Season 4, Episode 4: “Innocent Might Be a Bit of a Stretch”
Directed by Everardo Gout
Written by Chad Feehan
* For a review of the previous episode, “Job” – click here
* For a review of the next episode, “A Little Late to Grow a Pair” – click here
We open on Lilith Bode (Jennifer Landon) having dinner with a mysterious man who seems an awful lot like the serial killer roaming around Banshee. He’s got some seriously weird shit going on – horn implants in the forehead, an upside down cross on his torso, a massively creepy piece on his back. Wow. And meanwhile, as Lilith cleans the dishes after dinner, he’s got himself a new victim in a secret room by the pool table. Yikes. What an opener! This might be off the wall, but it’s intriguingly off the wall.
Cut back to three months ago. Rebecca (Lili Simmons) is taking care of Hood (Antony Starr). He asks her why she’s even there, why she’s running around messing with the people in that wild little town. He cares for her, or cared for her. He essentially lost Carrie, Siobhan died. Now that Rebecca’s gone, his worst nightmare has basically come true. Every woman he’s loved has ended up either disappearing from his life, or dying.
Present day. Sheriff Brock Lotus (Matt Servitto) is questioning Hood about whether he knew Rebecca was pregnant. They chat about his relationship with Rebecca. Brock treats him like any other perp, which rightfully so he should because that’s his job. But it’s harsh. Their history is storied, so I guess Brock is taking out all those frustrations he’d ever had on him now. And he’s just totally convinced Hood killed Rebecca. Only Hood knows the difference, obviously, but more than that he can tell this is the work of a nasty killer.
Randall Watts (Chance Kelly) is before the Parole Board at prison. Instead of pleading for his case, he simply rants and raves, spitting racial epithets, threats, everything at the people there to question him. So back in the box he goes. There’s something more going to come of him and the Aryan Brotherhood. I wonder if it’s all-out war.
Meanwhile back at home, Job (Hoon Lee) is having trouble readjusting to life on the outside. At the same time, Hood is starting to go crazy already on the inside. He paces his cell remembering what jail was like the first time. Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) turns up to see him for a few minutes. She even offers her house as collateral, if bond is ever on the table. For now all she can do is lend moral support.
One of the men from Watts’ parole hearing finds Clay Burton (Matthew Rauch) in his car. Uh oh. I see there are big developments coming now. Perhaps Proctor needs Watts out of jail to sort his men. Proctor’s also got Mrs. Hopewell slightly on his trail getting information from Deputy Kurt Bunker (Tom Pelphrey), though he’s also in turn under the watchful eye of Deputy Nina Cruz (Ana Ayora).
Bigger things are happening. Proctor shows up to take Hood, saying he’s paid the bail. Things get amazingly tense. At least until Special Agent Veronica Dawson (Eliza Dushku) arrives to shut the whole thing down. Oh, how things never change in Banshee, right? Amazingly Proctor gives Agent Dawson an ultimatum, twenty four hours or else he’s obviously going to start doing things his way.
Finally, back to the serial killer. He and Lilith have a twisted thing going. They like to do some weird Satanic sacrifice type play, licking up blood. All that.
More importantly, Agent Dawson sits in for a chat with Hood. Luckily his prints and all those tidbits were switched by Job way back when, so there’s no surprises on that end. But he’s still stuck in a room with a federal agent. She tries to bullshit the bullshitter, and he calls her on it. She straight up asks if he’s guilty, to which he replies “no“, and that’s that.
Carrie tracks Kai to where Calvin Bunker (Chris Coy) runs the big drug operation. She calls Kurt about it, which surprises him. They’re getting closer and closer to being found out, one or them, or both. As Carrie is pushing her luck, and Nina keeps her eye close on everyone, Bunker particularly.
