The Sullivan girls have been missing for 4 days now, and everyone is feeling the weight of this case on Big Sky Season 1 Episode 4, particularly Ronald and Rick.
You know we’ve reached a turning point when partners begin turning on each other. Rick even called Ronald a “loose end” while he contemplated taking him out of the equation. We’re awfully close to an “every man for himself” situation.
Rick is doing his best to get the scent off of them, but Jenny and Cassie are not stepping off that gas pedal. They may not be “cops” cops, but the law needs dedicated detectives like them because honestly, I don’t see anyone else taking this case seriously!
Sure, we finally (after four episodes) saw Grace and Danielle’s mother make a public plea to find her girls, but other than that, there hasn’t been urgency from any other units.
Walter only intervened and questioned Rick at Jenny’s behest, which leaves Jenny and Cassie as the only two people actively looking for the girls and Cody. Without any additional support, it’s not surprising that they keep bending the rules to get answers.
In kidnapping situations, time is money.
Rick isn’t only a murderer and an asshole, he’s also a racist who tried to use the victim card to pull the attention off of himself. I think I speak for everyone when I say absolutely no one was shocked by this development.
I’m surprised that Walter didn’t figure out something was up by Rick’s feeble attempt at distraction. His rant about police being targeted by bigots was made only more suspicious by his lack of empathy or care for the missing women also raised a few flags.
Again… where is the concern for these girls and Cody? How is no one else connecting truck drivers?
Attention to detail is one thing, but going the extra mile even if it involves doing something illegal is clearly paying off for Cassie and Jenny, even if they aren’t completely aware.
The tracker they pinned on Rick’s car led them to the barn in the middle of nowhere. Sadly, they didn’t find the girls and gave up after searching a few rooms of junk.
Don’t they know you’re always supposed to look for hidden floorboards and secret rooms?! My guess is that they’re going to arrive at the barn with backup, but by that point, Rick and Ronald will have moved the girls from the underground truck.
Even though they weren’t successful in finding the girls this time, you have to admire Cassie’s gut feeling because so far, it hasn’t steered her wrong.
She may be shaken up by this case, and the prospect of losing Cody may have brought up the death of her mother and husband, but she’s still thinking more clearly than anyone else on this show! She’s damn good at her job!
BIG SKY – “Unfinished Business” – Unsatisfied with the investigation now that the girls’ disappearance has made headlines, Cassie and Jenny take things into their own hands, tapping into their individual strengths to make headway in the case. Meanwhile, Legarski attempts to keep cool, but Ronald takes a different approach to protecting himself. Still captive, Danielle and Jerrie tend to Grace, who makes a painful decision in an attempt to save them all, on an all-new “Big Sky,” TUESDAY, DEC 8 (10:00-11:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman)
KYLIE BUNBURY, RYAN PHILLIPPEAnd thanks to her flashbacks, we were given a teeny-tiny appearance from Ryan Phillippe!
I’m not sure what game Ronald is playing at with Rick’s wife Merrilee. He’s lonely, sure, but he targeted and pursued her only after telling Rick that he’ll do whatever is necessary.
This is about more than just dancing. Does he want to get close to Merrilee? Did he want to seduce her? Did he think that if Rick saw his wife was exploring the option of having an affair, he’d slip up and kill her? Because he just might. I had to rewind my DVR a few times, but yep, it’s confirmed that he was walking upstairs with a hammer!
He made it seem as though he regretted killing two people to cover up this mess, but he doesn’t seem too concerned about killing his wife. This man is even more unhinged than we thought!
And that poor woman who was constantly begging for his attention finally found a way to enjoy herself without him, and she might die because of it. Let’s hope she sleeps with a taser!
It would be pretty reckless of Rick to kill his wife and bring all that attention onto himself.
His whole relationship with Merrilee is confusing, but it’s not the only one.
It’s unclear where Rick and Ronald’s motivation stems from mainly due to the lack of knowledge about their character’s.
