TLO Rez Recaps: “This Is Where the Plot Thickens” (Ep. 2.8)

It’s the second season of Reservation Dogs, the critically lauded series by Sterlin Harjo that shows it’s truly a good day to be Indigenous!

Like last year, I will recap the show for those who watch and those who don’t, giving the basics and not spoiling anything too much for anyone until they hit DVD, or you bum a friend’s password.

Skoden? Stoodis!

Episode 8: “This Is Where the Plot Thickens”

The Plot: During a routine check on the meth junkyard, Officer Big (Zahn McClarnon) is dosed with a hallucinogenic drug. Freaking out, he runs into the encroaching forest, with visions of his past – from getting smokes for his grandmother to a recent motorcycle accident – cycling through his mind. And here is where we get wacky…

Also tripping balls, Kenny Boy (Kirk Fox) and Big then come across a cult initiation—think Bohemian Grove, but on a budget. It has political intrigue, an appearance of the Deer Woman, and a whole lot of fish fucking.

The Review:  Twin Peaks by way of Okie Noodling, this episode feels like a backdoor pilot to Officer Big’s own program, something I would really like to see.

Much like the solo outing last season, he is on his own, tracking drugs at the trailer park. Eventually, he unwilling ingests the LSD-like drug, taking him down a path to his own private tormenters, like his mother.

Eventually, it leads him to uncovering a racist cult that sexually liberates some headless catfish, taking out the whole cabal—look out, Stitt! It is a fun ride, giving Officer Big a real round of applause, with his sidekick Kenny Boy in tow. They really work well as a team, even if one of them has some unsavory side-projects, like bottling psychoactive drugs.

While I always like this view into Officer Big’s life, I feel every episode gives a new layer of complexity to him. Piece-by-piece, we learn a little more, even if that gives us even more questions.

Best Line: “Fuckin’ white people…” – Kenny Boy

Funniest Moment: The Rez Dogs eating the fried fish and the aftermath.

Oklahoma Soundtrack Pick: Willie Dunn – “Crazy Horse”

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  1. I say this every episode but… this really was one of my favorites. The catfish copulating Governor and his secret society, deer lady being played by Kaniehtiio Horn of Letterkenny fame and ending with my favorite Sturgill song doesn’t get any better. The only disappointment would be a no show from the spirit warrior while Big was tripping balls.

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