Five episodes in, it feels like the season’s theme has emerged: the love you thought you had is dead (“Dead, snuffed out”). The show you thought you loved is back though, in fine form, and with a rock star as Nancy’s new obgyn.
You oughta know that Nancy has been seeing Dr. Audra Kitson on the side, perhaps to get an American perspective on her uterus. At today’s appointment, she asks whether abortion is still an option. It’s still on the table, where doctor and patient leave it for now. Nancy has decided to start an herb garden and wait things out. Andy maintains that she should terminate the pregnancy and flee with the family.
Isabelle is watching Shane act out in anger over his recent drug deal blunder. Ignacio suggests that he do something productive about it. They head to Mr. Sandusky’s “sad” apartment and hold him up, not just for the stolen weed, but also for miscellaneous items. In the process, the teacher’s bird takes a bullet. Nancy is horrified at her son’s criminal leanings, and furious that Ignacio led the charge. She marches him back over to return the teacher’s personal possession, including a replacement pet, maternal instincts in overdrive. What other way could this end but with Nancy choking Sandusky with a bat? “This could be a whole new start for you,” she offers.
Doug and Silas are getting their business together, and Deputy Jones is happy to point them toward a pot agent who can supply them with product, since Silas lost his clones and Shane got taken for the back inventory. Doug’s lack of finesse in negotiations gets them tossed out of the agent’s office and still in need of a product line. Back at the store, Silas is out of patience with Doug’s shenanigans. They devolve into name-calling, which culminates in “bad dad, abandoner” and “orphan father-killer.” A punch is thrown before the surrogate father and son hug and make up.
Where else on TV have we seen the deterioration of a friendship play out so elaborately than between Nancy and Celia, who is now squatting in Nancy’s garage with Sucio’s corpse? Nancy relents and agrees to let Celia stay as long as she doesn’t have to interact with her. It’s not long before Celia discovers Sucio’s corpse in the garage’s deep freeze. Nancy calls it in to Esteban, leaving her foe to watch over the body. When the cleaners arrive, Celia seizes the opportunity to become the second person this season to blackmail a Price sister with the help of a cell phone camera.
Andy, determined to cash in on Judah’s bank account, meets Mags, who’s dressed like an ‘80s tragedy, for their fondue date. He eventually shifts into his Judah persona, only to discover that Mags wants Andy-as-Judah to deflower her. She and her embarrassing come-ons have chosen a remote beachside underpass for her big moment. Andy is all business, eyes on the prize, as he holds up his end of the deal while homeless onlookers vomit and defecate in the background.
Nancy’s herb garden did not survive. Her only hope now is this baby. Andy got the money, and doing it because he loves Nancy justifies the means for him. She seems bewildered that her life is in a constant state of upheaval. “You do it, you do know that? You have to know that it’s all you,” Andy tells her. It’s one of those rare, twice-a-season, Nancy-falling-into-herself moments. We know this is not a place she can ever stay for very long. Andy makes an impassioned plea for her to pack up, baby or no, run away, and start a new life…leave the mayor behind. “Break his heart in ink. He will understand, if he loves you,” Andy says as he unknowingly writes his own heart’s obituary. Nancy and Shane arrive at Esteban’s doorstep as Andy finds his Dear John letter waiting for him on Nancy’s pillow.
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