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Walker Review – Who Killed Emily? (1×06)

Walker -- “Bar None” -- Image Number: WLK106a_0573r -- Pictured (L-R): Coby Bell as Captain Larry James, Matthew Barr as Hoyt and Keegan Allen as Liam Walker -- Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Walker just undid everything it established in its first six episodes. 

Everything we knew (and Cordell knew) has been a lie.

And the implications of all these revelations are bound to throw the Walker family, and also his partner, Micki Ramirez, for a loop. 

With such jaw-dropping revelations made in the final few moments, it also undid all the progress that was established earlier in the hour, which found the Walker family struggling to get through the one-year anniversary of Emily’s death. 

Walker was hit the hardest as he was in denial about his actual feelings. He pretended to be fine instead of admitting that he was struggling.

With a little help from Micki, he was able to admit that his outburst with Jordan was unwarranted and a result of his anger stemming from the loss of his wife. It’s all connected!

He decided to plead guilty the next day, but that court date might never happen considering Micki’s mom was arrested right before going into the courtroom.

Who saw that coming?

Micki was able to get into his head using her mother’s slick tactics, and based simply on that, you can tell why the two are estranged. It must have been hard growing up with someone like that. 

Their relationship was so tense, her mother showed up unannounced because she was afraid her daughter wouldn’t agree to see her. 

But from all the things Micki has said about her mother, she’s far from what I pictured. 

And it turns out, she’s far from perfect, too. She expects Micki to live up to this unattainable standard, but yet she’s the one with an arrest warrant.

This sets up for a pretty interesting mother-and-daughter dynamic with her mother no longer being able to hold anything over her head. 

And oddly, it could benefit their relationship as it destroys the “always right” facade her mother has been keeping up. 

While Micki was able to successfully get through to Walker, he was also pretty accurate about his assessment of her. 

Micki uses avoidance to cope when life gets too difficult. We’ve seen her do it with Trey and her mother, but she also did it when Walker attacked Jared for spitting on him. 

It seems this partnership is proving beneficial to both of them as they both confront their demons and learn from their mistakes. 

To get through the day, Cordell channeled all of his energy into redoing the Side-Step, which was falling apart. He couldn’t bear to see Geri sell it because it held all of his happy memories with Emily. 

It did bother me a bit that he did this all while the family had a camping trip to honor the late matriarch. I mean, why couldn’t he just be there for his kids this one time?

While he didn’t let them down fully and they did eventually camp-out at the bar, Emily’s favorite place, it once again felt like his kids were an afterthought. He continues prioritizing himself and his feelings over what his children need for him. 

He needs to step-up for them the way he’s stepping up for the Side-Step. 

The whole camping trip scenario was also strange because Stella decided to bring Trevor for some reason instead of just spending time with her grandparents and brother. 

Trevor’s inclusion didn’t make much sense to me, and neither did Abeline’s hostility towards him. I get that she wanted it to be a family moment, but since the kid was around anyway, why make him feel so uncomfortable?

It was all so weird, and maybe that’s because Trevor’s intentions weren’t pure. Let’s be honest, what teen would want to tag along on a family event mourning a death in the family? That’s a lot of pressure no matter how much you like the girl.

Remember Cordell’s undercover case on Walker Season 1 Episode 5? He thought he put the cowboy named Duke to rest by tying up loose ends and faking his death, but his past might be coming back to haunt him. 

And it has the power to put the whole family in danger. I love that his undercover storyline is actually going to serve a purpose!

Trevor is revealed to be the son of one of the rodeo cowboys, Clint, who was arrested after a botched robbery. (Yay to Austin Nichols getting a more permanent gig on the series!) 

So, that means that not only is “Duke” responsible for Clint’s current predicament, but he’s also responsible for the death of Trevor’s mother. 

It’s unclear how Trevor made the Duke and Cordell connection — did know about it going into the camping trip? Or did he simply recognize Cordell from the pictures as Duke? D

Maybe he didn’t try to weasel his way into the family under the false pretenses of liking Stella, but I’m not so sure. His father is manipulative, so I could see this going either way. 

And after all she’s been through, she doesn’t deserve to be used and conned like that. She actually believes Trevor is a good guy who likes her all while he’s trying to destroy her family to avenge his. Or, again, that’s at least what it seems like right at the current moment. 

