How many times exactly can a seahorse necklace be a crucial plot point though?
Once upon a time it was such a privilege to be a Rayburn. Now? Not so much. Even though we kick off with a sick shot of the Florida Keys from above, down in the Rayburn abode, it’s just ceiling fans and regret. John flashes back to ~dreamy~ teenage John and Danny. Danny talks about leaving the Keys and starting a life on his own, but I’m super distracted by John’s dirty Lacoste shirt. Do you guys know how much those shirts even cost?
Anyway, John flashes back as Nolan and Evangeline move Nolan out of John’s house. Nolan seems genuinely appreciative for his time in Casa de Father Killer Rayburn, but regardless, it’s his time to go. Back in Meg’s place, Meg serves Marco coffee, completely unaware that he’s likely about to serve her an arrest. Ironically, Marco warns Meg about John without knowing that Meg is the real brains.
In a complete twist, we catch up with Chelsea hanging out with Mama O’Bannon. She’s puffing on a cigarette as Chelsea preps her pill schedule. I know it’s a bit off focus, but Mama O’Bannon is my world. She’s living her life for the fudge rounds and Biblical figurines from TV infomercials (there were only 43 left, y’all!). I would be v. down to share a few Nattys with Mama. The fun is ruined though when Marco shows up to question Eric. That’s when Eric tells Marco that John lied about not seeing Danny the morning he was killed — he says he’ll tell Marco if he can get full immunity from anything and everything. He does give one little nugget for Marco to run with: ask Jane about the seahorse necklace.
No one’s down with Marco though. Meg goes over to John to figure out what went down between him and Marco. John lets her know that Marco is not a family friend anymore, and that the only way he can beat them is to turn them against one another. That’s when Meg comes clean about releasing the information about Aguirre. She also tells John about Marco’s involvement in Aguirre’s domestic assault. Too bad John already knew. Meg says that she just can’t release that information.
Covering himself, John stops a farmer and asks to see the footage from his private camera that leads to the beach… a camera that likely caught him going to the site where he drowned Danny. Ozzy heads back to the hotel where he and Eve were staying with a guitar, but then he realizes that she’s gone. He’s doesn’t take it well. But why stay in a hotel when you can stay at the RAYBURN INN?! Eve and Nolan seem super pumped to get involved and be apart of the daily goings-on.
Diana and Jane make small talk at the table about addicting apps (probably Snapchat, let’s be honest), but as soon as she leaves it gets REAL quiet again. Diana says, “I’m glad he’s gone.” You’d like to think she meant Danny, but she actually meant Nolan. Way harsh, Di. Either way, Harsh Di is way more fun than Carefree Diana. The next day, John goes and visits a bearded man. He asks for help getting to the footage on those private cameras, and Beardy McDreamboat says that he’ll do his best.
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At the boatyard, Gilbert comes to visit Kevin and pass along his offer, providing that Kevin will stay (!!!). I still can’t help but feel that it’s surely not that easy, but for now, let’s just ride it out as a nice favor. But just as something good comes from the Rayburns, something bad comes… and it comes in a package we know ALL TOO WELL. Marco comes to see Jane at school. (Aside: Seriously, how many people are allowed to pick her up from school?) He asks her about the Danny necklace, but Jane tells her that it’s gone and that John lost it. From afar, Angry Di watches the whole thing go down, but it looked pretty innocent.
Back on the beach, Nolan is raking the sand just like Danny used to. He waves up to Sally on the porch, and you know she has to be loving this redo thing going on. That happiness must be contained to the Rayburn Inn though because elsewhere Angry Di is a woman scorned by random questioning. She calls John and demands to know what’s going on, but when John won’t give he answers she hangs up. Marco takes the little knowledge he got from Jane and O’Dirtbag and heads back to the sheriff. Meanwhile, O’Dirtbag heads to the pawn shop to pick up what he previously dropped off: that seahorse necklace. BAD NEWS, Y’ALL.
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In the office, John corners Marco and calls him out for questioning Jane at school. Marco brushes it off though because he has bigger plans. His intentions are becoming more and more apparent, but Gilbert’s? Not at all. He meets up with Meg to talk about the legal details behind Kevin’s boathouse and then infers that he can siphon more money into John’s campaign by hiring Meg for legal consulting. But it still makes absolutely no sense why he cares so much.
