DISCLAIMER: This recap of Wynonna Earp episode “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, Earpers! “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” is the perfect Halloween episode. This brooks no argument as far as I’m concerned. I’m an avid lover of Spooky Season, so this Wynonna Earp outing ticks off all my boxes. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the major highlight was getting some much-needed Earp sister time. Wynonna and Waverly suffered a bout of memory loss at the hands (figuratively) of some mystifying border fog. Doc and Amon’s business partnership went down the sh*tter. We learned a shocking development regarding Robin. Also, that I would protect sweet Jerbear with my life.
Ready to delve into “Hell Raisin’ Good Time”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) waking up in the Glory Hole post-coitus. She’s laying on the stage in her birthday suit as a horde of demons prepares for a Halloween celebration. After awkwardly asking for her leather pants, Wynonna settles on some vagina curtains for coverage. Amon (Noam Jenkins) ushers her outside after their night rolling in the hay. He enjoyed the evening and doesn’t take offense if Wynonna was thinking about Doc the whole time. He was too.
Meanwhile, a pair of Black Badge officers are patrolling a cornfield. Halloween plus Purgatory equals spooky sh*t. Suddenly, a scarecrow with a pumpkin head begins exuberantly stabbing one of the soldiers with a pitchfork. Yes, I believe “exuberant” is the correct word here. Get ready for murder shenanigans!
Next, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) is decorating the Homestead for Halloween. She tells Nicole (Kat Barrell) that she’s always loved the holiday, but her father cast a dark shadow over it. Now, she’s reclaiming it. After Nicole quotes Borat (“My wife!”), she departs for a shopping day with Rachel. Waverly’s going to enjoy sister time with Wynonna. But first — Wynonna needs pants. Not a euphemism.
Later, Waverly shows up at the sheriff’s office donning the most adorable ladybug costume in existence. She also has a getup for Wynonna. Jeremy (Varun Saranga) enters the scene with troubling news. Rotten Jack is terrorizing Purgatory and he’s already claimed two victims, both of whom were BBD officers. Thus, Wynonna is on demon duty today, much to Waverly’s dismay. Her mission? Use an extractor to seize control of Rotten Jack, but don’t kill him. Black Badge needs the pumpkin terrorist alive.
Then, after Jeremy leaves, Waverly unveils the costume she brought for Wynonna. It’s none other than a Catholic school girl uniform a la Britney Spears‘ outfit for “Baby One More Time.” Iconic. Meanwhile, Doc (Tim Rozon) is sporting a Freddie Mercury costume. As an ardent Queen lover, I wholeheartedly approve. Amon reveals that he’s staging bets in regard to Rotten Jack. Who will be his next victim? Said bets will be online for demons to watch. Amon asks Doc who he believes will fall under Rotten Jack’s pitchfork. We see a slew of tarot cards. Doc notices that there’s an angel card present. For Waverly, perhaps?
Now, Amon confronts Doc about the latter’s lack of delivery regarding their deal. He hasn’t received alcohol from Doc in weeks and yet our favorite cowboy continues to drink Amon’s liquor. Amon procures a lacy little number from his pocket that belongs to Wynonna. He asks Doc to return it to her. Rub salt in the wound, why don’t you? Doc warns Amon to steer clear of her. She’ll turn on him. He puts the kibosh on his partnership with Amon. But Amon gets what he wants … always.
Next, Amon spins a wheel that’ll dictate Rotten Jack’s next target. The mother! Suddenly, we see Rotten Jack approaching a lone woman who’s donning a “Randy Nedley’s Chili Cook-Off” shirt. I need one. Anyway, he proceeds to stab her with his pitchfork (not a euphemism). But she has brownies in the oven!
Later, Waverly and Wynonna are strolling through a field in search of the extractor. Waverly wants Wynonna to understand that just because she’s getting married doesn’t mean their relationship will drastically change. Wynonna just wants to be petty. Hey, sometimes you gotta unleash the pettiness. After being pelted with an unknown something or other, they see that Casey (Andrew Phung) lives in the area.
