Walker wrapped up the first half of season 3 with a Thanksgiving-themed episode that was far from jolly.
Everything that could go wrong absolutely did, and it was proof that sometimes, a big family celebration is more chaos than anyone needs it to be.
The biggest issue at the dinner table wasn’t the mediocre dinner—Cordell and Liam tried but a blackout while cooking dinner isn’t ideal!—it was the fact that Cordell was hellbent on pretending everything was okay when it actually wasn’t.
Cordell’s parenting has been questionable as of late, and it’s very clear that he’s out of his element when it comes to raising two teenagers while also juggling a demanding job and dealing with the fallout of a kidnapping by a rogue militia group that tortured him and his brother.
His version of dealing with issues is simply sweeping them under the rug, particularly on Thanksgiving, when his one and only goal was to persuade Stella to stop by for dinner so that he could try to make amends.
Unfortunately, it was a terrible plan because he never acknowledge the root cause of the issue, nor did he consider Stella’s feelings and why she moved out in the first place.
Did Cordell really think that she would just forgive him after he placed all the blame from the Side Step party on her and then left her in jail to deal with the consequences of her actions? Time and time again, Stella conveyed to her father that she wasn’t the one responsible for throwing the party, but he didn’t listen. Cordell channeled all the anger and trauma he’s been repressing directly at his daughter, which was unfair and misguided. He didn’t give her a chance to explain herself, nor did he care to hear her out. He made up his mind, and that was that.
It’s hard to feel bad for Cordell in this situation as it was completely of his own making, and he didn’t even realize it or try to apologize for it when he invited Stella for dinner.
August has been a grade-A brat for quite some time now, and honestly, I find his behavior a little alarming and unexpected. I guess it makes sense that he wants to find his own identity after being in his sister’s shadow the whole time, and yes, teens will be teens, but it’s also unlike him to let his sister take the fall for something she didn’t do. He’s watched how her relationship with Cordell was fractured because of a mistake he made and he still didn’t confess to his involvement. That’s not like Auggie.
Everyone else in the house seemed to be aware that Auggie was the mastermind behind the Side Step party, and when Stella showed Cordell that they lost the liquor license as a result, Mawline finally put it all out on the table as she realized her son didn’t have it handled the way he kept assuring everyone he did.
She couldn’t sit by and watch Stella get hammered with a lesson about consequences as an adult while Auggie skirted by and frankly, looked pleased with himself. And that’s when Auggie made the dire mistake of calling Abeline the B-word. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the wake-up call Walker needed to realize that he’s thrown a blind eye to so much.
His apology to Stella afterward didn’t really stick, and the fact that she kept Colton by her side because she didn’t want to be alone with her own father made it clear just how fractured their relationship has become.
As for his discipling on Auggie, it was non-existent, which continued to be frustrating in light of how he treated Stella. It’s unclear where they go from here, but the first part of making amends was apologizing to his grandmother.
Unfortunately, he might not get the chance as in the final moments of the episode we saw Abby, who underwent a world of stress during the day, especially as it marked the anniversary of her mother’s death and her fallout with her own brother, Will, collapse to the ground. Was it a heart attack? We won’t know until the series comes back in 2023, but I truly hope that she’s okay! Abby is the heart of this family!
The Walker dinner had a handful of guests, including Captain James, who informed Cordell that at some point, he needed to talk to him and Cassie about something serious. It seems that James knows that they tampered with evidence, but that’s an issue for a different day.
Cassie invited the Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Kevin, over for dinner, and while it wasn’t the kind of evening anyone expected, he was eating it up! Turns out, Kevin always wanted to see what happens at a big family dinner, and the Walker family did not disappoint. I’m eager to explore a romantic storyline for Cassie.
Geri was missing as we saw her go on a trip to take care of some business involving Hoyt. In reality, Odette Annable is on maternity leave, but I can’t wait for the series to once again address her relationship with Cordell.
As for Liam, he was so nervous the whole evening as he wanted to impress Ben and tell him just how thankful he is to have him in his life. They had quite a sweet moment before deciding to leave all of this behind and head over to the store for some Black Friday deals, and truthfully, isn’t that the most realistic storyline ever?
