A Deadly Showdown
As the Radio Station begins playing music The Black Legion begins firing on the men. As Legion members try to exit the building they are picked off one by one. A few of them manage to shoot some of the farmers and make a run for it. One of the Legion members is shot in the leg and Victor (Arnold Pinnock) towers over him demanding he remove his hood. It’s Tanner and he tells Victor he better kill him now before he gets his hands on him. I’m yelling Shoot Him! Shoot Him! But Victor is a good man and he knocks him unconscious instead.
With all the gunfire from The Legion ended Creeley and the Sheriff cautiously head toward the Radio Station. A few more Legion Members run out the back and the Sheriff shoots one of them, the other two manage to escape. Creeley enters the building and a member tries to shoot him, but Creeley wounds him first. He then finds Amelia and Seth in the back room. Creeley asks Seth if Amelia is okay and Amelia responds “no, she’s not” She then walks to the front room where the Legion Member is calling out for help. She picks up a gun off the floor and empties it into the man. Poor Amelia has clearly snapped, but after all she’s been through it’s no surprise. Seth tells Creeley if they get out alive he will confess to the murders he framed him for. I hope Seth is being sincere, but part of me doesn’t really believe him. After checking all the dead Legion Members they know that Hyde managed to escape.
An Arrest is Made
Back in town Melvin Stubbs is giving a speech when Sheriff Berryman, Creeley, Seth, Amelia and several farmers approach. They hold everyone at gunpoint as the Sheriff arrests Melvin for kidnapping Amelia, murdering DL Sullivan and leading The Black Legion’s attack. He tells the gathered crowd that it’s just all theatrics and he is innocent.
Martha and Connie are still in town waiting for Preston who is still not out of the woods. Martha is so happy to see that Amelia is still alive. Amelia tells them that Melvin was lucky that the Sheriff got to him first. That she wants to see him burn. This phrase suddenly causes Connie to realize who killed her husband. Amelia tells Connie she tied that son-of-a-bitch to a car, doused him in gasoline and flicked a cigarette at him. I can’t tell from the way she tells Connie if she knows that it was her husband or not. This episode is really showing us just how ruthless Amelia can be when she snaps. I’m not sure who scares me more, Amelia or Connie. As Amelia walks off Connie asks Martha if she will watch Brittany if anything happens to her. This is NOT going to end well.
Seth tells the farmers to get everyone into town to vote, there is only a half hour left. The farmers feel defeated and want to give up the fight. Sam, Jr tells them he is not just fighting for food prices anymore but for all the farmers rights. He convinces them all that they need to have each other’s backs and they need to vote. I love this kid, he has far more wisdom and guts then most of the other men around him.
Sheriff Berryman tells Melvin and his men that the State Police are on their way to get them. Seth and Amelia come in and tell Berryman that they counted the votes and Melvin won the election for Sheriff by 7 votes. My heart literally sinks with this news. I thought everything was going to finally settle down in town, but this will throw everything back into chaos.
An Unexpected Visitor
Back at the brothel Creeley and Bessie are quickly packing so they can get out of town. A knock on the door immediately has them, and myself, on edge. I’m shocked to see Tennyson Duvall when Creeley opens the door. My first thought is, the Zach McGowan fans will be thrilled and my second thought is this won’t end well. Duvall enters the room followed by Hyde. I’m not sure how he dares to show back up in town after what happened at the Radio Station. When they ask Bessie her name Creeley tells them she’s just a dumb whore trying to get a buck out of him. He then roughly throws her out of the room. I’m sad he has to treat her this way, but thrilled that he is saving her life. Hyde has lied to Duvall and told him what a great success Creeley has been and blamed all the trouble in town on Seth. Duvall then tells Creeley he won’t be leaving town anytime soon. What does that mean? Is he planning to kill him? Does he have another job for him? This has me feeling very anxious.
Seth and Amelia are back home and are having a very painful discussion about what has happened. Amelia is heartbroken over poor DL being killed for their cause. DL’s landlady shows up at the door and gives them a copy of the book he had been writing, “God’s Body” which is dedicated to Amelia Davenport. Amelia breaks down crying and Seth is lost on what to do to help her.
Didn’t See That Coming!
At the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Berryman, much to Raymond’s surprise, releases Melvin and his men from the cells. Berryman asks Melvin what his policy will be regarding minorities now that he’s Sheriff. Melvin asks “Deputy Tanner” what their policy is. He says they will hang the “nosey whore” and “uppity dairy farmer”. I didn’t think it was possible to hate that man more, but obviously it is. Berryman removes his Sheriff’s badge and then with no warning shoots all five of Melvin’s men. I’m dumbstruck, just watching with my mouth hanging open. A shocked and scared Melvin asks him what he’s doing that for. He tells him that “nosey whore” is his daughter and puts a bullet into Melvin’s head. Finally shaking of my stupor I start cheering. Berryman tells Raymond when the State Police get there to tell them he is at his house. No one deserved that more than that vile piece of shit Melvin Stubbs.
Hyde and Duvall drive Creeley out into an empty field. I’m really scared for Creeley. Hyde tells him to grab a shovel. Oh My God! Are they going to make him dig his own grave? Duvall tells him about the factory he plans to build where they will manufacture chemical weapons for the military. Duvall pulls out a gun and shoots Hyde. Wait, what? Hyde is as shocked as I am. “You shot ME?” he says to Duvall. As it turns out Duvall was grooming John Dyson to replace Hyde, but Hyde killed him. Duvall also found out that he had hired The Black Legion and risked the Duvall’s good name. He then shoots Hyde again. I cringe as the blood explodes from his head. I realize I was wrong, one person deserved this fate more than Melvin. Martin Eggers Hyde.