Wynonna Earp Recap: Unwritten

Hello, friends, and welcome to another episode of Wynonna Earp! The first three episodes of the back half of Season 4B were a necessary breath of fresh air after the suffocating feel of this panoramic pizzelle. But Purgatory seems to have found its demon legs, because shit is going down. So grab your gas mask, check your back for angel wings, and be sure to honor the chili friends we made along the way, because here we go.

Previously on Wynonna Earp, Wynonna shot Holt in the back and has been a little bit wacky, Rachel’s not-quite-ex is a Reaper now, there’s a mind-altering fog that’s been oozing into the Ghost River Triangle from the Garden, a werewolf exists, and — oh, yeah, Waverly grabbed that book from the Garden and brought it home, but we don’t know which one. 

We open on a montage of Wynonna waking up in the barn, grabbing and loading Peacemaker, sending demons to meet their maker, and stumbling back to bed. Over and over and over. And over. And over. She’s getting a little more worn out the more it happens, her eyes growing more haunted and the whiskey growing more frequent. She keeps doing it, day after day, whimsical shirt after whimsical shirt paired with leather pants, but it’s really grating on her. Except one morning, she wakes up clutching her holster, the gun nowhere to be found.

I am unwritten
Can’t read my mind
I’m undefined

Wynonna panics and runs into the main house, grilling WaveNic about where her gun boss could be. She’s sad that there aren’t any coffee or doughnuts, but Nicole reminds her that supplies haven’t been able to get into Purgatory lately, thanks to BBD halting the supply trucks. Wynonna washes down some painkillers with some banana liqueur and explains how she accidentally may have possibly misplaced Peacemaker. You know, again. Waverly calmly asks if instead of a misplacement, could it instead be a blackout. What we have here is an intervention.

Wynonna doesn’t have time for this garbage, because her priority is finding her gun…which, good news, Waverly put in the drawer. They tell her that Wynonna’s acting like the one who’s possessed — not sleeping, hunting all the time, passing out drunk, rinse and repeat. But Wynonna insists she’s not “isolating” herself; she’s hunting alone, and until a new Earp heir or heir-adjacent pops up, she’s the only defense that her family has against any of this supernatural bullshit. 

But to Waverly, Peacemaker is just a gun — Wynonna is Wynonna. Her sister; her hero. And she doesn’t seem dedicated; she seems sad and lonely. She fires back at her sister that not everyone in this world gets a happy ending, scoffing at Waverly’s reminder that Doc loves her, then getting annoyed at the reminder that Nicole and Waverly do, too, then storming out, sans demon-killing gun. 

Waverly runs after her, and Wynonna tearfully shouts at her that the only “problem” she has isn’t a drinking one; it’s a demon one. But Waves isn’t so sure — maybe, like Jeannie last week, her big sister has grown to like the killing, because she’s not just killing demons anymore. Remember Holt? Yeah, she does, but she also remembers Waverly’s kill of Mam Clanton and doesn’t understand why her baby sis is attacking her with a double-standard. I mean, it’s because they were totally different kills, but why confuse her with the facts? Wynonna storms away, hurling insults at the one bright spot in her life, who she feels has finally given up on her.

I’m just beginning
The pen’s in my hand
Ending unplanned

A sad Waverly finds a sad Nicole and they wrap themselves up in one another, Nicole reassuring her that Wynonna will come around to Waverly’s way of thinking. Waverly starts to doubt if she’s even right at this point — is it better to keep the sad, lonely, drunk Wynonna around, just so she has some form of her sister? Or should she keep pushing, making Wynonna see that she has a serious problem? 

Nicole and her Stetson head to work, and Waverly makes a mysterious call to a mysterious person to meet at a mysterious place and for them to bring a mysterious thing, which, if you played the Mad Libs correctly, was a call to Doc to meet at the Garden stairs, and he brought along Waverly’s book from the Garden. Too bad he doesn’t have that carrying satchel. It complements his eyes.

