Coming up next week on Animal Kingdom season 4 episode 4, you’re going to see an episode called “Tank” — a title that really just makes us think of Frank the Tank from Old School. Probably not intentional, given that we’re entering this episode in a rough place.
If you watched tonight’s episode, then (spoiler alert!) you know the bad news already — Smurf has cancer. She’s dying and based on the laundry list of ailments handed down from her doctor over the phone, her prognosis probably isn’t great. How she reacts to this is what we are interested in seeing going forward, because she’s not the sort to spend her last days sitting around and reminiscing; she’s more likely to throw out metaphorical hand grenades and go out in a blaze of glory since she may feel that she has nothing to lose. Given that J’s been already working to try and phase her out of some of his operations, the problem here is going to seem obvious. She’s going to be meddling and that’s a problem. Meanwhile, she could be meddling with everyone, including whatever is going on between Pope and Angela.
Below, CarterMatt has the official Animal Kingdom season 4 episode 4 synopsis with some more news as to what’s coming up next time:
The Cody boys are thrown by Smurf’s (Ellen Barkin) increasingly unnerving behavior as she shows up in unexpected places. J (Finn Cole) realizes he needs to set his own plans in motion if he wants to lead the family. Deran (Jake Weary) gets disturbing news from an old friend; and Pope (Shawn Hatosy) struggles to resist the advances of Angela (Emily Deschanel).
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For J, maybe this is him realizing that if he wants to be the kingpin, he is clearly running out of time to set things up. Craig’s feeling himself a little bit more and maybe that could cause more of a fissure later if he waits too long. Meanwhile, Smurf is vulnerable now, even if she is all over the place. What J needs to do is be patient, study Smurf’s behavior patterns (erratic as they may be), and then jump at the opportunity. He can create something here that sets him up for years, or the moment can pass him by and he never gets full reign of the criminal empire.
As for Pope and Angela, this really just feels like a matter of time. We know Pope for many things, but resisting temptation for him is right up there with opera singing — he doesn’t do it. He’s the sort of self-destructive person who will easily allow someone like Angela to get under his skin — what you have to wonder about more is what she wants once she has him. Is it really just all about living in the house and getting to improve her quality of life? Probably not.
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