Last weekâ€™s episode was a pretty straightforward “find the escaped prisoner” tale with the added twist that said prisoner was extremely pregnant and actually inÂ danger. On the drug runner front, Mags takes in Loretta. Raylan goes home to tangle with his dad, dances around whatever he and Winona are doing, and Ava has an unlikely roommate. The hour was pretty quick, directed by John Avnet, who Iâ€™m always going to hold dear because of Fried Green Tomatoes.
Letâ€™s break it down in sections.
Mags and Loretta
The Bennett boys lime and dump Lorettaâ€™s daddy down a mine shaft, and Coover pockets his watch, so Iâ€™m sure he just signed his own death warrant when his mama finds out. The next day, Lorettaâ€™s dropped off with Mags, whoÂ fumbles over trying to make her feel comfortable while not succeeding so much.Â Mags apologizes about putting her in harm’s way and asks about the kidnapping. She tells her that she sent her daddy down South on a job as an apology for mistreating him, and that sheâ€™s looking forward to their time together since she had no girls of her own. And thatâ€™s all we see of them.Â I’m OK with the slow ramp on this but I do hope Loretta’s savvier than she lets on about being duped.
Boyd and Raylan
Raylan picks up BoydÂ from work at the mine with a warning that he leave the Miami case in peace, and Boyd tells Raylan heâ€™s happy enough getting paid to blow sh-it up, per his M.O.Â There’s an interesting exchange between them where he tells Boyd being underground again is the ony thing that scares him. Raylan leaves him in the bar when heâ€™s called away to his dadâ€™s.
Raylan arrives at the homestead to find that Aunt Helen has stationed Arlo in an RV in the yard for his $20K rip during the Bo sting in the season finale. Raylan tells them he canâ€™t be outside the house because that sort of defeats the purpose of home confinement. Arlos says “arrest me,” and Raylan says “OK,” and starts to cuff him and the Helen says screw it and lets him back in the house while they spew vitriol at each other. They stop long enough to tell Raylan to leave Mags alone and thereâ€™s some discussion about whether all sheâ€™s really running is the weed trade.
Raylan and Tim take the case of escorting Jamie, a very pregnant inmate, to a doctorâ€™s appointment and fairly immediately Raylan realizes theyâ€™ve been setup. Two guys with guns cuff them and leave with her. Sheâ€™s spun the tale that her husband knocked her up on a conjugal but they learn pretty quickly he didnâ€™t, and that she was actually knocked up by a guard, Cosgrove (played by Kai Lennox, who I knew from ABCâ€™s short-lived The Unusuals). The hanging item there is that she believes her husband is coming for the baby, but that seems unlikely given that he would know full well heâ€™s not the daddy.
The two fellows who helped her escape were hired by Cosgrove to deliver the baby, sell it, and kill Jamie. She figures out something’s off kilter, but theÂ good guyÂ captor/former EMT who tries to help her dies at the hand of the other guy. Raylan and Tim go talk to Cosgrove and after his wife blows all of her fuses, he cops to their theory and they swoop in and save Jamie as Tim puts a bullet in the remaining kidnapper. In an unlikely (but not) twist at the end, Cosgrove’s wife turns up on the other side of Raylanâ€™s desk expressing an interest in the baby.
Raylan and Winona
The affair continues and we learn that Gary and Winona are selling their house. .We have a couple of scenes with Winona and Raylan at the hotelâ€”at the beginning of the day when she insults him that heâ€™s complicated and tells him there are times that she never wants to see him again and times she wants to run away with him to Costa Rica. They fall back into bed and then arrive at work and she mock complains that she hates smelling like him all day and he redirects that she chose the victory lap.
The banter is tamped when Gary is standing on the other side of the doors as the elevator opens. He makes overtures to grab a beer with Raylan and bitch about Winona but we learn pretty quickly thatâ€™s a ruse, when he shows up outside Raylanâ€™s room after the baby mama debacle and figuratively pisses all over his porch that heâ€™s going to get Winona back.
