Wynonna Earp Recap: Bad Reputation

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Hello, friends, and welcome to the second week of new Wynonna Earp episodes. Today we’re going to talk about Episode 402, “Friends in Low Places,” which is also the only country song that was played during my reception, so you know it has good bones. This episode delighted me, gutted me, and every single emotion in between. You know, like most episodes of this show.

Seriously, though, I was blown away by this one, and I can’t wait to talk about it. So grab your cherry-blossom pruners, check to make sure your partner isn’t a biblical figure in disguise, and prepare for an epic romantic reunion of legend — you with my recaps, clothing optional.

Previously on Wynonna Earp, Nicole and Wynonna went looking for Gloria Valdez to find a back door into the Garden but found her daughter, Rachel, instead; Doc and Waverly got conned into feeding blood to a pit in the ground; and Nicole fell down a digital well at the same time a naked Nicole-shaped object ended up in the Garden. 

Because the world doesn’t stop when your best friend disappears, the BBD zombies are still attacking Wynonna and Rachel, who does her best Dottie Hinson impression and lays into a zombie with a bat (and, like Dottie, also didn’t drop the ball). They need to run from the zombie physicist, and Wynonna shouts into the darkness of the digital well to Nicole that she’s going to find her.

I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation
I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation

Nicole is naked and surrounded by cherry blossoms (not, as I thought in the last episode, dogwoods — the team here at The TV Junkies regrets this error). Doc tries to help her cover up with his jacket (always sometimes the gentleman), but can’t get to her because she’s surrounded by a force field. But, hey, at least she’s not alone — now a tree is growing in there with her, so she’s got a little forest friend. Doc goes to find Waverly, and we realize that this…thing may just be wearing a Nicole-shaped meat suit and isn’t the Haught pants we know and love. 

Living in the past, it's a new generation
Living in the past, it’s a new generation

This is just a really great scene with Tim and Kat — the subtle body language and reactions, the eye work, the dialogue are just elevated by two amazing actors. It made me super uncomfortable because you could tell Nicole was like a poor copy of our Nicole, but it was still so entertaining because of their performances. 

Doc finds a still somewhat confused Waverly reading by his fire, flipping through the pages of The Secret Garden or whichever book of life she picked up during her quest. She hastily shoves the book in her satchel like he’s just caught her reading Queer Sex for Dummies. He chastises her for feeding the machine her blood, and she points out they have no idea what is going on, but she insists she’s meant to protect the Garden. Doc tells her that Nicole is there, and they go back to the blood machine to find her.

And another just simply amazing scene — it was so short but hit so many points — Waverly seeming to feel this strange pull to guard the Garden, her questioning that Nicole is really Nicole, Doc telling her that she’ll be pleased with how Nicole looks, an inside joke to himself and proof that this 200-year-old olden-timey dentist believes that love is love. Their facial expressions and the way they delivered the exactly-right dialogue just made for a wonderful scene. I love these two together. 

A girl can do what she wants to do and that's what I'm gonna do
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s what I’m gonna do

As Rachel and Wynonna hide from the zombie physicists, Rachel explains they were looking for “an interdimensional gateway” that they could weaponize, but in true mediocre governmental agency form, when the plan actually works, they panic and gas the entire staff, reminding Wynonna of the 2005 Chili Cookoff. Rachel admits she hasn’t left because she can’t abandon her mom — if there’s even a chance she’s alive (Wynonna knows there isn’t), she can’t risk leaving (she totally can). You can see how much it pains Wynonna to keep the truth from her, but now — being chased by zombie physicists while they’re trying to find Nicole and a backdoor to the Garden — truly isn’t the time. Rachel agrees to help Wynonna get into the lab and find Nicole, even though it’s gonna be real tricky, friends. 

Waverly ecstatically enters the blood/cherry blossom room where Nicole is — she can’t believe her best baby is in her best Garden. Nicole tries to get Waverly inside the force field, and when she can’t, we can see a brief flash of someone who’s definitely not our Nicole. When Waverly asks about everyone else, Nicole brushes her off and says it’s just her. It feels like this Garden may have rot. And cucumber beetles. 

