WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 11 – SPOILERS
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Ghost River Triangle. Juan Carlos (Shaun Johnston), the fellow who stopped to assist Doc and his overheated 1978 Lincoln, warns that the solstice is four days away. He further warns that if a certain portal opens on the solstice, Wynonna Earp will lose (presumably her battle with the revenants), even with Doc’s help. Doc is given a choice between the badge he discarded several episodes ago, and a new fan belt for the Lincoln.
Meanwhile, back at the homestead, the Earps are coming to grips with Willa’s return. (Dolls has run a DNA test and the woman formerly known as Eve is the spit and image of Willa.) Then another bit of Wynonna’s past is revealed:
WYNONNA: “We shouldn’t have given up, Gus.”
GUS: “Oh, we didn’t think we had. After six months of searching, we found part of Willa’s nightgown coated in dried blood.”
WYNONNA: “Oh, Jesus.”
GUS: “Well, it was a Thursday. I remember, cause you’d just been released from St. Victoria’s. Tried to burn down your classroom.”
WYNONNA: “Miss Hanson called my diorama an aberration. I stayed up all night hand crafting those little papier-mâché demons.”
Judge Cryderman (David LeReaney) delivers several large, perfectly formed green crystals (they look like quartz) to Bobo, who tells him he will need more, and instructs the judge to “lock down” law enforcement during the poker spectacular. (This is probably why we don’t see Neadley or Haught in this episode. The Judge is keeping them busy.) Cryderman gets overly enthusiastic in his attempts to please Bobo and sends a team of ex-military types to assassinate Dolls. They attack the Earp homestead with automatic weapons. Waverly is wounded slightly, and Willa is saved from certain death by Bobo who just happens to be wandering about in the vicinity. (One wonders about this because later, Bobo calls the Judge on the carpet for the attack on Dolls and the Earps. Clearly he did not know it was going to happen.) Willa prevents Wynonna from shooting Bobo, which makes sense after his saving her and all.
Cora (Karissa Strain) and Jolene (Katie Strain), the flesh eating twins who were locked in storage for a year with an old CPR steam locomotive are a bit of a mystery. There are easier and less messy ways to kill people, so they must serve some other purpose. Perhaps they excrete (or secrete?) the green crystals. Their eyes glow pink when mesmerizing their victims.
Someone, possibly Juan Carlos, whacks Doc over the head at the end of the episode, and drags him off to parts unknown. (Doc’s car has broken down again further down the road, and one must assume he chose the fan belt over the badge.) The song playing on Doc’s car radio when he is knocked out is an unreleased track called Forever, by Swedish rockabilly band The Go-Getters. Doc has no known living enemies, other than Bobo and (possibly) Dolls, both of whom should be happy to have him leave town, and Constance Clootie, who is buried up to her neck in salt somewhere.
Willa remembers her childhood, but nothing about her time with Lou’s cult in the woods. She learns to drink very quickly for someone who has drunk nothing but dandelion tea for most of her adult life. She attempts to bond with Wynonna, but does nothing of the sort with Waverly.
Shaun Johnston (Juan Carlos) is Tom in the webseries DELMER & MARTA, about a couple hosting a local morning news show. (Tom is their unlucky-in-love next-door neighbour.) Johnston is also Jack Bartlett in the CBC series HEARTLAND, which is now in its ninth season.
The song playing during Wynonna and Willa’s bar fight is Run Amuck, track nine from the 2015 album Faded Gloryville by Toronto singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega. Ortega’s next live appearance will be 17 June at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA.
That locomotive the twins were imprisoned with (CP Rail engine number 2024) is part of Railway Days at Heritage Park, an annual weekend of railway related activities that will next occur in Calgary on 26 and 27 September.