Based on this week big skyI’m officially more afraid of Sunny Barnes than her reclusive and possibly murderous son in the woods.
What kind of woman sings so deeply and in such a beautiful tone!, while refusing to help a dying man get help? What kind of monster can turn his beaming smile into menacing and return in a heartbeat? Forget the bears: Sunny is the real threat out there in the dark.
But she has a competition within the hour, titled “The Woods Are Beautiful, Dark and Deep.” What’s going on with Avery, Paige and Luke – and are the three of them related in some nefarious way?
Read on for highlights from the episode.
A MOTHER’S WORK IS NEVER FINISHED | We quickly learn that Creepy Guy In the Woods’ name is Walt, and he’s been evil. “You have your place. You stay there, it’s all good for fishing,” Sunny tells him. “You know our deal.” He brings her to the hiker, who is bloody and gasping as he begs her to take him to the hospital. “I myself have a child to protect. I hope you understand,” she sings as he takes his last breath.
During the episode, it seems that neither Sunny’s husband, Buck, nor her son, Cormac, know about Walt or what’s going on in his section of the woods. And very soon there are other events to entertain. Some witnesses who spoke with the missing hiker point Cassie to a disused trail. So she and Beau sabotage it up there and find the hiker’s water bottle, then introduce themselves to Sunny – which is actually just a chance for Beau to see his daughter, Emily. Things get a little stuffy when Avery finds his wife’s ex at camp, but then Beau hugs his child too long and he and Cassie leave.
Elsewhere in camp, Paige and Luke, the young couple from Sunny’s field trip, start bickering again. this time the subject is her dislike of her flirtation with Sunny’s son, Cormac. But — wait a minute! – there’s more going on here than meets the eye. “We both know we’re hanging around here until things blow up and we can come back for the money,” she says as they’re lost and away from camp. They argue more about how he should be in jail and how his mom can’t help him out of this mess, and when he throws himself on her neck she warns him to never take her again. touch like that. She walks away, and he picks up a large rock and follows her. But look, they’re right next to that tree with the red heart carved into it, which I believe puts them squarely in Walt’s territory?
And while they’re gone from camp, how come Avery shoots through their tent and seems very interested in the gun and the journal he finds there? Emily catches her stepfather, who claims he accidentally walked into the wrong tent, and it’s not clear she believes the flimsy lie, but she doesn’t say anything.
The next morning, Sunny tells the group that they couldn’t find Paige and Luke overnight. (Side note: uh, why isn’t she more worried about it? That seems like very bad form for someone whose whole job is to keep people safe and happy in the wild, don’t right?) So Emily suggests that the rest of the guests hit the trails to help with the search, and Sunny covers up her irritation well enough to sound like she thinks it’s a great idea. Then she rushes over to whisper “Walter!” to some bushes hoping to lure her disturbing son, but she can’t find him.
SQUATTER’S RIGHTS | Jenny is halfway through that Tanya is a criminal and she is going to lock her up when the woman in question arrives at the sheriff’s department, seeking help with a squatter on one of her properties. When Hoyt investigates, she discovers that the guy knows his squatter rights…but also has a bag full of cash, a gun, and several pieces of ID under different names. So she throws him — and Donno, who was assaulting the squatter in an attempt to get him to leave — into a holding cell.
But things go awry when a guy who looks like another drunk thrown into the cell actually has a syringe up his sleeve. Only Donno’s bizarre distraction and Jenny’s quick movements prevent the man from poisoning the squatter. “Who are you,” Jenny asks him, “and who wants you dead?”
She eventually finds out that the squatter’s real name is Paul, and that he’s a whistleblower for an airline that was planning to testify about faulty airplane parts but got cold feet at the last minute. Jenny digs deeper and discovers that an airline executive assistant has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. So she and Beau try to convince a panicked Paul to go into witness protection and continue his testimony.
He does. A U.S. Marshal named Deputy Weaver shows up to escort her to the airport and to a protection program, and even though Beau and Jenny confirm that she is indeed who she claims to be, they still ask Deputy Poppernak to follow her from a distance to make sure nothing bad happens… and then it happens. The Marshal walks past the airport bend, tricking Jenny and Beau into believing that the twisted plane company has reached her. So they go back to the squatter to look for an “insurance policy” he mentioned…and they find the marshal pointing a gun at Paul’s head.
Jenny and Poppernak quickly disarm and knock out the marshal, then Beau finds Paul’s insurance policy in a locked room: it’s Camille, the missing assistant, who will corroborate his story and help bring the company down together. of jets.
WELCOME TO THE HOUSE | When things calm down, Jenny and Beau visit Cassie at her new home, bringing bread (so she’ll never go hungry) and salt (to ward off demons, which must be a vague Supernatural hint, right?) as well as tequila for fun. They drink some of these as they all update on their days. And when Cassie gets to the “victim had her heart cut out years ago in these woods and it kinda reminds me of what’s going on now” part of her story, Beau decides it’s high time to send a text to his daughter.
At that precise moment, she is walking on a trail alone, thanks to Avery returning to camp to poop. And just when Beau’s text doesn’t go through due to lack of service, she follows a trail of blood that leads to an even bloodier Luke frantically washing himself in the river. She pulls out her phone and starts taking pictures, and when Luke hears the sound of the shutter, he turns around and looks very unhappy to see her there.
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