Haunted Houses, the 6th episode in the phenomenal True Detective, is by far the climax of the series. All other episodes have been leading up to this point where their lives finally start to fall apart and make way for the 2012 storyline to begin. Not only is this episode intense as hell, it also focuses on some major ideas and gives us some of the most phenomenal views on Hart and Cohle and what they will or will not do.

Hart falls off the leash in this episode leading to some interesting dynamics between our two favorite detectives. The final two episodes follow this one in a falling resolution, though still brilliant, Haunted Houses is the part where "everything happens". The final moments of this episode will not only make you immensely excited for the epic conclusion but will also leave you completely and utterly speechless.

Matthew McConaughey doesn't have one low moment in this episode with Woody Harrelson giving the performance of a lifetime. Both the lives of Cohle and Hart become completely entangled but they also fall apart in this dramatic and utterly amazing episode of True Detective.

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