Cordell Walker’s hunt for answers to his wife’s death arrived in an intense showdown.
The undercover episode was amazing, but this was even better. Not only was there the intensity of the case, but it was personal.
The Walker family has waited so long for justice, and they finally have it.
Walker (Jared Padalecki) teamed up with his old partner Larry James (Coby Bell). Not that he had a choice, but it was nice to see how the two of them used to work. Apparently, they had a set of rules on a napkin that Walker kept.
We also got a heartfelt moment of Walker telling James that he can’t get the picture of James removing the sheet from his dead wife. No wonder there has been a distance between them. But now we’ll be able to get more great scenes with them.
The writers may have let us think for two seconds that Geri (Odette Annable) was involved, but of course, she wasn’t. She had her own complications with the North Side Nation. But it turned out she was able to help them.
They sent her in undercover to the poker game. She really is a badass. She’s not a cop, yet she was able to stay pretty cool even when Oswald (Jeremy Lawson) pretty much admitted to killing Emily (Genevieve Padalecki). He didn’t say enough to be convicted in court, but that appeared to be what he meant.
Then Geri saw blood and glass from a guy that just had his head bashed in. She froze. Walker told her she could walk away, but she wasn’t going to leave without justice for her best friend. So she continued to try to elicit a confession.
I love how fierce she was, but she overstepped. Then she had a gun to her head, but Walker and James were there really quick, with backup not far behind.
It was so intense. I’d like to see more undercover operations with Geri. That’s probably not going to happen, but please show more of her badassery!
Oswald turned out not to be the killer. It was a woman that was at the poker game. I kind of like that the killer was a woman. It doesn’t always have to be a man.
Emily was sadly in the wrong place at the wrong time. She witnessed something she shouldn’t have.
While all of this was happening, the rest of the Walker family was sitting tight, and Micki (Lindsey Morgan) was called in to help. It turns out they needed her more as a friend than a Ranger.
I loved the scenes with Stella (Violet Brinson) and August (Kale Culley). First, she had them shooting rifles to blow off steam, and then she got them to talk.
Both of them had polar opposite reactions to the whole situation. Auggie wanted the person dead.
Which he got his wish since Geri shot her. Not intentionally, but the woman was about to shoot Walker.
And Stella didn’t want to go through it all again. Both were very fair. And Micki was channeling her mother once again. Clearly, her mom isn’t that bad. I think Micki has a gentler touch, though.
And Liam (Keegan Allen) is trying to figure out what’s next. Is anyone else thinking that next should be going back to Bret (Alex Landi)? Now that they’re safe, is there really any reason for the breakup? Can we please address that?
Liam is thinking about running for governor. Governor Liam Walker does sound good to me.
I think Micki helping Stella and Auggie gave a chance for Liam to talk to his mom, Abeline (Molly Hagan). I’m sure having a Ranger as a son is nerve-wracking, but I hope she does check in on Liam more and not just when she’s distracting herself from Walker. Maybe that’s where Liam learned it from. Just keeping busy and not dealing with the issue.
He did heed his mother’s advice, though, and is thinking about the future.
I love these touching family moments. They’re woven in so nicely around the action or drama that’s happening.
I can’t say the ending came as much of a surprise. I thought Geri and Walker would get together, and I saw the kiss coming before it happened.
Emily has only been gone a year. And she meant the world to both of them. “I love you, buddy,” was what they said countless times throughout the episode. It’s like the writers were preparing us for the kiss. Are we supposed to ship them? I’m not saying that I won’t be here for it in season two or three, but isn’t it too soon?
But then again, everything happens too soon in the world of TV.
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