A dramatic Blood & Oil pilot cliffhanger left oil tycoon Hap Briggs and his business partner, Billy LeFever, fending off a siphoner as a spark ignites a puddle of oil where the trio wrestle. Hap’s legs catch on fire just as he kicks the thief off of Billy, which makes the thief’s jacket ignite. Our masked man hops up and runs toward the tanker full of stolen oil. This is the exact opposite action of what you should do when engulfed in flames. I guess theft and attempted murder trump the “stop, drop, and roll” method.
We know that Hap’s son, Wick, is the one who is currently nursing a significant shoulder burn. Hap and Billy do not. On the flip side of this dysfunctional coin, Wick has no idea if his dad escaped the explosion he witnessed as he drove away from the rig site. He’s too busy concentrating on getting his alibi squared away with his accomplice, Garry.
Early the next morning, Hap hobbles around with second-degree burns and tells Sheriff Harrison that the perpetrator should be easy to track down since only a dozen or so employees had the security codes. The sheriff finds the bullet that was fired the night of the explosion. Between this evidence, the knowledge that one of the thieves has a burned shoulder, and the hefty reward Hap’s offering to speed this process along, heads are definitely going to roll.
Back in town, Cody has decided that a dingy motel with a parking lot full of drunk roughnecks in the middle of the afternoon is not an ideal place to raise her baby. Now that they have a million dollars kicking around in a bank account, she tells Billy that she wants Jules to find them a legitimate house. Unfortunately Billy isn’t paying attention because he’s been invited to the Oilman’s Club with Hap. This friendship has officially reached bromance level.
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Before he can share a bottle of whiskey with Billy, Hap celebrates his daughter’s homecoming. Hap sends his driver A.J. (Adan Canto) to pick up Lacey (Miranda Rae Mayo) from the airport after she hears about her father’s near-death experience. A.J. is ruggedly handsome, and Lacey is feisty. Their hookup at the end of the episode was as predictable as my mom’s 1-2-3-4 password for everything.
Wick “rushes” over to his father’s side and says all the right things, including “I love you,” to throw everyone off his trail. Call me crazy, but I really believe Wick’s guilt was severe enough to conjure those emotions. Lacey dotes on her father and stepbrother and speaks rudely to Carla in front of everyone. We learn later that Carla is clearly not her mother and her hatred for this woman literally forced Lacey to move to California. Carla seems to embrace her pair of disrespectful stepchildren. This makes me scared of her.
For example, when Hap shares the list of potential employees who may have siphoned the oil, Wick’s name is on the list, but it’s crossed out. Carla thinks they shouldn’t discount anyone. Hap assures her that his son would never point a gun at his face. Carla coldly agrees with him and it’s evident that she’s lying. Additionally, she puts on her best equestrian outfit and rides her show horse (the opposite of anything you would see in North Dakota) and meets the sheriff on top of a secluded hill. They have a cryptic conversation about Wick being more than just an employee. I thought they were going to start making out, but they didn’t. Surely that’s something that will inevitably happen in an upcoming episode.
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