Friday, February 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Righteous Gemstones

The Righteous Gemstones: Season 2, Episode 8 “The Prayer of a Righteous Man” (B+)

The flashback to Junior talking to his father pre-retirement and then getting betrayed and left by him was a serious misdirect, one that made it seem like Junior would have such an incredible axe to grind with the man who was responsible for covering up his father’s death. But that wasn’t the case at all, as Junior was happy to make peace with him and then broke the news that he hadn’t sent the motorcycle men. Finding that out at the same moment that we saw the police station get attacked as the cyclists were all rescued was not good, and the Gemstones are going to be woefully unprepared for the next ambush coming their way. Eli did give some important affirmation to all of his kids except for Jesse, which upset Amber greatly, and giving him the money for the hotel may be helpful, but it could be too late to repair some of the damage to Jesse’s reputation with his would-be partners and to his relationship with Amber, who understandably was not happy about being called a gold-digger. Judy cracking the bus door and making a dramatic speech was definitely unnecessary given that BJ was well aware that they should have offered for her to stay before she even got on the bus. I thought that Harmon was played by a Culkin brother but didn’t realize that it was Macaulay, who made a very fair request that his father, for once, decided to step up and honor, allowing his son to punch him as hard as he could in the face.

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