An' I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation Oh no, not me
An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation
Oh no, not me

And since our next scene opens with actual Nicole, who’s injured herself from the fall through the “well,” well…something’s definitely wrong here, especially since she’s injured and incapacitated on the floor with a zombie nearby, ready to treat her leg like a meat stick.

Rachel explains to Wynonna that they need to wear decontamination suits and masks in the lab, so they suit up to grab zombie key cards to access the room where it happens. Rachel chides Wynonna about making everything a sex joke, which Wynonna obviously makes a sex joke about. They creep through the lab and relieve all of the scientists of their key cards as quickly and quietly as possible, but Wynonna’s mask malfunctions and she starts to go a little wacky from lack of oxygen. Wynonna (literally) fights through it, and they manage to get the key cards and unlock the totem from the schmotem — er, I mean the door that leads them to Nicole. Wynonna does her best Gallagher impression and splatters her bestie’s would-be attacker like he’s a watermelon.

An' I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation Never said I wanted to improve my station
An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation
Never said I wanted to improve my station

While Doc and Waverly strategize about a way to free “Nicole” from the force field, she has fashioned an outfit out of cherry blossoms, because I guess all the fig leaves were taken. Suddenly, the lights blink, signaling that it’s time to “feed the machine” that runs on human blood, and as if we needed another reason to think “Nicole” isn’t quite herself, she suggests not following the rules and skipping the blood sacrifice. Waverly can hear Julian’s throne calling to her and remembers that Kevin said she’d sit on it and turn to stone, but “Nicole” isn’t having it. She doesn’t want Waverly in that chair. 

Waverly points out that the Garden is coming to life and that Nicole isn’t wearing Bulshar’s ring, and if it was actually Nicole, you can bet she’d focus on the proposal aspect of that ring, not on the fact that Bulshar is gone now. “Nicole” asks why he wanted in the Garden in the first place, and Waverly assumed “like most balding sociopaths, he wanted to play God.” (I’m looking at you, Lex Luthor.) But “Nicole” points out that God has been neglecting his Garden, to say the least, which makes Waverly uncomfortable. Waverly asks “Nicole” if she’s upset about getting roofied, but she avoids the question by saying there are a lot of things she’s upset about.

An' I'm only doin' good when I'm havin' fun An' I don't have to please no one
An’ I’m only doin’ good when I’m havin’ fun
An’ I don’t have to please no one

Doc shows up to the Red Cross room where you donate blood, but instead of sacrificing some of himself to the pit, a secret room opens and he goes to investigate. He finds three stones with a twisted version of Nicole’s face on them, but then he notices the back is all distorted. That’s no moon, and that’s not Nicole. He realizes that the prison that Weird Guy spoke of was never for him and Waverly — it’s for whatever “Nicole” is. He runs past the clearly angry blood pit and out into the snow, determined to save Waverly. Again.

An' I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation Oh no, no, no, no not me, oh no, no, no, no not me
An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation
Oh no, no, no, no not me, oh no, no, no, no not me

Bad news — Nicole’s leg is broken in two — nope, three — places. Good news — Wynonna gives Nicole the ring back. She jokes with Wynonna that if it’s a proposal, she’s already spoken for, even though she hasn’t technically said yes. All Wynonna wants is for these two to be together, so she slips the ring on Nicole’s finger and asks her to open the backdoor to the Garden with her. Not a euphemism, probably. 

More bad news — Rachel’s found her mother, and she died trying to keep the portal shut.  Rachel pulls a gun on Wynonna and says she’s not going into anyone’s Garden. Nicole tries to reason with her and says that this isn’t what her mother would want, and Wynonna makes it clear that she’ll do anything to get Waverly back, no matter what. Nicole lets the last cat out of the bag to Rachel that Wynonna knew all along that her mother was dead, and Rachel is even more determined to kill them since she thinks they’re Black Badge. But they’re just two friends — “best friends,” Wynonna corrects, and says there’s no take-backs. Nicole tries to explain they both love Waverly, and Rachel incorrectly connects the dots and thinks they’re in some kind of sister-wives situation, but no — their love may be different, but they both love Waverly more than anyone else in the world. Or out of it. Rachel blames herself for her mother’s death, and Nicole explains to her that her “mistakes do not define you,” citing Wynonna as an example. Rachel finally backs down, but seeing as how the zombies are getting even hungrier, they all realize they need to get out — soon — and the back door may be the most viable option.

