WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
We’ve all made mistakes, friend. I have spent many a night wherein i ruminated on the errors I’ve made, but then it strikes me. It was the wrongs done to me that put me down the well of tribulations. So I set myself upon a mission of vengeance.
—- Doc Holliday
The spirit of August Hamilton (aka ‘The Blade‘, played by Peter Strand Rumpel) reappears in Purgatory and starts killing people. Hamilton was forced by Wyatt Earp to testify against some cattle rustlers, but was killed before he could do that. According to Doc, Wyatt gets credit for the kill because had Hamilton not been forced to bear witness, he would not have been murdered. Doc knows this because it was he who put Hamilton at the bottom of a local lake. Maybe Wyatt could have been indirectly involved with Jim Miller’s death in Oklahoma after all (see previous post) depending on the degree of indirect involvement the curse tolerates.
Bobo confirms Dolls story about the bombing of Meldido and the existence of the Black Badge Division. But Doc Holliday has suspicions about Deputy Marshall Dolls. “I am a professional card sharp, Mr. Dolls, so I can read a man’s eyes,” he says, “and I do not like what I see in yours.” Asked to elaborate, he continues: “I see a captain piloting a ship full of secrets through a stormy sea. and as a gentleman who cares about Wynonna, I would recommend that she quit you, lest she drown.”
Indirect responsibility seems to be the theme of this episode. Hamilton kills Megan Halshford (Jennifer Rae Westley) after Samantha Baker refuses to forgive her for killing her father in a hit-and-run, and since her hostility seems to extend to Wynonna, she may also have found out that Megan caught Wynonna banging her boyfriend, “lost it”, jumped in a car and left, but she did not know how to drive, and that is what resulted in the hit-and-run. She may hold Wynonna indirectly responsible. (One could take it back a bit further and blame Megan’s tormenting of Wynonna in high school for causing Wynonna to want revenge against her, but as Waverly points out later in the story, everybody hates Wynonna.)
Waverly has a four year university degree (obtained by correspondence) on ancient cultures and languages and it came in handy as she, Wynonna, and Dolls try to solidify Hamilton’s spirit so Wynonna’s gun can kill it. Dolls gets possessed and a spirit refers to him by his first name, which we learn is Xavier. Waverly fishes a stun gun out of her purse and Doc zaps Dolls with it, driving the spirit from him. Apparently, all this conjuring of spirits causes clocks to run backward. In the first scene in Dolls’ office, the time is about 11:20am. After the conjuring, the clock reads 9:43, and when they arrive at the lake where Hamilton was drowned, it is clearly still afternoon.
Back in 1887, when Wyatt (Ryan Northcott) thought Doc was dying of consumption, he tells him “see you on the other side”, expressing a belief in an afterlife, right after indicating disbelief of the supernatural in this exchange:
WYATT: “All packed up and ready to go. Headed for a burg called Purgatory. See, a corrupted lawman there is out of fix and in need of a little adjustment.”
DOC: “I’ve heard some things about the particular corruption of that damn sheriff.”
WYATT: “Save your hoodoo-voodoo talk for your calico queens.”
DOC: “They say he’s part devil.”
WYATT: “Ain’t no such thing as devils. Only men, and the good and evil they do in this world.”
When Wyatt gets back from his trip to Purgatory (presumably to Glenwood Springs, Colorado where Doc is supposed to have died) he believes in demons, and thoroughly disapproves of Doc’s deal with the witch. It seems likely, then, that Purgatory was the place where Wyatt acquired the curse.
Aimée Beaudoin (Samantha Baker) is two characters (Kit DeLuca and Janeen Morris) in HEY, PRETTY WOMAN, a show which she also co-wrote (with Randy Apostle) and which will run through June 12 at Jubilations Dinner Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Brenna Sommer (prostitute #1) is Jasmine in the short film DON’T WALK AMONG THE DEAD, about a survivor of the zombie apocalypse who must choose between her own survival and that of her sick sister. The film was shot in two days in Dorothy, Alberta last January, and temperatures reached thirty below on both days. DWAD is an Official Selection of the International Film Festival of South Asia (19-23 May) in Toronto. The entire short film is available on YouTube.
The music in this episode is so well chosen that it is sometimes almost part of the dialogue. For instance, when Doc Holliday spouts the quote about setting himself on a mission of vengeance, the song adds: “You gotta do what you say; you gotta do what you do.” from Do Watcha, track two from the album A Real Fine Mess by The Harpoonist and the Axe-Murderer. Playing behind the final scene between Doc and Wyatt is Black Sky by Greylag.