The book she snatched was her own, and much to everyone’s surprise — theirs and ours — the book is blank. Still. No surprise that Waves took her own book, really — she’s a bit of a rule-follower, that one, and that’s part of the reason why I relate to her so much. She tells Doc to keep the book because she doesn’t want Wynonna to get the wrong idea. Or the right idea, whatever that may be, probably. Any idea, really. Best to keep her in the dark for now, especially with the fight they just had and how Wynonna is definitely not okay.

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Waves keeps hoping the book will have answers, but all it is is blank page after blank page, even though Waverly’s own story is filled with people. She thought she’d be able to see everyone’s story by choosing her own, and she doesn’t understand why the Garden would give her something that’s unreadable. Doc says the Garden was full of trickery, but Waverly didn’t see it that way. She felt calm, at peace when she was on the throne. It felt like she had no worries for the rest of her days, which Doc says sounds terrible but Waverly loved. I can see it from both points, really. Doc was alone for so long, and the thought of giving up his love and concern for the people he finally has seems like the worst-possible hell for him. But Waverly, who may not have the full weight of being the heir but has to help shoulder the burdens of Wynonna, of being one of the smart ones, of being the one who ultimately “outed” Willa as working with Bobo and who killed him, her one-time protector, and Mam Clanton, her family’s mortal enemy? It sure would be nice to just let all of that go for a while. It’s impressive that she was able to walk away at all, really.

Doc’s two head minions, Dallas and Remy, stumble upon the Garden Pals and just want a little angel-food-cake snack to tide them over. Doc shoots Dallas, but the bullet doesn’t have much of an effect, so Waverly brings out the big gun — literally — and tries to shoot him with Peacemaker, except Peacemaker isn’t as interested in listening to Waverly this time around and just clicks uselessly when she pulls the trigger. Temperamental gun, just like its owner. Or the couple took it before Wynonna did her daily loading.

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it

Regardless, now is the time for the running. Run, Waverly, run! 

At least this time she stayed away from the stairs…but ran head-first into the fog. 

She tries to hold her breath as she stumbles around in the non-Rihanna concert and hears someone calling her name. It’s familiar for some reason, and almost sickly sweet, and she runs towards the cabin where it’s coming from. But familiarity isn’t always a good thing, because the person calling her name was her old demon parasite friend, a newly blond Jolene.

Jol-e-e-ene.

Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin

Turns out that, yes, Wynonna shot her, but remember how she was absorbed into that tree? When Bulshar died, the vines released her, and then she got trapped by the fog that Waverly let out of the Garden when she opened it up. Waverly tries to run, but Jolene knocks her out against the pillar in the middle of what looks like Boobie Munch Cabin. 

No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in

Dallas reports back that Waverly is lost in the fog, and Doc tries to bargain with the demons, saying if they let her be, they can have whatever their hearts desire at The Glory Hole. Turns out it’s a bad day in Purgatory, because BBD raided The Glory Hole, leaving it empty with no one able to enjoy themselves there. Doc is troubled by this, and then even more troubled when the three of them are tranqed by BBD. 

Rachel finds Wynonna using an actual punching bag this time instead of Nicole, and she asks the heir to train her, since she’s the only one who treats her like she’s not a child. So she’s gone from her baby sister accusing her of turning into Ward Earp to Rachel Valdez, telling her she’s her only hope. And it’s still pretty early in the day.

No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Cleo is at BBD, trying to get permission to leave the GRT. She thinks her elite position as the magistrate should give her preferential treatment and bump her to the front of the line for exiting this fog-covered hellscape. The Ethel Beavers wannabe handling her case is pushing her paperwork as the door creaks open and a foul stench enters the room. No, it’s not Champ and his Axe body spray, trying to curry favor with the magistrate. It’s Billy the still-reaped Reaper, and he left his bus-of-old-people snack to hang out with his sister. Not-Ethel mentions the recent deaths in her family, which surprises Cleo, but it works in her favor — she’s approved to go through. 

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open

Wynonna is trying to “train” a backpacked Rachel, but the advice she’s giving isn’t super helpful. Rachel accuses her of trying to scare her off, but it isn’t working; they’re family. Wynonna’s counterpoint — they’re not family, which she sees as a compliment, because who in their right mind would want to be an Earp? They always end up alone. Being a Gibson girl is where it’s at.