Then, Jeremy is stopped by his new boss, Albert. Apparently, Naomi took a leave of absence after a traumatizing ordeal. Albert wants Jeremy and his field agents on high alert with Rotten Jack mucking about. However, Jeremy is heading into a vital weekly meeting. We see that it’s a BBD support group of sorts. Jeremy strikes up a conversation with someone he knows, but we don’t. Or do we? It would appear this other person is suffering from memory loss. We learn that it’s actually Robin, but with an entirely different face. Plot. Twist.
Meanwhile, Wynonna and Waverly reveal to Casey that they’re on a mission for BBD. They need an extractor. Casey informs the pair that he’s the extractor. They try to reel him in for aid, but once he hears they’re BBD, he tries to flee. But not before opening a can of something that contains a blinding light. The girls are temporarily blinded while he leaves. We see Casey sport a mask as he zooms through an inexplicable fog teetering on the edge of the field. Wynonna and Waverly follow suit.
However, a strange occurrence unfurls. Our pair suddenly forgets who they are. It’s as if the fog wiped away their memories. They emerge to find Casey standing in front of his trailer again. He apologizes for fleeing. The duo admits that they don’t know who he is. Casey chalks it up to weed, citing that he sold them some devil’s lettuce that genuinely warped their minds. They’re just immensely high. Wynonna’s into it.
Next, after Casey shows them where they live on a map, Wynonna and Waverly head home. They spot a photo of themselves on their refrigerator, indicating that they’re … sisters! Waverly finds Nicole’s officer uniform and puts it on. Wynonna digs through their mail to glean information regarding their names. Waverly and Wynonna!
They both surmise that Waverly is Wynonna and she’s a police officer. That would explain why she punched Casey. Wynonna, on the other hand, is Waverly, a bartender who works at a place called Shorty’s. Are you with me so far, Earpers? This scene is hysterical. Scrofano and Provost-Chalkley not only have excellent comedic timing, but their chemistry is off the charts.
Then, they wander into Shorty’s sporting their new outfits: Sheriff Wynonna and Bartender Waverly. Doc is bewildered by their behavior. He’s hiding out from Amon and the latter’s goons. However, Dallas, Remy and the others find him. Amon wants his liquor, dammit! Doc urges Wynonna to use her gun on them, but she dropped Peacemaker at Casey’s place. Plus, she’s not really Wynonna at the moment. Doc punches Dallas into the ceiling and the girls bear witness to his vampiric state. They scream and flee.
Later, Amon learns from Dallas that Wynonna and Waverly aren’t themselves. It’s as if their memories have been zapped. He knows they obviously tried to leave the boundary surrounding Purgatory. He plans on utilizing their forgetful state to his advantage. It’s also worth noting that Amon’s giving off major Negan vibes from The Walking Dead.
Meanwhile, Doc calls Jeremy. He reveals the lowdown regarding Wynonna and Waverly. Jeremy is aware of what really happened to them. He orders Doc to find the extractor. They’ll have to take care of the situation at hand. Albert doesn’t want Jeremy to leave the premises. Hello? Code Orange, anyone? But to hell with that. He spikes Albert’s coffee with soy and almond milk. Albert can only drink whole milk. An allergic reaction kicks in, so Jeremy leaves Robin with an EpiPen for him to use on Albert. Vegan revenge!
Now, Amon finds the Earp sisters hiding in a dumpster. He refers to Wynonna as “darling,” and gives her the lacy lingerie that she left behind. Waverly gets “creeper” vibes from Amon, but he wants to take them back to the Glory Hole for a smashing Halloween shindig! Candy time! They hop in the car with him.
Later, at the club, Amon reveals that Mercedes has costumes they can wear. Wynonna recalls that name. Their memories are slowly starting to return. Waverly remembers that she loves red hair. It makes her think of love … and handcuffs. Amon snorts some drugs and tries to figure out his next steps.
Next, Doc pays Casey a visit. He asks Casey to be the extractor they need and help Wynonna and Waverly. Casey is penning an apology letter to the girls. We must protect Casey at all costs. Doc delivers a moving speech rife with poignancy about the loss and trauma he’s endured in his life. However, love got him through it all. He’s not ready to lose his greatest love of all … the Earp sisters. This made my heart grow three sizes just by listening to it. Casey’s convinced. The pair get ready to take on Rotten Jack. Casey also gives Peacemaker to Doc.
