Big Sky Recap: Dig in the dirt

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Is it weird that as I look at the Big Sky this week, I start to hope that Scarlet is one Killer too?

We’ve already seen that Phoebe’s mom is crazier than her turtlenecks would lead us to believe. So is it so difficult to make the leap that she – and not her sister Mary, as we have been led to believe – is behind the death of Phoebe’s father?

I’m just saying, if next week’s episode (which I haven’t seen) Ronald tries to take out his girlfriend and she turns her over and ends up with his life in her hands? I won’t hate it. Though I’d love to see Jerrie able to walk in and kick him at least a couple of times for the sake of closure.

Anyway, this week’s episode also shows us exactly what is happening in the pasture of the Kleinsasser Ranch. Read on for the highlights of “Nice Animals”. (And did you hear about the renewal of the second season?)

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED | As you might have guessed, Rand was behind the wheel of the truck that had plowed through Jenny’s motel room at the end of the previous episode. After driving away for joy, we see that Jenny is bloody, but okay, and Angela is dead. “I told you and your friend to leave Lochsa,” says Sheriff Wagy coldly, but Jenny hits home when she referred to him as an “accessory” to the murder.

And when Wagy tells Horst about the death – and the fact that he knows that Rand is behind it – he alludes to some papers that he found at the crime scene. The documents are a “record of all the chemicals you brought to your ranch,” he added, saying he could no longer protect the Kleinsasser family from investigation.

Elsewhere, Cheyenne lets her mother know that JW killed Blake, and Margaret asks her not to tell Hurst yet. Then she recounts the time when Hurst, weak from giving birth to Cheyenne, demanded that dinner be put on the table. So she laced his meatloaf with rat poison … and nothing happened. “Woke up fit as a violin,” she recalls. “I swear to god this man is too damn mean to die.” She and Horst later have a deeply disturbing conversation in which he compares her to a cow that can only give birth to deformed calves, and she vows to kill him herself.

At Blake’s funeral, Margaret whispers to JW, “I’m going to kill you,” and then has to be physically pulled away from him. However, no one there seems to think this is strange.

We finally learn – through Rosie’s father, Gil – that the Kleinsassers made a ton of money by allowing fracking companies to dump their toxic chemicals on the ranch’s pasture, and Wagy brokered the deal. In addition to Cole Danvers, who began to ask questions and was killed by Rand because of it, the family’s illegal businesses were responsible for the deaths of workers who came into contact with the toxic waste and workers who caused problems for the little ones.

So Jenny, Cassie and Gil sneak into the property on the night of the funeral to photograph corpses in oil barrels and to take a soil sample. But meanwhile Wagy alerts Horst. And pretty soon Rand and his big truck seem to be coming for them. (Um, people? RUN!)

WORST CAMPING TRIP | Ronald convinces Scarlet and Phoebe that a camping trip in the middle of the night on the 16-wheeler he just bought is COMPLETELY NORMAL AND FUN! THERE’S NOTHING TO SEE HERE! So the ladies hop into his new rig without knowing that Mary’s bloody corpse is hanging a few inches from where they sleep.

Once they get to the campsite (read: the forest in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell phone), Ronald is super creepy when he explains to Phoebe that “nice animals” like rabbits are eaten by more violent creatures, and that is just the way things go Then, as Scarlet and Phoebe are dozing in the tent that night, he sneaks out to bury Mary’s body … except Phoebe wakes up, emigrates and wonders what “Arthur” is doing in the dark. Oops.

Back home, Lindor and Jerrie discover that Scarlet is Ronald’s girlfriend and that they went somewhere in his truck. (Side note: I love Jerrie and I hope that while Lindor is right and it will ruin her life, Lindor becomes a regular employee of Dewell and Hoyt Private Investigations.)

Now it’s your turn. What do you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

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