Waverly realizes Doc hasn’t fed the machine, and things are changing — “Nicole” is freed from her prison, so she grabs Waverly’s hand and they run outside. Waverly can’t wait any longer and kisses her bonus blanket, but in a throwback to season Gooverly, Waverly says that Nicole doesn’t taste like she should — she tastes like sulfur, and we all know that vanilla-dipped doughnuts do not taste like sulfur. They’re interrupted by a screaming Doc, who demands that Waverly get away from “Nicole” since she’s, well, not Nicole. Sheriff Naught takes the opportunity to show her true colors and reveals herself to be — that’s right — the original first lady, Eve. 

Eve drags Waverly across the snow, ranting about the patriarchy and how she predates, well, everything, and says that Waverly succeeded where Bulshar failed and managed to release her from her prison. She monologues about Waverly and her cowboy, and Doc interrupts with an epic line — “I am a gunslinger, you amateur.”

I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation I've never been afraid of any deviation
I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation
I’ve never been afraid of any deviation

Doc squares off against one of the few characters we’ve seen who are older than him, and after a shot to NicolEve, she morphs into JeremEve, which is really getting to Doc.

An' I don't really care if you think I'm strange I ain't gonna change
An’ I don’t really care if you think I’m strange
I ain’t gonna change

Eve appears to be almost sifting through Jeremy’s brain, collecting information about Waverly and Doc, but Doc’s had enough. He uses Weird Guy’s giant scissors from Episode 401 and impales JeremEve into one of the stone doorways, and she takes the opportunity to morph again…into Wynonna. She sobs that she loves Doc, but Doc and Waverly aren’t falling for it. They know who she really is…and it probably doesn’t hurt that Wynonna would never have said that. Doc wants to leave, but Waverly has what some would consider a higher calling — she refuses to let Eve out of her prison. She knows Doc would fight her on it, so she dispatches him with her trademark Sizzling Hands of Unconsciousness and makes her way to Julian’s throne.

An' I'm never gonna care 'bout my bad reputation Oh no, not me, oh no, not me Pedal, boys
An’ I’m never gonna care ’bout my bad reputation
Oh no, not me, oh no, not me
Pedal, boys

Wynonna and Rachel are trying to figure out how to B the E to the Garden and not having much luck, but luckily the zombies are about to break in, so they’re well and truly fucked from both sides. Rachel tosses Nicole her gun but of course forgets to take the safety off, because it’s been A Day, but Nicole is an unkillable gay so it’s all fine. Rachel and Wynonna manage to keycard both the totem and the schmotem correctly, and the Backdoor Garden is open for business. But remember that bad news? No matter how much Nicole wants to Haught up, she can’t. Leg broken in one place? Sip of whiskey and push through. Two, even? Okay, let’s try and do this. But three places is too much, even for our butch ginger cop. Plus, there’s no coconut oil around to speed up the healing. 

Nicole tells Wynonna that Doc and Waverly need the Earp heir, not her, but Wynonna is just so tired of being alone, and she really wants her best friend by her side. Nicole promises that when Wynonna brings their family back, she’ll be waiting for them in Purgatory. “It has to be you, Wynonna. It was always going to be you.” And ignoring the thoughts of the other Earp heirs that may have been floating through my head, I have just one important thought — Nicole’s right. It was always going to be Wynonna, and she’s the only one who can do it. She’s not just anything. She’s Wynonna Earp. “I’ll see you at home,” Wynonna says before she lunges through the doorway, and Nicole throws Julian’s ring in after her.