We see bits and pieces, but none of them make much sense in the terms of bigger picture. We don’t know why Rick and Ronald teamed up or how long they’ve been involved in sex trafficking.
It’s also hard to grasp the relationship between Ronald and his mother. Since she flat-out asked Ronald if he had anything to do with the missing girls, it means she wouldn’t put this kind of behavior past him. What does she know?
What was that comment about kidnapping coinciding with his urges? And why didn’t she even flinch when he spilled cereal on her head?
We’ve known the two have a strange dynamic, but this just took it to new heights. I was convinced we’d see Ronald kill his mother before we saw Rick kill his wife, but that might not be the case.
Grace is a true gem. Despite the circumstances and the fact that she’s running a fever from her leg infection, she still has so much fight left in her. (Also, the maggots scene was vomit-inducing!).
She’s the glue holding them all together. But her feistiness is very clearly going to be an issue for Rick. He thinks unloading them to a Canadian syndicate is the answer, but they aren’t going to go down without a fight. Grace will seek out help at the first chance she gets.
And it begs the question — how does Rick plan on silencing the girls since they’ve seen both of their faces and could very well identify them in a lineup?
Next week is the winter finale of Big Sky, so hopefully, things start to become clearer and Cassie and Jenny actually make some headway before they start feeling crazy.
Also, what’s the deal with Denise? Is she just a stickler for rules or is purposefully trying to steer Cassie and Jenny in the wrong direction? She’s been on my radar since the very beginning, but if she was truly working with Rick, I don’t think she’d have given them the location of the farm. Maybe we’ve misjudged her?!
What did you think of this week’s episode of Big Sky?
What are you hoping for the winter finale? Let us know in the comments!
‘Big Sky’ Season 2 Adds Jamie-Lynn Sigler and 6 Others Cast Members for Thrilling New Mystery
ABC’s 2020 crime drama, Big Sky has announced the addition of Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), among others, to join as a key role for Season 2, premiering this fall.
The Season 1 finale left audiences on a cliffhanger perfectly lining up Season 2 to open with a mysterious car crash right outside of Helena, Montana. And just as Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt begin to investigate the wreck, the case becomes a little bit more complicated than expected.
Sigler will portray Tonya, a waitress at a local diner whose boyfriend has gone missing. She enlists the help of Dewell and Hoyt to find him, but it turns out, she’s hiding secrets of her own.
Sigler joins the previously announced Janina Gavankar, who snagged the series regular role of Ren. She’s described as “an enigmatic woman who, in the wake of a car wreck involving one of her employees, comes to the Montana town hunting for answers — including about who exactly betrayed her.”
Series regulars from Season 1 who are set to return include Dedee Pfeiffer, and Brian Geraghty, among a couple of others.
Additionally, six new faces will join the upcoming season.
Madelyn Kientz (Walker’s Ruby) will play Max, Cassie’s teenage babysitter (so we’re getting some throwbacks!).
Lola Reid (Barkskins) will play Madison friend of Max and Harper.
Troy Johnson (On My Block) will play Harper, fearless best friend of Max.
Arturo Del Puerto (For All Mankind) will portray Max’s bad-boy boyfriend T-Lock.
Jeremy Ray Taylor (It) will portray Bridger, Madison’s older brother, while T.V. Carpio (The Client List) will portray Rachel, Max’s mother.
Big Sky has switched from Tuesday nights to Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC, with its premiere date set for September 30th.
Catch up on Big Sky Season 1 reviews now!
Big Sky Season Finale Review – Ronald’s Great Escape (1×16)
The Big Sky Season 1 finale was better than the whole second half of the season!
Arthur, er, sorry, Ronald, knows how to takes us on an adventure.
And he always has a few aces up his sleeve.
When Lindor and Geri busted into Mary’s home, it seemed like he and Scarlet hit the end of the road, but Ronald always anticipated this moment, and he set quite the plan into motion.
It seems the only time that the feds have ever taken him by surprise is when Geri ambushed him with a gun. He didn’t see that coming, and he didn’t seem pleased to see her.
