'Bloodline' recap: 'Part 4'
Let's just concentrate on that nice truck ride, because things go bad.
We open on a ship rocking on the water in the dark. Men watch the water via binoculars and speak in Spanish about the Coast Guard. Great, more mystery. There’s some discussion about whether or not they’ve really lost the Coast Guard and we go inside the boat where…oh no. There are lots of very scared people staying quiet as they hear footsteps above them. We see the men jumping off the ship before the engine starts up again and uh-oh times one thousand: There’s smoke and then flames and then panic. I think we all know what comes next. What a terrible way to die. I’m guessing we’re learning the origins of Coach Rayburn’s Jane Doe.
Cut to: John and Kevin and Marco take a look at a charred hull and try to figure out its origin. They break from boat talk to discuss Danny, who is apparently trying to fix up their dad’s old truck. John urges Kevin to help him. It seems hard to be John Rayburn.
Papa Rayburn sits in a hospital gown. His eyes are closed but he’s seeing visions of the pretty little girl we know to be Sarah running towards him. This is sad. There’s a flash of what must be a young Danny looking panicked, at the wheel of a boat. Papa wakes up and sees his wife sitting across from him in a cute sun hat. They have a nice little back and forth. He wants to go home.
John and Marco put the pieces together on this boat situation—namely that the chemicals from the boat match Jane Doe’s.
Robert Rayburn seems lucid enough and packing to leave the hospital. (He is also wearing great glasses—and…may I say, ROAWR, Sam Shepard). Meg shows him the will. Again. Robert is as annoyed by this as I am—even though he blanks on Kevin’s name which doesn’t give him great moral high ground. Meg is being extra cautious before shutting her brother out of the family fortune. Robert is one grouchy kitty and he has had it, shouting at Meg before stomping off, telling her he’ll think about it.
Sally and Robert are home and standing out by the water’s. Sally tells Rob that she wants Danny to stay and he responds that he wants whatever makes her happy. They’re super cute. She tells him she missed him. These guys.
In the morning we see Danny up and raking the beach. (This is a thing? Zen Garden.) Sally brings him a coffee and assures Danny that Robert wants him there too.
Meg is up to her old tricks in the back seat of a car with hot Alec. So much for that last time ever thing! Next thing you know, they’re in a meeting together about Alec’s land development. Meg lets them know that a landing strip will never fly. I’m just trying to imagine Robert Rayburn’s face at the idea of a landing strip. Yeah, nope. Meg is calm and together and the table respects her for it.
Kevin is suspicious. (What else is new, right?) But this time he’s suspicious of someone outside of the Rayburn family, some son of someone named Suzy, who drives a flashy car.
The Rayburn men are all at Ben Rayburn’s baseball game. That’s sort of cute. Danny’s there too, and makes a crack about tail (men!) and even Robert Rayburn seems amused by his son. Everyone seems to actually be brought together by sports, how nice. Robert falls asleep at a certain point. We go inside his mind to see more of the mysterious Sarah and—argh—the gold sea dragon necklace you might recall from episode one. Also of a young Robert Rayburn trying to revive Sarah. Ooof.
Of course women don’t enjoy sports (sheeeesh, show) so the womenfolk gather to drink wine and eat cheese. Meg goes for the hard stuff (I mean alcohol this time!) which I admire and Kevin’s estranged wife, Belle, apologizes for not going to the hospital. When they have a quiet moment, Meg tells Belle she’s sorry about what’s happening with Belle and Kevin, but Belle shakes her off.
John takes Robert home and fesses up: he told Danny it was Robert’s decision to kick Danny out, not the truth that it was the siblings’ call. Robert Rayburn doesn’t give an F. Well, that was easy.
Kevin and Danny seem to be getting better along—they talk about how bad the other smells which I think is brother code for affection.
NEXT: Here comes that fateful truck ride
Meg meets with one of Alec’s lawyers who lets her know that Alec and his big land deal are moving elsewhere. She asks Meg if she’d ever considered going to a bigger firm. Meg is all: lady, I live where people go to vacation! But the woman is undeterred: she says Meg should come to New York.
Marco and John find security cameras on the dock and the possibility that someone was stealing fuel to help get the boat through to the Keys. Ahhh, so this is where this is all heading…to Danny and O’Dirtbag. But the footage doesn’t seem to show much.
Danny is really nailing the hospitality game at the Inn. The guests seem to adore him. He’s charming and knowledgable. His dad comes out and watches while strumming his security blanket ukulele. He keeps seeing visions of his pretty dead daughter walking toward him, and of his eldest son looking panicked in a boat. How those demons going, Robert?