An' I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation The world's in trouble, there's no communication
An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation
The world’s in trouble, there’s no communication

I’m not sure what Wynonna expected to see when she got to the Garden, but I’m imagining that it wasn’t seeing herself in an outfit that was so two years ago. You know, and impaled by Garden shears. “I am Eve; I am death” is the introduction WynonnEve goes with, and it sounds like it was run through the Scream voice changer. “Is my voice really that annoying?” wonders Wynonna. No, honey, that’s just the evil changing your pitch.

Doc comes to, checks his mustache, and, finding that all is right in the world, goes to find Waverly. He shouts for her, and Wynonna takes off to the sound of his voice. WynonnEve manages to unimpale herself and runs after her clones. 

Waverly decides that a stone chair in the middle of a frozen lake looks comfy for the rest of eternity and, as epic music swells, she takes her place to secure the future of humanity. WynonnEve is frozen in place (probably literally, because she’s definitely not wearing her long underwear) and screams in frustration, which Rachel and Nicole hear on the other side of the Garden wall.

An' everyone can say what they wanna say It never gets better, anyway
An’ everyone can say what they wanna say
It never gets better, anyway

Nicole tries to calm down Rachel, who’s definitely (and understandably) freaking out over what’s happened in the last…hour? Ten minutes? Day? I honestly have no concept of time anymore. Nicole is doing her best Randy Nedley impression and trying to comfort a young girl in a time of crisis and tries to get to know her a little better. Rachel explains that she’s from the Yucatan and can trace her bloodline back to the Mayans. She tells Nicole a family legend — 300 years ago, there was a mestiza warrior princess — “The Valdez” — who, after proving her worth, was given a kingdom to rule and immortality to do so with. Cool story, right? Bet that was just filler and we won’t hear about it again. They probably needed to fill time.

Nicole tells Rachel that they need to fight — “this war isn’t over; it’s just beginning.” She pulls out a beaver blaster Wynonna must have slipped her and, channeling her inner Daddy energy, no-look tosses it over her shoulder and, I’m assuming, kills all of the incoming zombie physicists. 

Wynonna finds Doc, but he thinks she’s WynonnEve and the weapon attacks. Instead of doing some kind of “hey, ask me a question only I would know” type of thing, they continue to beat the bananas out of one another. Wynonna tries to explain what she’s been through in the last day, but Doc refuses to believe her. She mentions Alice, but it takes her screaming their safe word “for when private time gets too honky-tonk”  — DOLLYWOOD! — before he believes that this is truly the woman he…cares deeply for. They share an epic kiss on a frozen lake in the gorgeous Alberta landscape. They deserve this four seconds of happiness before they remember everything’s gone to shit. Wynonna goes to try and talk some sense into Waverly while Doc takes on Eve. 

So why should I care about a bad reputation, anyway? Oh no, not me, oh no, not me
So why should I care about a bad reputation, anyway?
Oh no, not me, oh no, not me

In a beautifully written and shot scene, Wynonna frantically explains to Waverly why she shouldn’t stay in the Garden. “Your home is with me,” she pleads, but it seems to be going nowhere. Waverly knows she needs to protect humanity from Eve and explains “I am the heir.” Wynonna doesn’t dispute this or fight with her about it, because she knows Waverly’s right, but that doesn’t mean she’s willing to give her up. 

WynonnEve is unstuck, and I think (hope) it’s because Waverly’s resolve to take the stone throne  is shaken just from hearing Wynonna talk about her family. WynonnEve and Doc square off — again — but not before she shifts into JeremEve — again. She starts complaining about the large amount of pop culture in his brain, and Doc snaps back with “it shows he has passion!” JeremEve makes it clear he wants a one-way ticket to Purgatory, but Doc isn’t having it. He channels his inner Wynonna and kicks her through a doorway…which I’m sure definitely doesn’t lead to Purgatory and we’ll probably never see her again! Happy trails, Eve. It was nice knowing you! Have fun storming the castle!

