WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 2 – SPOILERS
In which Doc Holliday is revealed to be mortal; Officer Haught (Katherine Barrell) lives up to her name; and Agent Dolls implies that the Earp curse is only a small part of the paranormal problem. Also, Red the revenant bites off more than he can chew, and Shorty (Peter Skagan) refuses to accept two gold coins from Doc that are likely worth much more than his tab.
Dolls (Shamier Anderson) and Wynonna go revenant hunting in the big city, Dolls insists that Wynonna use a government issue weapon, and both that and the trip turn out to be a bad idea. The club where Red (David Haysom) bites a finger off his date is Bespoke, on 10th Ave SW in Calgary. It seems that revenants from Purgatory can travel at least as far as the “big city” without ill effects.
Holliday (Tim Rozon) is concerned about the Earps learning his true identity and finding out what he did to Wyatt (whatever that was). He might be responsible for the Earp curse. So far, he is known to them only as Henry (his middle name). Bobo Del Rey and the rest of the undead know he’s Holliday, and his blood was used to summon the shadow creature that was once the assassin Jim Miller. The blood of a mortal is needed for that. For reasons unknown, Holliday replaced the mailbox at the Earp homestead after its protections had been restored, so he is not a revenant.
WAVERLY: “I know what you’re here for. I can spot you groupies a mile away. You know, the fake old west getup; the awestruck reverence when you gaze upon his saddlebags. I mean, I totally get it, right. You wanna keep his memory alive. You wanna drink where Wyatt Earp drank.”
DOC: “Wyatt didn’t drink. He preferred ice cream.”
Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) thinks Doc is a good guy, an assessment with which Holliday himself disagrees. In fact, near the end of her main scene with Holliday, she tells him “I got a good feeling about you, and I’m an excellent judge of character.” Waverly says that line almost exactly the way Gabrielle would have said it in the first season of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. Even the hand gesture is reminiscent of Xena’s sidekick. Holliday does take her fashion criticism to heart, and steals a pair of Champs’ jeans, which he wears when replacing the mailbox.
Waverly seems smitten after meeting Officer Haught. How many episodes will go by before they go on that coffee date?
For protection, the two sisters move into the old Earp homestead, and Wynonna spots a door post with marks on it where the height of the children were measured from time to time. Willa and Wynonna have incremental height measurements on that post, but Waverly does not. There is something odd about this, and one suspects there will be more about it in later episodes.
WAVERLY: “I’m not on there, am I?”
WYNONNA: “Probably rubbed off.”
WAVERLY: “Yeah. It’s what I used to tell myself.”
Revenant leader Bobo (Michael Eklund) once posed as the six-year-old Waverly’s imaginary friend and talked her into burying a talisman alongside her dead hamster to stop her mother and father from fighting. This neutralized the protections on the property and resulted in the abduction of Willa and the death of their father. This seems to indicate that their mother, who left when Waverly was four, still had contact with the family two years later when the attack happened, because Waverly still wanted them to stop fighting. Wynonna specifies that she was twelve at the time of the revenant attack. Waverly says she was six. This adds to the confusion about Wynonna’s birthday (see previous post).
Holliday strikes a bargain to help Bobo defeat the Earps, and in return, Bobo agrees to give Doc an opportunity for revenge against the woman who made him whatever he is.
Waverly correctly identifies the giant shadow demon that Holliday sent after her as Jim Miller after Wynonna’s first shot bounces off a metal plate he wore under his coat. Miller was a contemporary of Wyatt Earp, but Earp did not kill him, unless he organized the lynch mob in Ada, Oklahoma in 1909. Wynonna is able to kill Miller with the Peacemaker anyway, which means the gun can dispatch any revenant, not just those killed by Wyatt.
Other interesting stuff: The Peacemaker burns revenants if they handle it. To be sent to hell, a revenant must be shot between the eyes, and when he or she is dispatched, the blood from the wound remains behind.
Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) is disappointed when she finds out that it was Teddy and not Eleanor Roosevelt who created the Black Badge Division, “to eradicate the paranormal forces suddenly blossoming on American soil”. US Marshalls worked with her grandfather, who almost killed all 77 of the revenants, but only lasted 11 months before he himself was killed. When Wynonna suggests that the people ought to know what they’re up against, Dolls shows her a photo of a crater that he claims is what’s left of a town called Maldito, New Mexico, that was nuked to “contain the story” after the population became aware of the situation. We have only Dolls’ word on the Maldito story, but if what Dolls says it true, it means that the Earp curse is not the only source of invading demons. (Maldito is Spanish for “damned”.)
Michael Eklund (Bobo Del Rey) will be Tucker in THE CONFIRMATION, a feel-good film about an alcoholic, out-of-work carpenter (Clive Owen) reconnecting with his son while his ex-wife goes on a religious retreat with her new husband. Filmed in Vancouver, THE CONFIRMATION was released in the US on 18 March. Asked if the film was autobiographical, Director Bob Nelson told the LA Times: “It does all start with my dad. He was a pretty good guy overall trying to do the right thing, trying to have his own morals. But good people act in ways that aren’t always honorable. I knew he had problems and I did go through some rough patches with him.”
Calgary model Millie Jayne made her acting debut as the woman whose finger was bitten off by Red at the beginning of the episode.
Sasha Barry (Bethany) will be “Susan in accounting” in the 2016 adventure film BURN YOUR MAPS, based on the short story of the same name by Robyn Joy Leff about an eccentric American 8-year-old (Jacob Tremblay) who believes he is a Mongolian goat herder. Shot in Alberta and Mongolia, the film will be in theatres later this year.
The song playing while Officer Haught and Waverly are getting to know each other is SECULAR LOVE, track six on the album True Love Kills the Fairy Tale by The Casket Girls. When Waverly meets Doc Holliday at Shorty’s Bar, the song playing is RAISE IT UP, by the Los Angeles indie pop band Distant Cousins.