Then, Amon introduces the Earp sisters to his demon pals. Wynonna is donning a sexy superhero costume while Waverly is wearing an angel outfit. How apropos for both. Amon reveals that his supernatural friends can place bids on the Earp sisters. The highest bidder gets to kill them in any style they choose. What a skeeze!
Later, Doc and Casey show up. They watch from afar. After a string of bids, one person emphatically vows to pay 50,000 dollars for the Earps. Wynonna tells Waverly that she’s the best sister she’s ever had. I’m not crying, you are. As the winner approaches the stage, he withdraws a gun. Just as it looks like he’s about to shoot them, the stranger injects a substance into their necks. It’s Jeremy! He also grabbed his crotch earlier, which should have been a dead giveaway. Jeremy and his powerful groin. It’s a serum that replenishes the girls’ memories.
Next, Rotten Jack appears. He’s none too pleased that Amon has been hedging bets at his expense. However, Amon weasels his way out of the club and locks the doors behind him, leaving everyone else inside. Including his lackeys. Casey is supposed to simply neutralize Rotten Jack, but he’s a bit fearful. Waverly taunts RJ while Wynonna smacks him in the back of the gourd (Get it?) with the butt of Peacemaker. A hole takes shape. Waverly is about to be the extractor, but Casey jumps in, citing that it’ll burn her. Casey cautiously reaches in and procures a candle from RJ’s pumpkin head. Waverly blows out said candle. RJ collapses and his pumpkin spice skull shatters. Sorry, BBD!
Then, Wynonna delivers the remains of Rotten Jack to Albert at Black Badge. It basically looks like pumpkin pulp in a Ziploc bag. Wynonna inquires about the fog lurking around the perimeter of Purgatory and whether it’s a Black Badge construct. Albert shrugs it off. BBD isn’t that savvy, apparently. Jeremy introduces Wynonna to Robin. He doesn’t look the way she remembers.
Clearly, he doesn’t recall who she is nor does he remember having a relationship with Jeremy. He excuses himself to go spend time with his boyfriend. Jeremy tells Wynonna that, after BBD arrived, he sent Robin to look for Wynonna and Waverly. Robin jumped into the fog and stayed there for weeks. Unfortunately, when they found him, he’d clawed his own face off. So, Robin was given a new one and essentially rehabilitated into society via BBD. Wynonna is upset that Jeremy has been carrying that with him for so long. She vows to help him with whatever he needs.
Later, Wynonna and Waverly are sitting in front of a fire in the yard. Earp sister outdoor time, reactivate! Waverly reassures her sister that her marriage won’t alter their relationship. Nicole shows up sporting her law enforcement garb, including the Stetson. Yes … the Stetson. Prior to WayHaught taking their leave, Wynonna urges Nicole to be there for Waves for the rest of her life. Ugh. Be still my heart.
Next, we see Doc chatting it up with Amon’s lackeys. He has Amon in chains. Doc reminds them that Amon betrayed them. He not only hedged the bets, but he left them to Rotten Jack. Now, Doc is leaving Amon to them. As Doc walks away, we hear the demons having some fun with Amon. The kind of fun that probably ends in death. RIP Amon. You were a conniving, scheming demon, but you were hot.
“Hell Raisin’ Good Time” really is a hell raisin’ good time. Wynonna Earp‘s bread and butter is kooky and eclectic. This episode is right in its wheelhouse. I love all the Halloween/spooky aesthetics including the costumes and Glory Hole’s decorations. Casey’s return makes me so giddy. He’s such a delightful addition to the cast. Jeremy’s story is downright heartbreaking, but it’s a unique twist that I haven’t seen on TV and I watch a ton of it. I hope Robin eventually regains his memories and the two can be together again. I just want Jerbear to be happy. Amon’s demise was inevitable. However, it begs the question: who’s the next Big Bad?
Do you think Cleo will make good on her promise to retaliate against the Earps? Can Wynonna and Doc mend fences? What’s up with all that fog? Join me next week as I recap Wynonna Earp, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 pm on your Syfy affiliate.
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