WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Ambrose (Tyrell Crews) asks Wynonna to help him find his lover Levi (the revenant that Doc dragged across the border of Purgatory at the behest of Bobo). He tells her the story of how they met.
AMBROSE: “Life could be pretty lonely for a fella like me. Back in those days, you can imagine. And then the most beautiful man I’d ever seen, a photographer, daguerrotypes, you know what those are?”
WYNONNA: “Old timey pictures, right?”
AMBROSE: “Mmmm-hmmm. He walked right up to me on the street. He was so bold that way. Sold me on getting my photo done. You had to sit completely still. My stomach was fluttering something awful. We just stared at each other. And stared. By the time the photo was finished…”
WYNONNA: “How blarfably romantic.”
AMBROSE: “We promised that if we were ever struck down by Peacemaker, next time we regenerated we’d meet at the same day, time and place.”
The song playing at Shorty’s while Ambrose tells his story is Livin’ in the Fire by Motopony. The story of Ambrose and Levi seems to crystallize Wynonna’s guilt. Later, she tells Doc that she can’t just go on coldly executing revenants, and needs to give them a chance to “come clean”. (She’s been having nightmares, and Waverly suggested that guilt over this might be the cause.) Vinnie the Vulture (Josh Bertwistle), the fellow she tries to torture, tells her that Earps are always “trying to cut filthy little deals whenever it suits them”. And a guard she and Ambrose subdue tells her that he is suspicious of anything an Earp might say. It seems the Earp family has a history of opportunism and ruthlessness, with which Wynonna is uncomfortable. She informs Dolls that she is not a cop and needs to do things her way. Dolls is OK with that (like he has a choice) as long as they are “pulling in the same direction, roughly”.
Meanwhile, Bobo’s lawyer turns out to be Constance Clootie (Rayisa Kondracki), the ‘stone witch’ (Clootie’s maiden name is Stone.) She’s the one who put Doc at the bottom of a well for a hundred years. (When she encounters Doc in this episode, she casts a disorienting spell on him in Romanian.) Connie has a relationship of mutual convenience with Bobo. She apparently has agreed to give him some of her powers (Bobo has acquired the power of telekinesis. The witch might transfer such power to him during sex if the heel-sucking scene is any indication) along with a promise of a way out of Purgatory. In exchange for that he is to reassemble the bones of two people (her children? her siblings?) for her. These bones have been scattered widely, we do not know by whom, most likely to prevent just such reassembly.
CONNIE: [Speaking to bones] “It’s almost time lovies. Uncle Bobo is finding you. All of you. And then it will be just like we planned.”
BOBO: “Alright, that’s enough, Constance. Don’t get hysterical.”
CONNIE: “Let me take them. They’ll be happier with me. Won’t you let me?”
BOBO: “You’d like that, wouldn’t you? What I would like, Connie, is the lead to get out of this goddamned prison. My lead, that you’ve been promising me for years.”
CONNIE: [slaps him] “Tit for tat. Like we’ve always said.”
BOBO: “I put your boys back together, you give me that lead.”
CONNIE: “By the by, when were you gonna tell me that Doc Holliday was back among the living?”
BOBO: “When were you gonna tell me he scares the living shit out of you?”
Another new character, Purgatory’s City Manager and Judge (played by David LeReaney), whose name is Cryderman, is clearly corrupt and may be in league with the Stone Witch and/or Bobo Del Rey. He and Wynonna don’t like each other much, and he has a photo titled ‘The Death of Josiah Earp’ in his office which shows the seven member hunting party that also took Wynonna’s father and sister. (Josiah Earp was Wynonna’s great-grandfather.)
Doc and Wynonna finally have sex, although Wynonna, being inclined toward self-analysis these days, expresses doubts as to whether they should. Earlier in the story the sight of of a topless Dolls made her tongue-tied, so it was predictable that she would succumb to Doc’s advances, but Wynonna does not share Doc’s thirst for revenge and that will likely inhibit the development of the relationship. The song playing as Doc and Wynonna kiss is Window by Bonefield, a French producer & composer based In Lyon, France (also known as Noone, Bonefield, FOM & Oscar Sandlarz). Another of their songs was used in W.E. episode one during the revenants’ war party.
Josh Bertwistle (Vinnie the Vulture) will join Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre as a featured player for May, and will appear in Super Scene on the 28th. Bertwistle is also starring in a comedy webseries recently funded by Storyhive called MEGA CRIME UNIT, with three main characters: a police chief with IBS, a detective with 2 years till retirement, and a rookie who should probably repeat police academy.
David LeReaney (Judge Cryderman) will be Alex Fischer in EMPYREAN, a science fiction drama about a man whose near death experience awakens his psychic abilities. Shot in and around Calgary, the film describes itself as a “meditation on the intersection of time, space, and memory”. EMPYREAN has received AMPIA nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Original Score. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Marnie Madden (Female Worker #1) is raising money for a film called THE SILVER THIMBLE GANG, an Old West drama featuring a unique band of female outlaws headed by Maggie Beaumont, who broke bad after she was beaten and left for dead in the desert by her abusive husband. And Madden has begun work on a webseries called ONCE UPON A DATE, written by herself, Josee Nisbet, and Melissa Cambridge, which will tell “real life funny stories” of experiences with social dating sites.