For a hour of comedy, this week’s episode of Wynonna Earp wrapped up with a pretty big body-blow. Thankfully, the sort of manic energy featured in the Jolene episode a few weeks back kept the thing afloat with an even zannier, and welcome, A-plot.
So, let’s talk about that as the ending is nothing but heartache.
Opening with the revelation that Nicole’s (Kathrine Barrell) appointment as sheriff must be ratified by the town council, out-going Sheriff Randy Nedly (Greg Lawson) gave Nicole and Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) a “Parent Trap” assignment to bring them closer together as, well, they’re going to have to work together once Nicole becomes Sheriff. His plan, ultimately, worked as the two finally became an open admiration society even if there was a supernatural element to it. In fact, it may make some wonder if Nedly knew the contents of his own Black Badge-esque safe would lead to the adventure the two would ultimately go on. Note the presence of a mirror which genuinely gave Nicole bad luck once broken and a gnomewife in the vault. Nedly put them there and had to remember they were there, right? Maybe he hoped to the two would bond over a day of ridiculous terrors.
But then, maybe I’m giving Nedly way too much credit. Then again, it turns out he was always looking out after Nicole since the morning after the massacre, so …
Meanwhile, Nicole’s troubles begin to mount when she invites her strongest opponent on the council, Bunny Loblaw (Jann Arden), to her house for an afternoon chat. Bunny is a riotously funny melange of a flat-earther, a racist, and a homophobe who believes Isis lurks around every corner. The concept could’ve been cloying, but Arden makes her invitingly awful and a fun foil for the week. But, ultimately, she is just one aspect of Nicole’s not-good day. Wynonna drops by to make things worse, Bunny suggests supporting her for Sheriff, and a gnome appears in the window; giving Bunny a mild but memorable heart attack.
Nicole’s attempt to get her to the hospital results in her cruiser getting stolen by a couple of frat-bros, who take the car to a Revenant biker bar. Yikes! But at least the Rev bar will go down in history for its depiction of a drunk Nicole Haught and revealing one of Wynonna’s best strategies for drinking Revs under the table. But since the bad luck is contagious and Nicole is “feeling college,” Wynonna’s trick gets discovered and the pair end up on the run again. Oh, and the gnome is catching up with them.
Good thing it all wrapped up with Wynonna going to bat for Nicole, threatening Bunny with the gnome, and Nicole proving she actually believes in Wynonna.
All this time, other developments are occurring, of course. Jeremy (Varun Saranga) and Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) determine the run of bad luck as just a little too coincidental. Doc (Tim Rozon) and Michelle (Megan Follows) enjoy an afternoon together where important things are discovered and we get the disheartening truth about Doc: he has been turned. Oh, also, Bobo Del Rey (Michael Eklund) told Michelle that Ward threw the Angel Julian outside the Ghost River Triangle on the day Waverly was born and that he has been lost in the wide world this whole time.
Michele aims to go looking for him even if it will make her daughters feel abandoned again. Which, of course, is exactly what happens.
I know I should talk little bit more about Doc become a vampire, but it’s kind of a bummer. Like I said last week, grasping for more life is on-brand for John Henry Holliday, but it doesn’t make it any less sad. Certainly that vision of Hell he experienced is part of this, but there’s just no good excuse. Well, maybe he figured out this was the only way to avoid giving Bulshar (Jean Marchand) the ring, but … nah, I’m with Wynonna on this. At least until the show can manage some sort of redemption.
Then again, maybe there is no redemption this time.
Which leads us to the final, amazing scene. Though Michelle got out of Dodge, she did leave letters for her daughters. The one for Wynonna offered a word of warning: do not trust Doc Holiday. Wynonna proceeded to read the note to him and it led to Doc revealing his vampiric tendencies. It is a master class of acting and possibly the most heartbreaking scene in the whole of the series. And, as said before, it may not be possible for Doc to find some sort of redemption after this.
Come to think of it, isn’t interesting how the series has systematically broken down the team? Yeah, some of the bonds are closer and Jeremy is a great addition, but the Wynonna/Dolls/Waverly/Doc team no longer exists in a terrible way. And while I’m asking questions, where is Bulshar in all of this? Did he decided cunning was the better option? Also, is Bobo telling the truth about Julian? That seems pretty convenient and a good way to get Michelle out of Purgatory when her kids need her the most.
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays on Syfy.