A junkie (Louise McCann) gets Fudge to lower his window long enough to get shot. — McCann is also Vampire Eve in the soon-to-be-released horror-comedy LET THE WRONG ONE IN
Blood has mostly been absent from KIN, but the killing in this episode signals the beginning of more graphic violence. Francis Flynn (Thommas Kane-Byrne), nicknamed “Fudge”, is the victim this time. While his pal Kem (Ryan Lincoln) is making a delivery, a junkie (Louise McCann) gets him to roll down the car window and after being rudely reluctant to sell her anything, he takes two in the head from one of Cunningham’s people, splattering her in blood. (The Kinsellas and their henchmen seem to have a disdain for their customers, which is strange because they also use the stuff they sell. Just before he is shot, Fudge gets a call from Viking telling him to bring some blow.)
The cunning and ambitious Nikki (Yasmin Seky) with her significant other, Viking (Sam Keeley)
After exonerating Kem from any involvement in Fudge’s death, the Kinsellas (accent on the first syllable) meet to discuss their plight, which is that no wholesaler will sell to them now. The only one with anything constructive to contribute is Amanda (Clare Dunne), who boldly suggests they rob Cunningham’s stash. Amanda does several other things this episode. First, she puts her remaining son safely in boarding school under her maiden name. Also, she deals with two cops (played by David Herlihy and Esosa Ighodaro) at the dealership who are looking to find out whose name the car used in Viking’s drive-by shooting was under. (It was under Viking’s name and no one had thought to erase that information.)
Amanda (Clare Dunne) – note the jail-like background, a common visual theme on KIN
Amanda calmly erases his name from the computer while speaking to the police, but if they get a court order, merely deleting the name will not make the information unrecoverable. Further, she goes to the house of Jenny Lawlor (Denise McCormack) (wife of the guy who provided the vehicle in the Moore shooting) and offers her 30K, ostensibly in compensation for the death of her husband (but really for the incriminating paperwork that her recently deceased husband had taken home with him). It is becoming clear that, if the Kinsellas are to survive this, Amanda needs to be in charge.
Beady (Ger Carey) owes Frank a favour, and so pretends to set him up with a wholesaler in Belgium. Frank does not trust the deal.
Everyone at the meeting agrees with Amanda that the heist is necessary. Viking, whose Lady Macbeth-like girlfriend Nikki (Yasmin Seky) wants her man to have a role in the Kinsella organization more befitting Frank’s son (and not being at all subtle about it), is the plan’s most enthusiastic supporter. The heist will happen next episode.
Meanwhile, Michael (Charlie Cox) has an MRI to find out if he indeed has epilepsy (or something worse). We get no news of that this time, but he does get a call from his daughter Anna (Hannah Adeogun) who has just discovered that the source of her popularity was her father’s last name. She asks him why he killed her mother, and he explains that he was high at the time and didn’t know what he was doing. Anna hangs up and cries a lot and it is uncertain if she accepts his explanation. Birdy (Maria Doyle Kennedy), takes the time to reassure Michael that the Kinsellas need him just as much as Anna does. (She also points out that Amanda’s deceased son Jamie might have been his son as well.) Her idea is to keep Michael on board because the logical way for him to survive and to get to see his daughter again (since Cunningham is specifically gunning for him) would be to turn state’s evidence. This is not mentioned by anyone, but they must all be aware of it.
In Episode 4.2, the machine in the garden shows us something of the true face of Eve
There are things that we never do find out. Why was the garden so un-garden-like? What ultimately happened to Eve (whose true form we never did get to see) after Doc (Tim Rozon) kicked her through a portal and out of the garden? And who built the machine that apparently controlled that place? We know that Black Badge was trying to prevent Eve from leaving the garden and that Rachel’s mom Gloria Valdez and quite a few others died trying to keep that portal closed, but it seems beyond the capacity of Black Badge to have built the machine that drew energy from blood and controlled Eve’s shapeshifting.
Newly minted vampire Mercedes Gardner prepares to bend the bars allowing Jeremy and Doc to escape the clutches of Black Badge
In Season Four, the Black Badge Division begins to look more and more like The Initiative from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that they seem increasingly determined to capture, dissect, and analyze various sorts of demons. After BBD orders the complete destruction of the Triangle, Jeremy (Varun Saranga), with some help from Nicole Haught (Kat Barrell), leads the escape of several such beings including Doc and newly-sired vampire Mercedes (Dani Kind). Jeremy stages a kind of coup by arranging for the BBD agents preparing to destroy the triangle to be eaten by local demons. Jeremy’s enmity toward BBD isn’t a permanent thing, though. At the end of the season, he learns that BBD will return to Purgatory, and is ordered to report for duty again. (Did another faction take control of Black Badge?)
