Every single episode of Big Sky leaves us in shock and Big Sky episode 1×12: “No Better Than Dogs,” really got us. Let’s discuss.
Big Sky episode 1×12 picks up where episode 1×11: “All Kinds of Snakes” left off, with Cassie’s kidnapping. She thought she was being taken to the Lochsa County Sheriff’s office but she quickly realized that wasn’t the case when Deputy Gregor drove past it. Cassie is one smart cookie, though. She whips out her cellphone and leaves a voicemail for her detective agency in the hopes that Jerrie or Denise will get the message, after she’s unable to reach Jenny.
In the voicemail she acts as if she’s having a conversation with the Deputy and proceeds to list off his name and some directions and it works. Because Cassie had her cellphone on her, Deputy Gregor and whoever else was involved in her kidnapping, are forced to take her back to the Sheriffs office when they realize she was recording. Meanwhile, Jerrie ends up getting the message and immediately alerts U.S. Marshall Lindor who is able to track Cassie down and rescue her.
I’m going to be honest, when Lindor showed up and had to face off with Sheriff Wagy, I did a little eye-roll because I am so not interested in another storyline reminiscent of Rick Legarski. We don’t need another sheriff like that. Where are the normal ones?
Brother/sister bonding time
Cheyenne is glad to have Blake back home because he represents some stability in the family. Despite the things he’s going through, Cheyenne looks up to him and it’s clear that when he left the farm, it really hurt her. Blake offers encouragement, like a brother should. Cheyenne knows he’s trying to understand what happened the night Rosie was attacked and she wants to help. She lets him know that she believes he didn’t hurt Rosie and he’s caught off guard when she goes on to tell him that both Rand and John Wayne were at the caretakers house that night. Just as Blake is preparing to ask Cheyenne some questions, John Wayne shows up.
The Kleinsasser family is dysfunctional as fuck
Seriously, if you thought you had a dysfunctional family, the Kleinsassers might top it. They are the most dysfunctional bunch ever. They can’t even have a normal family breakfast without punching each other in the arm, stabbing each other in the leg, or spitting in a good old cup of coffee. Although I will say, John Wayne deserved to have Cheyenne stab him in the leg with her fork. He shouldn’t have punched her in the arm.
Let me just say again that Patriarch Horst Kleinsasser still sucks and is super misogynistic. Instead of scolding John Wayne for hitting his sister, he makes her apologize to him because he’s the man. It’s no wonder all the men with the exception of Blake think their shit doesn’t stink.
During the family breakfast, Horst also informs everyone that John Wayne is the one who will be taking over the farm when he’s gone. Everyone seems shocked to hear it because they thought it would be Blake but, Blake says he doesn’t want it.
Yup, Scarlet is still crazy
Ronald’s (“Arthur”) new girlfriend has major issues. Like, she may even be crazier than Ronald type issues. While doing laundry, she finds the “I’m always with you note” that U.S. Marshall Lindor left at the gravesite of Ronald’s mom to fuck with him in Big Sky 1×11: “All Kinds of Snakes.” She immediately assumes he’s cheating because, that’s naturally where your mind would go. Scarlet is not one to be played with, though.
Scarlet does little things to let Ronald know she’s on to him and after a heated debate over “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” yes, that’s what I said, she let’s him know she found the note. Before Ronald can get an answer out, she warns him for every lie he tells, he will get a shock as she pulls out his stun gun. She’s not screwing around, and true to her word, when she feels like he’s lying she shocks him. After a couple of jolts, he makes up some cheesy story that he found the note and he saved it because he thought it belonged to someone and blah, blah, blah. Surprisingly, she buys it. Ronald’s got his work cut out with this one for sure.
Cassie and Jenny have found Rosie, the person who is the missing puzzle piece in their mission to help Blake. The ladies inform her of why they have come to Lochsa county and after talking to her about the night that Blake allegedly attacked her, she tells them that she has started to have flashes. In her flashes, she’s seeing Rand so she knows he was at the caretakers house and had to be one of the people who attacked her.
Rosie has known Blake for a long time, so she doesn’t believe he would do that to her. When Jenny went investigating the caretakers house, she found a bottle of whiskey that Blake likes to drink, except it was basically still full. She and Cassie both think that Blake and Rosie were drugged so she’s planning to have a toxicology report done on the bottle.
Big Sky knows how to end every episode with a bang and Big Sky episode 1×12: “No Better Than Dogs” did exactly that. Blake feels a lot of pain and remorse over the sins of his past and one in particular is really getting to him. He and his father Horst were involved in a murder coverup of a guy named Cole Danvers. As I have said, Blake’s brother Rand is a nut job and he has a very short fuse. Blake has gone to the site where Cole was dumped and starts digging the spot up. As he’s doing this, John Wayne shows up because, well, he has a habit or randomly popping up.
He asks Blake what he’s doing and when he starts to talk to him about Cole, it’s obvious John Wayne was told a different version of what happened. He believes Cole had just taken off but Blake informs him that Rand killed Cole, not only that, he and Horst buried Cole’s body to protect Rand. John Wayne doesn’t want to listen to it and tells Blake to let it go. Blake refuses to drop it and tells him that Rand needs help and he’s tired of covering for him. While all of this is going on, Cheyenne is in the bushes listening and in a shocking moment, she witnesses John Wayne knock Blake out with a shovel. It’s a huge WTF moment.
- Rand is a psychopath.
- Cassie recording that message so she could be rescued was so smart.
- Also, yay more PTSD for Cassie. Can our girl get some peace please??
- Ronald needs to leave Jerrie alone. It’s like he wants to get caught.
- The fact that Cassie’s truck was burned makes me wonder what Sheriff Wagy was planning on doing to her if U.S. Marshall Lindor hadn’t shown up.
- U.S. Marshall Lindor is my hero and I hope that doesn’t change.