In a weird twist, Ozzy and O’Dirtbag take a fishing trip and talk about how Eve left Ozzy and how Meg paid Ozzy off. O’Dirtbag opens up and tells Ozzy about how he’s talked to the cops, which totally ruins bro time. He says that they can get so much more info if they can hold onto that information and use it against John directly. Meanwhile, Beardy McDreamboat (Hank) calls back with information into that secret camera. In the video, you can clearly see John driving out to the beach in his truck.
Sally finds Meg out on the dock and asks her about Marco because apparently when Meg used to have boy problems, she would retreat to her family’s private dock. SAME, MEG. She also tells Sally about Kevin and the progress he’s made in his life, and that’s when Sally gets real vocal about how much she does not like Roy Gilbert. Apparently he’s bad news.
Meg tells Kevin that maybe Gilbert isn’t the best financial support, but Kevin isn’t interested in hearing about it. He gets a little arrogant and says that he thinks Meg’s scared that if he gets better, she won’t have a screw up to feel superior to. YOU DO YOU, KEVVY. None of the kids realize though that Sally has already replaced all three of her kids with Nolan and Evangeline. It’s amazing what a brush can do. Nolan is being respectful. Evangeline has put on pants. Sally hasn’t had this much power over people since she closed up her entire high school class in a gym with her mind powers.
In a real dark twist, we get to see some pictures of drowned Danny. It’s pretty bleak. We also see that seersucker blazer of nightmares. All the details are starting to emerge, including the date of September 18th, which is the same day that John is caught driving to the beach. Marco is lining up all of his facts and figures with full intention of pouncing on John. But John’s working on a plan of his own. Clearly, with Florida-spidey sense tingling, he goes to see Ms. Ortiz, presumably to launch his own smear campaign against Marco and Aguirre.
Internal affairs tells Marco that an investigation is being opened up on him, which must feel SUPER ironic considering how adamant he’s been about opening up one against John. Listen. I’m not trying to defend a murderer (okay, I’d follow Coach Eric Taylor to the end of the earth, but whatever), but I am saying that you can’t be a hypocrite about this business. Desperate, Marco calls O’Dirtbag and leaves him a message that he needs information to give him immunity. O’Dirtbag flashes back to the day of the murder, leaving Danny behind. And then he flashes to the moment he went back to find him and found that ominous seahorse necklace instead.
Gilbert shows up to pick up paperwork from Kevin, but Kevin seems a bit nervous. He assures Gilbert though that he’s ready to sign on with him and passes the papers over. He says they’ll go out for dinner to celebrate and that he’ll “hear from him soon.” It seems super loaded. Evangeline meets up with Ozzy and shares some of that hush money that Meg gave him. He says they should go back to the hotel, but Eve says she can’t because she’s staying with Saint Sally now. Ozzy tells her that she really worked that situation, but Evangeline says that they’re her family. Eve tries to break it off with Ozzy, but no good deed goes unpunished because Meg watches them chat it up for entirely too long.
Meg tries to explain the situation to Sally, but in keeping with the “Sally only knows what happens three episodes ago” rule, she gets super upset about it. Sally gets fired up and tells Meg all about her history and how it’s her own call on whether Evangeline and Nolan stay. As for Meg, she’ll just have to deal with it.
And then there’s Kevin. Innocent Kevin (kind of) who’s just trying to kick the nose candy and the tequila shots and the risky behavior. He’s hanging around at the boatyard when Luis and his buddy (friends of Mr. Gilbert, naturally) come to take a boat out. But that’s all we get from them, except for Luis saying that he looks forward to seeing more of Kevin. CAN WE NOT GIVE KEVIN A BREAK?
As the light begins to fade on the penultimate episode, Marco and John meet up in the darkness, and John says that if Marco continues down this road, it’s not going to end well. Marco says that it’s not going to end well for either of them. Later that night, John breaks into Marco’s office and searches through Danny’s file, giving us an unwelcome look at those drowning pictures again (honestly, just fast-forward through that because, gross).
Anyway, in his timeline, he sees that Marco thinks that John met Danny and that O’Dirtbag gave him that information… but most of all, he sees the request for O’Dirtbag’s immunity. He goes back to review the security footage again, and we flashback and see just how Meg and Kevin and John got Danny from the beach and out of harm’s way. But we also see Ozzy’s car come through, as well as O’Dirtbag’s van. But just as he finds that, O’Dirtbag, always the one to please, shows up at Marco’s house to tell his story and share that necklace of doom. So with that, we only have one episode left and what appears to be a Florida Keys cage match between John, Marco, Meg, O’Dirtbag, and Ozzy. May the seahorse necklace be ever in your favor.