DISCLAIMER: This recap of Wynonna Earp episode “Crazy” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, Earpers! Our sh*tshow got a little “Crazy” this week as Trivia Night took a turn for the brainy! Add in a smattering of murder, mayhem, chicken-kicking and Guy Fieri flames and you’ve got a recipe for success. Wynonna Earp continues to be one of the funniest shows out there, and that’s a culmination of stellar writing and seasoned performances. Not to mention, the always fabulous Ennis Esmer guest stars in this week’s outing. Side note: you all should check out the severely underrated Red Oaks on Amazon, which showcases more of Esmer’s comedic gifts. You won’t be disappointed.
Ready to delve into “Crazy”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with a scene plucked directly from every Earper’s dream: Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Nicole (Kat Barrell) sparring. There are plenty of traded verbal jabs as well as physical jabs. Some boob punches. Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) walks in to find Wynonna sweeping Nicole off her feet. Hey, only Waves is allowed to do that! Nicole learns that the Earps lured her to the police station under false pretenses. They want her to reinstate herself as sheriff. Purgatory is currently under zero supervision. They need her!
Later, we see a dude wandering alone through an alleyway. He stumbles upon a corpse bearing two fang-sized marks on his neck. Uh oh. Then, Nicole and Nedley (Greg Lawson) are chatting it up at Shorty’s the following day. It’s almost Trivia Night and ol’ Neds needs some assistance in setting everything up. Oh, and he also nudges Nicole toward reclaiming her sheriff position. He surmises that she’s “butthurt” regarding the town choosing Clayburn over her. Additionally, he reveals that Rachel released Reaper Billy from his basement prison.
Meanwhile, Waverly persuades Wynonna to step in as sheriff for the day. Listen to the people. Feign sympathy for their petty concerns. There’s a moisturizer shortage at the pharmacy? For shame! The neighbor is sporting Guy Fieri flames on the side of his car? The nerve!
Next, Jeremy (Varun Saranga) ushers Wynonna and Waverly into their evidence/murder board/morgue room. It’s multipurpose. He unveils the corpse that homeboy stumbled upon the previous night. I’d like to point out that Waverly has the best damn murder board known to humankind. It’s impeccably organized and intricately detailed. And color-coded! Now, we see another innocent soul falling prey to this elusive murderer.
Meanwhile, Wynonna moseys on over to the Glory Hole to make sure that Doc (Tim Rozon) isn’t the killer. Why? Because the body bore a set of what appears to be fang marks. That’s vampire stuff! The chemistry between these two will always be sizzling. I just wish they’d mend fences already. Anyway, Doc denies slaughtering the human in question. He has a morally sound way of procuring blood. Dallas (Samuel Hoeksema) suggests that Wynonna refrains from “popping into” the Glory Hole from here on out. “Isn’t that what glory holes are for?” she retorts. Wynonna is simply the best. Better than all the rest.
Later, Nicole confronts Rachel (Martina Ortiz-Luis) regarding her Billy faux pas. Rachel asserts that Billy was immensely weakened from prolonged captivity and no longer a threat to anyone. Nicole is such a natural momma. She’s inherently protective of Rachel and I’m living for it.
Then, Waverly walks in on yet another corpse on the slab. However, the markings are further apart on this deadie. She notices that his head is inexplicably light in terms of weight. She shines a laser pointer through his ear. The light appears on the other side … on Jeremy’s groin! That’s where he holds all his power! They conduct the laser experiment on the first corpse with the same result. These bodies are bereft of brains!
Meanwhile, a man named Doug a.k.a. the demon Kuru (Ennis Esmer) is munching on a sandwich. He appears to be out of sorts. A redheaded woman (Nikki Duval) is sitting beside him. She oozes snark. I like her. Something seems off about Doug. Waverly and Jeremy bicker over whether the assailant is a demon or a human. In addition, they also rev up their smarty engines because it’s Trivia Night! Both Jeremy and Waverly are intelligent as fork with major competitive streaks.
Now, Bradley (Brandon Dewyn) meanders inside and reveals that he witnessed a man being abusive toward his girlfriend. Wynonna and Waverly realize that it’s the same guy who’s a Fieri fanatic. After they make a beeline for his house, Bradley confesses to Jeremy that this dude “wished” him to eat feces … and he did. Without thinking. He’s incessantly popping breath mints, but we know that not even all the breath mints in the world can mask that stank.
Next, Wynonna and Waverly pay Doug a visit. He’s awkward and apparently loves spouting inane facts about the weather. Waverly finds Doug’s friend sitting by herself, distracted by her phone. Waverly tries to comfort the woman, reassuring her that they’re there to help. Wynonna catches Doug going to town on a sandwich. A brain sandwich. A girl cow brain sandwich, to be precise, because cows are girls and bulls are boys. Hey, we all graduated kindergarten, bro.
Wynonna figures out that he’s the Purgatory killer, but when she brandishes Peacemaker it doesn’t light up from his presence. Waverly tries to usher Doug’s prisoner, Ginny, out of the house. Doug “wishes” that Wynonna dies. Ginny tries to reach him so they can make physical contact. Something’s amiss here.
Later, after Doug chucks the brain sandwich at them, Wynonna and Waverly manage to get Ginny to safety. Wynonna stands guard over Ginny at the police station. That’s when she learns that Ginny is a genie. Peacemaker lights up like a sparkler on the fourth of July. Apparently, Ginny has been killing all of the smartest people in Purgatory at Doug’s behest. All it took was the two literally bumping into each other at a bar for the pair to become inseparably bonded. He’s her “master.” Her “lord” and “keeper.” Full disclosure: the language isn’t working for Wynonna.
