The thing about close knit communities is that they are willing to do anything and everything for each other. When one person falls, another person is there to pick them up. They don’t know what it’s like to not be supportive of each other, because that’s what they do – they are there for each other.
And in this episode of Fire Country, everyone is there for Sharon. As we know, she’s not in the best of health and needs a kidney transplant. There was an announcement put in the newspaper for people to show up and be tested to be a possible match.
And well, a lot of people show up. It’s nice to see the way that everyone is there for her, not only for her mental state, but for the state of people that are closest to her.
One thing that we love about Fire Country is the sense of community and one of those parts of community that is the closest is CAL FIRE. Some finding more of a sense of community in the workspace than at home. CAL FIRE – it doesn’t matter if you still work there or have moved on – people remain devoted to you. And even if you aren’t a part of CAL FIRE, you’re still supportive of CAL FIRE because this community is there.
They are willing to put themselves on the line for you.
So, it’s a no brainer that you put yourself on the line for them.
Not to say though that this event there isn’t drama. There is a lot. First starting with Vince finding out that his brother hit on his wife. Now, if I found out that my sibling hit on my significant other, there would be NO ONE with enough strength to keep me from whooping my siblings ass.
Luke though, he doesn’t take responsibility for shit. He’s the type of man that deflects. He deflects from himself, because he wants to believe that he’s a victim. However, what he is – well, he’s a bitch. He really just doesn’t get what he’s done and what repercussions his actions have.
But the fight has been broken up and Vince is performing, when a man starts harassing Sharon. She doesn’t remember him and he goes off. Vince and others jump in to protect her, but as the fight is broken up, Sharon just wants to go home.
Paulie and Dolly – Sharon and Vince’s friends drive their bikes home. At this same point, Manny and Bode are returning from Bode being tested to be a possible match for his Mom. They come across the accident and jump out to help. Bode recognizes that it’s his Mom’s bike and when he finds that it’s not his Mom, I swear that there was a little relief that quickly faded as he realized who it was.
Bode’s devotion to his Mom is a beautiful thing. A son that loves his Mom no matter what, that will give his life for hers, without fail. All too often in this life, we live with regrets. Bode is determined to not have those anymore.
He has enough.
He calls his Mom, not noticing that she’s right behind him. Everyone runs up to help.
The brakes on Sharon’s bike had been cut by the man that Sharon hadn’t recognized. There is a code – you don’t mess with women and children – so as the biker gang approaches – Bode is willing to risk it all to face the man that tried to kill his mom.
The gang insists that they’ve kicked him out. They don’t tolerate breaking to the code.
While I do love seeing a protective Bode, I also want to slap him, because he doesn’t get to be a dumb ass. His Mom needs him, so him risking his good behaviour and possible release, not cool. Sharon needs Bode. Sharon and Vince both need Bode.
The man that Sharon hadn’t remembered at the time was a man that she had sent back to jail from the camp. He kept breaking the rules and she had struggled over it. She wasn’t sure that she should send him back, but she needed to because it was affecting everyone.
That man decides that he needs to hurt Sharon, because he feels that she took everything from him. Bode feels the need to protect his Mom and Manny feels the need to protect them both, so he calls Gabriela to talk to Bode.
For a second, I think that the reason that I can relate to Gabriela is that she’s a woman that wants it all, works for it all, but life is still complicated. She loves without thinking of herself first. She wants to make everyone happy, but it makes her heart torn in a million different directions.
But it’s the moment that she talks to Bode, and tells him that everyone would be heartbroken if he goes back to prison. He asks how she would feel (basically) and she tells him she would be heartbroken. He agrees to not do something and promises that her that he won’t do something he’s going to regret.
Yet, we all know that’s not going to last, when the dude that’s pissed at Sharon sets the camp on fire. Bode and the entire camp are trying to put out the fire, but it’s spreading fast. CAL FIRE is trying to get to them, but this asshole has made sure that a tree has gone down.
The thing about this community is that they are not going to let anyone get hurt. They make it to the camp and are able to get the fire out. While everyone is celebrating that everything is out they notice Bode is gone.
He’s gone after the guy and they get into a fight. They’re both huge and I am all for thinking that Bode’s gonna kick his ass, but when he goes to throw a punch, Jake is there to stop him.
Now, we all know that there is no love lost between me and Jake – but I am going to have to cut him a break because he’s there at this moment, this moment when he needs to be the friend that Bode needed and that is something we’ve been waiting for. Don’t trust that it will last, because personally I think that he did it because of Gabriela and that’s it.
What is the hard part to watch is seeing the disappointment in Gabriela’s eyes when Bode apologizes for breaking his promise. Do I expect an easy path for my ship? No. I don’t. I expect them to have to work for it, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t want more.
By the time the episode ends, results are back for who is a compatible match for Sharon. No shock that it’s Bode. Would have been more shocked if it wasn’t.
Fire Country may be about CAL FIRE, but what I do love is that we’re getting more into the family side and what makes these characters grow. Where it goes from here, we’re excited to see.
Fire Country airs Fridays on CBS.