WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Doc Holliday meets the Lone Ranger. Nicole gets drunk in a strip club. It becomes less certain that Doc is the baby’s father, and the Gardner sisters are suspected of being the widows (which they are, but they look like the Gardner sisters and nobody can prove it). Black Badge never got around to finding out just who or what the widows are. They had been stored in a crate for nearly a century. The widows have located and broken two of three mystical seals hidden in Purgatory, and only they know what will happen when they find and break the third. Faux Beth Gardner tells faux Mercedes that when they find the third seal “…our love burns bright and true”. They are widows. Perhaps they are working to resurrect dead spouses?
Tucker has killed the Stone Witch, apparently lifting her spell, and making Doc Holliday visible to any supernatural beings who might be hunting him. Dolls said (in episode 2.6, referring to the sleep spell cast by Hypnos): “the spell is irreversible if the caster dies before lifting it”. Perhaps this doesn’t apply to all spells. No less than Bass Reeves turns up covered in cobwebs (he had fallen asleep waiting for news of Holliday’s location) with a warrant from 1882. He arrests Doc for having sex with Judge Stanley Parker’s wife (twice).
Reeves was the first black deputy U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi. In 32 years he made more than 3000 arrests, killed 14 people (all in self-defense), and was never wounded. He rode a silver-gray horse, usually wore a black hat (though there are photos of him wearing a white one), and gave out silver dollars as a calling card. Many think his exploits formed the basis for the fictional character The Lone Ranger.
Historical Note: Bass Reeves was hired as a deputy U.S. Marshall by Judge Isaac Charles Parker, and most of Bass’s work as a lawman happened in the Oklahoma and Arkansas territories presided over by Isaac Parker and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.
1882 was a significant year for Earp and for Holliday. It was a year after the OK Corral, and the two were in Albuquerque, about 1000 kilometers from where Bass and Judge Isaac Parker lived, making interaction between Doc and that Judge’s wife improbable. 1882 was also the year Wyatt began living with his third wife, Josephine Marcus, whom he had met three years earlier in Tombstone. Wyatt’s co-habitation with Josie precipitated a quarrel with Doc Holliday that resulted in the break-up of their friendship.
It seems that Doc might not be the father of Wynonna’s kid. Between Episode 1.8 and Episode 1.9, she had a little adventure at a strip club called Pussy Willow where she had once worked. (Her stripper name was Aphrodite.) Jonas (Mark Ghanimé), the other paternal possibility, works there, and it turns out he’s a revenant. Nicole and Wynonna go there with the idea of buying Jonas a drink and pilfering his glass to collect a DNA sample. (If Jonas wasn’t the father, then there would be no need to say anything about the incident to Doc.) Then Wynonna finds out that Waverly let it slip to Doc that he might not be the baby daddy, making the whole exercise unnecessary. Before being dispatched by Peacemaker, Jonas says something interesting. “A revenant breeding with a human? Unlikely, yeah, but rumour is, it’s happened before.” Waverly hears this, and later tells Wynonna that she has come to believe that she might not be an Earp.
It should be pointed out that Waverly hit three other strip clubs before locating Nicole and Wynonna at the Pussy Willow, so Purgatory has at least four such establishments.
Nicole and Wynonna got drunk together once in Season One. This time, Nicole has to drink for the both of them and drunk Nicole opposite sober Wynonna is really charming and funny.
Wynonna makes some decisions. “I have an ultrasound booked next week,” she tells Waverly, “but if my OBGYN is expecting [DNA] samples, tough luck. She ain’t getting any. I already know the pre-existing conditions. On the one hand, revenant-itis. On the other, Wyatt Earp’s best friend. Fakakte.”
Imali Perera (Wynonna’s doctor) is Olivia in WELCOME TO NOWHERE, a romantic comedy with a deep and challenging undertone about finding yourself in the unlikeliest of places. It is also about he personas that we create for ourselves that are meant to protect us, and how they are often the things that do us the most harm. The idea is, if you can find the courage to let go of who you think you should be, and embrace who you really are, you just might open yourself up to finding love, even in the middle of nowhere. (NOTE: When the script called for a wedding between two of the film’s characters, Director Robin Dunne and actor Farrah Aviva opted to throw their own wedding on the film set minutes after they wrapped on the fictional one.) WELCOME TO NOWHERE is available in Canada on Superchannel on Demand until 31 July.
Andreas Apergis (Hypnos in WE episode 2.6) will be Samsonov in the comedy BIRTHMARKED which is about two scientists (Toni Collette and Matthew Goode) who quit their university jobs in 1977 to conduct an experiment they think will revolutionize people’s understanding of human identity. Their project aims to raise three children in a way that cultivates traits contrary to their genetic predispositions to prove the ultimate power of nurture over nature. The experimental subjects are: a newborn girl adopted from two feeble-minded parents (raised to be smart), a newborn boy adopted from two anger-prone parents (raised to be a pacifist), and their own biological son, with a long family history of intellectual accomplishment (raised to become an artist). As one might expect, the experiment reveals little scientific truth. BIRTHMARKED was filmed in and around Montreal, and should be released later this year.
Mark Ghanimé (Jonas) is the recurring character Dr. Ken Graham in Season Two of Global TV‘s PRIVATE EYES, an investigative drama series featuring Cindy Sampson as P.I. Angie Everett, and Jason Priestley as her partner, ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade. Season One of that series will begin airing in the US on ION TV sometime in October.