by Billie Doux
Daniel takes a surreal road trip, while Amantha takes another kind of trip.
This episode made me uncomfortable. I kept wanting Daniel to get the hell out of that ugly trailer before something awful happened. Ugliest trailer ever, for a really ugly conversation between two drugged out people, both of whom had an agenda. No hard feelings? How can there not be hard feelings?
It was obvious that Trey used the serendipity of Daniel stopping by out of the blue to try to set him up to take the fall for George's death. Not to mention that Trey kept trying his best to talk Daniel into believing he actually did kill Hanna, even though Daniel doesn't remember doing it. I loved that thing about Trey looking out his bathroom window every morning and seeing a traffic light beyond the hay field that was always green. If Trey killed Hanna, and I think he did, the light has always been green; he's gotten away with murder for twenty freaking years. And Trey is smart enough not to incriminate himself, even when he's stoned.
It's been suggested more than once that Daniel was convicted of murder simply because he's an oddball. It's interesting that Trey is also an oddball. He said so many strange things during this episode. That weird thing about his second cousin once removed shooting a librarian. Wishing he had a backwards only time machine. I was hoping there'd be something in Trey's ramblings that would reveal what actually happened, but no. Although Trey did refer to Hanna as "a bitch and a slut" and said that he'd had sex with her when she was thirteen. Trey also revealed that he'd had sex with George, and Hanna had had sex with both of them.
Trey called Daniel a psycho killer, and Daniel promptly threw him into a wall hard enough to break the fake wood paneling. Now what?
Meanwhile, Jon met with District Attorney Person at a nicely set banquet table before she offered Daniel time plus ten. Daniel going back to prison is so unthinkable that I was relieved at Jon's reaction; Jon took it as a sign that Person knows she can't convict Daniel. Amantha seemed encouraged, too, which I didn't expect.
How did Amantha getting stoned with her co-worker Alesha relate to the rest of the episode? Maybe it was just that she was getting stoned at the same time that Daniel was, but in much more enjoyable circumstances. Amantha stoned was way cute. I loved the way she and Alesha barged in on Teddy at the tire store to raid the candy machine. Teddy was amused, too.
I was just thinking. If that tire store should be Daniel's, shouldn't it also be Amantha's?
I go back and forth with my feelings for Teddy in pretty much every episode. In this one, I kind of liked him again, and not just because he was nice to Amantha. Senator Foulkes and Sheriff Daggett dropped by to insist that Teddy press charges against Daniel for assault, and Teddy's response was that if he did, it would rip his family apart. Absolutely true. Then Teddy insisted he'd made the whole thing up and it was a mistake, while he looked right at the Sheriff. I'm sure thinking less of the Sheriff for breaking Teddy's confidence, especially such a humiliating one.
I wonder if it's going to come out, anyway. It probably will. This is television. You don't introduce a plotline like this one without taking it all the way.
Bits and pieces:
-- The opener was a strange dream of Daniel in the pecan grove wrapped in a red blanket set to a song about a circus and death. Trey arrived and said, "Uh oh, here comes trouble" before George showed up. Maybe George's body is about to be discovered and cause even more plot confusion.
-- Trey left George's wallet, keys, cell and gun in the trailer. Why? Does Trey now think that George's body will never be found? Did Trey simply want to get rid of any possible evidence that would connect him to George's death?
-- "Did the cops give you grape soda that night?" I am completely at a loss about what that could mean.
-- Teddy said to Tawney that the baby was God's will. No, that's not manipulative at all.
Trey: "Everything that is good between men and women was written in mud and butter and barbecue sauce. Yeah. Paula Deen said that to me in a dream I had one time."
Daniel: "Who's Paula Deen?"
Trey dreamed he was white water rafting with Paula Deen and she touched his hamster. Did he mean an actual hamster or was that a euphemism?
Trey: (to Daniel) "Damn. You twist things around like a woman."
Teddy: "It's like Wonka's factory, but with rims."
Daniel: "Lorca was shot on the side of the road a month into the Spanish civil war."
Trey: "Well, my dad's cousin stabbed a librarian in the face three days into 1981."
Trey: "You're like a time machine that don't go nowhere but backwards."
Trey: "Remember you are who you are. That's forever. It's like being an Indian or something."
A frustrating and confusing episode with no resolution. How to rate it?
Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.