"What makes you think I want my life back?"
As we enter the second episode of USA's late-summer surprise, The Sinner, that Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) suppresses a dark side, perhaps even an evil side. During childhood, presented in flashbacks, her strict, religious mother would tell her that the most innocuous things -- even accepting chocolate from her aunt -- is subject to God's wrath. The trouble is, now she's committed an actual crime, witnessed by a good 20-30 people in broad daylight on a public beach, and after a guilty plea, Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman) has forced her to come up with a reason why.
But doing so means recounting a past she's so desperate to hide, and possibly painting herself as the victim of a larger wrongdoing. Being a victim is so much easier for people to digest than a cold-blooded killer.
Whether the murder of Frankie Belmont (Eric Todd) was justified or not becomes the question on Ambrose's mind as he feverishly attempts to determine a motive. According to Cora, it may have been. After much prodding, she finally divulges to Ambrose that she knew Frankie -- except he told her his name was J.D., not Frankie. She met him at a bar 4th of July weekend in 2012. He gave her some pills. They went back to his place and hooked up. Two weeks later she discovered she was pregnant.