The ground starts to rumble, and Doc gets scared, probably because of his wheezies. He goes to find his favorite sisters so they can make a hasty retreat. The Champion is trying to convince the Guardian not to make a stone-cold mistake and stay in the Garden, but it’s not going great. When Waverly speaks about her obligation, Wynonna reminds her of the promise she made Nicole. She’s more than the promise that was made without her consent to the Garden — she owes something to the woman she pledged herself to as well. Wynonna gets down on one knee and tells Waverly that her Haught cop will, in fact, say yes. “The curse is over, Waves,” she says. “It’s time to start living for ourselves.” And that seems to finally break through to her — she asks her sister for help as Wynonna slips the ring on Waverly’s finger. They hug and Waverly asks Wynonna to take her home, and Wynonna assures her they’ll find another way to stop Eve.

I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation You're living in the past, it's a new generation
I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation
You’re living in the past, it’s a new generation

Oh, remember that blood machine? Me neither, but it looks pretty pissed, so that’s cool.

Doc, Wynonna, and Waverly run through the snow, trying doors to get back into Purgatory. The problem is, they don’t know which doors are the right ones, and none of them are opening anyway. They eventually see one that’s glowing, and they decide to take that one home. Waverly throws Julian’s ring into the snow and leaves it behind, and they leap into the glowing doorway, but not without one last “Eden a dick” joke.

Wynonna comes to in a snowy field near where the stairway to Eden was, still wearing the outfit she left the Garden in. She’s alone — no Waverly, Doc, or Peacemaker, but at least she has herself, and she knows her family is safe somewhere. 

Well, well, well. Doc wakes up, hat and Waverly’s satchel in hand, by the, well, well. Doc’s back to wearing what he entered the Garden in, not what he left in, and takes a minute to harass the well (“you stupid hole”) and call for Wynonna and Waverly. With no answer, he does what is possibly the most bone-headed thing Doc has ever done, and, yes, I know I’m saying this about a character who betrayed the Earps, voluntarily became a vampire, and bought a shit-ton of banana liqueur for a bar in the middle of nowhere. He takes whichever book Waverly chose (I mean, it’s probably not a copy of Her Name in the Sky) and THROWS HER SATCHEL DOWN THE WELL OF SADNESS. Doc takes off for “home,” which is presumably wherever Wynonna is. They find each other in the town square, happiness and relief flooding both of their faces as their eyes fall on one another. Wynonna gives Doc his actual weapons back, and they agree that they’ll find Waverly later, since she’s where she belongs right now. As they’re about to kiss, Wynonna stops abruptly, shocked by the Purgatory she sees, as it’s a little more like Hell than she remembers. Hanging bodies have taken up residence in the square.

An' I only feel good when I got no pain An' that's how I'm gonna stay
An’ I only feel good when I got no pain
An’ that’s how I’m gonna stay

Waverly wakes up in the woods (in the clothes she entered the Garden in) and can only think of Nicole. Luckily, these woods are near the Homestead, and that’s also where a camouflage-wearing, shotgun-toting, shit-eater-shouting Nicole is. Their initial reunion is a little more bullet-ridden than we’d like, as Nicole fires at Waverly before she knows who she is. The absolute looks of relief that cross over both of their faces are heartbreaking and joy-bringing. Neither of them can believe it, and in a way, neither can I. It’s just felt like it’s been so long, you know? And it’s just been such a long year. Two years, too. They (and we) deserve every little bit of happiness that can be squeezed from the world right now, even if it’s short-lived and the other giant moccasin is about to drop.

An' I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation
An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation

“Are you real?” Nicole asks, and then they go about proving to each other how real they are in one of the most intimate, beautifully shot, well-done sex scenes I’ve ever seen on television anywhere. Seriously, everything about it is perfect, from how comfortable the actors seem with each other to the lighting to the cinematography to the song (“Ghost” by Adaline). It’s beautiful and perfect and exactly what they deserve, and Nicole promises to be with Waverly for the rest of her life, and Waverly says those three little words that we’ve been saying to WayHaught since 2016…and then, as expected, the giant moccasin.

Oh no, not me, oh no, not me
Oh no, not me, oh no, not me

Nicole broke her leg and came back to Purgatory but “had to retreat to the Homestead.” Waverly probably thinks she’s been gone a day or two, but that’s not how time passes outside of the garden. They’ve been gone for over a year and a half.

