Friday, October 4, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Righteous Gemstones

The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1, Episode 7 “And Yet One of You is a Devil” (B+)

It was fitting that everything would fall apart for the Gemstones on the biggest day of the year, one that had very different outcomes for each of the adult children. After expressing such support for his niece in the previous episode, Baby Billy almost immediately revealed his true colors when he refused to even acknowledge Judy’s excitement at what her father had chosen for her to do. The whole situation even managed to get BJ to stand up for himself, threatening the one support system Judy actually has in her life. Kelvin didn’t figure much into this installment, with his recent accomplishment resulting in nothing other than the status quo assignment. Jesse, on the other hand, got a big promotion to deliver the major sermon, and he even found himself at a great place with his eldest son when he thought he had brilliantly deduced Gideon’s sexual orientation. Scotty put on quite the act at the start of the episode when he showed up all dressed up to impress the family and kept up his semi-professional act on the boat. Showing up to grab Jesse and then take the keycard from Eli left this episode on a very desolate note, with Jesse likely past being mad at his son for his betrayal because there’s nothing left to do about it aside from work together to get out of the vault, keep the Gemstone name from being tainted forever, and get revenge on the man who just took a whole lot of money from them without all that much effort.

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