On Presumed Innocent, Does ‘Cat Person’ Equal ‘Killer’? Peter Sarsgaard Humorously Weighs In — WATCH

The following contains spoilers, I suppose, for the July 10 episode of Presumed Innocent, now streaming on Apple TV+.

As Apple TV+’s Presumed Innocent adaptation inches closer and closer to its July 24 finale, chief deputy prosecutor Tommy Molto is looking more and more sus.

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Since Episode 1, we’ve known that Tommy is gunning to prove predecessor Rusty Sabich guilty in the brutal murder of their mutual colleague, Carolyn Polhemus.

We know, via Carolyn’s son Michael, that the deceased had expressed concerns about a “man from work,” that she “had cases with.” We then got a flashback of Tommy asking Carolyn if she had asked to not work with him. And this week’s episode revealed, through co-worker Eugenia’s testimony, that Carolyn had indeed filed a complaint with HR about Tommy, who gave her “the ick.”

And we have seen Tommy look, too intently (and almost wistfully?), at photos of Carolyn from the night she was murdered — including one of her in a man’s dress shirt, with a lotta leg showing.

What more do you need to see or know about Tommy to like him for the TV series’ central murder?

Well, a scene from Episode 6 of Presumed Innocent seemed to ask the audience, “What if we told you he was a cat person? Complete with fuzzy squeaky toys and a climbing tree in his brownstone?” What then??

Now, I’m a grown man who likes cats. (We always had at least one or two all-black ones during my childhood.) And I share that with Presumed Innocent star Peter Sarsgaard in the video above, before positing that the scene described above — music and directing included — sure seemed to be using Tommy’s feline-friendly home life to cast additional aspersion on his character.

Press play above to hear Sarsgaard deliver his defense of said scene, to not just me but his equally curious co-star and brother-in-law, Jake Gyllenhaal, as well!

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