This new overarching mystery is really working in Big Sky’s favor!
Big Sky Season 3 Episode 3 kept me hooked from beginning to end as tensions at Sunny Acres Farms intensified with the disappearance of Paige. Cassie and Denise were also on the hunt for answers about what happened to missing hiker Mark, coming closer to the suspect than they ever imagined, while Cassie and Beau’s new case was wonky, entertaining, and tapped into her past in such a creative way!
Since there are so many moving parts, we’re going to break them down one by one!
What Happened to Paige?
Well, that seems to be the question that everyone is asking at Sunny Acres Farms, including Emily, who feels like everyone is hiding something and dismissing her very real concerns about Paige’s disappearance. It’s the unfortunate plight of a young girl that no one takes seriously. They shrugged off her account of finding Luke because he twisted the narrative by stating that “she saved him,” even though it was clear that Luke did not want to be found. When she questioned why Paige would find her way back to camp while Luke was lost in the woods, Sunny informed her that sometimes people do things like that. Uh, no they don’t?
And when she confronted her stepdad, Avery, about why he was in Paige’s tent the other day, he continued to claim that he just walked into the wrong tent, which is surely not the case.
The truth is that all of these glampers are suspicious as hell! Paige may have an overactive imagination, but she’s the only one asking real questions and thinking critically. Well, except for that one male camper that Avery tried to shut down immediately. What was the deal with that?
Why is Avery shady? Is he working for someone? What did he want from Paige? Is he responsible for her disappearance, which is why he keeps telling Emily to let it go? What was Paige and Luke’s real story? They mentioned something about money. And where did she disappear to? Why did she have a gun in her bag? Is this part of some long-running con? And why is Luke’s first action upon returning to camp to hook up with someone else?
We know Sunny buried Paige’s bag because she’s trying to protect Walt, but does she actually believe Walt took Paige? This show really has a penchant for moms and sons with complicated dynamics. Why do these mothers continue protecting monsters? And while it seems like Burt, Sunny’s husband, is also aware that something weird is going on, Cormac, who I initially thought we could trust, seems to know more than he’s letting on. Why did he keep Paige’s knife? Does he know about Walt?
All I know is that Emily needs to get in touch with her father ASAP! Also, she probably should be suspicious of anyone who puts that much butter in their coffee!
What’d You Do Walt?
Again, this dynamic between Sunny and Walt is strange and reminiscent of Ronald Pergman and his mother. She knows her child is capable of evil, but she’s choosing to protect him each time. When she realizes Paige’s disappearance is going to raise a few brows, she orders Walt to permanently get rid of Mark’s body. So, the unhinged son digs him up (and gifts him one of the toys he carved, which is, well, creepy) and attempts to move him somewhere else. Along the way, his car breaks down, and his path crosses with Cassie and Denise, who are running point on the investigation into Mark’s disappearance.
Mark’s family got in touch with Denise claiming that he sent them an email assuring them that everything was okay, so they set out to investigate the trail mentioned in his message. Little did Cassie know, she was standing right in front of Mark’s body when she offered to help Walt fix his truck. Cassie’s gut has been her saving grace with the whole Ronald situation, so she picked up on Walt’s strange body language immediately.
And if it wasn’t for Denise popping out from the truck, Walt was going to slice Cassie too! The dude clearly has no qualms about killing people, though, it seems he only comes for people who pose a threat to him. Therefore, I don’t really believe he killed Paige.
Sunny scolded her son after finding out that he had been spotted by Cassie, while Cassie and Denise reached the trail Mark was allegedly on and noticed that there was no snow on the peak, meaning that someone—not Mark—was sending these texts to get the family off his trail. Keep on digging, ladies, you’re so close!
Jenny’s Mother Comes to Town
Jenny Hoyt’s past came back to haunt her when a case she was investigating with Sheriff Beau connected right back to her mother. And the plot thickens!
The duo responded to a call about a murder at Mooney’s ranch. Ivan Mooney informed them that two men killed his brother, Gil, after he tried to fight back against a gold mine scam that they were roped into. When he said the name Starlight Mining, Jenny’s heart immediately sank knowing that her mother’s grifting made its way to Montana. When they confronted Gigi (Rosanna Arquette) at the motel she was staying in, she admitted to working with the man, Harold, who tried to con her out of the business. She promised to team up with Jenny and the “cute” Sherriff to bring Harold down. Jenny was all too familiar with her mom’s scams and tricks, and yet, she still let her guard down and allowed herself to be disappointed yet again when she realized that Gigi played them to steal $30,00 that the department loaned them to nab Harold.