Walker Review Bar None Season 1 Episode 6

Walker — “Bar None” — Image Number: WLK106b_0757r — Pictured (L-R): Lindsey Morgan as Micki Ramirez and Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

At the end of the day, even if Cordell led to his father’s arrest, it’s because Clint deserves to be behind bars. Hopefully, by spending more time with the Walker’s, Trevor will see that they aren’t bad people. 

However, now that Cordell’s secret is out, it puts a target on his back. 

And finally, the third major bombshell: Geri may have had something to do with Emily’s death. 

At this point, she sure looks guilty, and while I don’t want to point fingers because looks can be deceiving, the timing behind her decision to get out of town and start over is questionable. Does she know someone is onto her?

We all saw that smirk on her face after she sold the Side-Step to the Walker family, right? It made my stomach drop. We don’t know much about Geri, but I’m still shocked that she may have been involved in Emily’s death. That’s the ultimate betrayal! 

There’s no better time like reopening a murder case than on the anniversary of said murder. Talk about perfect timing. 

Captain James and Liam teamed up after realizing the events surrounding Emily’s death simply weren’t adding up.

They roped Hoyt into it by having him become cellmates with Carlos Mendoza, the alleged killer, to see if he could pick up any dirt. 

While Mendoza never revealed anything, Hoyt observed that he had a deadly disease, which meant that he was likely serving the time for someone because he was already dying. 

And that someone close to him seems to be his niece, who operates a small gallery across the border that was wired a large sum of “hush money” just a few days after Emily’s death from an LLP that Geri used for the Side Step. 

So again, all signs point to Geri, but for now, there’s no motive as to why she would want to kill her best friend. 

It’s also interesting that Hoyt lead Liam and Capt. James right to his ex-lover Geri. If there’s anyone that could get her to talk, it’s Hoyt!

While the episode in itself may not have been the best use of the hour, the series sure made it clear that it has a knack for delivering cliffhangers, right?!

The Walker family has been through so much, but they’re going to realize that they need each other now more than ever before!

What did you think of the episode, Cravers? Sound off in the comments below. Do you think Geri is behind Emily’s murder? How much danger is Cordell in?

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Walker Review – The Jackal Returns and Claims His First Victim (404)

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Walker Review Season 4 Episode 4 Insane B.S. and Bloodshed Jackal Returns

Walker Season 4 Episode 4 made some major movement on two core storylines this season—the case of the Jackal and the mystery behind Witt’s death/resurrection. 

I’m torn between which one is more intriguing as they both have a lot going for them. Cassie was clued in on the Jackal case mere moments before she was sent into the thick of the action—and quite frankly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Walker and Trey on the sidelines for most of the episode. However, I do think that it was necessary so that we got a sense of the case through the newcomer’s eyes as everyone else, particularly Captain James, who was being kept in the dark, has already been tainted by the darkness. 

When they found Abby’s mother buried alive at the end of the episode with a Jackal tooth in her mouth, confirming their worst fears that the serial killer has resurfaced, you could see all of those past emotions from the case bubbling up to the surface for everyone. And Cassie finally understood why Walker and Trey were walking around on eggshells around James until they could get more proof (and at the insistence of his wife Kelly)—the toll the case takes on someone emotionally and physically is not for the faint of heart. 

This is the first time Walker has ever tackled a storyline as dark as a serial killer, but it’s exciting to see everyone get involved and put all of their acquired skills to the test. James might feel betrayed by Walker—and everyone else on his team—but I hope that seeing the Jackal back in action and feeling all those horrible emotions reminds him exactly why his loved ones chose to spare him until they had more concrete evidence. They know he’s a grown man who can handle it, but they didn’t want to see him spiral the same way he did previously; it was all coming from a place of love and concern. 

The partnership between Cassie and Det. Luna was interesting as the chemistry was unexpected—I’d almost go as far as saying that it was too flirtatious while dealing with such a serious matter. But then I also couldn’t help but shake the feeling that Luna is the Jackal. There was a certain charm about him that would be able to fool and woo a ton of people into their final moments.

Wouldn’t it be smart to hide in plain sight and stay one step ahead of everyone? He has been scoping the motel out, but he seemed to know a whole lot about everything and everyone. I’d like to think that I’m wrong, but maybe part of the Jackal’s elusiveness is his proximity to the people hunting him down.

Next on the list is Witt McCarthy, who, in a shocking twist, isn’t actually dead. He also isn’t as dangerous as Stella and Sadie believed him to be when he forced them to drive at gunpoint. Witt has simply exhausted all his other options of being on the run and faking his own death so that he could lay low and avoid the person hunting him and his now-dead friend Jordan—a woman who targeted Geri intentionally to steal a necklace. It’s unclear why the necklace is so important, or if she still has it, but it’s safe to say that the break-in was not an accident. 