EarpCheese finds a bleeding Remy and Rachel rushes to help him. Wynonna doesn’t get why she’d help a demon, but Rachel’s world isn’t quite so black and white. She’s just super into Remy’s Halsey cover band. 

Remy explains that Black Badge snatched some of the demons and got rid of some of the others. They took Dallas and Doc, which is better than when Waverly was consumed by the fog, and now Remy has Wynonna’s full attention. Everything is fucked.

Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh

Doc and Dallas come to in a jail of sorts, and when Doc asks to speak to Jeremy, the Head Dick in Charge, Graham, says he’s unfamiliar with Agent Chetri. One of Graham’s henchmen identifies Dallas’ demon type, and when they realize they already have one, an agent broils him alive with a flamethrower that would make Waverly jealous. Doc vamps out, and good news for him, they don’t have one of those yet. Doc gets to stay non-flambeed.

Jolene has Waverly tied up to a post in the middle of the cabin, but at least she’s able to sit down, even though her hands are behind her. A “reverse Willa,” if you will. Waverly tells her to stop wasting time — if she’s going to kill her, just do it, already. Jolene apologizes for “triggering” Waverly, and she points out it was more of an attempted destruction sort of situation. But it didn’t work, and that’s all that matters, right? Waves is surrounded by people who love and support her, and she got through it, coming out better on the other side. So to speak.

I break tradition
Sometimes my tries are outside the lines

Jolene says she’s not mad at her better angel half anymore, just sad and wants to help her, really, and Waves calls her a liar and says she’s clearly been in the fog too long. Turns out, though, Jolene is clearer than she’s been in a while — demons are just fallen angels, which is how she sees Waverly…and how she sees herself.

Jolene says they’re kin, even though Waverly may not want to call her “sister.” And I have to say, this is very specific language Jolene uses here. Bobo also called Waverly kin, and we are familiar with two sisters Waverly already has. Is this Jolene in sugar withdrawal, just spouting off whatever enters her demon brain? Or is this foreshadowing? 

We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes
But I can’t live that way

Nicole, Wynonna, and Rachel are at the edge of the fog, panicking about lost Waverly and Cleo Clanton and her all-you-can-eat buffet of bus seniors. They haven’t talked to Jeremy in days, and Nicole’s worried, since BBD has been gathering up demons…including Doc, Wynonna decides to mention. Nicole assures her that they’ll get Doc back, and a whole range of emotion passes over Wynonna’s face in a matter of seconds — agreement that they’ll get him back, worry that they won’t, stubbornness that she doesn’t care, and a bunch of stuff in between. Melanie Scrofano, my friends. Melanie Scrofano.

Wynonna’s clear on her priorities, though. Doc is just a vampire dentist who can take care of himself and Cleo is just a Clanton, but Waverly is Waverly. And to help them find her, she calls in Purgatory’s premiere fog expert/chili cooker, Casey. 

Nicole harnesses him up with her climbing gear (that stuff sure has come in handy), and when she and Wynonna both go to suit up, he tells them they must choose, and choose wisely. Only one of them can go. And of course, both think it should be them.

Both make excellent points, but here’s what it boils down to — it’s Nicole’s turn. She had to sit at home for 18 months after Wynonna went into the Garden looking for Waverly. She had to be alone, not knowing if her entire world was okay and if they’d ever come back to her. So it’s Wynonna’s turn to sit back this time. Nicole’s going. And Wynonna agrees, ostensibly so as not to waste time anymore, but really, I think, in part because she wouldn’t forgive herself if she put Nicole through that again, and she knows the only person who would fight as hard for Waverly as her is Haught Dog Shop.

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Wynonna is worried that Waverly will channel her inner Robin and rip her face off, but Waverly has much bigger problems than that. Jolene found Waverly’s bag (Waves yelling “that’s mine!” oddly did not deter her) and, in it, Wynonna’s demon-killing gun. But the gun must have been a Dyson shipper, because after only a few minutes, it starts to sizzle and Jolene has to drop it, which Waves tells her is because she’s not worthy. No big, says Jolene, out a different weapon. Time for a bag o’ knives, or at least one, because she owes Waverly pain.

