We open in a flashback with Danny and Eve together. He wants Nolan to see his new restaurant. She makes the very good point that Nolan is sick of Danny and his false promises and Nolan wants to see his dad in his new role as successful businessman, a.k.a. quit yanking the boy around. Danny smokes and considers and says, “We all get the family that God dumps on us.” This is the first of many possible mottos for this television program.
This is what she’s apparently remembering as she stretches naked across a bed and eats pizza. She’s with (drum roll) Ozzy! This makes some sort of sense. Ozzy makes some noise about being worried about the kid being taken in by the Rayburns, but she’s not worried. What is sort of worrisome is watching Ozzy rage out about past sins and start trashing the hotel like a rock star. She’s like, hey look at how great I look naked! (She does.) And she calms him right down. She tells him to trust her.
Meg sits down with Belle and Kevin and explains the wheeling and dealings she has done to keep him out of jail. He needs to go to drug counseling, and he cannot mess up again. Belle is all, oh believe me he won’t.
Meanwhile Sally is still having bungalow 3 problems. She later yells at a guy on her maintenance crew who says she never called. Uh-oh. Is Sally losing her mind?
John meets with some people about his campaign. There’s a pushy lady and another dude, and I’m not sure who these people are, but I’m also not convinced it matters. The important part is that we learn that Roy Gilbert has reached out, and if you have Gilbert in your corner, you are in great shape.
Kevin goes to support meeting and meets a friendly dude named Doug. Kevin is doing the newbie, oh I’m just here because I have to be. Doug is all, oh yeah sure. After Belle picks him up, she asks if he talked. He educates her on the terminology (sharing) and then clams up because he is Kevin and all of his demons are on the inside.
Current Sheriff Aguirre holds a press conference. The long and the short of it is that he makes a huge point in saying Danny’s case is not closed and they won’t stop till they find Danny’s killer. John’s face sort of lets us know how not great this is.
John fills Kevin and Meg in, and it becomes clear that Aguirre is doing this to help his campaign, by keeping John’s deadbeat drug-dealing brother fresh in everyone’s mind. Meg is like, you should drop out — which seems totally reasonable. John, still not telling them everything, tells them he needs to think.
Sally is with Belle, who is getting some tests regarding the baby. Belle wants to know if Sally and Kevin have talked, and Sally does that total Wasp-y thing where she’s like, oh, DUI big deal! Belle is like, lady, this kind of behavior is why your kids are all such wrecks. Kevin needs her support. Sally, hilariously, is like, let’s not turn this into a drama. Is she watching the same show as we are?
John goes creeping through the evidence room, searching for the smoking gun, a.k.a. that blackmail tape Danny made.
Kevin is working out on the docks. He’s feeling sober and maybe not so thrilled about it. Or maybe he just saw the young version of Danny walking toward him. It’s Nolan, and he wants a job. Kevin, so normally genial, takes a tough attitude with Nolan, gives him a bucket, and tells him to wipe off bird crap. Nolan attitudes back, and Kevin laughs at how strong DNA can be.
We flash back to a younger, less pierced and angry Nolan. He’s with Danny in the restaurant kitchen, and even Danny isn’t above trying to get a teenager to like him. He snarks at Danny, and Danny snarks a little back to tease Nolan about being a virgin but then giving him a beer anyway. Bros!
Back in the present, Meg goes to see John. He tells her about the tape and why he can’t drop out, the thinking being that if he could just become sheriff, he could shut this whole thing down. She is rightfully pissed and slaps him. “You should have told us,” she says, giving another possible show motto.
Belle comes by the boatyard and interestingly does not tell Kevin that the doctor asked her to run a few more tests. He tells her how much Nolan looks and acts like Danny. Belle suggests inviting him to dinner. “At our house?” Oh, Kevin. Then he remembers he’s a man living on thin ice and agrees.
Meg and John go see this Roy Gilbert character and guess what? It is Beau freakin’ Bridges! He is gravelly and rich, and apparently has some history with Robert Rayburn. Meg goes full honest with him and tells him that she’s running John’s campaign cause no one else would have them and she asks for his endorsement as they are way behind.
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Marco brings in our pal Eric O’Dirtbag. They have a little chat. Of course, what ends up happening is that Marco gives more information to Eric — like about the drugs and Miami — than Eric gives back. Eric stays pretty chill, but the wheels in his mind are clearly turning.
