Although Blood & Oil proved to be a hot dysfunctional mess the first couple of episodes, “Hustle and Flow” focuses on everyone finding solutions to their problems. Anything is possible when you’re experiencing a boom in North Dakota. Need to get rid of some stolen oil? Simply cross the border onto the reservation, and you’re set! Have a hankering to sleep with an ex who just so happens to be your son’s current girlfriend? By all means, go for it! Is that big wad of money burning a hole in your pocket? Give it to Hap Briggs, and watch it multiply!
Everyone knows the oil industry is a cyclical beast. If Sir Isaac Newton taught us anything, it’s that what goes up eventually must come down. Take the impatient thief Garry, for instance. He’s hiding out with half a million in oil sitting in a Briggs tanker and blood on his hands from killing a sketchy guy who was about to rat him out. Wick warns him to lay low because the sheriff is on their siphoning trail. It’s too bad Garry is a moron who spray paints trucks and tries to run law enforcement off the road so he can get to Black Elk Reservation where the sheriff doesn’t have jurisdiction. Somehow he makes it. Cue Madonna’s “Borderline.”
Garry’s not the only one itching to make a quick buck in the Bakken. Billy is wishy-washy about his decision to choose his family over the environmental deal with Hap. Cody reminds him that their baby is happy to have a roof over its unborn head and he or she really needs some Frosted Flakes with a side of hot sauce STAT. This doesn’t stop Billy from seeking out Hap to inquire about the deal. Hap admits he was disappointed in the outcome. He sold it earlier and he only tripled his profit. Bless his heart.
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Meanwhile, Wick is wiggling his way back into his dad’s life by taking an interest in the business. Hap meets him out by a drilling site and points to a rig he’s named KOALA 1. He tells a charming story about how he purchased that particular parcel of land the day Wick was born. And he wants this to be Wick’s first well — the one they drill together. Wick hugs him like a father he decided not to shoot in the face a few days ago. Good times.
Everyone celebrates Wick’s first rig at the mansion. Lacey is rude to Carla. Carla is ice cold right back. Wick receives a call from Jules that’s really Garry informing him that he sold the oil. Wick instructs him to keep every penny. That act helps assuage his guilt for the most part. At least for the time being.
Back in Rock Springs, Cody continues to try and make ends meet by spending money the way her husband does. She visits Jules to see if she can find any real estate that would be good for Kess and Ada’s restaurant. Jules greets Cody in the bar and is immediately pestered by none other than Wilson Bethel of Hart of Dixie fame. (Be still my Wade Kinsella-loving heart.) Finn jumps into the conversation and tries to convince Jules that she needs a chef at the bar. She blows him off to escort Cody, Kess, and Ada around town.
Since water and electricity are imperative when running a restaurant, most of the establishments Jules shows the trio are either out of their price range or rat infested. Suddenly, Cody gets the bright idea to take the food to the roughnecks on-site. She just so happens to know a guy who ran a food truck in Chicago. Someone get that Finn dude back over here! Jules is able to easily score a food truck, and Finn is positioned as a potential new partner. Kess and Ada shake on it. They’ve known him for roughly 30 seconds. What could go wrong?
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Over at the rig site, Hap asks Wick to take Billy to KOALA 1 since he’s expressed interest in becoming an investor. Wick basically tells Billy that this is a father-son well, so those who don’t have a fancy stocking on the Briggs mantle at Christmastime need to back off. Billy reminds Wick that Hap wants him to be a part of KOALA 1 because he reminds Hap of everything he wished Wick would be. Then they start punching each other.
Wick returns to the driller’s cabin with a bloody lip. Hap lectures him hard. Wick whines. He wants a say as to who is involved in KOALA 1. Hap sums that thought up with two words: hell no. He blows off some steam by breaking into Jules’ house. When she arrives home, he apologizes for sneaking around with her for two years before traipsing off to New York only to return with Carla on his arm. He promises that he will make it up to her, and then he leaves.
Later that night, Jules calls Hap and invites him over. He tells Carla not to wait up. He arrives at Jules’ house where sultry music plays in the background. She stands there in leather pants as he sizes her up. They attack each other and end up in bed. I assume there is a chain lock on the door just in case Junior comes home for the night. Details.
The next day, Billy approaches Hap with a business opportunity. He wants to throw cash at KOALA 1. He hands him a check. Hap laughs. The amount needs to be twice as much. Half a million dollars is all it will take to go all in. Billy doesn’t have that kind of money, but what he does have is a percentage of the McCutchin parcel. Hap whips around, shakes the man’s hand, and has his lawyers draw up the paperwork. Billy waves at the huge red flag as it passes him by.
The buzz at the Briggs mansion is that KOALA 1 is going to strike oil. Everyone heads over to the site, and no one wears a hard hat. The “safety first” motto is for weak people. Most enjoy a lovely grilled item from the food truck while waiting for the gusher. Cody is irritated that Finn isn’t conducting himself in a professional manner. He’s a flirt, and she has to remind him that Ada is married. Is Finn good? Is he bad? I don’t know. What I do know is that his dimples are darling when he smiles.
The rig gushes oil, and everyone laughs as crude spills all over their clothes. I’m glad Carla was under that protective tent so the carpet she was wearing was unharmed. Moments later, the gusher stops. And just like that, the money is gone. Say goodbye to your kid’s college tuition, Billy.
Hap takes the dry hole with a grain of salt. Billy does not. He accuses Hap of playing him. Hap welcomes him to the oil business. Back at the mansion, Hap toasts his son with a glass of whiskey. Now that he has Billy’s percent of the McCutchin land, he’s going into business with Wick. Who needs KOALA 1 when the McCutchin land is worth trillions. I guess DNA does matter after all. Hap tells Wick that he will have to be super focused if they are going to be partners. That means he’ll have to dump Jules. Wick is shocked when he learns that his dad isn’t kidding. But he’s not as shocked as when he gets the call from Garry that he’s been arrested.
And let’s not forget Lacey and handsome A.J. Mr. Briggs’ errand boy has been hired by someone to secure soil samples from truck tires. An unknown women tells him that he is letting a lot of people down. When he confides the the soil samples are turning up negative, he assures the stranger that he has another way in. That way is Lacey.
Was it my imagination, or did the stranger call A.J. by the name of Ahmad? Will Lacey ever be nice to Carla? Or do we care? Will Jules continue to swing from father to son? How tacky is that last sentence? And finally, hot sauce on Frosted Flakes — yes or no?