Big sky made a big comeback from his hiatus on Tuesday, delivering two back-to-back episodes that introduced us to a whole bunch of new faces – a lot of them might not be on the rise. And Ronald is still on the run, three months after the events of the previous episode. So let’s not waste any more time: here is what happened in “Catastrophic Thinking” and “All Kinds of Snakes”.
THE SKILLS THAT PAY THE INVOICES | Since Legarski’s death and Ronald’s escape, Cassie and Jenny have mainly worked on domestic affairs – cheating on husbands and the like. While investigating a potential affair, they realize that the guy they are mocking (Alan) is probably not dating his wife; his suspicious behavior is probably the result of trafficking in a mysterious substance which is causing him a lot of trouble.
There are a lot of workarounds to find Alan, who goes missing, and his wife, Naomi, and father, Bruce, get involved. But eventually – after Alan kills a hitman known as The Snail – the Snail’s boyfriend comes looking for him. It all ends with Jenny shooting Snail’s boyfriend and rescuing Alan, who was carrying… wait… the black market thoroughbred sperm.
RONALD ON THE RACE | Is this guy with the knitted beanie, long blond hair and round glasses an evil John Denver? Nope! Just Ronald, wearing what must be a wig (does he? Hair doesn’t grow that long in three months) and posing as a meal delivery boy named Arthur. He hides in plain sight, dating a convenience store clerk named Scarlett who has a young daughter named Phoebe and a curious sister named Mary. He seems to like Scarlett’s seemingly modest ways, and it seems he’s trying to curb his impulses: for example, when Mary rubs him the wrong way, he slips into the bathroom and zaps up the leg with the Taser that he recorded under the sink.
But when Scarlett finds the Taser, she teases him about his “secret” and hints that if he tells her hers, she will share her own fantasies. It makes him angry, and we all know what happens when Ronald Arthur gets angry. Plus, Dewell & Hoyt are getting heavy breathing calls, and Jerrie – who’s now the office receptionist – just knows it’s Ronald making a name for himself.
MARSHAL YOUR RESOURCES | Frank Lindor, a US Marshal played by The caseOmar Metwally, introduces himself to Helena and tells Cassie and Jenny that he is investigating Ronald’s case. The ladies, especially Cassie, don’t take it very well – mostly because Lindor is a funny duck. But he seems to mean, and when he gets a lead on Ronald (the guy slept on his mother’s grave one night) he writes a note stating Eternal Love and leaves it on the gravestone.
EX SCORES THE POINT | Blake Kleinsasser (Once upon a time‘s Michael Raymond-James) is one of Jenny’s old boyfriends, and he’s currently in jail for attacking the daughter of a man who worked for Blake’s father, Horst (Monk‘s Ted Levine). Horst is a rude and abusive man who recently had a stroke and is trying to figure out which of his children should take over his ranch after his death. In addition to Blake, first in line, there is John Wayne (SIX‘s Kyle Schmid), the psychopathic genre Rand (Ground‘s Ryan Dorsey) and Cheyenne (Unexpected life‘s Britt Robertson).
Blake calls Jenny, swearing he didn’t do what he’s accused of and asking for her help. So she and Cassie meet him… and suddenly all of the Kleinsassers and the whole town are actively threatening them or hindering their investigation. Their tires are gashed and their car is spattered with blood. The local sheriff (ubiquitous guest star Sebastian Roché) is shutting down their queries and requests to see files related to Blake’s case, but it looks like the ladies may be able to make some progress via a woman who works in the sheriff’s office.
Later, as Cassie walks over to the bar – and ends up meeting half of the Kleinsasser siblings there – Jenny visits the ranch and has tea with Horst’s wife, Margaret (The slaughter‘s Michelle Forbes) before Horst shows up and kicks her out. Undeterred, she circles her back and sneaks around the property, inadvertently finding Rand cooking meth in a trailer in the woods. He sees her and pursues her; when she falls into a pit of cow carcasses, he brandishes a knife and smiles in a very disturbing manner.
And Cassie isn’t doing much better. Although she has not committed any traffic violations, she is stopped by a cop on the way back to the motel. He forces her out of her car, handcuffs her and throws her in the back of his car… then walks right past the sheriff’s office.
“Where the hell are you taking me?” she asks to know, but he doesn’t answer.
Oh, and Blake? He’s out of jail, and Horst – who earlier in the episode had sworn he’d never get his hands on the ranch – is there to look for him.
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the consecutive episodes? Sound off in the comments!