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it

Waverly says Jolene can wave around her knife and threaten her all she wants, because she’s done being afraid of this particular demon. She tells Angel Pants to get comfortable and wanders over to a board with tick marks on it, and Waves asks if that’s a chart of how many days she’s been a guest at Boobie Munch Cabin. Ignoring her for now, Jolene asks (sister to sister!) if Waverly ever gets tired of being the “damsel in distress,” or does she just not want to be a hero…like when she refused to sit on the throne and stop Bulshar. 

But Waverly trusted her actual sister to get rid of that snake in the grass, but Jolene points out the consequences there — Wynonna “drinks herself to sleep every single night” while Waverly is, as she said in the last episode, so close to happy. Is Waverly punishing Wynonna because she’s the chosen one and Waverly wasn’t? 

Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin

Waverly, almost looking like she’s convincing herself, insists she’s had Wynonna’s back all along, but not lately, Jolene says. All this angelic power, and what’s she focusing on? Planning a wedding. And I can’t do her response justice without quoting it word for word, so here you go — “Save your patronizing mouth garbage. I can be a hero and a wife.” But that’s not what Jolene is getting at. Waverly has worked so hard all these years to be special — being nice, being perfect, working hard, supporting everyone. And now she is special, but she refuses to tap into an unknown power, because no amount of being special is worth being out of control. 

Jolene turns her head back to the tick marks — those aren’t the days Jolene’s been keeping secrets at Boobie Munch Cabin. They’re Wynonna’s kills — demons and humans both — to save her sister. And all Waverly has to do to make that go away — to let Wynonna sleep through the night, to stop nursing a bottle of whiskey, to try and have a happier life — is to accept who she is and the power that comes along with it. 

No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in

And the sister who’s supposed to be the nice one’s response to the possibility that maybe she is the reason her beloved sister — her most special person — has had a terrible life? She headbutts Jolene.

Jol-e-e-ene.

No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Back at the edge of the fog, Nicole passes Wynonna a walkie-talkie and tells her the signal is three tugs on the line if they need to be pulled back in. Good choice, because frantic groin rubbing would be difficult to see through the fog.

Nicole and Casey mask up and head into the fog, Nicole grabbing his shoulder so she doesn’t get lost. Wynonna and Rachel check in almost immediately, but Nicole can’t see anything, even her chili-cooking tour guide. Casey spots a cabin and the two head towards it, and inside they find a tied-up Waverly. He goes to free her, but there’s sounds of a scuffle and Casey yells for Nicole to get out. After what feels like forever of silence, Nicole gets back on the walkie and tells her she doesn’t know how, but the other thing in the cabin is Jolene.

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open

Jol-e-e-ene.

And we don’t see any of this — we experience it just how Wynonna and Rachel do, through Nicole’s spotty narration and whatever sounds make it over the walkie.

Wynonna doesn’t understand, since, you know, she killed Jolene, and Rachel is insisting they need to pull their friends back in after there are three tugs on the cord. Wynonna doesn’t want to because tugs are tugs but Waverly is Waverly. Rachel insists, and Wynonna does end up helping her. On the other end of the line is a dead Casey but just a sliced rope where Nicole should be.

A panicked Wynonna is shouting for Nicole through the walkie, and finally, Nicole answers. She’s…somewhere, unsure where, and safe, but alone. Waverly is still with Jolene, somewhere in the fog. She screams for Nicole as Jolene slams the door, and Waverly threatens to do…something if Jolene hurts her family. Jolene basically calls her bluff, knowing that Waverly is a wicca who won’t-a, but then Waverly manages to break free of the rope. She points Peacemaker at her worst sister, but it starts to sizzle and she has to drop it. Guess the cabin has nudged our angel more towards the demon side. She charges Jolene and impales her on a coat hook, a wound that echoes on Waverly, and then Jolene stabs her in the back, pulling out a delicate, bloody black feather. 