So, Wynonna and Jeremy lock Ginny up. They notice that her nail polish is caked in the victims’ wounds. Her nails are poisonous. But only because Doug wished it so. Oh, and he gave himself infinite wishes. She’s linked to him until he dies. However, there is a catch: Doug’s wish can only come to fruition if he’s touching Ginny. Hence why they kept reaching for each other at Doug’s house.
Next, Jeremy pulls up a webpage about “Kuru,” which is the technical term for “Mad Cow Disease.” He believes that Doug contracted MCD and started referring to himself as Kuru. Wynonna and Jeremy brainstorm their next move. Jeremy, Waverly, Nicole and Doc will attend Trivia Night as planned. Since Doug ordered Ginny to set a curse on the town, everyone must attend the aforementioned Trivia Night so he can consume the brain of the winner. Meanwhile, Wynonna will stay with Ginny. Go, team!
Later, Nicole and Waverly attend Trivia Night at Shorty’s. Bradley refers to Nicole as “chicken kicker,” which raises a slew of questions. Nicole tries to leave, but Kuru/Ginny’s spell forces her to stay. Nedley is our host extraordinaire and he’s extra enthusiastic regarding the competition.
Then, the game commences! It’s down to Waverly, Jeremy and Doc. Doc is apparently a pop-culture whiz now. Jeremy calls him “Oldie Hawn” and it’s perfection. Unfortunately, Doc is ousted from the competition when he incorrectly answers a question about Wild Bill Hickok. Doc claims to know the real “dead man’s hand” because he was present at Bill’s murder, but Nedley’s answer sheet says otherwise. Well, that’s embarrassing.
Meanwhile, Doug reappears inside Ginny’s jail cell. How? Because he wished that he could walk through walls. He “wishes” for Wynonna to open the cell, which she does against her will. He decides that he wants to be “street smart,” and Wynonna is just that. Time to say bye-bye to her brain!
Now, it’s down to Jeremy and Waverly. Doc wants to leave to check on Wynonna, but the spell keeps him in place. Wynonna is laying on the slab while Doug/Kuru stands above her, wielding a blade. He “wishes” Ginny to silence Wynonna’s screams. He “wishes” for a larger knife. Back at Shorty’s, Nicole conjures up a way to distract Jeremy and Waverly from their high-octane competition. She has to show the video. The video.
So, Nicole obtains said video from Rachel, who had it saved on her phone. We see an inebriated Nicole stumble into the police station after Clayburn was elected sheriff. Apparently, the townsfolk were partaking in a celebratory feast. In her drunken state, Nicole told everyone to fork off and punted a whole roasted chicken. As one does when they’re sloshed. It’s hysterical. Barrell is shockingly good at playing drunk.
Thankfully, the plan works without a hitch. The spell between Jeremy, Waverly and Nedley is broken. Meanwhile, Wynonna is about to bid farewell to her noggin when Doug, the omniscient demon known as Kuru, keels over. He’s dead as a doornail. Ginny reveals that she was merely stalling him. She knew he was on his last legs. He was riddled with Mad Cow Disease, after all. It was only a matter of time. Doc arrives right after Doug collapses. He still loves Wynonna. It’s so obvious!
Later, Nicole apologizes to Doc at Shorty’s. She explains that she needed to be certain that Mam Clanton was serious regarding her ability to bring Waverly back from the Garden. Additionally, Nicole knew in her heart that Doc was capable of survival. Nicole vows that she’ll always fight for him too. It’s such a touching scene. But not as touching as what happens next. Doc urges Nicole to seize the sheriff role she was born to have.
Now, we see Nicole addressing the bar. She expresses gratitude for everyone accepting her with open arms in more ways than one. Nicole took an oath to serve and protect, and she’ll continue to do that. Bradley stands up and acknowledges that Purgatory needs Nicole as their leader. Everyone erupts into raucous cheering. Nedley decrees that the vote is unanimous. Nicole is sheriff again! WayHaught embraces. What a beautiful moment.
Then, Wynonna catches Ginny in the corridor of the police station. She can’t let Ginny go — she’s a demon that must make her peace. Wynonna raises Peacemaker and it begins to glow. Ginny urges Wynonna to not go through with this. She notes that Peacemaker is Wynonna’s “master.” That both women are the same. Wynonna shoots Ginny and quotes Aladdin: “Genie, you’re free.” Now I’m thinking about Robin Williams! Talk about a punch in the heart.
“Crazy” is quintessential Wynonna Earp in every way. It boasted plenty of action, comedy, drama, romance and aw-inducing moments. I loved the woman who portrayed Ginny the Genie! Her comedic timing was impeccable. She never missed a beat. While I understand why Wynonna felt duty-bound to send Ginny to hell, part of me wished she would’ve joined the BBD crew. Helped take down baddies. Esmer was a fun addition to the episode as well. Nicole’s Shorty’s scene was so beautifully executed. I dig how accepting everyone in Purgatory is. It’s how real life should be. Fun fact: this episode was directed by none other than Vagrant Queen‘s Jem Garrard!
Chicken kicker will never leave my brain. It’s etched there for eternity. Side note: Earpers, I hope you caught the brief cameo from our very own @TheSciFiBard!
Do you think Wynonna and Doc will make amends sooner rather than later? Will we get a WayHaught wedding this season? What’s Cleo cooking up for the Earps? 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.