As for Kai, we cut to four months ago. He’s thinking of a conversation with his niece Rebecca. He gives her the news of the Aryan Brotherhood taking care of the drugs, instead of being her responsibility. She’s not happy, as usual, being passed over constantly like a child. Sadly, their relationship was on bad terms when she died.
At home, Carrie finds Job rooting around at her weaponry. And there’s a ton of it. She has big, big plans.
The serial killer and Lilith are busy putting finishing touches on their victim, along with what seems like a congregation of people. A nasty, unsettling scene. Seems like Calvin is having troubles. He’s drinking away his troubles having doubts about Watts and his deal with Proctor. There is a situation about to rear its head: “Watts has to fuckin‘ go,” says Calvin after a shot
Job insists Carrie take him out with her, as she’s headed for trouble. He continually has little flashes back to his time abducted by those military rejects. He snaps out of it long enough to try stopping Carrie, but she wants no part of it. She’s doing what she has to do to get through the rest of her life. And more power to her. She proceeds to walk in and start setting fire to the place like a god damn wild woman! This whole series of scenes is awesome. She kicks a lot of ass, as per usual for Carrie. The music, the cinematography, Carrie’s bad ass attitude, everything clicks perfectly for another well executed action sequence. Outside Job watches explosions start and his PTSD is triggered. But Carrie gets to run away from a nice big blow up in slow motion, like a real action hero. Fucking gnarly! Dig it. Now let’s watch, see how Kai and the Nazis deal.
More Agent Dawson now. She busts in on a crack house. A raid this is not. She picks up a lightbulb pipe and puffs a good one. Can you say personal demons? Oh my. This is never good. A high ranking law enforcement official on extremely heavy drugs. She’s almost completely functional, though. Doesn’t even miss a call on her cell.
A new body has turned up. The ritually killed girl was dumped near a river. Dawson meets Lotus to check the whole thing out. A real nasty bit of work.
At home with his wife and son, Calvin goes further insane. The cracks are wearing thin. Then Watts show up at his door. And wow – Watts’ daughter is Calvin’s wife. Never saw that coming. Even crazier seeing as how Kurt’s been screwing around with her. But as for Calvin, things only seem to get worse and worse.
Better news for Hood – he’s out, with the killer striking again.
Kai can’t stop flashing back to four months prior. At his home, he sees Rebecca with a man. She almost taunts him as they head back to her bedroom. Back in the present, he drinks and drinks and drinks. He rages, too. There’s nothing good to come of that, either.
With Hood sprung from jail, he ends up in the company of Agent Dawson. Uh, Hood… man… you’ve gotta stop going with your dick all the time. At least that’s what it’s looking like to me. Another woman, another possible devastation.
Nice episode. Very unexpected. The next one is titled “A Little Late to Grow a Pair” and promises lots of interesting things.
One thought on “Banshee – Season 4, Episode 4: “Innocent Might Be a Bit of a Stretch””
I think there’s a lot of good things going on. Aside from the serial killer thing, I’m beginning to think the Bunker substory with his brother is going to be quite heavy. The little background they gave Calvin and the family was smooth and did not really feel force-fed, I thought; though there were some moments that were a bit “HEY LOOK”, like the winkings.
I’m also on the lookout for Job and what the rest of the season holds for him, he seems totally off and on the verge of snapping. Which, aside from being understable, makes it dangerously interesting too. But I might be reading too much into it. I wonder if Leo will reappear at some point too. And talking about snapping makes me think of Proctor, whom I hope to see more of. I mean, he’s the mayor, he’s all powerful and all that, but there’s still a little something missing to me, and I’m not quite of what it is just yet.
I’ve got to say I do agree too, when you write that Hood has to stop thinking with his dick. I had the exact same thought watching it. I’m guessing this will ultimately lead him to a bad ending – again – but with, perhaps, his life hanging in the balance this time.
Anyway, I’ll stop my ramblings here. Got to say the last couple of episode have left me waiting for more, but knowing Banshee, I’m sure that feeling won’t last long.
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