Overall, the episode was a nice reprieve from all the Texas Ranger action that’s been happening throughout the season. It connected back to what’s at the core of the show—family—even when it’s an absolute mess.
What did you think of the eventful Walker finale? What are you hoping to see next season?
Walker Season Finale Recap – It’s a Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding (318)
A plethora of storylines were explored throughout Walker Season 3, but one thing remains evident—Cordell has a lot of skeletons in his closet. And they’re all going to keep bubbling up to the surface.
The latest one seems to be a serial killer by the name of Jackal. The resurfaced case shook everyone to the core, including Captain James who was said to have been “obsessed” and “consumed” by it to the point that it ruined his relationship with Kelly.
And none of that bodes well for him considering he just re-married Kelly in a romantic ceremony. The duo found love together once again, so this really isn’t the time to be opening past scars.
However, there’s no way they won’t be taking this case and trying their hand at finding out Jackal’s identity for the second time around.
But that wasn’t the only shocking moment that put a damper on what would have been a very celebratory evening. Stella and Sadie came back to the apartment to find an intruder rummaging through their things. One thing led to another and Stella accidentally shot him with his gun. Instead of calling the cops, or her dad, who is a ranger, Stella sought out help from Liam. But when he entered the apartment, the intruder’s body was nowhere to be found.
The good thing is that they took off the man’s mask before doing anything else and identified him as a guy from the party named Witt. It’s unclear what he may have been looking for, but it was definitely not something promising. It also makes me wonder if these bad people are just going to keep showing up because Sadie owes them money or something. She is her father’s daughter after all.
Aside from those two darker moments, the Walker finale was filled with love, light, and second chances. James and Kelly were obviously leading the pack there, but the romantic atmosphere gave Cordell a little nudge to rekindle the spark with Geri. And honestly, I hope this one sticks. If they keep breaking up and getting back together any more, the whole relationship will lose its magic.
Bonham and Abby, who is like everyone’s surrogate mom on this show, jetted off for their honeymoon in Tuscany, and if there’s anyone who deserves it, it’s them.
Meanwhile, Trey wrestled with his feelings for Cassie, which are becoming more intense and getting harder to ignore. And the truth is, I don’t blame him. Cassie is awesome—and she’s a confident and self-assured go-getter.
She seems to be oblivious to the sparks flying between her and Trey, but her mind is seemingly elsewhere as she’s seriously considering a position with the FBI. They offered her a spot on a summer task force, but Cassie seems to be interested in something more long-term and permanent.
I was fully expecting Trey to tell Cassie how he feel, convincing her to stick around for the summer, but he’s also not the time to jeopardize someone’s great chances; he acknowledges that this would be big for her career.
That being said, I do feel like he needs to let Cassie know exactly where his heart is at. She deserves to know.
Walker was fielding a lot—from his romantic feelings to a resurfaced case to both of his children making decisions about their future. Stella came to the decision that she would be enrolling in college, which made Cordell super proud, while Augie told his father he wants to enlist in the military. The latter wasn’t so well received. It’s almost as if Cordell is getting a taste of his own medicine—this is exactly what he did to his parents.
Though, I can’t argue with his reasoning that it’s just a smidge too early to start training. When he finishes high school, he’ll be able to apply without parental consent. Until then, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying summer and finding yourself. Those luxuries are sadly not afforded to adults.
What did you think of the season finale? Are you excited about the storyline shaping up for season 4? Did you enjoy seeing Calian from Walker Independence as David Luna, a detective from Walker’s past? With the spinoff series officially canceled at The CW, they have a promising cast to include in their sister show.
Walker Midseason Finale Review – False Flag Part 2 (315)
Walker aired a midseason finale that wrapped up the mystery of Grey Flag once and for all—and I can’t say it was all that surprising.
When Clay Cooper came into the picture a few episodes ago, setting his sights on Kevin Golden and informing Cordell Walker that he had to handle the situation, it was clear that the two of them were somehow related.
My initial gut instinct was that Clay was Kevin’s father, but it turns out, they were brothers, and Kevin’s motive, which was unclear for much of the season—as was his vendetta against Cordell and his reason for killing off every member of his former unit—was that the foursome abandoned Cooper during battle.
Color him surprised when Clay walked into that airport hangar very much alive. Unfortunately, by that point, the damage had been done and Kevin was too far gone in his revenge scheme for anyone to actually reason with him.
