KIN – Season 1 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
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.)
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 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.
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.