Wynonna Earp Writer Matt Doyle Previews “Crazy”

Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY

With all the demon hunting going on in Purgatory it’s usually no time for fun and games on Wynonna Earp. Things change this week as a battle breaks out among the Wynonna gang over Trivia Night at Shorty’s. However, being the Earp heir and all, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) is busy facing down an ancient enemy as Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole (Katherine Barrell) search for help. “Crazy” was written by Matt Doyle and directed by Jem Garrard (Vagrant Queen). 

Doyle, who has written some great Wynonna Earp episodes in the past, including Season 3’s Christmas-themed episode, recently previewed what fans can expect from “Crazy” for The TV Junkies. He also shared how he’s passing time in quarantine and how some key relationships on the show may change after this week’s episode.

The TV Junkies: In the past we’ve seen you co-write one of Wynonna’s holiday-themed episodes, but this season you have the task of following one up. What was your approach to this episode, knowing that it came after the big Halloween-themed one?

Matt Doyle: It’s not necessarily that it came right after Halloween, but that it was in the middle of the (original full) season, where we were slotting some less serialized, more fun episodes. Because we’ve been telling a story of people dealing with trauma and the after-effects of being separated for over a year, we wanted to give us, our characters, and the viewers, a breather.  So I was excited to write more of a monster-of-the-week, as those were also always my favourite X-Files episodes.

Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY

TTVJ: Did the shutdown that happened midway through Season 4 change or affect the way this episode came together? What sort of changes had to be made, and what was that like for you as a writer?

MD: From a production standpoint, it wasn’t unlike what TV writing usually involves. Actors aren’t available for any number of reasons. Locations fall through. We can’t afford extras for a certain scene. This time it was all just because of a terrifying pandemic. While onset crew dealt with more of the real-world consequences of Covid-19, limiting the amount of characters in a given scene and removing crowd scenes was one the writers tackled. But honestly, for a town full of demons and a malevolent government agency, it makes sense to have few crowds. Or like during last week’s episode, it made sense that Amon, a demon, would be the one suggesting a Zoom party.

TTVJ: It’s been two episodes since Wynonna shot Holt in the back, and the tension between her and Doc doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. What do you love about writing for that relationship?

MD: As a fan of classic sitcoms, I’m a sucker for a good will they-or-won’t-they. I will also say that due to certain supernaturally stupid circumstances this episode allows for a bit more fun for these two, which, honestly, they deserve.

TTVJ: Doc also has some tension brewing with Nicole due to the decision she made to get Waverly back from the Garden. What’s he thinking there and what do you think it would take for those two to move past such a big challenge to their friendship?

MD: It’s hard for those who were in the Garden to imagine what led to such a fraught decision for Nicole but maybe Doc would soften if he got a glimpse at what exactly happened… and I’m betting he’ll get that between Episodes 8 and 12.

Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY

TTVJ: We’ve heard it’s time for Trivia Night in Purgatory this week. What does a little friendly competition do to our group and how good are you at trivia?

MD: I think it’s fun to see our group getting to do something that a normal group of pals, who weren’t always busy keeping the forces of evil at bay, could do. And it does to them what it does to any group of friends who all think they’re the smartest in the room: makes them bitter enemies.

I also have to say that during quarantine one thing that kept me sane was doing weekly online trivia with friends and also becoming hopelessly addicted to the Jeopardy app. That doesn’t mean I’m good at trivia, necessarily, just that I’m putting in the hours.

TTVJ: You’re not on social media, but I’m sure you’re still aware of things the fans are discussing or loving about the show when it’s airing. What’s been the most surprising thing you’ve seen that the fans really picked up on or loved that you didn’t expect?

MD: There’s really no predicting what fans will latch on to, and no point in really trying to predict it. I’m sure any of our outright attempts at full-on fan service have quietly failed. Then you see a picture from a con and thirty people are dressed up as a potato.

TTVJ: Is there anything else you want to or can preview about this week’s episode?

MD: In addition to the usual great performances from our core cast, this episode has some real knockout turns from the guest stars, both human and poultry.

Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi.