We open “Part 6” at Coach Rayburn’s house, where he’s flashbacking to his police interview. This whole hit-by-a-car lie seems to really be eating at everyone because elsewhere Danny is having an awfully hard time listening to the tape. Sitting shotgun? Ghost Sarah. Terrific.
Danny gets a call from John. They have a weird stilted so-this-terrible-childhood-trauma-has-been-raised-but-we’re-not-talking-about-it chitchat. The cassette tape in Papa Rayburn’s truck clicks and when John inquires after it, Danny tells him it’s the sound of a gun being cocked at this head. John does not find this amusing in the slightest. You can really take John’s temperature by how messed up his hair is, and right now his hair is just not having it at all. He suggests they go fishing over the weekend. Danny tells him he’s busy. Well, having all those demons is very time-consuming I suppose.
Sally finds Robert’s will and sees that Danny was indeed cut out of it. She meets up with Danny and it’s a little heartbreaking to see how happy she always is to see her eldest who is clearly a wreck. Danny tells her he needs a break, wants to drive down to Key West. He’s been working, what, like four days? Makes sense he needs some time.
John, meanwhile, hunts and pecks his way to finding Leonard Pott’s phone number. Lenny luckily has not yet left town and agrees that they can meet for a talk.
Danny, on the hunt for a little relaxation, decides that a whole lot of cocaine will do the trick. Thank god he has O’Dirtbag around. O’Dirtbag gives him the drugs for free and even offers his company. Danny passes.
Kevin goes to Belle’s house and finds it empty. He leaves a note and can’t resist looking at her computer. As usual, snooping leads to things you never want to see—in this case Belle’s online dating profile. He goes to her messages and sees that “Foodie70” (amazing) and Belle have a date set up. Uh-oh.
Sally is in a tizzy about Danny being cut out of the well. Meg is understandably in a weird spot and not happy about it. Robert: making problems for the family even when dead. When she goes to leave, a Rayburn House worker approaches her with a problem. His cousin Carlos is in some trouble and needs a lawyer.
Danny snorts some coke and goes to a fairly dark and depressing bar and starts drinking with intent. Apparently you can still smoke in some Florida bars!
Kevin’s dock friend Suzy, mom of sports car guy, gives him a big warm hug. Kevin gives her the hard sell that she shouldn’t take her real estate deal but to let him buy her property instead. If she sells to developers, his business is ruined. He begs her to reconsider and she agrees that if he can come up with the money and pay her in cash, she’ll do it.
John and Lenny Potts sit on a bench and things get real. John is still upset about giving a false statement to him when he was a kid. Lenny understands that they were scared. John asks what really happened. Lenny says what we suspected: Sarah drowned and when Lenny went to the hospital Robert was there with battered Danny. Lenny admits he made a mistake to talk to them together and so had to swallow the hit by a car lie. Lenny knew it wasn’t right, which is when he talked to the rest of the Rayburn gang. Interesting, it turns out Sally was out of town. “I always thought it was an odd time to take a trip,” says Lenny. Hmmm. The three kids all stuck to the same cover story. Lenny feels guilty that he never pressed the issue and that he failed Danny. Lenny confronted Robert a few months later, but Robert always denied it and their friendship fell apart. “Nobody was protecting your brother. Somebody needed to stand up and tell the truth. I failed him.” Oh, Lenny Potts is one good dude I think.
John asked him about the case file and the missing tapes. Lenny readily admits he thought Danny should hear the whole story. Lenny, I love your honesty, but I’m guessing this was one terrible idea.
Cousin Carlos and Meg meet up. Carlos remembers the Rayburn family and working for them fondly. Carlos talks about the charges: larceny, aggravated assault. Carlos blames a lot of his crime on being drunk and losing his temper. He’s since quit drinking and goes to meetings. Meg is resistant but can’t say no to the pleading cousins.
John goes looking for Danny at the big house but Sally tells him that Danny took off for Key West. John is worried immediately. He’s also sweating through his shirt. (That’s some real method sweat on Kyle Chandler.) He’s a wreck at work—he’s also trying to track down Danny. Marco comes in and wants to do real police work. He’s found a woman who might be able to give them a lead on their dead girl case.
Meg meets with the prosecutor who urges her not to defend Carlos. Meg is undeterred. The prosecutor relents and tells her they’ll call with an offer. Meg sees the hot head of affair Alec in the parking lot and runs up to talk to him. He does not say, Hey, you are a crazy person. She apologizes and they have a chat. Hot guy still wants Meg but she makes clear that those days are over and she can’t cheat on Marco anymore. Maturity! Hot Alec is hot in his understanding and walks away.
Danny continues to drink his face off and then declares the dark bar dead. He chooses a trendy sort of nightmare dance club, where he sits like a creeper at the bar and watches young girls. He catches the eye of one girl who is obviously way too hot for the likes of him but she smells something dark and intriguing about him so slinks over.
NEXT: Danny’s bender gets bananas
John finds this woman, Christina, and asks her about the men who brought her on the boat. Turns out they threatened her boat mates with fire. Poor Christina is still obviously traumatized by the memory—how the men got spooked and threw a match in with them. She starts to cry which totally upsets good old Coach Rayburn. Christina says she realized they’d rather burn a boat people alive then get caught. John realizes that these might be the men he’s looking for.
Kevin goes and spies on Belle on her date. They seem to be having a good time—and first dates are traditionally pretty terrible. Kevin looks devastated and stomps away (though it’s hard to stomp in flip-flops).
Danny and slinky girl are doing blow in the bathroom. Ah-ha, she smelled cocaine. As they’re shoveling powder up their noses, a good-looking dude comes in wearing a tank top. “It’s cool, he’s a friend,” says Slinky. Danny rolls with it. Hmm, this is going to get real weird.
And then it totally does. Danny, Slinky, and Tank Top are all up on each other on the dance floor—in between doing tons of drugs. It’s all sexy and confusing—is Danny making out with the tank top guy?—with the loud music and dance beat of the heavily messed-up. Suddenly the jig is up and the two very attractive people—who clearly run this scam for drugs are all, PEACE weirdo and take off. Danny looks around and realizes he belongs back in the dark bar. He heads there and continues to drink, flirts with the waitress, and then randomly decides to pick a fight with a gigantic dude in a Navy shirt. Navy guy resists the temptation not to clock Danny for a good long while but Danny will not stop being a jerk. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to be around people like Danny in this state, you will recognize this behavior. It is not pretty.
Finally Navy guy has it—”Sweet like a sailor’s ass” is what does it—and beats the crap out of Danny, which is clearly exactly what Danny wants. That too is very much not pretty. Oh, Danny.
The three siblings meet to discuss the Danny lack of will situation. Sally wants them to cut Danny in which seems like a reasonable solution except that Danny is a loose cannon. John thinks it’s an easy decision. “He’s been through enough,” John says. Kevin has no idea what he’s talking about, or pretends he doesn’t. John says if they don’t cut Danny in, they should leave him out, too.
Kevin goes to Belle’s house—thankfully she is alone. He gives a sweet and sad speech. He shouldn’t have the keys to her house and that he gets it. She’s moving on and he’s okay. Belle thanks him and seems to mean it. “I love you, and I am always going to love you. That’s the deal.” Oh, Kevin!
Danny is a humongous disaster. He’s outside the bar, it looks like he may have puked on his shirt, and just generally he’s a wreck. Chelsea comes to get him—the bartender alerted her. Danny, hating himself, lashes out at poor Chelsea. He is vicious when she is just trying to help. He mocks her for caring. “Let me tell you something, I’m not your way out. I’m not your f–kin’ lifeline. And you sure as shit are not mine.” He’s really on a roll! Chelsea, quite rightly, asks why he’s doing this. “It’s what I do.” It’d be sad if it wasn’t so terrible. He staggers off into the night and wanders down the highway. A totally random dude picks him up and is all, come back to our drug den.
John finds Danny’s car after his cop friends tip him off. He looks inside the truck and sees Danny’s phone (of course he has a flip top!) and that he’s been listening to the cassette tape. He recognizes that wherever Danny is, he’s in trouble.
Danny is in some sort of Fisher King nightmare where people are sitting around drugging and dogs are barking. I think he smokes crack? He has a pretty intense hallucination about John busting up the party. In this clearly not true vision, John is cold and mocking: Oh, so Danny is upset some kids told some fibs? He’s responsible for their sister’s death. They lied to protect Danny, not their dad! Danny grabs the gun and points at John. John sees Ghost Sarah. “She’s been with me the whole f—kin’ time,” Danny says. Danny turns the gun on himself. Ghost Sarah is not helping the situation, whispering how he has to choose between himself and “them.” He shoots himself and wakes up back in Fisher King land. Drugs really are bad.
The next morning Meg and Marco have coffee and she seems to realize her man is the best. She plays coy and talks about their zodiac signs. Finally she drops her fork and is all oops, propose to me! Marco, rightly confused by this change of pace, looks at her and tells her he doesn’t think she’s ready.
Kevin goes to a bar and starts to day drink his Belle pain away. Also in pain? Chelsea. Kevin flirts sort of awkwardly, as he tells Chelsea how cheap it is to get divorced online. He’s smooth. Kevin asks if Chelsea and Danny are involved. Chelsea is all, uh….that’s complicated. They decide to drink together.
Danny somehow makes it back to the inn. How does he do that? John finds him cleaning fish. Danny seems remarkably refreshed after the night he had. John is all, sooooo. I know you talked to Lenny Potts, maybe we should talk. John makes a nice speech about how their father was wrong, and how he was wrong too by not standing up for Danny. Danny takes this in impassively. “I’d like to start over,” says John. Danny blinks and asks if he still wants to go fishing. “You don’t need to worry about me. You have your own family to worry about,” says Danny. He assures John that they’re past all of it which we all know just isn’t true. John says he’s glad Danny is home. “It’s so good to be back,” Danny says and it is entirely 100 percent creepy as he gives John a look of pure murder. He laughs after John leaves and then beheads the fish. Gulp.