OK sure this episode wasn’t remotely as good as last week’s premier. But there were still some really great moments. The best of which was the, “have you ever heard of the apricot?” That said while there was the one off element of the search for the pregnant escaped prisoner most of this episode was clearly setting things up which will become important in future episodes. As such there was something a little dissatisfying about it all. I found the villain this week pretty distasteful as well. Yes, arguably last week’s was too. Maybe even worse. But somehow the quirky villains doing nasty things just didn’t catch me this week. They just made me uncomfortable. Of course we were supposed to be disturbed, as was Raylan by his comments to his ex-wife at the end of the episode. And honestly the show tries to play the villains straight. They aren’t comedic characters the way some Leonard novels are adapted.
So onto the revelations. (Spoilers ahoy, so don’t read if you haven’t seen)
The big season arc revelations were the disposing of the body by the Bennett boys. Lots to that short scene. The most obvious was the stealing of the watch which is almost certainly foreshadowing for future discovery. (Either by the daughter, as I suspect, or Rayland as is possible) I didn’t really get the way they poured lye on the body and then dumped it almost certainly scattering all the lye off the body. But then as mommy Mags notes, they aren’t necessarily the brightest.
Next up is a conflict between Rayland and Winona’s husband. It appears he was booted out of the house (somewhat understandably considering his mixup with the mob last season). He is going to try and get Winona back. Meanwhile we get the impression from all the episode’s pregnant talk that Raylan would like a child with Winona. Interestingly I believe the name Winona had was the name of the child they had in the original books. (The series diverged quite a bit from the books where he had two kids with his ex-wife)
Boyd still is claiming he’s following the straight and narrow. Most of this week’s Boyd revelations were either given or at least foreshadowed last week. So we already knew Boyd was working in the coal mine. (Interesting location where they shot – I assume this is some mine in California) We didn’t know that Ava and Boyd were an item, although it certainly was strongly hinted last week. The big question is why Boyd’s face was all smashed up. Even if Boyd is straight he’s doing something. (And of course his going straight last season ended up with lots of dead people anyway)
Mags has a pretty creepy scene with the girl Loretta. Clearly she always wanted a girl and wants Loretta to be her daughter. She gives Loretta a pretty unlikely story about why her father disappeared.
We find out that Rayland’s dad is under house arrest and no one knows where the $20,000 is. Rayland’s aunt is also not too happy Ralyand’s investigating the Bennetts. Clearly despite the Bennett’s rather evil ways they have a lot of community support. Rayland hints that he knows the Bennetts are involved in a whole lot more than just marijuana for medical use.
All in all this was definitely more a transitionary episode. It seems like this season will much more be about the arc than individual one off episodes. (Although those will be a part) I’m not sure what I think of that. As much as I enjoy the arc, a lot of the one off episodes last season with quirky criminals were my favorites.