We now know exactly why Jenny always has her guard up—people always hurt her. And her mother never changed. The moment they shared—reminiscing about the past, eating pineapple cake, and drinking wine—was genuine, but in the end, her mother’s con-artist ways overpowered her once again, piling on the disappointment.
I’m really enjoying Beau and Jenny’s partnership, particularly their undercover work as a newly married couple. They acted their butts off to convince Harold to make a deal with them—and the outfits were just the cherry on top. They bring an amusing vibe to the show that can oftentimes be too dark and twisted. And, in general, I think they are good for each other. They’ve both been through their fair share of heartache, and they continue to deal with the fallout of their personal issues, but that’s why I’m rooting for them to become a couple. Sorry, Cassie!
As for Gigi, Jenny thought it was the last we saw of her, but the final few moments of the episode revealed that she took her 30 grand and teamed up with Jenny’s sworn enemies, Tanya and Donno. Those two are bad news! What’s the deal there? How did they get in touch? What new scam are they going to be running? I can’t wait to see Jenny’s reaction when she gets a wind of this!
What do you think about Big Sky Season 3? Are you enjoying the mysteries this season and how everything is somehow connected?
Big Sky Review – Duck Hunting (308)
Big Sky Season 3 Episode 8 took on a classic murder mystery formula as Jenny and Beau—and later Cassie—took to Sunny Day Excursions to solve the murder of Mary, which was then followed by Luke’s untimely demise.
One murder in the woods may be a coincidence, but two murders at a glamping sight, along with the disappearance of Paige and the former death of missing backpacker, Mark, meant that something sinister was at play.
But what was it? Jenny and Beau put their heads together to try to work through every possible scenario and find every and any motive.
Tonya and Donno’s presence didn’t make much sense at first, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and Jenny knew that they had to be involved in some way. When Avery ended up telling the detectives about the $15 million in crypto that Luke mentioned to him, they figured that Tonya and Donno were simply working a job… and they weren’t wrong. But Tonya and Donno are in hot water of their own since they haven’t found the money, nor do they have a hold on Paige and Luke. This is one job that they should’ve never agreed to.
There are so many factors at play that make this one of the most twisted yet intriguing seasons of Big Sky.
It’s not exactly clear why Avery mentioned the money to Beau and Jenny, especially since he had an interest in getting it for himself. All season long, we’ve been wondering what Avery’s play was, and, it turns out, he’s in some deep financial trouble as the SEC is investigating him for fraud and misleading investors. If he had kept quiet about the money, it may have thrown the cops off for a bit, but when he brought it up, he immediately became a suspect as it presented a motive.
The truth is, a lot of people are involved in the case, but it’s not entirely clear cut. Avery is definitely after the money, which explains why he was so interested in Paige and Luke, but he didn’t kill them.
As we know, Paige is actually alive, and through sheer manipulation of Walter’s feelings, she managed to escape the cabin before Jenny, Beau, and Cassie reached it. Walter’s affection for Paige meant that he turned himself in without much pushback in order to buy her some time.
Walter’s creepy recluse who lives in the woods vibe makes him the ideal suspect, but he’s not responsible for all of the murders as Jenny, Beau and Cassie want to believe. The only person that he may have killed, and I say may have because we never actually saw him shoot the bow and arrow, is Luke.
The rest of the blood is on Sunny and Buck’s hands as she was the one who allowed the missing backpacker to bleed out and die in hopes of protecting her son, Walter’s only crime that day was being strange and scaring the poor man so much that he fell off of a cliff. As for Buck, well, he killed Mary without hesitation to protect his wife.
There’s a reason their camp is at the center of the investigation—as Taylor Swift would say, it’s them, hi, they’re the problem, it’s them.
Cormac seems to have figured out that his parents have been lying to him, and the fact that they kept gaslighting him at every turn when all he wanted was clarity only added to his suspicions. Sunny has an excuse for everything, including the truck title and the photo of her holding baby Walter, but Cormac isn’t buying it anymore. Since it’s obvious that they are hiding something, he decided to do the right thing and help Cassie. If his parents trusted him and told him the truth from the get-go, there’s a possibility that he would have helped them out and steered the investigation in a different direction. I know Sunny thinks she’s doing the right thing by both of her boys, but even she admitted that lying is a stone’s throw away from all types of sins. She should know.
Walt was always going to end up in custody, however. Cassie was determined to find him since day one, and when Luke turned up dead, Buck saw an opportunity to lead the cops to the boy he never liked and find a way out of this mess for himself and his wife. He immediately knew that he could try to pin everything on Walter and didn’t feel much guilt because he already thinks Walter killed Paige and Luke. What’s one more name on the list?