Cleo Clanton (Savannah Basley) one of the few Clantons left alive, with her brother Billy (Billy Bryk) who is visible here in reaper form.
Then there are the Clantons, who turn up when Nicole asks The Swamp Witch for help getting Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) out of the garden, and the Witch turns out to be the head Clanton Margot (Paula Boudreau). All the Clanton ancestors are afflicted with becoming reapers after they die (with the possible exception of Margot). Reapers are pretty much what they sound like they should be, undead creatures visible only to their immediate target. Waverly kills The Swamp Witch to end a curse placed on Nicole, precipitating a chain of events that leads to many more Clanton deaths. Dark Angel Waverly transforms all of the Clantons into a tiding of Magpies, allowing them to continue to be harbingers of death and other things but in a less zombie-like way.
Jolene with the feather she plucked from Waverly’s back
Pursued by a reaper and lost in The Fog (a memory-erasing mist created by Black Badge Division), Waverly stumbles upon a cabin in the woods where Jolene happens to be living. **When Bulshar (Jean Marchand) died (Episode 3.12), Waverly’s demon twin Jolene (Zoie Palmer) was released from the tree roots that had bound her. — The two fight, and Jolene plucks a feather from Waverly’s back, causing her to sprout dark wings and manifest the angel side of her genetic heritage. The first thing the Dark Angel does is kill Jolene, who seems quite content with that after having seen Waverly’s transformation. (Inducing this may have been Jolene’s purpose the whole time.)
Wynonna and Doc head for Montana. Neither are wearing a helmet. Alberta requires motorcycle helmets, Montana does not.
Dark Angel Waverly seems bent on taking her place as the guardian of the garden, but is persuaded to do a few other things first. Taking on a valkyrie-like role (deciding the fate of those fallen in battle), she cures Doc of the wounds inflicted by Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) **some magical trick shooting was involved — and at the same time makes him no longer a vampire. She creates the aforementioned Clanton magpies. (Cleo, who is still alive, probably does not become a bird though she might become one when she dies.), Then Waverly heads for the stone stairs that lead to the garden where she is intercepted by Nicole and an interesting deal is struck.
Charlotte Sullivan as Brigitte Hogback, perpetrator of the final curse of the season. Sullivan stars as Kayla Green in the film “Two for the Win“. The film, based on Andrea Canning’s novel “Sleigh Bells in the Snow”, will next air on The Hallmark Channel on Thursday 7 October at noon (11c)
The basis for the deal is somewhere in that book Waverly took from the garden. **the book named “Waverly Gibson”, which was generated by the machine running the garden after Waverly gave it some of her blood — The result is that Waverly is returned to human form and is released from her duty as garden guardian, while Nicole takes on that role. “Let me extend my watch over all of the Ghost River Triangle in every realm,” Nicole says. “Let me be the guardian for all of us, supernatural and human.” She gets her wish and becomes the “angel shield” complete with neck tattoo, and is bound to the triangle for the rest of her days. (It’s not clear what happens at the end of Nicole’s days. What if Waverly outlives Nicole? Does she revert to her Dark Angel form and take over?) Also, how significant is the Triangle’s boundary? Revenants could not cross it, but there are no more revenants. How does the boundary affect other demons? Doc’s wife, Big Nose Kate (Chantal Riley), was able to cross it without any difficulty.
Dark Angel Waverly eyes Nicole warily as she considers the proposed deal. Between them, the two sides of Waverly are the main character of Season Four.
Waverly, now human again, marries Nicole in the final episode of the season, but not before needing to deal with a haunted wedding dress. After Wynonna shoots out the tires on Doc’s ’77 Camaro, Doc and Wynonna leave Purgatory on her motorcycle, which she finally gets to ride again. (It’s been sitting in the barn since Episode 2.12.) Their first stop will be Miracles, Montana (not a real place) where Gus (Natascha Girgis) has been hiding their daughter Alice, who is about three years old by now. (The time dilation experienced by Nicole and Doc in the garden vaguely corresponds to the actual time between seasons three and four.)
