Potage (Hannibal)

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Hannibal episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Directed by David Slade
Story by David Fury
Teleplay by
Produced by
Featured music Brian Reitzell
Cinematography by James Hawkinson
Editing by Stephen Philipson
Production code 105
Original air date April 18, 2013 (2013-04-18)
Running time 42 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
  • Kacey Rohl as Abigail Hobbs
  • Mark Rendall as Nicholas Boyle
  • Lara Jean Chorostecki as Freddie Lounds
  • Vladimir Cubrt as Garret Jacob Hobbs
  • Torianna Lee as Elise Nichols
  • Holly Deveaux as Marissa Schurr
  • Severn Thompson as Marissa's Mother
  • Krista Patton as Louise Hobbs
  • Brendan Halloran as Reporter #1
  • Steven Pigozzo as Reporter #2
  • Audra Gray as Reporter #3
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"Potage" is the third episode of the first season of the psychological thrillerhorror series Hannibal. The episode was written by David Fury, Chris Brancato and Bryan Fuller from a story by Fury, and directed by David Slade. It was first broadcast on April 18, 2013, on NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris' novels Red Dragon and Hannibal, with focus on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy.

The episode revolves around Abigail Hobbs, who was just awakened from coma. While Freddie Lounds tries to get the most information from her, Graham, Lecter and Bloom try to help her recover from the trauma after his father's attack. However, Crawford is still convinced that Abigail was involved with her father in the crimes of kidnapping and murdering the other girls. Besides, Abigail begins to feel attacked by the brother of one of the dead girls, who claims that she killed his sister.

The episode received positive comments from critics, who praised Rohl's performance in the show as well as Lecter's character development.


Abigail (Kacey Rohl) awakens from her coma. Graham (Hugh Dancy) suspects that Garret Jacob Hobbs (Vladimir Cubrt), dubbed the Minnesota Shrike, killed eight girls, but not the one impaled on the deer's head; that, he maintains, was a victim of a copycat, who called Hobbs to warn him. Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) harbors suspicions that Abigail was somehow complicit in her father's killing spree, despite objections from Dr. Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Graham. Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) meets the brother of the impaled girl and reveals to him that Abigail is out of the hospital. Lecter and Graham take Abigail to her home, where she and her neighbor Marissa are confronted by the brother of the impaled girl, Nicholas Boyle (Mark Rendall). The following day, Abigail is taken to the cabin where Marissa is found impaled on a deer's head. In her house, Abigail finds the hair of one of the murdered girls inside a pillow and inadvertently kills Boyle in a way that, according to Lecter, cannot be seen as self-defense. Lecter helps her cover-up the murder, after which Abigail realizes it was Lecter who made the call to her father. Lecter suggests that Abigail keep his secret in exchange for his hiding her murder.



The episode was watched by 3.51 million viewers, earning a 1.4/4 in the 18-49 rating demographics on the Nielson ratings scale, ranking second on its timeslot and eleventh for the night in the 18-49 demographics, behind Wife Swap, a rerun of Person of Interest, two episodes of Parks and Recreation, Glee, a rerun of 2 Broke Girls, a rerun of Two and a Half Men, American Idol and two reruns of The Big Bang Theory.[1] This is a 20% decrease from the previous episode, which was watched by 4.38 million viewers with a 1.7/5 in the 18-49 demographics.[2] This means that 1.4 percent of all households with televisions watched the episode, while 4 percent of all households watching television at that time watched it. With DVR factored in, the episode was watched by 5.58 million viewers with a 2.4 in the 18-49 demographics.[3]

Critical reviews

"Potage" received positive response from critics. Eric Goldman of IGN gave the episode a "great" 8.6 out of 10 and wrote, "This was the third episode of Hannibal and it's really gratifying to see how things are moving along, with the show not falling into a set formula. There was no new killer this week - the story was all about Abigail and what occurred in the first episode with her father. And while we still haven't actually seen Hannibal kill onscreen, his sudden attack on Alana gave us our first look at what a scary, physical threat he can be, behind that calm, soft spoken demeanor."[4]

Molly Eichel of The A.V. Club gave the episode an "B" and wrote, "Is evil hereditary? Could Abigail Hobbs have caught crazy from her murderous father? That's an assumption — made by Jack Crawford, Abigail's neighbors, the relatives of a possible victim, even Abigail herself — but if Abigail has inherited a nasty case of nuts, what does that make Will Graham? The irony inherent in 'Potage' is that those who think they are the ones capable of real harm, who have caught it from others, are damaged by circumstance, but it's the sanest-seeming among them, Hannibal Lecter, who is the one harboring the true demons. 'Potage' is the episode where the demons are let out to play, if for only a little bit."[5]

Alan Sepinwall of HitFix wrote, "'Potage' did a strong job of continuing to explore the themes of the series (what it means to kill someone, the emotional toll it takes, etc.), and the relationship between Lecter and Will, and it continued the story of Garrett Jacob Hobbs through the story of his daughter Abigail. Though we've had a standalone killer in last week's mushroom man, it's important for the series to depict the lingering aftermath of these horrific crimes."[6] Laura Akers of Den of Geek wrote, "But the question that Hannibal has been asking approaches the problem from a slightly different angle: 'Is Abigail Hobbs capable of doing this terrible thing?' The show has clearly established the guilt of her father, a serial killer who took the lives of eight girls who resembled his daughter. But this week's Potage focuses on the possibility that Abigail was not just his victim, but his accomplice."[7]


Although it aired as the third episode of the series, it was produced as the fifth, as it has the production number "105" on the script.[8]


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 19, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'Glee' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 12, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Hannibal' & 'American Idol' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 6, 2013). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Following' Leads Adults 18-49 Ratings Increase & Tops Total Viewership Gains; 'Smash' Earns Biggest Percentage Increase in Week 30". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Goldman, Eric (April 18, 2013). "Hannibal: "Potage" Review". IGN. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Hannibal: 'Potage'". April 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (April 18, 2013). "Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Potage': Like father, like daughter?". HitFix. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Akers, Laura (April 22, 2013). "Hannibal episode 3 review: Potage". Den of Geek. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Potage" (PDF). Living Dead Guy Productions. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • "Potage" on IMDb
  • "Potage" at TV.com
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