Love is in the air on Blood & Oil. Billy and Cody are basking in the news that their baby is a boy. Hap is ecstatic that his prodigal daughter has returned to work for the family business. Wick and Jules take their relationship to new levels, including the kitchen table, the floor, and a chair in the loft. And Garry the Moron has so much affection for his can of beer that he flips his getaway car in a drunken stupor. Rock Springs isn’t quite a Norman Rockwell painting, but it’s close enough for these oil-crazed residents.
Cody is in full-nesting mode and decides that she wants to invite the neighbors to a housewarming party. She asks Ada and Kess to cater the event, but it’s Finn who arrives with Ada to inspect Cody’s kitchen. She leaves them to figure out the details. Ada wonders about pots and pans. Finn wonders about Kess’ perpetual absence. He reminds Ada that he is always there for her. His tongue is always there for her, too. She picks up on this hint as he sticks it down her throat. As Finn tries to heat things up in the kitchen, Ada pushes him away and leaves.
Later, Finn learns why Kess has been MIA for the past several weeks. When he overhears Kess on the phone arguing with the bank, he wisely realizes that Kess has been dancing with another kind of devil up in North Dakota. Kess has lost everything he and Ada have put into their business, thanks to blackjack. Finn assures him that there’s no need to worry because food trucks are good for selling more than just chicken. Kess is in so much debt, I highly doubt “say nope to dope” will resonate with him at this point. Finn smiles at the fact that “drugs” are now offered on the menu. Probably right below the tacos.
Meanwhile, Billy is still trying to figure out a way to make easy money. This time, he decides that tankers are the way to go. If you can’t drill the oil, you can move the oil. He drives out to Clifton’s house to run the idea by him to see if he’s willing to partner. He busts through the house and finds a stoic Emma. She explains that her grandfather had a heart attack. They drive to the hospital to check in on the crotchety, yet lovable old man. He likes Billy’s idea, but Clifton admits that starting a business is a young man’s game. He’s too old to hitch his wagon to Billy. (How many episodes until Emma hitches her wagon to Billy?) Clifton understands Billy’s disappointment. But the only way to beat Hap Briggs is to become Hap Briggs. How profound.
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You see, Hap Briggs has been around the block and uses people to get information he needs. At the present time, he’s resorted to using Sheriff Harrison’s love for his own daughter to have a “father-to-father” moment. He wants to know if Wick is a suspect in the siphoning? He is met with a silence that speaks volumes. The Sheriff does say that he thinks Wick is hiding something.
Hap thinks Wick is hiding his common sense. Especially when Wick tells an on-site driller that he doesn’t care if the job is more complicated than expected. Wick’s game of “high and mighty” backfires, and the entire crew quits. Every hour that a rig is down, it’s not making money. Fortunately for Wick, Lacey steps in and saves the day. She also gives all the credit to her brother. Hap doesn’t believe it for a second, but he congratulates Wick anyway. No one ever spies Garry creeping in the background.
Wick and Garry sneak off to the driller’s cabin to have a chat. Wick is livid that Garry is still around. Garry explains that he wrecked his car and his arm is in pretty bad shape. He needs enough money to get him another vehicle to get out of town so he can see a doctor. Twenty-thousand dollars should keep him quiet for a while. Wick tells him to sit tight at a motel until he figures out how to get that much cash.
NEXT: The truth will set you free