Today is where your book begins

Wynonna slowly covers Casey with a blanket and tells Rachel they have to leave him, even though Rachel wants to take him home for burial. He’s their friend and he deserves respect, but Rachel isn’t getting it. They need to get to Waverly now, because she’s trapped with the demon who’s been after her her entire life. Wynonna’s only current plan is “save Waverly,” and she’s not sure on the specifics, but she needs to act now. Rachel doesn’t get what the hurry is — if Waverly’s still alive, Jolene’s plan obviously isn’t to kill her — and Wynonna finally admits it’s not just about that. The last thing she said to Waverly was calling her “a sanctimonious asshole,” and that can’t be the final words to her most important thing.

Nicole pipes up that Waves knows how Wynonna really feels, and what she couldn’t handle is Wynonna dying, so it’s time for Plan B, because that always has worked so well in the past. They try and get ahold of Jeremy for his fog cure, but he’s still incommunicado. Nicole’s radio is about to die, so Wynonna tells her to get back to their location as soon as she can and leaves Rachel in charge of Casey’s body. 

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you

Doc is being marched at gunpoint through BBD, and his captor tells him he’s lucky because he gets “a one-way ticket on the ark,” and, no, things aren’t about to get even more biblical up in here. It’s just an expression. He sees Jeremy in another cell and tries to explain that there’s been a mistake, and it turns out Jeremy is in “the feed pen,” which sounds like it could be problematic. Doc takes the gun from his captor, Volkov, but Jeremy convinces him not to shoot, telling the other agent to go home and make sure his family can get out. 

Jeremy explains that he’s been locked up because “upper management” (The Powers That Be?) issued an order he’d never heard of, and when he challenged it, they locked him up. Desperate to get out, instead of trying to find a keycard, Doc shoots the card reader, bringing down a rain of BBD agents upon him. Whoops.

No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Wynonna’s pounding on doors at Black Badge, trying to get someone to open up. She finally succeeds and gets General Graham, the highest of upper management, and I just want to say, what a great name. He’s excited because he just got here and thinks Wynonna will make an excellent soldier in his army, but she isn’t going anywhere with anyone until she has her sister and her friends. Graham explains that the fog is about to eat the GRT for breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so she can’t stay, but, again, he just got here, and that argument obviously doesn’t work on our Earp heir. She’s not running; she’s staying and fighting, but he tells her fighting is not an option. There’s nothing they can do to combat the fog, but Wynonna doesn’t care. She didn’t survive two chili cookoffs just to be bested by a heavenly ground cloud. 

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open

She demands to be taken to Jeremy, and she finds him in the cell with Doc. She asks for them both, and Graham tells him she can only have one, and she needs to choose…wisely. A look of understanding passes between Wynonna and Doc, maybe the first time they’ve actually seen each other in months, and she tells Jeremy the jagged little nerd is coming with her. The general suggests that she take Doc because he’ll be a better fighter, and suddenly, Wynonna spies a Clanton out of the corner of her eye. She says goodbye to both of her boys, because Cleo’s the victor in this most dramatic rose ceremony ever. Wynonna keeps apologizing to them as Jeremy shouts that they’re about to be turned into food and Doc begs her to reconsider.

Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Jolene cradles a bloody Waverly in her arms, and Waverly is begging her to make the pain stop. But Waverly’s the only one who can write her story, remember? Only she can stop her own pain, by becoming what she’s been all along. She just wants to go home, but Jolene berates her, telling her she needs to let her true nature out. 

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Rachel has picked some wildflowers for Casey and promises to bring him home when they’re done. Wynonna finally finds her again and says how nice the flowers are, and Rachel asks if this is what it’s like for Wynonna — just being surrounded by death and pain all the time. It is.

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it

Rachel asks where everyone is, and Wynonna just tells her to come along. She grabs a chunk of Jolene’s hair from Casey’s hand and leads Rachel to a clearing, where Cleo is setting up a familiar ritual. She explains her plan — the Clanton heir will set a Reaper after Jolene, and Wynonna will follow him through the fog. Rachel just wants to make sure the Reaper isn’t Billy, and Wynonna’s mouth says no but the look she gives Cleo just says “shut the fuck up.” She hands the gun to the teenager and tells her to shoot Cleo if she does anything wrong. 

