Sunday, January 30, 2022

What I’m Watching: Ozark

Ozark: Season 4, Episode 5 “Ellie” (B+)

There is a dangerous cycle to how everything works on this show, defined almost exclusively by betrayal. Darlene doesn’t want Ruth to think that she’s running everything, even though she just told her that she has respect for her, and so she went and partnered with a former sworn enemy to sell what Ruth was about to offload to Claire, which then made things very bad for Marty and Ruth. I’m impressed that Marty pulled a gun on Connor just as he got the all-clear from Claire to go in and take care of business, and Ruth emerged at just the right time, using her signature annoyed sarcasm – mixed with a bit of important truth – to convince the dangerous people inside that she wasn’t a cop and just needed her stuff back. Wendy’s latest power play with Bruce Davison’s senator showed her the cost of what she’s doing, perpetrating the stealing of elections in the future, and she’s only going to get herself in deeper as she uses her resources to look into the very determined private investigator who continues to make trouble. Calling Darlene to thank her profusely for putting up the missing posters for Ben and then continuing to do so in person was unnerving, but not nearly as much as her chilling response to Darlene seemingly having a heart attack and begging her to call the police, which it appears she did after a lengthy and purposeful delay. I’m not sure what happens if Darlene dies, and maybe it’s actually simpler since Ruth can join forces again with Marty and Wendy out of necessity, but I’m sure it won’t be that easy.

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