Based on this week’s big skyI’m officially more scared of Sunny Barnes than I am of her reclusive and possibly murderous son in the woods.
What woman sings so soulfully and with such beautiful tone! while refusing to help a dying man get help? What kind of monster can turn her smile from bright to menacing and back again in the blink of an eye? Forget bears: Sunny is the real menace out there in the dark.
But she has some competition in the lesson titled The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep. What’s going on with Avery, Paige and Luke — and are all three nefariously connected?
Read on for the highlights of the episode.
A MOTHER’S WORK IS NEVER DONE | We quickly learn that Creepy Guy In the Woods’ name is Walt and that he’s been naughty. “You have your place. You stay there, everything is sparkling,” Sunny tells him. “You know our deal.” He takes her to the walker, who is bloody and gasping as he asks her to take him to the hospital. “I have a child to protect myself. I hope you understand,” she says, singing as he takes his last breaths.
As the episode progresses, it seems like neither Sunny’s husband Buck nor their son Cormac know anything about Walt or what’s going on in his stretch of woods. And pretty soon there are other events to distract. Some witnesses who spoke to the missing hiker point Cassie to a disused trail. So she and Beau hop up there and find the hiker’s water bottle, then check in with Sunny – which is basically just a chance for Beau to check on his daughter Emily. Things get a little stilted when Avery finds his wife’s ex at camp, but then Beau hugs his child goodbye for too long and he and Cassie disappear.
Elsewhere in camp, Paige and Luke, the young couple on Sunny’s trip, fight again; This time it’s about his dislike of her flirting with Sunny’s son, Cormac. But – wait a minute! – There’s more going on here than meets the eye. “We both know we’re going to hang out here until things are over and we can get the money,” she says while they’re lost and out of camp. They argue more about how he should be in prison and how his mother can’t help him out of this mess, and when he lunges at her neck, she warns him never to ever touch her like that again. She struts off and he picks up a large rock and follows her. But look, they’re really close to the tree with the red heart carved into it, which I believe is right in Walt’s territory?
And as they leave camp, how come Avery shoots guns through their tent and takes a great interest in the gun and journal he finds there? Emily catches her stepfather claiming he accidentally went into the wrong tent and it’s not clear if she believes the flimsy lie, but she says nothing.
The next morning, Sunny tells the group that they couldn’t find Paige and Luke overnight. (Side note: Um, why isn’t she worried about that? It seems like very bad form for someone whose whole job is to keep people safe and happy in the wild, right?) So Emily suggests that the rest of the guests slam the paths to help with the quest, and Sunny covers her irritation well enough to make it seem like she thinks it’s a great idea. She then scoots away and whispers “Walter!” at some bushes hoping to lure out her troublesome son, but she can’t find him.
RIGHTS OF HOUSEHOLDERS | Jenny is in the middle of a rant about Tanya being a criminal and she’s going to lock her up when the woman in question arrives at the sheriff’s department seeking help from a squatter on one of her properties. When Hoyt investigates, she finds out that the guy knows his squatter’s rights…but also that he has a bag full of money, a gun, and multiple IDs under different names. So she throws him – and Donno, who attacked the squatter to get him to leave – into a holding cell.
But things take a turn when a guy who looks like another drunk being thrown into the cell actually has a syringe up his sleeve. Only Donno’s crazy distraction and Jenny’s quick movements keep the man from poisoning the squatter. “Who are you,” Jenny asks him, “and who wants you dead?”
She eventually finds out that the squatter’s real name is Paul and is an airplane company whistleblower who was planning to testify about faulty airplane parts but got cold feet at the last minute. Jenny digs a little further and finds out that an executive assistant at the jet company has mysteriously disappeared. So she and Beau try to convince the wacky Paul to go into witness protection and testify.
He does. A US Marshal named Deputy Weaver shows up to escort him to the airport and to a protection program, and although Beau and Jenny confirm that she is who she says she is, they still have Deputy Poppernak, who follows her some distance away follows to make sure nothing out of the ordinary happens… and then it happens. The Marshal blows past the turnoff to the airport, leading Jenny and Beau to believe that the corrupt Jet Company got them. So they return to the squatter’s house to look for an “insurance policy” he mentioned… and they find the marshal holding a gun to Paul’s head.
Jenny and Poppernak quickly disarm and knock out the Marshal, then Beau find Paul’s insurance policy in a locked room: it’s Camille, the missing assistant, who will corroborate his story and help bring down the Jet Company together.
WELCOME HOME | When things have calmed down, Jenny and Beau visit Cassie at her new house, bringing bread (so she will never go hungry) and salt (to protect herself from demons, which must be vague). supernatural allusion, no?) as well as tequila for funsies. They sip some of the latter while all updating each other on their days. And when Cassie gets to the “victim got her heart cut out in these woods years ago and it kinda reminds me of what’s happening now” in her story, Beau decides it’s high time he texted his daughter.
Right at that moment, she’s walking down a path alone, thanks to Avery, who’s going back to camp to do a poop. And just when Beau’s text doesn’t go through due to lack of delivery, she follows a trail of blood that leads to an even bloodier Luke frantically washing himself in the river. She pulls out her phone and starts taking pictures, and when Luke hears the shutter sound, he turns and looks very unhappy to see her there.
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https://tvline.com/2022/09/28/big-sky-recap-season-3-episode-2-the-woods-are-lovely-dark-and-deep/ Big Sky Recap: Season 3 Episode 2