We’ve reached the penultimate episode and, personally, I haven’t caught my breath from the whole Jane/Danny boat debacle.
Neither has John, as we open with him and Diana giving Jane the third degree about everything that happened on that boat. She doesn’t understand the big deal—Danny is fun and cool. John circles back to the seahorse necklace business. His face goes pale and sweats when she says that Danny told her to wear it because it’s was good luck. (Side note: Ben Rayburn gets a line in this scene too. Everybody drink!)
John goes into scary dad whisper and tells Diana to pack some clothes and get out of town.
Wayne’s weirdo smarms onto Sally’s porch, pretending that he’s a friend from high school. Sally innocently lets him know about Chelsea. Eeek.
Meg calls Marco to her place and he’s not feeling her at all. At. All. She’s like, listen, stuff is going down and I might want to go to New York and I don’t know what’s happening with you. Him: “I have nothing to say to you.” He tells her to go to New York. I appreciate Marco is the kind of one strike you’re out kind of guy, but still…rough.
Diana is pissed at John for putting the family into this terrible position. She guesses that he originally protected Danny, but John counters he thought he was protecting Jane. They bicker about whether he can arrest him now (he can’t) and then she spits out that he protected Danny for himself. Poor John Rayburn: he really carries the weight of a thousand family problems on his shoulders, doesn’t he? It’s not easy. It ends with him screaming, finally, back at her: he doesn’t know what he’s going to do.
Danny is still driving around listening to those trauma tapes. He really needs therapy. This just can’t be good for him. He sees that John is calling and ignores it.
Meg, God love her, is drinking tequila and looking at plane flights (oh no, not LaGuardia, Meg! Never LaGuardia!). Danny strolls all casually and I don’t blame her for being completely freaked out. He threatens her a bunch to try to find out what John did with the drugs, but Meg plays dumb. Danny says that things will work out eventually for he and John but Meg should not put herself into the middle of it. Danny and John have a real weird thing I do not understand. She’s like, well listen you’re done for after that stunt with Jane. He brings the whole family business papers thing again and whoo, this is a guy who holds some grudges. Rightfully? Who can say?
Kevin driving around nervously with a gun. Great. He spies Danny’s old Chevy and pulls in next to it. John calls Kevin and they’re doing a little who-has-eyes-on-Danny game. John asks Kevin to go to Key Largo to look for him. John pleads with him not to do anything if he finds him.
Danny, meanwhile, is in a hotel room that O’Bannon procured for him. He also left Danny a bottle of alcohol. (Aww, O’Dirtbag.)
John goes to see his mom, and there’s a cop sitting out on her front porch. She’s chattering away about this and that and he finally tells her to zip it. He explains how the boat trip with Jane was a threat. Danny is no longer just a troubled kid, he’s a grown man and he’s dangerous. Sally finally comes around.
As he leaves the Inn he gets a call from Danny. Danny tries to play it cool and light but John is in full Batman-voice and is not having it. Danny moves on to the facts: he knows John didn’t dump the drugs and he won’t let anyone hurt Danny so maybe they should work something out. When John says no, Danny hangs up.
Danny goes to see Wayne himself. Danny, this seems insane! Wayne is not messing around. Danny guesses correctly about John: he doesn’t care about the drugs, he cares about the girls. Wayne tells him to get out.
John takes his blood pressure: I’m imagining it is not good news. John tells Marco he wants to be the one to bring Danny in. John explains to (poor, sweet Marco) that Danny was sending a message by taking Jane on the boat. Danny is a threat to the family. Marco is all, listen, I can help if you tell me what’s really going on. He gets frustrated because the Rayburns are like that.
Wayne meets with his weirdo. He asks Wayne to tell him what to do. Wayne has a very dramatic pause and obviously Danny is dead meat.
Danny goes to see Chelsea at the hospital. She thought he was gone, he assures her that he’s back. She doesn’t buy it. She tells him to forget about his family. He asks to borrow her car. She gives it to him but with the tired sigh of someone who has been down this road before.
Wayne’s weirdo breaks into someone’s house….it’s O’Bannon’s, who comes home with no idea that there’s a hired gun waiting for him. Poor O’Dirtbag gets beat up (much like he beat up Kevin) and manages to not give anything up though we leave him with a gun to his head.
Kevin, meanwhile, spies Danny gassing up Chelsea’s car. He parks across the street—John tells him to “keep him there.” Kevin sees Danny see him in the rearview window. It’s a little scary, actually, though Danny sort of calmly lopes across the street. Danny taunts Kevin for a little bit and then Kevin pulls the gun out. Danny doesn’t seem to take it all that seriously and even tells him to put it away before he hurts himself. Danny walks away after it becomes clear that Kevin is not going to do a thing. He doesn’t even look behind him, just strolls off.
Chelsea comes home and finds her brother alive. (I never be I’d be so relieved about O’Dirtbag!) He tells her that he needs to get out of town and he tells her to stay away from Danny.
She goes to see John and tells him that there’s a guy looking for Danny. She says she didn’t know who else to tell. Eric told this bad guy where he’s staying, and she begs John to go there and make sure Danny doesn’t get killed.
NEXT: This is how Danny Rayburn dies