Molly has, unsurprisingly, become the hero of the show.
Sure, Lorne is the leading character and the one who’s actions people revolve around, but Molly is who I want to see more of, who I root for and who I want to find happiness because she’s just a wonderful character.
We start this week’s episode in a flashback to the man who ran half naked from Lorne’s trunk at the start of episode one. We see how he was bodily dragged from his office by his tie and stripped before stuffed into the back of the car. We see him begging for help before the car drives off the road and he runs off to freeze to death.
A lot of this week’s episode, “A Muddy Road” revolves around threats. Lester is being silently threatened by the wonder, detective duo, the two of them believing he and Hes’s wife Gina were in cahoots in Sam’s death. Lester isn’t having the best luck to begin with; thoughts of his dead wife still plague him, and the remnants of that night (a bullet) is still lodged in his hand. All of this along with Molly constantly on his back leaves him wired tight.
The detectives on his case won’t be helping matters.
Lorne has taken over the job of blackmailing Stavros Milos (Oliver Platt) after he catches the instigator (played by the hilarious Glen Howerton) realizing the amount of money he could make as well as the amount of fun that could be had.
He seems to take sadistic pleasure in riling Stavros up. He begins to feed him Adderall, kills his dog as a sign of blackmail and then showers him in blood (or what appears to be blood pouring from his shower faucet). Billy Bob Thorton is obviously having a great deal of fun in this role but the showrunners need to manage the dark humor better than they have been. His character is hilarious but even when he’s doing terrible things I can’t say that I buy it.
The biggest and best part of the show comes with Molly and Gus (Colin Hanks). After Gus and his daughter were threatened by Lorne after being pulled over he was forced to let him go. The day after he realized that the car was registered to Lester. He was reprimanded for letting this slip by and he goes to the Molly’s department to fill someone in and she overhears and grabs him. He tells her about what happened and she tells him she’s known there was something off about Lester’s story and this may be the key to proving it, despite her boss wanting her to stay away from the case. She wants to know why he let him go without checking out his license and registration but then she sees his daughter and understands. Both tired, both beaten down, the two of them go and grab some food. There’s some awkward banter, some tentative small talk and the promise of future partnership.
Considering they seem to be the two characters with the highest set of morals, they make a good pair.
While undoubtedly a good episode it didn’t stick with me quite as much as the first two. Regardless, the episode played with surrealism, morbid humor some intensity and managed to balance the mess of tones wonderfully. I’m fully invested in this show which is a good sign by only the third episode.