So. We’re in the aftermath of Danny’s murder. And who else feels incredibly conflicted about it all? For the past 12 episodes we’ve learned how “good” John is, but now don’t we need to reassess? No matter how “bad” Danny has been: Did he deserve to be murdered by his brother? Was John just trying to protect his family, or was he overcome with a murderous rage (much like the one, I’m assuming, that fueled Robert when he beat Danny)?
We begin the finale with John’s voice-over from the future again, much like how the first episode started. We see him sitting on the beach looking absolutely ill, looking at the lifeless body of his brother.
Four days later: John sits in some fancy pants bar and meets some haircut called Larry, who tells him that John is on a short list to be sheriff. John is stunned. When he says he’s surprised by the timing, Larry tells him he heard that John’s brother is missing. Oh goodness. Also? Danny is still a suspect in a murder (I’m assuming for Wayne’s hired gun). Larry assures John the Rayburn name still means a lot and that he should meet with some people and go for the job.
Kevin, meanwhile, sits down with Nicky Sports Car guy and his mom. The deal fell through and now Kevin’s in a good position to buy. He is, however, going to knock off about 10 percent. Ouch. Again we’re told the Rayburn name still means something. The show is really hammering this point home, right?
But both Meg—whom we see in New York City interviewing for that job—and Kevin keep seeing things (dead fish, tequila) that are clearly spooking them out in a PTSD manner.
John takes good old Surf dog outside. He remembers back to right after Danny’s death. He’s on the beach when he hears Danny’s cell phone ringing from Dead Danny’s pocket. Eeeek! When he opens up the phone, he sees it’s their mother calling. That does it: As he starts pulling Danny’s body out from the water, he appears to suffer some kind of attack. It’s scary enough for him to call Kevin (passed out from his debauched night) and Meg, whom he tells to come get him.
When she arrives he’s barely conscious. He tells her it’s his chest. She then sees the body of Danny. John just shakes his head when she asks if she should call the police. She gets him to the hospital. When it comes time for her to fill out paperwork, she bolts, heading to Kevin.
Kevin is a hot mess from his solo party the night before when he hears a knock at the door. (We also get a nice shot of Butz’s butt, and I imagine the showrunners included this so that people like me could write that. Thank you!) He thinks it’s Meg, but it’s Belle: She wants to talk and he’s a jittery mess. He’s not getting the I-want-to-talk tone that she’s giving, but what I love about Kevin is that his default is to always tell her she looks nice. And you can tell he really means it! But he rushes out and Belle is a bit surprised by how underwhelmed both Rayburns are at seeing her.
John is not looking good in the hospital. It was hypertension and not a heart attack, which I guess is good but he really is looking crappy. Meg and Kevin are at the spot of dead Danny and, understandably, flip the F out. They can’t decide what to do, but the sight of people coming make them decide to move the body and put him in the trunk of a car. Yikes. These two do not seem like who you want in charge of evidence erasing, but it’s too late for that now. There’s a poignant moment when Kevin goes through Danny’s things and sees he had the seersucker jacket. But they agree they should wait to do anything else till John is back in charge.
Kevin goes to see John who is sedated. He tries to let his zonked out brother know that he and Meg are taking care of things (which should only make John’s blood pressure rise).
Meg is freaking out cause she is driving around with her dead brother in the trunk. Seems reasonable enough. She’s swerving around so much though (she thinks she hears a noise from the back) that she gets pulled over. This is terribly stressful. Somehow, Meg manages to talk her way out of it—she’s lucky she’s so pretty, even when it’s pouring on her head—and keep the cop from looking in the truck.
At the hospital Sally Rayburn can’t understand why everyone is acting so nuts. Kevin can’t deal with the questions and says he needs to go talk to Belle. “Everything is fine!” Nope.
John wakes up enough to realize his phone is dead (#reallifeproblems). Danny’s phone still has juice though and now we understand the scene we’ve seen before—Meg coming home, soaking wet, receiving a call from Danny and losing her mind. She goes to the trunk—maybe to make sure he’s actually dead? She answers the phone and tells John Danny is with her.
Marco drives up—sweet, sweet Marco! He tells her to get out of the rain. Marco, a good cop, isn’t sure why Meg is putting her suitcases in the trunk when it’s pouring and two days before she is leaving town. She uses offense as defense, biting Marco’s head clear off and telling him to get out of the car. Sigh.
Sally sees John. She wants to know if he talked to Danny. John tells her no. Sally says she doesn’t believe him. “I know you’re keeping things from me.” Oh, Sally, you have no idea. John tells her Danny never showed up and that he can’t help him anymore. “You don’t just give up on family,” Sally replies. Poor John.
NEXT: Time to clean up this mess