Not me, not me
Not me, not me

Friends, can I just say how absolutely blown away by Kat Barrell I was in this episode? I have always enjoyed her acting, but it’s gotten progressively better and better as this series goes on. She uses every tool in her arsenal to completely embody Nicole — or Not!Nicole — and the effect is just magical. I love that she (and all of them, really) are in a show that is worthy of their talents, and I just feel like they’re all making each other somehow better in some sort of crazy talent circle jerk. In summation, let me say — Kat Barrell’s face. Thank you for your time.

I’d like to take a minute to talk about the scene with Nicole and Waverly at the end of the episode. My brain keeps going to the first wlw sex scene on network TV, which was Willow and Kennedy on Buffy, and thinking about how far we’ve come. It obviously included a lot more clothes and a lot less of a focus on them as a couple, and it included Kennedy in an outfit that was definitely picked with the male gaze in mind and not her as a character. It felt to me like there was as much focus on remembering Kennedy had a tongue ring as there was on Kennedy as a person, and the whole thing kind of felt to me like it was being seen through a male gaze — more of a male representation of what a wlw sex scene would look like. I’m not saying it wasn’t groundbreaking — it was — and I’m not saying it was skeevy or Not!gentle pervy — it wasn’t…mostly. It just…felt different to me, and not just because the times or the S&P requirements were different. 

It was a kind of intimate that almost didn’t even have anything to do with how many clothes they were or weren’t wearing. It’s a perfect fit for a show that has set itself apart from all the others in terms of its treatment of all characters, regardless of gender, and storylines. It’s an important scene in and of itself for TV, and the fact that it was an intimate scene between two women? Epic. Truly epic. It actually managed to go above and beyond what we expect for the show.

Just some thoughts on Eve — What’s her endgame? How does she gain her knowledge of each person? Does it have anything to do with the book Waverly took (and Doc has now stolen)? I’m all for woman power, too, but she seems to maybe be trying to smash everything and not just the patriarchy. I do not think this is the last we’ve seen of her. Who knows where she got thrown into — could be Purgatory, could be some sort of alternative universe, could be a direct line into the well that Doc tossed Waverly’s satchel into. 

Seeing what all of them were wearing when she morphed into them also maybe is a clue? Or maybe they were just reusing wardrobe, because budget. But Nicole is naked, which makes sense — a fresh slate with the first skin suit she tries on for size. But as she accesses Nicole’s memories, she starts to build a picture of her friends. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Eve appeared in the last iterations of her friends that Nicole saw.

I think the great thing about a shapeshifter is that it gives you so many options of storylines, including so many former characters that we’d be able to bring back. Oh, and don’t forget the first Eve we met here in Season 1 — a little coconut-oil sniffing lady that we now know as Willa. There has to be some type of connection there, right? RIGHT? Regardless, I hope we see her again, in whatever form, and I’ll just end with saying that Kevin was right when she gave us the impression that Eve was…a handful.

So many of the relationships on this show feel groundbreaking and important. There’s the obvious impact of WayHaught and the heteronormative ceilings they’ve crashed through, but the found familial relationships in general feel new and different. When JeremEve faced off with Doc, you almost got the impression that Doc felt like he was fighting his own brother or son, giving us some insight as to how much the gunslinger has grown to love our favorite scientist. And Wynonna and Nicole? Just pure perfection. They’ve taken what could have been on a lesser show a one-note character of “the title character’s sister’s girlfriend” and woven her into the show so perfectly that we would feel empty if anything happened to Wynonna’s tater Haught. And the Earp sisters may not be groundbreaking, but they are perfect. They’d do anything for each other — and have.

