The fourth episode of “Longmire” season 5 was a story about the wilderness, pharmaceutical companies, and ultimately just how far someone is willing to go in order to make a transplant happen.
As for what it wasn’t a story about, the simple answer there is “many of the stories we were excited to dive into from last time.” There wasn’t any of the casino, very little of the supporting cast, and nothing of Walt Longmire’s personal life. This was almost entirely about the case of a missing pharmaceutical kingpin who disappeared, and it turned out that he had actually had a kidney removed as a result of a lengthy plot. There were a few interesting twists in here, but to be honest dealing with so many outsiders to the country was not as fun as getting to see characters more directly affiliated with what was going on.
Perhaps the most effective thing to come out of this storyline were the constant reminders that Walt still had a pending lawsuit for Barlow Connally’s death, and he met up briefly with an attorney who he opted to hire. His principles are keeping him from settling, which should come as a surprise to no one.
The most effective part of the episode came via Henry, who realized that enough was enough and he was ready to start acting on his own as Hector, changing some of the rules after a heroin trade led to tragedy on the reservation. Lou Diamond Phillips has done tremendous work over the years on the show, but his scene with Henry discovering the body was some of his finest to date. The same goes for Zahn McClarnon, who people are starting to realize is a treasure thanks to this show, “Fargo,” and others.
We’re not going to say that episode 4 of this season was flashy, largely because it wasn’t. Most of what happened here won’t matter going into episode 5, and the main case didn’t generate a whole lot of excitement. Yet, “Longmire” is still “Longmire,” and there was something for old-school fans to enjoy about what was presented here. Grade: B-.
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