Bloodline really has picked up the pace, hasn’t it? Well, just you wait. “Part 11” opens with Danny doing what he likes to do—smoke and drink and think. As usual his thoughts lay in the past and the fateful day when he took his little sister Sarah out on a boat ride that led to her death. I think it’s clear his motivations on that day were that of a good big brother, a protector who wanted to help remove his sister from the marital strife that was happening on the other side of his mother’s door. It’s one of those questions that can haunt your whole life—what would my today look like if that series of events didn’t unfold the way that they did? What would the Rayburns be like if Sarah hadn’t drowned? If Robert hadn’t beat up Danny? If the rest of the family hadn’t covered up a terrible crime against one of their own?
He’s interrupted by the man we saw murder Quintana in the last episode. Wayne is nervous about his stash. Danny is told that Rafi Quintana is gone for good and that he has to deal with this weirdo now. Weirdo gives Danny a special phone that he’ll contact him with.
Kevin goes to see Chelsea because he is, rightfully, disturbed by that conversation he had with Danny. The one thing that has happened as the show progresses is how much I have grown to love Kevin Rayburn. He means well! He is wondering just how much Danny and Chelsea discussed Kevin and Chelsea’s one night stand because it’s beginning to dawn on him that maybe his brother was behind his attack. Chelsea is like, no way. Kevin wonders what she sees in Danny and he honestly seems to want to know. Before she can answer, O’Dirtbag comes home and Kevin peaces out. He overhears Chelsea telling O’Dirtbag that Danny was looking for him.
Outside of an AA meeting John Rayburn waits for Carlos. John drops the polite chitchat and tells him to get in the car and calls him out on everything. He goes full crazy cop on him—just go ahead and tell me absolutely everything. Maybe Carlos is the most tragic figure in this whole series? He’s very hapless.
O’Bannon gives Danny a gun, one that Danny asked for because Wayne’s weirdo made him nervous. (I think this is a first as it seems like nothing really rattles Danny, right?) He tells O’Dirtbag not to worry, but Eric is like, um, this is nuts. He’s completely mad that what started out as an easy job has now gotten so scary and complicated. They throw some blame back and forth at each other. Danny pleads with Eric to stay with him and also to stay calm. He tells him he’ll always have O’Bannon’s back. “People think I have two brothers—I only got one.” I’ll give this to old O’Dirtbag: He is one loyal friend. Maybe Danny is too, who knows.
Danny and Kevin meet up in the kitchen in the dark, which is weird, but then what isn’t with this family? Kevin confronts Danny about his assault and Danny plays dumb. Kevin isn’t having it. Danny then, of course, goes full creepo. Kevin loses steam in the face of all this sociopathy. He also looks sad as he realizes the extent to which his brother dislikes him.
Carlos shows John the shed of drugs—haha, he really is spineless. John shines a flashlight inside, unzips a few bags and realizes just how much of a mess his family is now in. He tells Carlos in a very scary whisper that means business to never step foot on the property again or he will kill him. Uh, Officer Rayburn? John calls for a meeting of the three non-Danny siblings.
He tells them what’s going on. They are hosed basically: If they want to get ahead of this mess, they need to report it to the police. But, even though they had no prior knowledge, when the DEA finds drugs on the property they’ll seize everything, shut down the inn, and the business will never recover. Their mother will be devastated and their names and reputation will be ruined. Kevin argues not to report it. Meg suggests moving the drugs. John goes all cop on them and tells them if they touch anything inside the shed they become felons.
The next day John goes to talk to Clay. He reasons that he didn’t want to believe this about his family, but stresses he’s come to the authorities now and that should count for something. He didn’t think Danny was in this much trouble. Clay asks John straight up if he tipped off Danny. Even I believe John when he lies through his teeth and says no. Clay reiterates what we know: that the family is in a world of trouble once drugs are found on the property. Clay takes him off the case. John is all: I get it. Clay is all: Let’s get your brother.
Danny meanwhile gets the call from Wayne’s weirdo. He’s asked to bring the stuff to this guy. Meg keeps an eye on Danny from afar and clues Kevin in on his whereabouts. Sibling Scooby-Do gang, I love it. Inside, the women folk want to talk about wedding dresses, but Meg asks to postpone till the following day.
NEXT: Jane Rayburn gets dragged into this mess
Jane Rayburn, naughty teenage girl that she is, approaches Danny to say hey. What’s more intoxicating to a teen than a relative you’re not supposed to hang out with? Jane is like, so what the heck is up with us not being able to see you? Danny takes a drag off his cigarette and dismisses it as brother stuff. Jane asks for a cigarette and Danny, cool uncle that he is (ugh) says sure. Danny tells her to stay away with him in exactly the tone to make a rebellious teenager want to do the exact opposite. I could spend these entire recaps talking about what a fine, fine actor Ben Mendelsohn is, but scenes like these especially—the mixture of anger and hurt and regret and god only knows what else plays across his face in record time—sort of blow me away.
John finds Danny in the kitchen: The DEA is waiting outside and he needs to go in and answer some questions. Danny counters with the threat that he’ll tell them John leaked and John is like, fine, they’ll never believe you.
So Danny is back in a cell. He looks fairly unconcerned, which is weird. The DEA meanwhile open the shed and find…. nothing but an empty shed. John acts all what-whoa-that’s-weird and then calls Meg: They need to talk to her. When she gets off the phone we see Kevin and Meg loading the suitcases full of drugs out of the car.
Shady Lowry henchman can’t figure out why he can’t reach Danny.
John and Marco watch as Meg is questioned: No, she didn’t know for sure, but it was white powder in packages so…. she reiterates she didn’t know what to do so she called John and John called Clay. Go Rayburns, go! Meanwhile, Danny smokes in the room alone next door. When Meg comes out, she tries to talk to Marco, and John shoos her away.