Favorite lines:

  • Girl, you’re in a league of your own.
  • I am a fully grown half angel…and an adult human lady. 
  • “There’s another way into the lab, but we really need three people to get in.” “Well, we have two. Bonus — they’re both super fucking weird.”
  • “I didn’t bring any deodorant.” “I can tell.”
  • And Doc saw me naked! But it’s fine. I’m over it, so…
  • We’ll only have one chance to find what’s at the bottom of the Nic-hole.
  • “Everything’s gone to shit — must be Tuesday.” Ah, yes, you can tell because Dawn’s in trouble.
  • When I dreamt about dying, it involved me in Waverly’s arms…and Waverly in Sara Lance cosplay. 
  • Men — so dramatic, right?
  • Nice to meet you, mutant. Where’s my mute uncle?
  • I don’t ever half-ass it. I ass-and-a-half it.
  • Well, I’ll be damned. *gentle pause* Not literally, I hope. 
  • Save your heteronormative hero hogwash for humanity, sweetie. 
  • You a clone? Wy-clone-a?
  • Jesus, Orphan Whack. Take a Midol and a nap.
  • Go easy on her money-maker. Actually, go hard — I don’t need the competition.
  • “I’ve always been here. I will always be here. Time is a flat circle.” Honestly, that’s a quarantine mood if I’ve ever heard one.
  • You are not just a guardian. You are an Earp.
  • Well, after what we just did, you’re probably pretty dehydrated. 

 

Monica’s Random Thoughts of Randomness:

  • I know Eve is her own person, but when she was wearing the Nicole skin suit at first, she really reminded me of Jolene. I actually thought the skin suit might BE Jolene for a very long time into the episode, and I’m still not convinced Zoie Palmer won’t pop up somewhere before this show is over.
  • I’m still confused as to why Rachel has been holing up in this abandoned warehouse for six months. I’m excited to find out more about her story, what she’s really been up to for the last six, months, and if her real end game was just to find her mother. And, you know, how she relates to The Valdez.
  • I really enjoyed the Wynonna/Rachel scenes. I can’t wait to see how these two interact now. Where’s Rachel? Is she at the Homestead with Nicole, or taking her chances in the post-apocalyptic train wreck Purgatory has become?
  • “Oh, walnuts” reminded me of Vagrant Queen and Amae’s “oh, crackers.”
  • I love that WayHaught are obviously fans of Legends of Tomorrow. I bet that’s the real reason Waverly learned to use those fighting sticks.
  • Why does NicolEve ask Waverly about Bulshar? Is she trying to figure out if Bulshar told them she was a threat, or did she truly not know what he was up to?
  • I think Waverly knew that something wasn’t right with Nicole, but she just really wanted to let herself believe that it was her. 
  • Eve’s references are pretty recent — you know, for being a biblical figure trapped in an unknown place for an unspecified amount of time.
  • Those scenes with Eve outside where she kept shifting form must have been so amazing to shoot, but also so…cold. I hope there were bonus blankets.
  • I love Doc’s olden-timey fisticuffs stance.
  • When Eve morphed into Jeremy, what happened to Doc’s coat?
  • I really like being able to see Varun flex his acting muscles a bit and play someone a little edgier than Jeremy.
  • Waverly, you are more than just a failsafe, and I’m glad your sister helped you realize it.
  • Wynonna sure is proposing to a lot of women she has no intention of marrying. In one moment, Wynonna is asking Nicole to marry Waverley. In another moment she’s slipping the ring on Waverly’s finger and doing the same for Nicole, essentially.
  • I was a little skeeved out at first that WayHaught is getting naked on the stairs and the floor, and then I remembered that Nicole has been living there for the last year and a half, and I’m pretty sure that house is the cleanest it’s ever been. 
  • Nicole just looks so…haunted at the end, and understandably so. 18 months, three weeks, and four days with no idea where any of her family is? Can you even imagine?

 

Just, generally speaking, most shows would take an entire season to make the journey this show did from the beginning of Episode 401 to the end of Episode 402. In the words of another favorite show, where do we go from here? I feel like we’ve gone through a season’s worth of storyline in two episodes, and I’m assuming it will deal with the fallout from the time jump, but I legitimately have no idea what that’s going to look like. What will Purgatory look like? Is this Eve’s doing, or is this just what naturally happens to Purgatory when Wynonna disappears? Who else will we see in upcoming episodes? Does Randy Nedley ever have a good memory involving chili? I can’t wait to find out.

 

Wynonna Earp airs Sundays at 10/9c on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi.

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