Quite frankly, Kevin’s motivation watered down what was a pretty incredible twist that revealed him as the mastermind behind Grey Flag. Though, to be honest, I don’t even know if he was because his brief squabble with the billionaire Danny Dawson, who he then killed, revealed that Kevin was just a political figure “they” recruited—the “they” remaining rather ominous. However, Danny never condoned the kidnapping and torture of Cordell and his brother, so that was solely Kevin’s rogue mission.
Either way, Kevin was the person that had a beef with Cordell, and he went above and beyond to infiltrate Walker’s life by schmoozing his family and even getting close to Cassie by pursuing her romantically.
No one saw Kevin coming (I guess maybe Cassie did, in a way), which is kind of concerning since they are all rangers. He played the part well, and before Cordell knew it, he was being framed for a bombing that took out six of his fellow rangers and Julia, the reporter he’d been spending quite a lot of time with, in addition to putting the mayor in the ICU.
After the explosion, Cordell made a run for it, which made him look guilty. At first, I didn’t really understand why the FBI thought that Cordell was Kevin’s accomplice, but eventually, his decision to run made sense—Kevin planted a ton of evidence against Cordell, which is what Julia was trying to tell him right before the explosion. If someone like Julia, who knew Cordell and trusted him, could be swayed by the information Kevin was feeding her, the FBI would eat it right up. And they did. Graves set her sights on Walker almost immediately, scoffing at Captain James’ suggestions that his ranger and former partner was set up.
Thankfully, Walker had a few people in his corner, including James, Trey, and Cassie, who tracked Cordell down and stayed in constant communication with him while he kept a low profile.
The truth is that Cordell knows exactly how these things work, and he wouldn’t have been able to prove his innocence if he got caught. By that point, Kevin might’ve been in the wind.
His priority was getting to Geri’s and asking her to inform his family that he was alive. It was truly nice to see Geri again, and a brilliant way to bring her back into the fold. If there’s anyone who is going to risk it all for Cordell, it’s her. And she did by not only harboring a fugitive but making a call and passing along a message to Stella, which was understood and received by Cordell’s father.
Who knew that the team-up we needed in the finale was Bonham and Cordell? That man knows his way around a gun, and he was a damn good lookout for his son!
Geri did the right thing by calling Cordell’s father because he was spewing nonsense by suggesting that maybe his disappearance would be the best for the family. He’s put them through a lot, that’s true, but their biggest concern is his safety, and not having him around brings them more stress than anything else.
It’s also the reason for this mess in the first place because Cooper thought he was doing his family a favor while his brother felt hurt and abandoned. Admittedly, the Clay/Kevin relationship wasn’t really explored, so their conversation fell a bit flat as we couldn’t fully understand the extent of Kevin’s pain when he mentioned being left alone with his father. I assume it means that they weren’t on good terms, but it wasn’t very clear or well executed.
Regardless, Kevin shot his brother, while Cordell chased Kevin on a motorcycle while trying to stop his plane from taking off. It was the kind of action sequence that fans of Walker find thrilling. The cherry on top of it all was Cassie, who was arguably hurt the most by Kevin’s betrayal, taking the shots that ended his life while protecting Cordell in the process. She. Did. That.
Cordell’s name was cleared in the end, with Graves and James promising a full apology from the rangers—as they should. Seriously, jumping to conclusions about a decorated ranger was just messy and rash decision-making.
We’ll have to wait until new episodes return on April 27 to find out how Cordell is coping, how his family reacted to his return, and what will happen between him and Geri upon her return.
The scene between Cassie and Trey may have been the most heartbreaking if I’m being frank. I didn’t realize how much I was rooting for them until Cassie blamed Trey for making her question her instincts. And while I get where she’s coming from since both Trey and Cordell insisted that she give things with Kevin a go, the truth is that she can’t blame everyone for the choices she made. And the reason she is blaming Trey is that she’s denying her feelings for him. That’s the real reason why it hurts the most.
As for Trey, I feel for him because he never meant any harm by encouraging her to let her guard down—he never could’ve anticipated this outcome. He thought he had her back, and was shocked by the development himself, though it’s a nice reminder to trust her instincts in the future. The poor guy already placed so much blame on himself, it was a bummer to see him get kicked while he was already down. Not to mention this is his first real gig with the rangers!
