Welcome back to Wynonna Wednesday, Earpers! It’s been a bit! This week, I want to delve into episode eight of Wynonna Earp‘s fourth season, “Hell Raisin’ Good Time.” The Halloween episode! Our posse of dipsh*ts dealt with Rotten Jack, mystifying border fog and blessed us with Earp sister goodness. So, hold on to your butts. Grab some whiskey and doughnuts. Let’s get to Earping.
Now, the performances in any given Wynonna Earp episode are always top-shelf. However, I’d be remiss if I omitted Varun Saranga‘s compelling and utterly gut-wrenching performance in “Hell Raisin’ Good Time.” Saranga incessantly delivers, but Wynonna Earp gave him the chance to shine this go-round. The big reveal that Robin (originally played by Justin Kelly, now portrayed by Jim Watson) has a brand new face and wiped memories was an interesting plot twist. Saranga conveyed the pain and sorrow Jeremy felt regarding Robin to perfection.
Not only did his former boyfriend have a new face, but he also doesn’t recall their relationship. And on top of that, Robin was left in the fog for weeks prior to being discovered. He had torn his own visage clean off. Additionally, Jeremy probably feels immense guilt for sending Robin to check on Wynonna in the first place. Jeremy withheld that information from the Earps probably because he didn’t want to burden them. He’s always putting other people first. Saranga’s nuanced, tender performance and raw vulnerability make us love our Jerbear all the more.
Secondly, I was blown away, as per usual, by Melanie Scrofano and Dominique Provost-Chalkley‘s sisterly chemistry. They’re so in sync with each other. You’d think they were related in real life. In addition, their comedic timing and physicality are reminiscent of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance in I Love Lucy. We love Wynonna and Waverly. Those scenes at the Homestead and Shorty’s had me in stitches. They genuinely believed Casey when he told them that they smoked a boatload of weed.
Those beautiful Earp sister moments are always welcome on our sh*tshow. Despite Wynonna’s mind fuzziness, she inherently knew that Waverly was the best sister she’d ever had. Just as Wynonna will always be Waves’ hero and nothing, not even betrothal to Daddy Haught, will alter that or lessen its impact. Family is the crux of this series.
Storytime! “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” brings us all the spooky vibes with a Halloween-ified Purgatory. Rotten Jack, a demon who thrives on bloodshed during All Hallows Eve, is back in town for some murdering mayhem. Jeremy dispatches Wynonna to track down “the extractor,” who will paralyze Rotten Jack and bring him to BBD. Waverly has all the haunted festivities mapped out for the day, but unfortunately, Wynonna is on demon duty. Nicole (Kat Barrell) heads into the big city with Rachel for a shopping spree. Something about a “white dress”? Could they be partaking in wedding retail therapy?
Next, we learn that Jeremy has been visiting Robin every week during what appears to be some kind of trauma support group at BBD. However, Robin is sporting a new face and he’s bereft of his memories. But has he completely forgotten his relationship with Jeremy? Whenever Jeremy notes that he’s going to see Doc (Tim Rozon), he refers to the latter as “an enigma wrapped in a mustache.” Robin responds that he’s “been there.” If you’ll recall, Jeremy donned a mustache at one point amid their relationship. Could his memories be returning?
Wynonna and Waverly wander onto Casey’s (Andrew Phung) property in search of the elusive extractor. Plot twist: it’s him! However, his fog or flight instincts kick into high gear when he learns that our Earp sisters are technically BBD agents. I’m thinking it’s that stoner mentality wherein you’re overly paranoid regarding all things governmental. We also learned that watching Cats while high = not a good thing. Wynonna and Waves chase him into an inexplicable fog situated at the town border. It proceeds to wipe them of their memories. Casey chalks it up to the potent devil’s lettuce he definitely sold to them.
The girls try to piece together clues about their lives pre-fog exposure. They come to the conclusion that Wynonna is a bartender named Waverly and Waverly is a police officer named Wynonna. Talk about a mind fork, Earpers. Doc breaks off his partnership with Amon (Noam Jenkins) after learning that the latter slept with Wynonna. Now, Amon is on the warpath. Doc owes him copious amounts of booze, after all. He sends his goons after our favorite cowboy.