Kevin, meanwhile, loads all those suitcases filled with drugs—enough to make a small country high for weeks!—on his boat. He also finds the gun Danny got from O’Bannon.
Danny is released by the DEA because they can’t hold him on an empty shed. They figure that Danny must have moved the drugs. Clay says this doesn’t feel right. John agrees.
But! He goes straight to his siblings and tells them they’re almost in the clear. John reassures Kevin that he’ll take care of things. Kevin is a nervous wreck. Meg tells him to chill, and to put their trust in John. John, meanwhile, looks to be one sibling problem away from a heart attack.
Danny is looking at the empty shed when John shows up behind him. John is all yup, your plan failed: The family is in the clear. He tells Danny the drugs are at the bottom of the ocean and Danny is like, well I’m dead then. “I’d run,” John tells him. He encourages Danny to get the hell out of town because he is no longer his problem. Danny brings up Sarah’s death. Of course. “That’s when you washed your hands of me.” Danny finally tells us what killed Sarah—that #$@#$ seahorse necklace! She dropped it in the ocean and went after it. There’s a little bit of back and forth about who should have been on the boat. John’s like whatever, I’ll take you to the bus or you can face the bad guy on your own.
Speaking of the bad guy: He gets the bad news that Danny never showed up with the drugs and hasn’t called. Wayne’s like, let’s give him an hour and then “do what you have to.”
John takes Danny to the bus. This is a familiar scene, isn’t it? Danny remembers, snarkily saying, “Maybe I’ll see you at Christmas”—a callback to the early days. (Remember those?)This time though, Danny does get on the bus. John then goes to meet Meg and Kevin and tells them that he’s the only one who will get rid of the drugs. He jumps into the boat like the good Florida boy (and older brother) he is and takes off.
Danny looks around the bus, probably for Ghost Sarah (we haven’t seen her in a while) and calls O’Bannon to let him know that he’s getting out of town and to advise him to do the same. He asks him to tell Chelsea goodbye. He closes his eyes and sees the fateful moment when he grabbed Sarah’s hand and took her on the boat. He pulls out the yellow folded paper, the one that was his prepared speech for Robert’s big night. Oh, and here’s Ghost Sarah, asking if he’s glad he came home. “All I wanted to do was give him a toast,” he says. “Things took a turn.” I guess it’s good this mess wasn’t premeditated, right? Danny tells Ghost Sarah they’re going back to Miami and she messes with his mind. He says it was about the money and she is like, don’t think so. He continues to reason that he thought he could make the family understand. She says they don’t see what she sees. “What do you really want?” The answer? To feel what he feels and to know what it’s like. It’s hard not to feel sort of bad for Danny.
John comes home and pours himself a healthy glass of alcohol. He almost barfs it right back up. He tells Diana that Danny is gone.
In the morning John Rayburn’s house is bustling. Teenagers and etc. Diana asks the men if one of them can pick up Jane after school.
Kevin is visited by Belle. I really love these two—you can feel their shared history in every one of their interactions. She’s worried about him. He asks what’s going on in her world. She tells him that she’s going to Orlando, possibly forever. She needs a change. Kevin crumples but tries to remain upbeat. “It’s all good,” he says though he’s clearly about to burst into tears. He leaves her with—“You look great.” Oh, Kevin.
John remembers the day of Sarah. How he tried to stop Danny from taking her because she should have been with an adult and even Sarah asked for him to come, but he didn’t. What would have happened if he’d gone? Marco comes in and asks if they can talk. Marco knows that John isn’t being straight with him, and because he’s not stupid, he knows it was Danny who was working with O’Bannon. John looks downright ill. John is like, it’s your case.
Sally, Diana and Jane look at bridal magazine. Sally wonders where Jane could be and Diana says that John is dropping her off. When Sally pops up to get coffee, Meg tells Diana she’s not even sure if there will be a wedding cause she messed up with Marco.
Diana calls John and is like, hey weren’t you supposed to pick up Jane? He forgot and so he takes off to the school. He stops one of Jane’s friend’s and asks where Jane is. But Jane already picked her up…by a guy in an old black pick-up truck. Uh-oh.
Sure enough we see Jane smoking a cigarette on the boat with Danny. John calls her cell and she tells Danny she doesn’t want to talk to him. Poor John: He tries to leave a calm message on her voicemail and fails hard. He calls the Inn and Gwen tells him Danny left him word not to worry because Jane is with an adult. Anyone else totally almost lose their dinner along with John on that one? John, understandably, goes into full-blown panic mode.
Jane, meanwhile, is having a great time on the boat with her uncle. She seems completely oblivious to any menace and isn’t even concerned when Danny tells her he got her a present. There is, like, almost flirting in this scene between the two of them and it’s highly gross. Jane jumps off the side of the boat and Danny watches her, thinking of the past, and how Sarah Rayburn once jumped in after her necklace and how her hand got stuck in some coral, trapping her underwater. Danny tried to free her but had to go back up to the surface for air. And this… this is just a terrible accident, right? In the present, Danny jumps in with his niece and does that splishy-splashy fake drowning thing that is so not okay right now.
John and Marco speed around on their boat, looking for Danny. They get a call about a boat being brought in to a marina. But when they get there, it’s the Rayburn boat and there was only a man and no girl with them. John is having massive flashbacks and panic attacks and he goes screaming into the Rayburn Inn. He gets a call from Danny who tells him he doesn’t know where Jane is but that he just wants to be home. John goes screaming outside, “Where the f— is my daughter?” There Jane is with Sally. “I bought her a present,” Danny says. And we all see the gold seahorse (of doom) around Jane’s neck. Ugh.