Ronald knew that above anything else, Lindor, Cassie, and Jenny wanted answers, so he knew exactly how to manipulate them. He laid one breadcrumb, and they followed just how he wanted.
Initially, I wasn’t sure what the whole John Milton plan was exactly, and neither was Scarlet, but she trusted her man and rolled with it.
Turns out, it was Ronald’s “get out of jail” free card as it notified the syndicate that he needed help. When a Sheriff came to Scarlet’s house, it was clear that Rick Legarski wasn’t the only Sheriff operating within this syndicate. And that’s a disturbing revelation for a different day.
Scarlet was picked up as set up with a getaway car, while Ronald led Lindor, Cassie, Jenny, and Tubb on a little field trip.
They probably would’ve been better off listening to Jenny about not giving Ronald so much free reign.
Lindor may outrank them, but he got played! Cassie and Jenny know exactly who they’re dealing with and how clever Ronald is. He managed to evade them once, so they really shouldn’t have risked it again.
While he led them to his creepy little garage where he hid Kelli, one of his first loves, it was also part of his escape plan as it allowed the syndicate to ambush them and free Ronald.
The whole action sequence here was truly exceptional. Jenny was a boss until she got shot, while Cassie held her own as Ronald tried to choke her out.
And Lindor was unconscious throughout the whole thing. Seriously, this guy.
Eventually, Ronald managed to escape and reunite with Scarlet. One of the men from the syndicate hooked them up with new identities and it all seemed to be on track, that is until he informed them that they would not be picking up Phoebe.
Scarlet and Ronald may be the unhinged versions of Bonnie and Clyde, but they would never leave behind her daughter, so they went with plan B and killed the driver instead.
And that, friends, is why you don’t help murderers and human traffickers.
Will they find a way to get Phoebe?
Considering Jenny’s gut feeling about Scarlet was right, I’m surprised they haven’t picked up Phoebe yet.
There’s no way a mother would ever abandon her child, so it would have led them right to Ronald and Scarlet.
Will their devotion to the little girl be their undoing?
Phoebe trusts her mother, but she’s also smart enough to know when something feels off like the whole situation with Arthur in the forest.
I wouldn’t be surprised if she blew their cover somehow.
At first, it didn’t make sense as to why Scarlet was so comfortable and turned on by Ronald’s psychotic tendencies, but the fact that she was committed to an insitution for the criminally insane does put things in perspective.
It also explains why she was so calm about killing Steve. Ronald tried to take the blame for that, but that should’ve been the first red flag for Lindor, Cassie, and Jenny. I mean, wasn’t Steve’s corpse older than 3 months? Did they know that the cops wouldn’t have time to verify their story?
With Scarlet and Ronald on the run, and Cassie pursuing them with a vengeance, I’m excited to see what season 2 has in store.
As I mentioned, the second half of the season, which focused on the Kleinsasser family, wasn’t as thrilling or captivating as all the drama with Ronald.
I’m glad he’s back at the wheel — no pun intended.
I didn’t expect to get any closure when it came to the Kleinsasser family nor did I think I needed it, but I have to say, it was nice to see Margaret finally get her revenge on Horst.
He was emotionally abusive to her for years, and she finally found her voice and silenced his.
In short, the family is full of murderers, but this is one that was deserved.
It doesn’t just set Margaret and Cheyenne free, it’s also payback for all the poor souls that never got to leave that toxic farm.
What did you think of the Big Sky Season 1 finale? Were you surprised by how clever Ronald is?
Let us know in the comments below!
Big Sky Review – I’m the Bad Guy (1×15)
Cassie and Jenny may have been responsible for the Kleinssasers’ undoing, but that family was always capable of destroying themselves all on their own.
Blood was spilled on Big Sky Season 1 Episode 15 as we saw the demise of Rand and JW.
And it was a long time coming.