Witt then allows Stella and Sadie to go free, asking them for forgiveness and help in return. Sadie is determined to go to the station and tell Cordell, and in a surprising twist, it’s Stella who decides against it. She knows that the minute she tells her father the truth she’s essentially sealed Witt’s fate. The woman is after Witt, and if she doesn’t get what she wants, she’ll kill him, and the blood will once again be on Stella’s hands. She felt such a huge relief being absolved of that guilt that she can’t in good faith just turn her back on him.

But it’s also too much to carry on her own, and when Sadie leaves town again, Stella shares the burden with August. Seeing them team up as a supportive brother-sister duo has always been one of my favorite parts of the show, so I’m looking forward to seeing this pan out. 

Stella may be in over her head, but at least August has her back. 

And as for the necklace, does Geri have it? Does it have any significance? Does the woman have some kind of connection to Geri or the Walker family in general?

 What did you think of the April 24, 2024 Walker episode on The CW? Do you have any theories worth sharing?

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Walker Review – Lessons From the Gift Shop (4×03)

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Walker Season 4 Episode 3 kicked Stella’s PTSD storyline into high gear, as it was revealed that she wasn’t simply overthinking or being consumed by the trauma—someone was really hunting her and Sadie for Witt’s murder. 

The ominous sign in her dorm room frightened her, and rightfully so, as it was just the beginning of the threats. Sadie tried to dismiss it, but she soon realized Stella had every reason to worry as her car was doused in gasoline, with a photo of Witt and a box of matches left behind. 

They were able to come up with some leads, but before they followed up on them, they carved out some time for the family sale at the HQ before calling it a night, only to find an unwelcome surprise waiting for them in the backseat of their car—Witt with a gun placed to Stella’s head. 

And that effectively answers Sadie’s question as to who might be hunting them down, though, the question of why still remains. 

Witt is very much alive and exacting his revenge, but until we know why he was at Geri’s place and targeting Sadie and Stella in the first place, we won’t know what it is that he actually wants from them.

Witt and Sadie have a past—one that she’s not proud of—so an educated guess is that he’s following up on that. 

Whatever it is, it’s clear Witt is a bad guy. And despite Walker’s trying to give his daughter space, he’s going to need to get involved sooner rather than later. 

What’s unclear is if he has any connection to Walker’s serial killer case. While that would be intriguing, I don’t see there being any logical or obvious connection between the two, especially since the case of The Jackal comes with a history dating back years prior. 

However, it’s still top of mind for Cordell and Trey, who have now roped in Cassie. The only part that threw her off? That they’re keeping it on the hush-hush from the Captain, who, as we previously found out, couldn’t be looped in because of the toll that the case previously took on his life and relationship. It cost him a great deal before, but I also don’t know how they’ll be able to work it off the books, especially as Jackal starts leaving behind a trail of clues and bodies. When it picks up momentum, it’s going to need all of their attention. 

Other moments throughout the episode kept things more grounded as Cassie and Liam bonded while going through her storage unit as she planted her roots in Austin and moved in with Geri. Trey also gave August a bit of a reality check with his first boot camp session—which Bonham wants to get involved in because the youth these days is “soft”—though it’s clear he has a long way to go before getting this “adult” thing down. It’s a science, and as Trey informed him, it’s definitely not all or nothing. You cannot allow yourself to get consumed by the activity of the moment—you need your hobbies for a little bit of a reprieve when things get tough to keep you sane. 

As for Geri and Cordell, they finally said the L-word to each other for the first time, which was a big step in their communication. It’s not easy navigating a romance later on in life, especially a romance with a person you’ve known your whole life. Nothing about their relationship is easy, but it’s their future, so Walker has to stop living in the past and looking through that lens if he wants to make this work. They made some good progress, so I’m interested to see how he’ll balance a taxing case, being a dad who constantly has to worry about his kiddos, and his personal life throughout the season.

What did you think of the episode?

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Walker Season Finale Recap – It’s a Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding (318)

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Walker Season 3 Finale Recap Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding

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. 

Walker Season 3 Finale Recap Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding

Walker — “It’s a Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding” — Image Number: WLK318a_0415r — Pictured (L-R): Joshua Brockington as DJ James, Coby Bell as Captain Larry James, Kearran Giovanni as Kelly James and Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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. 

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