I’m sticking by my theory that Buck is the bleeding heart killer, and by interviewing Walter about the murders, they will somehow piece it all together.
There was a definite rift between Buck and Sunny, who, up until this point, have had each other’s back. Sunny likely won’t forgive Buck for selling out Walter, and she’s a loose cannon, so it’s unclear what she’ll do to protect herself now that it’s all closing in on her and her business. She’s a survivor (Reba pun intended!)!
As for Tonya and Donno, they were able to get ahold of Paige and Luke’s journal with the seed phrase, but unfortunately, Avery got to it first and ripped out the pages. It’s not ideal for any of them as Possum and his lackey are hiding out in the woods ready to pounce to get the money back. And they have no problem shooting anyone, including a cop, just so you understand the absolute danger of the situation.
They are determined to get their money, and if it’s not going to be from Paige, it’ll be from Avery who just put himself in the line of fire unknowingly.
Other Stray Thoughts
- Can Cassie and Cormac find love after she takes down his parents? His whole world is about to be turned upside down as he finds out so much of his life was a lie, and I don’t know if he can bounce back from this.
- Carla was fuming after learning about Avery’s SEC investigation, and I think it was mostly anger from being lied to and deceived. She thought she knew the man she married, but it turns out, he’s been harboring this huge secret because he didn’t think he could trust her. Will this push her back into Beau’s arms?
- I’m still rooting for Beau and Jenny to make their professional relationship a bit more personal. Sorry, Carla.
- Donno doesn’t try to be the comedic relief, but he 100% is, including his comment about Sunny possibly being a “witch.” Also, he’s so in love with Tonya, I hope she stops breaking his heart.
What did you think of the episode? How will it all resolve? The series is taking a break for the holidays and will be back with the “deadly trails” action on Nov. 30!
Big Sky Review – Come Get Me (307)
When everyone works together towards a common goal, Big Sky shines brighter than the supermoon on the deadly trails Sunny was trying to hike on.
On Big Sky Season 3 Episode 7, Cassie, Hoyt, and Beau made headway on the case of the Bleeding Heart Murder, and it’s all connecting back to Sunny Day Acres, which honestly, isn’t so sunny.
On the surface, it definitely seems like Walter is responsible, but I’m not convinced. Walter is strange, there’s no doubt about that, but the killing’s are not his M.O. Walter is a lurker and a stalker who is also a bit obsessive, but we’ve never actually seen him hurt anyone. The missing hiker Mark fell to his death after Walter’s presence scared him, but he didn’t kill him.
The only people Walter was known to kill are his adoptive parents when he was younger, and it was in a rage after they hurt his friend, Meredith.
What we know about the Bleeding Heart Murder is that his weapon of choice is a “curved blade knife” that was never found.
And you know who else just killed a young woman with a knife? Buck. And while I initially thought Buck was just a devoted husband, the way he smelled Mary’s blood on his hands after he killed her and seemed to enjoy it gave me serial killer vibes. He was all too comfortable killing this woman; it was definitely not a one-off.
We’ve been so preoccupied with pointing the finger at Walter that we totally didn’t see what was right in front of us. The person we should really be investigating is Buck.
I don’t have an explanation as to why Walter’s figurines include the red heart, nor do I know why he was lurking around the woods on prom night when Blaire was murdered, but it’s possible that he knows Buck’s secrets.
The bottom line is that the Barnes family is truly disturbed, and poor Cormac is stuck in the middle of it all. He’s suspicious enough as he notices his parents are hiding something and acting rather shady, but he can’t seem to place their odd behavior just yet. I think that if he’d talk to Cassie, they might be able to put two and two together, but the missing piece, for now, is Walter.
When they find Walter, it’ll lead them to Buck, unless Mary’s freshly discovered body, by Emily of all people, will do that instead.
Buck and Sunny conjured up a plan to take a supermoon night hike with the campers so that they could “stumble” upon Mary’s body, along with Paige’s belongings, and let everyone assume that Luke was some kind of Romeo killer, but I don’t think anyone is going to believe that, especially because since Emily found the dead body, Beau is 100% going to be involved. And Beau comes with Jenny and Cassie, who are all making some progress when it comes to Mark’s disappearance and the mystery of the Bleeding Heart Murder.
The point is—it’s all unraveling, and Sunny was right to think that Emily’s persistence was going to be a thorn in her side.
When Emily encountered Buck in the woods after locating Mary’s body, I was sure she was going to be his next victim, so I’m glad that she made it back to base camp safely.