The situation heading into a (still possible) fifth season is this: Nicole is the Sheriff of Purgatory again. Black Badge is preparing to return to the area. Jeremy has a date with Waverly’s wedding caterer Damon (Tenaj Williams) for the following Monday. Robin (Justin Kelly) was a victim of The Fog, lost his memory, and tore his own face off. His face was replaced with that of another actor (Jim Watson) and he is now undergoing therapy at Black Badge HQ. Nedley (Greg Lawson) is the proprietor of Shorty’s. Mercedes is a vampire. Nicole Haught and Waverly Earp are married and living at the Earp homestead with their unofficially adopted daughter Rachel (Martina Ortiz-Luis). Wynonna and Doc, who are not yet married, are on the road to Montana.
Fiona Bell as Eamon Cunningham’s estranged wife Angela
A perfect emotional storm causes the Kinsella clan to initiate a series of events that will inevitably lead to their destruction. Frank (Aidan Gillen) has issued a stern warning to his family not to retaliate against Caolan Moore (Lloyd Cooney), the guy responsible for killing Amanda’s son Jamie. Amanda (Clare Dunne) keeps prodding her husband Jimmy (Emmett J Scanlan) into going after Moore, implying that he’s a bad father if he does not. Michael’s daughter Anna (Hannah Adeogun) turns up at Jamie’s funeral and tells him that she under no circumstances wants to talk to him about anything, ever, and is quite convincing about it. Michael (Charlie Cox), who was avoiding involvement with the family business in hopes of being allowed to see Anna again, volunteers to do the shooting after Jimmy asks him to be his getaway driver.
Jimmy and his snake. Emmett J Scanlan also is David in the Philip Stevens film LAPWING, due to be released in select theatres and on demand 26 November.
By the way, Jimmy has a pet boa constrictor and just as that conversation with Michael is taking place, he feeds it a live mouse. We get an obviously symbolic closeup of the mouse just before it is eaten.
In the course of conversations between Amanda and the brothers, we learn that Amanda slept with Michael (a long time ago, before he went to prison) and that someone named Allison is a source of guilt for Michael. (Could this be connected to the bullet holes in the wall of Michael’s home? If Allison was Anna’s mother and Michael was somehow responsible for her death, that would certainly explain Anna’s anger toward him.)
Clare Dunne as Amanda. Dunne also stars as Sandra in the award-winning film HERSELF (inset), which she co-wrote with Malcolm Campbell. It can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
So Michael and Jimmy head out to Frank Ryan’s Bar (which is a real place at 5 Queen St, Smithfield, Dublin) where Caolon Moore was last sighted. Michael is supposed to walk in, shoot the guy, and go out the back door where Jimmy will be waiting with the car. He tries to do this. Problem is, the rear door, which should probably be an unobstructed fire exit, is chained shut. Michael has a gun and could likely shoot the padlock, but instead he turns around and walks back through the pub and out the front door. It seems certain that the cops know who did the shooting that killed Jamie and that the Kinsellas might send someone after him, but apparently no one was watching any of these people.
Michael gets pulled in by the cops but before they can interview him he has a grand mal seizure. The doctor sent to examine him tells him (amusingly) to avoid stressful situations.
Eamon Cunningham has a talk with Jimmy after Jamie‘s funeral. That big stone wall in the background is one of many things that create a prison-like atmosphere for the show.
Amanda hears on the news that Moore had a wife and kids, and instantly begins to regret putting the hit out on him. Jimmy tells her that she has to put it all behind her. (Good advice, but if everyone had done that to begin with, the problem would not have developed.) Adding to Amanda’s distress, she gets a phone call from the understandably upset wife of the guy who procured the car for the hit (Jenny Lawlor played by Denise McCormack), and finds out he has been killed. Amanda is now even more alone than she was at the start of the episode, even though Jimmy and Michael are both in the soup with her. She does get some (unwanted) support from Jamie’s brother who tells her he thinks she did the right thing. The one thing she was trying to accomplish was keeping her sons out of the family business, and now she’s failed at that.
Amanda and her former lover Michael have a talk in the kitchen as Clare begins to regret her recent actions. A sensible option for Amanda might be to take her remaining son with her on a long vacation, but it is more likely she’ll become caught up in the developing war.
In the course of conversation with Jimmy Kinsella after Jamie’s funeral, Eamon Cunningham (Ciarán Hinds) mentions that Frank is gay. (He uses a derogatory term which I will not repeat, but he does not seem overly disapproving.)
Most mob bosses are portrayed as cold, calculating businessmen. Not so Cunningham. He gets noticeably red in the face while talking to Frank on the phone after the hit on Moore. He has lunch with his ex-wife Angela (Fiona Bell) whom he left some years previously. She tells him she has cancer, and it’s “bad”. He seems genuinely upset at this and offers to help.