DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Letterkenny season finale “Sundays Are for Picking Stones” has spoilers. Proceed at your peril.
Wheel, snipe, celly! It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the Letterkenny season finale, but here we are! “Sundays Are for Picking Stones” brings the town together for some stone-picking. While the episode doesn’t end on a massive cliffhanger like last season, it sets the stage for Shoresy, a Letterkenny spin-off slated to premiere in 2022.
“Sundays Are for Picking Stones” is a bit of a letdown compared to previous season finales, but there are some fun comedic bits, more squaring off between the Skids and Hockey players and drunk Wayne.
Ready to delve into “Sundays Are for Picking Stones”? Let’s get to it.
We open with Wayne (Jared Keeso), Daryl (Nathan Dales) and Squirrely Dan (K. Trevor Wilson) receiving a visit from a pal who’s fundraising for a buck and doe party and would like our Hicks to attend. The conversation evolves from party locations to 25 dollars being too steep for a steak plate, especially if that’s sans alcohol. But that sweet five-dollar discount might seal the deal for the Hicks.
On another note, this dude sounds like every man I grew up with while in small-town Ohio.
Meanwhile, a new dancer outside of the local convenience store enthralls Katy (Michelle Mylett), Stewart (Tyler Johnston) and Roald (Evan Stern). I love that Skodude, Tanis and Brodude’s joint venture, has a sign on the building’s exterior.
Later, Katy delivers mail to Wayne that misspells his name as “Wade.” Thus, the Hicks create fake names like Sady, Gary and Don. Katy reminds the boys that “Sundays are for picking stones,” so she offers to drive the already plastered guys around town so that they can find extra help.
Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr) square off against Stewart while Roald dances with Lady C, the new badass dancer in town, in the background. STRT tells the Hockey players Lady C will teach 2C*ck Chakur everything she knows so that they’ll become the hottest dancing group on VidVok.
Then, Stewart plans to win back Bianca and Aly from the Hockey players. I love that Reilly and Jonesy reference “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats with their retorts. Jonesy utters one of my favorite lines of the season: “If you need us, we’ll be hiking our shorts up into our buttcracks and making art!”
Katy drives our intoxicated Hicks to the McMurray residence. McMurray (Dan Petronijevic), Bonnie McMurray (Kamilla Kowal) and Mrs. McMurray (Melanie Scrofano) prepare for a household yard sale. Don’t they know that Sundays are for picking stones?
The McMurrays are bewildered by the Hicks mispronouncing their names, i.e., “Connie McMurphy.” But this is a bit, and they’re sticking with it. Katy asks if the trio wants to help pick stones, but they decline.
Meanwhile, Jonesy and Reilly chill with Aly (Sash Striga) and Bianca (Nadine Bhabha), and we learn the girls are the ones “wheeling” the boys. Aly and Bianca only want the Hockey bros for their hot bods, some coitus and to ride their coattails to the VidVok butt art top.
Surprisingly, Jonesy and Reilly are okay with this. Feminism!
Bianca and Aly want to broaden their niche to include “dance VidVok,” and Reilly asks if “niche” is something you eat. Never change, boys.
Next, Katy pulls up beside Tyson (Jay Bertin) and Coach (Mark Forward) and asks them if they want to help pick stones. Coach regales the group with his gym anecdotes. I miss the angry Coach who would punt a trash can and scream about how everything’s “f**king embarrassing.”
That said, he looks very healthy!
Then, STRT watches Jonesy and Reilly’s latest VidVok videos. It’s still butt art, but the Hockey players move their cheeks to the music this time. Shoresy even makes a cameo, helping the boys out on his last day. At least the three of them got a final, albeit brief, scene together. Ferda!
Roald and Lady C demonstrate their latest dance collab for Stewart. It’s well-choreographed and fun. However, Aly and Bianca instantly call dibs on Lady C, leaving Jonesy and Reilly for actual dance talent that’ll take them to the top.
After Aly and Bianca leave with Lady C, the Hockey bros reveal why they’re not heartbroken over the betrayal. Since they started sharing the butt videos, they’ve received an overabundance of DMs from city girls beyond Letterkenny.
Later, Katy and the Hicks arrive to ask the Skids and Hockey bros if they want to help pick stones. So, Jonesy, Reilly, Stewart and Roald hop into the back of Katy’s truck. Oh, and the mispronouncing names bit still keeps going.
Once they return to Katy and Wayne’s farm, Rosie (Clark Backo) supplies the stone-picking crew with some Puppers. I like that the main cast ends the season together.
Meanwhile, we see Shoresy standing outside the city limits of Sudbury, Ontario. He talks about “getting sushi” as he turns around. We briefly catch a glimpse of his profile. It’s Wayne, erm, Jared Keeso!
I’m stuck on the Letterkenny train despite the rockiness this season until they force me off. Every show encounters road bumps along the way. I sincerely believe the pandemic contributed significantly to Season 10’s off-kilter aura. Many scenes featured only a few folks and loads of dialogue — not nearly as much action or plot development. That appears to be a circumstantial issue, i.e., COVID-19.
The effects of COVID are especially noticeable in the lack of busy bar scenes or fights, which usually occupy Letterkenny‘s screen time.
The one through-line from Season 10 appears to be the antagonistic relationship between the Skids and Hockey players. From the ripping-Chel-gone-wrong to Jonesy and Reilly stealing Bianca and Aly, these two social groups have it out for each other. The dynamic between them yields some of the season’s most entertaining moments.
Admittedly, I feel like we didn’t get to see enough of certain characters, like Glen (Jacob Tierney). I noticed that Tierney directed some episodes this season and continued to write/executive produce. Perhaps he prefers to work in the background. I also observed that Katy and Squirrely Dan, both main characters, seem to take a backseat in Season 10.
This season feels rougher than Season Nine, but there are still parts I loved. It’s Letterkenny — I’m in it for the witty dialogue, puns and jokes. To me, that’s the crux of the series.
Here’s hoping Season 11 comes soon. Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er!
Season 10 of Letterkenny is now streaming on Hulu.