After the Kleinsasser family caught Cassie, Jenny, and Gil on their property, it was every man (and woman) for themselves.
And thankfully, they all made it out alive.
The same couldn’t be said for Rand and JW, who deserved everything they got.
When Rand tried to run Cassie over, she shot out his wheels ensuring that he crashed. The next morning when Rosie found Cassie unconscious, they found Rand bleeding out inside his cabin.
He survived long enough to see his mother one last time before bleeding out.
JW died not long after his psychotic brother. Cassie and Cheyenne found him just as he was gearing up to take out Jenny. A wrestling match ensued and his little sister pulled the trigger.
While Cheyenne definitely knew that her family was disturbed and wanted to break free from them, she wasn’t all that different from them either.
She wanted the same thing JW and Rand did — she wanted the ranch for herself. And she wanted to be free from the control of the deranged men in her family.
And she got it. With JW and Rand eliminated, the ranch now belonged to Cheyenne.
We never saw Horst pay for his sins, but considering that Cassie and Jenny had a sample of the toxic chemicals on his land, it’s safe to assume he was held accountable for all the skeletons on his property.
Does anyone else feel a little cheated for getting invested in Margaret’s storyline only to see nothing come of it? If anyone deserved to kill anyone, it should’ve been Margaret killing Horst.
Cassie and Jenny made sure justice was served on all fronts by taking down Sheriff Wagy, who admitted on video to plotting to kill Cassie.
With the Kleinsasser family taken care of, Cassie and Jenny are free to return to their biggest problem: Ronald/ Arthur.
I’m much more invested in all the Ronald developments than I ever was in the Kleinssaser mystery, which made it feel like a completely different series.
It would’ve made more sense if Ronald was somehow connected to the Kleinsasser’s, but instead, we’ve just been following two separate storylines about people who are all too comfortable with killing for their own benefit.
I’m glad to be circling back to the former one.
The episode kicked off with Arthur burying Mary’s body and getting caught by Phoebe.
It was tense as he explained he was burying a dead deer, and then contemplated bashing Phoebe’s skull in with a rock.
I’m really glad he didn’t. Phoebe didn’t seem to buy Arthur’s story either — she’s a smart kid and knows that something is definitely up, which is why she lied to her mother.
Even when Arthur tried to remain normal, he gave off creep vibes.
Arthur was terrified of what would happen if Scarlet found out about his past, but much to his surprise, she didn’t even care.
It’s unclear how long Scarlet knew about his real identity, but I think that she knew the whole time Mary tried to warn her and just hoped Ronald would get rid of her sister.
She even seemed less concerned about what happened to Mary and more concerned with authorities finding Steve’s body.
Yep, turns out Scarlet was the one that bashed in her baby daddy’s skull (with a screwdriver!) as Mary helped her hide the body.
Scarlet explained that Mary held the crime over her head all these years, but obviously, this made Mary an accomplice.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to let the authorities believe Mary was the murderer? After all, the body was on her premises!
And Steve is the least of their worries since they’re really after Ronald!
However, Scarlet revealed she was cool as a cucumber with Ronald’s past crimes. In fact, she was even more attracted to him, which meant Ronald somehow met his perfect match.
If you didn’t think soulmates existed before, you definitely do now.
Scarlet may be even more deranged than Ronald since she owns up to what she’s done and is more than happy to give into her urges whereas he tries to tame them and is ashamed of them.
Having someone who shares his “interests” is bound to make Ronald much more dangerous.
Scarlet’s confidence likely won’t have a positive influence on him.
Will he go full-on psycho? And what does this mean for poor Phoebe?
Lindor and Geri — who is hellbent on revenge even if it might get her killed — were closing in on them, but Ronald’s storyline is far from over.
As the teasers for next week’s Big Sky Season 1 finale reveal, Ronald is going to get caught, and it will likely unearth something much more sinister than we ever anticipated.
Will Ronald take them to where all the bodies are buried?
What else was he involved in? And why do I have a hunch Scarlet will help him escape again?
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