Is it weird that looking at this week Big sky, I’m starting to hope that Scarlet is a murderer too?
We’ve already seen that Phoebe’s mom is scarier than her turtlenecks would like us to believe. So, is it that hard to take the leap that she – and not her sister Mary, as we’ve been led to believe – was behind the death of Phoebe’s father?
All I’m saying is if in next week’s episode (which I didn’t see) Ronald tries to get rid of his girlfriend and she flips him over and ends up with his life in her hands? I won’t hate him. Although I would love to see Jerrie able to run and at least kick him a few times, for closure.
Regardless, this week’s episode also tells us exactly what’s going on in the back pasture at Kleinsasser’s ranch. Read on to discover the highlights of “Nice Animals”. (And have you heard of the Season 2 renewal?)
NO GOOD ACTION GOES UNPUNISHED | As you might have guessed, Rand was behind the wheel of the truck that drove around Jenny’s motel room at the end of the previous episode. After being chased away, hooted with joy, we see Jenny is bloody but OK, and Angela is dead. “I told you and your friend to leave Lochsa,” Sheriff Wagy says coldly, but Jenny returns home when she calls him an “accomplice” to the murder.
And when Wagy goes to tell Horst about the death – as well as the fact that he knows Rand was behind – he’s referring to some papers he recovered from the crime scene. The documents are a “record of all the chemicals you put on your ranch,” he adds, saying he can no longer protect the Kleinsasser family from an investigation.
Elsewhere, Cheyenne lets her mother know that JW killed Blake and Margaret asks her not to tell Hurst yet. Then she recounts the time when, weak since giving birth with Cheyenne, Hurst demanded that she dine on the table. So she mixed her meatloaf with rat poison… and nothing happened. “I woke up fit like a violin,” she recalls. “I swear to God this man is too wicked to die.” Later, she and Horst have a deeply unsettling conversation in which he likens her to a cow that can only give birth to deformed calves, and she swears to kill him herself.
At Blake’s funeral, Margaret whispers to JW, “I’m going to kill you,” then she has to be physically detached from him. No one there, however, seems to think it’s strange.
We eventually learn – via Rosie’s father, Gil – that the Kleinsassers made a lot of money allowing fracking companies to dump their toxic chemicals on the ranch pastures, and Wagy brokered the deal. In addition to Cole Danvers, who started asking questions and was killed by Rand because of it, the family’s illegal transactions were responsible for the deaths of workers who came into contact with the toxic waste and those which caused problems for the Kleinsassers.
So Jenny, Cassie, and Gil sneak onto the property the night of the funeral to take photos of bodies in oil barrels and take a soil sample. But as they do, Wagy alerts Horst. And soon, it looks like Rand and his big truck are coming to pick them up. (Um, guys? RUN!)
Worst camping trip ever | Ronald convinces Scarlet and Phoebe that going camping in the middle of the night in the 16 wheeler he just bought is TOTALLY NORMAL AND FUN! NOTHING TO SEE HERE! So the ladies climb into her new platform, unaware that Mary’s bloody corpse is lying just inches from where they sleep.
Once at the campsite (read: the woods in the middle of nowhere, where there is no cell service), Ronald is super scary explaining to Phoebe that “cute animals” like rabbits are being eaten by more ferocious creatures, and that’s just the way things go. Then, as Scarlet and Phoebe doze in the tent that night, he crawls to bury Mary’s body… except that Phoebe wakes up, wanders off and wonders what “Arthur” is doing in the dark. Oops.
Back home, Lindor and Jerrie find that Scarlet is Ronald’s girlfriend and that they’ve gone somewhere in his truck. (Side note: I love Jerrie and I hope, even though Lindor is right and it will ruin her life, that she becomes a regular employee of Dewell and Hoyt Private Investigations.)
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!