And we see what he remembers: which is that he was with Danny right up until John shows up (to murder Danny). It’s a little bit sad, actually, as clearly what Eric is remembering is how much he misses his friend.
NEXT: Meg meets Nolan’s mom
Eve is sitting at a bar and meets Meg. She gets in Meg’s head from the very start, telling Meg things like how Danny was proud of her for going to law school and dropping hints that she knows much more about the Rayburn family dynamics than any of them would like her to. But it comes down to the money: Robert promised her money and to put Nolan in the will and now Sally isn’t honoring it. But Meg can. Meg is like, ooof, this is a bad one because there’s no mention of you in the will. Eve looks genuinely stunned to hear it.
John is walking through the parking lot when Ozzy drives up and makes pretend he can’t figure out where to stay for the night. John is friendly enough and suggests a few hotels. He does give the car a second look, perhaps remembering it was the same one Danny once had?
Nolan and Kevin continue to sort of have friction though Kevin is like, you are coming to dinner because Belle says so. Nolan seems to have the same uncanny ability to root out people’s vulnerabilities and immediately gets Kevin’s goat with a crack about what kind of father Kevin will be.
And now on to this episode’s most heartbreaking scene: Danny teaching Nolan how to chop vegetables. It’s Danny as we hardly see him, sweet and encouraging, and we see Nolan soaking it all in. As an aside, Danny tells Nolan he isn’t going anywhere, and Nolan’s happiness at this sentence makes one just want to lie down.
Back to the present, Meg looks at Robert’s will and tells Sally that Eve might have a case. Sally is drinking and babbling about bungalow 3 still, and Meg looks concerned. She finally tells Meg simply that she wants Eve and Nolan gone gone. Meg feels the crushing loneliness of being the last sane member of her family.
John calls Marco in to talk about Eric O’Dirtbag being brought in. Marco is like, hey I’m just trying to do my job here and John accuses him of being a pawn in the race for sheriff. It gets tense before John is all, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
Eric continues to wander adrift, this time to his sister’s house. She is like, time to go big bro. She wants no part of what’s up. Poor Eric really does seem to be at a loss as to what the hell is going on. He is asking questions though, like about the last time Chelsea heard from Danny. He’s surprised when she says he texted her about taking the car and quite rightly says there’s no way Danny ever texted. (Danny, one of those guys.)
Kevin can’t deal with his life or his sobriety and takes a swig of tequila at work. Unfortunately creeper Nolan saw the whole thing.
Meg gets a visit from Roy Gilbert, who tells her there is now way John will win and she needs to fight dirty. She’s like, not John’s style. Roy tells her that might be true, but she needs to be the one to get her hands dirty. Roy says something intriguing about how John is not the most like Robert. (Sidenote: I miss Sam Shepard.)
John is out with Jane when Ozzy continues to show up and mess with him. This time by letting John know in the creepiest of ways that he’s onto John, naming the Red Reef Inn and the room number Danny stayed in. I wouldn’t have continued with the look that crosses John’s face, but Ozzy sort of saunters away.
Sally gets yelled at again about the damn shower in bungalow 3. This dude is like we’re out. This damn shower! She later goes to see for herself, gets it working, and starts laughing hysterically, which quickly turns into sobs.
Marco shows up at Meg’s. He tells her he may need her to come in to keep talking about Danny’s case. She stares at him, and he stares at her, and oh boy. She invites him in, but he says no and she apologizes for her behavior the other night. He’s like, please never again.
And now it’s time for dinner at Belle and Kevin’s. Nolan is being a bit surly and sure makes as if he’s going to out Kevin for drinking at work. It’s very tense though Belle doesn’t know why. But when Nolan tells him, I know I remind you of my dad and it sucks, I believe him. That’s right! I’m officially team Nolan over here.
We also see how his heart continued to be broken by Danny, like when they left the restaurant as chums and ran smack into a shady character who hits Danny across the face.
Meg sits around and drinks more of her bottle of red wine and then calls Roy. She meets him and he hands her an envelope full of secrets about the Aguirre family. Oh Rayburns, will you never learn?
Ozzy and Eric chat and it’s clear that Ozzy really does have great intuition as he’s sure now that all is not pure in the house of Rayburn and that John isn’t the boy scout that Eric says he is.
Speaking of which, John is trying to figure out who Ozzy is and is back in the room where the critical point (John not telling him a killer was coming from him and Danny knowing that John knew that) with Danny happened. Ooof, regrets all around.