WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
“I did not know the man well, but no barkeep has ever made a better Mule Skinner.”
— Doc Holliday
Shorty (full name Robert Simons) is dead, the victim of both a revenant escape plan, and Dolls’ inquisitive nature. Wynonna is less than pleased with Dolls about this, and tells him. “Wow,” she says, “with all the shit I’ve done in my life, Dolls, working with you, I don’t think i can look in the mirror.” Wynonna is close to being angry at Dolls. About the only time Wynonna has actually gotten angry was in the first episode when she was pissed at her sister for researching the Earp Curse, and then she was being protective and trying to dissuade Waverly from any further involvement. As will be seen later, Waverly gets that sort of thing a lot.
Meanwhile, at the trailer park, Bethany turns up at Doc’s trailer with a message from Bobo. and she and the Doc end up having sex. Is Bethany a revenant? Most of them have very bad teeth, but hers are well maintained and very white. Later, Bobo warns Doc that if he doesn’t do something about the inquisitive Waverly (who followed him to the trailer park) Bobo will. So Doc is nasty to Waverly in an attempt to keep her out of danger, and gets a scolding in return.
DOC: “Little girl, you don’t know what I am.”
WAVERLY: “I know what you’re supposed to be. You’re supposed to be a hero. You’re supposed to be Wyatt Earp’s best friend. You’re supposed to be here to help us.”
DOC: “Waverly Earp, you pull your head out of the past. You let it die. You change your name. You do whatever it takes to get through that vapid brain pan of yours because if anybody is gonna clear the Earp name and pull this place out of misery, it sure as hell ain’t gonna be the heir’s pitiful little sister.”
WAVERLY: “You forgot stupid, for thinking you’re anything more than just another a-hole.”
Being an a-hole at lest temporarily costs him some information. Earlier, Doc asked Waverly to look for historical material on a “striking” blonde woman who attended the ‘last spike’ ceremony in Purgatory in 1882, and her research has turned up one Constance Clootie, who might be the woman Doc is looking for, but after Holliday’s tirade Waverly keeps that information to herself.
We get more information about Wynonna. She was once involved in a hostage situation (no specifics), and is an experienced safecracker. Also, she wears a Hawaii t-shirt for the entire episode, but the meaning of that is unclear. She dispatches two more revenants with The Peacemaker. That makes four down and seventy-three to go.
Besides wanting information on the effectiveness of the Stone Witch’s spells, Dolls obviously wanted to try firing Peacemaker (He found out only Wynonna can do that.) For no apparent reason, he looks worried every time there is an indication that Haught and Waverly are attracted to each other. He may be entirely genuine, but it looks like he’s hiding something. Also, aside from a package from CSIS, and a badge, both of which could have been faked, there is no verification that he has any official capacity.
In the last scene, Doc reveals his true identity to Wynonna, and offers her his services. Is he covertly working for Bobo? Or did he take Waverly’s words to heart, and join forces with the great great granddaughter of his best friend? Tim Rozon had this to say to Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies about what to expect from his character this season: “We get a glimpse into Doc’s past, and I’ll say this, it’s the same as his future. It’s uncertain and we still don’t know which side he’s on or where he’s coming from. You definitely understand more where he’s coming from, but at the same time he’s such a well-written character that it’s so hard to figure out what side he’s on, or really why he makes the choices he makes.”
Roger Le Blanc (Sam) is Bartok in the Sci-Fi adventure THE NORTHLANDER. The film is set in Earth’s future, in a time “after humanity” in which tribal groups live in a hostile wilderness, mutations and scars hold clues to tribal histories, and a hunter named Cygnus, shunned for his violent tendencies, is sent on a dangerous quest. Nominated for 7 Alberta Motion Picture Awards, THE NORTHLANDER has been officially selected to the 69th Cannes Film Festival in the Perspective Canada program.
The Mule Skinner Doc Holliday mentions is a recent modification of the the Gin Gin Mule, which is a 21st century combination of a Gin Gin (Gin and Ginger Ale) and a Moscow Mule. The only thing we’ve seen Doc drink on WYNONNA EARP thus far looks like bourbon.
The music playing when Bethany visits Doc in his trailer is Poor St. John, the first track on the album Someday Soon, by Joe Marson and the Satisfied Mind. When Officer Haught and Champ battle over who gets to console Waverly after Shorty’s death, the song in the background is Quiet Lies from the 2015 album Wild Eyes, by Matthew Mayfield. and when Doc reveals his true identity to Wynonna, the song is How’m I Supposed to Die by Civil Twilight (from the soundtrack album from the film Underworld Awakening).