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Presumed Innocent Episode 3 Review: Could Rusty Sabich Be the Killer?

Presumed Innocent Episode 3 Review

Episode 3 of Presumed Innocent starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Peter Sarsgaard, Bill Camp, and Renate Reinsve has officially landed on Apple TV+ a week after the two-episode premiere which was the perfectly gripping start to the series. Now that the series has begun to progress, the focus remains on the murder of Carolyn Polhemus, and the main suspect in the case, Rusty Sabich, who is also the protagonist of Presumed Innocent.

Admittedly, Presumed Innocent Episode 3 felt weaker as compared to the previous two episodes but it likely needs more time to build before there are any big twists and turns that will leave the viewers gasping. Nevertheless, the series manages to keep the intrigue at its very peak, and in this review, we will focus on some more highlights of the episode. There will be spoilers ahead!

Evidence Piles Up Against Rusty

Episode 2 ended on a cliffhanger, and more about it was revealed at the start of Presumed Innocent Episode 3, which revealed that Rusty was around at Carolyn’s house during the night of her murder. As if matters weren’t already worse for Rusty, evidence has continued to pile up against him.

While his entire life could be hanging by a thread at the moment, things are only worse at the home front as his wife learns that Rusty was involved with Carolyn a lot more than she had assumed. While another cliffhanger, or major twist for that matter doesn’t come until the of the episode, the entire runtime is quick-paced with matters unfolding one after the other.

Evidence Piles Up Against Rusty
Credit: Apple TV+

In fact, there are moments where the characters, and perhaps even the audience of Presumed Innocent believe that there is a possibility that Rusty was the one who killed Carolyn, despite his love for her, which was also unraveled in this episode.

As it turns out, Carolyn and Rusty weren’t just involved in an intimate affair but Rusty had also fallen deeply in love with her. Does this pull him away or further into the possibility of being the killer? Well, only time will tell, but for now, Rusty and his lawyer, Raymond, must be as hands-on as possible, and do whatever it takes to get Rusty out of this mess, despite all fingers pointing at him at the moment.

Presumed Innocent Episode 3 Review
Credit: Apple TV+

Undoubtedly, much like the previous episodes, Presumed Innocent Episode 3 also witnesses a brilliant performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, and there’s no denying the fact that several viewers are hooked on the series for him, and rightfully so.


The third episode ends on a strong cliffhanger, which only leaves us eager for the next episode of Presumed Innocent. So, make sure you keep a lookout for our review of the same because the plot is only bound to get thicker from here!

About Deepti Chadha

Deepti Chadha has been an entertainment writer for over two years now and specializes in writing reviews. She loves all things film and television, and her favorite movies are The Green Mile and The Hangover Series!

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