A sign of a show’s maturation is the opportunity for supporting characters to step out from the shadows of the leads and bask in the limelight for a time. Entering its 5th season, Longmire’s Officer Mathias (Zahn McClarnon) and Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez) have already had more screen time recently than in years past, and these proficient actors have added a spice that’s nicely rounded out the overall flavor of the storylines.
And now, The Ferg (Adam Bartley) is front and center after being bushwhacked by the Irish Mob while escorting criminal Eddie Harp (Dan Donohue) to the FBI. Ferg’s likable, good-natured soul makes the sight of him being roughed up with a gun shoved in his mouth far more disturbing than if we had saw it happening to the tough, stoic sorts of Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) or Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff).
When Walt finds Ferg many hours later at a diner sitting by himself, visibly shaken, we, the audience, are right there with him, unsettled. Walt offers Ferg time off to regroup, but he ends up back at the town square telling Vic he didn’t know what to do with himself. There’s a moment where it’s alluded to that Ferg may avoid identifying the assailants out of fear for his life … but not a chance. He rebounds, lifting Harp’s prints from the badge that he had ripped from his chest and flung to the roadside.
An FBI agent named Towson (Noam Jenkins) has been belittling Walt and Ferg for their mishandling of Harp—specifically the transport. When Vic attempts to assuage Ferg’s guilt over his responsibility, she says, “Walt just has this stupid policy about transporting prisoners. If anything screwed this up, it was that, not you.” I agree wholeheartedly, Officer Morretti … once again, Walt’s cavalier approach to law enforcement has caused more trouble.
Still, with Ferg’s new evidence of the prints from the badge matching those found on the syringe that Eddie used as a murder weapon, Walt is able to throw it back in Towson’s face that the leak of Eddie Harp’s transport didn’t come from his office but rather the FBI’s, and Towson looks decidedly uncomfortable.
Henry confides to Walt the name of Shane Muldoon (that’s a great villain name—sounds right out of Dickens), giving the sheriff what he needs to connect Manifest Destinations, a front, with the Irish Mob who’ve been pushing drugs and other vices into Absaroka County. However, Longmire still insists that Jacob Nighthorse is to blame, leaning on him heavily—to which the casino mogul has a great retort: “By … your logic, if an oil executive books a room in my hotel, that makes me responsible for global warming.”
Walt claims a couple personal days: first to catch some fish, and then to hop a plane to Boston. There, he warns mob head Muldoon (Dylan Walsh), who had been fishing in Absaroka, not to return to his county or he will let the FBI know his name. Also, Muldoon picks up (and rightly so) that Walt is suggesting the kingpin should bump off Eddie Harp, who is in danger of being captured and will, in all likelihood, squeal on Muldoon to save his own blarney arse. Walt leaves the fish he’d hooked, telling Muldoon, “I brought you these fish. Now there’s no reason for you to come back to Absaroka.”
- Ferg’s new girlfriend Meg Joyce (Mary Wiseman) is a warm, caring addition with the way she reassures him that he isn’t “a piece of shit” and helps recalibrates his emotions.
- Tucker Baggett is the lawyer we love to hate, and bringing in Walker Browning for the deposition only makes me loathe this character more. I see some awesome courtroom showdowns in our future.
- I have to admit that I was utterly bored by the storyline of Cady Longmire (Cassidy Freeman) helping the two women—Mandy (Tamara Duarte) and Asha (Chelsea Kurtz)—being abused by a lout named J.P. I know this is Cady’s way of gaining the acceptance of the Cheyenne community, but I found I wanted to fast-forward the also-ran subplot.
David Cranmer is the publisher and editor of BEAT to a PULP. Latest books from this indie powerhouse include the alternate history novella Leviathan and sci-fi adventure Pale Mars. David lives in New York with his wife and daughter.