Much to Cleo’s delight, she’s able to summon the Reaper correctly, and surprise — Wynonna can see Billy the Reaper, too. She added a strand of Wynonna’s hair to the spell so the Reaper would be visible to her, and I’m just worried about the consequences of this, but I guess that’s future us’s problem, isn’t it?

Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin

Cleo clips a leash to Billy’s neck and bids him goodbye, then halfheartedly wishes a now-masked Wynonna luck, kind of, because, like Spike in “Family,” she doesn’t care what happens. A whistle from the Clanton heir, and Billy and Wynonna head into the fog. Wynonna throws open the door of the cabin and demands that Jolene get away from Waverly. The two demons engage in some fisticuffs, and Wynonna tries to get Waverly to stand up, although her pain is so much that she can barely stand. Waverly tells her to find Peacemaker and send Jolene to Hell…and then, if worst comes to worst, do the same with her.

No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in

The Reaper distraction is over, though, and Jolene Carries Wynonna out the door without her mask and into the fog as Waverly screams after her. Jolene taunts Waverly that Wynonna died knowing that Waverly didn’t love her enough to even try, and this is the final button press that our angel needed. 

An otherworldly scream comes out of her mouth and the area around her eyes goes dark, sort of if Gooverly had a goth/Crow phase. Jolene welcomes the demon Waverly — Wavermon? Deverly? — whose first order of business is killing her tormentor with her brain, robbing Jolene of the chance to see Waverly destroy the world.

No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Doc and Jeremy are trying to parse out what’s going on at BBD. Some demons are going to the ark since The Noah Protocol — hilarious — was activated. The humans are being kept as cheap food for the demons to eat, a real, live Doublemeat Palace of sorts. 

Suddenly, the finest food Purgatory has to offer peers around the corner — it’s Mercedes, a vision in 1980s Hope Brady-esque shoulder pads. She’s been hiding in the vents for hours and produces a stolen key card, which won’t work on the destroyed card reader. She asks Jeremy to hotwire the card reader, and as he’s doing that, she explains what her day was like. She was ready to go onstage when BBD showed up looking for a good time at The Glory Hole.

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open

Jeremy manages to open the door, but then General Graham shows up. Jeremy tries to reason with him — this isn’t what BBD is about — but Graham tells him that their vow of “protection” is useless. They can’t protect anyone. But what they can do is take “their most valuable assets” with them — demons. Mercedes tries to reason with him and name-drop a very important custodian, but Graham just…shoots her. Mercedes. In the stomach. Mercedes.

Noooooooooo.

Wynonna’s crawling through fog on the forest floor, trying not to inhale. It finally recedes enough for her to breathe and still keep her noggin intact. She sees a figure coming toward her through the fog — it’s Waverly. Kind of. Just not the Waverly she knows. She must have gone to Jolene’s salon, too, because her hair is slicked back to match her demon eyes. 

Waverly tells Wynonna that her journey is over while hers has just begun…as two angel wings sprout from her back. 

Today is where your book begins

RIP, Casey. He’s like that acquaintance you had from another time in your life, or a friend you have now that you just don’t have as much time to get to know as you’d like, and then suddenly they’re gone and a crushing sadness passes over you. The last time we saw him, he just kept saying what a fuck-up he was, but with Doc’s help, he realized he can be both a fuck-up and a hero, and Nicole wouldn’t have gotten as far as she did without him. I’m sad that he’s gone, and I’m grateful for the time that we had together. Andrew Phung brought such a chaotic-yet-comfortable energy to the role, and I can safely say that Casey is one of those characters we’ll still be missing in years to come. 