Looking back on how everything transpired, it’s wild to see how the situation got away from them all so quickly—and it’s a lesson that you never really know who you’re dealing with.
I think with time, Trey and Cassie will rebuild their friendship and trust in each other, and before you know it, they won’t be able to deny their feelings for each other much longer!
What did you think of Walker Season 3 Episode 15? Are you happy to see the Grey Flag storyline wrap up?
Walker Review – False Flag Part One (314)
Walker delivered a riveting part one of its season 3 finale, setting the scene for a showdown between Cordell and Kevin.
If you remember, Kevin Golden was revealed to be the leader of Grey Flag. And no matter how many times the Rangers, the FBI, and Cordell think that they are one step ahead of the terrorist organization, they end up learning that they’ve been wrong this whole time the hard way.
They were confident that they would be able to thwart the attack at the medal ceremony while ambushing the Grey Flag compound in the process, but things took a bit of a nasty turn.
One thing led to another and a shootout ensued in the ground floor parking lot, forcing Barnett to give up the act and own up to being a ranger to protect Captain James. He tried to play it as best as he could, but there was no stopping these guys once they went rogue. They come from the belief that some must die for the greater good, so there’s no reasoning with them.
Turns out, the medal ceremony was the distraction this whole time as Kevin was aware that Trey was undercover. It was a good attempt, but there’s no way in hell someone as slick as Kevin would believe that Trey would turn his back on the Rangers and his friends.
The nexus of everything seems to be Cordell Walker. Grey Flag has made it very clear that he’s their target, as was evident when the C-4 actually exploded at the FBI safe house where Cordell met Julia. Kevin used Julia as a Trojan Horse, and while she was completely unaware of his nefarious intentions, she led Grey Flag right to it. And the C-4 was presumably planted in her vehicle, exploding just as Cordell got the call that the target was not the medal ceremony as previously intended.
The attack took Cordell and Julia by surprise, and at this point, it’s unclear if she survived though things did not look too promising for her. Why is Cordell constantly losing love interests? It’s a huge shame because Julia was Cordell’s most trusted confidante—one who escaped this Grey Flag hell once before.
Kevin planted some doubts in Julia’s mind about Cordell, which is essentially his goal. He’s been playing a game this whole time, schmoozing up to Cordell’s family by securing the new horse rescue donations and funding, which Julia revealed are coming from a shady government agency that makes it seem as though Cordell is working for them. Kevin framed Cordell in one fell swoop, and no one even saw it coming cause they were so focused on simply figuring out Grey Flag’s game.
A lot is still unclear about Kevin’s motivations, however. He wants to create change by dismantling a system that he believes doesn’t work, but why is Cordell at the center of it all? Why did he go after his whole unit?
And how is Coop involved? They are missing a key piece of information to see the full picture and make the connection.
I’m guessing that Coop is Kevin’s father, though that still doesn’t explain his obsession with Walker.
Hopefully, the second half of the season final will clue us in and it will all start to make sense. The weirdest thing is that if Kevin wanted Cordell dead, he had ample opportunities to make it happen. And yet, he never did, instead getting closer to Cordell’s family than ever, which is just terrifying.
The Walker family somehow always ends up as the victim of Cordell’s job. At some point, he’s going to have to make a choice because this is no way to live. They thought they were being hospitable and making a good friend who was simply using them this whole time.
Barnett did his best to help out the Rangers, but sometimes, even your best isn’t good enough. There was just too much working against him.
Cassie was definitely caught off guard by the revelation that Kevin was behind Grey Flag, but she also had a gut instinct about him and knew she couldn’t trust him. Women just know when something is off. I can’t imagine the trust issues she’s going to have coming off of this.
The good news is that she’s finally proving that she needs to follow those vibes and see them through because she’s not been wrong once… and unfortunately, that’s not something to be proud of when you always expect the worst.
What did you think of the episode? Will Julia survive? Is Kevin in the wind? How will Cordell find his way out of this one? Will it result in a team-up with Coop for old-time’s sake? And how will Cordell move forward ensuring his family’s protected once and for all? Is Lana safe?
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