Raylan doesnâ€™t really respond but has the last laugh when he goes inside and as expected, Garyâ€™s wife is in his bed. Sheâ€™s napping but heard him talking outside, and he declines to ID the other party. He hesitates about discussing his dayÂ but when he does, Winona tells him she can handle that more than the silence of him keeping things to himself. Then he tells her that Gary was on the porch,
In a really lovely moment in the middle of that last scene, he’s talking about the inmate and being pregnant and he quietly settles his hand low on Winonaâ€˜s stomach and keeps it there, and thereâ€™s an unspoken look between them that passesÂ when they laugh about how neither liked each otherâ€™s choice of childrenâ€™s names when they were married. I took the initial tenderness of that moment to be a nod to a lost pregnancy or the perceived loss that they never had a family, and a little nervousness at the notion that maybe now they still could.
Bo goes home
We donâ€™t see what happened with Bo after Raylan left him in the bar, but he staggers home bloody. Heâ€™s rifling in the bathroom when the door opens and Ava (who we haven’t seen since the opening scene in the premiere) comes in, wearing a nightgown and a robe. She shoos him out into the hall and gathers first aid supplies, which she shoves off onto him with an admonition to clean himsef up. She asks him what happened and he canâ€™t remember. She essentially tells him that ifÂ he does it again he can find another place to live. I love the idea that they don’t have anyone but each other to fall back on, so here they are, unlikely allies and roommates. They’ve come a along way from her waving a shotgun in fear that he was coming after her to fill his brother’s shoes as a husband.
I love all these seeds of story just two episodes in. I hope they let the Winona and Raylan arc ride a bit because we knew from their exchanges last year before they resumed sleeping together that there was still a lot of love there, and sadness that they hadnâ€™t been able to make it work. Now that theyâ€™re together, Raylanâ€™s more at ease, and the angst seems to have shifted onto Winona, who seems to be fighting with herself about what sheâ€™s doing. Gary was a screw-up, but (relatively) safe. Raylan’s a screw-up in his own way, too, but he has a gravity and swagger to him that maybe as a grownup she canâ€™t wrap her head around having a future with him, even though Iâ€™m pretty sure she doesnâ€™t want the life she had without him anymore, either.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
Interview: Henri Esteve on Grown-ish Season 3
An interview with Henri Esteve, who plays Javi on Freeform’s Grown-ish. He talks about his season three experience.
For All Mankind Season 2: Talking with Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Jodi Balfour, and Sonya Walger [Exclusive]
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the hooks of For All Mankind is that it’s very much a story about the women of NASA. In Season 2, we explore the journeys of the women in the program, either through their own service or through their family affiliations. Four of those…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Season Finale [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale episodes.] How’s everyone after that finale? I will freely admit I got a little misty in episode eight as John told Sara why he loved her, and later that he wanted her despite what he might forfeit, and then at the end when he…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness [Exclusive]
Hands down, one of the best surprises of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness is that the serial killer this season has been front and center alongside the cast as a fully-formed character. We’ve watched Libby Hatch devolve from a prim, mild-mannered nurse to a woman in a rage hell-bent on…
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Relationship Recap: John and Sara
[Warning: Spoilers for “Belly of the Beast” and “Memento Mori”] If you’ve read me for a while (thank you!), you know two things — I lean way, way in on the characters I adore and I loathe love geometry arcs. So, I’m torn about where we are and where we…
Louriza Tronco Talks The Order Season 2 [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 2.] The Order’s second season is dark yet delightful entertainment on many levels, and one of its biggest sources of joy and snark is the sassy Gabrielle Dupres. Last season, she was assertive and deadly and fairly annoyed with the world. This season, she’s been…
Previewing Netflix’s Virgin River
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] Full disclosure: I have a Netflix account for my Mom, but I’m not a regular viewer. If I get a heads up on something, I’ll go look for it, but I don’t have a wander across its offerings, which, as I understand it, is how most…
Final Thoughts From the Killjoys Team [Exclusive]
This is the day of the week I’d normally hit you up with a Killjoys preview, but now that we’ve put the series to bed and released Team Awesome Force into the wild, I have one more treat for you–some final thoughts excerpted from my conversations with the Killjoys folks….
Michelle Lovretta Talks Wrapping Up Killjoys [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the series finale.] To quote Miss Jackson, “That’s the end?” Yes, friends, it is. And like I promised you, everything would be, was, and is alright. I went to the Killjoys source, series creator Michelle Lovretta, who wrote the last episode, to break down that delicious finale….
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…