I think that the fight that Wynonna and Waverly had at the beginning has been building for these last few episodes. Wynonna sees herself as a person who will never be truly happy, really, and who uses sex and alcohol to dull her pain, and she feels her beacon of hope slowly slipping further and further away as she and Nicole get closer to their wedding. And she’s not just losing another sister; she feels like she’s losing her best friend in Nicole, too. Waverly, Waverly, Waverly, loved by everyone and finally giving up on her like everyone else has. She is just too stubborn and under Peacemaker’s control to see that Waverly is trying to save her, not leave her. She wants them to be happy together, not for Wynonna to always be on the outside looking in at a smiling, laughing WayHaught. 

And the scenes between Jolene and Waverly? Absolutely amazing. Both Zoie and Dom used every bit of real estate available to them — vocally, spatially, emotionally. Each and every scene was just perfect. It’s a damn shame that genre shows seldom get recognized for acting awards, because in addition to Melanie Scrofano being able to wallpaper her house with them, these two ladies should get every single award available just for this episode. They went for it and trusted the script to do the ground work, then just went beyond. 

Oh, yeah, how about that script, friends? Noelle Carbone crafted another one for the books. Despite all of the heavy losses from beginning to end, this may be one of my favorite episodes ever. I got goosebumps several times throughout, gasping and clutching my gay pearls and just staring, wide-eyed and slack-jawed. I continue to be impressed with these writers, and I’m so glad they’ve landed at our shit show. 

Jolene attacking Waverly for spending her time and energy on “silly” things like wedding planning really struck a chord for me, too. How many of us have been attacked or mocked because how we use our time seems like a waste to someone else? “I wish you still went to church.” “Why are you going to travel so far? A convention for what?” “It’s just a TV show.” But Waverly gets it — we can have it all. She can be a hero and a wife. I can be a grown-up and a fangirl. Like being hot and being smart, they’re not mutually exclusive. And if we have our family behind us — the important family, the one that we chose — the sky’s the limit, and not just for a funeral. 

Wynonna told Jeannie last week that she could stop what was coming, but battling a demonic version of her sister? That may be the one thing that she won’t let herself stop. Could she do it? For sure. Is she strong enough? Most definitely. Would she be able to handle the emotional toll of shooting yet another sister? I don’t think she could, and I hope we don’t have to find out.

Monica’s Random Thoughts of Randomness:
  • The first demon Wynonna shot kind of looked like a hipster Cowardly Lion. 
  • Maybe that Garden book is more of a journal than a novel; kind of like it’s a keepsake from the Garden Gift Shop™. Waverly’s the only one who can write her story, after all. Maybe she should prove the pen is mightier than the (Peacemaker) sword and show everyone how it’s done.
  • Very on brand that Wynonna is less concerned about being an abusive asshole than she is about Waverly thinking she’s an abusive asshole.
  • I gasped when Jolene slapped Waverly. Is it because of the actual slap or because Zoie Palmer looked so good in that flannel? NO ONE KNOWS.
  • I loved the “FOR FREEDOM” shout-out.
  • Wynonna screaming “Waverly” into the fog, so helpless and panicked, just broke my heart.
  • Two MFM mentions in as many episodes!
  • Mercedes’ time onscreen may have been brief, but it was absolutely perfect.
Monica’s Favorite Lines:
  • Yeah, sure. Obi-Wan Wynonni, at your service.
  • Purgatory’s not a place where people get to be kids.
  • You covered Kraft Dinner with kimchi and weed.
  • Knew you and I would get here eventually.
  • Well, if marrying my sister was legal, I’d have done it already, so check your privilege. 
  • Strap in! Strap on! Get your…stuff.
  • Save your patronizing mouth garbage. I can be a hero and a wife.
  • Imagine the weight of all of that blood on her hands because you wouldn’t lift one single angelic finger just to help her.
  • I’ve been defending our shithole for too long against too many powerful enemies to lose it to magic weather. 
  • Are you really taking me to see Jeremy, or is this a “stay sexy; don’t get murdered” situation?
  • I’m so sorry…for so many things.

Friends, I love pickles, but I do not love the one we’re in right now. I’d like to tell myself everyone’s gonna be okay, but I’ve watched the show for four seasons, and I know that’s not always the case. Join me here for the only kind of unpacking you’ll do during a quarantined pandemic! But at least…

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