But I hope this is a lesson to Emily to stop putting her nose in other people’s business, especially when someone like Luke gives her a piece of advice to leave because the camp is filled with bad people. I would go home and never look back!
I think every single person at that camp has had a gut feeling that something isn’t right, so why are they still sticking around?
The mystery of the Bleeding Heart Murder really kicked into high gear after someone broke into Dewell & Hoyt and tore the place apart, leaving a cryptic “Come Get Me” message written in blood. Poor Denise was inside at the time and scared to death, but it was evident that it wasn’t the actual murderer since he never pursued her despite her keys jingling at the absolute worst time and giving away her hiding spot.
The series was trying to bait-and-switch us with Del Lucan, the father of the first BHM victim, Blaire. Joe, Blaire’s boyfriend at the time and a key suspect, first pointed the finger at Del, claiming he was obsessed with his daughter. When Cassie made it to Del’s place, she found a bulletin board filled with pictures of Blaire and key pieces of the investigation, which made Del look suspicious, not to mention the way he came in there with his shotgun and threatened Cassie.
However, when she called him out for murdering his daughter, his tough guy facade disintegrated and he confessed to breaking into D&H simply to remind people that his daughter’s murder continues to go unsolved.
“The killer is still out there,” he warned ominously before Cassie located a composite of what looked like a young Walter, who I believe was there that night but again, not the man responsible for the murder.
I’m still missing some key pieces to connect Buck to it, but I’m thinking he may have gone under a different identity. It’s all just too coincidentally, and I’m hoping that as Cassie, Jenny, and Beau dig a little deeper, the answers become more and more obvious.
Elsewhere, Luke, who was trying to evade Tonya and Donno, stumbled into Paige, very much alive, in the woods. The look on her face was menacing, and the fact that Walter was behind Luke with an axe was unnerving, but again, I don’t think the intention is to kill Luke, I believe she wants to scare him into handing over the drive with the $15 million on it.
And that means a lot of people want what Luke has. Tonya and Donno tried to remove themselves from this situation after realizing that it wasn’t exactly what they signed up for, but the people that hired them—guest starring Darius Rucker and Lyle Lovett as Possum and Tex, respectively—weren’t interested. They wanted Luke dead or else they threatened to burn down the bar with Tonya and Donno inside. Understood.
Donno informed Tonya that for the first time in his life, he had something to lose and he didn’t want to keep being a hitman, but she glossed over his very vulnerable moment by suggesting they ask for double the money instead. Donno is so in love with that woman, he would do anything for her. I wish she reciprocated those feelings and acknowledged his desire to by done with the game.
Maybe finding Luke and Paige could be their last job? If they make it out alive that is.
They’re also keeping an eye on Avery, who Tonya describes as a shady finance dude who knows about the $15 million and keeps asking too many questions for his own good. I still can’t pinpoint whether Avery is a good guy or simply moonlighting as one, but I guess we’ll find out. Much like Emily, he needs to learn to keep to himself instead of sticking his nose into business that doesn’t affect him because he has no idea who he’s messing with and how much trouble Luke and Paige are involved in. It could cost him his life.
Either way, bad things are happening at Sunny Acres, and now that the cops and detectives are about to descend on that place, it’s bad news for everyone. Cassie will surely have her confirmation that something eerie is going on in that camp as this is now the third time she’s been summoned there under strange circumstances.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Buck is dangerous?
Who Plays Possum on ‘Big Sky’?
Country star Darius Rucker is coming to Big Sky: Deadly Trails.
The episode synopsis read: “When shocking new evidence surfaces from the “Bleeding Heart Murder Case,” Jenny and Beau team up with Cassie and achieve a major breakthrough; Buck struggles with his moral ambiguity, and cracks begin to form in his and Sunny’s marriage.”
Earlier this month, it was announced Rucker would guest star in the role of Possum, a hired gun who works at night “like his nocturnal namesake.” He is Tex’s partner on the job involving the search for Luke and Paige, who stole a significant amount of cash and tried to lay low by glamping at Sunny Day Camp, run by Sunny and Buck Barnes—played by country singer Reba and Rex Linn.
Tex will be portrayed by musical guest Lyle Lovett and is described as “an expert tracker with a quiet menace hidden beneath a courteous, gentleman-cowboy exterior. Like a snake charmer, his gift for music makes him all the more deadly.”
Donno and Tonya were previously hired to find Paige and Luke and deliver them to the client, so the fact that we’re seeing Possum and Tex in the flesh is a sign that they are getting impatient!
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