Next, Amon discovers that Wynonna and Waverly have a case of the Fog Brain. He utilizes the situation to his advantage by putting the pair up for auction. He’ll sell them to the highest demon bidder. Then, they can do whatever the hell they want with the Earps. Doc visits Casey and convinces him to help them out with the extraction.
Later, a mysterious demon who grabs his groin bids 50,000 dollars on the girls. We see it’s really Jeremy under a mask. He injects them with a serum that restores their memories. Rotten Jack rears his pumpkin head and Amon promptly flees the scene. He locks everyone inside the Glory Hole. Waverly distracts RJ while Wynonna whacks him in the back of the gourd with the butt of Peacemaker. Casey withdraws the candle nestled within RJ’s skull and Waverly blows it out. Unfortunately, RJ collapses and splat! His gourd turns into pumpkin pie.
Then, Wynonna delivers the remains of Rotten Jack in a Ziploc bag to BBD’s newest big boss, Albert. She muses whether the supernatural fog is their devising. Jeremy divulges the Robin situation and Wynonna meets him for, essentially, the first time. She vows to support Jeremy however she can. Nicole returns from her trip sporting her old officer’s uniform complete with the Stetson. Wynonna wonders aloud if she’s now in the opening scene of a porno. A really good one, at that.
Lastly, we see Doc dropping off a restrained Amon for the town demons. This scene is very reminiscent of Bobo Del Rey’s exterior murder pit in Season One. In fact, it might be the same site. Perhaps Doc will take a turn for the Bobo this season. Amon is, presumably, slaughtered by his former lackeys. Payback is a…
The supporting acts!
We love a good supporting act. Notably, Andrew Phung and Noam Jenkins were sensational in “Hell Raisin’ Good Time.” While I’m sad to see Amon go, for purely superficial reasons (he’s hot), I’m glad we had him all the same. Casey’s triumphant return is a blessing. Phung injects a fun, delightful energy into Casey. There’s also this sweet innocence about him. I just want to shield him from the world. Wynonna Earp always doles out the goods on the supporting cast front. Casey 4eva. In fact, Casey and his Spaghetti Loops might be a better love story than Twilight.
- The costumes — Wynonna dressed as Britney Spears, Waverly as the cutest ladybug in the land, Doc as Freddie Mercury and Amon dressed as Negan from The Walking Dead. Nicole looking svelte in her old school sheriff’s uniform. Rotten Jack stealing the show as the most dapper pumpkin-headed murderer on this side of the Ghost River Triangle.
- Doc’s subtle mannerisms regarding Wynonna. Obviously, he’s still angry with her, but it’s abundantly clear that he’ll always love her. Note: his decision to terminate his business dealings with Amon after the latter had a one-night stand with Wynonna. The pause whenever he told Casey that he wasn’t ready to lose his “greatest love of all.” He quickly followed it up with “the Earp sisters, of course.” Of course, indeed. While I wholeheartedly believe that he loves both sisters with all his heart, we know which one he also loves with his pants.
- The woman sporting the Randy Nedley’s Chili Cook-Off shirt! It’ll never die!
- The pumpkin/Halloween puns!
- Nicole’s Borat impression killed me. I am now writing this from beyond the grave.
- “We cooked chili together!” –Wynonna and Casey
- “It’s Britney, b*tch.” –Wynonna
- “Man, you really hauled on that thing. Hey, go home. Find snacks. Do not watch the movie Cats. They say it’s hilarious, but you’ll never look at Dame Judi Dench the same ever again.” –Casey
- “Maybe there’s a Halloween party!” –Wynonna. It’s all about the delivery here.
- “P.S. Dance like no one’s watching.” –Casey
- “Look, don’t step on my nuts, man. I’m off duty.” –Waverly
- “My wife!” –Nicole
What was your favorite part of “Hell Raisin’ Good Time”? Sound off in the comments below! I’ll be back for more Wynonna Earp shenanigans next week when we dive into “Crazy.” Until then — tacos are tasty.