This episode stands out as being the first not to feature any sort of paranormal phenomenon. Instead, we follow a convict named Willie, played by Jeremy Sisto (a casting choice I find amusing considering I know him mostly from Law & Order). Just as he is released to start a new life with his family, his cellmate, Barney, arrives with a gunshot wound in his stomach.
Barney tells Willie about a stash of stolen money that was supposed to be split up amongst a group of other criminals. Each criminal was given a quarter of a map that was supposed to reveal the location of the money. Not surprisingly, one of the crooks tries to take more than his fair share by offing Barney.
Willie takes Barney’s piece of the map and goes looking for the other criminals. His purpose is two-fold, get the other pieces, and get revenge for Barney’s death.
This was a pretty enjoyable episode. It’s plot was simple and straight-forward, but effective. Jeremy Sisto did a good job and proved to be an intimidating character. He has quite a few hardcore moments that make the episode enjoyable to watch.
I was surprised to hear some of the characters use profanities on more than one occasion this episode. I know AMC and FX have done it on occasion, one episode of South Park used them abundantly, but it was still kind of surprising to hear coming from a TNT series.
While the villain only shows up near the end, and you don’t even see his face for that matter, the actor did a good job making him seem like a legitimate threat. He was far more intimidating than the painting killer and proved to be more menacing than both of the other criminals that Willie owned combined.
There are a few times where characters refer to others as “a bad mother”, obviously not talking about parenting, and I was expecting one of the other characters to interrupt at least once with “shut yo mouth”. It never happened though. I gotta say, I was a little disappointed. I’m a nerd.
While I wouldn’t call this episode mind-blowing or amazing, it certainly was entertaining. In comparison to the last episode, it was a huge step up and actually had me interested in what was going on. The more realistic plot is refreshing and gives the viewer a nice breather from all the paranormal goings on that occurred in the previous episodes.