Kevin’s suspicions seem confirmed when he talks to the sports car guy. He learns that sports car guy is selling his mom’s property to developers. “Even Florida deserves a bit of class,” car guy says. Kevin wants to put in an offer that the guy laughs at. I hate this sports car guy now, too! Also is Kevin now my favorite Rayburn? Maybe.
I don’t think Robert Rayburn feels the same asa me as Kevin tries to engage his dad in conversation and fails. He tells his dad that he thinks Danny is really turning it around this time, and that he’s doing great. Way to go Kevin! Robert Rayburn is all whatever, listen, when are you going to have a son. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess. Poor Kevin.
Later, Kevin and Danny work on the old Chevy truck together and drink beers. Now this is what I call male bonding! They are sweating and working hard and nothing seems to work. I’m sure there’s technical stuff I could say about what they’re doing but I am unable. Suffice it to say, it takes a while and then suddenly they have success when the engine turns. And the moment is sweet. Danny honks his horn and Kevin dances around a little bit. Danny sleeps in the back of the truck.
The next morning a rando fisherman sees a body—from Jane Doe’s boat—float by. John and Marco seem to be aware of what this means. John immediately thinks this is no accident: this is an immigration run gone bad.
And to drive the point home, here’s Eric O’Dirtbag, spray painting cans of gasoline black. He gets a call from one of the bad guys we saw in the beginning of the episode. Bad guy tells O’D he has another job and that if he keeps it up, he’ll get more work. Then he hilariously hangs up while Eric is still talking. Even the super evil dudes can’t deal with Eric O’Bannon.
Robert looks at the will his daughter left him and literally shoves it in a drawer rather than deal with it. I salute you, sir. He strums his trusty ukulele instead and looks at the pictures of his office wall. Through the window he watches Danny being silly with some young girls at the Inn. Danny coaxes them into choosing flippers and masks and letting him teach them how to swim. When Robert walks by he tells his dad he has a surprise for him. Rob only sees that one of the girls has a gold necklace on and all he can see is the seahorse necklace of yesteryear.
Affair-Alec stops by Meg’s office and she accuses him of setting her up for that job. He’s like, easy lady: all I said is that you did a good job. Relax, Meg. She cannot. They make eyes at one another across the desk.
Later Meg joins her dad who is, as usual, strumming and humming away by the water. She asks if he’s made a decision about the will. He says he’s closing in on one. Meg loves her dad something fierce. Daughters and dads, you know.
Then something terrific happens. The Rayburn boys go for a drive in Papa Rayburn’s old Chevy truck, the one his sons fixed for him. Robert Rayburn is driving and Danny is sitting in the front seat. John and Kevin ride in the cab. The sun is setting, the Kinks are playing, and everyone is smiling and joking around. Oh, the Rayburns are all going to be okay! Danny sticks his head out into the breeze and smiles contentedly. This feels wonderful.
Robert tells Sally that he’s going to grab a drink with the boys. He broaches the subject of the will with Sally and she won’t hear of it. “You’re not going anywhere, there’s no need to talk about a will.” That’s like a death sentence right there! It’s like she’s never watched television!
Danny and Robert go to a bar. It seems fun and friendly, and Robert surprises Danny by telling him he didn’t invite the others. All seems well until: “You know what I like about you and me, Danny? We can lay all our cards on the table.” Danny lights a cigarette and warily asks what’s up.
Robert levels with him: he wants Danny to leave and never come back. And, wow, that…yeouch. It’s said quietly and without drama and it. Is. Devastating. Danny’s face falls about 1,000 stories immediately. Danny points out the reason it never works between them is that there are too many memories. Danny says he wants to stay but Rob says he needs to do what is right for the whole family. He hands Danny a check and Danny looks at it and says it’s not enough.
Then Danny goes dark: He says he knows he’s not in the will and that Robert should show Danny how much it’s really worth to him to protect his family. “You Rayburns,” he spits. Oh, Danny. Robert says, finally, he’ll wire whatever amount Danny wants wherever he wants the next morning. Danny puts out his hand to shake on the deal and Robert won’t do it. Danny grabs his father’s face and says quietly, “You will never see my face again, Dad,” and Robert almost immediately covers his face with his hands. Danny walks away.
Robert keeps his hands over his eyes. He sees Sarah. He’s haunted by visions of trying to revive her, carrying her, and again, Danny looking panicked driving the boat. Back in the present, Robert throws the ripped up check over the side into the water and puts his sunglasses back on.
Ugh, remember that nice truck ride?